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Free April Events in Vancouver

Free April Events in Vancouver

There are usually lots of free things to do in Vancouver in April including Vaisakhi Festivals, markets and Easter and cherry blossom-viewing activities.

 


NOTE: Due to COVID-19, many events and attractions in the Lower Mainland (and elsewhere) have been cancelled, closed or postponed. Click What’s Open in Vancouver to see what events and attractions are still operating. Also, before heading out to a place, confirm the status of the venue on its official website.


 

Free Activities in April 2021

For a list of some of the best things to do in April including activities that aren’t free, check out the April Events Calendar.

For a list of the best FREE (or almost free) special events this month, see below.

 


Vancouver on a Budget

In addition to checking out all the free activities listed below on specific dates, click Vancouver on a Budget for a list of activities that don’t cost a lot of money throughout the year. And for inexpensive places to take kids in spring, check out Top Free Spring Things to do with Children in the Lower Mainland.


 

Thursday, April 1st (2021)

 

Friday, April 2nd (2021)

 

Easter in Vancouver

 

Saturday, April 3rd (2021)

  • Easter Long Weekend
  • International Pillow Fight Day – a giant group pillow fight normally takes place outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on the first Saturday in April. (Cancelled due to COVID-19.)
  • Saturday Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium and Riley Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
    • Squamish Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm in Squamish. (To be confirmed.)
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Vancouver Parks – try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).

 

Sunday, April 4th (2021)

  • Easter Sunday – various Easter activities around Metro Vancouver (in years when there is no coronavirus).
    • River District Golden Easter Celebration – free craft activities, face painting and a Golden Egg Hunt normally take place on Easter Sunday at the Vancouver River District. (TBC, but likely not happening this year.)
    • Easter Vintage Car Rally – dozens of vintage cars usually gather in the morning of Easter Sunday before heading out on a drive around town. (Not likely taking place though in 2021 because of COVID-19.)
  • Sunday Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Free admission plus free parking for shoppers.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market at the Port Moody Recreation Centre between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under. (TBC, but likely cancelled due to COVID-19.)
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market in Abbotsford. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age. (TBC, but likely cancelled due to COVID-19.)

 

Monday, April 5th (2021)

  • Easter Monday – various Easter activities take place around Metro Vancouver on the holiday Monday (although likely not so much this year because of COVID-19).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be! Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s Best Places on a Rainy Day (although most aren’t free). Or go window Shopping at an indoor mall (but remember to wear a mask).

 

Tuesday, April 6th (2021)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (Cancelled due to COVID-19.)
  • Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from early evening until sunset (but only on sunny days). A few people arrive with their drums and many more just show up for the fun! (To be confirmed, but likely not happening due to COVID-19.)

 

Wednesday, April 7th (2021)

  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).

 

Thursday, April 8th (2021)

 

Friday, April 9th (2021)

  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).

 

Saturday, April 10th (2021)

  • Saturday Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium and Riley Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
    • Squamish Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm in downtown Squamish. (TBC)
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be! Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s Best Places on a Rainy Day (although most aren’t free). Or go window Shopping at an indoor mall (but wear a mask and stay away from other people).

 

Sunday, April 11th (2021)

  • Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Free admission plus free parking for shoppers.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under. (Cancelled.)
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age. (Cancelled.)
  • If good weather, check out Metro Vancouver’s Best Parks and Places in Nature.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s Best Places on a Rainy Day (although most aren’t free). Or go window Shopping at an indoor mall (but wear a mask and stay away from other people).

 

Monday, April 12th (2021)

  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).

 

Tuesday, April 13th (2021)

  • Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from early evening until sunset (but only on sunny days). A few people arrive with their drums and many more just show up for the fun! (To be confirmed, but likely not happening due to COVID-19.)
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be! Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (TBC)

 

Wednesday, April 14th (2021)

  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).

 

Thursday, April 15th (2021)

  • New West Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce and other products at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • If good weather, check out Metro Vancouver’s Best Parks and Places in Nature.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s Best Places on a Rainy Day (although most aren’t free). Or go window Shopping at an indoor mall (but wear a mask and stay away from other people).

 

Friday, April 16th (2021)

  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).

 

Saturday, April 17th (2021)

  • Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade – a huge cultural event celebrating the Punjabi New Near in South Vancouver. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Saturday Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium and Riley Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
    • Squamish Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm in downtown Squamish. (TBC)
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be! Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle.

 

Sunday, April 18th (2021)

  • Sunday Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Free admission plus free parking for shoppers.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – at the Port Moody Recreation Centre between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under. (TBC, but likely not happening.)
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age. (TBC, but likely not happening.)
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • If good weather, check out Metro Vancouver’s Best Parks and Places in Nature.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s Best Places on a Rainy Day (although most aren’t free). Or go window Shopping at an indoor mall (but wear a mask and stay away from other people).

 

Monday, April 19th (2021)

  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be! Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s Best Places on a Rainy Day (although most aren’t free). Or go window Shopping at an indoor mall (but wear a mask and stay away from other people).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).

 

Tuesday, April 20th (2021)

  • 4/20 Smokeout Vancouver – a marijuana festival and protest event in Vancouver at Sunset Beach from noon until 8:00 pm. (To be confirmed, but possibly cancelled.)
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from early evening until sunset (but only on sunny days). A few people arrive with their drums and many more just show up for the fun! (To be confirmed, but likely not happening due to COVID-19.)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (Likely cancelled.)
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be! Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle.

 

Wednesday, April 21st (2021)

  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Vancouver Beaches – if the weather is warmer then go check out some of Vancouver’s best beaches! It might not be warm enough to swim in the ocean, but it might be good enough for a picnic or lying on the sand. Just remember to stay far enough away from other people.

 

Thursday, April 22nd (2021)

  • Earth Day – a day that’s commemorated around the world with activities that celebrate the planet we live on and the importance of taking care of it. In normal years various environmental-themed activities take place around the Lower Mainland (although likely not so much this year because of COVID-19).
  • Party for the Planet – Earth Day festivities normally happen outside Surrey City Hall. (Taking place as a free online event.)
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • New West Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce and other products at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be! Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s Best Places on a Rainy Day (although most aren’t free). Or go window Shopping at an indoor mall (but wear a mask and stay away from other people).

 

Friday, April 23rd (2021)

  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Vancouver Beaches – if the weather is warmer then go check out some of Vancouver’s best beaches! It might not be warm enough to swim in the ocean, but it might be good enough for a picnic or lying on the sand. Just remember to stay far enough away from other people.

 

Saturday, April 24th (2021)

  • Surrey Vaisakhi Parade a massive East Indian cultural event with music, parade floats and free food in Surrey. (Cancelled due to COVID-19.)
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Saturday Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium and Riley Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
    • Squamish Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm in Squamish.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be! Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s Best Places on a Rainy Day (although most aren’t free). Or go window Shopping at an indoor mall (but wear a mask and stay away from other people).

 

Sunday, April 25th (2021)

  • VanDusen Plant Sale – thousands of plants for sale and free admission to VanDusen Botanical Garden from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. (TBC)
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Sunday Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – last market of the season at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Free admission plus free parking for shoppers.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market at the Port Moody Recreation Centre between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. (TBC)
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under. (TBC)
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age. (TBC)
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Vancouver Beaches – if the weather is warmer then go check out some of Vancouver’s best beaches! It might not be warm enough to swim in the ocean, but it might be good enough for a picnic or lying on the sand. Just remember to stay far enough away from other people.

 

Monday, April 26th (2021)

  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Vancouver Beaches – if the weather is warmer then go check out some of Vancouver’s best beaches! It might not be warm enough to swim in the ocean, but it might be good enough for a picnic or lying on the sand. Just remember to stay far enough away from other people.

 

Tuesday, April 27th (2021)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Brahm’s Tam Drum Circle – an informal drumming event at Third Beach in Stanley Park from early evening until sunset (but only on sunny days). A few people arrive with their drums and many more just show up for the fun! (To be confirmed, but likely not happening due to COVID-19.)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (TBC)
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks are the best places to be! Other great areas to enjoy include Best Places to Walk, Jog and Cycle.
  • Vancouver Beaches – if the weather is warmer then go check out some of Vancouver’s best beaches! It might not be warm enough to swim in the ocean, but it might be good enough for a picnic or lying on the sand. Just remember to stay far enough away from other people.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s Best Places on a Rainy Day (although most aren’t free). Or go window Shopping at an indoor mall (but wear a mask and stay away from other people).

 

Wednesday, April 28th (2021)

  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).

 

Thursday, April 29th (2021)

  • New West Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce and other products at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • If good weather, check out Metro Vancouver’s Best Parks and Places in Nature.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s Best Places on a Rainy Day (although most aren’t free). Or go window Shopping at an indoor mall (but wear a mask and stay away from other people).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)

 

Friday, April 30th (2021)

  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • 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. (Happening as a free online event in 2021.)

 

Other Information

For a more complete list of things to do in April, including activities that aren’t free, see Vancouver’s April Events Calendar.

And for a list of great activities that don’t cost a lot of money throughout the year, click Vancouver on a Budget.

For other ideas on things to do that are both free and expensive, check out the website WhatToDoInWhistler.ca.

 

 

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