Happy Easter and happy long weekend! There’s a ton of Easter events happening all over Metro Vancouver, so make sure you hop over to our Easter Events Guide to check them out. After your Easter festivities, there’s still lots of (non-bunny-related) fun happening around town. Check out the Cherry Blossom Festival in Richmond, celebrate Norooz in West Vancouver, or head to Port Moody for a winter farmers’ market. There’s dance shows, a nature club, and tons of great family-friendly fun! Oh, and don’t forget April Fools’ Day on Sunday – we’ve got some fun ideas on silly pranks to play on your kiddos.
That’s just the start — we’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do. You are bound to find something fantastic to make a memorable weekend with your favourite people!
Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival
Ongoing until April 7th, 10 am – 5 pm, Garry Point Park, 12011 7th Avenue, Richmond
The 2nd annual Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the arrival of Spring and blooming of the cherry blossoms. In Japan, cherry blossoms are known as sakura, which are a special flower to the people and the country. The cherry blossom signifies a time of renewal and the cycle of life. Two weeks after the peak of the cherry blossom’s bloom, the pedals begin to fall. The cherry blossom celebration includes picnics under the cherry trees with food and drinks, shared with friends and family—this is a tradition known as hanami which translates to “watching blossoms,” and can be traced back hundreds of years.
ArtStarts: The Routes with Project Soul
Saturday, March 31st, 11 am & 1 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sunday, April 1st, 11 am & 1 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Project Soul presents an energetic, skillfully, dynamic street dance show combining freestyle and choreographed routines. The show brings theatre and dance together covering various topics that are relevant and relatable situations to everyday life. Throughout this lively show there is audience interaction and even a chance to participate and try out your own dance moves. All Ages.
Nature Club Family Days at the Beaty
Sunday, April 1st, 10:30 am, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2207 Main Mall, Vancouver
Drop in between 10:30 am – 1:00 pm the first Sunday of the month to enjoy a special ecosystem activity for families plus all of our regular museum programming, Raising Big Blue movie, museum tours, and more! These drop-in sessions are designed for children 5-12 years old accompanied by an adult (not suitable for preschool-aged children). All sessions will be held at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, with experts from the Pacific Museum of Earth making guest appearances. Note: Sign-in at the admissions desk anytime after 10:00 am, note that all drop-in activities will run between 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. Be sure to plan and stick around for the Way Cool lecture starting at 1:00 pm!
Norooz – Nature Festival Picnic
Sunday, April 1st, 11 am – 6 pm, Ambleside Park, 1150 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Come enjoy great music and food in Ambleside Park to celebrate Sizdah Bedar. On the 13th and final day of the Persian New Year Celebration, family and friends head outside to celebrate the Nature Festival.
Port Moody Winter Farmers’ Market
Sunday, April 1st, 10 am – 2 pm, Port Moody Recreation Complex, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody
Established in 2008, the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market began as a biweekly market in the lobby and courtyard of the Port Moody Rec Centre. Now a weekly market, shoppers can stop by every Sunday for local BC produce, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods!
BC Farm Museum Opening Day
Sunday, April 1st, 10 am – 4:30 pm, BC Farm Museum, 9131 King Street, Langley
It’s opening day for the BC Farm Museum! Come check out tractors and all sorts of neat farm equipment. Open 10 am – 4:30 pm.
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes