A comprehensive list of April events in Vancouver for 2017. Highlights include: the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, Burlesque Fest, 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 1 – 8 | April 9 – 15 | April 16 – 22 | April 23 – 30

Sunday, April 1, 2018

  • April Fool’s Day! Here’s a great list of pranks you can pull throughout the day.
  • Plenty Warehouse Sale – 60-90% off with NEW stock added daily, including womens & mens clothing, accessories, and shoes. Located at Canada Place.
  • Save the Rio Telethon – Get ready for an old-school telethon with your favourite comedians, burlesque dancers, musicians, improv artists, singers, bands and more! Yes, you read that right – a solid 30 hours’ worth of entertainment to count down to the final hours of the Rio Theatre’s, #SavetheRio campaign.

Monday, April 2, 2018

  • Plenty Warehouse Sale – 60-90% off with NEW stock added daily, including womens & mens clothing, accessories, and shoes. Located at Canada Place.
  • Save the Rio Telethon – Get ready for an old-school telethon with your favourite comedians, burlesque dancers, musicians, improv artists, singers, bands and more! Yes, you read that right – a solid 30 hours’ worth of entertainment to count down to the final hours of the Rio Theatre’s, #SavetheRio campaign.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Thursday, April 5, 2018

  • Cherry Jam Downtown Concert – The 12th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the season with a noon-hour concert in the downtown core featuring local talent and memorable performances.
  • East Van Oldtime Social – A weekend event dedicated to old-time string band music, and up-beat, beginner friendly, live music square dances. Spend a weekend listening to great tunes, dancing with friends, and even playing along!
  • Night Shift: Quantum Features – Visit MOA for hands-on activities that explore the rules and the beauty in quantum materials. Dive deep into quantum physics through dance, spoken word, projection sculpture and virtual reality to expand our understanding of nano-scale physics and the implications of potential future breakthroughs.
  • TIT Talks (Vancouver Burlesque Festival) – An intimate evening of TED-style talks presented by esteemed performers, academics, and producers. Unique perspectives, ideas, and stories pertaining to the burlesque realm will be shared!
  • The Regional Assembly of Text Letter Writing Club – Enjoy tea and cookies while creating unique letters for loved ones on typewriters.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.
  • 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 Uncovered (Vancouver Burlesque Festival) – Local burlesque like you’ve never seen it before: our region’s brightest striptease stars will bare their creative souls – and a whole lot more. An evening of comedy, glamour, music, seduction, and innovative performance art!
  • Feast of Fools – A festive evening of foolish revelry, delicious food, and of course, beer! Irreverent behavior, good-natured pranks, and silly costumes encouraged. Present a joke and receive a beer on the house.
  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce!
  • VidLaser Gorillaz, Dark Side, and Radiohead – Trippy laser show at BCIT planetarium.
  • Vancouver Bike Rave | UBC Edition –  Get ready for a brand new iteration of the Vancouver Bike Rave at UBC. Get high on life with us as we explore the “dance party” capabilities of a beautiful Pedestrian- and Bike-friendly paradise.
  • Vancouver Tool Library Annual Garage Sale – We’re doing some spring cleaning and getting rid of duplicate power tools, hand tools, gardening tools sewing, machines, and lots of other accessories. Come get some cheap tools and support your local Tool Library!
  • XXX-Men: Professor Xavier’s Burlesque for Gifted Youngsters – Burlesque show based on the X-Men!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

  • 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.).
  • Vancouver Story Slam – Ten storytellers share original stories! $5 cover includes a ballot to vote for your favorites. $150 in cash prizes up for grabs. New participants always welcome.
  • Movies in the Morgue – Watch “Chinatown” while cuddled up in the local morgue. Cozy.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

  • Amanda Palmer #NinjaTed – “i’m going to gather a bunch of special guests and weirdos from the TED conference and haul them over to the vogue theater to do…whatever they want.”

Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • Cosmic Nights: Yuri’s Night Epic Exploration – Take a look at space exploration and the golden age of discovery. We will be discussing how our planetary perspective has changed and how the pace of scientific discoveries have accelerated.

Friday, April 13, 2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018

  • The Big Picnic (VCBF) – Join the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s spring celebration by picnicking under Queen Elizabeth Park’s iconic cherry blossom canopy!
  • Spring Lights Illumination (VCBF) – Hfour will be illuminating Queen Elizabeth Park with vibrant projections and multicoloured lanterns. The illumination will be set up for unobstructed views ideal for photography and picnicking in the spring evening air under cherry blossoms!
  • 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!
  • VidLaser Gorillaz, Dark Side, and Radiohead – Trippy laser show at BCIT planetarium.
  • BC Distilled – British Columbia’s premier artisan distillery festival. Event features distilleries pouring samples of their gin, vodka, whisky, liqueurs and other spirits – plus restaurants, mix, and other treats.
  • 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.
  • 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 15, 2018

  • 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.
  • 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 16, 2018

  • Woo Hoo Simpsons trivia Vancouver – Trivia night featuring questions about first 9 seasons of The Simpsons.
  • Say Wha?! – Have you ever read a poorly written novel and thought to yourself, who publishes this crap? Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store? Well, that’s what Say Wha?! is all about. Funny people, bad books.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

  • Improv Against Humanity: Spring Fling – We’re sprucing up the #IAHatRIO deck, giving out sweet swag, and welcoming two special guests to the show! Plus the crowd will help crown the next Most Horrible Person in Vancouver! Will it be YOU?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

  • Science World After Dark – Get hands on with some amazing artifacts, take a wander through a model of the world’s largest snake and see how you measure up to the world’s tallest person. As we near the end of this feature exhibition, we invite you to come celebrate the life and legacy of Robert Ripley with us!
  • Art! Vancouver 2018 – The fair provides a sophisticated environment yet accessible for art collectors, curators, and art lovers to come together under one roof.

Friday, April 20, 2018

  • Eastside Flea x Ellis Building 2 Year Anniversary Party – Time flies when you’re having fun, come celebrate the second year at the Ellis Building with the biggest bash yet including performances by War Baby & Basic Instinct!
  • 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. Now located at Sunset Beach.
  • Make It Vancouver – Freshly made accessories, jewelry, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items and lots of other beautifully crafted, handmade goods.
  • True or Fish? Vancouver Aquarium After Dark – Dive into aquatic-themed trivia and explore the galleries during this adults-only After Hours event. Meet a penguin, enjoy Shark: A 4D Experience and more.
  • Vancouver Greek Food Festival – Celebrate our 40th anniversary of the Festival with exciting performances, delicious food, and lots of KEFI!
  • Art! Vancouver 2018 – The fair provides a sophisticated environment yet accessible for art collectors, curators, and art lovers to come together under one roof.
  • Shakespeare After Dark: Ye Olde Shake and Bake – In honour of this mightiest of holidays, we will be laying the liquor aside in reverence to the mighty spliff. Featuring a scene from Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, live swordplay from Affair of Honour, shakin’ burlesque from our friends at Geekenders, and live music courtesy of the Shakespeare band, this is a one night stand no one will forget – except maybe our dedicated Dude.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

  • 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!
  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce! [Last day of market at Nat Bailey]
  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.
  • Make It Vancouver – Freshly made accessories, jewelry, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items and lots of other beautifully crafted, handmade goods.
  • Vancouver Greek Food Festival – Celebrate our 40th anniversary of the Festival with exciting performances, delicious food, and lots of KEFI!
  • Art! Vancouver 2018 – The fair provides a sophisticated environment yet accessible for art collectors, curators, and art lovers to come together under one roof.
  • Kitty Nights West presents Erotic City: A Live Band Burlesque Tribute to Prince – Please join us for this very purple tribute to the life of a man who brought so much joy and sexiness to our world.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

  • Vancouver Sun Run – The streets of Vancouver turn into a sea of people for the most popular 10km run/walk in Vancouver.
  • Gilmore Girls Trivia – We love you, you idiots. Grab your coffees and let us lead you to a trivia night that’s more fun than Stars Hollow’s annual 24-hour dance marathon!
  • Eastside Flea Market – 50+ local vendors, 5 artisan showrooms, food trucks, an outdoor courtyard, music, pinball, and many more surprises. 11am – 5pm.
  • Make It Vancouver – Freshly made accessories, jewelry, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby/kid items and lots of other beautifully crafted, handmade goods.
  • Vancouver Greek Food Festival – Celebrate our 40th anniversary of the Festival with exciting performances, delicious food, and lots of KEFI!
  • Art! Vancouver 2018 – The fair provides a sophisticated environment yet accessible for art collectors, curators, and art lovers to come together under one roof.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018

  • 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.

Friday, April 27, 2018

  • Vancouver Ukulele Festival – “Features an evening Gala concert hall that can seat 500, and by popular request  two
    FULL days of Ukulele workshops and jams. Can’t wait to be in Ukulele heaven!”
  • Broadway Burlesque: A Tribute to Musicals – Vancouver’s biggest and brightest burlesque stars will take to the Rio stage paying homage to their favourite musicals.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

  • Vancouver Ukulele Festival – “Features an evening Gala concert hall that can seat 500, and by popular request  two
    FULL days of Ukulele workshops and jams. Can’t wait to be in Ukulele heaven!”
  • Bike the Blossoms (VCBF) – Hop on a bike for a slow cruise around Vancouver to spot the best blossoms in the city.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

  • 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.
  • Kitty Nights Burlesque – You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby! Kitty Nights Burlesque celebrates a glittering array of illustrious alumni of The School Of Tease who are shaking things up on the burlesque scene today AND special celebrity guest stars!
  • Vancouver Ukulele Festival – “Features an evening Gala concert hall that can seat 500, and by popular request  two
    FULL days of Ukulele workshops and jams. Can’t wait to be in Ukulele heaven!”

Monday, April 30, 2018