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MARCH in Vancouver 2019

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Vancouver’s 2019 March calendar features key dates and events in the Lower Mainland including recommended Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day activities.


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Vancouver’s March Events Calendar

March Events in the Lower Mainland

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month. Note: schedules are subject to change – check official event websites for exact details.


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March 1-3 | March 4-10 | March 11-17 | March 18-24 | March 25-31


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Friday, March 1, 2019

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Spring Break

Sunday, March 3, 2019

  • Walk in Her Shoes – a fundraising event for Care Canada that includes a 10,000-step walk starting at the Creekside Community Centre at 1 Athletes Way in Vancouver’s Olympic Village. The event also includes live music, vendors, child-friendly activities, hot drinks, guest speakers, information about the charity, a silent auction and prizes. Registration costs $25.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – vs. Kamloops at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Vancouver International Wine Festival – a series of wine events at various venues.
  • The Klezmer Community Project – a hands-on celebration of Yiddish culture through music and dance on the Sundays of February 24th and March 3rd and 10th from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Peretz Centre at 6184 Ash Street in Vancouver. Tickets cost between about $70 and $88 to attend all three events.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Jazz Vespers
    • At 4 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in Vancouver. (Formerly at St. Andrew’s Wesley across the street.)
    • With the Nick Apivor Band at West Vancouver’s Saint Stephen’s Anglican Church at 885 22nd Street at 4 pm.

 


Week of March 4th to 10th

March 1-3 | March 4-10 | March 11-17 | March 18-24 | March 25-31


 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

  • Music on the Bow – free live music featuring local artists at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive. Today features the Backspin Bluegrass Band from 1 to 3 pm.
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.

Friday, March 8, 2019

  • International Women’s Day
  • Monster Jam – a monster trucks event at the PNE.
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at Lynn Valley United Church at 3201 Mountain Highway. Admission is $15 (but free for kids ages 11 and under).
  • Made In Cuba: Cuba Vibra! – a show highlighting Cuba and its roots, dances, music and culture. Expect to see bulerías, seguidilla, chachachá, mambo, rumba, conga, bolero and more at the Massey Theatre at 735 8th Avenue in New Westminster.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Sunday, March 10, 2019

  • Daylight Savings Day – don’t forget to set your clocks an hour ahead before you go to sleep on Saturday!
  • HSBC Canada Sevens – HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series games at BC Place Stadium.
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.
  • Monster Jam – a monster trucks event at the PNE.
  • UBC Run for Rural Medicine – a fundraising event at the University of British Columbia. Proceeds from the 5K and 10K runs to Jericho Beach benefit Hope Air.
  • Lucky Cat Affair – a championship and pet cat show in Abbotsford.
  • The Klezmer Community Project – a hands-on celebration of Yiddish culture through music and dance on the Sundays of February 24th and March 3rd and 10th from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Peretz Centre at 6184 Ash Street in Vancouver. Tickets cost between about $70 and $88 to attend all three events (or $26 to attend just today’s Dance Hall event).
  • Sunday Markets
  • Jazz Vespers
    • At 4 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in Vancouver. (Formerly at St Andrew’s Wesley across the street.)
    • At Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey from 4 to 5 pm. Today’s performance is with Laura Crema & the Artie Devlin Quintet. Admission by donation.

 


Week of March 11th to 17th

March 1-3 | March 4-10 | March 11-17 | March 18-24 | March 25-31


 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

  • 9 to 5 the Musical – an An Exit 22 Company production featuring music and lyrics written by Dolly Parton at the Blueshore Centre for the Performing Arts in North Vancouver.
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.
  • Music on the Bow – free live music featuring local artists at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive. Today features Rain City Swing from 7 to 9 pm.

St. Patrick's Events

Friday, March 15, 2019

  • Vancouver Chamber ChoirMusic Sea to Sea: The Farewell Tour concert at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Heights United Church.
  • 9 to 5 the Musical – an An Exit 22 Company production featuring music and lyrics written by Dolly Parton at the Blueshore Centre for the Performing Arts in North Vancouver.
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at Lynn Valley United Church at 3201 Mountain Highway. Admission is $15 (but free for kids ages 11 and under).
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – vs. the New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – vs. Kelowna at the Langley Events Centre.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Sunday, March 17, 2019

 


Week of March 18th to 24th

March 1-3 | March 4-10 | March 11-17 | March 18-24 | March 25-31


 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 18 to 29).
  • Piaf! The Show – a musical about the world-famous French singer Edith Piaf at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at 6265 Crescent Road at UBC. Tickets cost $66 to $87.50.
  • Urban Grind – a 633-step climb from ground level on Hastings Street up to the Vancouver Lookout between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
  • Vancouver Business Network Meetup – a workshop about “Earning Six Figures with Three Secrets to Successful Content Marketing” with Earl Flormata at 1155 Robson Street. Cost is $12.
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.
  • 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, March 20, 2019

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 18 to 29).
  • 9 to 5 the Musical – an An Exit 22 Company production featuring music and lyrics written by Dolly Parton at the Blueshore Centre for the Performing Arts in North Vancouver.
  • Music on the Bow – free live music featuring local artists at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive. Today features the Soda Crackers from 7 to 9 pm.
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – vs. the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Arena.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 18 to 29).
  • Sonic Boom Festival – a celebration of contemporary classical music by BC composers (March 21-24, 2019).
  • 9 to 5 the Musical – an An Exit 22 Company production featuring music and lyrics written by Dolly Parton at the Blueshore Centre for the Performing Arts in North Vancouver.
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.

  • Festival du Bois 2019 LogoFestival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival is held in Coquitlam at Mackin Park. Today’s feature event is the Contra Dance in the Grand Chapiteau with the Sybaritic String Band. The event runs all weekend. Admission this evening is by donation. Individual and family passes are available for purchase for the Saturday and Sunday. Expect lots of tasty food and great entertainment!

  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at Lynn Valley United Church at 3201 Mountain Highway. Admission is $15 (but free for kids ages 11 and under).
  • Made on Salt Spring – a market featuring 40 artisan vendors from Salt Spring Island takes place at Heritage Hall from 4 to 9 pm. Cost is $5 for folk ages 12 and older.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

  • 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.
  • 24 Hours of Winter – two days of non-stop skiing, boarding and other fun winter activities at Grouse Mountain. (March 23 – 24, 2019).
  • Sonic Boom Festival – a celebration of contemporary classical music by BC composers (March 21-24, 2019).
  • 9 to 5 the Musical – an An Exit 22 Company production featuring music and lyrics written by Dolly Parton at the Blueshore Centre for the Performing Arts in North Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – vs. the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena.
  • 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.
  • Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street from 10 am until 2 pm.
    • Made on Salt Spring – a special market featuring 40 artisan vendors from Salt Spring Island takes place at Heritage Hall from 10 am to 6 pm. Cost is $5 for folk ages 12 and older.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – from 9 am to 5 pm at 703 Terminal Avenue not far from Science World.
  • Shows

Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • 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.
  • 24 Hours of Winter – two days of non-stop skiing, boarding and other fun winter activities at Grouse Mountain. (March 23 – 24, 2019).
  • Sonic Boom Festival – a celebration of contemporary classical music by BC composers (March 21-24, 2019).
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.
  • Country Gold – an evening of music legend impersonators presented by The Original Legends of Rock ‘n Roll and featuring the music of Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Linda Ronstadt at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster. Tickets cost $54.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rogers Arena.
  • Markets
  • Jazz Vespers
    • At 4 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in Vancouver. (Formerly at St Andrew’s Wesley across the street.)
    • At Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey from 4 to 5 pm. Admission by donation.

 


Week of March 25th to 31st

March 1-3 | March 4-10 | March 11-17 | March 18-24 | March 25-31


 

Monday, March 25, 2019

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 18 to 29).
  • Last Monday at the Movies – presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster and showing at the Massey Theatre, the film Puzzle is about a woman in a puzzle tournament and her experience of independence for the first time. Cost is $8 to $9.
  • Shred for the Cause Ladies Night – last day of the season where ladies ski for a minimum $15 donation at Mount Seymour from 5 to 10 pm.
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

All British Field Meet 2019 Invitation

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Friday, March 29, 2019

  • Spring Break – public school holidays (March 18 to 29).
  • Tulips of the Valley – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring close to 20 acres of flowers in Chilliwack (To be confirmed, as it depends on our spring weather).
  • Vancouver South African Film Festival – a 3-day film festival celebrating South African cinema (March 29 to 31).
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance productions at various venues around town.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at Lynn Valley United Church at 3201 Mountain Highway. Admission is $15 (but free for kids ages 11 and under).

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Easter in Vancouver


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


March 2019 Events

Below is a list of other events and activities likely happening in March 2019.

  • Carnival at Lansdowne Centre – amusement rides and midway games at the Richmond mall. (To be confirmed, but likely during the school spring break in mid to late March.)
  • Chinese Lantern Festival – CANCELLED – light displays and live entertainment at the PNE (February 1 to March 31, 2019). CANCELLED.
  • Open House at HMCS Discovery – a free event at the historic military facility on Deadman’s Island in Stanley Park. (Mid to late March, but to be confirmed).
  • Seasons Festival – a 2-day music festival at the PNE Forum. (To be confirmed for 2019.)
  • PlayDome – amusement rides and midway games at the indoor carnival at BC Place Stadium. (It usually takes place in late March over the School Spring Break. Although it won’t be happening in 2019, it will likely return to Vancouver in 2020.)

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 in 2019, 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.

 

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