49 FREE Things To Do In Vancouver This Spring

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FREE Things To Do In Vancouver

Who doesn’t want to take advantage of free things to do in Vancouver?

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Here are the best free things to do in Metro Vancouver this spring.

FREE Things To Do In Vancouver


Luminescence IV

Luminescence IV

Photo: Deer Lake Art Gallery / Facebook

About: This is a family-friendly event and everyone is welcome to experience artworks by 20+ notable artists from varying disciplines.
Date: Saturday March 16th – Saturday April 6th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gulf Of Georgia Cannery Spring Break

About: Guests will be tasked to find clues throughout the historic cannery to help solve a mystery, which is set during the Great Depression in 1930. A missing fortune has been ‘stolen’ from inside the safe of the Plant Manager’s Office! Admission is free for kids 17-years-old and under.
Date: Monday March 18th – Friday March 29th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Burnaby Village Museum Spring Break

Burnaby Village Museum

Photo: Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel

About: From Monday, March 18th – Friday, March 29th, 2019, the museum will offer free admission to their 10-acre site and welcome visitors with a variety of things to explore.
Date: Monday March 18th – Friday March 29th, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Spring Break At The Space Centre

About: Visit 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.
Date: Saturday March 16th, 2019 – Sunday March 31st, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Night Quest

About: There’s a Night Quest taking place in Vancouver like no other. Individuals of all ages can wander a 2 km lantern-lit trail and meet squirrels, skunks and salamanders.
Date: Saturday March 23rd, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.


About: Harumatsuri is a 1-day event that has an assortment of displays and activities to check out. Since 2003, Anime Evolution has been celebrating anime, manga, gaming, Japanese pop-culture, and every kind of related fandom.
Date: Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Vancouver Art Gallery Family FUSE Week

Vancouver Art Gallery

Photo: Vancouver Art Gallery / Facebook

About: Families will have the opportunity to connect with interdisciplinary artistic practices through a variety of art-making activities, inspired by the materials, processes and ideas at work in the Gallery’s current exhibitions. Admission is free for Gallery Members and for children age 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.
Date: Monday March 25th – Friday March 29th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Royal City Rumble

About: The heroes and villains of RCW will all be competing for bragging rights in this over-the-top-rope battle royale, featuring the entire roster, and perhaps some surprises as an open invitation has been put out to any wrestler who wishes to attend!
Date: Saturday, March 30th, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Bridal Gallery Designer Sample Sale

About: Designers will include Watters, Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, Enzoani, Pronovias, and Kitty Chen.
Date: Monday, March 25th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

World Water Day Celebration 2019

About: The celebration will be full of events, including a Networking session, student competition, a Panel Discussion featuring local water leaders, and award ceremony for the student competition.
Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The Lifestyle Show

About: This event will have lots of food choices, is family-friendly and there will be tons of prizes offered throughout the show.
Date: Sunday, March 31st, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

AirPod Owners Meetup

Airpod Owners MeetupAbout: The event will be hosted by The Pod Squad, which encourages those with AirPods to attend this event.
Date: Saturday March 30th, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 11:55 p.m.

West End Walk

About: Join your community on a FREE one hour walking tour through the West End neighbourhood to share stories, re-imagine our community and reconnect with the neighbourhood.
Date: Saturday, March 30th, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

BC First Nations Cannabis Forum

About: This will be a forum to learn and share information on the regulatory framework, First Nations jurisdiction, economic development opportunities, and health considerations.
Date: Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Wanderlust Thursdays

About: Every Thursday night is International Night at Cabana Lounge. You’ll hear the best in Latin, Brazilian Funk, Hip Hop, EDM & Top 40 with DJ Thunder.
Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Brooks x FitFirst Footwear Besties Night!

About: Attendees will be treated to an informative bra talk by Natalia from Brooks—an expert on all things sports bras—followed by time for professional bra fittings from our FitFirst/Brooks bra experts.
Date: Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Nawroz at UBC

About: Dress in your best attire and come celebrate the Persian New Year in the AMS Nest.
Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Wake n’ Shake Yoga

Richmond eventsAbout: Expect a fun and energetic flow class suitable for all levels! Whether you’re a first timer or experienced downward dog-er it’s the perfect way to start your Sunday.
Date: Sunday, March 24th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Home Reno Show

About: Award-winning builders, renovators and designers are participating in this boutique show to offer inspiration, ideas and complimentary advice to homeowners looking to renovate!
Date: Saturday, March 30th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Shogi, Japanese Chess Workshop

About: Shogi is a two-player strategy board game with the objective to checkmate the opponent’s king, and players get to play the opponent’s piece they captured. Two Canada Shogi Club members from Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre will be demonstrating and teaching shogi for this event from 6:30PM to 8:00PM.
Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Women’s Personal Safety Workshops

Women’s Personal Safety Workshops

Photo: Vancouver Police Department

About: The tactics taught are designed to be easily learned and remembered by women who have no prior training.
Date: Thursday April 4th, 2019, Friday May 3rd, 2019,
Time: Various

Free Guided Meditation Class- Downtown

About: Classes are always free, open to anyone and everyone who has an interest in meditation – young and old, beginners and seasoned pros.
Date: Monday, April 1st, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Spring into Summer – Nutrition Workshop

About: Maxine is a Holistic Sports Nutritionist who will be sharing simple tips to spring you into summer. The talk will be focusing on nutriton for the change in seasons and de-bunking cleansing and detox myths.
Date: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Photo: yuanxizhou / 604 Now Flickr Pool

About: The city holds over 40,000 cherry blossom trees, and the blossoming of those endless clouds of flowers are enough reason to celebrate.
Date: Thursday April 4th – Sunday April 28th, 2019
Time: Various at different locations

Atomic Cartoons 20th Anniversary Party

About: This event will take place on Friday, April 5th at the Imperial Vancouver with musical guests Five Alarm Funk and the all-Atomic band, Cartwheels for Voodoo.
Date: Friday, April 5th, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

AI Hackathon Vancouver

About: AI Hackathon Vancouver is a 1-day pop-up hackathon where you will have the opportunity to work together with hackers, coders, data scientists, and/or marketers to solve this communication problem for dental offices across North America.
Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Big Sing

About: This Spring the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival will bring Metro Vancouver together in harmony to share in the joy of singing as part of a large group.
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Surrey Pop-Up Junk Drop

Pop-Up Junk Drop

Photo: City of Surrey

About: The City of Surrey allows residents to dispose of their unwanted items completely free of charge at the Pop-up Junk Drop events taking place this spring and summer.
Date: Sunday April 7th, 2019, Sunday May 26th, 2019, Sunday July 7th, 2019, Sunday August 11th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

VWS Spring Fair & Open House

About: You’ll find all sorts of wonderful locally hand-crafted gifts, clothing, accessories, and toys, along with activities for children of all ages and delicious refreshments.
Date: Saturday, April 13th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

FASD Services Workshop

About: Individuals with FASD are welcome and will be asked to focus on their experience as a child or youth with FASD receiving CYSN services.
Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Party For The Planet

Party For The Planet

Photo: City of Surrey

About: The free event is entering its ninth year and is sure to leave a lasting impression given its lineup of attractions and festivities.
Date: Saturday April 13th, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

LitFest New West

About: The Gala features three well-known BC poets in an art gallery/studio setting with a cash bar.
Date: Saturday, April 26th – Sunday, April 27th, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Surrey Vaisakhi Parade

Surrey Vaisakhi Parade

Photo: BC NDP / Flickr

About: Each year, hundreds of local business and individual families present free food offerings to the crowd in celebration of the parade.
Date: Saturday April 20th, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Free Easter Bash

About: Organizers will be giving away 20,000 chocolate eggs!
Date: Saturday, April 20th, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hello Spring Swap at Storybook Buddings

About: Bring your gently used children’s clothes, toys, and accessories to either Buddings (203 – 950 West Broadway, at Oak or Storybook Buddings, at 1438 Cedar Cottage Mews) by April 5th, and get your first 10 items free.
Date: Sunday, April 7th, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market

Photo: @yvonneming88 / Instagram

About: Visitors will find fresh food, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment every Friday night. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5:00 p.m. on Friday nights. In addition, there is live music until 10:00 p.m. on the Shipbuilders’ Stage, showcasing talent from all over BC.
Date: Friday May 3rd – Friday September 27th, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Women’s Personal Safety Workshops

About: The tactics taught are designed to be easily learned and remembered by women who have no prior training.
Date: Friday May 3rd, 2019
Time: Various

Burnaby Festival of Learning

About: A variety of events will be happening throughout Burnaby including performances, lectures, discussions, tours, and more.
Date: Saturday May 4th – Saturday May 11th, 2019
Time: Various

West End Car Free Day

About: There will be art exhibits, music stages, food trucks, and places to grab a cold drink.
Date: Saturday June 15th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Main Street Car Free Day

Main Street Car Free Day

Photo: Mount Pleasant BIA

About: Taking place on Sunday, June 16th, 2019, the biggest of Vancouver’s Car Free Day festivals will span 21 blocks. Main Street will have 15 stages and mini festivals along the entire street.
Date: Sunday June 16th, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Fort Langley Makers Market

Cannery Farmers MarketAbout: This vibrant outdoor market encompasses all things awesome with the makers moement, and you are bound to find something you will love!
Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mid Main Art Fair

About: This wonderful group of established artists will showcase work from abstraction to realism creating stunning art, in a variety of mediums such as watercolours, acrylic, oil, photography, sculpture, and printmaking.
Date: Sunday, June 9th, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

30 Min Boxing Clinic

About: Get into this quick clinic that teaches the fundamentals of boxing, focusing on posture, stance, and hand-eye coordination.
Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wine and Wash

Wine Tasting SeminarAbout: Experience a little pampering for the body and soul, while enjoying some wine.
Date: Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation Class

About: Classes are always free, open to anyone and everyone who has an interest in meditation – young and old, beginners and seasoned pros.
Date: Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Happy Healthy Women Authentically Connecting for Entrepreneurs

About: Have dinner, bring some business cards and share your dreams and goals with others.
Date: Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

VANTEC Pitch Circuit Coquitlam CMPNY

About: You will have 3 minutes to present your idea and will have 6 minutes of feedback from the panel.
Date: Thursday, June 20th, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ladies Night Bootcamp

Photo: Eventbrite

About: Join in for this fun, empowering, all-ladies HIIT circuit that incorporates curve building and strength training with cardio intervals! Break a sweat and power through with strong women in your community.
Date: Thursday, June 6th, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Mommy Bootcamp

About: Jump into this bootcamp and get a fun HIIT circuit that helps you improve your strength, while sprinkling in some tightening, toning and even some cardio. ! Take some time for yourself and get your sweat on!
Date: Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

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