April 2017 Free Vancouver Area Events

Don’t forget about the free admission to all Parks Canada sites in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. eg. Fort Langley and Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

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

Mar 30 – Apr 23  Cherry Blossom Festival. Ticketed and free events eg. free Tree Talks and Walks from Apr 7-23. http://www.vcbf.ca/

Apr 1 International Pillow Fight Day, 3 pm, Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, 800 block Robson Street: http://pillowfightday.com/vancouver/

Apr 4, 5:30-7:30, opening of Xi xanya dzam exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art featuring work by 11 “recipients of the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art (2007 – 2016) .” Opportunity to meet some of the artists, live entertainment, & light refreshments.  RSVP required:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAzVnwsdUZqJJz_Mso4mqvOrcO2fC13ztjyBVHxFsgdexxcg/viewform?c=0&w=1

April 9 Canucks Autism Network Family Festival, Jack Poole Plaza, 10am – 2:30pm  http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1169460

Apr 13, May 18  Salish Singing and Drumming Workshop with Russell Wallace 7-9pm, 149 West Hastings. Drop-in.  https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2017-2018-Spring/SalishSingingAndDrummingSpring20171.html

Apr 14-15  Spring Lights Illumination, Q.E. Park at Cambie & 33rd Ave after sunset.  Note: date and venue subject to change. (Has already changed from Mar 31-Apr 1.)  http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/spring-lights

Apr 14 – 17  Free and paid Easter events:  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/easter-weekend-events-things-to-do-vancouver-2017

Apr 15  Easter Bunny Fest, 11 am – 4 pm, Rabbitats – 13340 Smallwood Place, Richmond. See herds of rescued rabbits in colourful Rabbitville and try your hand at crafts, games, etc.  https://www.facebook.com/events/397991553890818/

Apr 15  Vancouver Vaisakhi Festival 11am-~4pm  Celebrate the Sikh New Year. 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  Easter Vintage Car Rally, 10 am – 1 pm, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre parking lot.  About 90 vintage cars: https://vancouversbestplaces.com/easter-vintage-car-rally/

Apr 16  Great Annual Easter Plant Hunt, 10 am sharp, Phoenix Perennials, 3380 No. 6 Rd, Richmond.  Two separate egg hunts starting at 10 am sharp: one for the kids and one for the adults.  Plastic egg prizes include chocolate, free plant vouchers, or plant discounts to be used that day only.  https://www.facebook.com/phoenixperennials/

Apr 17 – 23  18th Annual Pacific International Cup Richmond Curling Club – 5540 Hollybridge Way, Richmond.  https://www.facebook.com/events/523778977831688/

Apr 19 – May 31  ExplorAsian 2017. Free and paid events. May 1, Vancouver City Hall will be illuminated in red to celebrate Asian Heritage Month in May.  https://explorasian.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/2017-program-guide-4-page-final.pdf

Apr 22-30 Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival  Dozens of free, outdoor-focused activities at various locations, some requiring pre- registration: http://www.wildaboutvancouver.com/

Apr 22  Surrey Vaisakhi Festival/Parade  Much larger than Vancouver’s:  http://vancouversbestplaces.com/events-calendar/festivals-and-events/vaisakhi-parades/surrey-vaisakhi-celebrations/

Apr 22 – 23 Earth Day in Metro Vancouver. Include events in Surrey and Stanley Park. http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/weekend-earth-day-events-in-metro-vancouver

Apr 28 – 30 Woolith Fair  A Lower Mainland event for yarn lovers and fibre artists: http://woolithfair.ca/

Apr 29  Burnaby Family Fun Day, 11 am – 3 pm, Regional Recycling, 2961 Norland Ave, Burnaby. Free food, kids’ activities, depot tours: http://www.onestoprecycleshop.ca/regional-recycling-burnaby-earth-day-event/

Apr 29  MEC Bikefest, 11 am – 5 pm, Inter River Park, 1101 Premier St., North Vancouver.  http://events.mec.ca/event/165376/mec-bikefest-north-vancouver

Apr 29-30 Big Tree Weekend, Stanley Park  http://stanleyparkecology.ca/events/

Apr 30  Vancouver International Universities Fair 2017, 1 – 4 pm, Vancouver Convention Centre East:  http://isabc.ca/events/vancouver-international-universities-fair-2017

Apr 30  YVR Plane Spotters Picnic 3 – 9 pm South Terminal Viewing Platform. Celebrate the return of British Airways A380 with YVR’s first ever Plane Spotters Picnic with snacks, swag, and spotting! Big bleachers will be up for more space and some better sight lines. https://www.facebook.com/events/407027903010888/

Apr 30 VanDusen Plant Sale 10 am – 4 pm.  Free admission into Garden.  http://vandusengarden.org/events/vandusen-plant-sale-2/

Ongoing Free Events:

Bill Reid Gallery, first Friday of the month, 2-5pm, free admission thanks to partnership of Vancouver Airport.  SFU students are always free with student card.  http://www.billreidgallery.ca/PlanVisit/GalleryHoursTicketPrices.php
Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events each Sat in March:  http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022

Hiking trails  http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/spring-hikes-metro-vancouver-fraser-valley-sea-to-sky

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

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Apr 6 – 8  World Music Festival  Ticketed Events.  Apr 8, 11 am – 2 pm, all ages events by donation: http://www.worldmusicfest.ca/lineup.html

Apr 14 – 17  Cypress Easter Family Pack, $99 for 2 adults and 2 children/youth. Ski/ride for the entire weekend plus receive 50% off rental equipment and 10% off at Big Bear Sports.  http://www.cypressmountain.com/tickets-downhill/easterfamilypack/

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites:   http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

  • Apr 1  Looney Tunes Shorts
  • Apr 8  The Land Before Time
  • Apr 15  Hop
  • Apr 22  E.T.
  • Apr 29  Sing

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation ($5 posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

BC Sports Hall of Fame  1/2 Price Admission “Be sure to save that ticket stub for all BC Place events, Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks games! Show it at the front desk for 1/2 price admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame valid 2 weeks before or after the game day.” http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/visit/admission/

Special Paying Events of Interest to My Friends

Apr 10 – May 7 Abbotsford Bloom Tulip Festival  http://abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca/buy-tickets/

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March 2017 Free Vancouver Area Events

For the month of March, with the regular purchase of an adult/youth/senior admission to VanDusen Gardens or Bloedel Conservatory, up to 2 children may receive free admission.

Don’t forget about the free admission to all Parks Canada sites in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. eg. Fort Langley and Gulf of Georgia Cannery.

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

Mar 1 – May 3  Sahaja Yoga Meditation every Wednesday, 7-8pm, Rm 105, Surrey Centre City Library, 10350 University Dr: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/22352.aspx?startDate=Mar-01-2017

Mar 4-5 North Shore Art Crawl 10am – 5pm Over 70 venues from Lions Bay to Deep Cove all free! http://www.nvartscouncil.ca/nsac/

Mar 6  Drum Masterclass with Cirque Du Soleil’s Eric Boudrealt  7-8:30 pm, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, 1363 Main Street, North Van. “Bring your sticks, a note pad and learn how to improve your groove!”  https://www.facebook.com/events/170964770073565/

Mar 8  Art & Craft Social 6:30-9:30 pm, Hot Art Wet City, 2206 Main St, Vancouver. Bring a small creative project to knit, sew, collage, draw, paint, etc. while you socialize and share. Free but registration appreciated: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/art-craft-social-tickets-31886982824?aff=efbevent

Mar 9  Amazonia: The Rights of Nature, 7-10 pm, Museum of Anthropology. Opening party for new exhibition that “explores the creative ideas that inspire Indigenous resistance to threats facing the world’s largest rainforest.” Cash bar. Use coupon code NATURE at pay station after 5pm for $2 parking. https://www.facebook.com/events/1315440755161202/

Mar 11  Vans Hi-Standard 8:30 am – 4:15 pm, 1700 Mt. Seymour Road, North Van. “An international contest series inviting snowboarders to showcase pure style in a thrilling jam format.” Free registration, lift ticket, and lunch for participants.

Mar 11  EG-Fest 10am-4pm, Promenade, Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. “Explore interactive exhibits and displays in celebration of National Engineering and Geoscience Month.” https://vpl.bibliocommons.com/events/584b21e0a26e98b205b56fe7

Mar 11 -12  Zoomer Show: Consumer & Lifestyle Expo for the 45+, Vancouver Convention Centre,  999 Canada Place. 4 stages, tribute performers, and over 100 exhibitions. If you did not save the free admission passes in the local newspaper in Feb, please order your free tickets now before they remove access to this link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/zoomershow-vancouver-2017-tickets-30536410225?discount=FacebookVanc17  Otherwise, tickets are $12 at the door or $8/person (or $25 for 5 people) in advance.  http://www.zoomershow.com/vancouver/

Mar 13 – 24  Burnaby Village Museum 11am-4:30pm. Admission free, carousel rides $2.65 each.  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/hours-rates.html#hours

Mar 13 – 31  Sea to Sky Gondola. “Up to 3 children (ages 12 & under) ride free per paying adult on weekdays between March 13 and 31. To qualify, mention the “Secret Spring Break Deal” at the ticket window.”  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/sea-to-sky-region/squamish/sea-to-sky-gondola/

Mar 17 – 18  Vancouver CelticFest Noon-11pm, Robson Square and Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. Performances and Street Market. Note: Free until 7 pm when there’s a $10 cover charge.   http://www.celticfestvancouver.com/

Mar 18  CelticFest 1-4pm, Surrey Museum, 17710-56A Avenue.  Admission by donation. http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/12276.aspx

Mar 18 Surrey Bird Walk 9-11am, Surrey Nature Centre, 14225 Green Timbers Way. Join a naturalist to learn about Surrey’s birds: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/12235.aspx?startDate=Mar-01-2017

RSVP for Apr 4, 5:30-7:30, opening of Xi xanya dzam exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. “This exhibition features work by eleven recipients of the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art (2007 – 2016) and highlights how different nations celebrate excellence and accomplishment.” Opportunity to meet some of the artists, live entertainment, & light refreshments.  RSVP for free:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAzVnwsdUZqJJz_Mso4mqvOrcO2fC13ztjyBVHxFsgdexxcg/viewform?c=0&w=1

Mar 29 Good Money™ Talks Small Business Series, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave. “…combines networking and learning, and will include a complimentary breakfast and lunch, 30-minute presentations by business experts, exhibition booths from Small Business BC and Vancity and tools and resources tailored for entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to start or grow their business.” Free, but registration required: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/good-moneytm-talks-taxes-and-financing-in-surrey-tickets-31893971728

Mar 30, 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 30 – Apr 23  Cherry Blossom Festival. Ticketed and free events eg. free Tree Talks and Walks from Apr 7-23. http://www.vcbf.ca/

Mar 30, Apr 13, May 18  Salish Singing and Drumming Workshop with Russell Wallace 7-9pm, 149 West Hastings. Drop-in.  https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/events/events1/2017-2018-Spring/SalishSingingAndDrummingSpring20171.html

Mar 31 – Apr 1  Spring Lights Illumination, Q.E. Park at Cambie & 33rd Ave after sunset.  Note: date and venue subject to change. http://www.vcbf.ca/community-event/spring-lights

Ongoing Free Events:

Bill Reid Gallery, first Friday of the month, 2-5pm, free admission thanks to partnership of Vancouver Airport.  SFU students are always free with student card.  http://www.billreidgallery.ca/PlanVisit/GalleryHoursTicketPrices.php
Toys R Us has free family events where children make and take their creations. Check out the events each Sat in March:  http://www.toysrus.ca/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=3373022

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

Other: 

Inexpensive Events:

Mar 13-19, Buy any Blizzard® Treat and get the second for just 99¢ at participating Dairy Queens. My friend, Peter, tells me that the 2888 Main St Dairy Queen is definitely participating.

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites:   http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

  • Mar 4 Nine Lives
  • Mar 11 Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Mar 18 Wizard of Oz
  • Mar 25 Space Jam

Vancouver Art Gallery, Tuesdays, 5 – 9 pm, admission is by donation ($5 posted minimum).  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/visit_the_gallery/plan_your_visit.html

Maritime Museum, Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  https://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/visit

Museum of Vancouver, last Thurs of every month, 5 – 8 pm, admission by donation.  http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/

Capilano Suspension Bridge.  If you’re a BC resident, show your photo ID and get an annual pass for just the price of a regular daily ticket (discounted tickets do not apply).  Annual pass provides you with 10%-15% off regular prices at site gift shops and eateries plus more!   https://www.capbridge.com/visit/bc-residents/

BC Sports Hall of Fame  1/2 Price Admission “Be sure to save that ticket stub for all BC Place events, Vancouver Whitecaps, BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks games! Show it at the front desk for 1/2 price admission to the BC Sports Hall of Fame valid 2 weeks before or after the game day.” http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com/visit/admission/