April Greater Vancouver Free Events

I’m posting the April events early because the first entry require pre-registration and some of the 2nd.  Remember, as I learn of more events, I will post them; so check back regularly.  March events are after this entry.

Apr 2-3  Big Tree Weekend in Stanley Park  (Part of Vancouver Tree Week) Free tour of giant trees in Stanley Park, 9:30-11:30 or 1:30-3:30  Pre-registration required:  http://stanleyparkecology.ca/education/public-programs/big-trees-weekend/?mc_cid=de13ec7548&mc_eid=47bf1da5a2

Apr 2-10 Vancouver Tree Week. Tree talks and walks at UBC and Q.E. Park are free. VanDusen walks require a fee.  http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/tree-talks-walks or http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/vancouver-tree-week.aspx  The latter link also has details for purchasing fruit, flowering, shade and conifer trees for only $10!  To avoid disappointment, pre-purchase your tree on-line in advance now!  I’m already on the waiting list for a magnolia tree.

Apr 8-9 BCIT Open House 10am-3pm http://commons.bcit.ca/openhouse/

Apr 9 BCAA Member’s Day You’re in luck if you live in North Vancouver, New Westminster, or Surrey, where they have a Landmark Cinema. BCAA Members get one free admission to a matinee of their choice (12-6pm start time) at any Landmark Cinema location in B.C.!  One free admission per card-carrying Member. Children with a ‘Kids Go Free’ Membership card are also allowed one free admission. A card, even a temporary one, must be presented.

Apr 15, Fri, Brain Health Fair, Vancouver Convention Centre, 10am-4pm  Info and activities for kids to adults http://patients.aan.com/go/activities/brainhealthfair?utm_campaign=EDUMar2016&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ConfirmedEDUCore

Apr 16 Vancouver Vaisakhi Festival 11am-4pm  Celebrate the Sikh New Year.  Much smaller scale than Surrey’s Vaisakhi celebration but still big. Go on an empty stomach.  Tons of free food, mostly vegetarian, along parade route except for on S.E. Marine Drive.  If driving, expect to park 10 blocks away. Note: once the parade passes by, all temporary kiosks will pack up. Parade begins at Ross St Temple, down Marine Drive, Main St, 49th Ave, and up Fraser St back to temple:  http://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/festivals-and-events/vaisakhi-parades/vancouver-vaisakhi-celebrations/

Apr 16-17 Blossom Barge, Granville Island Market Dock 7 8:30am Sat Blossom Barge parade from Crab Park past Canada Place, Stanley Park, Science World before docking at Granville Island. Free performances 12-2pm both days. Sunday 3pm barge parade back to Crab park.  http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/blossom-barge 

Apr 16-22 Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival  Various locations, some requiring pre-registration: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/events/

Apr 22 Reconcile Earth Day, Free Coast Salish Plaza Pre-show, 4-8pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza  https://www.kwiawtstelmexw.com/event/earth-day-2016/

Apr 23 Earth Day at Stanley Park Tree wrapping & Lost Lagoon tour, invasive plant pull, and ivy weaving, crafts for kids, etc.:  http://stanleyparkecology.ca/2016/04/21/earth-day-stanley-park-sat-april-23/

Apr 23 Party for the Planet, Surrey City Hall Plaza, 10am-6pm  B.C.’s largest Earth Day celebration: http://www.surrey.ca/partyfortheplanet/things-to-do.aspx

Apr 23 Surrey Vaisakhi Parade and Festival. Avoid if you do not like large crowds of up to 300,000 people: http://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/festivals-and-events/vaisakhi-parades/surrey-vaisakhi-celebrations/

Apr 24 VanDusen Botanical Garden Plant Sale, 10am-4pm Includes free admission into the garden.

Apr 28 – 30  Health, Sports, and Lifestyle Expo, Vancouver Convention Centre West: http://bmovanmarathon.ca/runvan-expo/

Apr 29 – May 13 Canstruction, Pendulum Art Gallery and Pacific Centre Rotunda  22 large sculptures made from cans of food: http://www.canstructionvancouver.com/ 

Apr 29 – Sep 11  Int’l Summer Night Market:  http://pandamarket.ca/


Metro Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets:  http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/10/vancouver-winter-farmers-markets/

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Help Night, Wednesdays, 6-9pm. 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Freedrop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door. Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html


Not Free Events but not expensive:

Cineplex Sat 11am  Family Favourites $2.99/ticket (Note: this has been going on for over a year, a different family movie every Sat)  http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

Apr 2-3 The Vancouver Franchise Expo 11am-5pm Vancouver Convention Centre East, Canada Place. $8 tickets http://www.straight.com/listings/events/505646

Apr 9-10 Sakura Days Japan Fair, Vandusen Botanical Garden, 10am-5pm  http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/sakura-days-japan-fair


March, 2016, Free Events

Disclaimer: Since I often maintain this blog in the wee hours of the morning, I may make some errors eg. tell you that CelticFest is on Mar 12 and 13 and then talk about what’s happening Mar 14 and 15!  To verify, please click on the link. Remember, I do periodic updates with additions like Spring Break free admission to Burnaby Museum or CKWX Open House.

Free Nature Activities: http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/Pages/default.aspx

 Mar 5-6 North Shore Art Crawl 10am – 5pm 250 artists and 72 venues from Lions Bay to Deep all free! http://www.nvartscouncil.ca/nsac/

Mar 5 East Van Bazaar, 12-6pm, The Hall at 1739 Venables. http://beatroute.ca/2016/03/03/east-van-bazaar-is-your-friendly-neighbourhood-market/

 Mar 8 National Pancake Day at IHop, 7-10am 3 free buttermilk pancakes per customer.  Donations for Children’s Miracle Network appreciated. Four Greater Vancouver locations:  http://www.ihop.com/ihop-locations

Mar 11-12 Leery & Livid Ladies: 3 mini-operas from the Vancouver Academy of Music, 7:30 pm. 1270 Chestnut St, Vancouver. http://www.straight.com/listings/events/636576

 Mar 12, Sat, Discovery Saturday, Celtic Fest 1-4pm Surrey Museum, 17710-56A Avenue. “Be entertained by captivating Celtic music and dancing, learn about Celtic history through local community groups, and get creative with Celtic crafts. Admission by donation.” http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/12276.aspx

Mar 12 CKWX 1130 Open House 11am-1pm 2440 Ash Street, Vancouver. Tour Western Canada’s largest radio newsroom: http://www.news1130.com/2016/03/07/news-1130-open-house/

Mar 12-13 CelticFest’s Celtic Village and Street Market Granville Street between Robson & Nelson.

Mar 12-13 Exotic Reptile Show 11am-4pm Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond. Admission by donation. http://www.richmond.ca/parks/about/programs/programs-events.htm

Mar 12 VanMan Choral Summit Finale, 4pm, Chan Centre, UBC. Over 300 vocal performers. Free but tickets required. Tickets available 1 hr before show. http://chorleoni.org/concerts-events/events/myvoice-chan-2/

Mar 14 – 18 Not free, but $2.99 Cineplex tickets at selected locations for Minions, Paddington, Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and Shaun the Sheephttp://cineplex.com/promos/marchbreakmovies

Mar 14 – 24 Burnaby Village Museum Free admission, 11 am – 4:30 pm  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html

Mar 14 – 24 Up to 2 kids free admission to VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory with the purchase of a regular-priced adult, senior, or youth admission: http://vandusengarden.org/events/kids-get-in-free/

Mar 19, Sat, EG-Fest 10am-4pm, Promenade, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St.  “See how the many facets of engineering and geoscience affect our everyday lives! Explore interactive exhibits and displays in celebration of National Engineering and Geoscience Month.” https://www.facebook.com/events/200801900268126/

Mar 19-20 Zoomer Show: Consumer & Lifestyle Expo for the 45+, Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building Hall B & C, 999 Canada Place. 4 stages, tribute performers, and over 100 exhibitions. If you still have the Feb 26 Vancouver Courier, there are 2 free admissions in the coupon booklet. If you register by Mar 4, Fri, on their Facebook page, you will get free tickets: https://www.facebook.com/zoomershow/ Tickets are $12 at the door or $8 advance. For schedule: http://www.zoomershow.com/vancouver/

Mar 19 Night Quest, Pacific Spirit Regional Park, 7-9:30pm. Stroll lantern-lit trails about 1 hr, learn about owls, coyotes, and more! Bring a flashlight. Meet at Park Centre, 4914 W. 16th Avenue, 400 m west of Blanca Street.

Mar 24, Thurs, Cherry Jam Downtown Concert, Burrard Skytrain Station Indoor Concourse, 12:00-1:30pm  http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/cherry-jam-downtown-concert

Mar 24-Apr 10 Tree Talks/Walks around Vancouver.  Sorry, you’ve already missed 2, but there are 9 more! http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/tree-talks-walks

Mar 26 Sakura Illumination, Q.E. Park at Cambie & 33rd Ave, 7-10pm  http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/sakura-illumination

Mar 26 & 27 ArtStarts: “make your own personalized bee & pollen themed buttons and beautiful postcards, 11 am & 1 pm. http://artstarts.com/weekend

  • Mar 26 Artstarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver.
  • Mar 27 River Market, Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster.

Mar 30, Wed, Salish Singing and Drumming Workshop with Russell Wallace 7-9pm, 149 West Hastings. Drop-in. https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2016-spring/SalishDrumminAndSinging20163.html


Metro Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets:  http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/10/vancouver-winter-farmers-markets/

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Help Night, Wednesdays, 6-9pm. 1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Freedrop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door. Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html


Not Free Events:

Cineplex Sat 11am  Family Favourites $2.99/ticket (Note: this has been going on for over a year, a different family movie every Sat)  http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/