Cherry Blossom Festivals & 16 More Events To Not Miss In Vancouver This Weekend

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The first weekend of April features an exciting lineup of Vancouver events to take advantage of! From cherry blossom festivals to carnivals, here are 17 Metro Vancouver events to check out this weekend.

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Metro Vancouver Events This Weekend

Friday, April 5

Chilliwack Carnival

Chilliwack Carnival

Photo: West Coast Amusements / Facebook

About: With rides for all ages, the Chilliwack Carnival is your chance for adrenaline-rushing fun.
Cost: Various
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Coquitlam Carnival

About: Running from Thursday, April 4th – Sunday, April 14th, 2019, visitors can expect plenty of rides, fair games, and delicious bites.
Cost: Various
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Surrey Carnival

About: Running from Thursday, April 4th – Sunday, April 7th, 2019, visitors can expect plenty of adrenaline-rushing rides, fun fair games, and plenty of delicious bites.
Cost: Various
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Craft Cycle Vancouver Beer Tour

Craft Cycle Vancouver Beer Tour

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About: Vancouver Beer Bike Tour, hosted by Canadian Craft Tours, is an exciting way to travel between some of North Vancouver’s most popular breweries.
Cost: $45
Time: Various

Canadian Artists and France

About: Looking at the significance that French art and culture has held for Canadian artists over the past 120 years, this exhibition of works from the Gallery’s collection focuses on influences of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Surrealism on Canadian artists during the first half of the twentieth century.
Cost: Various
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Haida Now

About: 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.
Cost: $9 – $19
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature

About: Created by the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, is “an interactive and immersive exhibition that exposes and explains the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world”.
Cost: Free – $25
Time: 10:00 a.m.

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.
Cost: Free- $25
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gerry Dee

About: “Mr. D” has been making audiences laugh for two decades, and will mark the occasion with a show dedicated to his trademark humour about marriage, fatherhood, and his years as a teacher.
Cost: $49.50, $69.50, $89.50 (incl. GST)
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival

Vancouver International Burlesque Festival

Photo: Vancouver International Burlesque Festival / Facebook

About: Running from Wednesday, April 3rd – Saturday, April 6th, 2019, this festival will be showcasing the finest local and international talent.
Cost: Various
Time: Various

Grouse Mountain Full Moon & New Moon Tours

About: It’s your chance to explore the mountains after dark, while the snowshoe guides take you on a journey to their favourite places to explore the night sky.
Cost: $25
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Tashme Project

About: Created and performed by Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, The Tashme Project: The Living Archives traces the history and common experience of the Nisei (second generation Japanese Canadians) through childhood, internment in Canada during the Second World War, and post-war resettlement east of the Rockies.
Cost: Starting at $25
Time: Various

Saturday, April 6

Vancouver Pillow Fight Day

Vancouver Pillow Fight

Photo: Kenny Louie / Flickr

About: Wear pajamas (optional) and bring your fluffiest pillows to the Vancouver Art Gallery, where the action will start at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Kerrisdale Antiques Fair

About: This semi-annual favourite, now in its 18th year, features over 250 tables of antique, vintage and retro collectibles, making it the largest event of its kind held in Vancouver.
Cost: $8
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Slush Cup at Grouse Mountain

About: Watch as competitors, attired in their most ridiculous costumes, attempt to cross a pool of slush on their skis or board.
Cost: Various
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 7

Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival

Richmond cherry blossom festival

Photo: @cxcc0311 / Instagram

About: The Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival is set amongst 255 Akebono cherry blossom trees at Garry Point Park, on the mouth of the Fraser River.
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Surrey Pop-Up Junk Drop

About: It’s once again that time to get rid of household items. 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.
Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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