If you’re looking for some fun to have in and around the city this month without breaking the bank, we feel you. And we’ve got some great options to toss your way that will hopefully put us on the fast track to spring. From checking out We’ll get right to it… Here are 10 free & cheap things to do in Vancouver this March.
Eastside Flea Market
Every weekend in March, the Eastside Flea is back with a special market with a different roster of vendors and food trucks. The market will be open from 11 am to 5 pm at the Eastside Studios – so get ready to find some cool items to spruce up your home and wardrobe this season.
When: Every weekend in March
Where: 550 Malkin Avenue
Visit VanDusen Botanical Garden
Now open from 10 am to 5 pm, March is a great time to visit VanDusen and check out some beautiful spring foliage – once the weather gets on the same page, that is. This month on the bloom calendar? A mix of winter berries, cherry blossoms, and if we’re lucky – some rhododendrons and magnolias as well.
Where: 5151 Oak Street
Pop-up Latin dance class
This month, Vancouver Civic Theatres is hosting a $10 pop-up Latin dance class at their Annex downtown. If you’ve been looking to connect with other dance enthusiasts or learn some new steps, this is a great opportunity to do both.
When: Friday, March 24th
Where: Annex 823 Seymour Street
Walk around Lonsdale Quay Market
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The Quay is definitely a hotspot for local eats, coffee, and craft beer, and for good reason. Peruse the market for pastries, specialty chocolate, or a variety of international fare – including Mexican food from Cilantro & Jalapeno, chowders from The Soup Meister, and Thai food from Thaigo.
If you’re looking to extend your visit with some more food and drinks to graze on, consider catching a happy hour at Tap & Barrel or North Point Brewing, or getting brunch at Craffles.
Where: North Vancouver
Visit the Polygon Gallery
Speaking of Lonsdale, a visit to the Polygon Gallery is always warranted. This month, you can check out Deanna Dikeman’s Leaving and Waving, As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic, and much more.
When: Several dates in March
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court
Cost: By donation
Weekly specials at Lunch Bar by Kafka’s
Warm up with a bowl of stew or a hot sandwich at Lunch Bar, Kafka Gastown’s newest venture. And to sweeten the pot, the new Lunch Bar is serving up weekly stew specials for $13.50 – one vegan and one meat. And what’s more, both are served with a slice of fresh-baked focaccia.
Where: 151 West Hastings Street
See an improv show
From Date Night improv to monthly standup sessions, House Team showcases, and more – there’s always something exciting going on at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. And if you’re ready for even more fun this month, you’ll want to check out their Ladies Against Humanity show on March 15th and Oil In the Alley (rock + improv!) on March 18th.
Where: 1502 Duranleau Street
The Vancouver Giants are facing off against the Royals, Cougars, Silvertips, and Rockets this month at the Arena Bowl at the Langley Events Centre. The good news? Tickets start at just over 20 bucks a pop. There are several home games scheduled for this season, which you can view here.
When: Several dates in October and November
Where: 7888 200 Street Langley
Rent some e-bikes
While it’s definitely not prime biking weather, the sun has definitely made an on-and-off appearance this past month, so why not plan ahead for the sunnier days in March. The 24-Hour Pass by Mobi gives you access to e-bikes for 25¢/min for the first 30 minutes and 35¢/min thereafter.
Save it for a rainy day
Why go with one rainy day activity when we could share all our fave picks?? With the return of chilly weather at full force, it never hurts to be prepared with multiple options. From checking out the local art scene to catching a movie at the Rio, here are our picks for rainy-day activities around Vancouver.
Where: See our picks above
And that’s a wrap on some free and cheap things to do in and around Vancouver this upcoming month.
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