50 things to do in Vancouver this March

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Spring is almost here, and with it comes a beautiful new month. To help you make the most of your March, here are 50 great things to do in Vancouver this month.

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Arts & Entertainment

Vince Staples

  • What: Vince Staples of the Cutthroat Boyz, and rising rap superstar, is here for a night of West Coast hip hop.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, March 1; 8 p.m.

Little Mountain Improv

  • What: An electric night of improv comedy in one of Vancouver’s hidden gem venues.
  • Where:
  • When: Tuesday, March 1; 8:30 p.m.

Kings Head Comedy

  • What: Weekly comedy in one of the city’s best local shows, with some of the city’s best local talent.
  • Where:
  • When: Tuesdays; 9 p.m.

The Gay Heritage Project

  • What: Three of Canada’s best performers explore the concept of ‘gay heritage,’ whether or not it exists, and what that means for society.
  • Where: Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, March 2; 8 p.m.

Dewey Decibel Poetry Slam

  • What: Vancouver’s poetic youth gather to show off their most powerful, personal works. The poets of today could be the legends of tomorrow.
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library Central Branch –
  • When: Wednesday, March 2; 5:30 p.m.

Talent Time: Kung Fu Easter

  • What: Join Talent Time and kung fu master William Ye for the best and weirdest Easter celebration on the books.
  • Where:
  • When: Thursday, March 3; 8 p.m.

Delhi 2 Dublin

  • What: Genre-smashing Bhangra, Reggae, Celtic group Delhi 2 Dublin come to the Commodore Ballroom on the heels of their most recent album We’re All Desi.
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom –
  • When: Saturday, March 5; 8 p.m.

Teenage Dirtbag

  • What: Revel in the worst part of everyone’s lives – the teenage years. Some of the best working comedians in Canada gather to show off their past selves, and laugh with you.
  • Where:
  • When: Saturday, March 5; 8 p.m.

Black Sabbath

  • What: Rock legends Black Sabbath come through Vancouver for the last time ever. Come give the boys one last send off.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, March 7; 7:30 p.m.

Mermaid Comedy Club

  • What: Local comedy with hilarious hosts Stefan MacNeil, Brad Dorion and Dylan Williamson.
  • Where:
  • When: Monday, March 7; 8 p.m.

Heart

  • What: 70s icons Ann and Nancy Wilson, joined by the legendary Joan Jett and her current music project, The Blackhearts.
  • Where: The Orpheum –
  • When: Tuesday, March 8; 7:30 p.m.

Gastown Cabaret

  • What: Hosts April O’Peel, Sweet Munish, and Sparkle Plenty bring you a night of titillation with Vancouver’s most vivacious local talent.
  • Where:
  • When: Tuesday, March 8; 8 p.m.

Sonic Boom Music Festival

  • What: A contemporary classical music festival, in three of Vancouver’s most acoustically beautiful venues.
  • Where:
  • When: Thursday, March 17 to Sunday, March 20

The Irish Rovers

  • What: Canada’s ambassadors to Celtic music play in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and as a part of Vancouver’s inaugural CelticFest.
  • Where:
  • When: Thursday, March 17; 8 p.m.

Rapp Battlez Wezt Coazt

  • What: The Wezt Coazt edition of Rapp Battlez, Vancouver’s only hip hop comedy competition, featuring performances from some of the best comedians in the city.
  • Where:
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 8 p.m.

Mamma Mia!

  • What: The Broadway classic, featuring the legendary music of ABBA, chronicling the story of a middle-aged woman’s quest for love and a young woman’s quest to find her father.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre –
  • When: Tuesday, March 29 to Sunday, April 3; various times

Ra Ra Riot

  • What: Rockers Ra Ra Riot come to the Biltmore Cabaret on the heels of their album Need Your Light.
  • Where:
  • When:  Thursday, March 31; 8 p.m.

Food & Drink

The Curry Cup

  • What: Eight of Vancouver’s top chefs compete for the top curry spot, in the city’s “hottest” culinary competition.
  • Where:
  • When: Monday, March 7; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

East Side Beer Fest

  • What: Presented by Liberty Merchant Company, the East Side Beer Fest features draughts from all over the world, with proceeds from the event going to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
  • Where:
  • When: Wednesday, March 9; 7 to 9 p.m.

Dining Out for Life Vancouver

  • What: Dozens of restaurants across the Lower Mainland will donate 25% from food sales to Friends for Life and A Loving Spoonful, supporting men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. A list of participating restaurants can be found here.
  • Where: Various venues
  • When: Thursday, March 10; various times

Steveston Super Secret Supper Club

  • What: Join Metro Vancouver’s culinary curiosities for the Super Secret Supper Club. The location and time are only revealed just before the event, so get your ticket now and satisfy your curiosity and, hopefully, your hunger.
  • Where: TBD
  • When: Saturday, March 12; time TBD

Chocolate & Beer Tasting Fundraiser

  • What: A delicious fundraiser in support of Parkinson Society British Columbia.
  • Where:
  • When: Sunday, March 13; 4 to 6 p.m.

Healthy Chef

  • What: Hosted by the B.C. Produce Marketing Association and the BC Chefs’ Association, cooks compete in teams of six, creating, prepping, and dishing up approximately 160 plates, including an entree and dessert. Vote for culinary glory!
  • Where:
  • When: Wednesday, March 16; 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Art & Spirit – Vikram Vij

  • What: Vancouver’s legendary Vikram Vij shares the experience of preparing and serving as a part of his culinary art, with a reception and meet-and-greet following.
  • Where:
  • When: Wednesday, March 23; 7:30 p.m.

B.C. Distilled

  • What: Canada’s premier craft and micro-distillery festival, featuring 27 B.C. artisan distilleries.
  • Where:
  • When: Saturday, March 26; 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Farmers’ Markets

Hastings Park Farmers’ Market

  • What: An institution of the East Hastings makers culture, featuring local crafts and produce from farms across the region.
  • Where: Hastings Park –
  • When: Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

East Van Bazaar

  • What: Over 40 curated vendors, food, drink, live music, and more. Just off iconic Commercial Drive.
  • Where: The Hall – 1739 Venables Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 5; noon

Nat Bailey Winter Farmers’ Market

  • What: A gathering of some of Vancouver’s maker community, featuring farm fresh foods from meats to produce.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium –
  • When: Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sports

Canucks vs. Islanders

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, March 1; 7 p.m.

Canucks vs. Sharks

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, March 3; 7 p.m.

Giants vs. Royals

  • Where:
  • When: Friday, March 4; 7:30 p.m.

Canucks vs. Coyotes

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, March 9; 7 p.m.

Giants vs. Winterhawks

  • Where:
  • When: Friday, March 11; 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

  • What: Some of the best wheelchair rugby players in the world are gathering in Vancouver to have it out face-to-face. The hits are huge, the stakes are high, and the fun is undeniable.
  • Where:
  • When: Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13

Canucks vs. Predators

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 12; 7 p.m.

MEC Vancouver Race Two: 5K/10K

  • What: A friendly race amongst Vancouver’s enthusiastic athletes. The only time to beat is your personal best.
  • Where:
  • When: Sunday, March 13; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Canucks vs. Jets

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, March 14; 7 p.m.

Canucks vs. Avalanche

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, March 16; 7 p.m.

Canucks vs. Blues

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, March 19; 7 p.m.

Canucks vs. Blackhawks

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, March 27; 7 p.m.

Canucks vs. Sharks

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, March 29; 7 p.m.

Miscellaneous

Urban Grind

  • What: Get your grind without heading into the mountains. Every Tuesday in March, climb the stairs of Vancouver’s Harbour Centre, and get that sweat on.
  • Where:
  • When: Tuesdays; 4 to 6 p.m.

LEGO Serious Play Interactive Workshop

  • What: LEGO isn’t just a toy – it’s an art form. Join some of Vancouver’s most serious builders for a workshop detailing how to get the most out of every little plastic brick.
  • Where:
  • When: Friday, March 4; 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pranayama Yoga Workshop

  • What: “When in doubt, breathe in, breathe out.” Those are the words preached by Semperviva Yoga, and the words your relaxed self need to hear. Join instructor Cameron Gilley for the next step in your yoga journey.
  • Where:
  • When: Saturday, March 5; 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Terminal City Tabletop Convention

  • What: The third annual tabletop convention, featuring board games, RPGs, and trading card games for players of all ages.
  • Where:
  • When: Saturday, March 5; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. / Sunday, March 6; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open Studio

  • What: Visit Rhonda Weppler, Richmond’s first artist-in-resident, and get a behind the scenes look at how she works.
  • Where:
  • When: Sunday, March 13; 12 to 4 p.m.

An Introduction to Buddhism

  • What: An introductory class on basic Buddhist principles, from five Vancouver instructors and Buddhists. Meditation, and Buddhist practices including Zen, Theravada, Pure Land and Tibetan.
  • Where:
  • When: Wednesday, March 16; 7 to 9 p.m.

Vancouver International Auto Show

  • What: A collection of fine automobiles from around the world, and the latest in technology, style, and technique.
  • Where:
  • When: Wednesday, March 23 to Sunday, March 27

On the Road

  • What: A talk designed for Vancouver’s emerging artists, on what it takes to tour, and the considerations that need to be made.
  • Where:
  • When: Tuesday, March 29 to Wednesday, March 30

Multicultural Women’s Conference & Fair in Vancouver

  • What: A conference focusing the empowering and connecting of Vancouver’s multicultural women, and the work that need to be done going forward.
  • Where:
  • When: Thursday, March 31; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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