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Free April Events in Vancouver in 2018

Free April Events

There are lots of free things to do in Vancouver in April including Vaisakhi Festivals, Easter activities, farmers markets and outdoor exploring.

Free Activities in April 2018

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 great 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.


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

Sunday, April 1st

  • April Fool’s Day
  • Easter Sunday – various Easter Long Weekend activities around the Lower Mainland.
    • Easter at the River District – free craft activities, face painting, coffee, hot chocolate and Golden Egg Hunt at the Vancouver River District from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Register in advance for the egg-hunt.
    • Easter Vintage Car Rally dozens of vintage cars gather between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm at Trev Deeley Motorcycles before heading out on a drive around town.
    • Scavenger Hunt and Egg Scrambler – Easter activities at Fort Langley from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
    • Easter Egg Hunt & Loonie Swim – an egg hunt and swim at the CG Brown Memorial Pool in Burnaby. Cost is just $1.
    • Easter Parade – a tiny procession followed by Easter egg hunting in Ladner.
    • Easter in Queen’s Park – farm animals, crafts, entertainment and visits with the Easter Bunny (by donation) at New Westminster’s Queen’s Park between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Sunday Markets

Monday, April 2nd

  • Easter at Trout Lake – a bouncy castle, Easter crafts and games at the Trout Lake Community Centre between 10:00 am noon. Admission is free, although advanced registration is required due to limited space.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Tuesday, April 3rd

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s premier art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Wednesday, April 4th

Thursday, April 5th

  • Cherry Jam Concert – free entertainment in the Atrium at Burrard Street SkyTrain Station between 12:00 and 1:30 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Friday, April 6th

  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 7th

Sunday, April 8th

  • Celebrate Hanami at TLCC – a free event celebration the Japanese cherry blossom season at the Trout Lake Community Centre from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.
  • Vimy Day Ceremony – a parade and ceremonies take place between 10:30 am and 12:00 pm at Mountain View Cemetery to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge from WWII. Both Mayor Gregor Robertson and BC Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon will be attending.
  • Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival – Japanese entertainment and cultural activities at Gary Point Park between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. The event includes tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy, origami and kimono-wearing demonstrations.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Free Jazz
    • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church from 4:00 until 5:00 pm. Admission by donation.
    • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.




Monday, April 9th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Tuesday, April 10th

  • TED2018 – the annual world TED Conference for which tickets start at several thousand dollars and attendance is by application. Free live video streaming is available however both online and at various libraries throughout the region.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s premier art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Wednesday, April 11th

  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – today’s free event is the SWATCH ART + Soul exhibition at the Whistler Conference Centre from 12:00 to 6:00 pm.
  • TED2018 – the annual world TED Conference for which tickets start at several thousand dollars and attendance is by application. Free live video streaming is available however both online and at various libraries throughout the region.

Thursday, April 12th

  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – today’s free event is the SWATCH ART + Soul exhibition at the Whistler Conference Centre from 12:00 to 6:00 pm.
  • TED2018 – the annual world TED Conference for which tickets start at several thousand dollars and attendance is by application. Free live video streaming is available however both online and at various libraries throughout the region.

Friday, April 13th

  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – winter sports activities at Whistler plus occasional free live music concerts. Today features Big Air ski jumping near the village plaza and an evening concert with A Tribe Called Red.
  • TED2018 – the annual world TED Conference for which tickets start at several thousand dollars and attendance is by application. Free live video streaming is available however both online and at various libraries throughout the region.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.




Saturday, April 14th

  • Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade – a giant Punjabi festival that features free food in South Vancouver.
  • Party for the Planet – free live music and family-friendly activities at Surrey City Hall. The headliner performance is with the Sam Roberts Band.
  • Spring Lights Illumination – a special evening of music and festive lights at Queen Elizabeth Park beginning at sunset as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Big Picnic – a free outdoor event with family-friendly entertainment at Queen Elizabeth Park between noon and 3:00 pm as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – winter sports activities at Whistler plus occasional free live music concerts. Today features Big Air snowboard jumping near the village plaza and an evening concert with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
  • TED2018 – the annual world TED Conference for which tickets start at several thousand dollars and attendance is by application. Free live video streaming is available however both online and at various libraries throughout the region.
  • Port Moody Food Truck Festival – at Inlet Park at 3000 Murray Street. Tentatively scheduled live entertainment includes performances by the Pernell Reichert Band at 11:30, Pup-Up Entertainment and their “Paw Patrol” characters for kids at 12:30, and the Freedom 95 Band at 2:30.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Saturday Markets
  • Family Favourites Movies – a special family-friendly movie costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver. Today’s film is Pup Star.

Sunday, April 15th

Monday, April 16th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Tuesday, April 17th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s premier art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Wednesday, April 18th

Thursday, April 19th

  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission to UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:30 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!




Friday, April 20th

  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • 4/20 Smoke Out Vancouver – a marijuana festival and protest event in Vancouver at Sunset Beach from noon until 8:00 pm.

Saturday, April 21st

  • Surrey Vaisakhi Festival a giant parade and other festivities celebrating the Punjabi New Year in Surrey.
  • Earth Day Parade – a small parade along Commercial Drive followed by a mini festival at Grandview Park.
  • Earth Day at Everett Crowley Park – community planting, live entertainment and free refreshments from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. Hosted by the Champlain Heights Community Centre.
  • Celebrate Spring 2018 – a festival celebrating spring and Japanese culture at Burnaby’s Nikkei Cultural Centre. Cost is just $2 per person or $5 for a family.
  • St. George’s Celebrations – a small event celebrating British culture between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm at the Roundhouse in Yaleown. Admission is free with food available for purchase.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Saturday Markets
  • Family Favourites Movies – a special family-friendly movie costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver. Today’s film is Pup Star: Better 2Gether.

Sunday, April 22nd

  • Earth Day – events take place a various venues.
  • Vancouver Sun Run – a major running race around the city that’s free to watch.
  • Chinatown Cultural Day – family-friendly Chinese games, music and cultural activities take place at and around #50 East Pender Street from 1:00 until 4:00 pm.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church from 4:00 until 5:00 pm. Admission by donation.
  • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.

Monday, April 23rd

Tuesday, April 24th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s premier art gallery at 750 Hornby Street is by donation today between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Wednesday, April 25th

Thursday, April 26th

Friday, April 27th

  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Saturday, April 28th

Sunday, April 29th

  • World Music Festival – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre between 11:30 and 3:30 pm.
  • VanDusen Plant Sale – thousands of plants for sale and free admission to VanDusen Botanical Garden from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Sunday Markets
  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church from 4:00 until 5:00 pm. Admission by donation.

Monday, April 30th

  • Music Mondays – free live music featuring musicians from the area between 5:30 and 6:30 pm at Sunset Community Centre at 6810 Main Street.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

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.