19 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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Enjoy the weekend before the rain catches up with Vancouver. Here are a few of the awesome events happening in the city this weekend.

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Saturday, March 19

Young Fathers

  • What: An early show featuring Scottish hip hop group Young Fathers with guests HXLT and Sincerely Hannah.
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 7 p.m.

Motown Meltdown

  • What: A celebration of all things Motown, with proceeds from the event going towards programs that provide cataract surgery in developing countries. Music and charity.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 7 p.m.

Social Fabric – Collective Knitting Projects

  • What: This free workshop will change the way you see knitting. Take it from the sitting room to the streets.
  • Where: Dunbar Community Centre – 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 1 to 3 p.m.

Just the Funk

  • What: No muss, no fuss, no extra bells and whistles: Just the Funk plays tonight at the Biltmore Cabaret.
  • Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 8:30 p.m.


  • What: Hawaiian pop singer and songwriter Kawehi comes to Alexander Gastown for a bit of pop music from across the Pacific.
  • Where: Alexander Gastown – 9 Powell Street, Vancouver.
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 7 p.m.

Traci Brown: How to Stand Out and Cash In

  • What: Learn the building blocks to powerful and effective communication and presentation from former professional bike rider Traci Brown and sailor Cresswell Walker.
  • Where: Granville Island Hotel – 1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cozily Baroque

  • What: A lovely afternoon of baroque music from Soprano duo Sinéad White and Charlotte Herst.
  • Where: St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church – 1022 Nelson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Stanley Park Easter Train

  • What: An Easter themed train ride, followed by festivities like an egg hunt, and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself.
  • Where: Pipeline Road, Stanley Park, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cherry Blossom Photowalk

  • What: A guided photowalk with photographer Ekaterina, taking in the beautiful and fleeting cherry blossoms of Vancouver.
  • Where: Vancouver’s West End
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 20

Koba’s Great Big Show Live!

  • What: The perfect show for the little ones in your life, the Great Big Show Live features all the most popular children’s characters of the day – from Max & Ruby to Franklin the Turtle.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 20; 1 p.m.

Mad Max: Fury Road

  • What: Now a six time Oscar Award-winning movie about dirty people driving fast, the Rio Theatre brings Mad Max: Fury Road back to the big screen for another kick at the can.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 20; 8:45 p.m.

This Will Destroy You

  • What: Texas instrumental band This Will Destroy You swings through Vancouver on a tour to promote their new album, Another Language.
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 20; 7 p.m.

Brown – Urioste – Canellakis – Piano Trio

  • What: Enjoy a piano concert from a the Vancouver Recital Society, featuring the works of Haydn, Chausson, and Mendelssohn.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 20; 7:30 p.m.

21st Century Flea Market

  • What: Buy, swap, sell, trade – it seems like flea markets are drying up all over, so come barter your heart out at one of the last great flea markets.
  • Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 20; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Imam Fode Drame: Spiritual Sojourn – The Joy of Surrender

  • What: Sufi Scholar and Peaceful Warrior Imam Fode Drame delivers the Qur’anic/Sufic perspective on the joy or surrendering the spirit.
  • Where: Banyen Books and Sound – 3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 20; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

King Bolete Rules with an Iron Skillet

  • What: A cooking class focused on mushrooms from cook, mycologist, musician, artist, and kitchen wizard Willoughby Arevalo. There’s no one better to learn to cook mushrooms from than a cook and mushroom expert.
  • Where: Homestead Junction – 649 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 20; 12 to 3 p.m.

The Messenger: Vancouver premiere

  • What: The premiere for The Messenger, a documentary focused on the amazing and vital imperial songbird. You’ll never look at your feathered friends the same way again.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 20; 12:30 p.m.

Cantonese Opera: Behind the Scenes

  • What: Get a look behind the curtain at one of the world’s oldest art forms. See how hair and make-up are applied, and enjoy performances and history lessons.
  • Where:
  • When: Sunday, March 20; 1 to 5 p.m.

Galaxy Quest

  • What: The best Star Trek movie ever made, Galaxy Quest is a science fiction cult classic. Tim Allen stars as the burned out lead in a now-defunct Star Trek stand-in, called in to action by a alien species that think the show was a historical record. It’s just… it’s just great.
  • Where: The Cinemtheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 20; 1 p.m.

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