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Free April Events in Vancouver in 2019

Free April Events

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

Free Activities in April 2019

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.

Monday, April 1st

  • April Fool’s Day – a day for playing tricks in the morning and not trusting anyone.

Tuesday, April 2nd

  • 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!
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main 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 3rd

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season).

Thursday, April 4th

  • Cherry Jam Concert – free entertainment in the Atrium at Burrard Street SkyTrain Station between 12:00 and 1:30 pm. Performers include the band MNGWA, Taiko drummers and others.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season).

Friday, April 5th

  • O Hanami – a festival celebrating spring and Japanese culture at Burnaby’s Nikkei Cultural Centre. Admission for the adults-only event is free.
  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission to the First Nations art gallery between 2:00 and 5:00 pm (as it is the first Friday of the month).
  • 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 6th

  • O Hanami – a festival celebrating spring and Japanese culture at Burnaby’s Nikkei Cultural Centre. Cost is just $3 per person ages 5+.
  • International Pillow Fight Day – a giant group pillow fight in the north plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at 3:00 pm sharp.
  • Church Thrift Sale – at Pacific Spirit United Church at 3525 West 24th Avenue in Vancouver between 9:30 am and 3:00 pm
  • Pass Holder Appreciation Day – season’s pass holders at Mt. Seymour can take a friend skiing at the resort for free.
  • Money Skills Workshop – a workshop about financial literacy for folk with low incomes at Gordon Neighbourhood House at 1019 Broughton Street. Admission is free with advanced registration.
  • 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, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver. Today’s film is Space Jam.

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Sunday, April 7th

  • Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival – Japanese entertainment and cultural activities at Gary Point Park between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. The event usually includes tea ceremony, Japanese calligraphy, origami and kimono-wearing demonstrations as well as live music.
  • Pass Holder Appreciation Day – season’s pass holders at Mt. Seymour can take a friend skiing at the resort for free.
  • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. (Note: this is a new location while the regular St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church venue is undergoing renovations).
    • At 4:00 pm at West Vancouver’s Stephen’s Anglican Church at 885 – 22nd Street. Today’s concert features Kristian Braathen and Steve Maddock.

Monday, April 8th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Tuesday, April 9th

  • 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!
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main 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 10th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Thursday, April 11th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Friday, April 12th

  • Nights of Light – a free Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival event at Queen Elizabeth Park from dusk until 10:00 pm. (Note: This event has been CANCELLED).
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – winter sports activities at Whistler with occasional free live music concerts. Today also features Big Air snowboard jumping near the village plaza.
  • 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 13th

  • 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 in celebration of Earth Day (which takes place a week later).
  • Money Skills Workshop – a financial literacy workshop for folk on low incomes at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Advance registration is required.
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival – winter sports activities at Whistler with occasional free live music concerts. Today also features Big Air ski jumping near the village plaza.
  • Pass Holder Appreciation Day – season’s pass holders at Mt. Seymour can take a friend skiing at the resort for free.
  • 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
    • 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.
  • 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, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver. Today’s film is Secret Life of Pets.

Sunday, April 14th

  • Vancouver Sun Run – a major running race around the city that’s free to watch.
  • The Big Picnic – a free event at Queen Elizabeth Park between noon and 3:00 pm as part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Pass Holder Appreciation Day – season’s pass holders at Mt. Seymour can take a friend skiing at the resort for free.
  • 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.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Admission to the historic site is also free during market hours.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Jazz Vespers (by donation)
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. (Note: this is a new location while the regular St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church venue is undergoing renovations).
    • With Greta Matass at 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.

Monday, April 15th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Tuesday, April 16th

  • 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!
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main 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 17th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Thursday, April 18th

  • 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 (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

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Friday, April 19th

  • Good Friday (Statutory Holiday)
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Saturday, April 20th

  • Surrey Vaisakhi Parade 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.
  • Bike the Blossoms – a free group bike ride from John Hendry Park, around Vancouver and then back to the park. A Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival event, the cycling goes from 11:00 am until 1:00 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.
  • 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, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver. Today’s film is Hop which is about the Easter Bunny’s son.
  • 4/20 Smoke Out Vancouver – a marijuana festival and protest event in Vancouver at Sunset Beach from noon until 8:00 pm.

River District at Easter


Sunday, April 21st

  • Easter Sunday – various Easter activities around Metro Vancouver.
    • River District Golden Easter Celebration – free craft activities, face painting, a bouncy castle and a Golden Egg Hunt at the Vancouver River District between 9:00 am and 2:00 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. (Free for children under 18 years of age.)
    • Easter Parade – a tiny procession followed by Easter egg hunting in Ladner.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. (Note: this is a new location while the regular St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church venue is undergoing renovations).

Monday, April 22nd

  • Easter Monday Statutory Holiday
  • Easter at Trout Lake – a bouncy castle, Easter crafts and games for little kids at the Trout Lake Community Centre between 10:00 am noon. Admission is free, although advanced registration is required due to limited space.
  • Earth Day – events take place a various venues (although most of them take place earlier in the month).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Tuesday, April 23rd

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main 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).
  • 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!
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Wednesday, April 24th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Thursday, April 25th

  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Friday, April 26th

  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Saturday, April 27th

  • Earth Day Events – Earth Day might have officially been April 22nd, but celebrations continue today in Vancouver at Burns Bog, Everett Crowley Park, Stanley Park and UBC, plus Loutet Farm in North Vancouver.
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Today is also the garden’s Open House Day and Plant Sale event.
  • Port Moody Food Truck Festival – at Inlet Park just down the street from Rocky Point Park. Admission is free and the event includes live music and appearances by “Paw Patrol” characters for kids.
  • 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.
  • 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, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver. (To be confirmed.)

Sunday, April 28th

  • VanDusen Plant Sale – thousands of plants for sale and free admission to VanDusen Botanical Garden from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Vancouver Opera Festival Open House – a free performance by CircusWest, backstage tours of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and other interesting activities between 10:00 am and 5:00 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
    • 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.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Admission to the historic site is also free during market hours.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. (Note: this is a new location while the regular St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church venue is undergoing renovations).
    • At St. Andrew’s United Church in North Vancouver at 1044 St. George’s Avenue from 4:00 until 5:00 pm. Today’s music is with Marcus Mosley. Admission is by donation.
    • With Cory Weeds at 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.

Monday, April 29th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be (especially now that it’s cherry blossom season)!

Tuesday, April 30th

  • 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!
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the city’s main 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).

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.