20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: March 18 and 19

Mar 16 2017, 10:14 pm

March is over half finished, so let’s make the most of the rest of the month! To get you started, here is the Daily Hive checklist of 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, 2017.

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

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Celtic Village at Robson Square

The Paperboys/Celtic Fest

  • What: Celebrate all things Irish at the Celtic Village and Street Market. Taking over Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, the Celtic Village will be filled with music, dance, food, shopping and more! The street fair also features music on the Main Stage and Howe Street Stage, highland games demos, BC’s best pipe bands, street performers, festive vendors, face painting, and more.
  • Where: Robson Square and the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
  • When: Now to March 18 from noon to 11 pm
  • Tickets: $10 cover charge after 7 pm, free before

UBC HOLI Festival 2017

  • What: Dance around, cover yourself with colourful powder, and play with water guns at this year’s UBC HOLI festival. The festival is celebrating equality with colours and UBC’s Indian Students Association wants you to be a part of it. Come to the event dressed in all white and have a ton of fun.
  • Where: 6359 Agronomy Road, UBC
  • When: March 18 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free. After party tickets can be purchased online

Real Talk Summit

  • What: Centred around honest and insightful conversations with influential entrepreneurs and trailblazers, the aim of the Real Talk Summit is to provide the truth about what it takes to succeed in business, make an impact and elevate brands. Talks and panel discussions will cover three core themes: solo entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and big thinkers.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: March 18 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $249, group packages available

Beaver Watch

  • What: Try to spot a beaver as it goes about its nightly work. Presented by Metro Vancouver.
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • When: March 18 from 6 pm to 8 pm
  • More Info: Online, $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

Refuge – Firehall Arts Centre

Image: Emily Cooper

  • What: An East African army deserter lands in Nova Scotia in hopes of reuniting with his mother, who already has refugee status. Refuge is a story highlighting our suspicions between refugee and terrorist, and the difficult questions about who we let in during these tumultuous times. Based on a CBC Radio documentary, Refuge is “a provocative story of the pitfalls of seeking sanctuary in today’s suspicious world.”
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street
  • When: March 18 to April 1
  • Tickets: Online, $23-$33

Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • What: Red Hot Chili Peppers are touring in support of their 11th studio album, The Getaway. The Getaway made its debut at number one in ten different countries while reaching number two in the band’s home country of the United States along with the United Kingdom and Canada. Its first single, “Dark Necessities”, became the band’s 13th #1 single on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: March 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $69-$119

Brian Aylward’s Big Little BC Tour

  • What: Brian Aylward is the 2016 Canadian Comedy Award Winner for “Best Stand Up Comic”. He is a two time Top 8 finalist on Sirius XM Canada’s Top Comic competition, has performed at JFL42, Halifax ComedyFest and appeared several times on CBC’s The Debaters. Also featuring Simon King and Jane Stanton. 
  • Where: Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse – 403 East Hasting Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 18 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Converge with International Centre of Arts and Technology

  • What: An evening of Literature, Art, Music and Video Games at Lipont Art Centre in Richmond.
  • Where: Lipont Art Centre – 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • When: March 18 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, by donation

Opening Night by Norm Foster

  • What: The Royal Canadian Theatre Company’s final show of the 2016/2017 season. Ellie King directs this fantastic comedy where sports meets the theatre in a hilarious evening out.
  • Where: Surrey Arts Centre Theatre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: March 18 at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $18-$28

Vancouver Whitecaps Irish Day Celebration

Image: Vancouver Whitecaps FC / Flickr

  • What: March down to BC Place with Whitecaps FC supporters groups and check out live Irish music in Terry Fox Plaza before heading in to watch Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC. After the game, head back to Celtic Village for headline Irish Acts and the Mill Street Beer Garden (free admission with your Whitecaps ticket).
  • Where: Meet at Celtic Village – Robson Square
  • When: March 18 at 11 am
  • More InfoOnline

Sunday, March 19, 2017

YouTube Afternoon

  • What: Vancouver Web Fest is hosting it’s first ever YouTube Afternoon where their most popular content creators will be sharing how to create relevant and engaging content for YouTube. The event is being held during their 4th annual International Digital Series Festival
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
  • When: March 19 from 2:30 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

MEC Learn to Trail Run 5K/10K Clinic

  • What: Always wanted to run on the trails, but don’t know where to start? Join MEC North Vancouver for a 5 km or 10 km Trail Running Clinic. Learn how to navigate the trails, power up hills, and everything you need to bring on your trail runs.  You’ll also earn a free race entry to one of MEC’s Lower Mainland Trail Races.
  • Where: Participants meet once a week at various locations.
  • When: March 19 to May 28 (no session April 16) from 9 to 10:30 am
  • Register: Online, $40

Fun and Games at Lonsdale Quay Market

  • What: Don’t know where to take the kids during Spring Break? Stop by the Market to play board games with a view. A wide range of games including Jenga, Monopoly Deal, Twister, Uno and Checkers will be available at the Visitor’s Center located on the Market Level. Sign-out a game, grab a snack and enjoy the break.
  • Where: Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver
  • When: Now to April 1 from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

Monster Sunday at Haney House Museum

  • What: Participate in monster-themed crafts and games, and take home a cookie. A special display will be featured on the ‘Art of Storytelling’ with characters from Monsters, Inc.
  • Where: Haney House Museum – 11612 224 St, Maple Ridge
  • When: March 19 from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Tickets: $5 per child

2017 Sonic Boom Festival

  • What: Held every spring, the Sonic Boom Festival is a multi-day celebration of music by B.C. composers. Every year Vancouver Pro Musica features a composer in residence, talented musical ensembles, and dozens of new works by emerging and established BC composers.
  • Where: Various venues around Vancouver
  • When: Now to March 19
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Medicine Wheel Ceremony

VanDusen Botanical Garden

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  • What: People from varying backgrounds and spiritual traditions are invited to gather to celebrate the beginning of a new season. The Medicine Wheel is a symbol of holistic teachings based on the cycles of nature. Drumming, singing, and prayers will be shared.  The ceremony concludes with a potluck.
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 19 from noon to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free with garden admission

Hockey Night at The Cinematheque

  • What: One year before Megan Follows enchanted a nation as the pigtailed heart-tugger of Anne of Green Gables, she laced up her skates for the fondly-remembered ‘80s television movie, Hockey Night. Cinema Sunday films are introduced by Vancouver film history teacher and critic Michael van den Bos.
  • Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 19 at 1 pm
  • Register: Online, $7-$10

21st Century Flea Market

  • What: Boho chic to ’50s kitsch, collectibles, memorabilia, vintage kitchenalia and more on 175 tables of bargains. Plus learn about your own vintage treasures and collectibles.
  • Where: Croatian Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: March 19 from 10 am to 3 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $5, children under 13 free with adult admission

Building your Backyard Garden Workshop

  • What: Port Moody Farmers Market and Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden help you get your backyard garden ready for the warm weather ahead. In this workshop, participants will learn about what seeds to start now, how to properly care for their new plants, and steps to take to help ensure a healthy harvest. Each participant will plant their own seeds and leave with small pots ready for love, light and water and $10 in market money.
  • Where: Port Moody Farmers Market – 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody
  • When: March 19 at 10:30 am and noon
  • Cost: $20

SMOC Bizarre Bazaar

  • What: The Society for the Museum of Original Costume (SMOC) is hosting their first Bizarre Bazaar, with vendors from vintage to modern clothing and accessories.
  • Where: Society for the Museum of Original Costume – 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: March 19 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10
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