35 things to do in Vancouver this week: March 19 to 23

Mar 14 2018, 2:11 pm

Spring is just around the corner, so get pumped with a fun event around Vancouver. Here is our list of 35 things to do from Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23. Spring Break, JUNO festivities, and more.

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

Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring Break at the Carousel

  • What: Enjoy Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum, with a children’s entertainer, children’s art activities, heritage games, and carousel rides.
  • When: Monday, March 19 to Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free, carousel rides $2.65

Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber at Science World

Science World/Flickr

  • What: See Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber from the film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The famous film prop is being featured as part of The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibition at Science World.
  • When: Now to Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available online: $23.25 for adults/ $18.50 for students, seniors, and youth (with ID) / $15.25 for children 12 and under / Children under 3 are free

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018

  • What: The event will feature over 80 shows that highlight the Fall and Winter collections of both national and international designers. This season’s line-up features brands from 15 different countries, including designers from Australia, Japan, the United States, Italy, Ghana, and of course Canada.
  • When: Monday, March 19 to Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: David Lam Hall – 50 E Pender Street, Vancouver
  • AdmissionTickets start as low as $30 for a single show and as high as $350 for a week pass.

Spring Break at Vancouver Art Gallery

  • What: Five days of Weekly Family Programs offered in conjunction with Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. Free for children aged 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.
  • When: Monday, March 19 to Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Spice World Live Drag Cast

  • What: Spice World comes alive onstage at the Rio Theatre, with a live shadowcast featuring Vancouver’s own Spice Gurlz. Audience costumes and participation is welcomed and encouraged at this event.
  • When: Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door

Spring Break at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre: The Next Giant Leap

  • What: Do you have what it takes to be a Mars colonist or an asteroid geologist? Head to H.R. MacMillan Space Centre over Spring Break to learn about living on Mars the future of space exploration. They will have family friendly activities running daily and are premiering the film Asteroid Mission Extreme in the Planetarium Star Theatre.
  • When: Monday, March 19 to Monday, April 2, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm, special activities running from 11:30 am to 4 pm daily
  • Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

The P*rn Project

  • What: In collaboration with Studio 58 and Langara College’s Risky Nights Series, Neworld Theatre is developing a new work that asks, “What does it mean to have grown up with the internet and readily available representations of sexuality?” In this workshop performance, Neworld collaborates with Studio 58’s fourth term students to explore the personal, social, and ideological consequences of growing up as part of the first generation with unfettered and on-demand access to internet pornography.
  • When: Monday, March 19 to Sunday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Langara College – 100 W. 49th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: By Donation. Reservations: 604-323-5227

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Urban Grind 2018 at Harbour Centre

Image: Images by Maria / Shutterstock

  • What: The 633-step climb is opened annually to the public in March. Participants can make the climb once a week, on March 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. There’s a $5 entry fee to participate as many times as you wish during the day. Upon reaching the top, participants receive a free beer and a $5 voucher for Harbour Centre’s food court.
  • When: Every Tuesday in March
  • Time: Anytime from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Where: Harbour Centre – 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $5

Super Animals

  • What: ​​If you could have a superpower what would it be? Find out about animals with super speed, ultra strength, and mighty jumps. Super hero costumes welcome.
  • When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave
  • Admission: Free

The: Improv Experience feat. Moonbeam Musical Storytime

  • What:  The Quad Comedy presents a night of improv with Master of Ceremonies Chuckles, a Musical Storytime, and more surprises.
  • When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: XY YVR – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $8

Andy Grammer

Image: Blazinred / Flickr

  • What: Multi-platinum singer songwriter Andy Grammer brings his The Good Parts tour to Vancouver. Featuring special guest James TW.
  • When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $33.50

Spring Break Festival: Cinderella and Robin Hood

  • What: DuffleBag Theatre presents Cinderella and Robin Hood, with children from the audience playing roles in each show. And new this year, one of the Cinderella shows will be a bilingual show.
  • When: Tuesday, March 20 to Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online

Telling Your Story: How To Work With Your Library

  • What: Scott Hargrove, CEO of the Fraser Valley Regional Libraries, speaks on how libraries and the publishing industries have changed, and what it means to you as a writer.
  • When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: The ACT Arts Centre – 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free

Spring Break at the Beaty

  • What: During Spring Break, join the Beaty Biodiversity Museum every day at noon for a different hands-on activity, presented by volunteers, staff, curators, and special guests. Meet new friends while exploring different aspects of the biodiversity around us. From identifying incredible insects, to art, games, crafts, and hands-on activities, you’ll be a biodiversity pro in no time. All activities are open to all ages and are included with membership or admission on a drop-in basis, unless otherwise noted. 
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • Time: 12 pm
  • Where: Beaty Biodiversity Museum – 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Break Movie

  • What: Enjoy a great family movie this Spring Break, including Despicable Me 3 (March 21) and Cars 3 (March 28). Presented by Port Moody Public Library.
  • When: Wednesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Ladies Against Humanity

  • What: Join The Fictionals, and special guests, at the Rio Theatre for the annual Ladies Against Humanity special. Some of the funniest women from around Vancouver will bring Cards Against Humanity to life, award sweet prizes to witty audience members, and crown the next Most Horrible Person in Vancouver.
  • When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway , Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Spring Fling

  • What: ​Celebrate the first day of spring at the Surrey Nature Centre, with face painting, guided walks, nature stories, eco-crafts and more.
  • When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Where: Surrey Nature Centre – 14225 Green Timbers Way, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Dîner en Plaid


Festival Du Bois / Facebook

  • What: Head to the 5th annual Dîner en Plaid, to start the Festival du Bois’ festivities with French Canadian food, music, and craft beer. Dress code? No surprises here – all plaid everything.
  • When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: John B. Pub – 1000 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: $30; buy online

Pull Festival VII

  • What: Pull seeks out original, un-produced plays from Vancouver-based playwrights to develop, dramaturge, and support the premiere of these new works. Pull Fest VII features ten-minute plays plays by Pippa Mackie, Sherry Macdonald, Jordy Matheson, Allyson Fournier, Donal Thoms-Capello and Jessica Harvey.
  • When: Wednesday, March 21 to Saturday, May 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 E 26th Ave, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $20

#SingItFwd: A Special Juno Awards Edition

Mother Mother

Image: Mother Mother

  • What: ​​Vancouver’s acclaimed charity concert series returns to the Vogue Theatre for a special Junos Edition. Featuring performances by Mother Mother, Hey Ocean!, The Zolas, Said The Whale, and more. Funds raised will go towards Saint James Music Academy.
  • When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$35

March at Bloedel Conservatory

  • What: Visit an indoor tropical paradise with over 120 exotic birds including
    macaws, parrots, pheasants and cockatoos, and 500 kinds of plants. Take advantage of up to two free child admissions with the purchase of a regular price adult, senior or youth admission.
  • When: Now to Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Bloedel Conservatory – 4600 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Thursday, March 22, 2018

March Break Nitobe Garden Tour

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UBC Botanical Garden‎ / Facebook

  • What: Bring your family outside to discover the beauty of Nitobe Memorial Garden. Take a walk with the Garden Guides and learn about the traditional Japanese stroll garden.
  • When: Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 1 pm
  • Where: Nitobe Memorial Garden at UBC – 1895 Lower Mall, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $7-$11

Bear Grillz

  • What: Bear Grillz is throwing a Massive Forest Rave Party with special guests AFK , HeklerMusic, and Walter Wilde.
  • When: Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Vernal Equinox Cabaret

  • What: Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Vernal Equinox Cabaret. Featuring live music by Vancouver “folk noir” artist Laura Reznek, comedy by New Zealand TV personality Sophia Johnson, and more.
  • When: Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: LanaLou’s – 362 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • TicketsOnline, $10

The Humans

  • What: A new one-act production that took the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016, The Humans shows the effects of rapidly-changing America through the interactions of a working-class family. Over Thanksgiving dinner, no less, so you already have a sense for how things will go…
  • When: Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – 2750 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Arts Club; $29-$72+

Dining Out For Life 2018

  • What: On March 22 dine out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at participating restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland. Enjoy some of the best dishes the region has to offer, while supporting people living with HIV/AIDS. Restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to A Loving Spoonful.
  • When: Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Time: All Day
  • Where: Participating restaurants

Trading opportunities with Japan

  • What: In partnership with the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group and other organisations, this event will stimulate discussion on where trading opportunities can be found and how more can be created.
  • When: Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Where: Coast Coal Harbour – Coal Harbour Ballroom – 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $69-$138

Laughter Zone 101 Comedy Showcase

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Laughter Zone 101 / Facebook

  • What: Come out and share in Laughter Zone 101 grads’ first journey to the stage. Hosted by Janice Bannister.
  • When: Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Lafflines Comedy Club – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Friday, March 23, 2018

Ready Player One Vancouver Takeover

  • What: In celebration of Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Ready Player One,” a massive downtown Vancouver takeover will go down at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The transformation will allow visitors to step inside the film and enter ‘the Oasis,’ showcasing the stage of Spielberg’s new movie. The exhibit takes place at the stackable housing apartments and will show off 25 ft. tall artwork, massive lights, and special effects, as well as actors dressed in the part of the movie. The inside of the exhibit will continue to amaze with VR demos, a retro arcade, and chances to win film-related prizes.
  • When: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 9 pm, daily
  • Where: 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Let’s Hear It! Live – Vancouver

music festival

Image: Jeremiah Vandermeer/Flickr

  • What: “Let’s Hear It! Live – Vancouver” will showcase various artists from different music scenes across the province. The festival will take place in the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and includes The Funk Hunters, Desi Subculture, Peach Pit, MusiCounts StarBand with Dear Rouge, and many more acts.
  • When: 
  • Time: 12 to 9 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza – 850 W Georgia St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free to attend


  • What: Synth-pop pioneers OMD are touring in support of their 13th studio album The Punishment of Luxury, which sees them combine the wistful nostalgia and idealized romance of their previous work while stepping out of their comfort zone. Featuring guests GGOOLLDD.
  • When: 
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online


  • What: ​It’s rock vs jock at the 15th annual JUNO Cup with Canadian music icons going head to head with NHL legends support of MusiCounts. Featuring former NHL Hockey legends Cliff Ronning, Dave Babych, Jyrki Lumme, Kirk McLean, Troy Crowder, and Brad Dalgarno facing off against musical greats Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Devin Cuddy, Craig Northey (Odds) and Grant Lawrence (The Smugglers, CBC Music), and more players and musicians.
  • When: Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Ave, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $15

Bar Mitzvah Boy

  • What: Local playwright Mark Leiren-Young, of Dim Sum Diaries and Shylock fame, is back with a new play about the Jewish faith. A successful divorce lawyer dives into bar mitzvah preparations and, with the help of an unconventional rabbi, learns about the meaning of ritual, maturing, and friendship.
  • When: Friday, March 23 to Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Pacific; $20-$36.50

Canada’s Walk of Fame – Inaugural Hometown Star Unveiling

Walk of Fame


  • What: ​For the first time in its 20-year history, Canada’s Walk of Fame will be expanding outside of Ontario. Renowned environmentalist, Dr. David Suzuki, will be the first inductee to receive this honour. For this celebration, a plaque is mounted at a special location of the inductees choice. In this case, Suzuki’s star will find its home at the CBC Vancouver broadcast centre.
  • When: Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 pm
  • Where: Studio 700, CBC  Vancouver – 700 Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Festival du Bois

  • What: A weekend celebration of francophone and French-Canadian culture – the largest in BC. Come enjoy music and dance, traditional food, shows for kids, fun activities, and more.
  • When: Friday, March 24 to Saturday, March 25, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Mackin Park – 1046 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $3-$68
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