28 things to do in Vancouver this week: March 9 to 12

Mar 9 2020, 5:00 am

Curry Cup, Canucks, comedy and cabaret. There’s lots to see and do in Vancouver from March 9 to 12. Check out our list of 28 events and have fun!

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

Monday, March 9

Curry Cup 2020

March 9

Photo courtesy Curry Cup

What: The Curry Cup happens on March 9 at Heritage Hall on Main Street. Several chefs will compete to see who has created the most outstanding curry of the evening. Attendees of the Curry Cup can enjoy samples of each curry along with drink and dessert samples too.

When: March 9, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Hall — 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $59-$69; buy online

Arts Umbrella Comedy Writing Showcase

What: Arts Umbrella’s Comedy Writing classes — ages 9 to 12 years old, 13-years-old and up — will be performing original sketches in a showcase at Havana Theatre. Everyone is welcome.

When: March 9, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: Havana Theatre — 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds

What: Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds is a showcase of drawings by acclaimed Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona during the past two decades. Ashoona is best known for drawings that incorporate traditional Inuit motifs and other cultural references to create her own sophisticated and highly personal iconography.

When: Now until May 24, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (until 9 pm on Tuesdays and on First Fridays)
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery — 750 Hornby Street
Tickets: Online

Vallea Lumina

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Foresta Lumina/Moment Factory

What: Vallea Lumina is a 45-minute adventure that follows two hikers seeking “a mystical valley where stardust falls from the sky.” The interactive experience gives hikers the chance to play, touch, and engage with Vallea Lumina’s ever-changing environment. It is presented by Montreal-based entertainment studio Moment Factory and Whistler’s “The Adventure Group.”

There will also be a free shuttle going to and from Cougar Mountain, as well as non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks available for purchase on-site.

When: Now until April 2020
Time: Shows begin at sundown
Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
Tickets: Online, $29.99 per adult; $24.99 per child

Vanier Park Strings: Sacred and Profane Dances

What: Vanier Park Strings celebrates the coming start of spring with pieces by Debussy and Mahler in a free concert on March 9.

When: March 9, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Academy of Music — 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver,
Admission: Free

Movie Screening – Afghan Cycles

What: Liv Cycling Vancouver presents a screening of Afghan Cycles, a film about young Afghan women cyclists and the struggles they face. CW4WAfgan-Vancouver will host a Q&A session after the film.

When: March 9, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Liv Cycling Vancouver — 1709 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

An Army of Lovers – A Retrospective Oral History Exhibition

What: An Army of Lovers is an exhibition of lesbian, bisexual, Two Spirit, and trans oral history collected by Simon Fraser University’s History 451 students. Discover the Women’s Movement with photos, press clippings and oral history as told by the activists.

When: Monday to Friday from March 9 until April 24, 2020
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: City of Vancouver Archives — 1150 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Tuesday, March 10

Vancouver Canucks vs New York Islanders

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What: Vancouver Canucks hit the ice against the New York Islanders at Rogers Arena on March 10.

When: March 10, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Inheritance: a choose-your-adventure experience

What: Touchstone Theatre and Alley Theatre present Inheritance: a choose-your-adventure experience. Abbey and Noah are on a trip to visit her father. They arrive to find him missing and a local Indigenous man, Frank, staying there instead. The play will be halted at key moments, with different plot paths shown on screen. The audience chooses with electronic voting devices what happens next.

When: Now until March 15, 2020 (no show Monday)
Time: 7:30 pm (Tuesdays to Saturday), 2 pm (Saturdays and Sunday)
Where: The Annex Theatre — 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Piper Spit Bird Count

What: Bring your binoculars and join a park interpreter to witness the seasonal changes in the birds at Burnaby Lake. For ages 13 and up.

When: March 10, 2020
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Burnaby Lake Nature House — 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Book Reading of “In My Own Moccasins” by Helen Knott

What: Douglas Indigienous Student Services presents a book reading of “In My Own Moccasins” by author Helen Knott.  There will be a Q&A, a showcase of new material, and a book signing. Light refreshments will also be served.

When: March 10, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Douglas College, Coquitlam Campus – Room — C1008 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam,
Tickets: Online, free

Urban Grind 2020 at Harbour Centre

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What: Vancouver’s annual Urban Grind is returning to the city for 2020. The 633-step climb takes place at Vancouver’s Harbour Centre and takes climbers to the tower’s iconic Lookout observation deck at the top of the building, 28 storeys high.

There’s a $5 entry fee to participate as many times as you wish during the day, and upon reaching the top, participants receive a free beer and a $5 voucher for the Harbour Centre’s food court. On March 31, a timing chip will be available for people who want to race to the top. The climb will also have a by-donation coat check. All proceeds from the coat check will benefit The Kettle Society, a local mental health charity.

When: Every Tuesday in March — March 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2020
Times: Anytime between 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Harbour Centre – access through the lobby at 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $5

Movies in the Morgue

What: Vancouver Police Museum presents a variety of cult classic horror films, thrillers, and comedies in the Old City Morgue. Attendees are welcome to bring pillows and blankets to cozy up in the morgue. There will be fresh popcorn and pop for sale.

When: March 10, April 14, 2020
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Vancouver Police Museum and Archives — 240 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tuesday Night Racing at Cypress Mountain

What: Coast Outdoors hosts Tuesday night cross-country ski races at Cypress Mountain in the Nordic area. All skill levels and abilities are welcome.

When: Every Tuesday until March 10, 2020
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Cypress Mountain Nordic Area — 5000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
Register: Online

Wednesday, March 11

Amanda Shires

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What: Texas singer-songwriter and fiddle player Amanda Shires brings her Atmosphereless tour to Vancouver on March 11 with special guest L.A. Edwards.

When: March 11, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rio Theatre — 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Festival Dionysia 2020

What: UBC Players Club presents Festival Dionysia, a yearly festival featuring six one-act plays written and performed by local artists, including talent from the university. This year’s theme is A Night of Love and Intrigue.

When: March 11 until March 15, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Dorothy Somerset Studios — 6361 University Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

RBC JCC Sports Dinner

What: The 27th Annual RBC JCC Sports Dinner celebrates professional and local athletes and raises funds to provide scholarships and programs for members of the community who wouldn’t otherwise have access to services. The evening includes live and silent auctions, dinner, and networking opportunities. This year’s keynote speaker is Super Bowl Champion and MVP Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. The Jack Diamond Sports Personality of the Year Award is Noah Cantor.

When: March 11, 2020
Time: 5:30 pm (cocktail reception) 6:30 pm (dinner)
Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver — 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Growing Room Festival

What: Growing Room is Room Magazine’s annual literary and arts festival, which showcases a diverse lineup of Canadian writers and artists. This year’s festival includes panels, readings, workshops, and more around Vancouver.

When: March 11 until March 15, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Women & Queer Night at The Bike Kitchen

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What: Learn how to tune up your bike in a positive space for trans women, cis women, and queer and genderqueer folks in a relaxed environment led by female- and/or LGBTQ2I-identified mechanics and volunteers. All bicycle and mechanical skill levels are welcome, and pizza will be provided.

When: March 11, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: The Bike Kitchen — 1896 East Mall, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver International Dance Festival

What: The Vancouver International Dance Festival showcases acclaimed international and Vancouver artists, workshops, and interactive dance activities. The festival features ticketed shows at Vancouver Playhouse, Roundhouse Performance Centre, and KW Production Studio. The 2020 VIDF will also showcase free shows at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall and Woodward’s Atrium, plus free photography exhibition and life-drawing sessions at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall.

When: Various dates until March 28, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online, with many free events

An Evening with Botanist

What: This month Botanist will host a celebratory 10-course dinner from Botanist Executive Chef Hector Laguna to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Fairmont Pacific Rim. The feast will be a one-night-only experience, and optional wine pairings are available for $128 per person.

When: March 11, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Botanist — 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $268 per person; buy online

Thursday, March 12

Designer Fashion Outlet Sale

What: Designer Fashion Outlet is hosting its first-ever pop-up event at the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport, located at 7311 Westminster Highway. The pop-up is discounting up to 80% off top-tier brands like Balenciaga, Moncler, Balmain, Gucci, Fendi, Off-White, Valentino, Givenchy, and Moschino. It has unique one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be found anywhere else in Canada.

It is recommended that shoppers arrive early on the first day, as inventory won’t be restocked and a full selection will be available that day. There is a mandatory coat check for any jackets, large sweaters, bags, backpacks, and strollers. Payment methods accepted include credit cards, debit, cash, and wepay.

When: March 12 until March 15, 2020
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport — 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free

My Dad Wrote a Porno

My Dad Wrote A Porno

What: The team behind award-winning podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno is bringing their brand-new live show to Vancouver in March. Featuring never-before-heard material from the mind of Rocky Flintstone, you can join Jamie Morton, along with best mates James Cooper and Alice Levine, as he delves deeper into his father’s Belinda Blinked erotic saga.

When: March 12, 2020
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Price: $32.50, $45, $69.50, available online

Something Funny

What: Room Magazine‘s Growing Room: Literary Arts Festival presents Something Funny, with live readings, poetry, stand-up and more. Featuring Madeline Terbasket, Kayla Czaga, Alicia Tobin, Dina Del Bucchia, Soo Jeong, Tin Lorica, and host Savannah Erasmus. ASL-ENG interpretation will be available.

When: March 12, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret — 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, free or pay what you can

Down & Dirty Cabaret

What:​ Oscar Milde, Ksenia Pozishen and Diamond Minx presents Down & Dirty Cabaret, a showcase with drag, burlesque, and variety performers. Featuring acts by Milde, Kara Juku, Bruce Wang, Ginger Femmecat, and Oscar Milde. Emceed by Minx.

When: March 12, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Wheat & Barley — 212 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Trans Scripts, Part 1: The Women

What: Trans Scripts revolves around the lives of seven transgender women. The true stories, gathered from over 70 interviews from around the world, spotlight what all people share. Directed by Fay Nass and Cameron Mackenzie.

When: March 12 until March 21, 2020 (no show Monday)
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre — 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Grace Potter

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What: Vermont singer-songwriter Grace Potter is on tour in support of her latest album, Daylight. She performs at Commodore Ballroom on March 12 with Bailen.

When: March 12, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Port Moody Film Society 20th Annual Canadian Film Festival

What: Port Moody Film Society presents a retrospective for their 20th annual Canadian Film Festival, with the board selecting the six best films presented over the past twenty years.

When: March 12 until March 15, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Inlet Theatre — 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Tickets: Membership $5 a year. Member admission $5 per film. Festival admission $7 per film.