It’s looking like it’ll be a fantastic weekend ahead, and there are so many festivals kicking off, new spots worth checking out, places to shop, and ways to have fun getting a little dirty (for charity). Let the weekend planning begin and check out our choice picks for things to do in Vancouver…
First off, grab your snow gear and head up to Whistler for the World Ski and Snowboard Festival we told you all about yesterday. There are plenty of free ways to take in the fun with concerts, live performances, awe-inspiring demos, and fireworks. If that isn’t enough, buck up and grab tickets to one of the many events and parties. The WSSF goes from the 11th through to April 20th.
Throw some comedy into the weekend mix and make your way to Federico’s Supper Club on Commercial Drive and catch stand-up comedian Damonde Tschritter (touted as the next Bill Cosby). Laugh until your face hurts as this award-winning comedian takes the stage with his unique comic voice that has given him a reputation as one of Canada’s top storytellers.
Hop to it and don’t miss this Saturday’s Van Hop taking place all day. Attendees score a great opportunity to tour around the city’s ample array of art galleries, visit with art professionals and gallery owners, and experience interactive pieces. Start off at the Vancouver Art Gallery with a public conversation and meet local artists before setting out on the day’s tours. Wear comfy shoes: You’ll visit Gastown, Chinatown, Main Street, Great Northern Way, and pop-ups, too!
If you’re feeling like a bit of a day-trip, make your way out to the valley and hit up the largest refurbished furniture and antique market in town. Vintage and Revamped Market is back and runs all weekend long. You’ll find the perfect accent pieces to add life to your home, cool and kitschy keepsakes, and have fun feeling like you’ve stepped back in time. Admission is $5 at the door.
Head over to the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market on Saturday (goes until 2pm) and find plenty to feed you. This winter marketplace is always getting restocked with new, locally grown and sourced offerings. As we inch toward “real” spring, you can bet there’s plenty more freshly-picked seasonal goods guaranteed to fill your fridge.
Ring in the New Year (again), Sikh-style at this year’s annual Vaisakhi Parade. This colourful celebration sets off from KDS Ross Sikh Temple starting at 11am and weaves its way through the South Vancouver community. It commemorates the birth of Khalsa and the “Beginning of the Harvest Season”… and it’s a lot of fun!
What will you be getting upto in YVR this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.