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35 things to do in Vancouver this week: April 2 to 6

Daniel Chai Apr 02, 2018 5:00 am 2,089

Say hello to April with our list of 35 things to do from Monday, April 2 to Friday, April 6. Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Trailer Park Boys, and more for everyone to enjoy.

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

Monday, April 2, 2018

Stanley Park Railway Easter Train

Easter Train

Image: Stanley Park Railway/Facebook

  • What: Both kids and adults will be able to take part in activities like a “Bunny Burrow” maze, face painting, an egg hunt in the farmyard, Easter crafts, inflatable bouncers, and carnival games. Food will also be available at the train ride, with Stanley Park’s concession stand open as well as food trucks from Cloud Nine Cotton Candy Company, Insomniac Coffee, and the Praguery.
  • When: Now to Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm, last egg hunt is at 4:40 pm.
  • Where: Stanley Park
  • Admission: Access to the train ride costs $6, the farmyard egg hunt costs $5, and tickets required for carnival activities cost $2 each. Tickets for the train can be purchased in advance online; tickets for other activities can be purchased on-site.

Yuk Yuks University Graduation Showcase

  • What: The inaugural class of Yuk Yuks University take the stage for their graduation showcase. Featuring performances from the 17 graduates and hosted by Professor Brett Martin.
  • When: Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Critter Capers

  • What: The prankster crows switched a bunch of eggs into different nests. Help get the scrambled eggs home by examining nest material and other evidence.
  • When: Monday, April 2, 2018 
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: Belcarra Regional Park – Meet at Belcarra Picnic Area
  • Admission: Free

PlayDome at BC Place

PlayDome/ (BC Place)

  • What: Western Canada’s largest indoor carnival is back for spring break 2018 with six fun-filled days of carnival rides, games, and sweet treats. With over 45 rides and attractions all under one roof, there is no better place for indoor family fun this spring than at PlayDome.
  • When: Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Time: The event is open daily at 10 am or 11 am, (depending on date) and runs until 5 pm or 6 pm (depending on date.) See PlayDome’s website for specific, daily schedules.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

MEC Vancouver Run a 10K Clinic

  • What: In this ten week clinic, MEC will guide you through a fun and safe training plan of running with the aim of confidently preparing you to complete a 10K run. Previous running experience is recommended. Weekly sessions will consist of a 15 to 20 minute lecture followed by a specifically prescribed workout. The lectures will be presented by local professionals and add a great deal of additional knowledge to aid across various aspects of running.
  • When: Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Where: MEC Vancouver – 130 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Aldor Acres Family Farm Easter Weekend

  • What: Celebrating their 30th anniversary this March, Aldor Acres Family Farm is full of beautiful flowers (sunflowers, specifically) and adorable farm animals. Proceeds from the weekend event will go straight to the Canucks Place Children’s Hospice and the Langley Memorial Hospital.
  • When: Now to Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Aldor Acres Family Farm – 24990 – 84th, Langley
  • Admission: By Donation

Spring Break at the Steveston Museum & Visitor Centre

  • What: Explore both the Steveston Museum and Visitor Centre, and the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society Building on a self-guided tour to learn all about Steveston’s unique heritage. Enjoy fun crafts and activities for children on select dates, and take part in a special spring break Steveston History Hunters scavenger hunt.
  • When: Monday, April 02, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Steveston Museum – 3811 Moncton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Free

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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  • What: The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) is Vancouver’s signature springtime event. Wake-up from winter hibernation to an explosion of some 41,000 blossoming cherry trees. Originally gifted from Japan in the 1930’s, the cherry blossoms now inspire a month of arts and cultural community events. Presented by Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation and Coromandel Properties.
  • When: Tuesday, April 3 to Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Where: Streets and venues all over Vancouver
  • Admission: Free to enjoy cherry blossoms all over the city. Tickets for events can be found online

Smart Cities Challenge

  • What: Join Greater Vancouver Board of Trade  for a complimentary event and hear from Jessie Adcock, Chief Technology Officer for the City of Vancouver, and Sean Simpson, the Director of Information Technology for the City of Surrey, about their joint bid in the national Smart Cities Challenge competition.
  • When: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Time: 3:30 am
  • Where: TELUS Garden 5th Floor – 510 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Wildebeest Brewmaster’s Dinner with Luppolo Brewing

  • What: Wildebeest and Luppolo Brewing Company are teaming up for a dinner that will pair Chef Ian McHale’s decadent-yet-simple style of country cooking with four of the brewery’s limited-release beers. Guests will enjoy a four-course menu showcasing the trademark blend of classic butchery traditions and contemporary techniques.
  • When: Tuesday. April 3, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 10 pm
  • Where: Wildebeest – 120 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $55 per person; buy online

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

  • What: The performance takes a look at the world after a global nuclear holocaust. In the aftermath of civilization’s collapse, a group of survivors piece together the plot of The Simpsons. But in a world with no electricity, no TV, how do you make sure that your memories are accurate? What do you do when your memories, which seem so familiar and true, clash with someone else? The play looks not just at The Simpsons but storytelling as a whole, and how pop-culture and media can go from daily essentials to an almost-forgotten myth.
  • When: Tuesday, April 3 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $23-$28

Vancouver Canucks vs Vegas Golden Knights

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Plenty Warehouse Sale 2018

  • What: ​Canadian apparel retailer, Plenty, is having a massive warehouse sale at the Vancouver Convention Centre. You’ll be able to shop trendy men’s and women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories, with 60% to 90% off the standard retail prices.
  • When: Now to Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 999 Canada Place, Hall C
  • Admission: Free – RSVP on Facebook

Video Games Live 

  • What: Video Games Live is an immersive concert event featuring music from the greatest video games of all time. Created and produced by composer Tommy Tallarico, VGL features top orchestras and choirs around the world performing along with video footage and music arrangements, singers, live action and more.
  • When: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 884 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$75

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Trailer Park Boys at the Black Sheep Liquor Store

Trailer Park Boys/Facebook

  • What: The stars of the legendary Canadian comedy show will be shaking things up at the Black Sheep Liquor Store in Maple Ridge. There’s going to be signings and photo-ops galore, so you can strike a pose with your favourite character.
  • When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Black Sheep Liquor Store – 12968 232 Street, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free

YWCA Employment Program for Women – Information Session

  • What: Are you a woman looking for a job? Join YWCA for an information session to learn how this program can help you reach your goals. YWCA [email protected] is a free program that will prepare you for job search and career decision-making with professional career advisors.
  • When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Time: 12:40 to 2:30 pm
  • Where: YWCA [email protected] – 210-1201 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

The Darkness

  • What: BRIT award-winning rockers The Darkness come to Vancouver on the Tour De Prance.
  • When: Wednesday April 4, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St., Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $32.25-$35.25

Maya Rae

  • What: Maya Rae’s debut album from 2017, Sapphire Bird, has received international radio play. She has performed to sold-out audiences and shared stages with Vancouver’s A-list musicians, including Miles Black, Cory Weeds, Joel Fountain, Vince Mai and Andre Lachance.
  • When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $33-$40

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival 2018

Image: Vancouver International Burlesque Festival

  • What: The 13th annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival (VIBF) features dazzling costumes, comical interludes, and thought-provoking acts. VIBF kicks off with the ‘Diamonds in the Buff’ Industry Awards night, recognizing the movers and shakers in Vancouver’s booming burlesque scene, followed by ‘TIT Talks’ – a TED Talk inspired evening of presentations from the headlining artists.
  • When: Wednesday, April 4 to Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street
  • Tickets: $35 – $75 – Tickets available via TicketFly

Gamelan Concert

  • What: ​​SFU School for the Contemporary Arts presents their annual free celebration of the Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra.
  • When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Time: 12 pm
  • Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre – 149 West Hastings, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Roast Battle Vancouver

  • What: Roast Battle Vancouver is back with a brand new format. Featuring new expanded Undercard Battles, a first ever Championship Title Match, special stand-up guests and judges. Hosted by Kody Audette with DJ John Cullen.
  • When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $5

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Letterkenny Live!



  • What: The stars of the award-winning CraveTV Original Series, Letterkenny are hitting the road for Letterkenny Live!, a 90-minute comedy experience, starring Jared Keeso (Wayne), Nathan Dales (Daryl), K Trevor Wilson (Dan), and Mark Forward (Coach). Featuring original sketches as well as original stand-up sets from Wilson and Forward.
  • When: Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Time: Doors 8:30 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

MyBizDay – Abbotsford and Surrey

  • What: This Small Business BC series connects entrepreneurs to the province’s leading tools and resources through a mix of educational workshops, networking and exhibits. This year, the education tour will reach communities in the business hubs of Abbotsford and Surrey.
  • When: Thursday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 25, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4:15 pm (April 5), 9 am to 3:45 pm (April 25)
  • Where: Tradex – 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
  • Register: Online (Abbotsford), Online (Surrey), Free

DJ Tunez

  • What: Afrobeats pioneer and Wizkid’s official DJ, DJ Tunez brings his inimitable sound to Fortune Sound Club with support from OGA Rossco, Will TOA, and FreekyP.
  • When: Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Vancouver Canucks vs Arizona Coyotes

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks wrap up their home NHL season against the Arizona Coyotes.
  • When: Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Canadian Internet Marketing Conference (CIMC) 2018


  • What: CIMC is providing businesses with the best tools and practices to not just survive, but thrive in the digital marketing wilderness. At this year’s event, you’ll discover how to best navigate the ever-changing digital marketing landscape and learn insider tips from founders, CEOs, marketing specialists, and more, from some of the world’s biggest companies.
  • When: Thursday, April 5 to Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park – 39645 Government Road – Squamish
  • Tickets: $350 – $1,000 – Tickets available via Picatic


  • What: Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop-cultural phenomenon. with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Presented by Renegade Arts Company.
  • When: Now to Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Shop Theatre – 3030 E. Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Gaelynn Lea: In Concert

  • What: Gaelynn has played over 200 shows in 39 states and 6 countries. She has performed in the widest variety of venues imaginable – coffee shops, bars, music festivals, elementary schools, nursing homes, colleges, The House of Blues, Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, The State Department, and even BBC World News. Presented by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture.
  • When: Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: CBC Studio 700 – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20, free for personal attendants

Friday, April 6, 2018



  • What: The powerful Jacksonville group are slated to perform at the Abbotsford Centre on April 6. They’ll be joined by special guests 10 years, In This Moment, and One Bad Son, in what’s set to be a concert to remember.
  • Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: via Ticketmaster from $29.50

Two Solo Exhibitions: Karilynn Ming Ho and Ho Tam

  • What: Richmond Art Gallery presents two solo exhibitions by artists Ho Tam and Karilynn Ming Ho. In dialogue with these exhibitions but outside the physical gallery, RAG presents four public installations along the No.3 Road Canada Line stations and one at the lines terminus at Vancouver’s Waterfront Station, in partnership with Richmond Public Art Program, Canada Line and Capture Photography Festival.
  • When: Friday, April 6 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Richmond Cultural Centre – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Ross From Friends

  • What: Inspiration for Ross From Friends comes from all corners of the musical milieu. Everything from early experimental music to hip-hop sampling, to even 80s Eurobeat and Hi-NRG, helps to make up the comprehensive sound palette that Ross has the creativity and talent to draw from.
  • When: Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15

The Herbal Chef Pop-Up Dinner

Weed dinner in Vancouver cannabis chef

Photo courtesy The Herbal Chef.

  • What: The Herbal Chef AKA Christopher Sayegh is inviting Vancouver diners to take part in an eight-course tasting menu comprised of exclusively cannabis-infused dishes.
  • When: Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Downtown Vancouver restaurant (to be announced day-of)
  • Tickets: $200 (including gratuity and a gift bag); to buy tickets email [email protected]

Chor Leoni presents Take 6

  • What: Bringing audiences to their feet with breathtaking renditions of iconic works from Ben E. King’s Stand By Me, to Pharrell’s Happy, the most-awarded a cappella group in history will make their Vancouver debut. The multi-platinum selling ensemble led by founder Claude McKnight (elder brother to Brian) promise to “bring down the house” with their signature blend of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop.
  • When: Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where:Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$70

Converge – A 3 Day Con About Sexuality, Relationships & Activism

  • What: ​Converge Con is a gathering about sexuality, relationships, and activism. Featuring over 35 presenters from across North America, covering a broad range of topics.
  • When: Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • When: Various times
  • Where: Holiday Inn – 711 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Tracey Bell, A Dozen Divas

  • What: Award-winning entertainer Tracey Bell performs a hilarious, interactive celebrity impersonation show, changing in seconds to become Madonna, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Cher, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli and more. Partial proceeds benefit A Loving Spoonful.
  • When: Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver,
  • Tickets: Online, $20
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