A comprehensive list of April events in Vancouver for 2017. Highlights include: Easter long weekend, 4/20 festival, Earth Day, and much… much… more.

*Note: this list will be updated regularly as we learn about more events throughout the month.

Go to a specific week: April 2 – 9 | April 10 – 16 | April 17 – 23 | April 24 – 30

Saturday, April 1, 2017

  • April Fool’s Day! Here’s a great list of pranks you can pull throughout the day.
  • The Slush Cup – Watch as competitors, attired in their most ridiculous costume, attempt to cross a pool of slush on their skis or board.
  • Vancouver International Burlesque Festival – Canada’s most prestigious and longest running burlesque festival. Showcasing the finest local and international talent since 2006.
  • Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience – It’s a long way until July… Get your GOT fix with a live concert experience of all your favourite songs from the show.
  • Pillow Fight Flashmob – Celebrate international pillow fight day the best way – with a giant pillow fight flashmob! Join hundreds of others at the art gallery for a “spontaneous” pillow fight.
  • Sister Shop – Racks of rad vintage clothing to sift through, the event will also feature local DJs, handmade craftsmen items, mimosas/caesars/beer, a feminist merchandise table, and more.
  • Feast of Fools – Strange Fellows Brewing invites one and all to celebrate the absurd and join us for their inaugural Feast of Fools from 5pm until the food runs out (but the silliness & beer will flow until 11pm).
  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

  • BlanketFort-Cherry Blossom-Possum – The fort with the most fort returns to The Astoria to delight and entertain you. Roll up your sleeves on your PJs and help construct a giant BlanketFort in which a comedy show happens.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

  • Fox Hole Stand-Up Comedy – Stand-up comedy every Wednesday in the Projection Room, upstairs at the Fox Cabaret, for free!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce!
  • Sakura Days Japan Fair – Put on your best pink outfit for the japan fair hosted by VanDusen Gardens. Lots of family friendly events and things to do.
  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.
  • Monster Jam at the Pacific Coliseum – GRAVE DIGGER, GRAVE DIGGER, GRAVE DIGGGGGGER
  • BC Distilled – British Columbia’s premier artisan distillery festival. This year we will have 34 distilleries pouring samples of their gin, vodka, whisky, liqueurs and other spirits – plus restaurants, mix, and other treats.
  • Graham Clark’s Quiz Show – A comedy show that cherry picks the best segments of game shows and presents them all in one bizarre event! Prizes to be won, heads to be scratched!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

  • The Sunday Service – A very popular weekly improv comedy show for comedy lovers
  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce!
  • Sakura Days Japan Fair – Put on your best pink outfit for the japan fair hosted by VanDusen Gardens. Lots of family friendly events and things to do.
  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.
  • Nifty for Fifty – 30 local designers are offering deep discounts at the 10th annual Nifty for Fifty sale at the Heritage Hall on Main Street.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

  • Puzzled Pint – Teams of 2-8 participants come out and discover a new bar/pub/resto each month to complete paper puzzles (logic, crosswords, folding, etc.).
  • Drunk Spelling Bee – Its a spelling bee that is also a drinking game. If your team spells the word correctly, the room drinks. If you spell it incorrectly, only your team drinks. You collect points for words spelled correctly and the first team to 10 points wins a prize!
  • Gastown Cabaret – Astonishing April – Every month at Guilt and Company (1 Alexander St in Vancouver’s historical Gastown) April O’Peel, Sweet Munish, and Sparkle Plenty transform your Tuesday night with an evening of exciting experiences.
  • An Evening of Storytelling – Ten storytellers share original stories! Cash prizes by audience vote.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

  • Fox Hole Stand-Up Comedy – Stand-up comedy every Wednesday in the Projection Room, upstairs at the Fox Cabaret, for free!
  • Speaker Series – Vancouver Police Museum – Follow criminologist Heidi Currie through a forensic examination of the murder, the trial, and confinement of Thomas Kosberg – Vancouver’s axe-wielding mass murderer. Learn about the insanity plea, and how the defence of mental disorder compares today.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

  • Movies in the Morgue – Watch “Catch Me if You Can” while cuddled up in the local morgue. Cozy.
  • Draw by Night Easter Edition – A social drawing party – they provide paper and art supplies, you bring yourself and friends! You don’t need to be a drawing expert to join the party. 19+ event.
  • Customer Appreciation Party at the Portside – Free, but must RSVP – Complimentary oysters, Jameson samples, Craft Beer Cask Samples, Live Music by The Sheets, and a taste of our East Coast Kitchen!
  • Sculpture & Soundscapes Art Show – The evening affair will feature subversive performance art, engaging spoken word, live tattooing, and the soulful sounds of local singer/songwriters.
  • Seven Wonders of Vancouver – Historian John Atkin shares some of Vancouver’s wonders that have shaped our city. He will take us on a visual journey of Vancouver’s past and present in our planetarium theatre.

Friday, April 14, 2017

  • Good Friday – Stat Holiday
  • Spring Lights Illumination – Part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, this event goes from dusk to 10pm and lights up the cherry blossoms in Queen Elizabeth Park with illuminations, performances and community.
  • Story Story Lie – Part storytelling, part comedy, part game show and all entertainment. Five of Vancouver’s best share spectacular stories. The catch is, one story is a lie.
  • Plenty Warehouse Sale – 60-90% off with NEW stock added daily, including womens & mens clothing, accessories, and shoes. Located at Canada Place.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce!
  • Alice in Wonderland Burlesque –  Follow a cast of talented and exciting performers down the rabbit hole in this burlesque re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of nonsense and fantasy.
  • Plenty Warehouse Sale – 60-90% off with NEW stock added daily, including womens & mens clothing, accessories, and shoes. Located at Canada Place.
  • Proud of You Sketch Comedy – Proud of You is a very funny monthly sketch comedy show, featuring improv and standup too. Head to the high seas to meet vacationing families, drunk ship captains, depressed activities directors, and weirdo families on vacation. Cheap beer.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

  • Easter Sunday
  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce!
  • Plenty Warehouse Sale – 60-90% off with NEW stock added daily, including womens & mens clothing, accessories, and shoes. Located at Canada Place.

Monday, April 17, 2017

  • Easter Monday – Stat Holiday
  • Woo Hoo Simpsons trivia Vancouver – Trivia night featuring questions about first 9 seasons of The Simpsons.
  • Plenty Warehouse Sale – 60-90% off with NEW stock added daily, including womens & mens clothing, accessories, and shoes. Located at Canada Place.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

  • Fox Hole Stand-Up Comedy – Stand-up comedy every Wednesday in the Projection Room, upstairs at the Fox Cabaret, for free!
  • National Canadian Film Day – Join your fellow Canadians in theatres, libraries, schools, public squares and drive-ins across the country as we celebrate our nation’s cinema on National Canadian Film Day 150
  • Bachelor Trivia – Join Hailey from The Bachelor (Nick’s Season) for Bachelor Trivia! Amazing drink specials, Great prizes, tons of juicy stories, all while brushing up on your Bachelor Nation knowledge.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • 4/20 Festival of Pot – 420-friendly event features everything pot related with DJ’s, hemp products, goodies and more. “Starts” with a cloud of smoke at 4:20pm.

Friday, April 21, 2017

  • Make It Vancouver – Freshly made accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items and lots of other beautifully crafted, handmade goods.
  • Science World After Dark: Earth Day Edition – Take a guided tour of our Science Park at sunset and enjoy its urban gardens, model ecosystem and resident chickens.
  • VidLaser Radiohead / Dark Side of the Moon – A weekly laser show featuring the highlights and constellations over Vancouver’s night sky with the soundtrack of your favourite songs from RadioHead and Pink Floyd
  • Eastside Flea Shop N-Bop – Select vendors, a DJ, artisan showrooms, pinball & pool, and seasonal drink specials! 6-10pm
  • Vancouver Photo Book Fair – Free and open to the public, the Vancouver Photo Book Fair is Vancouver’s first art book fair dedicated to photo books.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Earth Day Parade – Route from Commercial Drive and Broadway to Grandview Park to celebrate with speakers, musicians, and all the good things that come with gathering together as a community.
  • Record Store Day – Celebrate your local record store! Stores around Vancouver host shows, sales, and more. All in celebration of the record!
  • Make It Vancouver – Freshly made accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items and lots of other beautifully crafted, handmade goods.
  • Party for the Planet – Surrey celebrates Earth Day with a free weekend festival that features performances, events and much much more.
  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce!
  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.
  • Vancouver Photo Book Fair – Free and open to the public, the Vancouver Photo Book Fair is Vancouver’s first art book fair dedicated to photo books.
  • Taboo Revue – Spring Schwing – Join a cast of over 20 teasers will tantalize your senses with an evening of dreamy dances, glamorous group numbers, and hilarious comedic antics.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

  • Vancouver Sun Run – The streets of Vancouver turn into a sea of people for the most popular 10km run/walk in Vancouver.
  • Make It Vancouver – Freshly made accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items and lots of other beautifully crafted, handmade goods.
  • The Sunday Service – A very popular weekly improv comedy show for comedy lovers
  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce!
  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm
  • Orienteering in North Vancouver – Orienteering is a race that uses a compass and map – and it’s awesome. We have 4 courses for all abilities. Come try something new/fun and learn a valuable skill in the process 🙂
  • Vancouver Photo Book Fair – Free and open to the public, the Vancouver Photo Book Fair is Vancouver’s first art book fair dedicated to photo books.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

  • SNAG Live Painting and Art Raffle – Live painting event. You can buy raffle tickets to enter to win one of the original art works for super cheap! Held at The American.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

  • Movies in the Morgue – Watch “L.A. Confidential” while cuddled up in the local morgue. Cozy.
  • Timeraiser150 – Timeraiser is a party for social good, supporting artists and nonprofits. Here’s your chance to kickstart your art collection by giving back to your community. Bid volunteer time, not dollars, for original art by emerging Canadian artists.
  • Giggles & Gags – Original, hilarious, knee-slapping sketch comedy with twists on Vancouver’s pop culture, and musical and magical interludes along the way.
  • Cosmic Nights: Destination Mars – Cosmic Nights is back at the Space Centre! Discover the wonders of the universe – over drinks! It’s a party for our favourite red planet with music, drinks, games, demonstrations and more! This is a 19+ event.
  • Army & Navy Legendary Shoe Sale – With designer brands too famous to mention, the Army & Navy buying team have curated a stunning collection for the upcoming Legendary Shoe Sale

Friday, April 28, 2017

  • Critical Mass Vancouver – Yes, it’s time of the year again! Meet at the Vancouver Art Gallery at 6pm to join other bikers on a ride around town. Get a bike!
  • VidLaser Radiohead / Dark Side of the Moon – A weekly laser show featuring the highlights and constellations over Vancouver’s night sky with the soundtrack of your favourite songs from RadioHead and Pink Floyd
  • Giggles & Gags – Original, hilarious, knee-slapping sketch comedy with twists on Vancouver’s pop culture, and musical and magical interludes along the way.
  • Army & Navy Legendary Shoe Sale – With designer brands too famous to mention, the Army & Navy buying team have curated a stunning collection for the upcoming Legendary Shoe Sale

Saturday, April 29, 2017

  • Vancouver Bike Rave –  Get ready for a brand new iteration of the Vancouver Bike Rave. Get high on life with us as we explore the “dance party” capabilities of a beautiful Pedestrian- and Bike-friendly paradise.
  • Burnaby Bike Rave – Music, lights, and paths through a forest! Celebrate the end of exams by riding bikes through campus and into the forest as one massive body of students, faculty, and friends!
  • Giggles & Gags – Original, hilarious, knee-slapping sketch comedy with twists on Vancouver’s pop culture, and musical and magical interludes along the way.
  • Army & Navy Legendary Shoe Sale – With designer brands too famous to mention, the Army & Navy buying team have curated a stunning collection for the upcoming Legendary Shoe Sale
  • VPD Recovered Goods Auction – Remember that episode of The Simpsons where Homer buys Snake’s old car? This is like that, but with less mayhem. Most people go for the bikes.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

  • VanDusen Plant Sale – People line up with their wheelbarrows hours before the gate opens for this popular event. Over 10,000 eager gardeners are expected to attend to pick up botanical treasures.
  • The Sunday Service – A very popular weekly improv comedy show for comedy lovers
  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce!
  • Army & Navy Legendary Shoe Sale – With designer brands too famous to mention, the Army & Navy buying team have curated a stunning collection for the upcoming Legendary Shoe Sale
  • East Van Garage Sale – You’ll usually find vintage/new/repurposed clothing, shoes, hats, jewelry, housewares, oddities, records, artwork, electronics, knick knacks, books, and many other unique items!