While the term “spring break” is a bit of a stretch considering it’ll still be winter for most of the month, the time has come to start planning for March Break, Vancouver. From the return of the city’s CelticFest to the BC Home + Garden Show, here are 10 exciting things to do around Vancouver this March Break.

CelticFest Vancouver

Let’s start with this year’s CelticFest. Live music, Irish & Scottish dancing, a pop-up marketplace, Irish Wolfhounds, sports demonstrations, food trucks, and more – mark your calendars for Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th if you want to take advantage of the special weekend festival. As for the rest of the festival from March 11th to March 18th, stay tuned via their socials for more info!

When: March 11th to 18th, with a two-day festival on March 17th and 18th
Where: Multiple venues
Cost: Varies per event

BC Home + Garden Show

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Photo via BC Home + Garden Show

The BC Home + Garden Show returns with locally- and nationally-recognized industry professionals that have an incredible depth of expertise to help Lower Mainlanders jumpstart any home and garden project on their roster this spring.

With a main stage for industry pros to lend their expertise and advice to a cooking stage for some of the city’s most respected chefs to present live cooking demos, there’s something for everyone at the show. You can view the official stage schedules & lineups here.

When: March 16th to March 19th
Where: 777 Pacific Boulevard
Cost: $14

Ladies Against Humanity – The Improv Centre

The Fictionals will be performing at The Improv Centre on Granville Island on Wednesday, March 15th for their annual Ladies Against Humanity special. Cards Against Humanity in real life with some of the most talented female-identifying comedians around? That requires no convincing on our part.

Where: 1502 Duranleau Street

Hang out at the Aquarium

One of Vancouver’s most famous attractions, and for good reason! Spend a day enjoying a whole bunch of sea critters, from sea lions and otters to penguins and much more.

When: March 11th to March 26th
Where: 845 Avison Way
Cost: $39.95+

Science World

Arguably the most iconic building in the city, and another solid family-friendly pick. In addition to their regular exhibitions, you’ll also be able to check out Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity, which brings guests up close and personal to the amazing properties of skin across multiple organisms.

When: Open throughout Spring Break
Where: 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: $20.30+

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March Break movies at Cineplex

Skip Saturday morning cartoons in favour of Saturday movies! Or do both, honestly. Throughout March, select Cineplex theatres around Vancouver are hosting family-friendly showings of some very fun movies. The best part? Admission is just $2.99!

When: Saturdays throughout March
Where: Locations vary
Cost: $2.99

Take a walk at VanDusen

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
Cost: $8.90

Go on a day trip to somewhere scenic

March Break is the perfect time to travel somewhere new in BC, especially given how beautiful our province is, and how many scenic spots are accessible to those of us living in the city. From Lillooet to Tofino, here are some of our fave places to drive out to.

Where: See our picks above

Vancouver Giants

The Vancouver Giants are facing off against the Silvertips on Friday, March 17th and the Rockets on Friday, March 24th at the Langley Events Centre. The good news? Tickets start at just over 20 bucks a pop.

When: Friday, March 17th and Friday, March 24th
Where: 7888 200 Street Langley
Cost: $20

See some local art

Thankfully for our wallets, there are plenty of museums and art galleries in Vancouver offering free admission to their exhibits year-round. And while the list is by no means complete, we think this is a solid place to start if you’re looking to get into the local art scene.

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on March Break 2023, Vancouver. We hope that you make the most of it, whatever you decide to get up to.