20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: April 7 to 8

Apr 2 2018, 12:42 am

Add some spice to your life by checking out a fun event around Vancouver!

Here is our list of 20 things to check out on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, including International Pillow Fight Day, Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival, and more.

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

Saturday, April 7, 2018

International Pillow Fight Day

  • What: Vancouver will be taking part in International Pillow Fight Day again this year at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 3 pm. In past years, hundreds of Vancouverites have flocked to the City’s downtown core, armed with goose-down and ready to take on fellow pillow-wielding assailants. For everyone’s safety, make sure to use soft pillows only, and swing them lightly. As with any pillow fight, PJs are welcome.
  • When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

16th Annual Early Years Festival

  • What: Kids can participate in fun activities while parents or caregivers learn about community resources for young children. Free activities include interactive games, performances, arts & crafts, play areas, a bouncy castle, face painting, demos and more.
  • When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre – 13458 107a Ave, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Laughing Matters 3.0

Graham Clark

  • What: A comedy fundraiser for the Gaby Davis Foundation. Featuring Graham Clark, MC John Cullen, Kyle Bottom, and Katie-Ellen Humphries.
  • When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: 6 to 11 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Social Media Marketing & SEO Bootcamp

  • What: Nicole Donnelly, CMO at Spring and Founder of Salty Waffle, leads a hands-on 5-hour bootcamp that will teach attendees how to use social media to get customer’s attention while automating as much as possible on the path to purposeful popularity.
  • When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Spring – Buzzer #9020, 23 West Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $149

Walk Richmond – Hamilton/McLean Park

  • What: Explore the East Richmond neighbourhood of Hamilton on this walk that winds through Hamilton Community Park and loops Mclean Park and the surrounding community.
  • When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Hamilton Community Centre – 5140 Smith Street, Richmond. Meet at the playground on the east side of the parking lot.
  • Admission: Free

Chefs in the Hood

  • What: Chefs in the Hood is a pop-up food phenomenon bringing together the best of Vancouver’s culinary talent in a collaborative dinner event. Includes a six-course reception style dinner and welcome cocktail. Live music and entertainment will be going on throughout the evening, and beer and wine will be available for purchase.
  • When: 
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: Pacific Restaurant Supply – 1020 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $60 per person

Birding by Ear

  • What:  How can you tell who is singing in the bushes? Ask a park interpreter for tips to identify the bird behind the song.
  • When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: 8 to 10 am
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per youth/adult 65+. Registration required: 604-432-6359


  • What: BIG room masterminds Blasterjaxx make their Vancouver return at the Harbour Event Centre.
  • When: Saturday, April 7, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Escape Photography Exhibition by Fang Tong

  • What: Fang Tong’s Escape series continues her subjective and movie-narrative style with a little more romance and humour.
  • When: Saturday, April 7 to Monday, April 30, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Lipont Art Centre – 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival 2018

Image: Vancouver International Burlesque Festival

Sunday, April 8, 2018

2nd Annual Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival

High Park cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms (Image: NH / Shutterstock)

  • What: The festival, situated right beside the Fraser River, includes a day full of traditional Japanese music, dance performances, as well as Japanese food and activities. Two stages at the festival will be dedicated to traditional Japanese dance, Taiko drumming, and feature a number of talented musicians. As expected, there will be plenty of space to sit and eat by the cherry blossom trees.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Garry Point Park – 12011 Seventh Avenue, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Family Day at PdA

  • What: Gather up the clan and drop by Family Day at PdA to immerse yourself in art. Tour the galleries and create your own masterpiece in a variety of all-ages, drop-in-style art workshops based on the subject matter and mediums of current exhibitions.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Fate 2: The Dance and Illusions of Oslen

  • What: A magic show to raise money for the Surrey Memorial’s Intensive Care Unit. Featuring Oslen, Will Tsai, and the TD Canadian Talent Showdown.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online

Surrey Outdoor Carnival 


West Coast Amusements/Facebook

  • What: The fairground will have all your favourite and most nostalgic carnival rides, many of them which you’ll remember from being end-of-summer classics at the Fair at the PNE. Rides vary from childhood favourites like the Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and bumper cars, as well as faster, more intense rides to get your adrenaline pumping.
  • When: Now to Sunday, April 8
  • Time: Hours vary by day, available online.
  • Where: Fleetwood Shopping Centre – 9014-152 St, Surrey
  • Tickets: Available on-site

Stand Up For Mental Health 2018 Spring Class Debut

  • What: Founded by award-winning counsellor and stand-up comic David Granirer, Stand Up For Mental Health teaches stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues. This show takes a hilarious look at the lighter side of taking meds, dealing with addictions, seeing counsellors, getting diagnosed, and surviving the mental health system. This show features Granirer, the 2018 spring class, and psychiatrist Judy Allen.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Yuk Yuks Comedy Club – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Historic Walking Tours – Hudson’s Bay Company Farm

  • What: Join a costumed guide for a walk through the town of Fort Langley. You will discover how the land would have looked outside the walls, and what major changes have affected the landscape of the neighbourhood. Tours are included with site admission.
  • When: Every Saturday and Sunday until June 24, 2018
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Fort Langley National Historic Site – 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley
  • Tickets: $7.80 for adults, $6.55 for seniors, free admission for youth 17 and under

BC Beer Wars – Fight Night

  • What: After months of training, contenders from the craft beer community in Vancouver go glove-to-glove at the third annual BC Beer Wars at the Croatian Cultural Centre.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: Doors open at 2 pm, fights run approximately from 3 to 8 pm
  • Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45-$250

OriginO Kids’ Koncerts – Magic Circle Mime Co.

  • What: Three meddlesome spirits – Music, Noise and Silence – invade the Orpheum. The concert seems doomed as Silence and Noise attempt to seize control of the orchestra. Only with the help of the audience, and Music, will the conductor be able to break the fierce grip of Noise and bring harmony back to the orchestra. Features William Rowson as the conductor.
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – 500-843 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Taste of Barbados

  • What: Experience authentic Barbadian food, drinks, music, and culture. Fun for the whole family with activities for the kids, test your skill at dominoes, dance to some soca & reggae, or lime at the “rum shop.”
  • When: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  • When: 2 to 8 pm
  • Where: Bear Creek Pavilion – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: Free
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