63 Things To Do & See In Vancouver This Spring

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63 Things To Do & See In Vancouver This Spring

Gone is winter and in is spring! As the temperature continues to rise, excitement for concerts, festivals, and outdoor movies do so as well.

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Take advantage of the beautiful outdoors this spring and see what there is to do and see in Vancouver.

Things To Do In Vancouver This Spring

March

March 20 | Haida Now

Haida NowThe Museum of Vancouver (MOV), in partnership with Haida Gwaii Museum, presents a visual feast of innovation and tradition with new exhibition, Haida Now, on display this spring from March 16, 2018 to June 15, 2019.

Guest curated by Haida Curator Kwiaahwah Jones in collaboration with Viviane Gosselin, Co-curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV, this exhibition features an unparalleled collection of Haida art boasting more than 450 works created as early as 1890.

March 20 | Urban Grind

Urban Grind

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Every Tuesday in March, Vancouverites are invited to get their heart rates up by climbing the stairs to the iconic Vancouver Lookout. The Urban Grind comes with great perks. Participants will be rewarded at the top with a stunning 360º aerial view of Vancouver, a refreshing beer, and DJ entertainment.

March 20 | Access MBA Event

The Access MBA Tour, the worldwide leader in One-to-One MBA events, invites you to a one-of-a-kind international business education event. Access MBA gives you the opportunity to learn about the world’s most recognized business degree and to speak in person with Admissions Directors of leading international business schools. Admission is free.

March 20 | Andy Grammer

American pop singer Andy Grammer performs at the Vogue Theatre. Tickets are $33.50.

March 20 | A Beautiful View

Naked Goddess Productions presents A Beautiful View. It’s by acclaimed Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, a beautiful and simple story about love and friendship. It runs until Sunday, March 25th.

March 20 | Culture at the Centre

Culture at the Centre

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The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents a groundbreaking collaboration between six First Nations Communities with the illuminating new exhibition Culture at the Centre, on display from Sunday, March 18th – Monday, October 8th, 2018.

March 20 | Rockumentary Film Series

In celebration of Vancouver hosting the Juno awards, organizers have compiled some of the best Canadian Rockumentary Films for a special screenings of The Last Waltz, Festival Express and RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage.

Watch them on Monday, March 19th, Tuesday, March 20th and Friday, March 23rd.

March 20 | Fabric of our Land

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC with the Musqueam Indian Band present the remarkable new exhibition The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving.

It’s on display until Sunday, April 15th, 2018. Curated by Susan Rowley in collaboration with Salish weavers, this exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the past 200 years of Salish wool weaving.

March 21 | Pull Festival

The Youtube of Theatre festivals returns for it’s seventh year! Six plays for four days from March 21 – 24th at Little Mountain Gallery.

The Pull Festival is an annual play festival, featuring a repertoire of six or seven ten minute plays. Pull seeks out original, un-produced plays from Vancouver-based playwrights to develop, dramaturge, and support the premiere of these new works.

March 21 | Good France Food Festival

Organized on the initiative of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to boost the visibility of French cuisine on the world’s 5 continents, over 2,100 participating restaurants participated in 2017 which represented 250,000 meals and 8,000 guests in 156 embassies. Not only does it forge ties between chefs around the world but also enables to share France’s positive values, with the warmth associated with the pleasures of good food. This is the fourth time Vancouver will be participating.

March 22 | Sonic Boom Festival

The 2018 Sonic Boom Festival kicks off with a concert featuring a wide variety of music for ensembles made up of one to four players performing on a wide range of different instruments from trombone to tárogató. The festival runs from March 22nd-25th.

March 22 | Easter Fair at the Stanley Park Train

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Photo: Stanley Park Railway / Facebook

op on the Stanley Park Train for an egg-citing Easter ride through Stanley Park through the forest and look for cotton-tailed inhabitants! After the train ride, kids can enjoy fun activities including Bunny Burrow maze, professional face painting by the Doodle Girls, and an egg hunt in the farmyard. Tickets are $6 and kids two and under are free.

March 22 | Ella Vos

Los Angeles pop star Ella Vos takes to the stage at Fortune Sound Club. Tickets are $17.50.

March 23 | Shen Yun

Shen Yun pushes the boundaries of the performing arts, melding timeless artistry with cutting-edge innovation—transporting you to a world where legends come to life. Discover the breathtaking beauty of classical Chinese dance, and treat yourself to Shen Yun’s unique blend of costuming, high-tech backdrops, and live orchestra. Be prepared for a theater experience like no other. You can catch it at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from March 23rd-25th.

March 23 | JUNO Fest

CBC presents performances by more than 90 bands. They’ll take place at 13 venues during two nights. Wristbands are $30.

March 23 | Luisa Marshall as Tina Turner Show

As seen on Oprah and ELLEN – World Rock N Roll Tribute Artist Champion Luisa Marshall brings her spectacular show with her band and dancers to the Genesis Theatre in Ladner. Her uncanny resemblance to Tina Turner paved the way for her world class tribute act with rave reviews and standing ovations all over the world. Tickets are $39.50.

March 24 | Unheard

Unheard

Unheard features soprano Heather Pawsey, artist Diane Park and photographer Maggie MacPherson, with new compositions by Jeffrey Ryan and poetry by Rachel Rose.

March 24 | Easter Celebration at Wesbrook Village

Activities include an Easter egg scavenger hunt, meeting the Easter bunny, crafts, and much more! Admission is free.

March 24 | Night Quest

Nature at night is a magical experience. Wander 2 km of lantern-lit trails and explore like owls, frogs, coyotes and other nocturnal critters. Bring a flashlight or lantern, and a mug for the cash-only concession. Trails are stroller-accessible. Allow 1.5 hours to complete. Please leave pets at home.

March 24 | Jessie Reyez

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Photo: Jessie Reyez / Facebook

Colombian-Canadian singer Jessie Reyez performs at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are $25.

March 24 | City Square Easter Egg Hunt

Hippity-hoppity! Join their annual Easter Egg Hunt for children on March 24th, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at City Square. Lots of fun activities rain or shine! Free admission for children 12 years old and under.

March 25 | JUNO Awards

The JUNO Awards takes place at Rogers Arena this year. Moreover, it’s hosted by Vancouver’s very own, Michael Bublé.

March 26 | SFU Puppy Therapy

puppy therapyTherapy dogs will be on campus to share some love and encouragement as you get ready for exam season. These cute little puppies will be at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus on March 26th and 27th.

March 28 | Playdome

Western Canada’s largest indoor carnival is back for spring break 2018 with six fun-filled days of carnival rides, games and sweet treats. With over 45 rides and attractions all under one roof, there is no better place for indoor family fun this spring break than at PlayDome.

PlayDome will be open from Wednesday, March 28th through to Monday, April 2nd and fair-lovers can enjoy all their favourite rides right inside BC Place.

March 28 | Vancouver International Auto Show

Vancouver International Auto Show

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The 98th Vancouver International Auto Show returns from Wednesday, March 28th – Sunday, April 1st, 2018.

Visitors will experience the largest Vancouver Auto Show in the history of the event. It will be showcasing an unparalleled number of vehicles from ecos to exotics. There will also be a series of national and international unveils.

March 29 | Artist-in-Residence Studio Showing

Rosario Ancer, Artistic Director of Flamenco Rosario, shares work developed during a new collaboration with visual integrations specialist Michael Heid. The artistic innovations revolve around the idea of creating more perceptual units of dance movements. Admission is free.

March 30 | Seasons Music Festival 2018

Seasons Musical Festival takes place at the Pacific Coliseum on Friday, March 30th and Saturday, March 31st. Performers include Rae Sremmurd, Zhu, Muru Masa (DJ set), Petite Biscuit, Smokepurpp, and What So Not.

March 31 | Big Bunny Run and Egg Hunt

This holiday themed fun run offers a 10km & 5km Big Bunny Run/Walk (2pm), as well as a 1km Little Bunny Run/Walk (1pm). This Easter themed fun run tours picturesque Jericho Beach Park. Starting in the centre of the park, the course winds its way along trails surrounded by spring blooms before looping onto the beachside path, with unbeatable views of the North Shore and the Vancouver skyline. Admission starts at $20.

March 31 | Salsa Fest Long Weekend Party

Join Second Floor Eatery + Bar for Vancouver’s only weekly Latin Party, featuring live bands, DJ’s, full kitchen and a full bar. Tickets start at $10.

April

TBA | Mean Girls Brunch

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Photo: Mean Girls / Facebook

The event is described as, “A unique experience that combines dining with immersive entertainment – The day will be filled with prosecco, cocktails, food and of course the cult classic movie in the background.”

A major hit in cities around the world, the brunch has some fun twists globally. For example, certain instalments have drinks named after famous movie characters like Glen Coco. “You go, Glen Coco!” More details will be posted soon but you can sign up to embark on this cult classic.

April 3 | Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival

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The annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is here. Mother Nature’s representation of romance, fragility, and growth all rolled into one. The city holds over 40,000 cherry blossom trees, and the blossoming of those endless clouds of flowers are reason enough to celebrate.

The festival will be held from April 3rd to April 29th, and several events are being put on in honour of the blossoms.

April 5 | Francesco Scavetta

The innovative Norwegian dance company WEE and its maverick Italian choreographer Francesco Scavetta take an original and entertaining look at truth and falsehood in Hardly Ever.

Four performers use dance, text and music, along with a quirky retro stage set, to test the gap between expectations and the unexpected. Tickets start at $24.

April 5 | Martini Madness

Three guest bartenders will slamdown with their martini creations, the winner to be determined by your vote. There will also be a live DJ on site and a 50/50 cash prize. All proceeds to benefit Kids Help Phone. Admission is free.

April 6 | Take 6

Take 6

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As the high-octane launch to the fourth annual VanMan Male Choral Summit, Chor Leoni presents the GRAMMY-adorned vocal giants Take 6 on Friday, April 6th, 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Bringing audiences to their feet with breathtaking renditions of iconic works from Ben E. King’s Stand By Me, to Pharrell’s Happy, the most-awarded a cappella group in history will make their Vancouver debut.

April 7 | Women Only Speed Dating

Whether you’re new to the city or a Vancouverite looking to make some new friends, a Lez Hookup event is the place to be. Wondering if that cutie across the room keeps looking at you because you have something hanging from your nose or she’s wanting something more? Come out and explore your fun side! Tickets are $29.

April 9 | Camila Cabello

Camila Cabello

Photo: Camila Cabello / Facebook

After having what was arguably one of the biggest songs of 2017, Camila Cabello will make her way to Vancouver on her Never Be The Same tour.

This will be the first ever solo headlining tour for the sultry songstress, and Vancouver is the first stop on her 20 stop world tour. Other notable stops on her epic tour include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Denver, Boston, London and Toronto. Finally, the tour will wrap up in Amsterdam.

April 9 | California Wine Fair

The California Wine Fair Fundraiser is the Arts Club’s all-inclusive, social tasting event where wine lovers will have a unique opportunity to sample premium selections from the Golden State.

Celebrate with full access to more than 350 exquisite Californian wines. It’s your top opportunity to savor the Napa Valley, Humboldt County, Santa Clara Valley, and more, all without leaving the city. It takes place at Vancouver Convention Centre East from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

April 10 | Jaden Smith

Jaden Smith is set to perform as part of his Vision Tour at the Imperial on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018. The talented 19-year-old has had to date both a successful acting and rapping career.

As the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, he’s appeared in a number of movies, including The Pursuit of Happyness, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and The Karate Kid.

April 10 | Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart

Photo: Rod Stewart / Facebook

Legendary British rock singer Rod Stewart comes to Vancouver this spring to perform at Rogers Arena.

April 11 | Che Malambo

Combining the lightning-fast footwork of Riverdance with the smouldering intensity of flamenco and tango, Che Malambo will storm the stage this spring with a breathtaking new program.

April 12 | Roy Woods

Denzel Spencer, better known by his stage name Roy Woods, is from Brampton, Ontario. Not to mention, he’s signed to OVO Sound, the record label co-founded by rapper Drake, producer Noah “40” Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib. In 2015, Drake premiered the first song “Drama” from Woods’ EP Exis.

April 13 | Wine for Waves

Taste BCBe the first to sip and savour Naramata Bench’s Spring Wine Releases. On April 13, this delicious evening of wining and dining will bring together B.C.’s best wineries and sustainable seafood restaurants. Taste Ocean Wise seafood offerings, meet top B.C. winemakers, and bid on silent auction items which include exclusive Naramata wine packages and experiences. Tickets are $110.

April 14 | Delhi 2 Dublin

See Canadian group, Delhi 2 Dublin, perform at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are $25.

April 14 | Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade

Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade

Photo: KDS Ross Sikh Temple / Facebook

On Saturday, April 14th, 2018, the Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade will embark it’s annual tradition from the KDS Ross Sikh Temple. The parade has quickly grown in popularity throughout the years, becoming a yearly tradition.

Vaisakhi marks the beginning of the harvest season in India. In addition, it marks the birth of Khalsa in 1699.

April 15 | Grease

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this legendary film with a screening at one of the various Metro Vancouver Cineplex theatres.

April 15 | Vancouver Beer Run

Canada’s epic annual Beer Run is back in Vancouver on April 15th, with a whole new set of craft breweries. Bring your most far-out costumes, taste buds, and get ready to run.

What is it? Well, it’s a 8.9 kilometre run that’s designed to be more fun than run. Participants gather in groups as large as 75 people, and head out in waves from to five different breweries, with a little bit of down time in between each brewery to fully enjoy each beer.

April 20 | Vancouver Aquarium Trivia Night After Hours

Vancouver Aquarium

Photo: Vancouver Aquarium / Facebook

The Vancouver Aquarium’s second annual trivia night at After Hours is back this spring on Friday, April 20th, 2018. It’ll start at 6:00 p.m. and go until 10:00 p.m.

Grab a beer or glass of wine and a snack and enjoy exploring the Vancouver Aquarium after dark in a fun and social adults-only atmosphere.

April 27 | Post Malone

Post Malone Vancouver

Photo: Post Malone / YouTube

Post Malone is scheduled to hit the stage at Rogers Arena with special guest SOB X RBE.

Every pair of online tickets purchased comes with one physical copy of Post Malone’s forthcoming album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. Ticket purchasers will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem their album and will be notified at a later date on when they can expect to receive their CD. (U.S. and Canadian residents only.)

April 29 | Daffodil Dash Vancouver

This Daffodil Month, add a spring to your step with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Dash – a 1k walk and 5k run (and don’t forget the mini dash for the kids!) that raises funds for cancer research and prevention and support for people living with the disease right now. The Vancouver event takes place at Concord Pacific Place from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

April 29 | Vancouver International Universities Fair

Meet some of the top universities from Canada, the United States, and the world. Meet university representatives and learn about your interested programs. Admission is free.

May

May 2 | Khalid

Khalid

Photo: Khalid / Facebook

The 19 year old phenom was nominated for five Grammys – best new artist, song of the year, best R&B Song, best urban contemporary album and best music video.

Khalid will be in Vancouver to perform at Rogers Arena on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018. His debut single “Location” was released in July 2016 and almost immediately launched him into the spotlight.

May 3 | Big Sean

Grammy nominated and multi-platinum artist Big Sean is coming to Vancouver!

The artist will be kicking off his new “Unfriendly Reminder Tour” on April 12, and making his way to the PNE Forum on Thursday, May 3. Joining him on the multi-city trek tour will be Playboi Carti, Shy Glizzy, and GASHI.

May 4 | TDE: The Championship Tour

Kendrick Lamar

Photo: Kendrick Lamar/ Facebook

Kendrick Lamar is making a triumphant return to Vancouver this spring.

The “TDE: THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR” comes complete with the label’s all-star roster including Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, Lance Skiiiwalker and more to be announced.

May 5 | Shania Twain

Shania Twain is coming to town this spring for two shows. They take place on Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th, 2018. Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Taking place at Rogers Arena, the 2018 dates will mark Shania’s first Vancouver show since “Rock This Country” back in 2015.

May 12 | P!nk

Her performance at Rogers Arena is part of P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour. The 40-date North American arena tour produced by Live Nation will start in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, March 1st, 2018. She last hit the road on her The Truth About Love Tour which saw her play 142 sold out shows across 13 countries.

May 12 | Joey Bada$$

New York hip-hop artist Joey Bada$$ brings his East Coast style to Vancouver this May for a performance at the Vogue Theatre.

May 14 | #BCTECH Summit

From May 14th – 16th, 2018, hear from tech leaders who are already pushing the boundaries of innovation and creating the jobs of the future. Join thousands of like-minded participants and explore how technology is driving cross-industry growth and change, and what companies need to do to emerge as global leaders.

May 18 | David Blaine

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Photo: Nicolas Marchildon / Flickr

He’s known for producing and directing his television series, Street Magic. His series showcased his unique twist on magic, including being buried alive, breaking the record for longest time for holding his breath, and being encased inside a block of ice. Tickets start at $49.

May 19 | BCPreneur Summit

Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson is coming to speak in Vancouver this spring. He’s the keynote speaker for the BCPreneur Summit, which takes place on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th at Parq Vancouver.

Johnson plans to deliver a message to inspire entrepreneurs in building vibrant multi-cultural communities. He will appear at 10 am in Grand Ballroom A – E for a one hour keynote presentation on day one of the two day conference.

June

June 5 | Hot Tub Cinema Club

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Photo: Hot Tub Cinema Club

No better way to ring in the start of summer than watching cult classics in a hot tub with booze on hand! The long awaited hot tub cinema screenings are finally here. The event description states that there’ll be servers around, so you can order booze comfortably from your hot tub.

For six nights in June from 7 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a nightly screening of numerous movies, such as Anchorman, Hangover, and Zoolander.

June 6 | Bryan Adams

Canada’s multi-million selling artist Bryan Adams is set to embark on a Canadian arena tour this summer. The tour will be in support of his latest album Ultimate, which is out now and features two new tracks along with all his classic hits.

The Ultimate Tour will kick off in Victoria on June and visit Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on June 6, 2018. Bryan Adams is considered of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals are guaranteed to thrill and entertain.

June 9 | Breakout Festival

BREAKOUT FestivalThe BREAKOUT festival takes place this spring on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th at PNE Amphitheatre. The all ages event will feature some of the biggest names in music today as well as some up and coming local talent.

June 16 | Kevin Hart

Following the success of his latest film, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” alongside The Rock, the comedian has announced plans to return to Vancouver this spring with “The Kevin Hart Irresponsible World Tour”.

Hart will hit the stage at Rogers Arena on Saturday, June 16. Hart is reportedly the most popular comedian in the world on social media. His last tour generated over $100 million. With that being said, it’s fair to assume tickets for this Vancouver show will sell out fast.

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