27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: March 6 to 8

Mar 6 2020, 5:00 am

Fill the first weekend of March with our rundown of 27 things to do in Vancouver from March 6 to 8. Check out HSBC Canada Sevens, Vancouver Tea Festival, and more.

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

Friday, March 6

HSBC Canada Sevens Official Pre-Party

What: The “Friday Night Kick-Off” — an official pre-party to jumpstart the weekend, is a free, all-ages event thrown by Sport Hosting Vancouver. Party-goers can expect plenty of food trucks such as Mini Donuts, G’s Donair, B&B Burger, and Mr. Tubesteak, among others. The event will also be tented and fully licensed with beverages from Stanley Park Brewing, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Babe Wine, and non-alcoholic drinks from Red Bull.

In addition to a party band and DJ, rugby fans will also be able to look forward to visits from HSBC Canada Sevens players and alumni. Guests are encouraged to wear their wildest costumes. Those with the craziest, most creative costumes are invited to take part in the #SoFancey7s costume catwalk to win tournament tickets and signed jerseys.

A pop-up costume shop, as well as airbrush tattoo artists, will also be on-site for those who aren’t fully prepared for the weekend ahead.

When: March 6, 2020
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: šxwƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) — 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free of charge

Festival du Bois

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Photo: supplied by Festival du Bois

What: The 31st annual Festival du Bois is a weekend celebration of francophone and French-Canadian culture, and the largest in BC. Enjoy music and dance, traditional food, shows for children, fun activities, and more.

When: March 6 to 8, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Mackin Park — 1046 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Colorado Avalanche

What: Vancouver Canucks face off with the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena on March 6.

When: March 6, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Free Tour: The Container Trail

What: Visitors will be taken on a driving tour through the container depots and logistics warehouses in Delta’s Tilbury Industrial Park, Port Authority’s Deltaport Truck Staging Area, Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility, and Deltaport Logistics Centre.

The tour will then end with a visit of Roberts Bank, where Canada’s busiest coal export facility and Canada’s largest container terminal are located. This includes an opportunity to get off the tour bus for an up-close look at container ships being loaded and unloaded at GCT Deltaport container terminal, which alone is 210 acres in size. Each tour takes about two hours and does not require any walking.

When: March 6 and March 21, 2020
Time: 9:30 am and 1 pm
Where: Meet at the Port of Vancouver’s Delta Community Office — 5225A Ladner Trunk Road, Delta
Admission: Free, registration details online

Vancouver International Dance Festival

What: The Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) is a three-week-long festival with internationally revered artists and lauded Vancouver performers, 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 from March 6 until March 28, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online, with many free events

Eric Nam

Eric Nam

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What: Korean pop-star, songwriter, and host Eric Nam will be making a stop in Vancouver for his Before We Begin world tour. Before We Begin is the first English album for GQ Korea’s 2016 Man of the Year. Featuring special guest Frenship.

When: March 6, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

What: The 15th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival celebrates the best of cinema created by women. As well as film screenings, the festival offers a variety of events including panels, artist talks, workshops, pitch sessions, an awards gala, and more.

When: Now until March 8, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Vancity Theatre – 10181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Saturday, March 7

I Heart Tulips

I Heart Tulips 2020/ Supplied

What: The second annual I Heart Tulips event celebrates the arrival of spring by filling Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court with 14,000 multicolour tulips arranged in multiple heart shapes. Made by the creators of the Chilliwack Tulip Festival, the installation will be viewable from all three levels of the mall from 10 am to 11 am. Following that, tulips will be available for picking at eight stems for $5 or 20 stems for $10.

Proceeds from the installation will go to Variety — the Children’s Charity, an organization that has been providing direct help to BC children with special needs for more than 50 years. I Heart Tulips will also include plenty of tulip photo-ops including life-sized photo frames, a replica mini flower stand, and an adorable tulip-filled baby carriage. Take-home Polaroids are available for an additional donation.

When: March 7, 2020
Time: 
Event starts at 10 am
Where: The Grand Court, Metropolis at Metrotown — 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free of charge, tulips by donation

Brad Paisley

What: Country superstar Brad Paisley has 24 number one hits, Grammys, and Academy of Country Music Awards to his name. He brings his 2020 world tour to Abbotsford Centre on March 7.

When: March 7, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre — 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff!

What: I Am Woman! Hear Me Laff! is a comedy showcase featureing headliner Susan Rice, Helen Schneiderman, Molly Wilson, and emcee Nic Enright-Morin.

When: March 7, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

VASS Cup & Snowfest

What: The 2020 VASS Cup & Snowfest is a fundraiser for Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports, which provides ski and snowboard programs for people with disabilities. There will be a full and fun afternoon of activities for all abilities at Grouse Mountain.

When: March 7, 2020
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Register: Online

Romeo + Juliet

What: Ballet BC presents the tragic love story of Romeo + Juliet with score by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by Medhi Walerski.

Where: Now until March 7, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

HSBC Canada Sevens

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Image: Mike Lee / World Rugby

What: Once a year, BC Place transforms for the ultimate weekend sports event that feels more like a music festival: HSBC Canada Sevens. The Canada Sevens will be taking over BC Place Stadium for two days of rugby action, for the only Canadian stop on the World Rugby Sevens Series tour. Outrageous costumes are highly encouraged.

When: March 7 and 8, 2020
Where: BC Place — 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: $70 for Single-Day General Admission Passes;
 $109 for full weekend Tournament General Admission Passes — Tickets available via Canada Sevens

Celtic Fest

What: Museum of Surrey hosts Celtic Fest, with Celtic crafts, scavenger hunt, live entertainment, community booths from groups with Celtic connections, and more.

When: March 7, 2020
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Ring of Fire: Choral Music of the Pacific Rim

What: Richmond Orchestra and Chorus presents folksongs and choral music from around the Pacific Rim, including indigenous cultures of BC, Japan, New Zealand, Ecuador, and more.

When: March 7, 2020
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: South Arm United Church – 11051 Number 3 Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Pacific Spirit Quilters’ Guild Expo

What: Pacific Spirit Quilters Guild present an expo at Edmonds Community Centre. See completed quilts from guild members, check out the live demonstration room, and take part in the children or adult quilting activities.

When: March 7, 2020
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Edmonds Community Centre — 7433 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival

What: Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival showcases over 50 craft breweries, cider houses, and distilleries at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club on March 7. Admission includes all beverage samples, and Taps & Tacos Food Truck will be serving food. The festival will also be operating a free shuttle to and from the venue from the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Skytrain station.

When: March 7, 2020
Time: 2 to 4:30 pm and 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club – 3251 Plateau Boulevard, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Sunday, March 8

FLEUR Luxury Wedding Show and Forum

FLEUR Luxury Wedding Show

FLEUR Luxury Wedding Show/ Supplied

What: The FLEUR Luxury Wedding Show and Forum is an enchanting and glamorous event produced by Aly Armstrong, principal planner at Aly Armstrong Event Planning and Design. The event features immersive workshops, panel discussions, industry influencers, and an incredible fashion show. Attendees will also be able to explore the latest wedding trends during a panel session hosted by Alison McGill, editor-in-chief of Weddingbells.

Tickets for FLEUR are available online and include a welcome glass of champagne, participation in breakout sessions, and speciality gifts from the gifting suite.

When: March 8, 2020
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver — 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $40- $50, available online

Alan Doyle

What: Alan Doyle is a songwriter, actor, and 12-time JUNO Award nominee for his solo material and work with Great Big Sea. He brings his Rough Side Out tour to Vancouver with his six-piece band and special guest Kelly Prescott.

When: March 8, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Eastside Flea

What: Eastside Flea is a modern-day flea market that takes place bi-weekly in Vancouver. Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade independent maker wares to vintage clothing, collectibles, plants, artisan eats, and more. You’ll also find food trucks, live DJs, and more.

When: March 7 and 8, March 21 and 22, April 4 and 5, April 18 and 19, 2020
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Eastside Studios — 550 Malkin Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: $3 for single day entry, or $5 for all weekend.

KIDZ BOP World Tour

What: KIDZ BOP Kids are bringing their interactive family-friendly show to the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on Sunday, March 8, which will be the last concert during the Canadian leg of their world tour. KIDZ BOP Kids have sold more than 20 million albums and made it to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 Chart a whopping 24 times.

When: March 8, 2020
Time: 4 pm
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre — 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard
Price: Starting at $48.30 via Ticketmaster

Red Barn Fun Day

What: Terra Nova Rural Park artists host a family-friendly exploration of art and nature. Attendees will meet at the Red Bar and then go on a guided nature walk. There will be seasonal tea and hands-on craft activities to enjoy, and everyone is welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress for the weather.

When: March 8, 2020
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Terra Nova Rural Park — 2631 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free

Come Try Ringette

What: The Surrey White Rock Ringette Association invites all children ages four and up to try Ringette. A qualified instructor will introduce participants to the on ice sport. No skating experience is required, and skate and helmets will be available. Pre-registration is required.

When: March 8, 2020
Time: 12:15 to 2 pm
Where: North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex — 10950 126a Street, Surrey
Register: Online, Free

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

What: The VJFF is longest running Jewish film festival in Canada and is organized by the Vancouver Jewish Film Centre. This 31st annual festival features a variety of films that will showcasing the diversity of Jewish culture.

When: March 8, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: The Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre — 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver / Fifth Avenue Cinemas — 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Tea Festival 2020

Vancouver Tea Festival

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What: Dive into the world of the planet’s most consumed beverage at Vancouver Tea Festival 2020. Attendees of this weekend-long event can expect a marketplace, presentations, tastings and more at Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.

When: March 7 to 8, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre — 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

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, as well as live entertainment, inside a historic cannery setting. Admission to the museum is free on market days.

When: March 8 and 22; April 5 and 19
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Free

International Women’s Day with Marlene Lowden: artist talk and blind contour drawing

What: Place des Arts’ welcomes exhibiting artist Marlene Lowden for an artist talk about her exhibition Blind Contour Homage Series for International Women’s Day. Lowden will share stories and explain her artistic process. Afterwards, attendees can try their hand at blind contour drawing.

When: March 8, 2020
Time: 2 to 3:30 pm
Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Register: Online, free