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Free April Events in Vancouver

Free April Events in Vancouver

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


NOTE: Due to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, most events and attractions in the Lower Mainland region (and elsewhere) have been cancelled, closed or postponed. Click Coronavirus Closures & Cancellations to see what places of interest have been affected.


Free Activities in April 2020

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.

Wednesday April 1st (2020)

  • April Fool’s Day – a day for playing tricks in the morning and not trusting anyone.
  • If the weather is good, then check out the cherry blossoms at Vancouver’s various best parks and places in nature (provided you stay a safe distance from other people and that we are still allowed to go outside).

Thursday April 2nd (2020)

  • New West Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Cherry Jam Concert – free entertainment in the Atrium at Burrard Street SkyTrain Station between 12:00 and 1:30 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • 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, but only at parks that are still open and so long as you can stay far enough away from other people)!

Friday April 3rd (2020)

  • O Hanami at Nikkei Place – a festival celebrating spring and Japanese culture at Burnaby’s Nikkei Cultural Centre. (CANCELLED)
  • Cherry Jam Concert – free entertainment in the Atrium at Burrard Street SkyTrain Station between 12:00 and 1:30 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • Strike for a Green New Deal – a climate protest outside City Hall in Vancouver. (CANCELLED)
  • 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). (CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. (SUSPENDED FOR THE MONTH)

Saturday April 4th (2020)

  • O Hanami at Nikkei Place – a festival celebrating spring and Japanese culture at Burnaby’s Nikkei Cultural Centre. (CANCELLED)
  • International Pillow Fight Day – a giant group pillow fight in the north plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at 3:00 pm sharp. (CANCELLED)
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. (SUSPENDED FOR THE MONTH)
  • Saturday Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium and Riley Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. (To be confirmed.)
    • New Westminster Winter Farmers Market – on Belmont Street from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. (CANCELLED)
    • Burnaby Farmers Market – in the parking lot at Burnaby City Hall between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. (To be confirmed.)
    • Squamish Farmers Market – first market of the season between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm in downtown Squamish. (POSTPONED)
    • 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. (CANCELLED)
  • 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. (CANCELLED)

Sunday April 5th (2020)

  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. (SUSPENDED FOR THE MONTH)
  • 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. (To be confirmed.)
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market at the Port Moody Recreation Centre between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. (To be confirmed, but likely closed.)
    • Cannery Farmers Market – at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. (CANCELLED)
    • 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)
    • 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. (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)
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in downtown Vancouver with Jamie Croil performing. Admission is by donation. (CANCELLED)
    • At 4:00 pm at West Vancouver’s St. Stephen’s Anglican Church at 885 – 22nd Street. (CANCELLED)

Monday April 6th (2020)

  • 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, but only at parks that are still open and so long as you can stay far enough away from other people)!

Tuesday April 7th (2020)

  • 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! (TEMPORARILY ON HOLD)
  • 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. (CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
  • Seniors Day at MOV – for anyone over the age of 65 admission to the museum costs $5 today (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (CANCELLED)

Wednesday April 8th (2020)

  • 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, but only at parks that are still open and so long as you can stay far enough away from other people)!

Thursday April 9th (2020)

  • New West Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 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, but only at parks that are still open and so long as you can stay far enough away from other people)!

Easter in Vancouver

Friday April 10th (2020)

  • Good Friday (Statutory Holiday)
    • Click Easter Long Weekend for a comprehensive list of fun Easter-related things to do (although all will likely be cancelled).

Saturday April 11th (2020)

  • Easter Long Weekend.
  • Easter Bash at Broadway Church – an annual free Easter event which includes pony rides, bouncy structures for kids to play in, games and thousands of Easter eggs to find hosted by the church at 2700 East Broadway. Admission is free, but tickets need to be “purchased” in advance. (CANCELLED)
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. (SUSPENDED FOR THE MONTH)
  • Saturday Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium and Riley Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. (To be confirmed.)
    • Squamish Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm in Squamish.(POSTPONED)
    • Burnaby Farmers Market – in the parking lot at Burnaby City Hall between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. (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. (CANCELLED)
  • 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. (CANCELLED)
  • Port Moody Food Truck Festival – at Inlet Park just down the street from Rocky Point Park. Admission is free and there is a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment. (CANCELLED)

Sunday April 12th (2020)

  • 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, 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. (CANCELLED)
    • 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. (Not taking place in 2020.)
  • 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. (CANCELLED)
    • 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)
    • 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)
  • Jazz Vespers (by donation)
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. (Details to be confirmed.)

Monday April 13th (2020)

  • Easter Monday – various Easter activities around Metro Vancouver (although most will likely be cancelled).

Tuesday April 14th (2020)

  • 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! (TEMPORARILY ON HOLD)
  • 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. (CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (CANCELLED)

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Wednesday April 15th (2020)

  • 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, but only at parks that are still open and so long as you can stay far enough away from other people)!
  • Vancouver Beaches – if the weather is warmer then go check out some of Vancouver’s best beaches! It may not be warm enough to swim in the ocean but would be the perfect weather for a picnic or lying on the sand (so long as area beaches remain open and you stay far enough away from other people).

Thursday April 16th (2020)

  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission to UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:30 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • New West Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.

Friday April 17th (2020)

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

Saturday April 18th (2020)

  • Earth Day Parade – a small parade and festival attracting up to 2000 people on Commercial Drive and at Grandview Park. (CANCELLED)
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. (SUSPENDED FOR THE MONTH)
  • Saturday Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Riley Park and Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium (at 4601 Ontario Street) from 10 am until 2 pm. (OPEN)
    • New Westminster Winter Farmers Market – in the 600 block of Belmont Street in New Westminster from 11 am until 3 pm. (CANCELLED, although the summer version of the market now happens at Tipperary Park on Thursdays.)
    • Burnaby Farmers Market – in the north parking lot at Burnaby City Hall between 10 am and 2 pm. (OPEN)
    • Squamish Farmers Market – at the corner of Victoria Street and Cleveland Avenue in Squamish from 10 am to 3 pm. (POSTPONED)
    • Vancouver Flea Market – from 9 am to 5 pm at 703 Terminal Avenue not far from Science World. (CANCELLED)
  • Family Favourites Movies – $2.99 movies at select Cineplex theatres at 11 am. (CANCELLED)

Sunday April 19th (2020)

  • Vancouver Sun Run – when as many as 50,000 runners hit the streets. (CANCELLED)
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. At the garden today there is also a plant sale. (SUSPENDED FOR THE MONTH)
  • 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. (To be confirmed.)
    • Cannery Farmers Market – at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. (CANCELLED)
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – last day of the season for the market at the Port Moody Recreation Centre between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. (To be confirmed, but likely closed.)
    • 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)
    • 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. (CANCELLED)
  • Free Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (CANCELLED)
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street. Today’s musical performance is Gretta Matassa. (CANCELLED)

Monday April 20th (2020)

  • 4/20 Smoke Out Vancouver – a marijuana festival and protest event in Vancouver at Sunset Beach from noon until 8:00 pm. (CANCELLED)

Tuesday April 21st (2020)

  • 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. (CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
  • 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! (TEMPORARILY ON HOLD)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (CANCELLED)

Wednesday April 22nd (2020)

  • 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, but only at parks that are still open and so long as you can stay far enough away from other people)!

Thursday April 23rd (2020)

  • New West Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 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, but only at parks that are still open and so long as you can stay far enough away from other people)!

Friday April 24th (2020)

  • Roedde House – admission to the historic museum in Vancouver’s West End is by donation today (because it’s the last Friday of the month). (CANCELLED)
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. (SUSPENDED FOR THE MONTH)

Saturday April 25th (2020)

  • Surrey Vaisakhi Parade Punjabi New Year celebrations beginning by the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar Temple at 12885-85th Avenue in Surrey. As many as 300,000 people attend! (CANCELLED)
  • 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 features the garden’s official Open House & Plant Sale event. (CANCELLED)
  • Saturday Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium and Riley Park between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. (TBC)
    • Burnaby Farmers Market – in the north parking lot at Burnaby City Hall between 10 am and 2 pm. (OPEN)
    • Squamish Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm in downtown Squamish. (POSTPONED)
    • 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. (CANCELLED)
  • 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. (CANCELLED)

Sunday April 26th (2020)

  • VanDusen Plant Sale – thousands of plants for sale and free admission to VanDusen Botanical Garden from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • Darts Hill Garden Park – a semi-private garden in South Surrey that’s open by donation between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. (SUSPENDED FOR THE MONTH)
  • 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. (TBC)
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market last day of the season for the market at the Port Moody Recreation Centre between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. (To be confirmed, but likely closed.)
    • 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)
    • 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. (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)
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United Church at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. (CANCELLED)
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church at 1044 St. George’s Avenue in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation. Today’s event features the music of Jennifer Hayes. (CANCELLED)
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street. Admission is by donation. Today features big band music with Jazz Connexion & Steve Maddock. (CANCELLED)

Monday April 27th (2020)

  • 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, but only at parks that are still open and so long as you can stay far enough away from other people)!

Tuesday April 28th (2020)

  • 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. (CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
  • 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! (TEMPORARILY ON HOLD)
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most Metro Vancouver cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). (CANCELLED)

Wednesday April 29th (2020)

  • 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, but only at parks that are still open and so long as you can stay far enough away from other people)!

Thursday April 30th (2020)

  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. (CANCELLED)
  • New West Farmers Market – a market with vendors selling fresh produce at New Westminster’s Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.

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.

 

 

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