10 things to do in Vancouver today: Sunday, March 17

Mar 13 2019, 9:30 pm

Cheers to Green Beer! Here are 10 things to do in Vancouver today, March 17, including St. Patrick’s Day parties, The Cat Empire, and more.

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St. Patrick’s Day parties in Vancouver

St. Patrick’s Day parties in Vancouver

What: What started out as a religious feast day in honour of the patron saint of Ireland is now a lively celebration of Irish culture around the globe. For those of us an ocean away from the Emerald Isle, St. Patrick’s Day is a time for wearing green shirts and shamrock necklaces while we sip Irish whiskey and beer.

Jameson is sharing some of that famous luck of the Irish with Vancouverites this St. Patrick’s Day, with the famed whiskey distiller putting together a list of the best St. Pat’s celebrations across the city. This handy map will lead you to Vancouver’s greatest (and greenest) celebrations, so you can kick back with a Jameson, Ginger & Lime cocktail knowing that your whole evening is planned out for you.

When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
More Info: Online

Cannery Farmers’ Market

What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market is Steveston’s indoor winter market, held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. This unique market features local food and artisan merchants, inside a historic cannery setting. Admission to the museum is free on market days, with guided heritage tours by donation.

When: March 17, March 31, April 14 and April 28, 2019 
10 am to 3 pm
 Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond

Shamrocks and Shenanigans at Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Join Vancouver TheatreSports for some fun with all things Irish at Shamrocks & Shenanigans, the improv comedy company’s St. Paddy’s Day celebration on Sunday, March 17. Patrons that night will laugh ‘til their faces hurt at a crazy Celtic version of TheatreSports starting at 7:30 pm. Plus there will be roving Lucky Charm Leprechauns bringing pots of golden merriment to all they encounter and Celtic Colleen improvising custom limericks for guests.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Circle Game

What: One of the most influential recording artists of the late 20th century, Joni Mitchell has often reflected on social and environmental ideals through her music. Circle Game reinterprets Mitchell’s iconic songs such as Big Yellow Taxi, River, California, and A Case of You through the ears and eyes of a new generation, connecting to the politics and world we know today.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

The Morning After Hip-Hop Brunch: St. Patricks Day

What: This hip-hop brunch party offers ticketholders three mimosa’s plus one brunch items from 12:30 to 2 pm, along with a party that continues until 6 pm.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: The Charles Bar – 136 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $25 buy online

Vancouver International Dance Festival

What: The Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) is a three-week-long festival with internationally revered artists and lauded Vancouver performers, workshops, and interactive dance activities. The 2019 VIDF will showcase Canadian premieres from Japan’s Dairakudakan, three world premieres from Vancouver’s Vision Impure, Olivia C. Davies, and Leslie Telford, free performances by V’ni Dansi and Harbour Dance ITP & Platform, and more.

When: Now to Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

St. Patrick’s Day Cereal Pop-up

Cereal Pop-up


What: Breakfast lovers will find this cereal party on the Lonsdale Quay East Plaza complete with seating. So be sure to head there and get a glimpse of the sugar-fuelled action – which will include a curated feature bowl with Lucky Charms available for purchase.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Lonsdale Quay Market East Plaza- 123 Carrie Cates Crescent, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Contemporary Art Gallery Exhibition Tour in Spanish

What: Join Valentina Acevedo Montilla for a tour of CAG’s current exhibitions in Spanish, including Anne Low’s “Chair for a woman” and Aslan Gaisumov’s “If No One Asks.”

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 3 pm
Location: Contemporary Art Gallery – 555 Nelson St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

The Cat Empire

What: Australia’s The Cat Empire bring their Stolen Diamonds Tour to Vancouver with support by Neal Francis.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Growing Room 2019: Keynote: Canisia Lubrin

What: Join Growing Room at Big Rock Brewery for breakfast and a very special end-of-festival keynote and reflection with Canisia Lubrin, editor, critic educator and awards-nominated cross-genre writer of Voodoo Hypothesis. During the second hour, you’re invited to mingle with other authors, volunteers, and Growing Room and Room staff.

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Big Rock Vancouver Brewery & Eatery – 310 West 4th Avenue Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $20