Welcome to the end of the weekend, Vancouver! It might be a little rainy this week, but the official start of spring is just around the corner. Whether you’re feeling the energy, or want to make the most of the final few days of winter, we’ve got you covered.

Here are the 10 best things to do in Vancouver this week.

Monster Jam Vancouver

Monster Jam is back, baby! Eight different drivers will compete in a variety of events, including races, freestyle and a skills competition.

When: Starts Friday, March 18th
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
Cost: $20+

CelticFest Vancouver

From March 16th to 20th, enjoy a wide variety of activities, events and concerts. There’s some stuff going down throughout the week, but maybe wait until the weekend for the big stuff.

When: Starts Wednesday, March 16th
Where: Locations around Vancouver
Cost: Free!

Have some St. Patrick’s Day fun

Beyond CelticFest, there are a ton of spots celebrating St. Patrick’s Day around Vancouver! Now, all you have to do is pick one and convince your friends that a little Thursday night fun is a great idea.

When: Thursday, March 17th
Where: Click the link above for our picks

Firehall Arts Centre

In you’re in a more high brow mood, this might be up your alley. A new play called Men Express Their Feelings premieres this week, and is centred around 4 men (2 fathers and 2 sons) as they talk about “culture, hockey, relationships and sex”. Oh yeah, it’s set in a dressing room.

When: Premieres Friday, March 18th
Where: 280 East Cordova Street
Cost: $15+

Nick Cave + Warren Ellis

Nick Cave is truly a man of many musical skills. Originally a leader in the post-punk and ‘gothic rock’ scenes, Cave has had a multi-decade career that ranges from original music to covers and collaborations to creating film scores (alongside Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis). When Wim Wenders say he’s a massive fan, you’re set for life, at least artistically.

When: Wednesday, March 16th
Where: 630 Hamilton Street
Cost: $55.50+

Enjoy a little bit of family-friendly fun

That’s right, spring break has kicked off in Vancouver! If you’re looking for things to do with your children or younger relatives, we rounded up our top picks for it.

Where: Click the link above for more info

Go Skiing

We can’t forget that all three of Metro Vancouver’s mountains offer great, close-to-home on-piste options. And, with winter winding down, you’re running out of time to get on the slopes one last time this season!

When: Open throughout the week
Where: 1700 Mt Seymour Road, North Vancouver, 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver and 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Varies

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks home game streak just continues to march on! This week, they’re facing off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, then will take on the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

When: Tuesday, March 15th and Thursday, March 17th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way
Cost: Varies

Polygon Gallery

Two new art exhibitions have landed in Vancouver, and both are free to visit! First up, the Polygon Gallery opened a new major exhibit this week, showing photos focused on clouds from the ‘Archive of Modern Conflict’. Fitting.

When: Now open
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: Admission by donation!

rennie museum

Meanwhile, this Chinatown gallery (which is set to become the country’s first Chinese Canadian museum) is showing works from three well-known contemporary artists- Larry Clark, Katy Grannan and Andres Serrano.

When: Now open
Where: 51 East Pender Street
Cost: Free with reservation

Those are our picks this week, Vancouver!