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APRIL in Vancouver 2018

April in Vancouver

April’s Vancouver calendar features important dates and events in the Lower Mainland including shows, concerts, spring festivals, markets and Easter events.


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April Events Calendar

April Events in Vancouver

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month in April 2018. Or, for a list of events that cost nothing or only very little, click Free Events in April.

Note: schedules are subject to change – check official event websites for exact details.

Easter in Vancouver

Sunday, April 1, 2018

  • April Fool’s Day – a day for tricks and practical jokes.
  • Easter Sunday – various Easter Long Weekend activities around the Lower Mainland.
    • Tulips of the Valley – opening day of the season for Western Canada’s largest flower festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack. Special activities today include free Rotary Train rides, balloon animals, face painting, appearances by the Easter Bunny and a treat!
    • Easter at the River District – free crafts, face painting, refreshments and a Golden Egg Hunt take place at the River District Neighbourhood Centre in South Vancouver between 10 am and 1 pm. Register in advance for the egg-hunting portion of the event.
    • Easter Vintage Car Rally a gathering of over 90 vintage vehicles from 10 am until noon at Trev Deeley Motorcycles on Easter Sunday.
    • Stanley Park Easter Train – train rides, egg hunting and Easter Bunny visits from 10 am to 5 pm at Stanley Park.
    • Bear Creek Easter Train – train rides, egg hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny at Bear Creek Park in Surrey from 10 am to 6 pm.
    • Easter Scavenger Hunt and Egg Scrambler – takes place at Fort Langley.
    • Great A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt – Easter egg hunts for kids ages 10 and under at 9 am, 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm at VanDusen Garden.
    • Easter at the Cannery – at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village. The cost is $4.90 for children ages 2 to 16 years and $3.90 for adults (ages 17+).
    • Easter Parade – a small procession and Easter egg hunt in Ladner starting at 1 pm at the Delta Museum.
    • Easter in Queen’s Park – a petting zoo, crafts activities, and photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny (by donation) at Queen’s Park in New Westminster from 11 am until 2 pm.
    • Click Easter Long Weekend for more.
  • PlayDome – amusement rides and midway games at the indoor carnival at BC Place Stadium from 10 am until 10 pm.
  • Vancouver International Auto Show – last day of the season for the car show at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
  • Lucky Cat Affair – a championship and pet cat show in Abbotsford. Cost is $6 for adults and free for children ages 11 and under.
  • Sunday Markets

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest flower festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Vancouver Canucks – professional ice hockey against the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Arena.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest flower festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Cherry Jam Concert – a free series of performances outside the Burrard Street SkyTrain Station from noon until 1:30 pm.
  • Sound of Dragon Music Festival – performances by local, Canadian, Taiwanese and Chinese artists at the Annex Theatre.
  • Vancouver Canucks – professional ice hockey against the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Arena.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Friday, April 6, 2018

  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest flower festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Sound of Dragon Music Festival – performances by local, Canadian, Taiwanese and Chinese artists at the Annex Theatre.
  • Car Racing – at Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road in Mission.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden park that’s open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

  • International Pillow Fight Day – a mass pillow fight takes place in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Robson Street from 3 until 3:30 pm.
  • Pass Holder Appreciation Day – season’s ticket holders at Mt. Seymour get to take a friend skiing for free.
  • West Coast Amusements – a midway and carnival rides in the Save-on-Foods parking lot at 9014 152 Street in Surrey.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest flower festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Sound of Dragon Music Festival – performances by local, Canadian, Taiwanese and Chinese artists at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden park that’s open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Up the Creek Run – a 5K, 10K and 500m-1K Kids’ Run starting at the Hyde Creek Rec Centre in Port Coquitlam.
  • Saturday Markets
    • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street from 10 am until 2 pm. (ElectroRecycle is on site today, so take your small, used, but no-longer-functioning electronic appliances and power tools for free recycling!)
    • New Westminster Winter Farmers Market – in the 600 block of Belmont Street in New Westminster from 11 am until 3 pm.
    • Squamish Farmers Market – first market of the season at the corner of Victoria Street and Cleveland Avenue in Squamish from 10 am to 3 pm.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – from 9 am to 5 pm at 703 Terminal Avenue not far from Science World.
  • Family Favourites Movies – $2.99 movies at select Cineplex theatres at 11 am.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

  • Vimy Day – a ceremony and parade take place at Mountain View Cemetery from 10:30 am until noon. The event marks the anniversary of the Second World War Battle of Vimy Ridge which occurred in northern France between April 9th and 12th in 1917.
  • Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival – a free event from 11 am until 4 pm at Gary Point Park near Steveston Village. Activities include Japanese dancing, Taiko drumming, kite flying and other cultural activities and entertainment.
  • West Coast Amusements – a midway and carnival rides in the Save-on-Foods parking lot at 9014 152 Street in Surrey.
  • Celebrate Hanami at TLCC – Japanese cherry blossom celebrations at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive from 11 am until 1:30 pm. Admission is free.
  • Sound of Dragon Music Festival – performances by local, Canadian, Taiwanese and Chinese artists at the Annex Theatre.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden park that’s open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • At St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out.
    • At Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey from 4 to 5 pm. Admission by donation.

Monday, April 9, 2018

  • California Wine Fair – a fundraising event for the Arts Club theatre company at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Tickets cost $99.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – music and winter sports activities at Whistler. Today features the Multiplicity TED Talk-style event where presenters are explorers, athletes and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • TED2018 – the annual world TED Conference takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre (April 10-14, 2018). Click Free TED Screenings for a list of libraries where you can watch for free.
  • Tulips Festivals
    • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
    • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – music and winter sports activities at Whistler. One of today’s main events is the Olympus 72hr Filmmaker Showdown featuring mini films that have been shot and produced within 100 km of Whistler over a 3-day period.
  • TED2018 – the annual world TED Conference takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre and costs thousands of dollars to attend. Click Free TED Screenings for a list of libraries where you can watch for free.
  • Tulip Festivals
    • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
    • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.

Free Events in April

Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – music and winter sports activities at Whistler. One of today’s main events is the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown competition between 6 ultra-talented photographers.
  • Vaisakhi Carnival – amusement rides and a midway outside the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple in Surrey.
  • TED2018 – the annual world TED Conference takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre and costs thousands of dollars to attend. Click Free TED Screenings for a list of libraries where you can watch for free.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.

Friday, April 13, 2018

  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – music and winter sports activities at Whistler. Today’s events feature the Boarderstyle World Championships, Big Air ski jumping and evening live music including a concert by the band A Tribe Called Red.
  • Vaisakhi Carnival – amusement rides and a midway outside the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple in Surrey.
  • TED2018 – the annual world TED Conference takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre and costs thousands of dollars to attend. Click Free TED Screenings for a list of libraries where you can watch for free.
  • Riverdance – a Broadway Across Canada production with Irish dancing and music at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • Sporting Events
    • Car Racing – at Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road in Mission.
    • Vancouver Whitecaps – soccer game vs. Los Angeles Football Club at BC Place Stadium.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden park that’s open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

  • Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade Video IconVancouver Vaisakhi Parade – a massive festival procession of people beginning at the Ross Street Temple at 8000 Ross Street.
  • Party for the Planet – Earth Day celebrations in Surrey that include free concerts and other live entertainment. Today’s headlining performance is with the Sam Roberts Band.
  • Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival – the annual spring festival features the following events today:
    • Sakura Days Japan Fair – Japanese music, food and cultural performances at VanDusen Garden from 11 am until 7 pm.
    • Big Picnic – a free cherry blossom-viewing event at Queen Elizabeth Park from 12 until 3 pm.
    • Spring Lights Illumination – a free evening of music and lit-up cherry trees at Queen Elizabeth Park between dusk and 10 pm.
  • BC Distilled – an artisan distillery festival tasting event at the Croatian Cultural Centre from 6 to 9 pm. Tickets cost about $75 and include samples.
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – music and winter sports activities at Whistler. Today’s events feature the Boarderstyle World Championships, Big Air snowboard jumping and evening outdoor entertainment.
  • Port Moody Food Truck Festival – at Inlet Park at 3000 Murray Street.
  • Vaisakhi Carnival – amusement rides and a midway outside the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple in Surrey.
  • TED2018 – the annual world TED Conference takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre and costs thousands of dollars to attend. Click Free TED Screenings for a list of libraries where you can watch for free.
  • Car Racing – at Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road in Mission.
  • Diez Vista 50 Km Trail Run – a 50-km run through rugged forested trails in Belcarra Regional Park in Port Moody.
  • Riverdance – a Broadway Across Canada production with Irish dancing and music at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road. Weekend tickets must be purchased online in advance.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden park that’s open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Saturday Markets
  • Family Favourites Movies – $2.99 movies at select Cineplex theatres at 11 am.
  • Rockstar Puddle Party – a costume contest, BBQ, beer garden and skiing into water at Mt. Seymour from noon until 3 pm.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

  • Vaisakhi Carnival – amusement rides and a midway outside the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple in Surrey.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

  • Vaisakhi Carnival – amusement rides and a midway outside the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple in Surrey.
  • Beaty Nocturnal – the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC is open by donation from 5 to 8:30 pm. Guided tours are at 7 pm.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.

Friday, April 20, 2018

  • Vaisakhi Carnival – amusement rides and a midway outside the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple in Surrey.
  • Vancouver Chamber ChoirLight Transforming: Choral Explorations II with Michael Zaugg concert at Dunbar Ryerson United Church.
  • Car Racing – at Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road in Mission.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden park that’s open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under.
  • 4/20 Smoke Out Vancouver – an annual protest and celebratory gathering at Sunset Beach of people who like to smoke marijuana. It attracts thousands and is either an event you’ll want to stay away from or go see out of curiosity and the interesting smells.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 21, 2018

  • Surrey Vaisakhi Parade Punjabi New Year celebrations beginning by the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple at 12885-85th Avenue in Surrey. As many as 300,000 people attend!
  • Earth Day Parade – a small parade and festival attracting up to 2000 people on Commercial Drive and at Grandview Park.
  • Earth Day in South Vancouver – community planting of flowering shrubs, live entertainment with the Tiddly Cove Morris Dancers and free refreshments between 11 am and 3 pm at Everett Crowley Park.
  • Harrison Uncorked – a wine festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Celebrate Spring 2018 – a Japanese event at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby. Activities include martial arts, dance and music performances, plus Japanese food for sale. Cost is $2 per person or $5 per family.
  • Public Lego Exhibition – public viewings of LEGO displays as part of a multi-day Adult LEGO Fan Convention at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.
  • Slush Cup at Grouse Mountain – a beer garden, live music and skiing into a pool of ice-cold water from 1 until 6 pm.
  • St. George’s Celebrations – the British Invasion is a celebration of everything English (and Scottish and Irish and Welsh) from 10 am until 4 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Free admission.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden park that’s open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Saturday Markets
  • Family Favourites Movies – $2.99 movies at select Cineplex theatres at 11 am.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

  • Earth Day – celebrations throughout Metro Vancouver (although some of them take place earlier in the month).
  • Vancouver Sun Run – when as many as 50,000 runners hit the streets.
  • Chinatown Cultural Day – free activities in the area of the Chinese Cultural Centre at #50 East Pender Street in Chinatown. Food tasting, games, craft activities, dancing, live music and ceremonies take place between 1 and 4 pm.
  • Sakura Night Gala – a stand-up dinner and fundraising event at the Stanley Park Pavilion from 6:30 until 9:30 pm as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Tickets cost $160 plus taxes and online fees, but include a $100 tax receipt.
  • Vaisakhi Carnival – amusement rides and a midway outside the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple in Surrey.
  • Public Lego Exhibition – public viewings of LEGO displays as part of a multi-day Adult LEGO Fan Convention at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Harrison Uncorked – last day of the weekend wine festival at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden park that’s open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • At St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out.
    • At Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey from 4 to 5 pm. Admission by donation.

Monday, April 23, 2018

  • St. George’s Day Dinner – a dinner to celebrate the Patron Saint of England takes place at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Tickets are $95 and the dinner is hosted by Red Robinson.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

  • World Music Fest – a 4-day music festival. Today features the bands Calle Verde, MNGWA and Mazacote performing at Guilt & Co in Gastown.
  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation from 5 pm to 8 pm (as it’s the last Thursday of the month).
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.

Friday, April 27, 2018

  • World Music Fest – a 4-day music festival. Today features performances by the Boom Booms, Zimbamoto and Bloco Energia at the Imperial. Tickets cost $20.
  • Car Racing – at Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road in Mission.
  • Vancouver Whitecaps – soccer game vs. Real Salt Lake at BC Place Stadium.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden park that’s open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under. Tonight features Matt Grinke’s Big Band playing Disney movie music.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018

  • World Music Fest – the festival today features a free event at the Trout Lake Community Centre from 11:30 to 3:30 pm with the bands Kutapira, Los Tesoros, East Van Marimba All Stars and Zazu Collective.
  • Car Racing – at Mission Raceway Park at 32670 Dyke Road in Mission.
  • Vancouver Opera Festival – 9 days of opera productions.
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 24 acres of flowers in Chilliwack.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road.
  • VanDusen Plant Sale – a giant plant sale and FREE admission to the VanDusen Botanical Garden. (Takes place on the last Sunday of April each year.)
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden park that’s open to the public by donation from 11 am to 3 pm at 1633-170th Street in Surrey.
  • North Shore Daffodil Dash – a 1K walk and 5K run to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out.

Monday, April 30, 2018

April 2019

Events taking place in April 2019 include the following:


April Weather and Activities

For information on what to expect weather-wise in the month of April and for a list of recommended activities, click April Weather and Top Activities.


To return to the top of the page, click April Calendar.

To see what’s happening next month, click May Calendar of Events.

 

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