10 things to do in Vancouver today: Sunday, March 31

Time flies when you’re having fun! Get your Sunday, March 31 going with these 10 Vancouver events, including Shen Yun, Richmond Outdoor Spring Carnival, and more.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

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Shen Yun Performing Arts Vancouver 2019

What: Shen Yun Performing Arts features dance as the centrepiece, with classical and folk styles from China’s many ethnicities set to a live orchestra which combines Chinese and Western instruments. You’ll witness performers adorned in an array of beautiful and traditional hand-made costumes performing and interacting with an animated backdrop, as well as vocalists singing opera in Chinese. The performance is guided by hosts who narrate everything in both English and Chinese.

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Price: Starting at $95 — Tickets available online

Richmond Outdoor Spring Carnival

What: West Coast Amusements, the largest Canadian midway operation in Western Canada, will be making a stop at the Lansdowne Centre in Richmond. They’ll be setting up for 10 straight days with a massive array of rides, games, and traditional carnival eats.

The outdoor carnival will be open from March 21 to March 31, 2019, with hours of operation varying by date and weather. Attendees can ride six attractions for $16.99 or purchase a daily wristband for $40. Tickets for rides may also be purchased individually and in groups of 20 and 40.

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 12 to 10 pm, hours may change based on weather.
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 #3 Road, Richmond
Tickets: Available on-site

Tri-City Spring 2019 Home Expo

What: Head to Tri-City Spring 2019 Home Expo to meet local companies and discuss home improvement needs. Experts will be on location, ready to provide advice for decorating, remodelling, kitchen and bathroom improvements, as well as professionals to assist you with heating, windows, roofing, and more.

When: Now to March 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Poirier Sport Complex – 633 Poirier St., Coquitlam
Tickets: Online


What: Redpatch is a historical drama that focuses on a young Métis solider from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island who volunteers to fight for Canada in the First World War. Set in both Canada and the battlefields of France, Redpatch follows the experiences of this young solider as he endures the horrors of war.

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Spring Break at Vancouver Aquarium

Two-toed Sloth, VanAqua

What: Did you know that a sloth only goes to the bathroom once a week? Or that a penguin has fleshy hooks on its tongue? These are just some of the 50,000 creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium, where weird is normal. Enjoy special family programs and shows including ‘Meet a Penguin’ or ‘Shark: A 4-D Experience.’ Then get up close and personal with your favourite animal during an animal encounter.

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

James Bay

What: English singer-songwriter James Bay brings the Electric Light Tour to Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre with special guest Noah Kahan.

When: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – 6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Mother Nature’s Recycling

What: Check out displays and presentations at these themed open houses. Tour indoor and outdoor learning spaces including the Bell-Irving Hatchery, ‘Roof to Creek’ stormwater management system and wetlands. If it wasn’t for snails, slugs, worms and their allies, there’d be a whole lot more poop in the park. Learn about recycling, Mother Nature style.

When: March 31, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre. Meet at 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge.
Admission: Free

Blossom at Metropolis

Blossom at Metropolis/Daily Hive

What: Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court will become the site of Blossom at Metropolis, a one-of-a-kind art installation that includes more than 250,000 cherry blossoms. Mall-goers are encouraged to pass by and get an early glimpse of some gorgeous white and pink petals, all created by interactive arts company Hfour.

In addition to more than a quarter-million cherry blossoms, the exhibit will feature dozens of mirror spheres (the largest being four metres in size) that’ll create the illusion of infinite blooms. A series of floral art and Japanese culture workshops will also be held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, while the exhibit is in place. And of course, what installation would be complete without a selfie zone?

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: Open daily during regular mall hours
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free of charge

Spring Break at the Space Centre

What: Do you have a young space enthusiast in the family? Join the Space Centre over Spring Break for some special activities and programming focused on “Exploring the Sun” and “Exploring the Moon.” These family-friendly activities will run daily throughout Spring Break. They will also be premiering the film “The Sun: Our Living Star” in the planetarium star theatre.

When: Now to Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Admission: Online

Avant Garden Bazaar

What: The first Avant Garden Bazaar, a bi-weekly market in the hallways of Chinatown Center featuring clothing, books, music, art, jewelry, comics, consignment items, and many more oddities.

When: Bi-weekly starting Sunday, March 31, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: The Avant-Garden – 729 Gore Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free


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