28 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: March 29 to 31

Mar 22 2019, 5:02 pm

Say so long to March with a full weekend of events! Here are 27 things to do around Vancouver on Friday, March 29, Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31. Vancouver South African Film Festival, Spring Break events, and more.

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

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Friday, March 29

Spring Break Family FUSE Week

Vancouver Art Gallery/Rachel Topham

What: For the first time, the Gallery is expanding Family FUSE to five fun-filled days from Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29. Your family can visit the Gallery together from 12 to 4 pm daily to enjoy this year’s programming, The Everyday in Different Ways.  This includes engaging in-gallery activities with their team of experienced Art Agents (12 to 4 pm), who bring the exhibitions to life with activities and conversations about the artworks on display.

Kids can also get creative and let their imaginations soar in The Making Place (12 to 4 pm), where they’ll explore the artist’s decision-making process in these unique learning sessions with fun, hands-on activities. Talented local artists Lee Hutzulak, Caroline Liffmann and Carolina Bergonzoni, Derya Akay and Vivienne Bessette, Ewan McNeil, and Maya Beaudry will be hosting different workshops from Monday to Friday that you can join.

When: Now to Friday, March 29, 2019
Time: 12 to 4 pm daily
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery — 750 Hornby Street
Price: FREE for kids 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult, and Gallery Members | $24 for general admission — Tickets available via the Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver International Dance Festival: Life Drawing Sessions

What: Practice your drawing skills and let your creativity be inspired by dancers and life models posing in either costumes or plain clothes in the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall. These public sessions, presented in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, are open to all skill levels, are free, and require no pre-registration. Sketching paper, pencils, and other supplies are available for participants to borrow.

When: Now to Friday, March 29, 2019
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver South African Film Festival

What:  The Vancouver South African Film Festival returns to the city for its ninth annual extravaganza this weekend. Hosted at SFU Woodward’s Theatre, you can see films and documentaries that inspire, entertain and inform. All of the films are linked by a common theme: Exploring the rich history, culture and politics of South Africa.

This year’s titles include award-winning heavy-hitting dramas and documentaries. It’s also a charitable endeavour: The volunteer-organized event gives all proceeds to Education without Borders, a joint Canadian-South African initiative. The three-day event also features an opening night gala on Friday evening.

When: March 29 to 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: SFU Woodward’s, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $13.19. Gala tickets and weekend passes too. Available online

MAGIK: Camilo The Magician

Camilo the Magician (Camilo Dominguez)

Camilo the Magician (Camilo Dominguez)

What: Vancouver-based Camilo The Magician is set to unveil his new show Magik at Norman Rothstein Theatre. Where the performer’s previous show ABRACADABRA drew on classic forms of magic, Magik takes audiences into a new, more adventurous territory. More than a year in the making, the new show is a thrilling combination of illusion, mind-reading, close-up magic and of course Camilo’s signature comedy.

When: March 29 and 30, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 W. 41st Avenue (at Oak Street), Vancouver
Admission: Adults: $25-$35 / Children under 13: $20 / Students $30 / Seniors $25

RYU Apparel Warehouse Sale

What: Save up to 80 per cent on urban athletic apparel and RYU’s award-winning bags and backpacks. And these are investment pieces that will take you through spring, summer, and beyond. If you need any more convincing on how good they are, RYU’s bags have been praised by ForbesMen’s Fitness, and Business Insider, and they were even rated best work backpack by Carryology.

When: Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval, Court 8 –  6111 River Road, Richmond (one train from Downtown Vancouver, just get off at Lansdowne Skytrain Station)
Admission: Free
RSVP: Don’t forget to RSVP via the Facebook event

Spring Break at the Carousel

What: Burnaby Village Museum is throwing open the gates for 12 days of Spring Break family fun. Stroll the streets of a 1920s village and visit businesses and homes. Take in demonstrations, ride the carousel, play games and activities, learn about Indigenous culture, and chat with costumed towns-folk. Browse the Carousel Gift Shop and enjoy a treat or lunch at the Ice Cream Parlour.

When: Now to March 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel – 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free. Carousel Rides $2.65 each

80th Anniversary BC Golden Gloves Tournament

What: Boxing BC presents the 80th Anniversary BC Golden Gloves Tournament in conjunction with World Champion Boxing Club and Sargeant Fitness in Richmond.

When: March 29 and March 30, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: World Champion Club – 12851 No 5 Road, Richmond
More Info: Online

Saturday, March 30

Terminal City TableTop Convention


Catan / Facebook

What: Metro Vancouver’s biggest tabletop gaming convention. Try out over 350 games from the TCTC library, and learn a new favourite from a Game Steward. Plus take part in the Catan National Qualifier Tournament.

When: Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 9 am to Midnight (Saturday), 9 am to 6 pm (Sunday)
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 6250 Commercial Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Cinematheque 24-Hour Movie Marathon

What: A biennial dose of 24 consecutive hours of cinema returns to The Cinematheque this spring. The 19-plus event will include prizes, complimentary craft beer, and tasty treats. For attendees, blankets, pillows, and ” tip-top hygiene” are recommended. The Marathon is a fundraising event for The Cinematheque, and helps to support its year-round programming and award-winning education workshops.

When: Saturday, March 30 to Sunday, March 31
Time: 10 am to 1o am
Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe St, Vancouver
Admission: $60

Riverdale Burlesque

What: While navigating the troubled waters of romance, school and family, Archie and the gang become entangled in yet another dark and sexy Riverdale mystery: A masked figure is trying to ruin Prom/ Who is the masked figure? Will prom be saved? How many lurid and steamy scenarios can Archie and his friends possibly endure? Find out at Riverdale Burlesque.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $25 in advance

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders

What: Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Seattle Sounders at BC Place.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Buckman Coe

What: Vancouver’s Buckman Coe brings his Gathering Storm Spring Tour to The Rickshaw with special guests Tonye & Erica Dee.

When: March 30, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Dallas Stars

What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Van Gogh Designs — Spring Cleaning Sale

What: Van Gogh Designs, a leading manufacturer of upholstered furniture in Canada and the U.S, is having a massive Spring Cleaning Showroom sale, offering all of Van Gogh Designs floor models, as well as The Goods floor models and warehouse products.

Pricing will only be revealed in the showroom on March 30, and will only be available for purchase between 9 am and 7 pm on the day. Small items that are purchased on the day can be taken away on the same day, and delivery options will be provided for larger items that cannot be transported on the day (items must be picked up or delivered between April 1 and 6.)

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 9178 34A Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Creating A Scene: Bohemian Rhapsody

What: A unique opportunity to explore the worlds of Picture Editing & Sound Mixing with Academy Award-winning Composer/Editor, John Ottman and Academy Award-winning Music & Re-Recording Mixer, Paul Massey. Join them as they deconstruct their work on key scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 9 am
Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $125

10 Gates Dancing – Trust

What: The West Coast premiere of Trust is a thought-provoking duet created and performed by choreographer Tedd Robinson and composer Charles Quevillon. This new contemporary work examines the dynamic interchange of building, maintaining, and testing trust between partners. Audiences are invited to enter into a playful exercise through the interplay of dance artists, examining more about their own beliefs in the world, and reflecting on exactly who they trust. Part of Vancouver International Dance Festival.

When: Now to Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Hot Brown Honey

What: Hot Brown Honey returns to turn up the heat, deliver lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment. The Honeys will make you laugh, cry, clap and shake what your mama gave you. This stellar posse of phenomenal women make noise as they defiantly smash stereotypes and remix the system.

When: Various dates to March 30, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Forest Walk and Campfire

What:  Enjoy an evening forest walk to a campfire.  We provide the stories and roasting forks, you provide your own marshmallows and songs.  Hike departs at 6 pm sharp. All ages.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Tynehead Regional Park – meet at 96th Ave entrance by Tynehead Hatchery, Surrey
Admission: Free

Used Kidstuff Sale

What: Find bargains on children’s toys, books, decor items and more. Free admission for buyers.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Willingdon Community Centre – 1491 Carleton Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

AirPod Owners Meetup – Vancouver

What: The “AirPod Owners Meetup” will be taking place at The Olympic Cauldron. The event was created by The Pod Squad, a Facebook group where members have access to an entire selection of pod-inspired products for users to purchase, including skins, fabric cases, and an entire clothing line. There will also be a number of food trucks.

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 6 to 11:55 pm
Where: The Olympic Cauldron – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Sunday, March 31

Shen Yun Performing Arts Vancouver 2019

Shen Yun Performing Arts

What: Shen Yun Performing Arts features dance as the centrepiece, with classical and folk styles from China’s many ethnicities set to a live orchestra which combines Chinese and Western instruments. You’ll witness performers adorned in an array of beautiful and traditional hand-made costumes performing and interacting with an animated backdrop, as well as vocalists singing opera in Chinese. The performance is guided by hosts who narrate everything in both English and Chinese.

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Price: Starting at $95 — Tickets available online

Richmond Outdoor Spring Carnival

What: West Coast Amusements, the largest Canadian midway operation in Western Canada, will be making a stop at the Lansdowne Centre in Richmond. They’ll be setting up for 10 straight days with a massive array of rides, games, and traditional carnival eats.

The outdoor carnival will be open from March 21 to March 31, 2019, with hours of operation varying by date and weather. Attendees can ride six attractions for $16.99 or purchase a daily wristband for $40. Tickets for rides may also be purchased individually and in groups of 20 and 40.

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 12 to 10 pm, hours may change based on weather.
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 #3 Road, Richmond
Tickets: Available on-site

Tri-City Spring 2019 Home Expo

What: Head to Tri-City Spring 2019 Home Expo to meet local companies and discuss home improvement needs. Experts will be on location, ready to provide advice for decorating, remodelling, kitchen and bathroom improvements, as well as professionals to assist you with heating, windows, roofing, and more.

When: March 29 to 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Poirier Sport Complex – 633 Poirier St., Coquitlam
Tickets: Online


What: Redpatch is a historical drama that focuses on a young Métis solider from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island who volunteers to fight for Canada in the First World War. Set in both Canada and the battlefields of France, Redpatch follows the experiences of this young solider as he endures the horrors of war.

When: Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Spring Break at Vancouver Aquarium

What: Did you know that a sloth only goes to the bathroom once a week? Or that a penguin has fleshy hooks on its tongue? These are just some of the 50,000 creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium, where weird is normal. Enjoy special family programs and shows including ‘Meet a Penguin’ or ‘Shark: A 4-D Experience’. Then get up close and personal with your favourite animal during an animal encounter.

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

James Bay

What: English singer-songwriter James Bay brings the Electric Light Tour to Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre with special guest Noah Kahan.

When: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Mother Nature’s Recycling

What:  Check out displays and presentations at these themed open houses.  Tour indoor and outdoor learning spaces including the Bell-Irving Hatchery, ‘Roof to Creek’ stormwater management system and wetlands.  If it wasn’t for snails, slugs, worms and their allies, there’d be a whole lot more poop in the park.  Learn about recycling, Mother Nature style. All ages.

When: March 31, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre. Meet at 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge.
Admission: Free

Blossom at Metropolis

Blossom at Metropolis/Daily Hive

What: Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will become the site of Blossom at Metropolis, a one-of-a-kind art installation that includes more than 250,000 cherry blossoms. Mall-goers are encouraged to pass by and get an early glimpse of some gorgeous white and pink petals, all created by interactive arts company Hfour.

In addition to more than a quarter-million cherry blossoms, the exhibit will feature dozens of mirror spheres (the largest being four metres in size) that’ll create the illusion of infinite blooms. A series of floral art and Japanese culture workshops will also be held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, while the exhibit is in place. And of course, what installation would be complete without a selfie zone?

When: Now to Saturday, March 31, 2019
Time: Open daily during regular mall hours
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free of charge

Spring Break at the Space Centre

What: Do you have a young space enthusiast in the family? Join the Space Centre over Spring Break for some special activities and programming focused on “Exploring the Sun” and “Exploring the Moon.” These family-friendly activities will run daily throughout Spring Break. They will also be premiering the film “The Sun: Our Living Star” in the planetarium star theatre.

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Admission: Online

Avant Garden Bazaar

What: The first Avant Garden Bazaar, a bi weekly market in the hallways of Chinatown Center featuring clothing, books, music, art, jewelry, comics, consignment items, and many more oddities.

When: Bi-weekly starting Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: The Avant-Garden – 729 Gore Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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