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43 Fun Things To Do In Metro Vancouver This March

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With Spring being just around the corner, that means more sunny days, blooming flowers, and fun in and around Metro Vancouver!

From car shows to food events, and spring blooms, there is something for everyone to do. So get inspired and plan those Spring Break activities early!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This March

Bite of Burnaby (Mar 1-31)

This food festival runs for the whole month of March, and celebrates the diverse culinary scene of the Burnaby area. The festival offers a unique opportunity to sample a wide variety of delicious dishes from around the world, with food vendors serving up everything from authentic Korean barbecue to classic Canadian poutine.

In addition to the delicious food, Bite of Burnaby also features live music, entertainment, and a bustling atmosphere that brings the community together for a day of fun and excitement.

When & Where: March 1st-31st at restaurants all over Burnaby, check out their website for more information.

Art Gallery Free Entry (Mar 1) Free

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The Vancouver Art Gallery is free on the first Friday of every month. Attendees can enter between 4 and 8 pm. They will be offering educational tours and other programming free of charge. It’s also worth mentioning that children and teens aged 18 and under can visit the art gallery for free at any time, thanks to a program launched last summer that runs for five years.

When & Where: March 1 from 4-8pm at 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
Cost: Free admission (pre-registration is recommended)

17th Annual Coastal Dance Festival (Mar 1-3)

he 17th Annual Coastal Dance Festival serves as a gathering for Indigenous artists to unite, exchange, and bolster each other while commemorating their vibrant artistic traditions.

Through the participation of guest artists from both national and international realms, the festival has established connections with a worldwide Indigenous dance community. The three-day celebration will showcase a series of performances. You can check out their full schedule here.

When & Where: March 1-3
Cost: Varies

Trace Bundy’s Acoustic Spring Concert (Mar 2)

Trace Bundy
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Brace yourself for an unforgettable evening as the internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso, Trace Bundy, returns to the Lower Mainland!

A guitar virtuoso and cross-genre musician, Trace Bundy has been captivating fans around the world with his unforgettable live performances.

When & Where: March 2 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the KPU Langley Auditorium, 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley
Cost: $25

BC Bike Show (Mar 2-3)

The BC Bike Show guarantees an amazing day for cycling enthusiasts! Discover the newest bikes and exclusive deals from top cycling brands and retailers, test your skills on our track, witness thrilling aerial stunts at the Big Air Jump Jam.

Gain insights into trending cycling destinations, engage with pro riders, receive expert tips, and so much more!

When & Where: March 2 from 10am – 6pm and March 3 from 10am – 5 pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre (East Building)
Cost: $14-$20

Vancouver Cocktail Week (Mar 3-10)


In its third year, Vancouver Cocktail Week is taking over the city and will be a toast to the art of the cocktail, and so much more.

Choose from 40+ unforgettable cocktail experiences at Vancouver Cocktail Week: from cocktail-paired dinners to seminars, to guest shifts, and everything in between, there is an event for every cocktail lover.

When & Where: March 3-10 at various participating spots all over the city
Cost: Varies

Vancouver International Wine Festival (Ending Mar 3)

The 45th edition of the Vancouver International Wine Fest is set to return. As one of Canada’s largest wine festivals, the event usually gathers tens of thousands of visitors during its week-long run.

This year’s focus will be on Italian wines, with 71 out of the 149 participating wineries presenting an array of delightful wines from across the Italian countryside.

When & Where: Feb 24 – Mar 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Cost: Varies per tasting

Ice Skating at North Vancouver’s Shipyards Rink (Ending March 3)

North Vancouver’s impressive 12,000 square foot skating rink in The Shipyards is only available for a little longer. This free for all event has been opened since December, and will finally be coming to an end this month. The unique skating experience allows you to see the skyline of the city, making the experience extra special.

When & Where: December 1 – March 3 from various times at The Shipyards, 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free (Skate rentals are $5)

Vancouver Vegan Night Market (Mar 7)

The Vancouver Vegan Night Market returns next month with delicious food and treats. New to this year, they’ll also be having several marshmallow roasting stations for guests to enjoy along with live music.

When & Where: Thursday, March 7th from 6-10pm at the The Waldorf, 1489 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Cost: $4 minimum donation

Monster Jam (Mar 8-10)

 

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Monster Jam is set to return to Vancouver this March, with the exciting event taking place at the Pacific Coliseum at PNE. This year’s event features some of the most impressive monster trucks in the world taking the center stage.

The event features a variety of competitions, and fans will be treated to the sight of some of the biggest and most impressive monster trucks in the world.

When & Where: March 8-10 at the Pacific Coliseum 100N Renfrew Street, Vancouver
Cost: $22-$100

HORI7ONS: Immersive Digital Art Experience (March 7-10)

Dive into the digital future with Hori7ons, an exciting four-day art show in Vancouver, brought to you with the support of Adobe!

This event is a unique mix of art and technology, showcasing the works of seven amazing local artists. They’ve used everything from film and 3D animation to AI to bring their visions to life, creating an experience that will pull you right into their imagined worlds.

When & Where: March 7-10 from 7-9pm at The Kent 264 Cambie St, Vancouver
Cost: $20-$75

Festival du Bois (Mar 8-10)

The festival showcases concerts featuring French-Canadian, folk, and world music, along with family-friendly entertainment. Additionally, participants can enjoy workshops, indulge in French-Canadian cuisine, and partake in various other enjoyable activities.

When & Where: March 8-10 at Mackin Park, Coquitlam
Cost: Friday opening night free, $33.50 per day

Taste of the Tri-Cities (Ending Mar 10)

Launched in 2021, Tri-Local’s Taste of the Tri-Cities is an annual food and drink festival designed to highlight the amazing restaurants, eateries, pubs, breweries, distilleries and cafes in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

This year, there are over 50 local business participating, you can see the full list online here.

When & Where: All over the Tri-cities from February 16 – March 10
Cost: Varies

Father Tartuffe: An Indigenous Misadventure (Mar 14-24)

Come experience the world premiere of Father Tartuffe: An Indigenous Misadventure presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company. This is a new spin on a timeless comedy, playing Feb 22–Mar 24 at the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Granville Island Stage!

When & Where: March 14-24 at the Granville Island Stage
Cost: Starts at $29

CelticFest Vancouver (Mar 14-17)

 

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Immerse yourself in the dynamic world of Celtic music, dance and culture at CelticFest Vancouver, the largest annual celebration of its kind in Western Canada.

On March 15, you can also gather for a free, all-ages community festival filled with music, dance, food, drinks and a family zone – just in time for St. Paddy’s Day.

When & Where: A number of events from March 14-17 all over Vancouver, and Festival on March 16 from 10am – 9pm at Robson Plaza and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square north of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Cost: Events varies, Festival is Free

Spring Carnival at Guildford Town Centre (Mar 15-24)

The annual Spring Carnival, hosted by West Coast Amusements returns to Metro Vancouver. This is a local favourite for young ones, and it is set to return for 10 days this March, just in time for Spring Break.

As per usual, visitors can expect plenty of rides, fun fair games, and delicious bites for the whole family.

When & Where: March 15-24 at the Guildford Town Centre, 10355 152 St, Surrey
Cost: Entry is Free, Ride Tickets start at $1.25

Annual March Into Mental Health (Mar 16)

Metro Vancouver’s non-profit, The Missing Peace, is hosting their annual fundraiser gala to raise awareness and support for mental health. This inclusive gathering aims to unite the community and raise funds for mental health services for those in need in Surrey and Delta. The 2nd Annual March into Mental Health gala event will take place on March 16 at Tsawwassen Springs in Tsawwassen.

Attendees can anticipate a safe and welcoming space to learn, share, and network. Attendees will engage in a chance to meet and speak with mental health professionals, who will lead a panel discussion, followed by a delightful dinner, a keynote and a silent auction inclusive of items valued from $300-$1000.

When & Where: March 16, at Tsawwassen Springs, 5133 Springs Blvd, Tsawwassen
Cost: $80.14

Hoppy Heights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (Mar 16- Apr 1)

Hop on over to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s Hoppy Heights this month. The park will host special Easter-themed activities and feature fun, seasonal photo-ops, presenting families with the perfect way to kick-start spring. Win a prize when you complete Echo Eagle’s Eggsploration and say hello to the beautiful hawks, owls and falcons of Raptors Ridge, on-site daily.

When & Where: March 16- April 1 at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Road, Vancouver
Cost: Varies

Cypress Mountain Brewski Fest (Mar 16-17)

Cypress Mountain’s renowned tasting event is back! Local vendors will be on the patio offering ciders, seltzers, craft beer, and non-alcoholic choices for guests to sample.

While the patio and food outlets are open to all ages, the tasting adventure is exclusively for those 19 and older. Bring your ID, secure your wristband, and savor the flavorful fun!

When & Where: March 16-17 from 12-5pm at Downhill Patio, Cypress Mountain
Cost: $5

Burnaby Village Museum Spring Break (Mar 18-28)

The Burnaby Village Museum, a cherished and free attraction in Metro Vancouver, is reopening for the two weeks of Spring Break. The 10-acre open-air site showcases the histories of Burnaby’s diverse communities, offering a glimpse into the past with reconstructed homes and businesses. Visitors can explore the cultural influences that shaped the community, learn from Indigenous Educators, and engage with staffed exhibits.

When & Where: March 18-28 from 11-4:30pm at Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Cost: Free

Free Spring Break Activities at The Museum of Surrey (Mar 19-28) FREE

This spring break, the Museum of Surrey promises families a memorable and cost-free adventure. From LEGO® wonders to coding exploration, the museum has curated an array of activities to captivate young minds.

Along with their Lego Exhibit they will also be offering special activities from Code Ninja (March 19-20) and Brick Connections (March 26-28) for a fun-filled week of fun and education.

When & Where: March 19-28 from 10am – 1 pm at the Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
Cost: Free

Vancouver International Auto Show (Mar 20-24)

 

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The Vancouver International Auto Show is making a much-anticipated return after a 4-year break!

As the most popular automotive event in Western Canada, the event will feature leading global manufacturers will be onsite showcasing the hottest new models and trends, with the latest design and technology innovations.

When & Where: March 20-24 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Cost: $20

X Martinez comes to Phil Lind Initiative speaker series at UBC (Mar 21)

On March 21 X Martinez comes to Phil Lind Initiative speaker series at UBC – Pop Politics: Pop Culture and Political Life in the United States

The 2024 Phil Lind Initiative continues in March with a dynamic talk from X Martinez. He brings his insightful voice to the Phil Lind Initiative speaker series at UBC titled Pop Politics: Pop Culture and Political Life in the United States. Audience members can attend in person at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC or watch online via live stream.

When & Where: March 21 at the UBC Chan Centre, 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Cost: Free, registration required

Red Velvet presented by the Arts Club Theatre Company (Mar 21 – Apr 21)

Be transported to London’s Theatre Royal through the compelling and passionate story of Ira Aldridge in Red Velvet, written by Lolita Chakrabarti.

The play becomes a mirror reflecting the ongoing conversations around diversity. Aldridge’s legacy encourages us to strive for a world where talent is celebrated irrespective of race, and the stage becomes a true reflection of the diversity that defines human experience.

When & Where: March 21 – April 21 (closed Mondays) at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, 2750 Granville St,, Vancouver
Cost: From $29+

Pokemon Regional Championship – (Mar 22-24)

If you’re a Pokémon enthusiast be sure to check out the Pokémon Regional Championships taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This exciting event will be bringing together passionate Pokémon trainers from all over, featuring intense battles, thrilling competitions, and engaging activities.

When & Where: March 22-24 at the Vancouver Convention Centre
Cost: Spectator passes can be purchased for $26.

52 & YOU the Magic show – with Shawn Farquhar – (Mar 25)

An evening unlike any you have experienced before. Join Two-Time World Champion of Magic, Shawn Farquhar, as he invites you to experience an entire show using just playing cards.

Not just any playing cards, your playing cards. This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Deck) event. Throughout the show Shawn will randomly have decks selected to be used in amazing demonstrations of sleight of hand. Each show is bespoke as the cards chosen will determine which effects are presented.

When & Where: March 25, from 7-8:30pm at the Hidden Wonders Showroom, 662 Clarkson St, New Westminster
Cost: $60

Noah Kahan (Mar 26)

Noah Kahan, an American singer-songwriter, inked a deal with Republic Records in 2017. His breakout track, “Hurt Somebody,” attained gold status in the United States and made waves in various international music charts. His Vancouver show has been listed as sold out, so those lucky enough to grab tickets will definitely enjoy his show this March at Rogers Arena.

When & Where: March 26 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver

Tim McGraw (Mar 27)

Samuel Timothy McGraw, an American country artist, songwriter, record producer, and actor, has unveiled 16 studio albums, with 10 of them reaching the top spot on the Top Country Albums charts. Scheduled for a tour across Canada and America, he’s set to include Vancouver in his lineup this March.

When & Where: March 27 at Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver

Spring Carnival at Tsawassen Mills (Mar 28-31)

The annual Spring Carnival, hosted by West Coast Amusements returns to Metro Vancouver. This is a local favourite for young ones, and it is set take place for 4 days this March at Tsawassen Mills.

As per usual, visitors can expect plenty of rides, fun fair games, and delicious bites for the whole family.

When & Where: March 28-31 at Tsawwassen Mills Shopping Centre 5000 Canoe Pass Way, Delta
Cost: Entry is Free, Ride Tickets start at $1.25

Estée Lauder Companies’ Vancouver Warehouse Sale (Mar 28-31)

The massive Estée Lauder Warehouse Sale returns to Vancouver for its 3rd year! Discounts of 50% or more will be available on products including makeup, skincare, haircare, fragrances and more.

Hosted by the Premium Retail Group, discover unbelievable discounts on Estée Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Glamglow, Origins, Too Faced, Bobbi Brown and Bumble & Bumble.

When & Where: March 28-31 at Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Cost: Entry is Free

Cherry Blossom Festival – Yaletown Pop-up (Mar 28)

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is kicking off at this year’s new “Yaletown Pop-up” event. Attendees will be treated to live Taiko drumming, Chinese fan dancing, and the enchanting atmosphere of Yaletown, adorned with its iconic pink parasols reminiscent of the soft cherry blossom petals.

When & Where: March 28 from 11am – 2pm at Bill Curtis Square, 1198 Mainland St, Vancouver
Cost: Entry is Free

The Parlour Magic Show: Cocktail Magic! (Mar 29)

Tricks, stunts & talents—and a stiff drink! An evening of magic & cocktails in vintage style at the Metro Hall. Close-up magic before the show! Limited VIP seating. Get Tickets Here

Join host Rob Teszka as he presents fan-favourite magicians and variety artists in this special edition of Vancouver’s long-running Parlour Magic Show. Impossible feats of magic, juggling, mentalism, circus, sideshow, and more –you never know what you’ll get in this surprising and entertaining show!

When & Where: March 29, from 6-9:30 pm at The Metro Hall, 759 Carnarvon St, New Westminster
Cost: $28

Burnaby’s Popular Mini Train Reopens (Mar 29)

The popular mini train, which is located at Confederation Park in North Burnaby, opened early for the season this year.

Passengers can expect a fun and scenic 10-minute, 2-mile outdoor ride through the woods, complete with bridges, tunnels, crossovers, and spirals. In addition, the site features a mini museum, a concession stand, and ample outdoor space suitable for picnics and children’s parties.

When & Where: Reopens March 29 at Burnaby Central Railway, 120 North Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby Cost: $4.50 per ride

Super Smash Brother Tournament – Battle of BC 6 (Mar 29-31)

Super Smash Bros. is one of the most popular video games in the world, and fans of the game are in for a treat with the upcoming tournament taking place in Vancouver.

The tournament will feature players from all over Vancouver and from around the world. As well as attracting hundreds of fans, all eager to watch their favorite players battle it out for the championship title.

When & Where: March 29 -31 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building
Cost: From $35

Spring Carnival at Lansdowne Centre in Richmond (Mar 29-Apr 14)

The annual Spring Carnival, hosted by West Coast Amusements returns to Richmond. This is a local favourite for young ones, and it is set to return for 16 days this March-April.

As per usual, visitors can expect plenty of rides, fun fair games, and delicious bites for the whole family.

When & Where: March 29-April 14 at Lansdowne Centre 5300 No 3 Rd, Richmond
Cost: Entry is Free, Ride Tickets start at $1.25

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Food Festival 2024 (Mar 28 – Apr 28)

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Food Festival invites you on a self-guided culinary journey through the city during one of the most beautiful times in Spring!

From March 29th to April 28th, explore 10+ Metro Vancouver restaurants and cafes, showcasing limited-time themed festival items.

When & Where: March 29-April 28 all over Metro Vancouver
Cost: Varies

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Big Picnic Event (Mar 30)

The popular annual Big Picnic event returns to David Lam Park in Yaletown. The location pays tribute to the Honorable Dr. David Lam. Where if not for his donation of 100 Akebono cherry trees to Vancouver, these beautiful sights would not be possible.

The festival will also feature an array of activities and attractions, including a communal picnic. Participants are encouraged to prepare their own picnic adventures at home and join in a shared meal with friends, family, and strangers alike.

When & Where: March 30, from 6-11:30pm at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver Downtown, 180 W Georgia St, Vancouver
Cost: Free

A Night to Inspire Gala Event – In Support of Mental Health Initiatives (Mar 30)

Join a gala event filled with remarkable speakers who will discuss the impact that mental health has had in their lives. A former law enforcement officer, Sachin Latti is committed to raising funds and awareness for the impact that PTSD, and other mental health challenges, have on the active and retired first responder community, as well as on veterans.

When & Where: March 30, from 9:30am- 4pm at David Lam Park, Vancouver
Cost: $135

First Pick Handmade Spring Market (Mar 31)

First Pick Handmade Spring Market features 33 Curated Local Makers Selling Fashion, Art + Design. This is a local marketplace and exhibition of local + sustainable design. Guests can find Clothing, Jewelry, Accessories, Swimwear, Home Decor, Original Art, Personal Care and Snacks, meet the makers and take home something truly unique.

When & Where: March 31, from 11am- 6pm at Heritage Hall, Vancouver
Cost: $3 entry

Ongoing Things To Do

Fall Exhibits at The Museum of Surrey (Free)

The arrival of fall marks the introduction of two exciting new exhibits at the Museum of Surrey: Everything is Still Awesome and #HOPEANDHEALINGCANADA. Both exhibits just opened in October, and invite visitors to build and connect, whether it be with the ageless love of classic toys, or the journey towards hope and reconciliation.

There is also an amazing indoor playground, TD Explore Zone, to discover with your little ones. Where they can learn about sustainability while interacting with a variety of fun displays.

When & Where: October – March 2024 at the Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
Cost: Free

Science World – Dream Tomorrow Today Exhibit

 

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From now until the end of May, Science World’s Dream Tomorrow Today Exhibit will feature interactive, hands-on displays where kids and adults can explore and learn more about the challenges of today and the innovations of tomorrow.

When & Where: January 26 – May 5 at Science World
Cost: $33.20 for adults and $22.50 for kids.

Fly Over Canada – 3 Unique shows

Fly Over Canada allows you to see the world in a completely different way, capturing sights and stories from spectacular places. This Spring, there are 3 shows available

  • Hawaii form Above (February 12 – April 21)
  • Wonders of the American West (February 12 – April 21)
  • Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies (January 22 – June 30)

When & Where: Ongoing at Canada Place
Cost: $35

Vancouver Aquarium – Monster of the Abyss

Explore Monsters of the Abyss, a captivating exhibit where modern aquatic predators meet their prehistoric counterparts! Encounter live habitats, attend expert-led Animal Talks, and marvel at sculptures and Megalodon jaws. Dive into the limited-time experience at the Vancouver Aquarium.

When & Where: Ongoing at the Vancouver Aquarium
Cost: $39.95 – $53.95

Catch a Movie

Saturday Morning Movie for only $3.99

Cineplex is offering children’s movie at 11 o’clock on Saturday mornings for only $2.99 +tax. This month’s lineup includes:

  • Saturday, March 2 – Barbie
  • Saturday, March 9 – Trolls Band Together
  • Saturday, March 16 – Peppa’s Cinema Party
  • Saturday, March 23 – Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
  • Saturday, March 30 – Hop

March Break Movies

  • Nimona
  • Paw Patrol: The Movie
  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie
  • Peppa’s Cinema Party
  • The Smurfs Party

Note however that it is only at participating theatres, and available films details may vary on locations. You can check out their website for the most up-to-date details.

When & Where: Every Saturday at participating Cineplex Theatres

Catch a Game

  • The Canucks’ NHL season continues at Rogers Arena. It has been an exciting season, this is the perfect winter activity to enjoy with your friends and family.
  • The Vancouver Giants is also continuing their season at the Langley Event Centre with affordable tickets to enjoy games every weekend.

For more upcoming events, check out our new events calendar.

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