23 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: April 29 and 30

Apr 27 2017, 4:10 pm

The last weekend of April is upon us, and it’s filled with fun events around the city. Call up your friends and make plans with Daily Hive’s checklist of things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30.

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

Saturday, April 29

Get out and vote in advance of the BC election

  • What: Saturday is the first day of advance voting across the province. If you’re eligible to vote, head to a voting location and mark your ballot.
  • When: April 29 and 30, May 3 to 6 from 8 am to 8 pm

Vancouver Police Auction 2017

Image: Able Auctions

  • What: If you’re in the market for a new bike, golf equipment, instruments, or harder-to-find items like oriental scrolls, the annual Vancouver Police auction may just have what you want. The annual event sells off goods recovered by the VPD which have gone unclaimed for the past six months. More than 250 top-of-the-line bikes will be auctioned off. This includes mountain, downhill, racing bikes and retro cruisers.
  • Where: Able Auctions – 13557 77th Avenue, Surrey
  • When: April 29 from 9 am to 4 pm (doors open at 8 am)
  • Info: Able Auctions

METACoSM with Alex Grey and Allyson Grey

  • What: MetaCoSM is an immersive multimedia event featuring the live painting experience of world renowned visionary artists Alex Grey and Allyson Grey. MetaCoSM is seamlessly set within an environment of high calibre music, visual projections, performances and a CoSM art exhibition.
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 29 at 8 pm
  • More Info: Online

Said The Whale concert

  • What: Said the Whale has been making the rounds, hitting venues across North America while making a name for themselves in the indie rock scene along the way. As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide, the band’s fifth studio album, marks a return to the group’s formative philosophies. Set for release on March 31, 2017, Said The Whale recorded their latest batch of songs in various Vancouver studios
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 29 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25

NHL Draft Lottery

  • What: While the Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway, there’s a major event happening on Saturday for Canucks fans – the 2017 Draft Lottery. Last year, the Canucks had an 11.5% chance of getting the first overall pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft, and this year their chances are even better at 12.1%.
  • When: April 29 at 4:30 pm PT
  • Where: The announcement will be made from Toronto, but you can watch it on CBC and Sportsnet, and follow our coverage on Daily Hive

Keep Vancouver Spectacular 2017

  • What: A city-wide volunteer event will hit the streets of Vancouver this weekend, as part of a year-long cleanup campaign called Keep Vancouver Spectacular. All materials needed for the cleanup will be provided by the City, including tongs, gloves, plastic bags, and brooms. You can also lead your own cleanup and arrange for the bags of garbage to be picked up by the City afterwards.
  • When: April 29 from 10 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Collingwood CPC Offices – 5160 Joyce Street, Vancouver
  • Registration: By phone 604-871-6554, or by email

Vancouver Virtual Reality Film Festival

  • What: The second and final day of the inaugural YVRFF takes place and will host five screening sessions showcasing the final selection of VR films from around the world.
  • When: Saturday, April 29
  • Where: CBC Studio 700 – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Art on the Spot

  • What: A free event celebrating International Dance Day.
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for Performing Arts – 6450 Deer Ave, Burnaby
  • When: April 29 at 11 am
  • Cost: Free

Dead Man Walking – Vancouver Opera

  • What: Modern opera classic Dead Man Walking is part of Vancouver Opera’s inaugural festival, along with traditional favourites Otello and The Marriage of FigaroDead Man Walking is considered the most-produced 21st Century opera, and is based on a popular movie and novel of the same name. Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch will take the role of a convicted murderer who is befriended by a Catholic nun (mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges).
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 29 to May 7
  • Tickets: Online, $45-$165

BIL Vancouver 2017

  • What: A weekend of exchange of opinions, community connecting, dance-floor filling and food eating fun. BIL Vancouver is participant driven and volunteer run, and is a great way to engage with your neighbours and talk about (even celebrate) the future.
  • Where: The Beaumont Studios – 316 and 326 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: April 29 and 30
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$20

Vegan Bake Sale for Small Animal Rescue Society of BC

  • What: The third annual 100% vegan bake sale in support of The Small Animal Rescue Society of BC. The North Vancouver event is part of Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, providing delicious treats for worthy causes.
  • Where: KORNA Natural Pet Supplies – 1174 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
  • When: April 29 from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Cost: Various prices for various baked goods

International Tabletop Day Board Game Quest

  • What: To celebrate International TableTop Day, four Vancouver game stories are sending you on a Board Game Quest. On April 29th, visit any participating store and receive your Quest Card. Visit all participating locations and complete a game or trial for a chance at a grand prize.
  • Where: Starlit Citadel – 187 East 11th Ave, Drexoll Games – 2880 West 4th Ave, Players Wanted Games and Collectibles – 7161 Victoria Drive, Pizzeria Ludica – 189 Keefer Place
  • When: April 29 from 12 to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free

Sunday, April 30

VanDusen Plant Sale 2017

  • What: Thousands of plants are on sale at VanDusen this Sunday, with all proceeds going to the garden’s education programs. Plus in celebration of Canada 150, the Botanical Garden is offering free admission to explore the scenic living museum of plants collected from around the world.
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 30 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Admission: Free

Daffodil Dash

  • What: Add a spring to your step during Daffodil Month with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Dash – a 1 km walk, 5 km run, and mini dash for kids that raises funds for cancer research and prevention and support for people living with the disease right now.
  • Where: Vancouver at Creekside Park, the North Shore at Ambleside Park and Port Moody at Rocky Point Park
  • When: April 30
  • Registration: Online

Drunk Magic with Wes Barker


Image: Wes Barker / Facebook

  • What: Magician Wes Baker will hold a live podcast with comedians Simon King and Ivan Decker where the drinking will begin. After the podcast, both Simon and Ivan will do 15 minute sets followed by Wes performing a magic show where the audience will choose the tricks and the drinks.
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 30 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Hastings Park Winter Farmer’s Market

  • What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, and food trucks.
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, until April 30

Get out and vote in advance of the BC election

  • What: Don’t wait in line on General Voting Day (May 9) and get your vote placed ahead of time!
  • When: April 30, May 3 to 6 from 8 am to 8 pm

Axewood at Red Truck on Sundays

  • What: Join the Axewood Crew every Sunday at Red Truck Brewery for some axe throwing and a few beers. You can either come down and “Have A Throw” which is open to all regardless of experience (first timers welcome), or enter a weekly axe throwing “Beer League”. Axewood proceeds go to supporting Wellmen.org, a men’s health and adventure organization that uses the “wilderness” to bring men back to our true nature through soul stoking adventures.
  • Where: Red Truck Beer – 295 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday from 12 pm to close
  • Cost: $15/10 for throws. Beer League Weekly Tournaments sign-up also available.

Furry Tails Foot Race

  • What: A fundraiser to help Langley’s stray, lost and unwanted dogs and cats.  Put your best foot forward as you challenge yourself and other “heroes for animals” on the beautiful trails at Derby Reach.
  • Where: Derby Reach Regional Park – Langley
  • When: April 30 at 9 am
  • Register: Online

Brothers Grimm Afternoon Tea at Notch8

Notch8 Restaurant & Bar/Facebook

  • What: If you’ve ever wanted to be transported right into a fairy tale, you can do so by booking a table at Notch8 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where they are doing a special Brothers Grimm Afternoon Tea. Notch8’s setup in their Private Dining room has Red Riding Hood’s basket of breads and tiers of wooden log rounds are used to hold delectable goodies.
  • Where: Notch 8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Now through April 30, Wednesday to Sunday at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
  • Tickets: Adults $59; Children $29.5 (ages 12 and under); For reservations or more information, please call 604-662-1900 or email [email protected]

Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik

  • What: Bollywood’s popular singers Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik perform their biggest songs with Grand Symphony Orchestra.
  • Where: PNE Agrodome – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 30 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $32.35-$85.55

7th Annual Vancouver Wheelmen Vintage Bicycle Swap Meet

  • What: Find yourself a beautiful vintage bike to roll this summer! Lots of vendors will be selling everything from complete bicycles to that missing piece you have been searching for to finish a project.
  • Where: Brittania Community Services Centre – 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
  • When: April 30 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Admission: Free

Hop Circuit 2017

  • What: Walk, skate, or bike over to East Van’s Brewing District for the second annual Hop Circuit, including free behind-the-scene tours, and the chance to taste some fresh beer and spirits. Take a self-guided tour or hop on the shuttle service provided by Vancouver Brewery Tours. Maintain your strength with grub from the many food trucks scattered around the neighbourhood.
  • Where: East Vancouver
  • When: April 30 from 1 to 5 pm
  • Cost: Free
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