35 things to do in Vancouver this week: March 27 to 31

Mar 26 2017, 4:46 pm


Time flies when you’re having fun, and Vancouver is filled with exciting events for the last week of March.

From the International Auto Show to the International Burlesque Festival and everything in between, here are 35 things to do in Vancouver this week.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Monday, March 27

Shred For The Cause

Image: Mt. Seymour / Facebook

  • What: Ladies are invited to ski and snowboard Mt. Seymour for only $10. The event, known as Shred For The Cause, will benefit Downtown Eastside social services. Men are welcome to join the fun for $33.
  • Where: Mt. Seymour – 1700 Mt Seymour Road, North Vancouver
  • When: March 27 from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $10 for women, $33 for men; cash recommended

Farmer’s Apprentice + Kinome Dinner

  • What: Two local Vancouver chefs, Farmer’s Apprentice’s David Gunawan and Kinome Japanese Kitchen’s Ryoma Matarai, are joining forces to present a pair of exclusive six-course dinners at their respective restaurants on March 13 and 27.
  • When: March 27 from 6:30 to 10:30pm
  • Where: Farmer’s Apprentice Restaurant, 1535 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $120

Heroin Assisted Treatment: Saving Lives during the Overdose Death Crisis

  • What: This panel will provide a unique opportunity to learn about the benefits of heroin-assisted treatment (HAT), one viable option to reduce opioid overdose deaths. Speakers include Dr. Susan Boyd, Pivot Legal Society’s Douglas King, Dr. Scott MacDonald, and SALOME/NAOMI Association of Patients’s Dave Murray. Donald MacPherson, Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition will moderate the event.
  • Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 27 from 7 to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free

Rock Paper Corduroy 300

  • What: A massive Rock Paper Scissors competition to celebrate the 300th episode of Rock Paper Corduroy. Grand prize for the winner, bonus prizes for competitors, and toga is highly encouraged.
  • Where: Corduroy – 1943 Cornwall AvenueVancouver
  • When: March 27 at 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $20 in toga, $30 without toga

Free Family Movie Night – The Sound Of Music

  • What: Evergreen Cultural Centre presents a free screening of The Sound of Music, the family classic starring Julie Andrews. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pair of gently used shoes for donation to Ruben’s Shoes, an organization collecting shoes for Zimbabwe. All shoes are accepted (except winter boots).
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • When: March 27 at 7 pm

Cultivating Art – Surviving and Thriving in Vancouver Theatre

  • What: Awkward Stage Productions presents a round table discussion on how to survive and thrive in Vancouver’s semi-professional theatre ecology. A chance to learn best practices for artists and theatre companies alike when it comes to taking care of the next generation of Vancouver theatre professionals.
  • Where: Arts Umbrella – 1286 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 27 at 7 pm
  • Cost: Free for members (signing up to be a member is free)

Youth Poetry Slam Finals featuring Spillious


Image: Spillious / Verses Festival

  • What: The top eight scoring poets from the 2016/2017 youth slam season compete to determine who will be a part of this year’s team and who will be the 2017 Youth Slam Grand Slam Champion. The evening will also have a performance from 2016 Vancouver Poetry Slam team member, Spillious the Ridiculous One.
  • Where: Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 27 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $8 for 18 and under. $10-$15 for 19 and up

Tuesday, March 28

97th Annual Vancouver International Auto Show

  • What: The Vancouver International Auto Show is Western Canada’s best attended consumer show, and one of Western North America’s premier automotive exhibition events. Featuring daily drive ups and displays in Exotic Avenue, Hot Wheels display with a mystery car, Monster Energy DUB Show, and the Ford GT, among other displays.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: March 28 to April 2
  • Cost: Online, $5-$18

Greater Vancouver Board of Trade: Professor Santa Ono, President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC

UBC President Santa J Ono (WetcoastBC/Wikimedia Commons)

UBC President Santa J Ono (WetcoastBC/Wikimedia Commons)

  • What: In his first address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Professor Ono will share insights and impressions of BC and UBC, concentrating especially on the innovation agenda that Premier Christy Clark has asked him to lead.
  • Where: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 28 from 11:30 am to 2 pm
  • Register: Online, $79-$158

Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks

  • What: Canucks face off with the Anaheim Ducks at home.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: March 28 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online

My Workout Workshop with TeckFitness

  • What: Join North Shore Personal Trainer Jenny Tecklenburg for a free workshop while she teaches you the basics of what to do in the gym. A workshop that will walk you through how to design your own individualized workout plan for a stronger, happier and more confident you.
  • Where: Buddha-Full – 101-106 West First Street, North Vancouver
  • When: March 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

All you need is Love – A Concert for Boden

  • What: Dozens of poets and musicians gather to raise money for Boden Lalonde, a loving son, nephew and friend who is in palliative home care. Artists include Beverley Elliott, Chelsea D.E. Johnson, Something About Reptiles, Mackenzie and many more performers.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: March 28 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20

BC Place Tours – All Access Experience

Image: Aaron Meier / Instagram

  • What: An enhanced visit to the BC Sports Hall of Fame, including an exclusive behind the scenes tour of BC Place. The All Access Experience hits all the stadium highlights, including the media lounge, the premium suite areas, the team locker rooms (when available) and access onto the field providing visitors with an amazing viewpoint of BC Place (when available).
  • Where: Abbotsford Arts Centre- 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford
  • When: March 28 and 29 at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm
  • Tickets: $20, call 604-687-5520 to reserve

Save Our Seas: Translating Good Science into Good Policy is Hard

  • What: Join Dr. Daniel Pauly, internationally-acclaimed fisheries scientist and principal investigator of the Sea Around Us, in a discussion that will bring to light the perilous state of the world’s oceans today.
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 28 at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Wednesday, March 29

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast by Gallery 7 Theatre

  • What: This “tale as old as time” comes alive in this musical extravaganza adapted from the Academy award-winning film and based on the beloved fairy-tale.
  • Where: Abbotsford Arts Centre- 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford
  • When: March 29 to 31
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$25

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival

Image: Bob Ayers Photography

  • What: Canada’s longest-running burlesque festival returns to showcase the finest local and international talent.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 29 to April 1
  • Tickets: Online, $37.75-$77.75

Get Reel Film Series: Koneline, Our Beautiful Land

  • What: A bold experimental film from some of Canada’s leading documentary artists.
  • Where: White Rock Community Centre – 15154 Russell Avenue, White Rock
  • When: March 29 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Good Money™ Talks Small Business Series – Surrey

  • What: The half-day event combines networking and learning, and will include a complimentary breakfast and lunch, 30-minute presentations by business experts, exhibition booths from Small Business BC and Vancity and tools and resources tailored for entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to start or grow their business.
  • Where: Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: March 29 from 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Registration: Online, free


  • What: The world premiere production of Redpatch by Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver. Redpatch is a historical drama that focuses on a young Métis solider from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island who volunteers to fight for Canada in the First World War. Set in both Canada and the battlefields of France, Redpatch follows the experiences of this young solider as he endures the horrors of war.
  • Where: Presentation House Theatre – 333 Chesterfield Avenue – North Vancouver, Studio 16 – 1551 West 7th, Vancouver
  • When: March 29 to April 9 at Presentation House Theatre, April 12 to 16 at Studio 16
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$33

BC-Korea Business Connections with the Consul General of Korea – High Tea Kimchi

  • What: Part of Burnaby Board of Trade’s High Tea series – a selection of business and culinary events that highlight opportunities in the Asia-Pacific, address relevant topics, and facilitate connections amongst our diverse business community. At this event, meet and connect with dozens of professionals from across our diverse business community, enjoy a delicious sampling of classic Korean cuisine, and hear special remarks from the Consul General of Korea Gunn Kim.
  • Where: Arisu Korean Barbeque – #203-4501 North Road, Burnaby
  • When: March 29 from 3 to 4 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Lemonade: A Beyoncé Tribute Night

Beyoncé performing in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 2011. (A.RICARDO/Shutterstock)

Beyoncé performing in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 2011. (A.RICARDO/ Shutterstock)

  • What: To celebrate her musical journey, The Biltmore Cabaret is hosting an entire night dedicated to the one and only – Queen Bey. Gather up your friends and get ready to enjoy some of Vancouver’s best artists as they pay tribute to Beyoncé by recreating her biggest hits, old and new, even including her Destiny’s Child era.
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 29 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $9.99-$14.99

Thursday, March 30

Dining Out For Life

  • What: Back for its 23rd year, Dining Out For Life is taking place on Thursday, March 30. This popular fundraiser is an annual dining event that aims to raise money for AIDS service organizers. Participating restaurants will donate 25% of their food sales to support those affected by HIV and AIDS.
  • When: March 30
  • Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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  • What: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is Vancouver’s signature springtime event, waking the city up from winter hibernation to an explosion of some 41,000 blossoming cherry trees. Originally gifted from Japan in the 1930s, the cherry blossom now inspires a month-long of 20+ public, mostly free, arts and cultural community events
  • Where: Various venues around Vancouver
  • When: March 30 to April 23

Dance Without Limits Surrey

  • What: Dance Without Limits offers a safe, active environment for children and youth with all disabilities to have fun while exploring dance, creative movement and games. Please note that participants who may require substantial physical or behavioural support may be asked to attend alongside a guardian or support worker.
  • Where: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre – 13458 107a Avenue, Surrey
  • When: March 30 from 5 to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free, inclusive program. Drop-ins, parents and caregivers are welcome!

Night of Wonders Gala

  • What: The glamorous Night of Wonders gala is returning for it’s fourth year in Vancouver to help raise proceeds for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. The foundation is dedicated to granting wishes to children between the ages of three and 17 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
  • Where: Autoform Vancouver – 1885 Clark Drive, Vancouver
  • When: March 30 at 6 pm
  • Price: Sold out, donate online

Fentanyl: Breaking the cycle

  • What: The fentanyl crisis is new, but the opioid crisis is not. Join a frank discussion of how fentanyl fits within a pattern of opioid crises that goes back to the 1970s. Presented by Douglas College, the City of New Westminster and Simon Fraser University.
  • Where: Douglas College (Room 2201) – 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster
  • When: March 30 at 6:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Lucky’s Sakura Doughnut fundraiser

  • What: On Thursday, March 30, all proceeds from sales of Lucky’s Doughnuts’ seasonal Sakura cherry will benefit Dining Out For Life in support of meal and nutrition programs for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS and other co-existing illnesses. Lucky’s Doughnuts Sakura is a classic Bismarck-style doughnut filled with a white chocolate and matcha pastry cream, drizzled with a Sakura and strawberry glaze and topped edible fondant flowers and dried Sakura.
  • When: March 30 from 7 am until supplies run out
  • Where: Both Lucky’s Doughnuts locations (2902 Main Street and 2198 West 4th Avenue)
  • Cost: $5

Sarah Tiana


Image: Sarah Tiana

  • What: Sarah Tiana has been a “working” comedian/ex-waitress in Los Angeles since 2003. Sarah wrote and starred in The Burn with Jeffrey Ross for 2 seasons on Comedy Central. She was a correspondent on “The Soup Investigates” and a regular on the “Chelsea Lately” roundtable. She has also done over 10 tours of comedy for the troops including Germany, Singapore, Afghanistan, Guam, Okinawa, and several Wounded Warrior Facilities.
  • Where: the Comedy Mix – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 30 at 8:30 pm, March 31 and April 1 at 8 pm and 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Friday, March 31

The Tea Party

The Tea Party/Facebook

  • What: The Tea Party is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their fourth studio album Transmission. The Juno nominated album was released in 1997, and included singles “Temptation” and “Babylon.”
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 31 and April 1 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $39.50

BizHacks 2017

  • What: A 24-hour Hackathon experience, complete with free food, swag, and networking opportunities with representatives from BestBuy, Amazon, Hootsuite, BrainStation and more/ Workshops and mentors will provide support throughout the hackathon and at the end, you’ll have a chance at winning over $2000 in prizes/
  • Where: UBC Henry Angus Building – 2053 Main Mall, Vancouver
  • When: March 31 to April 1 at 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Musical Jokes: A Night of Musical Comedy

  • What: There are so many talented musical comedians in Vancouver, and now’s the time to show off some great ones with a dedicated show. Musical Jokes: A Night of Musical Comedy features Harris Anderson and Colin Lamb with special musical comedy guests Lisa Person, Maddy Kelly and more. Hosted by Sam Tonning.
  • Where: Yuk Yuks – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 31 at 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $9.53 plus tax

Eco Fashion Week Edition 12

  • What: Celebrating it’s 12th edition in Vancouver this year, Eco Fashion Week continues to celebrate innovations in sustainable fashion and to lead discussions in finding solutions for a healthier industry with modern fashion presentations, educational panels, and showroom exhibits.
  • Where: Fairmont Waterfront – 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: March 31 to April 2 at various times
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$40

Beyond Nature II

  • What: This exhibition features acrylic on canvas paintings, mostly of flowers, by Katie Cheung. Although she does not subscribe to any one painting method or style, each of her works seem to exude a distinct splendour and a playful lushness.
  • Where: Art Beatus – 108 – 808 Nelson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Now to March 31 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Cost: Free

Camilo the Magician – Abracadabra

  • What: Camilo Dominguez, aka Camilo the Magician, is a Vancouver-trained magician who is stepping outside of his comfort zone with his upcoming show, Abracadabra. The show will feature classic illusions from historic magicians.
  • Where: The York Theatre – 639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
  • When: March 31, April 1, 7, and 8 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$35

Women on the Homefront

  • What: Women on the Homefront explores the contributions made by women toward the WWII war effort, with a particular focus on the impact of their work in Canada’s west coast canneries and in their homes. Wander through the different vignettes of life at home and work during the war years.
  • Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • When: Now to March 31
  • Tickets: Regular admission applies