27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: March 8 to 10

Mar 5 2019, 3:34 am

Another weekend packed with fun events! Here is our list of 25 fun things to do in Vancouver on Friday, March 8, Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. Illuminate Yaletown, HSBC Canada Sevens 2019, and more.

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

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Friday, March 8

International Women’s Day at Mt. Seymour

Image: Mt. Seymour / Facebook

What: Mt. Seymour is celebrating International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8 by inviting ladies to bring a plus one for free.

When: March 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Mt Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
More Info: Online

ELVIS ELVIS ELVIS: The Ultimate Tribute to the King

What: With his strong physical likeness to the King, talented vocal abilities and on-stage charisma, Shawn Klush was crowned world’s number one Elvis Tribute Artist in 2009. Klush performs Elvis Elvis Elvis, the Ultimate Tribute to the King at River Rock Show Theatre.

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

Young Women in Business UBC International Women’s Day

What: An annual International Women’s Day celebration presented by Young Women in Business UBC. The theme of this year’s event is “when she wins, you win.” This year’s event will feature keynote speakers, including Taylor Aller, Co-Founder of the Relationship Project, Mrs. BC 2018 & Miss Congeniality 2018, and Christine Bergeron, Vancity Senior Vice President of Member Experience and Community Engagement. There will also be a presentation from EY, Vancity Chat Corner, open exhibit, silent auction, photo booth, food, beverages, and more.

When: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm (registration begins at 6:30 pm)
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery
Tickets $25, available online

Illuminate Yaletown

What: Yaletown is set to be lit up with a variety of light installations for Illuminate Yaletown, which has drawn crowds of more than 40,000 in past years. With light-based art exhibitions utilizing advanced video and lighting technology, the night will feature a reunion of the best light artists and technology gurus from previous Illuminate events in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Visitors can look forward to seeing outdoor projections, animations, and interactive forms, in the “best of the best,” showcasing some of Canada’s most renowned light-tech artists. Together with a selection of fan favourites from previous years on display, you’ll also see brand-new, never before seen installations.

When: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 6:06 pm, sunset
Where: Hamilton Street between Drake and Davie, and Yaletown Canada Line Station
Admission: Free


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What: Anaheim rockers Buckcherry perform at Hard Rock Casino with special guests Joyous Wolf.

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


What: table23 consists of improv veterans Jennifer Pielak, Jonathan Chambers, Russ Brummer, Jeff Penner, Brad Rossington and Graham Myers. The Tri-Cities comedy stars are performing at The Woods Studio for one night only.

When: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Woods Studio – 7 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

New Westminster Innovation Week

What: The third Annual Innovation Week is a week of events, activities, learning opportunities, and more for people of all ages and backgrounds.  There will be an Innovation Forum which has been expanded to include a B2B Startup trade show, the comprehensive Transportation Forum, child and youth programming, and a special marquee event in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8.

When: Now to Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Saturday, March 9

HSBC Canada Sevens 2019

Canada Sevens

What: 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. Spend the two days eating, drinking, partying, and watching the exhilarating, fast-paced action of the rugby games — with over 40,000 of your closest friends from around the world. Outrageous costumes are highly encouraged.

When: Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, 2019
Where: BC Place Stadium – 777 Pacific Boulevard
Price: Single-day tickets $70 | Full weekend tournament pass $109 — Tickets available via Canada Sevens.com

Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival

What: Showcasing over 45 craft breweries and a new eats format with beer-friendly snacks. Choose either the matinee 12:30 to 3 pm or evening 7 to 9:30 pm tasting.

When: March 9, 2019
Time: 12:30 to 3 pm or 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Westwood Plateau GC – 3251 Plateau Blvd, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online, ticket includes entry, beer samples, and snacks.

KidSport’s Massive Used Equipment Sale

What: A huge variety of high-quality used sporting goods at incredible prices. Everything from bikes and hockey gear to fitness equipment and wetsuits and everything in between. All proceeds go to subsidize registration fees for kids from lower income families. Save money and help the community at the same time. No tax, cash and credit cards accepted.

When: March 9, 2018
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Riverside Secondary School – 2215 Reeve St, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Heritage Social

What: As a treasured local heritage farmstead, Historic Stewart Farm offers unique volunteer options for all ages both indoor and out. Tour the site, chat with current volunteers and see if there is a fit for you. No pressure to sign up.

When: March 9 and March 14, 2019
Time: 12 to 3:30 pm (Saturday), 6 to 8:30 pm (Thursday)
Where: Historic Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey
Admission: Free

Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts

What: In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their debut, self-titled album, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts return to the Commodore Ballroom on Saturday, March 9. The Juno Award-winning band, whose present-day lineup features Bentall and Legendary Hearts Mike Crozier, Jack Guppy, Colin Nairne, and Dave Reimer, released the platinum-selling album in June 1988.

When: March 9, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: 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 2019 VIDF will showcase Canadian premieres from Japan’s Dairakudakan, three world premieres from Vancouver’s Vision Impure, Olivia C. Davies, and Leslie Telford, free performances by V’ni Dansi and Harbour Dance ITP & Platform, and more.

When: Friday, March 8 to Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

LaSalle College Vancouver: Open House

LaSalle College Vancouver

What: If you’d like to find out how you can get a creative education at LaSalle College Vancouver — the college is hosting an Open House where you can attend FREE hands-on creative workshops. You will also have the chance to find out what it’s like to be a student at LaSalle College Vancouver and see the school up close, including the cutting-edge tools and technologies that the students use every day.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 9:30 am till 12:30 pm
Where: LaSalle College Vancouver — 2665 Renfrew Street
Price: FREE

Nature Work Parties

What: Get your hands dirty removing invasive plants with friends and family and join others in caring for Surrey’s unique urban forest. Everyone is welcome to participate — no experience is required. Tools, training, and light refreshments are provided. These events are drop-in, rain or shine (events may be cancelled in high winds or extreme weather conditions). Stay comfortable by wearing appropriate clothing for winter activities.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Hazelnut Meadows Community Park – 14069 68 Ave, Surrey
Price: Free

The Dirty Betty Show! – Womyn’s Day Edition

What: Celebrate Womyn’s Day in style with The Dirty Betty Show at Fox Cabaret. Featuring stand-up, improv, dance and drag performers, and everyone is welcome for the fun night out. Hosted by Claire Marie.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

ShowOff – Live Painting Event and Fundraiser

What: A night of art and entertainment where four artists – Sue Cowan, Andrew McDermott, Kerry Vaughn Erickson, and Jeff Wilson – come together to create one-of-a-kind pieces right before your eyes. Working from the same reference source under a time restriction, these artists will each create something unique, flavoured with their own style. At the end of the night, the finished pieces will be put to silent auction with the proceeds split between the participating artists and the Federation of Canadian Artists.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver’s biggest dog meet-up

Vancouver dog meet-up

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What: Vancouver’s biggest dog meet-up is returning to Trout Lake Park for another year. The event takes place on Sunday, March 10, and is hosted by Dogs of Vancity, so you can also expect plenty of cute photos for the scrapbook (or the Instagram). Those who don’t have pets are also more than welcome to pay a visit and meet some new friends.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Trout Lake Park – 2100 E 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Port Moody Film Society 19th Annual Canadian Film Festival

What: Port Moody Film Society presents a selection of the best recent Canadian features and documentaries as well as outstanding short subjects by local filmmakers.

When: Now to March 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Tickets: Membership $5 a year. Member admission $5 per film. Festival admission $7 per film.

Blossom at Metropolis

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

Bacio Rosso: Gourmet Cabaret Cirque 2018

What: A one-of-a-kind gourmet cabaret cirque production that puts fine dining, comedy, and circus under a giant enclosed tent. Bacio Rosso is a three-hour performance that features artists from around the world, including magicians, jugglers, trapeze artists, contortionists, clowns, singers, and comedians. All the while, spectators will feast on a delicious four-course gourmet meal curated by La Quercia’s Adam Pegg, an award-winning Vancouver chef who specializes in Italian cuisine.

When: Wednesday to Sunday from now to March 10, 2019
Time: Wednesday to Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver
Price: $119 to $219. Online

Children of God

What: Children of God is a musical about an Oji-Cree family whose children were taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario. The story of Rita, a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, Tom and Julia, who never knew she came, pushes toward redemption. Written by Oji-Cree theatre maker Corey Payette.

When: Now to Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $75

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival

What: The 14th annual Vancouver International Women in Film Festival celebrates the best of cinema created by women. VIWFF is screening 49 films from 19 different countries around the world including 18 local filmmakers. As well as film screenings, the festival offers a variety of ancillary programming including film panels, special guests, artist talks, workshops, pitch sessions, receptions, an awards gala and more.

When: Now to Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancity Theatre – 10181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Girls Are Coming!

What: The Girls Are Coming!: A visual voyage of Bride Ship Tynemouth. As they once did off Vancouver Island a century and a half ago, sails appeared in Tracy McMenemy’s vision of an exhibition. Her research on the Bride Ship Tynemouth and the journey of its young passengers inspired her own journey. Her departure point was a single bride’s dress. Its symbolism drew her deeply into a story of human struggle between freedom and containment, courage and futility, hope and disappointment.

When: Saturday, March 9 to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (open until 8 pm on Thursdays)
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum – 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Eastside Flea

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What: Eastside Flea is a modern-day flea market that takes place bi-weekly in Vancouver, BC. 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 vinyl deejays, pinball, an outdoor courtyard, and more.

When: March 9 and 10, March 23 and 24, April 6 and 7, April 20 and 21, May 4 and 5, May 18 and 19, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Location: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission: $3

Growing Room: Funny Feminists

What: Growing Room presents an afternoon of witty poetry and prose featuring some of the most incisive and hilarious writers in the country – Ivan Coyote, Molly Cross-Blanchard, Jo Dworkshack, Eden Robinson, Hana Shafi, and Lindsay Wong. Hosted by Jocelyn Tennant.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Where:Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Original Bridal Swap 2019

What: Featuring a flea market with pre-loved decor, Etsy/Craft Sellers, consigned and sample sale wedding gowns, vendors and more.

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Croatian Centre – 3250 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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