7 things to do in Vancouver today: Friday, March 23

Mar 15 2018, 10:49 pm


Tap into those Friday feelings and check out our list of seven things to do today, March 23. Ready Player One Vancouver Takeover, Let’s Hear It Live! – Vancouver, and more are all happening today.

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Ready Player One Vancouver Takeover

  • What: In celebration of Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Ready Player One,” a massive downtown Vancouver takeover will go down at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The transformation will allow visitors to step inside the film and enter ‘the Oasis,’ showcasing the stage of Spielberg’s new movie. The exhibit takes place at the stackable housing apartments and will show off 25 ft. tall artwork, massive lights, and special effects, as well as actors dressed in the part of the movie. The inside of the exhibit will continue to amaze with eye-catching special effects, VR demos, a retro arcade, and chances to win film-related prizes.
  • When: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 9 pm, daily
  • Where: 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Let’s Hear It! Live – Vancouver

music festival

Image: Jeremiah Vandermeer/Flickr

  • What: “Let’s Hear It! Live – Vancouver” will showcase various artists from different music scenes across the province. The festival will take place in the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and includes The Funk Hunters, Desi Subculture, Peach Pit, MusiCounts StarBand with Dear Rouge, and many more acts.
  • When: 
  • Time: 12 to 9 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza – 850 W Georgia St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free to attend


  • What: Synth-pop pioneers OMD are touring in support of their 13th studio album The Punishment of Luxury, which sees them combine the wistful nostalgia and idealized romance of their previous work while stepping out of their comfort zone. Featuring guests GGOOLLDD.
  • When: 
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online


  • What: ​It’s rock vs jock at the 15th annual JUNO Cup with Canadian music icons going head to head with NHL legends support of MusiCounts. Featuring former NHL Hockey legends Cliff Ronning, Dave Babych, Jyrki Lumme, Kirk McLean, Troy Crowder, and Brad Dalgarno facing off against musical greats Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Devin Cuddy, Craig Northey (Odds) and Grant Lawrence (The Smugglers, CBC Music) and more players and musicians.
  • When: Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Ave, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Bar Mitzvah Boy

  • What: Local playwright Mark Leiren-Young, of Dim Sum Diaries and Shylock fame, is back with a new play about the Jewish faith. A successful divorce lawyer dives into bar mitzvah preparations and, with the help of an unconventional rabbi, learns about the meaning of ritual, maturing, and friendship.
  • When: Friday, March 23 to Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Pacific; $20-$36.50

Canada’s Walk of Fame – Inaugural Hometown Star Unveiling

Walk of Fame


  • What: ​For the first time in its 20-year history, Canada’s Walk of Fame will be expanding outside of Ontario. Renowned environmentalist, Dr. David Suzuki, will be the first inductee to receive this honour. For this celebration, a plaque is mounted at a special location of the inductees choice. In this case, Suzuki’s star will find its home at the CBC Vancouver broadcast centre.
  • When: Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 pm
  • Where: Studio 700, CBC  Vancouver – 700 Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Festival du Bois

  • What: A weekend celebration of francophone and French-Canadian culture – the largest in BC. Come enjoy music and dance, traditional food, shows for kids, fun activities, and more.
  • When: Friday, March 24 to Saturday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Mackin Park – 1046 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $3-$68
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