28 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 22 to 25

Apr 11 2019, 11:54 pm

April is just flying by! Make the most of it with these 28 Vancouver events to check out from Monday, April 22 to Thursday, April 25. BC Buds Lite, Art Vancouver 2019, and more.

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

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Monday, April 22

Easter Fair at the Stanley Park Train

Easter Train

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What: Hop on the Stanley Park Train for an egg-citing Easter ride through the forest and look for cotton-tailed inhabitants. After the train ride, kids can enjoy fun activities including a scavenger hunt, meeting the Easter Bunny, Easter crafts, bouncers and carnival games, Bunny Burrow Maze and a toddler zone.

When: Now to Monday, April 22, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Stanley Park Railway – Pipeline Road, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Earth Day at the Market

What: Get crafty and up-cycle this Earth Day. Lonsdale Market will be hosting a fun Kids Craft workshop with Recycle Doctor where the little ones can bring in their egg cartons and recycle them into fun garlands, flowers, animals and more.

When: Monday, April 22, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Kid’s Play Area on the 2nd floor – Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Critter Capers: The Case of the Missing Blossoms

What: Hoskins the hummingbird’s favourite blossom patch has mysteriously vanished.  Can you discover what happened to it and keep Hoskins humming along? Allow one hour to crack the case at this Easter Monday mystery.

When: Monday, April 22, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Spring Sale! at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

What: McArther Glen’s Easter trail is back for another egg-citing adventure to win an egg-cellent Lindt chocolate treat. Pick up your booklet at Guest Services and get hopping. They also have got egg-clusive offers for Easter weekend.

When: Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet – 7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Buddy Guy

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What: Blues legend Buddy Guy has won eight Grammy Awards and the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement. Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 25 of its 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and he’s a Kennedy Centre honouree. Featuring guest Tom Hamridge.

When: Monday, April 22, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Taking Back Sunday

What: Long Island’s Taking Back Sunday celebrate 20 years of music with two shows at the Commodore Ballroom with special guests The Maine.

When: Sunday, April 21 and Monday, April 22, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Dead People’s Things

What: Zee Zee Theatre presents the world premiere of the latest play by Playwright in Residence Dave Deveau, developed in association with PTC. Phyllis, a Millennial, inherits a house and all of its contents after her estranged hoarder aunt commits suicide. She then must work with neighbour Beatrice, a Baby Boomer who has been named executrix, to try and make some sense of the life and death of a woman she barely knew, through the things she left behind. Based on true events, Dead People’s Things is a heartrending haunting that examines loneliness and the strange contradiction between belongings and belonging.

When: Now to Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Studio 16 – 227-1555 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tuesday, April 23

Canadian Film Week 2019

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What: There are 19 films and short programmes spread over 27 screenings (and 9 days) in VIFF’s Canadian Film Week this year, eight of the programmes are directed by women, three films are from Quebec (though only one is in French), and five programmes are by Indigenous filmmakers.

When: Now to Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver International Film Festival – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

BLOOM – The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

What: Over the next few weeks, millions of tulip bulbs will begin to transform into acres of rainbow-coloured fields as part of the popular springtime tradition. The annual festival is once again expected to attract thousands of locals and international tulip lovers for a joyous celebration of natural splendour in a picture-perfect country setting. With over 2.5 million tulips in bloom at various stages throughout the event, visitors are able to walk through 10 acres of fields and marvel at one of the most vivid displays of floral beauty.

When: Daily for as long as the blooms last.
Time: 9 am to 7:30 pm
Where: 36737 North Parallel Road – Abbotsford
Tickets: Online


What: Long Island singer songwriter LP returns to Vancouver for her Heart To Mouth Tour with Lauren Ruth Ward.

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm show 8 pm
Where: Orpheum – 884 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cycle #20 Frames Film Graduation + Film Premiere

What: Celebrate the graduation of Cycle #20 Frames Film Program participants. The two newest short films, based around the theme of “Anti-Racism”, will be premiered. A number of previous cycle’s films will also be screened.

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House – 2131 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, donations accepted.

Emerge on Main: Spotlight on Rising Musicians

Music on Main

Music on Main

What: Witness the emergence of three up-and-coming classical, new, and genre-bending musicians: Matthew Ariaratnam (musician, composer, & improviser), Julia Chien (percussion), and Alex Mah (composer & interdisciplinary artist).

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: $29 regular admission or $10 for students. Available online or by calling the box office at 604-879-9888

Pitch Night Vancouver

What: Volition Pitch Night, cohosted with Startup Vancouver, provides a comfortable space for entrepreneurs to gain practical experience and constructive feedback on their 90-second pitch, in front of a live audience and industry panel.  This is a great opportunity to cheer on local entrepreneurs and learn from our pitch expert panel while connecting with over 60 members of the Vancouver startup community.

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm
Where: Devhub Vancouver – 401 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Field House Brewmaster’s Dinner

What: Join Field House Brewing & CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver for the next collaboration dinner. Your ticket includes a welcome beer & amuse bouche followed by four custom created courses each paired with a Field House brew. Please note that this is a set menu.

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 6 to 9:30 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver – 85 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $60. If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, please e-mail [email protected] before purchasing a ticket.

Wednesday, April 24

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

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

8th Annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival

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What: Head to Osoyoos Oyster Festival to try winning wines, craft beer, and cider, participate in oyster tastings, entertainment, and more in and around Osoyoos.

When: April 24 to 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Venues around Osoyoos
Price: Ticket prices vary

Dreams: a Cabaret

What: Eyagi Productions’s first event – Dreams: a Cabaret – features performances by Amy Gartner, Jessica Wong, Julia Ullrich, Michelle Bardach, Riley Sandbeck, Tim Howe, YooRa Kang, accompanist Beulah Lee, and special guest Caleb Lagayan.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Tyrant Studios – 1019 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Story Collider: Illumination

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What: The Story Collider features true, personal stories about science. Performances by Marylee Stephenson, Rodrigo Solis, Savannah Erasmus, Jessie Nelson, and Alice Fleerackers. Hosted by Kayla Glynn and Josh Silberg.

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15

BC Book Prizes Soirée 2019

What: The Soirée celebrates all the nominated authors for the 2019 BC Book Prizes. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar while mingling with the nominees and members of BC’s literary community, and browse the finalist books for sale.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Book Warehouse on Broadway 632 West Broadway, Vancouver
Admission: Free


What: BC Buds will showcase new play readings, choreographies and more from emerging and established theatre and dance artists.

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Admission: By donation only at the door. Suggested donation of $5 for each production.

Thursday, April 25

Art Vancouver 2019

What: Come and enjoy art created by an array of esteemed Canadian and International artists at Art Vancouver 2019. This year’s theme is “Uniting Nations Through Art.” In addition to enjoying works of art, the show hosts a comprehensive, curated program including artist talks, panel discussions, artist demonstrations, art classes, performances, tours and gallery crawls.

When: Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tacofino Hastings X East Van Brewing Collaborative Dinner


What: This collab dinner offers two seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm where guests will enjoy a five-course menu with beer pairings.

When: April 25, 2019
Time: 6 to 10:30 pm
Where: Tacofino Commissary – 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $55; buy online

Night Court: An Evening at the Museum – Easter Special

What: Night Court is back with a special Easter-themed evening. Explore Vancouver Police Museum & Archives after hours and put your investigative skills to the test in their epic, museum-wide easter egg hunt. Grab a drink from the beer and wine bar in the autopsy suite and learn about historical Vancouver murders in the old city morgue. 19+

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Police Museum & Archives – 240 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $25 and includes one drink

Cibo Wine Dinner Series: Wines of Northern Italy

What: Guests will enjoy a multi-course Italian-inspired menu plus an informative overview of the wines that will pair with it. This is one of three wine dinners Cibo will host this season.

When: April 25, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Price: $89; buy online


What: Over the course of 2018, members of Iris Film Collective participated in individual month-long residencies to each create a 16mm film loop installation with a view to pushing the boundaries of 16mm film and projection. The result is LOOPDALOOP, an immersive rotating month-long exhibition taking place at their Burrard View Park Fieldhouse residency space, as a part of the Capture Photography Festival’s Selected Exhibits.

When: Every night until Sunday, April 28, 2019
Times: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Burrard View Fieldhouse – 545 N Slocan Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Verses Festival of Words 2019

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What: Canada’s largest alternative literary festival, Verses Festival of Words, is back for a 9th year of programming celebrating a broad intersection of poetic artists, including spoken word and page poets, storytellers, singer-songwriters, improvisers, and more.

When: Thursday, April 25 to Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

4 1/2 (ig)noble truths

What: 4 1⁄2 (ig)noble truths is Thomas McKechnie’s deeply personal attempt to articulate his experience living with clinical depression. Initially framed as a matter-of-fact lecture, when this method falls short he uses objects, poetry, sound and action to offer 4 ½ totally useful pieces of advice for battling depression.

When: Thursday, April 25 to Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: KW Production Studio -#10 – 111 Hastings, Vancouver. Entrance through the Woodward’s Atrium!
Tickets: Online, $22

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