34 things to do in Vancouver this week: March 26 to 30

Mar 20 2018, 6:04 pm

Time flies when you’re having fun! Power through the last week of March with our checklist of 35 things to do from Monday, March 26 to Friday, March 30. Vancouver Giants, Playdome at BC Place, Easter, and more.

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

Monday, March 26, 2018

Best of Titmouse’s 5 Second Animation: A #SavetheRio Fundraiser

  • What: Titmouse Animation is curating a special screening featuring the very best of their legendary 5 Second Night short animated films. Known for series such as Venture Bros., Metalocalypse, Superjail!, Big Mouth, and the feature film Nerdland, Titmouse creates high-quality cartoons for all ages and interests. All proceeds go directly towards the Rio’s #SavetheRio campaign.
  • When: Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Purple Day at The Center for Epilepsy & Seizure Education in British Columbia

  • What: An epilepsy awareness event with all ages interactive games, including face painting and balloon twisting. Food will be available to purchase through on site food trucks
  • When: Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Mill Lake Park (Bevan Ave Entrance), Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Blind Tiger Comedy: Semester 17 is Dead

  • What: Blind Tiger’s Intro 1, Intro 2, the new Bloc Team “Drivers” featuring William Dunn and Amy Prouty, and the BTC faculty close out semester 17  with a big show.
  • When: Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 E 26th Ave., Vancouver
  • Tickets: $5 or free for BTC students

Incite: Top of Their Game

  • What: Hal Wake, former Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest, sits down with Vancouver-raised authors Tom Rachman (The Italian Teacher) and Timothy Taylor (The Rule of Stephens) to discuss their newest works, both of which are receiving acclaim across the country.
  • When: Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Tula Pink Lecture + Meet & Greet

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Tula Pink (Image: Stich & Bobbin)

  • What: Tula Pink is an illustrator, fabric designer, quilter author, and maker. She joins Stitch & Bobbin: Quilting and Sewing Supplies for a lecture followed by a meet & greet and signing opportunity.
  • When: Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Mount Seymour United Church – 1200 Parkgate Ave., North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $100

UBC Pop-up Workshop: Building On The Blockchain For Beginners

  • What: RED Academy presents a Building On The Blockchain For Beginners pop-up workshop in partnership with the UBC Turing Club. Learn what a blockchain is, why blockchain technology matters, how Ethereum fits into the picture, and what is a smart contract and how to make one.
  • When: Monday, March 26, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 8 pm
  • Where: Henry Angus Room (ANGU) – 334 (inside the Sauder School of Business), UBC
  • Tickets: Online, $5

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Mighty Ducks


Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Magic Mic Open Mic Night

  • What: Steev Letts and Oli Maughan host Magic Mic Open Mic every Tuesday at the Junction Pub. Comedians, musicians, and all performance acts are welcome.
  • When: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Junction – 1138 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Giants vs Victoria Royals

  • What: Vancouver Giants take on the Victoria Royals in their first-ever playoff series at the Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Tuesday March 27 (Game 3) and Thursday, March 29, 2018 (Game 4)
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

A Month of Tuesdays 2018

Image: Fox Cabaret

  • What: Music on Main presents intimate evenings of great music at The Fox Cabaret. Featuring performers from Montreal to Estonia, on-the-rise musicians to legendary performers. It packs a big punch into one night.
  • When: Tuesday, March 27 to Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$29

Ocean Matters – How to Tell Good Climate Science from Bad

  • What: Dr. Ruth Sharpe, Public Programs Manager at Ocean Wise, shares how to tell good climate science from bad. Ruth earned her PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia in August 2017 and is a passionate science communicator.
  • When: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 9 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, Free

Main Street Cup 2018

  • What: This invitational event pits Main Street bartenders against one another in a competition to create a Salty Dog Cocktail using Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
  • When: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Cascade Room – 2616 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free. Reservations encouraged.

March at Bloedel Conservatory

  • What: Visit an indoor tropical paradise with over 120 exotic birds including macaws, parrots, pheasants, 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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring Break Movie

  • What: Enjoy a screening of Cars 3 with the family this Spring Break. Presented by Port Moody Public Library.
  • When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • 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 break than at PlayDome.
  • When: Wednesday, March 28 to 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

Plaid to the Bone – An Improv Show

  • What: UBC Theatre 440A class presents an improv show full of chuckles and Canadian formal wear.
  • When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Time: 5 pm
  • Where: Dorothy Somerset Studio – 6361 University Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Save Space: The Future of Vancouver Nightlife Panel

  • What: Examine the issues Vancouver’s cultural spaces and nightlife continue to face. From the loss of venues to increasing cost of living, the ever encroaching development of our city has put artists in an increasingly difficult spot with seemingly no respite.
  • When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: The Beaumont Studios – 316 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Spring Break at the Beaty

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Beaty Biodiversity Museum / Facbook

  • 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

Groundwerk Listening Party 27

  • What: Groundwerk Vancouver is a monthly workshop/incubator/listening party for Vancouver’s electronic music scene. The event starts with a keynote address, and the attendees will listen to brand new tracks made by producers in attendance.
  • When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 11 pm
  • Where: The Media Club – 695 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Pay what you can

Vancouver Orchid Society Speaker Series: Native Orchids of British Columbia

  • What: Verne Smythe from the Okanagan will be talking about native BC orchids. There will also be a show table, plants sales, and raffles.
  • When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6:30 pm, Talk at 7:30 pm
  • Where: Floral Hall, VanDusen Gardens – 5251 Oak Street Vancouver
  • More Info: Online

Thursday, March 29, 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: Thursday, March 29 to Tuesday, 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.

Spring Break at the Carousel

  • What: Enjoy Spring Break at Burnaby Village Museum, with a children’s entertainer, art activities, heritage games, and carousel rides.
  • When: Now 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

Enchanted Forest

  • What: Find out how trees talk to each other through their roots and look for forest sprites and rock trolls on this one hour nature quest.
  • When: Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 1:30 pm
  • Where: Aldergrove Regional Park – Meet at Blacktail Picnic Shelter by main park entrance on 8th Ave
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Canucks vs Edmonton Oilers

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena. Plus it’s South Asian Celebration Night, featuring the stories and contributions that Canadian South Asians have made to hockey and hockey culture in British Columbia.
  • When: Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Spring Break at Sea-to-Sky Gondola


The Sea-to-Sky Gondola in Squamish. (Josef Hanus)

  • What: For families looking take their spring break to new heights this year, the Sea-to-Sky Gondola in Squamish is the place to be. From March 17 to 29, the scenic attraction is offering free day tickets for children 12-years-old and younger. Up to three children can ride the gondola for free – accompanied by at least one adult – to enjoy the activities and outdoor adventure at the summit.
  • When: Now to Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm, with the last ride down at 6 pm
  • Where: Sea-to-Sky Gondola – 36800 BC-99, Squamish
  • Tickets: Free day tickets for children 12-years-old and younger. Adult day tickets are $39.95 when purchased online and $41.95 at the ticket window.

Vancouver Bike Rave – UBC Edition

  • What: Vancouver Bike Raves explores the “dance party” capabilities of the city – without the use of alcohol or drugs. The ride will be pumped up with a sound system strong enough to support over 1000 riders. In addition to the bright lights and heart-pumping music, there will also be bike limbo and a bike fashion show. Presented by Party4Health.
  • When: Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
  • Where: Start at the UBC Bookstore – 6200 University Blvd
  • Tickets: Register online for free

Tulips of the Valley

  • What: Tulips of the Valley will showcase 20 acres of tulips, over seven million bulbs, two acres of hyacinths, and three acres of “peony” daffodils. The festival also features returning attractions like a windmill, old-fashioned bike, a Stroopwafel Stand, multiple food trucks, and an on-site store to purchase fresh flowers.
  • When: Starting Thursday, March 29, 2018
  • Time: Weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm, Weekends from 9 am to 6 pm
  • Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
  • Tickets: Available online

Friday, March 30, 2018

An Evening with Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith is throwing his support behind efforst to save the Rio Theatre ( Ga Fullner / Shutterstock

  • What: An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the legendary writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director. Proceeds from this event go directly towards supporting the #SavetheRio campaign.
  • When: Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Time: 7 and 9:30 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway , Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Seasons 2018 Festival

  • What: Seasons fills Vancouver with concerts, club shows, label showcases, demos, panels, lectures, and interactive visuals and art installations, culminating in a fully immersive, 2 day main event at Pacific Coliseum.
  • When: Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt

  • What: Take part in the Annual A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Afterwards, enjoy some fun crafts and activities or check out the yummy food selections and explore the beauty in our 55 acre garden.
  • When: Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • Time: Four sessions daily: 9 am to 10 am, 10 am to 11 am, 11 am to 12 pm, and 12 pm to 1 pm
  • Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $6.45-$15

Easter at the Cannery

  • What: The Easter Salmon makes its annual return this year to hide eggs for the little ones to find throughout the historic cannery. At 10:30 am, The Great Salmon “Egg” Hunt will start and repeat every 30 minutes throughout the day with the last egg hunt at 4:30 pm. There will also be Easter crafts, games, and an interactive story-time suitable for kids ages 2 to 12 years old.
  • When: Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: The Cannery – 12138 4th Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: $3.90-$4.90

Fraser Valley Comedy Competition

  • What: Twelve comics battle it out in the monthly comedy contest. Comics are judged by audience applause, with a sound meter decibel reader available for close calls.
  • When: Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Chances Chilliwack – 8180 Young Road, Chilliwack
  • Admission: Free

Plenty Warehouse Sale 2018

Lookbook style/Plenty

  • 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: Friday, March 30 to Tuesday, April 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 999 Canada Place, Hall C
  • Admission: Free – RSVP on Facebook

Cats Flippin Birds: One Year Anniversary / Album Release Party

  • What: Comedy duo Cats Flippin Birds celebrate their one year anniversary with an album release party. Featuring special guests and a night full of laughter.
  • When: Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 11 pm
  • Where: Stylus Records – 291 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10
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