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Free March Events in Vancouver

Free March Events in Vancouver

There are lots of free and discounted things to do in Vancouver in March 2019 including Spring Break activities, markets and outdoor exploring.

Free Activities in March 2019

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.


Spring Break

Sunday, March 24th

  • Burnaby Village – free admission from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm (because it’s Spring Break).
  • Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at the PNE Fairgrounds between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking for shoppers at the market.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – at the Port Moody Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a large yard and garage sale-style market that’s both indoors and outdoors at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds all day until 3:00 pm. 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 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. 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). Today’s music features Jazz musician John Stetch.
    • At 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street. This afternoon’s performance is with trumpet player Trevor Whitridge. Admission is by donation.

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Monday, March 25th

  • Spring Break Vacations – no school for most elementary and high school students in the Lower Mainland (from March 18 to 29). Special discounted activities include the following:
    • Burnaby Village – free admission for people of all ages from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Art Gallery – hands-on art activities in the afternoon and free admission for kids under 13 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult.
    • Sea to Sky Gondola – free admission for kids under 13 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult. Just mention the “Secret Spring Break Deal” to qualify.
    • $3 Spring Break Movies – cheap movies show in the morning at participating Cineplex cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland as well as at Landmark Cinemas in Surrey Guilford and New Westminster. (So it isn’t free, but it is extraordinarily inexpensive, and they are fairly modern movies too!)
    • 2-Week Swim & Skate Passes – kids ages 3 to 18 can pay just $5.25 and access North Vancouver rec centre skating, swimming and open gym facilities all Spring Break long (from March 15th until the 31st) with a Pool & Play Pass.
  • Ladies Night Skiing – women can ski for just $15 from 5:30 until 10:00 pm at Mt. Seymour (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). 50% of proceeds also benefit a local charity.

Tuesday, March 26th

  • Spring Break Vacations – no school for most elementary and high school students in the Lower Mainland (from March 18 to 29). Special discounted activities include the following:
    • Burnaby Village – free admission for people of all ages from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Art Gallery – hands-on art activities in the afternoon and free admission for kids under 13 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult. Admission is also by donation for people of all ages between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
    • Sea to Sky Gondola – free admission for kids under 13 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult. Just mention the “Secret Spring Break Deal” to qualify.
    • $3 Spring Break Movies – cheap movies show in the morning at participating Cineplex cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland as well as at Landmark Cinemas in Surrey Guilford and New Westminster. (So it isn’t free, but it is extraordinarily inexpensive, and they are fairly modern movies too!)
    • 2-Week Swim & Skate Passes – kids ages 3 to 18 can pay just $5.25 and access North Vancouver rec centre skating, swimming and open gym facilities all Spring Break long (from March 15th until the 31st) with a Pool & Play Pass.
  • 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.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

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Wednesday, March 27th

  • Spring Break Vacations – no school for most elementary and high school students in the Lower Mainland (from March 18 to 29). Special discounted activities include the following:
    • Burnaby Village – free admission for people of all ages from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Art Gallery – hands-on art activities in the afternoon and free admission for kids under 13 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult.
    • Sea to Sky Gondola – free admission for kids under 13 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult. Just mention the “Secret Spring Break Deal” to qualify.
    • Spring Break Movies – $3 films show in the morning at participating Cineplex cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland and at Landmark Cinemas in both Surrey Guilford and New Westminster. The movie Boss Baby also shows for free in the afternoon at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre.
    • 2-Week Swim & Skate Passes – kids ages 3 to 18 can pay just $5.25 and access North Vancouver rec centre skating, swimming and open gym facilities all Spring Break long (from March 15th until the 31st) with a Pool & Play Pass.
  • 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 28th

  • Spring Break Vacations – no school for most elementary and high school students in the Lower Mainland (from March 18 to 29). Special discounted activities include the following:
    • Burnaby Village – free admission for people of all ages from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Art Gallery – hands-on art activities in the afternoon and free admission for kids under 13 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult.
    • Sea to Sky Gondola – free admission for kids under 13 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult. Just mention the “Secret Spring Break Deal” to qualify.
    • $3 Spring Break Movies – cheap movies show in the morning at participating Cineplex cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland as well as at Landmark Cinemas in Surrey Guilford and New Westminster. (So it isn’t free, but it is extraordinarily inexpensive, and they are fairly modern movies too!)
    • 2-Week Swim & Skate Passes – kids ages 3 to 18 can pay just $5.25 and access North Vancouver rec centre skating, swimming and open gym facilities all Spring Break long (from March 15th until the 31st) with a Pool & Play Pass.
  • Museum of Vancouver – admission at the museum at Vanier Park is by donation today between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

Friday, March 29th

  • Spring Break Vacations – no school for most elementary and high school students in the Lower Mainland (from March 18 to 29). Special discounted activities include the following:
    • Burnaby Village – free admission for people of all ages from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
    • Vancouver Art Gallery – hands-on art activities in the afternoon and free admission for kids under 13 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult.
    • Sea to Sky Gondola – free admission for kids under 13 years of age when accompanied by a paying adult. Just mention the “Secret Spring Break Deal” to qualify.
    • Spring Break Movies – $3 films show in the morning at participating Cineplex cinemas throughout the Lower Mainland and at Landmark Cinemas in both Surrey Guilford and New Westminster. The movie Trolls also shows for free in the afternoon at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre.
    • 2-Week Swim & Skate Passes – kids ages 3 to 18 can pay just $5.25 and access North Vancouver rec centre skating, swimming and open gym facilities all Spring Break long (from March 15th until the 31st) with a Pool & Play Pass.
  • 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 30th

  • Earth Hour – people around the world are encouraged to turn off their lights at 8:30 pm in support of the environment.
  • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Cheap Cineplex Movies – Racetime is showing in the morning for just $2.99 at select theatres in the Lower Mainland. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap.

Sunday, March 31st

  • Celebrate Hanami at TLCC – a free event celebration the Japanese cherry blossom season at the Trout Lake Community Centre from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at the PNE Fairgrounds between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking for shoppers at the market.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – at the Port Moody Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – in Steveston Village between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Note: Admission to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, where the market takes place, is free during this time (so it’s a great deal).
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a large yard and garage sale-style market that’s both indoors and outdoors at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds all day until 3:00 pm. 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 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. 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). Today’s music features Linda Szentes.
    • 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 Jennifer Scott. Admission is by donation.

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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 2019.

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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