10 things to do in Vancouver: Sunday, April 15

Apr 12 2018, 4:23 pm

Sunday Funday is here! Get yours going with our list of ten great events happening in Vancouver today, April 15. Sakura Days Japan Fair, Riverdance and more in store!

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

Sakura Days Japan Fair

Japanese festival

Sakura Days Japenese festival

  • What: The festival is a showcase of Japanese cultural and performing arts, cuisine, and business while celebrating spring and of course, the cherry blossom. Highlights of the weekend include an evening lantern parade on Saturday evening, Tsugaru Shamisen (a traditional genre of music), featuring Kohei Honda and world-renowned Japanese drum player, Keita Kanezashi on both days, and Vancouver Sings One Song (VSOS) conducted by Kathryn Nicholson and the host choir, Sound Eclectic, on both days as well.
  • When: Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 7 pm (Saturday) and 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online

Whistler World Ski and Snowboard Festival

  • What: The main events taking place on the mountain include the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme, the Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships, and Big Air events in both skiing and snowboarding. A 72-hour filmmakers and photographer showdown will run during the course of the week. There will also be apres-ski and late-night parties held on a regular basis around the city, with live music constantly being played at the Skiers Plaza. A number of clubs around Whistler will also be holding evening events.
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues in Whistler
  • Admission: Free. Tickets for evening events can be purchased online.

Salish Weaving Fashion Show

  • What: The Museum of Anthropology at UBC invites visitors to celebrate the closing of the Fabric of Our Land exhibition with a Salish Weaving Fashion Show. Weavers will walk down the catwalk in MOA’s iconic Great Hall, modelling their fabulous works.
  • When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Museum of Anthropology – 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission

City in Flux: Panel Discussion

  • What: A panel discussion exploring the changing landscape of the Lower Mainland and its implications for the future. Panellists include exhibiting artist Carolina de la Cajiga; Raymond Fung, Director of Engineering and Transportation at the District of West Vancouver; Nathan Pachal, Langley City Councillor and author of the transportation blog The South Fraser, and Bryce Tupper, Vice President of Planning and Development for British Pacific Properties. The discussion will be moderated by Greg Bellerby, editor of The West Coast Modern House and former director/curator of the Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. 
  • When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Ferry Building Gallery – 1414 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver
  • Admission: By donation. Call 604-925-7270 (course #44038) to reserve your spot or register online.

Canada Beer Run – Vancouver 2018


Image: The Canada Beer Run/Facebook

  • What: An 8.9 km fun run with stops at five different breweries: Big Rock Brewery, Red Truck Brewery, Andina Brewing Company, Off The Rail Brewing Company, Parallel 49 Brewing Company.
  • When: Sunday,  April 15, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Event starts at Big Rock Brewery
  • Admission: $66.49; buy via event website

Erin Costelo

  • What: An intimate concert by singer-songwriter/producer Erin Costelo. She has opened for Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Bettye Lavette, and has recently performed with Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band. Erin’s latest, self-produced album Down Below, the Status Quo recently won Solo Recording of the Year at the Nova Scotia Music Awards and is nominated for four East Coast Music Awards.
  • When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Massy Books – 229 E Georgia St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

British Home Children: Uncovering the Hidden Stories

  • What: Over 100,000 children were sent to Canada as indentured workers between 1833 and 1949. Authors Patricia Skidmore and Beryl Young both grew up not realizing their parents were child migrants. They talk about how they discovered and researched the surprising stories of their parents.
  • When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Time: 2:30 to 4 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – Central Branch – 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Hands on Fresh Pasta Making with Pasta Boy Peter

  • What: You may not have an Italian Mamma, but now you can learn to make pasta like one. In this hands-on class, professional cook, artisan pasta maker and actor Peter Ciuffa of Pasta Boy Peter provides all the ingredients, equipment and knowledge so that you can learn to make his family’s recipes for those you love. Peter will teach you a sauce, you’ll sample his dish and go home with pasta for two which you just made.
  • When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 1:30 pm
  • Where: Kitsilano Community Centre – 2690 Larch St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $95

Nifty for Fifty

  • What: Thirty local designers and artists will gather under one roof for the 11th annual Nifty for Fifty shopping sale. Find everything from accessories to clothing and trinkets, all for $50 or less.
  • When: Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • When: 11 am to 7 pm
  • Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $2

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour

  • What: The international Irish dance phenomenon is back in Riverdance—The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in a blend of dance, music and song.
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • When: Various times
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online
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