A lot is happening in Vancouver in March 2018 including over half a dozen festivals, a major international sporting event and numerous cultural activities.
Vancouver Holidays and Major Events in March
With St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, the Persian New Year, World Rugby Sevens Series matches, cherry trees starting to bloom and spring break for schools all happening in the same month, March is guaranteed to be an exciting time to be in Vancouver.
What’s Happening in March 2018?
It won’t be until the summer that there’s another month with so many festivals and major events as March. Below are the top things that promise to make the month special.
First Weekend in March Festivals
March begins with two major cultural festivals on the first weekend.
1. Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – one of the most culturally interesting and entertaining First Nation’s events of the year, the festival is put on by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Museum of Anthropology. The festival features both afternoon and evening performances on the first weekend in March and is highly recommended.
2. Vancouver International Wine Festival – a major wine festival showcasing wines from around the world.
Mid-March Festivals and Events
The middle of March is when the city turns green, goes rugby-crazy and parties with fire.
3. CelticFest Vancouver – a small St. Patrick’s festival celebrating everything Celtic, Irish and green. In past years it included a massive St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a Celtic Village with entertainment and market vendors in downtown Vancouver. As of 2018, however, it has been scaled down to include just a few smaller events.
4. World Rugby Sevens Series – the highlight of the month for rugby fans are the rugby games played in Vancouver on March 10-11, 2018. BC Place Stadium will be the place to be that weekend!
5. Persian New Year Fire Festival – the New Year begins on March 20, but in 2018 the Fire Festival takes place in the evening of Tuesday, March 13, at Ambleside in West Vancouver. Expect to see thousands of Iranians, a live concert and people jumping over bonfires. All are welcome.
The second half of March will be especially fun for public school children, cherry blossom enthusiasts, car fanatics and people who love Easter egg hunts and chocolate.
6. Spring Break – if you ask school-aged children what the best thing about March is they’ll probably say the spring break holidays which take place from March 19 to 30 in 2018. Expect to see lots of kids on the ski slopes and around town having fun with their friends and their families.
7. Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival – the city’s annual celebration of spring and the blooming of Japanese cherry trees begins officially in late March most years and continues until mid to late April. The festival runs later than usual in 2018, however, with the start on April 5th and end on April 29th. The festival might not take place in March in 2018, but there will still be cherry blossoms!
8. Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival takes place at Mackin Park in Coquitlam on the first weekend of March most years and includes family-friendly activities, lots of live music and opportunities to practice your French. In 2018, however, it too starts later than usual, but still in March. Instead of on the first weekend of the month, this year it runs on March 23rd to 25th.
9. Vancouver International Auto Show – the best place to be in March if you love the latest models of fancy cars is at the Vancouver Convention Centre March 28 to April 1 when the place is full of Lamborghinis, BMWs, Porsches and other fast and shiny cars, not to mention lots of Toyotas, Chevrolets and Minis too.
10. Easter – it’s a long weekend on March 30 to April 2, with Easter egg hunts, Sunday brunches, church choirs singing and people enjoying one or two extra days off work. And if you like old classic vehicles, there’s a vintage car rally on the Sunday.
For other Lower Mainland festivals in February and other months, see the Festivals and Events Calendar.