7 things to do in Vancouver today: Friday, March 17

Mar 14 2017, 1:08 am

Happy Friday aka St. Patrick’s Day! There are fun events happening all over Vancouver, so check out our list of seven things to do to get started, from Celtic Village to an Irish improv show.

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



  • What: Daya is a breakout musician who is driving pop music down a different path. Her first single “Hide Away” is platinum-certified, and has had more than 205 million streams on Spotify. Her voice is also recognizable through The Chainsmokers’ hit single “Don’t Let Me Down” which was a #1 hit last year. 
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Vancouver Web Fest 2017

  • What: Vancouver Web Fest shines a spotlight on Internet-created programming. Over 60 web series from 27 countries will be featured, and industry experts will share their experience across distribution, marketing, and new technologies. There will be a St. Patrick’s Day launch party on Friday, a Game Show and Karaoke night on Saturday, and an Awards Ceremony and Gala on Sunday.
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC
  • When: March 17 to 19
  • Tickets: Online, $1o-$150

Paddy Waggin’s St Paddy’s Day Party

  • What: Paddy Waggin’ is a traditional Irish/Canadian folk rock band hailing from Vancouver. Rooted in traditional Irish folk but with rock/punk influences, they play originals and traditional Irish, plus cover songs from newer Celtic groups. Paddy Waggin’ plays Falconetti’s East Side Grill for St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Where: Falconetti’s East Side Grill – 1812 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 9 pm
  • Cost: Free

Leprechaun Toonie Skate

  • What: Ice skating, face painting, magical crafts and a pot of gold games.
  • Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: March 17 from 2:30 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: $2, free for children three years and under. Skates and helmet included.

Peppa Pig Meet & Greet

  • What: Peppa Pig is a British preschool animated television series about a loveable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her little brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favourite things include playing games, dressing up, days out and jumping in muddy puddles. Little ones are invited to meet Peppa in Capilano Mall’s Grand Court
  • Where: Surrey Arts Centre Theatre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • When: March 17 from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Tickets: $2, more info online

Celtic Village at Robson Square


Image: CelticFest / Facebook

  • 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! This weekend-long 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: March 17 to 18 from noon to 11 pm
  • Tickets: $10 cover charge after 7 pm, free before

Shamrocks & Shenanigans

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports League’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration. Irish-themed improv all night long, with Lucky Charm Leprechauns roving the Theatre bringing hilarity and a chance to win a pot o’ gold to all they encounter. VTSL will hold a 50-50 draw at each show, while over in Poet’s Corner, Celtic Colleen will improvise custom limericks tailored to each guest.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 17 at 7:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 11:15 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$23.50
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