70 things to do in Vancouver in April

Mar 22 2019, 10:19 pm

Let’s start an amazing April! Here are 70 things to do in Vancouver this month, including Cherry Blossom Festivals, Michael Buble, and more.

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

Explore the great outdoors

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2019

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What: Vancouver’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of the city’s gorgeous pink cherry trees and a welcome sight for the winter-weary Vancouverites. The Cherry Blossom Festival looks to show off close to 40,000 trees, many of which originated as gifts from Japan. The festival looks to express the city’s gratitude while celebrating the beauty and joy that the blooms with the flowers. New to this year, festival organizers have made the point of asking anyone taking photos in neighbourhoods to be respectful when visiting.

When: April 4 to 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations throughout the city
Admission: Many free events and some ticketed events

Grouse Mountain Slush Cup 2019

What: Competitors, attired in their most ridiculous costume, attempt to cross a pool of slush on their skis or board. For onlookers in the “splash zone,” bring your positive vibes and lively support to encourage the best performances from all participants. Participants will be able to hit the pond as many times as they want, and prizes will be given to the best costume, best trick, best crash, crowd favourite and more. Don’t forget, creativity is key for our panel of judges.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Registration 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Slush Cup from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Where:  Grouse Mountain Resort – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Register: Online, $10

3rd Annual Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival

What: In its third year running, the festival celebrates the arrival of spring and the blooming of cherry blossoms. The festival, situated right beside the Fraser River, includes a day full of Japanese music, as well as traditional Japanese food and activities. Attendees can also expect traditional Japanese dance, Taiko drumming, and a number of talented musicians.

When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Free

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival

What: The 13th annual Tulips of the Valley Festival, now known as Chilliwack Tulip Festival, has announced its return to Chilliwack for the 2019 season. This year’s festival features more than 6.5 million bulbs. The first two weeks of the flowers will show off 10 varieties of hyacinths, 17 varieties of daffodils, and one-of-a-kind, handmade floral mosaics. Starting after the second weekend, 30 different kinds of tulips will be in bloom, with millions of bulbs in all the colours of the rainbow.

The festival will also offer a number of Instagram-worthy photo ops. Returning this year is the Chilliwack Tulip Festival’s famous windmill, traditional Dutch bicycle, and the famous tulip swing. Other attractions include the Rotary Train during weekends, weekend food trucks, a flower-themed gift shop, and tractor rides.

When: April 10 to May 5, 2019, with possible extension
Time: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Online

Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival 2019

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What: North America’s largest festival of snow sports, music, arts and mountain culture, après-ski, and much more. Taking place over five action-packed days, the festival is set to feature the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme, the Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships, and the Ski and Snowboard Big Air. The festival also features a variety of creative showdowns including the CLIF Intersection in Association with Protect Our Winters Canada, Swatch 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown, and the Pro Photographer Showdown.

Listen to live music as you party during the WSSF Outdoor Concert Series which brings in big names in the music scene to get you dancing. WSSF continues after dark at bars throughout Whistler where you can check out live bands and DJs every night from April 10 to 14.

When: Wednesday, April 10 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Times: Various times
Where: Whistler, British Columbia
Tickets: Ticket prices vary, purchase online

George Wainborn Park Shoreline Cleanup

What: Take part in the shoreline cleanup, meet new friends, or do something fun that gives back to the city. Volunteers will be cleaning up the area between Granville Bridge and the Ferry Dock. Please wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 9 to 11 am
Where: Meet in front of George Wainborn Park sign at the corner of Richards and Beach Crescent (stone entrance with pillars on each side)
Register: Online

Cross-country skiing at Cypress Mountain

What: Located at the Nordic Area on Hollyburn Ridge, Cypress Mountain’s cross country skiing area features 19 km of groomed trail, 7.5 km of trail for night skiing, and the largest ski school in Canada offering both skate and classic lessons.

When: From now to closing day of the season
Time:  Hours vary from day-to-day
Where: Cypress Mountain – 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
Rentals: Full day rentals start at $24, $16 after 3 pm

Goodbye Chums!

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What: Release salmon fry into the creek where they will start their journey to the sea.  Tour the hatchery. Take part in fun activities and games to find out how to help salmon. Presented with Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society.

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – meet at 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Explore the city

Bridal Fashion Week in Vancouver

What: The Vancouver extravaganza at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel brings together leading fashion designers and high-end vendors all under the same roof, making it a one-stop shop for inspiration and planning. Opening night on April 6 features a grand VIP dinner gala hosted at the luxury hotel near Canada Place.

This is one wedding event you do not want to miss. BFWC will feature leading bridal designers and jewellers from Canada, USA, UK, UAE, India and Pakistan — showcasing their unique collections. Brides who register online also get a chance to win giveaways worth more than $30,000.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Where: Fairmont Waterfront, 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Tickets: $10-15, available online

Reel 2 Real Film Festival

What: Through public screenings, hands-on workshops, interactive panel discussions, and public forums, Reel 2 Real is dedicated to showing the best in culturally diverse, authentic programming for youth. Highlights this year include the Canadian premiere of Mia and the White Lion (France), the Canadian premiere of A First Farewell (China), and the North American premiere of Makuko (Japan).

When: Sunday, April 7 to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Location: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St., and Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews
Tickets: Online

Elements Film Festival

What: The second annual Elements Film Festival will be taking place at TELUS World of Science April 8 – 14. In collaboration with Science World, this year’s environmental film festival will feature programming for all ages including films, presentations and panel discussions on a broad range of topics impacting our planet. Featuring films from international, Canadian and B.C. filmmakers, the festival provides a platform to experience different points of view on a range of important topics including wildlife conservation, climate change, plastic pollution in our oceans, poaching, habitat loss, invasive species, and environmental law.

When: Monday, April 8 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Location: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet, Surrey

What: The City of Surrey will host its ninth annual Earth Day celebration ‘Party for the Planet’ at Civic Plaza on Saturday, April 13 from 10am to 6pm. The signature Surrey event will feature the new Live Green World, offering environmental workshops, a sustainable marketplace, acoustic concert series and local vendors. Soulful singer Colin Bullock, indie pop duo Harlequin Gold, and children’s performers Bobs & Lolo will perform on the TD Main Stage, located inside Council Chambers.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Civic Plaza at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

French Moderns Exhibition: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950

What: Running now through May 20, the exhibition showcases a collection of mesmerizing sculptures, paintings, and drawings, from the Brooklyn Museum. You can expect to see works of art by legends like Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Auguste Rodin, and more.

When: Now to May 20, 2019
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery — 750 Hornby Street
Price: Ranging from $6.50 to $24 — Tickets available via Vancouver Art Gallery

Eastside Flea

What: Eastside Flea is a modern-day flea market that takes place bi-weekly in Vancouver, BC. Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade independent maker wares to vintage clothing, collectibles, plants, artisan eats and more. You’ll also find food trucks, live vinyl deejays, pinball, an outdoor courtyard, and more.

When: April 6 and 7, April 20 and 21, May 4 and 5, May 18 and 19, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Location: Eastside Studios – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
Admission: $3

Heritage Writers’ Group

What: Start capturing your life story for family and posterity. No preparation required; just bring a pen and paper, or your laptop.

When: April 15, May 27, June 17, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Where: PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives – 150-2248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Pop-up rollerskate at Robson Square rink


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What: The good times start at 4 pm with the All-Ages Family Skate, a roller derby bout presented by Rolla Skate Club at 6 pm. Then, from 7 pm to 10 pm, there will be disco-themed adult-skate, featuring tunes from DJ K-Tel. Rental skates will be available, provided by the Rolla Skate Club truck, but sizes are limited. Skaters are encouraged to purchase tickets and reserve skates in advance

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online. Adults $15, Kids 12 & under $10, skate rentals $10

Vaisakhi Day Parade

What: Everyone is welcome at the annual Vaisakhi Day Parade, featuring cultural floats, community performers and live music. To pay tribute to the harvest celebration roots of the parade, attendees are given free food and drink from hundreds of local residents and businesses.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
Where: Parade starts at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar – 12885 85 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Vancity Richmond Clothing Fix it

What: Bring your clothes that need to be repaired and a team of expert fixers will show you how you can repair the clothes yourself. Sewing machines, threads, needles and all sewing supplies will be provided on site. No experience necessary and all are welcome.

When: April 27, May 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Vancity Blundell Centre community branch – 6020 Blundell Rd Unit 130, Richmond,
Register: Online, Free

Welcome Ramadan, Celebrate Eid!

What: Welcome Ramadan, the holy month of fasting in the Islamic calendar. Learn about the meaning of Ramadan and enjoy family activities including calligraphy, crafts, henna tattoos, and more. This event is held in partnership with City of Richmond, Touchstone Family Association, Welcome Ramadan & Eid Celebration Committee and BC Muslim Art House.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Richmond Public Library Brighouse Branch – 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: Free

Earth Day Celebration at Richmond Nature Park

Earth Day

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What: Celebrate Earth Day at Richmond Nature Park, with fun activities for the whole family. Co-hosted by Vancouver Family Fun Club.

When: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Times: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Admission: By donation

Laugh the night away

Ola Dada’s Black Out Comedy

What: Ola Dada hosts a new monthly showcase at the Comedy Basement of the funniest up-and-coming black stand-ups and touring pro headliners from here in Vancouver and around the world. The headliner is Zainab Johnson with special feature Jeffrey Joseph.

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Comedy Basement at Goldies – 605 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $12

Parkside Comedy Nights

What: Vancouver comedians Ryan Williams and Alistair Ogden host a night of comedy in the Parkside Tasting Room with a rotating cast of comedians monthly.

When: April 4, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Parkside Brewery – 2731 Murray Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Gerry Dee

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What: Gerry Dee celebrates 20 years of stand-up Canadian comedy at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts with special guest Ivan Decker.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts – 777 Homer Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Jim Gaffigan

What: Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times bestselling author, and top-touring performer Jim Gaffigan is set to perform live in Abbotsford in April as part of his Quality Time Tour.

Known around the world for his unique brand of humour, which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life, Gaffigan is one of the world’s highest grossing stand-up comedians.

When: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre — 33800 King Road
Price: Tickets available via Ticketmaster — Starting at $45

Gary Gulman

What: Gary’s stand up appearances have been seen on every late night show including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Other television credits include NBC’s The Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show for Comedy Central, and his second one-hour special for Comedy Central and Netflix, Gary Gulman: In This Economy?

When: Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $25 plus fees

Improv Against Humanity: Superhero Edition

What: Grab your shield and join the comedy action at the Rio Theatre for a special edition of Improv Against Humanity. Inspired by Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Shazam!, April’s #IAHatRIO will feature caped comedians serving up a tonne of comic book laughs. Epic prizes, hilarious heroes and twisted villains, and the coronation of the next Most Horrible Person in Vancouver.

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $12

Out Again At The Inn

What: A Leaping Thespians original comedy. Mary and Marie continue to have their hands full, running their struggling bed and breakfast, while hosting the Blackberry Cove jam-making contest, with no help from their chronically high neighbours. And then, their least favourite guest decides this is her weekend to come out. What could go wrong?

When: Wednesday, April 24 to Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Throne and Games – The Last Laugh

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What: A lonely Queen sits atop the Iron Throne, but her kingdom is under threat from all sides. The final fight between the Lannisters, Starks and Targaryens is about to go down and everyone will probably die – die laughing that is. Throne and Games – The Last Laugh is the final instalment in VTS’ parody trilogy that started in 2015.

When: Friday, April 26 to Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Happy Easter!

Breakfast with the Bunny

What:  Enjoy delicious food, craft-making tables and more at Confederation Community Centre’s family holiday event. The Easter Bunny comes by to celebrate too.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Confederation Community Centre – 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby
Admission: $5 per person

VanDusen Garden’s Eggciting Easter Hop

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What: From Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21, families are invited to the VanDusen Botanical Garden for the annual Easter Hop. Young children will get the chance to collect eggs near the maze, take home some sweet treats, and hop along to music on the great lawn.

In addition to taking photos with the Easter Bunny, children are also encouraged to dress up in their own spring attire, with prizes awarded to the best costume. VanDusen will also have several food trucks on-site for families to enjoy after the hunt. Entry to the event also includes access to VanDusen’s 55-acre garden.

When: Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21, 2019
Time: Four sessions daily at 10 and 11 am; 12 and 1 pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online. Prices range from $7.50 to $18 based on age

Adults-only Easter Egg Hunt

What: Taking place at Taves Family Farms’ Applebarn in Abbotsford, the event is open to the public and will feature local food, beverages, and live music. Ticket prices include one complimentary alcoholic beverage, and additional drinks can be purchased throughout the duration of the event. For designated drivers, there will be unlimited complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be a petting zoo and charcuterie plates. The event is a new element being introduced this year, as part of Taves Family Farms’ annual Easterfest celebration, and is being held in support of Canuck Place.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Taves Family Farms’ Applebarn – 333 Gladwin Road., Abbotsford
Admission: $55, tickets available online

Easter at the Cannery

What: This annual fun-filled family-friendly weekend features crafts, story time, games, and of course, the Easter Salmon Scavenger Hunt, all inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Throughout the day, the Cannery will have activities suitable for kids ages 2 to 12 years old, including the Easter Salmon “Egg” Hunt – hunts start every 30 minutes, beginning at 11 am and ending at 4:30 pm. All Easter hunt participants will receive an Easter treat for their efforts!

When: Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21, 2019 
10 am to 5 pm
 Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
$4.90 for Kids/Youth (2-16) and $3.90 for accompanying Adults 17 and over.

Grandparent & Family Easter Egg Hunt

What: Enjoy Easter festivities at Bonsor. Decorate an Easter basket, make Easter-themed crafts and go on an adventurous egg hunt. Children (17 months to 10 years) must be accompanied by a grandparent or parent.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex – 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
Register: Online, $5

Easter Eggstravaganza


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What: Celebrate Easter at Hamilton Community Centre with an Easter Egg Hunt, crafts, games and a visit with the Easter Bunny. Parent participation and registration of children only is required.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Hamilton Community Centre – 5140 Smith Drive, Richmond
Admission:$10 per child. To register contact the front desk at 604-718-8055

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Canucks vs San Jose Sharks

What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the San Jose Sharks on April 2.

When: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Whitecaps

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

What: Vancouver Whitecaps continue their MLS season at BC Place this month, with home games against the LA Galaxy on April 5, Los Angeles Football Club on April 17, and Philadelphia Union on April 27.

When: April 5, April 17 and April 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Warriors

What: Vancouver Warriors bring National Lacrosse League action to Rogers Arena with home games against Philidelphia Wings on April 14, and Toronto Rock on April 26

When: April 14 and April 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.

When: Open year round
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Hastings Park Farmers’ Market

What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, craft alcohol producers, and food trucks. There is free parking for market shoppers at Gate 2 off of Renfrew St.

When: Every Sunday to Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
Admission: Free

New West Farmers Winter Market

What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.

When: April 6 and April 20, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Belmont Street between 6th Street and 7th Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Kwantlen Street Winter Market

When: Every Saturday from now to June 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University – 12666 72nd Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Port Moody Winter Farmers Market

What: Established in 2008, the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market began as a bi-weekly market in the lobby and courtyard of the Port Moody Rec Centre. Now a weekly market, shoppers can stop by every Sunday for local BC produce, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods.

When: Every Sunday to April 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Port Moody Recreation Complex – 300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Langley Community Farmers’ Winter Market

What: Find vendors inside and out of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University courtyard and parking lot. Look out for new and returning vendors, and tons of fun activities at each market

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley
Admission: Free

Haney Farmers’ Market

What: A vibrant outdoor Saturday market in downtown Maple Ridge, Haney Farmers’ Market sells fresh farm produce, locally-grown fruit and veg, preserves, baked goods, artisan crafts, fine art, and more.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Memorial Peace Park – 224th Street, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Cannery Farmers’ Market

What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market is Steveston’s indoor winter market, held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. This unique market features local food and artisan merchants, inside a historic cannery setting. Admission to the museum is free on market days, with guided heritage tours by donation.

When: April 14 and April 28, 2019 
10 am to 3 pm
 Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond

Kwantlen Street Farmers’ Market

When: Every Tuesday from April 16 to October 8, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Plaza in between the Richmond Public Library and the Minoru Place Seniors’ Centre – 7660 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: Free

Bon Appetit

BC Distilled Festival 2019

What: Canada’s biggest artisan and micro-distillery event, BC Distilled Festival brings together 38 distilleries from across the province – veterans and newbies alike – to give attendees the chance to interact and taste samples from each and every one of them if they are up for it. BC Distilled has several unique features to look forward to in addition to the tasting, such as The Legacy Liquor pop-up shop, which will offer the best selection of BC spirits anywhere in the province. Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) will be offering tickets to a 50/50 draw as well.

When: April 6, 2019
Time: Main tasting at 6 pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: buy online

Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival 2019

What: The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival is back for its sixth year featuring delicious grub-on-wheels, drinks, and more. This year brings seven drool-worthy events from the Fraser Valley Food Truck Association, each featuring 28 trucks to enjoy.

When: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 25, June 2, June 15 to June 25, and June 16, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Locations across Greater Vancouver
Admission: Free

Treat yourself to Arts and Culture


What: The inspirational, triumphant, and incredible true story of the Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team. In 1933, four friends set out to prove to Canada that hockey isn’t just a sport for men. As they fight through the Great Depression, prejudice, and personal upheaval, can they overcome the odds and forge their own path to glory?

When: Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Thursday Artist Talk: Indigenous Contemporary Art Intensive, “Sharing Perspectives”

What: Five local, emerging artists share their perspectives from a Gallery residency. Working in a range of mediums from painting to beadwork and carving, artists Kelsey Sparrow, Naomi Kennedy, Alanna Edwards, Atheana Picha, and Avishka Lakwijaya will discuss their residency in the TechLab last summer, their resulting artworks, and their individual art practices. Along with displaying some of their work, they will present the videos they created for UrbanScreen.

When: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Burrard Arts Foundation Opening: Holly Schmidt, Charlene Vickers, Alex Achtem

What: Join Burrard Arts Foundation to celebrate the opening of BAF Gallery’s new Spring Exhibitions: ‘Quiescence’, from Holly Schmidt, and ‘Chrysalis’, from Charlene Vickers. They will also be unveiling a new installation in The Garage: ‘Painting a Room Blue’, by Alex Achtem.

When: Friday, April 5, 2019. Exhibition runs April 5 to May 25, 2019
Time: Opening Night Party from 7 to 11 pm. Exhibition is open 12 to 5 pm, Tuesday to Saturday
Where: Burrard Arts Foundation – 258 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Luminescence IV Closing Event

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What: Mind-bending optical illusions are just part of the story, the professional jam of the artists exhibiting is another. The evening event features one last chance to see the fire-breathing dragon by local icon Rom Simmer and live music from two amazing musicians: Eddie Lam & Leonard Pallerstein! The Berzerkatroid Dragon will be breathing fire on-site during the Luminescence IV closing event.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Deer Lake Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, Free

Bernstein, Beach and Beyond – American Classical Music

What: Join Place des Arts vocal teacher and soprano Lambroula Pappas with pianist Matthew Ma for their tribute to American Classical music – an evening of beautiful music from the American Songbook. This concert will feature songs and cycles by composers such as Amy Beach, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copeland, and arias from the operas Porgy and Bess, Susannah, The Ballad of Baby Doe and more.

When: Saturday, April 6, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online, $16-$21

Pixel Art Party

What: Join Surrey Art Gallery at UrbanScreen for an evening of hands-on art activities, digital art, and electronic music. They will screen work created during the animation intensive from March, followed by a full playthrough of Sassoon’s current artwork on UrbanScreen showcasing Surrey’s geography in Liquid Landscapes. Music inspired by Liquid Landscapes will also be debuted. The artist lineup includes Yu Su (You’re Me), JS Aurelius (Ascetic House), Jean Brazeau, Scott W., Baby Blue (S.M.I.L.E), NuZi Collective, and Veron X/O.

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 8 to 9:30 pm
Where: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre – 13458 107a Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

The Good Bride

What: Inspired by true events, this contemporary one-woman comedy finds a spunky 15-year-old Quiverfull Christian girl named Maranatha made to wait alone, day after day, for the arrival of her 28-year-old groom. With hilarious and heartbreaking naivety, she anticipates her nuptials and forthcoming wedding bed while confessing her teenage desires to a God she loves without question. But as she waits longer and longer for her prince to come, will her faith uphold?

When: Wednesday, April 10 to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online


What: A story by Stephanie Morin-Robert about living with one eye. Having lost her eye to retinoblastoma, Morin-Robert never plays the story for pity. She shares stories of horrific embarrassment, but plays them for laughs. She appreciates the humour in the absurdity and allows the audience to feel comfortable in sharing that experience.

When: Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 8 pm (3 pm matinee on Saturday)
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – Studio Theatre 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Greg Kennedy: Innovative Juggler

What: After spending five years with Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, performing over 1500 shows in 25 cities for more than 3 million people, Greg Kennedy brings his craft to Coquitlam. He has a long and adventurous career as a juggler – from winning the Gold medal at the International Jugglers’ Association Championships, to performing on five different continents, he’s been featured on the cover of Juggle magazine, appeared on the Tonight Show, and received over two million views on YouTube.

When: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – Studio Theatre 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Titanic the Musical

What: Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts’, Rising Stars Advanced, present Titanic the Musical. Titanic opened on Broadway in 1997, and won all five Tony Awards it was nominated for including the award for Best Musical and Best Score.

When: Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: James Cowan Theatre at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Adad Hannah – The Decameron Retold

What: Adad Hannah’s, The Decameron Retold, is a newly commissioned artwork by the Richmond Art Gallery based on the 14th-century literary work, The Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio. The medieval collection of novellas is comprised of 100 tales told over 10 days by 10 young women and men sequestered in a villa outside of Florence to escape the Black Plague.

When: Now to April 20, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Richmond Cultural Centre – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: Free

Let’s Try This Standing

What: Seven years ago, Gillian was hit by an SUV. She was on the sidewalk. Now, Gillian is a professional theatre artist. Let’s Try This Standing is about shitting on nurses, having sex with atrophied muscles, and being massaged by a therapist as he eats a bagel. It doesn’t offer easy answers, but it does give attendees a chance to be in a room together and be honest about how okay we are.

When: Wednesday, April 24 to Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

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P!NK Beautiful Trauma World Tour

What: Pop superstar P!NK brings her Beautiful Trauma World Tour back to Vancouver with special guest Julia Michaels

When: Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time: Show 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Weezer & Pixies

What: Weezer and Pixies are teaming up for a North American spring tour. They perform at Rogers Arena on April 7 with special guests BASEMENT.

When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Michael Bublé


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What: It’s a beautiful day as Canadian crooner and 12-time JUNO Award winner, Michael Bublé brings his Love tour in Vancouver. Bublé has already completed five sold-out world tours, won four Grammy Awards and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career.

When: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, concert begins at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Neha Kakkar

What: Neha Kakkar is one of India’s biggest hitmakers. She appeared on Indian Idol Season 2 and returned for Season 10 as a judge. She is the voice behind mega-hits such as Kaala Chashma and Aankh Marre. Kakkar will be accompanied by multitalented Mumbai musicians and other Indian Idol stars.

When: April 14, 2019
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Time: 7 pm
TicketsAvailable online or at Kamal’s Video Palace in Surrey  — call (604)833-1977 or (604)592-9777. $35 – $250.

Metric and July Talk

What: Vancouverites will be able to see both July Talk and Metric play live at the Pacific Coliseum this spring when the two bands make their way over to the West Coast. The combined songs of the home-town-Torontonians will be something that you do not want to miss.

When: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 6:45 pm
Where: Pacific Coliseum — 100 N Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $50+, available online


What: Los Angeles indie pop band lovelytheband bring the finding it hard to smile tour to Vancouver with guests Jagwar Twin and Flora Cash.

When: Friday, April 19, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Delhi 2 Dublin

Delhi 2 Dublin

Delhi 2 Dublin (Delhi 2 Dublin / Facebook)

What: Vancouver-based “Subcontinental Pop” band Delhi 2 Dublin perform at the Commodore with guests Tonye and King Kang.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show at 9:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Godsmack and Volbeat

What: American rockers Godsmack and Danish rockers Volbeat team up for a show at Abbotsford Centre.

When: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

The 1975

What: The 1975 bring their North American tour to Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre with guests Pale Waves and New Rome.

When: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ariana Grande

ariana grande


What: International pop star Ariana Grande is back on the road for her biggest tour yet and stops at Rogers Arena on April 27, 2019. Grande is on tour supporting her latest album Sweetener, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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