10 things to do in Vancouver: Sunday, April 8

Apr 4 2018, 11:49 pm

Add some fun to your Sunday with our list of 10 great events happening around Vancouver today, April 8. Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival, Surrey Outdoor Carnival and more.

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

2nd Annual Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival

High Park cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms (Image: NH / Shutterstock)

  • What: The festival, situated right beside the Fraser River, includes a day full of traditional Japanese music, dance performances, as well as traditional Japanese food and activities. Two stages at the festival will be dedicated to traditional Japanese dance, Taiko drumming, and feature a number of talented musicians. As expected, there will be plenty of space to sit and eat by the cherry blossom trees.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Family Day at PdA

  • What: Gather up the clan and drop by Family Day at PdA to immerse yourself in art. Tour the galleries and create your own masterpiece in a variety of all-ages, drop-in-style art workshops based on the subject matter and mediums of current exhibitions.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Fate 2: The Dance and Illusions of Oslen

  • What: A magic show to raise money for the Surrey Memorial’s Intensive Care Unit. Featuring Oslen, Will Tsai, and TD Canadian Talent Showdown: Fate.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online

Surrey Outdoor Carnival 


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  • What: The fairground will have all your favourite and most nostalgic carnival rides, many of them which you’ll remember from being end-of-summer classics at the Fair at the PNE. Rides vary from childhood favourites like the Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and bumper cars, as well as faster, more intense rides to get your adrenaline pumping.
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 8
  • Time: Hours vary by day, available online.
  • Where: Fleetwood Shopping Centre – 9014-152 St, Surrey
  • Tickets: Available on-site

Stand Up For Mental Health 2018 Spring Class Debut

  • What: Founded by the award-winning counsellor and stand-up comic David Granirer, Stand Up For Mental Health teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. This show takes a hilarious look at the lighter side of taking meds, dealing with addictions, seeing counsellors, getting diagnosed, and surviving the mental health system. This show features Granirer, the 2018 spring class, and psychiatrist Judy Allen.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Yuk Yuks Comedy Club – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Historic Walking Tours – Hudson’s Bay Company Farm

  • What: Join a costumed guide for a walk through the town of Fort Langley. You will discover how the land would have looked outside the walls, and what major changes have affected the landscape of the neighbourhood. Tours are included with site admission.
  • When: Every Saturday and Sunday until June 24, 2018
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site – 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
  • Tickets: $7.80 for adults, $6.55 for seniors, free admission for youth 17 and under

BC Beer Wars – Fight Night

  • What: After months of training, contenders from the craft beer community in Vancouver go glove-to-glove at the third annual BC Beer Wars at the Croatian Cultural Centre.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: Doors open at 2 pm, fights run approximately from 3 to 8 pm
  • Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45-$250

OriginO Kids’ Koncerts – Magic Circle Mime Co.

  • What: Three meddlesome spirits – Music, Noise and Silence – invade the Orpheum. The concert seems doomed as Silence and Noise attempt to seize control of the orchestra. Only with the help of the audience, and Music, will the conductor be able to break the fierce grip of Noise and bring harmony back to the orchestra. Featuring William Rowson as the conductor.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – 500-843 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Taste of Barbados

  • What: Experience authentic Barbadian food, drinks, music, and culture. Fun for the whole family with activities for the kids, test your skill at dominoes, dance to some soca & reggae, or lime at the “rum shop”.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • When: 2 to 8 pm
  • Where: Bear Creek Pavilion – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: Free
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