10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, April 13

Apr 9 2019, 5:28 pm

Make your Saturday a swell day with our checklist of 10 fun things to do on Saturday, April 13. Check out Party for the Planet, Sakura Days Japan Fair, and more!

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

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Party for the Planet

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 10 am to 6 pm. 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

Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade 2019

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What: Vancouver’s Sikh community will be celebrating at this year’s Vaisakhi Parade on Saturday, April 13 – and everyone is invited. According to the Vancouver Khalsa Diwan Society, the Vancouver parade is one of the largest Vaisakhi events in the world. There will also be delicious free vegetarian food prepared by hundreds of volunteers and families along the parade route.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Starts at Ross Street Sikh  Temple – 8000 Ross Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2019

What: Taking place on April 13 and 14 at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden, this event offers attendees amazing spectacles, live performances celebrating, tons of food, and all things Japanese culture.

When: Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

PLAY Vancouver

What: PLAY Vancouver is a free and inclusive games event hosted by Young Ideas and Viva Vancouver at Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) which aims to connect and energize the community in the downtown core. Enjoy Six Oh Fore! Mini Golf, Ping Pong with frida&frank, Hexapong, Giant Jenga, Giant Scrabble, a DSU Hoop Club Hula Hoop zone, and more.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) – 850 W Georgia St, Vancouver
Admission: Free


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

Knights Comics and Collectibles Expo

What:  Explore vendor collections and POP culture displays, comics, fan gear, toys, games cards, vinyl LP’s, Barbies and more. Enjoy the Superhero foods and Student Art Exhibit, or register to play in the e-sports competition (waiver must be completed). Plus there will be door prizes and a 50/50 draw.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Where: St. Thomas More Collegiate – 7450 12th Avenue
Admission: $4. Net proceeds go towards new resources for the school library

Hyde Creek Watershed 13th Annual Fish Release & Open House


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What: Help the Hyde Creek Watershed Society members release thousands of salmon into Hyde Creek. Members have spent 18 months raising coho from eggs through to fry and smolt stages and these coho are now ready to travel to the ocean. While you’re at the hatchery, visit the Education Centre and have a tour with one of the volunteer members. Exhibits and crafts are part of the day, along with a fundraising hot dog BBQ.

Parking is available at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre on Laurier Avenue. It’s a short walk west along the Poco Trail to the Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Hyde Creek Watershed Education Centre & Hatchery – 3636 Coast Meridian Road, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

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

Laughing Matters 4.0

What: A comedy fundraiser for the Gaby Davis Foundation. Featuring headliner Mayce Galoni with guests Myles Anderson and Jacob Samuel. The event will be emceed by John Cullen.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 6 to 10:30 pm
Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Tickets: Online, $40

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

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

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

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