27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: April 12 to 14

Apr 8 2019, 6:43 pm

So many wonderful events to fill your weekend! Check out these 27 fun things to do in Vancouver on Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14. Vaisakhi Parade, Michael Bublé, and more!

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

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Friday, April 12

Michael Bublé


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What: It’s a beautiful day as Canadian crooner and 12-time JUNO Award winner, Michael Bublé brings his Love tour in Vancouver. Bublé has already completed five sold-out world tours, won four Grammy Awards and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career.

When: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7 pm, concert begins at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival 2019

What: North America’s largest festival of snow sports, music, arts and mountain culture, après-ski, and much more. Taking place over five action-packed days, the festival is set to feature the Saudan Couloir Ski Race Extreme, the Monster Energy Boarderstyle World Championships, and the Ski and Snowboard Big Air. The festival also features a variety of creative showdowns including the CLIF Intersection in Association with Protect Our Winters Canada, Swatch 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown, and the Pro Photographer Showdown.

Listen to live music as you party during the WSSF Outdoor Concert Series which brings in big names in the music scene to get you dancing. WSSF continues after dark at bars throughout Whistler where you can check out live bands and DJs every night from April 10 to 14.

When: Now to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Times: Various times
Where: Whistler, British Columbia
Tickets: Ticket prices vary, purchase online

Australia’s Thunder From Down Under

What: Thunder has been featured on television shows such as “The View,” “The Today Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” With dynamic dance routines, colourful costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and hilarious acts, Thunder From Down Under is a fully interactive experience that is like no other male revue show in the world.

When: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: River Rock Casino Resort Lobby – 8811 River Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Titanic the Musical

What: Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts’, Rising Stars Advanced, present Titanic the Musical. Titanic opened on Broadway in 1997, and won all five Tony Awards it was nominated for including the award for Best Musical and Best Score.

When: Friday, April 12 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: James Cowan Theatre at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

The Lalas Burlesque Show

What: The Lalas was created by celebrity choreographer Erin Lamont and features beauty, brains, bustiers and music. Every performance is uniquely choreographed and no two are alike.

When: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Gary Gulman

What: Gary’s stand up appearances have been seen on every late night show including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Other television credits include NBC’s The Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show for Comedy Central, and his second one-hour special for Comedy Central and Netflix, Gary Gulman: In This Economy?

When: Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $25 plus fees

Southern Pride Chicken

What: Drags Benny, a series of pop-up events in Canada supporting national Pride initiatives, is offering Vancouverites the chance to attend its inaugural event next month at Juke Fried Chicken Chinatown.

When: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: Juke Fried Chicken – 182 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Price: $59; buy online

Saturday, April 13

Party for the Planet

Party for the Planet, Surrey

What: The City of Surrey will host its ninth annual Earth Day celebration ‘Party for the Planet’ at Civic Plaza on Saturday, April 13 from 10 am to 6 pm. The signature Surrey event will feature the new Live Green World, offering environmental workshops, a sustainable marketplace, acoustic concert series and local vendors. Soulful singer Colin Bullock, indie pop duo Harlequin Gold, and children’s performers Bobs & Lolo will perform on the TD Main Stage, located inside Council Chambers.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Civic Plaza at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade 2019

What: Vancouver’s Sikh community will be celebrating at this year’s Vaisakhi Parade on Saturday, April 13 – and everyone is invited. According to the Vancouver Khalsa Diwan Society, the Vancouver parade is one of the largest Vaisakhi events in the world. There will also be delicious free vegetarian food prepared by hundreds of volunteers and families along the parade route.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Starts at Ross Street Sikh  Temple – 8000 Ross Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2019

What: Taking place on April 13 and 14 at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden, this event offers attendees amazing spectacles, live performances celebrating, tons of food, and all things Japanese culture.

When: Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver

PLAY Vancouver

What: PLAY Vancouver is a free and inclusive games event hosted by Young Ideas and Viva Vancouver at Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) which aims to connect and energize the community in the downtown core. Ennjoy Six Oh Fore! Mini Golf, Ping Pong with frida&frank, Hexapong, Giant Jenga, Giant Scrabble, a DSU Hoop Club Hula Hoop zone, and more.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) – 850 W Georgia St, Vancouver
Admission: Free


What: The inspirational, triumphant, and incredible true story of the Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team. In 1933, four friends set out to prove to Canada that hockey isn’t just a sport for men. As they fight through the Great Depression, prejudice, and personal upheaval, can they overcome the odds and forge their own path to glory?

When: Thursday, April 4 to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Knights Comics and Collectibles Expo

What:  Explore vendor collections and POP culture displays, comics, fan gear, toys, games cards, vinyl LP’s, Barbies and more. Enjoy the Superhero foods and Student Art Exhibit, or register to play in the e-sports competition (waiver must be completed). Plus there will be door prizes and a 50/50 draw.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Where: St. Thomas More Collegiate – 7450 12th Avenue
Admission: $4. Net proceeds go towards new resources for the school library

Hyde Creek Watershed 13th Annual Fish Release & Open House


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What: Help the Hyde Creek Watershed Society members release thousands of salmon into Hyde Creek. Members have spent 18 months raising coho from eggs through to fry and smolt stages and these coho are now ready to travel to the ocean. While you’re at the hatchery, visit the Education Centre and have a tour with one of the volunteer members. Exhibits and crafts are part of the day, along with a fundraising hot dog BBQ.

Parking is available at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre on Laurier Avenue. It’s a short walk west along the Poco Trail to the Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Hyde Creek Watershed Education Centre & Hatchery – 3636 Coast Meridian Road, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

George Wainborn Park Shoreline Cleanup

What: Take part in the shoreline cleanup, meet new friends, or do something fun that gives back to the city. Volunteers will be cleaning up the area between Granville Bridge and the Ferry Dock. Please wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 9 to 11 am
Where: Meet in front of George Wainborn Park sign at the corner of Richards and Beach Crescent (stone entrance with pillars on each side)
Register: Online

Laughing Matters 4.0

What: A comedy fundraiser for the Gaby Davis Foundation. Featuring headliner Mayce Galoni with guests Myles Anderson and Jacob Samuel. Emceed by John Cullen

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 6 to 10:30 pm
Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Tickets: Online, $40

Grouse Mountain Slush Cup 2019

What: Competitors, attired in their most ridiculous costume, attempt to cross a pool of slush on their skis or board. For onlookers in the “splash zone,” bring your positive vibes and lively support to encourage the best performances from all participants. Participants will be able to hit the pond as many times as they want, and prizes will be given to the best costume, best trick, best crash, crowd favourite and more. Don’t forget, creativity is key for our panel of judges.

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Registration 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Slush Cup from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Where:  Grouse Mountain Resort – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Register: Online, $10

Reel 2 Real Film Festival

What: Through public screenings, hands-on workshops, interactive panel discussions, and public forums, Reel 2 Real is dedicated to showing the best in culturally diverse, authentic programming for youth. Highlights this year include the Canadian premiere of Mia and the White Lion (France), the Canadian premiere of A First Farewell (China), and the North American premiere of Makuko (Japan).

When: Now to Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Location: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St., and Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews
Tickets: Online

Langley Community Farmers’ Winter Market

What: Find vendors inside and out of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University courtyard and parking lot. Look out for new and returning vendors, and tons of fun activities at each market

When: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Kwantlen Langley Campus Courtyard – 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley
Admission: Free

Sunday, April 14

Elements Film Festival

What: The second annual Elements Film Festival will be taking place at TELUS World of Science April 8 – 14. In collaboration with Science World, this year’s environmental film festival will feature programming for all ages including films, presentations and panel discussions on a broad range of topics impacting our planet. Featuring films from international, Canadian and BC filmmakers, the festival provides a platform to experience different points of view on a range of important topics including wildlife conservation, climate change, plastic pollution in our oceans, poaching, habitat loss, invasive species, and environmental law.

When: Now to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Location: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Dinner is Coming! A Game of Thrones Final Season Feast

Storm Crow Game of Thrones


What: Tickets to this screening of Game Of Thrones will include your choice of an appetizer, a main dish, and a dessert. Enjoy pre-show games and entertainment too.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 8 to 10:30 pm
When: Storm Crow Alehouse – 1619 West Broadway, Vancouver
Price: $45; buy online

Coquitlam Outdoor Spring Carnival

What: West Coast Amusements, the largest Canadian midway operation in Western Canada, will be making its annual stop at Coquitlam Centre. They’ll be setting up for 10 straight days with a massive array of rides, games, and traditional carnival fare. The family-owned company is the same team that puts together PlayDome and a number of other pop-up events across the province.

When: Now to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: Hours of operation vary based on date and weather.
Where: Coquitlam Centre – 2929 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam
Tickets: Available on-site.

The Chilliwack Tulip Festival

What: The 13th annual Tulips of the Valley Festival, now known as Chilliwack Tulip Festival, has announced its return to Chilliwack for the 2019 season. This year’s festival features more than 6.5 million bulbs. The first two weeks of the flowers will show off 10 varieties of hyacinths, 17 varieties of daffodils, and one-of-a-kind, handmade floral mosaics. Starting after the second weekend, 30 different kinds of tulips will be in bloom, with millions of bulbs in all the colours of the rainbow.

The festival will also offer a number of Instagram-worthy photo ops. Returning this year is the Chilliwack Tulip Festival’s famous windmill, traditional Dutch bicycle, and the famous tulip swing. Other attractions include the Rotary Train during weekends, weekend food trucks, a flower-themed gift shop, and tractor rides.

When: Now to May 5, 2019, with possible extension
Time: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm; Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 41310 Yale Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Online

Earth Day in Port Moody

What: Port Moody is full of Earth Day events on Sunday, April 14. Head out on a bird walk with the Burke Mountain Naturalists, participate in Portrait of a City, help plant Port Moody’s Canada 150 eco-sculpture and enjoy earth-friendly crafts, activities, and more. Plus enjoy a curated selection of Earth-inspired art by the Port Moody Art Association from April 14 to 18 in the Galleria.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 2 to 5 pm (Various start times for different activities)
Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Ted Baker Warehouse Sale 2019

Ted Baker Warehouse Sale

What: For the first time ever, renowned brand Ted Baker is bringing their warehouse sale to Vancouver. Across four entire days in April, you will be able to shop from a huge selection of apparel, footwear, and accessories at up to 80% off. Brought to Vancouver by StyleDemocracy, North America’s leading Warehouse Sale event management and marketing company, the event has recently been brought to major cities such as Toronto and Las Vegas.

When: Now to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm (Thursday and Friday), 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Queensborough Landing Shopping Centre — 805 Boyd Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Hummingbird Homecoming

What: Attract birds to your own backyard by understanding what helps them survive.
Presentations at 11 am, 12 pm, and 3 pm.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Times: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Admission: Free with donations appreciated

Vancouver Warriors vs Philadelphia Wings

What: Vancouver Warriors bring National Lacrosse League action to Rogers Arena with a home game against Philadelphia Wings on April 14.

When: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: 3 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Neha Kakkar

What: Neha Kakkar is one of India’s biggest hitmakers. She appeared on Indian Idol Season 2 and returned for Season 10 as a judge. She is the voice behind mega-hits such as Kaala Chashma and Aankh Marre. Kakkar will be accompanied by multitalented Mumbai musicians and other Indian Idol stars.

When: April 14, 2019
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Time: 7 pm
TicketsAvailable online or at Kamal’s Video Palace in Surrey  — call (604)833-1977 or (604)592-9777. $35 – $250.

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: Sunday, April 14, 2019 
10 am to 3 pm
 Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond

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