10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, March 23

Mar 20 2019, 6:13 pm

Looking for something fun to do around Vancouver today, Saturday, March 23? Check out these 10 great events, including BLOOM into Spring, Dan Savage, and more!

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

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BLOOM Into Spring at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

What: On Saturday, March 23rd, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver will welcome Spring by giving away complimentary tulips in partnership with Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival. With over 2,000 bouquets, this will be a great opportunity for Vancouverites to get a sneak peek of what’s to come at the tulip festival. In addition to the complimentary tulips, guests are also invited to stop by the colourful floral swing for the perfect Instagram shot for Spring. The event will start at 12 pm until all the tulips are given away.

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: Starts at 12 pm
Where: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet – 7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

UBC HOLI Festival 2019

What: The highly anticipated festival is celebrating equality with colours, and UBC’s Indian Students Association wants you to be a part of it. Come to the event dressed in all white and be prepared to have a ton of fun. Acclaimed Bollywood music maker, Khanvict, from Decibel Entertainment, will be spinning his favourite tracks throughout the day to celebrate Holi and keep you dancing. The event will feature scrumptious Indian food truck so you can enjoy the aromas and flavourful food on offer.

When: March 23, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: 6359 Agronomy Road, UBC
Price: Online, $5 – $10

Spring Break at Vancouver Aquarium

What: Did you know that a sloth only goes to the bathroom once a week? Or that a penguin has fleshy hooks on its tongue? These are just some of the 50,000 creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium, where weird is normal. Enjoy special family programs and shows including ‘Meet a Penguin’ or ‘Shark: A 4-D Experience’. Then get up close and personal with your favourite animal during an animal encounter.

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cold Fighter Series

What: To help bring awareness to the many ways you can stay healthy and strong during the cold and flu season, Vancouverites are invited to take part in free boxing classes hosted by Jamieson Vitamins from March 20 to 24. Taking place on various dates in March, fitness enthusiasts can lace up and join the free boxing class and wellness session at Kondi Fitness, HIIT Fitness and Lift Fitness.

This fun and invigorating boxing class is open to all fitness levels and will be followed by a short learning session from leading nutritionists. Participants can also sample delicious eats and treats that their body will thank them for.

When: Now to March 24, 2019
Time: Varies from 5 pm – 6:20 pm, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, 5:30 pm – 7 pm and 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Kondi Fitness, Hiit Fitness and Lift Fitness
Price: Free

Spring Break Mystery in the Museum

What: Explore the historic cannery and find clues to solve the mystery of the missing fortune, ‘stolen’ from inside the safe of the Plant Manager’s Office, and set during the Great Depression in 1930. Offered throughout Spring Break from March 18 to 29, this activity is best suited for children 7 to 10 years old, and will be available on a drop-in basis.  One detective kit will be provided per paid Adult or Senior admission, for families or friends to share.

When: Now to March 29, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Gulf Of Georgia Cannery – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Adults $11.70, Seniors (65+) $10.05. Youth 17 and under are free of admission at all Parks Canada sites; all youth who enter must be accompanied by an adult.

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: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Vancity Blundell Centre community branch – 6020 Blundell Rd Unit 130, Richmond,
Register: Online, Free

Savage Love Live!

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What: The Savage Lovecast is coming to Vancouver for a live performance of Dan Savage’s popular sex-and-relationship-advice podcast. Join Dan, Nancy, the tech-savvy, at-risk youth and get all of your questions answered live on stage. With special musical guest Rachel Lark and comedian Corina Lucas.

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $30

Vancouver Canucks vs Calgary Flames

What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena.

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Competitive Paint Off at Surrey Art Gallery

What: Join Surrey Art Gallery Association for an action-filled evening where twelve professional artists will face off in four 25-minute rounds using oil sticks. As a member of the audience, you’ll watch and vote for your favourite artist after each round. Winners from the first three rounds will compete in the final, fourth round, and the audience will decide on the “People’s Art Champion” at the end of the evening.

When: March 23, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission:
 Free

Gross Misconduct

What: A tale of revenge and redemption. Now in his early fifties, Deke has been in Millhaven Prison without a cellmate for the past twenty years. He is surprised and annoyed when Corey, a twentysomething rich kid, joins him in his cell. As a complicated bond slowly forms between the two unlikely cellmates, tensions rise as they debate the nature of their crimes, and the men must re-evaluate how they see each other after the true nature of their respective crimes is revealed.

When: Now to March 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Matthew Good

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What: One of Canada’s leading alternative rock bands of the 90s, the Matthew Good Band was based around the central figure of Burnaby-born singer-songwriter Matthew Good. Good has been performing as a solo artist since 2003. Featuring special guest Poesy.

When: March 23, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

24 Hours of Winter at Grouse Mountain 2019

What: Grouse Mountain is once more hosting its annual 24 Hours of Winter event, giving all you powder hounds a chance to celebrate on the slopes from sundown to sunrise. The non-stop event will take place from Saturday, March 23 to Sunday, March 24, and features skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating and more. Attendees can dance or skate the night away under starry skies as DJs spin your favourite tracks. Glide down The Cut while taking in a spectacular Vancouver sunrise or enjoy one of the many round-the-clock activities.

When: March 23 to March 24, 2019
Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
More Info: On the Grouse Mountain website

Jesus Christ: The Lost Years 

What: Ever wonder what Jesus was really up between the ages of 13 and 30? Or how Jesus reacted when told – “Joseph isn’t your real father?” Find out in this remount of Monster Theatre’s Jesus Christ: The Lost Years.

When: Now to March 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15-$20