20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: April 28 to 29

Apr 17 2018, 7:30 am

The last weekend of April has arrived! Here is our list of 20 things to check out on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, including Fall For Local Spring Market, Hawk and Owl show, and more.

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

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Fall For Local 2018 Spring Market

Fall For Local Markets/This Is It Studios

  • What: The annual market is bringing more than 85 local vendors together under one roof at The Pipe Shop Building. There will be music pumping throughout the event, free do-it-yourself workshops by Il Fioraio Floral Design that you can take part in, and food trucks on-site to satisfy your cravings. Bonus: if you’re one of the first 50 people through the doors (on either event days) you’ll receive a free canvas tote bag full of local goodies!
  • When: Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • When: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: The Pipe Shop Building – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Early bird (online) $3 | Regular (on-site) $5 | Free admission for kids 12 and under – Tickets available via Eventbrite

Riley Park Farmers’ Market

  • What: During the summer market season, Riley Park features over 30 vendors each week. Explore the a fresh selection of just-picked seasonal fruits and veggies, ethically-raised meats and sustainable seafood, artisanal bread and prepared foods, craft beer, wine, & spirits, handmade craft, and coffee and food trucks.
  • When: Every Saturday from Saturday, April 28 to Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Riley Park – 50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Picks and Pixels – Art Exhibition

  • What: An exhibition of art from Emily Carr University students. The exhibit name refers to the connection between the rough material, the rock, and the actual colour used in the artworks. Each participant has their own unique way of approaching the exhibition theme – some more literal, some symbolic and abstract, but all have explored alternative ways of creating art.
  • When: Now to 
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Britannia Mine Museum – 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach
  • Admission: Included in Museum admission

Chef Vij Culinary Arts Workshop

  • What: Budding chefs ages 15 to 18 have an opportunity to explore the culinary arts and restaurant management with Vikram Vij at his My Shanti restaurant, in South Surrey.
  • When: Saturday, Apr 28, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: My Shanti – 15869 Croydon Dr., Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $125

Earth Day at Cambie Community Centre

  • What: Participate in a Community Cleanup (11 am to 12 pm and learn how to make seed paper (12 to 1 pm).
  • When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Cambie Community Centre – 12800 Cambie Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Art On The Spot

  • What:  A free event celebrating International Dance Day.
  • When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue Burnaby, BC
  • Admission: Free

Author Reading and Discussion on Anger and Your Mental Health with Jason Lee

  • What: For Independent Bookstore Day, Western Sky Books has invited Jason Lee, author of the book Living with the Dragon, Healing 15,000 Days of Abuse, and Shame for a book reading and discussion on anger and mental health.
  • When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 3 pm
  • Where: Western Sky Books – 2132-2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

Blindside – Stephanie Morin-Robert

  • What: One-eyed comedic performer Stephanie Morin-Robert has turned her glass eye into a superpower, recounting her early life with a disability. A daring and honest one-woman show that has had sold-out performances across Canada and Europe, Blindside takes a closer look at how this interdisciplinary artist overcame her obstacles.
  • When: Now to Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Theatrewire; $25

Brunch: A Comedy Show

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Image: Brunch Comedy / Facebook

  • What: Kerri Donaldson and Allie Entwistle present Brunch: A Comedy Show. They’ve been selected to perform at the Portland Sketch Comedy Festival, Montreal Sketchfest, and Toronto Sketchfest.
  • When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10


  • What: Firstly, you probably didn’t know that House of Cards showrunner Melissa James Gibson is from Vancouver. Secondly, that Gibson penned her own smart and sexy play, THIS, and will by playing to hometown crowds this month. An “un-romantic comedy,” the script focuses on some familiar-sounding themes: midlife, loneliness, and adultery.
  • When: Saturday, April 28 to Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • When: Studio 16 – 1555 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Brown Paper Tickets; $33

Sunday, April 29, 2018

West Vancouver Spring Carnival

Richmond spring carnival

West Coast Amusements/Facebook

  • What: West Coast Amusements, the largest Canadian midway operation in Western Canada will be making a stop at the Ambleside Park. They’ll be setting up shop with a massive selection of rides, games, and traditional carnival eats. And no, it’s never too early in the day to have a cotton candy.
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Time: Can be found online, vary by date and weather
  • Where: Ambleside Park – 1150 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: Available on-site

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

  • 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 inspires a month of arts and cultural community events. Presented by Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation and Coromandel Properties.
  • When: Now 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

Hastings Park Winter Farmers’ Market

  • What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, craft alcohol producers, and food trucks.
  • When: Every Sunday to April 29, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
  • Admission: Free

The Art of Dance: An International Dance Day Celebration

  • What: Featuring the dance talents of XBa DanceCo, Keri’s School of Highland Dance, SKUD Zavicaj Serbian Folk Group, and DISKORDANSE, plus this year’s guests Tamanawis Secondary School Dance Group.
  • When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Where: Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Hawk and Owl Show

Delta owl

Owl ( Tim Zurowski / Shutterstock)

  • What: See live owls up close at this unique presentation by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.
  • When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Times: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
  • Admission: By donation

World Without Us – The Cultch

  • What: Belgian company Ontroerend Goed has a strong track record of experimenting with the form and function of theatre, and their newest touring production will prove no different.
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Cultch – 1985 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Cultch; $22-$39

The Overcoat – Vancouver Opera Festival

  • What: The rags-to-riches tale of a lowly office worker and a beloved garment, The Overcoat and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin are the big acts of this year’s Vancouver Opera Festival. Originally a movement theatre piece, The Overcoatis darkly-funny storytelling with an operatic twist, and is sung completely in English.
  • When: Sunday, April 29 to Saturday, May 12, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Vancouver Opera; $27-$102

Goodbye Chums!

  • What: Release salmon fry into the creek where they will start their journey to the sea. Enjoy fun activities, games and live entertainment.
  • When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Meet at 11450 256th St, Maple Ridge
  • Admission: Free

Kaleidoscope Comedy: People of Colour Improv Showcase

  • What: Kaleidoscope aims to showcase some of the brightest up and coming improvisers of colour in Vancouver. This show from Instant Theatre will be filled with games, scenes inspired by real-life stories, and a joyous sense of community and fun.
  • When: Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $8

4th Annual Vancouver World Music Festival

  • What: The three-night celebration of world beats and melodies features world-class artists from Mexico, Iran, Africa, Spain, USA, and  Canada. New this year is WorldBeat Sunday, a free Family-Friendly event at the Trout Lake Community Centre.
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations
  • Tickets: Online
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