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Free March Events in Vancouver

Free March Events

There are lots of free and discounted things to do in Vancouver in March 2018 including Spring Break activities, markets and outdoor exploring.

Free Activities in March 2018

For a list of some of the best things to do in March including activities that aren’t free, check out Vancouver’s March 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.


Thursday, March 1st

Friday, March 2nd

  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Saturday, March 3rd

  • Nat Bailey Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Royal City Winter Farmers Market – in New Westminster from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the animated movie Trolls costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Sunday, March 4th

  • Sunday Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the PNE just off Renfrew Street. Parking is also free for shoppers at the market.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – both indoors and outdoors at the Port Moody Recreation Centre from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds off 176th Street (a.k.a., Highway 15) by 62nd Avenue.
  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church from 4:00 until 5:00 pm. Admission by donation.

Monday, March 5th

  • Shred for the Cause – ladies can ski for just $15 from 5:30 until 10:00 pm at Mount Seymour (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). 50% of proceeds also benefit a local charity.
  • Mt. Seymour Snowshoeing – the ski resort has some great ticketed trails, but also free ones starting at the far end of the upper parking lot.

Tuesday, March 6th

  • 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 night at most Lower Mainland movie cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra inexpensive).

Wednesday, March 7th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Mt. Seymour Snowshoeing – the ski resort has some great ticketed trails, but also free ones starting at the far end of the upper parking lot.

Thursday, March 8th

  • JFL NorthWest Block Party – a free event featuring comedy and food trucks outdoors in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza from 5:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Nitobe Memorial Garden and UBC Botanical Garden – if it’s a nice day and you’re close to UBC, it’s good to know that admission to both is by donation up until March 14th.
  • Mt. Seymour Snowshoeing – the ski resort has some great ticketed trails, but also free ones starting at the far end of the upper parking lot.

Friday, March 9th

Saturday, March 10th

  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Zero Waste Event – meet the Zero Waste Canada team and learn about Zero Waste best practices at the Creekside Community Centre in Vancouver’s Olympic Village from 2 to 3 pm. Admission is by donation with advanced registration. Space is limited.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the movie Fantastic Mr. Fox costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).




Sunday, March 11th

  • Shamrock’n Race – 5K, 7-Mile and half marathon running races at Burnaby Lake. There is a fee to participate, but it’s free to watch.
  • 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. Tonight features Greta Matassa on vocals, Nick Peck on piano, Jodi Proznick on bass and Julian MacDonough on percussion.

Monday, March 12th

  • Shred for the Cause – ladies can ski for just $15 from 5:30 until 10:00 pm at Mount Seymour (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). 50% of proceeds benefit a local charity.
  • Mt. Seymour Snowshoeing – the ski resort has some great ticketed trails, but also free ones starting at the far end of the upper parking lot.

Tuesday, March 13th

  • Urban Grind at the Lookout – the opportunity to climb the 633 steps up the Vancouver landmark attraction at 555 West Hastings Street in the late afternoon. It’s not free, but the $5 cost includes a free beer at the top and a $5 food coupon for use in the Harbour Centre food court.
  • 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.
  • Nitobe Memorial Garden and UBC Botanical Garden – if it’s a nice day and you’re close to UBC, it’s good to know that admission to both is by donation up until March 14th.
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland Movie Cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Wednesday, March 14th

  • Music on the Bow – the Blue Lasso Band performs between 1:00 and 3:00 pm at the Trout Lake Community Centre.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Thursday, March 15th

  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission is by donation at UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum tonight between 5:00 and 8:30 pm.
  • Nitobe Memorial Garden and UBC Botanical Garden – if it’s a nice day and you’re close to UBC, it’s good to know that admission to both is by donation up until March 14th.

Friday, March 16th

  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

St. Patrick's Events

Saturday, March 17th

  • St. Patrick’s Day – various events around town (both free and not free).
  • Celtic Performances at Lonsdale Quay – the Eire Born Irish Dancers perform at 11:00 am and the North Shore Celtic Ensemble entertains at 3:00 pm. Craft activities and face painting also take place from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Run – a 5-km green-themed run at Stanley Park beginning at 9:30 in the morning. (It’s not free to participate in, but it is free to watch.)
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Royal City Winter Farmers Market – in New Westminster from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the animated movie Shrek costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Sunday, March 18th

  • Sunday Markets
  • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church from 4:00 until 5:00 pm. Admission by donation.

Monday, March 19th

  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • March Break Movies
    • The movies Wonder, Despicable Me, Ferdinand and The Boss Baby all show at select Lower Mainland Cineplex theatres for just $2.99.
    • Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster features the films Ferdinand and Wonder for just $3 each. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap and partial proceeds benefit the Kids Help Phone.
  • Shred for the Cause Ladies Night – ladies can ski for just $15 from 5:30 until 10:00 pm at Mount Seymour (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). 50% of proceeds also benefit a local charity.
  • Mt. Seymour Snowshoeing – the ski resort has some great ticketed trails, but also free ones starting at the far end of the upper parking lot.




Tuesday, March 20th

  • Urban Grind at the Lookout – the opportunity to climb the 633 steps up the Vancouver landmark attraction at 555 West Hastings Street in the late afternoon. It’s not free, but the $5 cost includes a free beer at the top and a $5 food coupon for use in the Harbour Centre food court.
  • 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.
  • Burnaby Village – free admission to the outdoor museum from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • March Break Movies
    • The movies Wonder, Despicable Me, Ferdinand and The Boss Baby all show at select Lower Mainland Cineplex theatres for just $2.99.
    • Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster features the films Ferdinand and Wonder for just $3 each. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap and partial proceeds benefit the Kids Help Phone.
    • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland Movie Cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Wednesday, March 21st

  • Music on the Bow – the Soda Crackers band performs at 7:00 pm at the Trout Lake Community Centre.
  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • March Break Movies
    • The movies Wonder, Despicable Me, Ferdinand and The Boss Baby all show at select Lower Mainland Cineplex theatres for just $2.99.
    • Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster features the films Ferdinand and Wonder for just $3 each. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap and partial proceeds benefit the Kids Help Phone.
  • North Van Pool & Play Pass – North Van Rec is offering a special 18-day pass for children ages 3 to 18 which is valid for public swimming, skating and open gym times at various rec centres from March 16 until April 2. Cost is just for $5.25.
  • Click Spring Break Activities for an additional list of both free and non-free activities during the school holidays.

Spring Break

Thursday, March 22nd

  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11 am to 4:30 pm.
  • March Break Movies
    • The movies Wonder, Despicable Me, Ferdinand and The Boss Baby all show at select Lower Mainland Cineplex theatres for just $2.99.
    • Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster features the films Ferdinand and Wonder for just $3 each. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap and partial proceeds benefit the Kids Help Phone.
  • North Van Pool & Play Pass – North Van Rec is offering a special 18-day pass for children ages 3 to 18 which is valid for public swimming, skating and open gym times at various rec centres from March 16 until April 2. Cost is just for $5.25.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Click Spring Break Activities for an additional list of both free and non-free activities during the school holidays.

Friday, March 23rd

  • March Break Movies
    • The movies Wonder, Despicable Me, Ferdinand and The Boss Baby all show at select Lower Mainland Cineplex theatres for just $2.99.
    • Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster features the films Ferdinand and Wonder for just $3 each. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap and partial proceeds benefit the Kids Help Phone.
  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Mt. Seymour Snowshoeing – the ski resort has some great ticketed trails, but also free ones starting at the far end of the upper parking lot.
  • North Van Pool & Play Pass – North Van Rec is offering a special 18-day pass for children ages 3 to 18 which is valid for public swimming, skating and open gym times at various rec centres from March 16 until April 2. Cost is just for $5.25.
  • Click Spring Break Activities for an additional list of both free and non-free activities during the school holidays.

Saturday, March 24th

  • Brewski Fest – Cypress Mountain is offering free beer samples for adults with a valid lift ticket from noon until 4:00 pm.
  • Open House at HMCS Discovery – a free event at the historic military facility at 1200 Stanley Park Drive in Stanley Park between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the movie Space Jam costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).
  • North Van Pool & Play Pass – North Van Rec is offering a special 18-day pass for children ages 3 to 18 which is valid for public swimming, skating and open gym times at various rec centres from March 16 until April 2. Cost is just for $5.25.

Sunday, March 25th

  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Family French Movies – the movie Trolls plays in French at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre at noon. Captain America Civil War also shows in French at 2:30 pm. Admission for both is by donation.
  • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – both indoors and outdoors at the Port Moody Recreation Centre from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Hastings Park Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the PNE on Renfrew Street. Parking is also free for shoppers at the market.
  • Cannery Farmers Market – between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village. Admission to the historic site is also free today during the market.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds off 176th Street (a.k.a., Highway 15) by 62nd Avenue.
  • 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.
  • North Van Pool & Play Pass – North Van Rec is offering a special 18-day pass for children ages 3 to 18 which is valid for public swimming, skating and open gym times at various rec centres from March 16 until April 2. Cost is just for $5.25.

Monday, March 26th

  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • March Movie Break – Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster features the films Ferdinand and Wonder for just $3 each. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap and partial proceeds benefit the Kids Help Phone.
  • Shred for the Cause Ladies Night – ladies can ski for just $15 from 5:30 until 10:00 pm at Mount Seymour (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). 50% of proceeds benefit a local charity.
  • Mt. Seymour Snowshoeing – the ski resort has some great ticketed trails, but also free ones starting at the far end of the upper parking lot.
  • North Van Pool & Play Pass – North Van Rec is offering a special 18-day pass for children ages 3 to 18 which is valid for public swimming, skating and open gym times at various rec centres from March 16 until April 2. Cost is just for $5.25.
  • Click Spring Break Activities for an additional list of both free and non-free activities during the school holidays.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Tuesday, March 27th

  • Urban Grind at the Lookout – the opportunity to climb the 633 steps up the Vancouver landmark attraction at 555 West Hastings Street in the late afternoon. It’s not free, but the $5 cost includes a free beer at the top and a $5 food coupon for use in the Harbour Centre food court.
  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • 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.
  • North Van Pool & Play Pass – North Van Rec is offering a special 18-day pass for children ages 3 to 18 which is valid for public swimming, skating and open gym times at various rec centres from March 16 until April 2. Cost is just for $5.25.
  • March Movie Break – Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster features the films Ferdinand and Wonder for just $3 each. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap and partial proceeds benefit the Kids Help Phone.
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland Movie Cinemas (so it’s not free, but it is extra inexpensive).
  • Click Spring Break Activities for an additional list of both free and non-free activities during the school holidays.

Wednesday, March 28th

  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • North Van Pool & Play Pass – North Van Rec is offering a special 18-day pass for children ages 3 to 18 which is valid for public swimming, skating and open gym times at various rec centres from March 16 until April 2. Cost is just for $5.25.
  • Movie at Inlet Theatre – the film Cars plays at 2:00 pm at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre at 100 Newport Drive. Admission by donation.
  • March Movie Break – Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster features the films Ferdinand and Wonder for just $3 each. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap and partial proceeds benefit the Kids Help Phone.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Click Spring Break Activities for an additional list of both free and non-free activities during the school holidays.

Thursday, March 29th

  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • March Movie Break – Landmark Cinemas in New Westminster features the films Ferdinand and Wonder for just $3 each. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap and partial proceeds benefit the Kids Help Phone.
  • North Van Pool & Play Pass – North Van Rec is offering a special 18-day pass for children ages 3 to 18 which is valid for public swimming, skating and open gym times at various rec centres from March 16 until April 2. Cost is just for $5.25.
  • Click Spring Break Activities for an additional list of both free and non-free activities during the school holidays.

Easter in Vancouver

Friday, March 30th

  • Good Friday – a statutory holiday.
  • Easter Bash – an Easter event for children under 13 years of age and their families at Broadway Church starting at 11:00 am. Activities include carnival games, pony rides, bouncy castles, crafts and 25,000 Easter eggs.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Click Spring Break Activities for an additional list of both free and non-free activities during the school holidays.

Saturday, March 31st

  • Easter Egg Hunt – egg hunting, face painting and bouncy castle-time for children (ages 2-9) at North Vancouver’s Heywood Park from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm.
  • Easter at Lynn Valley Village – an Easter treasure hunt, craft activities and visits with the Easter Bunny between 1:00 and 3:00 pm at Lynn Valley Village in North Vancouver.
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather, many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Mt. Seymour Snowshoeing – the ski resort has some great ticketed trails, but also free ones starting at the far end of the upper parking lot.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the Easter-themed movie Hop costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex theatres in Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap).

Other Information

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

For a list of Irish holiday-themed activities check out CelticFest or St. Patrick’s in Vancouver.

For ideas on things to do with kids, see Spring Break 2018.

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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