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MARCH Events in Vancouver in 2021

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Vancouver’s 2021 March calendar features key dates and events in the Lower Mainland including various Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day activities.

 


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Vancouver’s March Events Calendar

 


(Note: Schedules are subject to change. This is the case any year, but especially in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, see official event websites for the most up-to-date details. Also, whatever you do, stay close to home, keep safe and be responsible!)


 

March Events in the Lower Mainland

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month.

 


To jump to a specific week, click on any of the following:

March 1-7 | March 8-14 | March 15-21 | March 22-28 | March 29-31


 

Monday, March 1, 2021

 

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

 

Stay Safe and Be Responsible

 

Friday, March 5, 2021

 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

 

Free Events and Activities in March

 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

 


Week of March 8th to 14th

March 1-7 | March 8-14 | March 15-21 | March 22-28 | March 29-31


 

Monday, March 8, 2021

 

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

 

Friday, March 12, 2021

 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

 

Spring Break

 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

 


Week of March 15th to 21st

March 1-7 | March 8-14 | March 15-21 | March 22-28 | March 29-31


 

Monday, March 15, 2021

 

St. Patrick's Events

 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 15 to 26).
    • See our article about Spring Break for a list of kid-friendly activities taking place all across the Lower Mainland including cheap movies, attractions with discounted admission rates, day-camp activities and other fun stuff (with this year’s activities to be confirmed due to COVID-19).
  • Persian New Year Fire Festival – also known as Norooz or Nowruz, the event takes place at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver from around 5 until 10:30 pm. Activities include food vendors, fire-jumping activities and live entertainment. (To be confirmed, but quite likely cancelled.)
  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – a cultural event presented by the Dancers of Damelahamid. (This year it’s a series of virtual events with free admission.)
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 8 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Lower Mainland Ski Hills – just remember to enjoy the snow sports in your own region and avoid non-essential travel. (For ski conditions and to see how the mountains compare click Vancouver Ski Hills & Snow Conditions.)

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

 

Friday, March 19, 2021

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 15 to 26).
    • See our article about Spring Break for a comprehensive list of kid-friendly activities taking place all across the Lower Mainland including cheap movies, attractions with discounted admission rates, day-camp activities and other fun stuff (with this year’s activities to be confirmed due to COVID-19).
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive touring art exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Likely SOLD OUT.)
  • Lower Mainland Ski Hills – just remember to enjoy the snow sports in your own region and avoid non-essential travel. (For ski conditions and to see how the mountains compare click Vancouver Ski Hills & Snow Conditions.)
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Metro Vancouver Restaurants – if not such good weather, then perhaps a good day to eat indoors (with members of your own household), or take in a movie or a show (if they are allowed to be operate), or just stay home and do some Indoor Activities.
  • If miserable weather, then a good day to seek refuge at one of Vancouver’s Best Places on a Rainy Day.

 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

 


Week of March 22nd to 28th

March 1-7 | March 8-14 | March 15-21 | March 22-28 | March 29-31


 

Monday, March 22, 2021

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 15 to 26).
    • See our article about Spring Break for a comprehensive list of kid-friendly activities taking place all across the Lower Mainland including cheap movies, attractions with discounted admission rates, day-camp activities and other fun stuff (with this year’s activities to be confirmed due to COVID-19).
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – the team plays against the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Arena. (Fans can’t attend in person, but they can watch the game on TV and at sports bars around the Lower Mainland.)
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive touring art exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Likely SOLD OUT.)
  • Lower Mainland Ski Hills – just remember to enjoy the snow sports in your own region and avoid non-essential travel. (For ski conditions and to see how the mountains compare click Vancouver Ski Hills & Snow Conditions.)
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Metro Vancouver Restaurants – if not such good weather, then perhaps a good day to eat indoors (with members of your own household), or take in a movie or a show (if they are allowed to be operate), or just stay home and do some Indoor Activities.

 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 15 to 26).
    • See our article about Spring Break for a comprehensive list of kid-friendly activities taking place all across the Lower Mainland including cheap movies, attractions with discounted admission rates, day-camp activities and other fun stuff (with this year’s activities to be confirmed due to COVID-19).
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission by donation from 5 to 8 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive touring art exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Likely SOLD OUT.)
  • Lower Mainland Ski Hills – just remember to enjoy the snow sports in your own region and avoid non-essential travel. (For ski conditions and to see how the mountains compare click Vancouver Ski Hills & Snow Conditions.)

 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 15 to 26).
    • See our article about Spring Break for a comprehensive list of kid-friendly activities taking place all across the Lower Mainland including cheap movies, attractions with discounted admission rates, day-camp activities and other fun stuff (with this year’s activities to be confirmed due to COVID-19).
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – the team plays against the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Arena. (Fans can’t attend in person, but they can watch the game on TV and at sports bars around the Lower Mainland.)
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive touring art exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Likely SOLD OUT.)
  • Lower Mainland Ski Hills – just remember to enjoy the snow sports in your own region and avoid non-essential travel. (For ski conditions and to see how the mountains compare click Vancouver Ski Hills & Snow Conditions.)
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • If miserable weather, then a good day to seek refuge at one of Vancouver’s Best Places on a Rainy Day.

 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 15 to 26).
    • See our article about Spring Break for a comprehensive list of kid-friendly activities taking place all across the Lower Mainland including cheap movies, attractions with discounted admission rates, day-camp activities and other fun stuff (with this year’s activities to be confirmed due to COVID-19).
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive touring art exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Likely SOLD OUT.)
  • Lower Mainland Ski Hills – just remember to enjoy the snow sports in your own region and avoid non-essential travel. (For ski conditions and to see how the mountains compare click Vancouver Ski Hills & Snow Conditions.)
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Metro Vancouver Restaurants – if not such good weather, then perhaps a good day to eat indoors (with members of your own household), or take in a movie or a show (if they are allowed to be operate), or just stay home and do some Indoor Activities.

 

Friday, March 26, 2021

 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

 


Week of March 29th to 31st

March 1-7 | March 8-14 | March 15-21 | March 22-28 | March 29-31


 

Monday, March 29, 2021

 

Free Events and Activities in April

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

 

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

 


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

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


 

Other March 2021 Events

Below is a list of events and activities that may or may not also happen in March 2021.

 

March Sporting Events

  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – vs. various teams at the Langley Events Centre. (To be confirmed, but likely not happening, at least not live and in Vancouver.)
  • Vancouver Whitecaps – soccer games at BC Place Stadium on various dates. (To be confirmed, but likely not happening, at least not live and in Vancouver.)
  • Canada Rugby Sevens – a major international rugby tournament at BC Place Stadium featuring 16 different countries including Canada. (To be confirmed.)
  • Monster Jam – a monster trucks event at the PNE with giant vehicles doing crazy stunts in freestyle, racing and two-wheel skills competitions. (To be confirmed.)
  • Shred for the Cause Ladies Night – ladies ski for a minimum $15 donation at Mount Seymour from 5 to 10 pm. (On select Mondays, but to be confirmed for 2021.)
  • Up the Creek Run – a 5K, 10K and 500m-1K Kids’ Run starting at the Hyde Creek Rec Centre in Port Coquitlam. (POSTPONED)
  • Urban Grind – a 633-step climb from ground level on Hastings Street up to the Vancouver Lookout between 4:30 and 6:30 pm. (Usually on Tuesdays in March, but likely not happening in 2021.)

 

Shows and Entertainment

  • Vancouver TheatreSports – live improv theatre at 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. (To be confirmed.)
  • FlyOver Canada – a film at the multi-dimensional theatre at Canada Place. (TBD)
  • Shen Yun – a world-famous New York-based Chinese performing arts production at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. (Postponed until March 22 to 27 in 2022.)
  • Music on the Bow – free live music featuring local artists at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive. (Details to be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Jazz Vespers on Sundays
    • At 4 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
    • At Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey from 4 to 5 pm. Admission by donation. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Roedde Jazz Evenings in the Parlour – live music one evening at the Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s West End (not far from Robson Street). (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Jazz in the Vine – live Jazz at a winery in Langley. (TBD)
  • Sonic Boom Festival – a celebration of contemporary classical music by BC composers. (TBD)
  • Vancouver South African Film Festival – a 3-day film festival celebrating South African cinema. (TBD)
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town. (Normally in March, but happening online between March and June in 2021.)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland (but not likely in March of 2021).

 

Other March Events

  • PlayDome – amusement rides and midway games at the indoor carnival at BC Place Stadium. (Usually during Spring Break, but not in 2021.)
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film shows at select Cineplex theatres for just $2.99 at 11 am. (Usually on Saturday mornings, but to be confirmed for 2021.)
  • Vancouver International Auto Show – over 400 vehicles of all kinds are on display at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (POSTPONED)
  • Walk in Her Shoes Vancouver – a fundraising event for Care Canada at the Creekside Community Centre in the Olympic Village. (TBD)
  • Seniors Day at MOV – admission to the Museum of Vancouver is just $5 for anyone age 65+ on the first Tuesday of the month (but to be confirmed for 2021).
  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation on the last Thursday of the month from 5 pm to 8 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • St. Patrick’s Day Boat Party – an Irish-themed boat party departing from the Plaza of Nations Marina at 750 Pacific Boulevard. (Likely cancelled, but to be confirmed.)
  • Brewski Fest – beer samples in the afternoon on the Crazy Raven Patio at Cypress Mountain. Free for adults ages 19+ with a valid lift ticket or season’s pass. (To be confirmed.)
  • Beaty Nocturnal – the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC is open by donation tonight from 5 to 8:30 pm. Guided tours are at 7 pm. (TBD)
  • Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival held in Coquitlam at Mackin Park. The event features live music, food vendors and family-friendly activities. (Taking place as a virtual event in April rather than March in 2021.)
  • Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours – guided walking tours in downtown Vancouver. (TBD)

 

Cancelled 2021 March Events

The following events normally happen in March. They have, however, been cancelled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Vancouver International Wine Festival – the wine festival featuring more than 150 wines from over a dozen different countries usually runs until the beginning of March (although not in 2021).
  • New Westminster Winter Farmers Market – in New Westminster from 11 am until 3 pm. (CANCELLED, although likely starting again in April 2021.)
  • Cap Crusher – a rugged 12 km and 24 km run through the trails at Capilano River Regional Park starting at the Cleveland Dam. It also includes a kid’s race. (Postponed until 2022.)
  • BC Sportsmen’s Show – the province’s biggest event for fishing, hunting, boating and other outdoor activities at Tradex in Abbotsford. (Cancelled this year and happening next on March 4 to 6, 2022.)
  • BC Home and Garden Show – a trade show at BC Place Stadium. (Normally in February, but postponed until March 9 to 13 in 2022.)

 


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

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


 

Top Vancouver March Activities

Here are some of the best things to do in the month of March:

  1. Celebrate the spring weather by going for a walk or jog around the seawall at Stanley Park or anywhere around False Creek.
  2. Dust off the golf clubs or tennis rackets any day it’s not raining (or just do anything outside if it’s nice out and you get the chance).
  3. Paint your face, drink green beverages and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day at one of Vancouver’s Best Places to Eat and Drink (although maybe leave the face paint and green beer at home if you head out to one of the city’s finer establishments). Also, be sure to check out all of Vancouver’s great St. Patrick’s Activities at various locations around town.
  4. Check out Vancouver’s Top Free Things to do at Spring Break for a list of the best things to do with children for free during the school holidays.
  5. Enjoy the cherry blossoms around town. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival doesn’t officially start until April most years, but there will likely be blossoms all over the region well before that.
  6. Look out for migrating birds returning to the area after their winter holidays down south. Good places to find them include the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta and Boundary Bay Regional Park near Tsawwassen.
  7. Enjoy some spring skiing up at the local ski hills, weather and snow conditions permitting.

 

Typical March Weather

Rainy Day Activities IconThe days are beginning to get longer and warmer, and it’s starting to rain a little less by the time March rolls around. Average high temperatures this month are up to 12 degrees C or so (or 54 F), and the lows in the range of 2 to 5 C (or 36 to 41 F).

March usually expects to get about 110 mm of rain (or 4.4 inches), so you can expect to need your umbrella a little less than in the winter months.

In general, March is starting to get close to a nice time of year for Vancouver, although the trees are still only just beginning to get their leaves again.

 

Recommended March Activities

Most years March can be a fantastic month for spring skiing, including night skiing now that the sun is setting increasingly later in the day. The snow is starting to get wetter than normal, but the extra sun and warm temperatures at Cypress Mountain, Mt. Seymour and Grouse Mountain can make the spring skiing exceptional, and Whistler with its higher elevations.

If the weather is good, instead of skiing, the best things to do include checking out all of Vancouver’s Best Places in Parks and Nature, including the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta where they can sometimes expect gazillions of snow geese. (Click Thousands of Snow Geese in Richmond for a video of the birds in February 2015, all of which are expected at the Reifel Sanctuary in March and April each year).

On March 17 and the weekend before and/or after, bars are good places to find crowds of happy people with green faces drinking green beer celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.