20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: March 4 and 5

Feb 26 2017, 8:19 pm

The first weekend of March is here, and it’s loaded with exciting events around the city. Here are a ton of things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, 2017.

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Variety of Queers

Burlesque satire artist Jenny Magenta (Variety of Queers)

Burlesque satire artist Jenny Magenta (Variety of Queers)

  • What: Vancouver performance group Variety of Queers is holding its first ever live show and dance party to help gay and transgender refugees this Saturday. The show will feature singing, drag performances, comedy, dancing, and a burlesque satire artist. There will also be a 50/50 draw, raffle prizes and a silent auction to support Rainbow Refugee, followed by a dance party with DJs Krista and Denise.
  • Where: The Wise Hall & Lounge – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 4 at 8 pm. Dance party at 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online or at JQ Clothing on Commercial Drive, $25-$50; Pay What You Can admission is available via email at [email protected]. 19+

Hashtag Gaming: Man of the Match XBoxFIFA ’17 Tournament

  • What: Love playing FIFA but are bored of playing people online? Compete in Hashtag Gaming’s live FIFA 17 Tournament at the Microsoft Store in Metrotown. Compete against others to become Vancouver’s next FIFA Champion and win great prizes.
  • Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4800 Kingsway #230, Burnaby
  • When: March 4 at noon
  • Tickets: Online, $25

2017 Vancouver Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show

  • What: Discover hiking, running and triathlons, camping, kayaking, canoeing, and adventure travel, plus be inspired with seminars from seasoned travellers and experts.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: March 4 to 5
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Sideshow Comedy Improv

Sideshow Comedy Improv Pacfic Theatre

Image: Pacific Theatre / Facebook

  • What: Pacific Theatre’s annual romp through the halls of improv comedy, featuring some of their favourite improvisers-about-town. It’s a family-friendly night of fun and laughter. Hosted by Brad Rossington with accompaniment by Peter Abando.
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When:  March 3 at 8 pm, March 4 at 2 and 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15.70-$28.30


  • What: TEDxStanleyPark is one of the world’s largest TED conferences. It is held every March in Vancouver, British Columbia. High-impact talks address a diverse range of humanity’s tough challenges and offer practical and optimistic solutions. These talks inspire, stimulate and activate thoughtful optimists with open minds and big hearts to move the needle toward a better world.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 4 from 8 am to 6 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $77-$127

Dragons’ Den Auditions

  • What: The Dragons’ Den audition tour welcomes participants of all ages, with businesses at any stage of development. Hopeful entrepreneurs should prepare to pitch their concept to the Dragons’ Den producers in five minutes or less. If they show the producers they have what it takes to pitch in the Den, they could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons.
  • Where: Century Plaza Hotel & Spa – 1015 Burrard Street
  • When: March 4 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • More Info: Online

A Night Out For Music Heals 2017

  • What: Hit the town on March 4 while raising money and awareness for music therapy. Music Heals welcome support from nightclubs, bars, pubs, microbreweries, and restaurants.
  • Where: Various bars and restaurants across Vancouver
  • When: March 4
  • More Info: Online

ECCW: Pacific Cup ’17

  • What: Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW) is Canada’s largest and longest running independent pro-wrestling promotion. Pacific Cup 2017 gets underway on Saturday, with the tournament winner also becoming ECCW Champion.
  • Where: Russian Community Centre – 2114 West 4th, Vancouver
  • When: March 4 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20-24

Vancouver Ukulele Festival Workshops

  • What: A weekend of ukulele workshops with jams, open-mic, tutor Q&A, specialist uke merchandise, ukulele raffle, prizes and more.
  • Where: Vancouver Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: March 4 from 6 to 9:30 pm, and March 5 from 10 am to 5:30 pm.
  • Cost: Online, $225

Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours

Tim Gage / Flickr

  • What: Explore the connection between snow and your drinking water. Learn about your water supply in a fun and active way while discovering alpine plants and animals. After a moderately strenuous snowshoe, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa.
  • Where: Mt. Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
  • When: March 10 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm, March 4, 11, 16, 18 and 23 from 10 am to 1:30 pm
  • Registration: Online, $18 with own snowshoes; $25 includes snowshoes rental. Ages 16+. Must be physically capable of hiking up and down steep sections with snowshoes.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Illionaire Records Canada Tour 2017

  • What: After successful Canadian tours in 2014 and 2015, South Korea’s duo The Quiett and Dok2 are returning to Vancouver. Dok2 started his career in the underground hip hop scene, dropping mixtapes and being featured on artist’s albums such as Epik High, Drunken Tiger and Supreme Team. He started releasing his own EP album in 2009. The Quiett started his hip hop career in 2003 and has made a name for himself in the music industry. In 2010, The Quiett’s album sales for The Real Me skyrocketed and he became a popular indie hip hop artist.
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 105-750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: March 5 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $70-$140

Opening Reception: Yue Baoyu: Symphony of Multi-visual Elements

  • What: The Arts Council of New Westminster presents Symphony of Multi-visual Elements, a solo exhibition by portrait artist Yue Baoyu. Baoyu combines modern and postmodern concepts in his paintings to create images inspired by both the Eastern and Western art languages. The Opening Reception includes a meet and greet with the artist.
  • Where: The Gallery at Queen’s Park – 1 Street and 3 Avenue, Queen’s Park entrance, New Westminster
  • When: March 5 from 2 to 4 pm. Exhibit runs from March 1 to 26
  • Cost: Free

Sunday Paella Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

  • What: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will once again conjure up the rustic flavours of Spain’s national dish with the return of the Sunday Paella Series. Taking place each Sunday through March and April, Executive Chef Alex Chen and team will serve up a three-course menu featuring Paella as the centrepiece of each communal, family-style feast. Other dishes featured during this meal include Young Beet Salad and Orange Crema Catalana.
  • Where: Richmond Centre – 6551 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • When: Every Sunday in March and April from 6 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $49 plus beverages

Whitecaps FC vs. Philadelphia Union


Image: Whitecaps

  • What: The soccer season is back underway and this will be your first opportunity to see Carl Robinson’s new look Whitecaps in league action when they host Philadelphia Union for their MLS opener.
  • Where: BC Place
  • When: March 5 at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$145

Crafty Comedy

  • What: Vancouver’s longest running open-mic. Featuring seasoned veterans, bright-eyed newbies, and the roast the host challenge. Hosted by Jonny Paul.
  • Where: 12 Kings Pub – 395 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday at 9 pm
  • Tickets: Free

She Said, She Said – Fundraiser for WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

  • What: A celebration of women’s art, brilliance and resilience. Come hear some awesome music written by women and queer folks while raising crucial funds for a local organization that works to end sexualized violence and support self-identified women survivors. Starring The Argyle with special guests Krystle Dos Santos, MamaRudeGyal, Hollow Twin and
    Red Heartbreaker.
  • Where: Studio Records – 919 Granville Street
  • When: March 5 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15

WriteRice – Vol. 2, Chapter 3

  • What: Are you a writer interested in producing Asian-themed literature? You’re invited to attend a writing session at the Ricepaper office where you can read your material to the crowd and hear opinions. Meet fellow writers and shape the next chapter of your saga.
  • Where: Ricepaper – 245 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: March 5 from 1 to 5 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, Free

Sunday Karaoke at The Yale

  • What: Country and Rock Karaoke at The Yale is launching on March 5th. Plus strap on your cowboy boots and take a ride on the bull. Hosted by Virginia Lynn.
  • Where: The Yale Saloon – 1300 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 5 from 8 pm to 12:30 am
  • Cost: Free

Top Dog: CKNW – The New Westminster Years

CKNW New Westminster

Image: New Westminster Museum and Archives

  • What: Using archival sources, New Westminster Museum and Archives will examine CKNW’s years in the Royal City, including its personalities, programs, and more.
  • Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 5 from 2 to 3 pm
  • Cost: Free, registration required

Tartine & Maple’s Cooking Series: “Freezer Dinner” #1

  • What: In this partially hands-on class guests will learn how to make meatballs, marinara, and banana bread. People will be provided with recipes to take home and they will also get to leave with what is made during the class – so be sure to bring containers. Participants in the class can expect a glass of wine and a welcome snack
  • Where: The Uncommon Cafe – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: March 5 from 2 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $55-$65