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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.

 

Free Activities in April 2022

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.


 

Friday, April 1st (2022)

  • April Fools Day
  • Festival du Bois Opening Night – the Jocelyn Petit Band performs at Mackin Park in Coquitlam. Also taking place this evening is the Contra Dance with the Sybaritic String Band. Both events are free with advanced registration.
  • 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).
  • 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).

 

Festival du Bois

 

Saturday, April 2nd (2022)

  • International Pillow Fight Day – a giant group pillow fight normally takes place outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on the first Saturday in April. (To be confirmed.)
  • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium and Riley Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • The Big Picnic – a free cherry blossom-themed event at David Lam Park.
  • 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 remember to wear a mask).

 

Sunday, April 3rd (2022)

  • 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 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.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation.

 

Monday, April 4th (2022)

 

Easter in Vancouver

 

Tuesday, April 5th (2022)

  • 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).
  • 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!

 

Wednesday, April 6th (2022)

 

Thursday, April 7th (2022)

 

Friday, April 8th (2022)

 

Saturday, April 9th (2022)

 

Sunday, April 10th (2022)

  • Food Truck Wars in Cloverdale – a food truck event featuring dozens of food and artisan vendors as well as live music. Admission is free.
  • 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.
  • Made in the 604 Market – a pop-up artisan market at Heritage Hall on Main Street in Vancouver.
  • 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 – from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation.
  • 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.

 

Monday, April 11th (2022)

  • Free TED Conference Screenings – admission to the actual conference costs thousands of dollars. You can watch it live-streamed, however, at a number of venues.
  • 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.
  • 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 12th (2022)

  • Free TED Conference Screenings – admission to the actual conference costs thousands of dollars. You can watch it live-streamed, however, at a number of venues.
  • 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 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).

 

Wednesday, April 13th (2022)

  • Free TED Conference Screenings – admission to the actual conference costs thousands of dollars. You can watch it live-streamed, however, at a number of venues.
  • 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.
  • 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 14th (2022)

 

Friday, April 15th (2022)

  • Good Friday – a stat holiday that’s part of the Easter Long Weekend.
  • 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.
  • 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 16th (2022)

  • Easter Long Weekend
  • Big Easter Run – 1K, 5K and 10K running races starting at Jericho Beach. You have to pay to run, but it’s not expensive. It’s free to watch though, and many of the participants run in costume.
  • Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade – a huge cultural event celebrating the Punjabi New Near in South Vancouver. (To be confirmed, but possibly cancelled.)
  • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium and Riley Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • 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 17th (2022)

  • Easter Sunday – various Easter activities around Metro Vancouver.
    • 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. (To be confirmed.)
    • Easter Vintage Car Rally – dozens of vintage cars gather in the morning of Easter Sunday before heading out on a drive around town.
  • 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.
  • 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 18th (2022)

  • Easter Monday – various Easter activities take place around Metro Vancouver on the holiday Monday.
  • 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 19th (2022)

  • 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!
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra 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.

 

Wednesday, April 20th (2022)

  • 4/20 Smokeout Vancouver – a marijuana festival and protest event in Vancouver. (NOTE: The usual event that happens at Sunset Beach has been cancelled. A different yet similar event, however, takes place in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Thursday, April 21st (2022)

  • 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 this year’s details are to be confirmed because of COVID-19).
  • Dancers of Damelahamid – both free and ticketed performances featuring Indigenous music and dancing take place at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster.
  • New West Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce and other products at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park.
  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission to UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum is by donation this evening between 5:00 and 8:30 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.

 

Friday, April 22nd (2022)

  • Dancers of Damelahamid – both free and ticketed performances featuring Indigenous music and dancing take place at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Saturday, April 23rd (2022)

  • Hometown Hockey at the Shipyards – a hockey-themed series of events takes place in communities across Canada each year. In 2022 the last stop on the tour is in North Vancouver. Admission is free, but you have to book your spot in advance.
  • Dancers of Damelahamid – both free and ticketed performances featuring Indigenous music and dancing take place at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster.
  • Surrey Vaisakhi Parade a massive East Indian cultural event with music, parade floats and free food in Surrey. (CANCELLED)
  • 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.

 

Sunday, April 24th (2022)

  • Hometown Hockey at the Shipyards – a hockey-themed series of events takes place in communities across Canada each year. In 2022 the last stop on the tour is in North Vancouver. Admission is free, but you have to book your spot in advance.
  • VanDusen Plant Sale – thousands of plants for sale and free admission to VanDusen Botanical Garden from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. (CANCELLED.)
  • 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.
  • Made in the 604 Market – a pop-up artisan market in the Pipe Shop in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Monday, April 25th (2022)

  • Hometown Hockey at the Shipyards – a hockey-themed series of events takes place in communities across Canada each year. In 2022 the last stop on the tour is in North Vancouver. Admission is free, but you have to book your spot in advance.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Tuesday, April 26th (2022)

  • 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!
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Wednesday, April 27th (2022)

  • 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.
  • 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 28th (2022)

  • New West Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce and other products at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park.
  • 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.
  • 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).

 

Friday, April 29th (2022)

  • Community Block Party – a food truck event featuring more than twenty food vendors, an artisan market and live entertainment in Richmond. Admission to the venue is free.
  • The Wait List Experiment – the Some Assembly Theatre Company’s play is about eight youth and “promotes access to optimism for a post-pandemic future.” It takes place at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Admission is free with advanced registration.
  • 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.
  • 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 30th (2022)

  • Community Block Party – a food truck event featuring more than twenty food vendors, an artisan market and live entertainment in Richmond. Admission to the venue is free.
  • Surrey’s Party for the Planet – a family-friendly Earth Day event outside Surrey City Hall.
  • The Wait List Experiment – the Some Assembly Theatre Company’s play is about eight youth and “promotes access to optimism for a post-pandemic future.” It takes place at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Admission is free with advanced registration.
  • 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.

 

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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