20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: April 1 and 2

Mar 31 2017, 5:12 pm

The first weekend of April is here, so get outside and have fun! To help you plan your schedule, here is Daily Hive’s checklist of 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, April 1, and Sunday, April 2, 2017.

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Grouse Mountain 90th Anniversary Celebration


Image: Grouse Mountain

  • What: To celebrate Grouse Mountain’s 90th winter season, the resort is hosting a Anniversary Celebration for all residents this Saturday. The event will have a variety of special activities including a retro parade, live music, an outdoor BBQ, and the 2017 Slush Cup.
  • When: April 1 from 9:30 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, up to $61, prices vary

2017 Vancouver Pillow Fight!

  • What: A pillow fight of epic proportions. Flashmob Vancouver will be hosting the event to celebrate International Pillow Fight Day 2017. Bring your best pillows down to the Vancouver Art Gallery and get ready to fight it out. 
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery on the side near Robson and Howe Streets, Vancouver
  • When: April 1 from 3 to 3:30 pm
  • Cost: Free

Game of Thrones Live Concert 2017

  • What: Based on the smash hit HBO series, Game of Thrones‘ composer Ramin Djwadi will take fans on a musical journey across the Seven Kingdoms. Featuring a full orchestra, choir and solo performances, the immersive experience will also use state-of-the-art audio visual technology to showcase footage from the show as well as all new visuals created just for the tour.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: April 1 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, starting at $99.86

Whitecaps FC vs. LA Galaxy

  • What: Major League Soccer takes over BC Place when Los Angeles faces off with Vancouver.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
  • When: April 1 at 7 pm
  • Tickets:Online, $30-$150

Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival – Port Moody

  • What: In addition to nearly a couple dozen food trucks at each location, the FVFTF includes live entertainment and lots of vendors to check out.
  • Where: Inlet Park – Murray Street, Port Moody (please park at Moody Station Parking Lot at West Coast Express)
  • When: April 1 from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Admission: Free

Capture Photography Festival


Image: Capture Photography Festival / Facebook

  • What: The annual Capture Photography Festival celebrates and promotes photography and lens-based art throughout Metro Vancouver with nearly 100 exhibitions, public art projects, and educational activities. The Festival promotes awareness of Vancouver’s unique history of photo-conceptualism, inspires community engagement, and creates platforms for showcasing new practices from local, international, and emerging artists.
  • Where: Venues all over Vancouver
  • When: April 1 to 28

Starlit Citadel Grand Opening

  • What: Starlit Citadel celebrates its brand new retail location with a day of games and prizes. Board Games, Dice, T-Shirts, Figurines, Mugs, Plushies and all kinds of things to fulfill your tabletop and geeky needs.
  • Where: Starlit Citadel – 187 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: April 1 from 10 am to 9 pm
  • Admission: Free

False-o-Ween 10: Trouble in Toontown

  • What: SHAH and TURU transform 560 into two loony floors of music, with nine toony zones to explore, play and get lost in. Stage performance by Subscura, aerial performance by M.Cat, and 12 DJs.
  • Where: 560 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 1 from 9 pm to 3 am
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Sister Shop: Charity Clothing and Craft Market

  • What: Sister Shop is a community-based clothing and craft sale with proceeds going towards WAVAW-Rape Crisis Centre. In addition to racks of vintage clothing to sift through, the event will also feature local DJs, handmade craftsmen goods, tasty drinks, a feminist merchandise table and more.
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 1 from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: $2 suggested donation

Angels in America: The Next Millennium – Panel Discussion

  • What: A special panel discussion on Angels in America and how Tony Kushner’s masterpiece still resonates within the LGBTQ community and beyond. Panelists will include Dave Deveau, Spencer Chandra Herbert, Veena Sood, Colin Thomas, and more. There will be moderated-curated questions directed to the panelists as well as an opportunity to ask questions from the audience.
  • Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – 2760 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 1 from 10 am to noon
  • Tickets:Online, Free

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Reel 2 Real International Film Festival


Image: Reel 2 Real Film Festival / Facebook

  • What: The Reel 2 Real International Film Festival inspires and equips youth to analyze, appreciate, explore, create and share screen media. Featuring public screenings, hands-on workshops, interactive panel discussions, and public forums.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.), and Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews)
  • When: April 2 to 8
  • Info: On Facebook

Salary-men & Women Sake Party at B-Bin

  • What: In Japan, April is a time when young men and women start their school year or begin full-time jobs. This is an important cultural time synonymous with ceremonies or parties. To celebrate this time here in Vancouver, local Japanese restaurant B-Bin is throwing a Salary-men & Women Sake Party which includes a six-course meal paired with four premium sakes.
  • Where: B-Bin – 3093 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 2 from 1:30 to 3 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $58

Art & Craft Supply Swap Meet

  • What: Re-use, recycle, and re-vamp your art and craft supplies that have been gathering in your storage areas. Find new paint brushes, paper pads, scrapbooks and more.
  • Where: Sullivan Hall – 6306 152nd Street, Surrey
  • When: April 2 from 1 to 5 pm
  • Admission: Free

YVR POP CHOIR – VOKRA Benefit Concert

  • What: YVR POP CHOIR’s first benefit concert. This show will feature songs by Lauryn Hill, Feist, Ed Sheeran, Boyz II Men, and more. Funds raised will support Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue (VOKRA), a volunteer-driven non-profit dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 2 at 3 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $18

Bats are Way Cool because:

  • What: Post-doctoral researcher Joanna Burgar will take you on a trip down under to fly with these exquisite, enigmatic creatures through the eucalyptus forests of south-western Australia, and explain how her PhD research is helping a mining company restore forest to benefit bats now and into the future.
  • Where: Beaty Biodiversity Museum – 2122 Main Mall, Vancouver
  • When: April 2 from 1 to 2 pm
  • Admission: Included with museum admission or membership


  • What: Join the cast of Robin Hood: Prince of Tease as they present an evening of sultry seductions and titillating teases. A fundraiser for the upcoming musical, The Junction will be jam-packed with two hours of non-stop burlesque performances. Complete with balloon girls and guys, a silent auction and plenty of prizes to be won.
  • Where: The Junction – 1138 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 2 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $8 + donation

Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks

Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

  • What: Second-to-last home game of the season when the Sharks roll through town.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: April 2 at 4 pm
  • Tickets:Online, $55-$285

The Chosen Food: Mantι, Börek, Baklava: Shabbat Dinner & Fresh Challah

  • What: The Chosen Food dinner series was created by The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC so guests could eat their way through the traditional meals of BC’s multicultural Jewish Community. This one is all about Mantι, Börek, Baklava: Shabbat Dinner & Fresh Challah, and each dish will be presented by Vancouver-based artist Derya Akay in addition to female elders who will share an oral history of the memory and symbolism associated with each item.
  • Where: The Jewish Museum and Archives of BC – 6184 Ash Street, Second Floor, Vancouver
  • When: April 2 from 5 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Conjure The Night

  • What: Conjure the Night will start with a live conversation with stage magician and escape artist James Randi about his career in magic and skepticism. Then prepare to be amazed by magicians Randi, Shawn Farquhar, Murray Hatfield and Matt Dillahunty
  • Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
  • When: April 2 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, from $45-$75

Vanier Coffeehouse: Garden Party

  • What: The last Vanier Coffeehouse of the year, and it promises to be the fanciest one yet. Expect fruity drinks, platters of finger sandwiches and fancy food items. An amazing array of talent will also be showcased.
  • Where: Place Vanier Residence – 1935 Lower Mall, Vancouver
  • When: April 2 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Admission: Free
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