20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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The sun is shining, and there’s no better time to hit the bright and beautiful streets of Vancouver. Here are a few events happening in the city this weekend.

The Vancouver Event Calendar has more.

Saturday, April 2

The Decibel Magazine Tour

  • What: The Vancouver top on the Decibel Magazine Tour, featuring the best in heavy metal from Abbath, High on Fire, Skeletonwitch, and Tribulation.
  • Where:
  • When: Saturday, April 2; 7 p.m.

Coin, Stamps, and Collectibles Show

  • What: Join Metro Vancouver’s coin and stamp enthusiasts for one of the biggest shows in the region. Buy, sell, and trade your way to a vibrant collection of historical artefacts.
  • Where:
  • When: Saturday, April 2; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MEC North Vancouver Race TWO

  • What: The second race in MEC’s North Vancouver series. This 5K/10K/Half Marathon gives you a chance to go up against the best of the best, or just get a nice morning run in, with a competitive twist.
  • Where:
  • When: Saturday, April 2; 8:30 a.m.

InFocus Open House

  • What: Get behind closed doors at one of Vancouver’s most exciting educational institutions. Learn about career opportunities in film and television from students, alumni, and teachers at this free event.
  • Where:
  • When: Saturday, April 2; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Inherited Family Trauma

  • What: Learn how to integrate the traumas experienced by family members, and support those who need you at this workshop, presented by Mark Wolynn.
  • Where: Hellenic Community Centre – 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 2; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pop Culture Swap Meet

  • What: Indulge your inner child with this one day event featuring rare toys and collectibles as far as the eye can see. Buy, sell, swap, trade – whatever you have or want has a home here.
  • Where:
  • When: Saturday, April 2; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sauerkraut 101

  • What: Learn the ins and outs of sauerkraut at this workshop, hosted by Vancouver’s homesteading community. While you’re at it, check out all the awesome workshops available, and learn a new skill (or five).
  • Where: Homestead Junction –
  • When: Saturday, April 2; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Atlas Genius

  • What: Australian rock duo Atlas Genius come to Venue Nightclub tonight, joined by singer/songwriter Sylar Grey. Dance the night away!
  • Where: Venue Nightclub – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 2; 6 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. LA Galaxy

  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, April 2; 7 p.m.

CARDED! A Trading Card Art Show

  • What: Collect and trade the art of 50 Vancouver artists on trading cards at this one-of-a-kind art show, at Vancouver’s one-of-a-kind art gallery.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancover
  • When: Saturday, April 2; 7 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, April 3

Killswitch Engage

  • What: Killswitch Engage comes to the Vogue Theatre, along with guests Memphis May Fire and 36 Crazyfists.
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, April 3; 7 p.m.

Lonesome Leash

  • What: All the way from New Orleans comes Lonesome Leash. These Louisiana music makers will be joined by East Van’s own Myrtle Family Band, and island man Jack Garton.
  • Where: WISE Hall – 1882 Adanac Road, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, April 3; 8 p.m.

Intro to Lightwork Meditation

  • What: Learn all about the modern relaxation technique that is lightwork meditation, including a clear structure partnered with powerful visualization techniques.
  • Where:
  • When: Sunday, April 3; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Big Tree Weekend

  • What: Urban forester Bill Stephen takes you through the story of The Hollow Tree, and then on a guided tour to find some of the Park’s biggest and most well-hidden trees.
  • Where:
  • When: Sunday, April 3; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Native Art and Artifacts Auction

  • What: An auction featuring over 450 pieces of authentic First Nations art and cultural artifacts, including beadwork, masks, totems, agrilite carvings, and more.
  • Where: Operating Engineers’ Hall – 4333 Ledger Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, April 3; noon

Kimono Show

  • What: A free event featuring the largest kimono fashion show in Metro Vancouver, followed by a silent auction and raffle draws.
  • Where:
  • When: Sunday, April 3; 1 to 6 p.m.

Where to Invade Next

  • What: Professional “getting your pants in a bunch” enthusiast Michael Moore’s new documentary, putting the military industrial complex and war-hungry ways of the United States under the microscope.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, April 3; 1 p.m.

Victoria Symphony 75th Anniversary

  • What: Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Victoria Symphony with the works of Michael Oesterle, Grieg, Copland, and Stravinsky.
  • Where: The Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, April 3; 2 p.m.

The Josquin Singers

  • What: Admission by donation, this brand new choir will perform alongside Josquin’s Mass Pange Lingua
  • Where:
  • When: Sunday, April 3; 4 p.m.


  • What: 1980s Cyberpunk classic, Akira follows the life and death of Neo Tokyo’s most notorious gangster, and the corporations that hunt them.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, April 3; 9:15 p.m.

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