With Good Friday and Easter Sunday coming up, you’re likely looking for some things to do in Vancouver this long weekend. The forecast? Rainy with a chance of bunnies, blossoms, and brunch. Bust out those galoshes and get ready to make a splash!
Here are the 10 best things to do in Vancouver this weekend.
Go on a ‘Tree Talk and Walk’ at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
This weekend, join us for the ‘Tree Talks and Walks Easter Parade’ in Vancouver’s West End. The walk will begin with a musical rendition of the Easter Parade (ukuleles strongly encouraged) and will tour a variety of cherries as documented by local blossom experts. If you’d rather branch out from the crowd (pun intended), be sure to check out the many self-guided and virtual tours that are available.
When: Sunday, April 17th
Where: Meet at the West End Community Centre at the side entrance to the south of the building
Play with rescued bunnies at Rabbitats’ Easter BunnyFest at Lavenderland
We know—playing with bunnies on a lavender farm almost sounds too good to be true! Peruse the BunnyFest crafts market, get your face painted, and load up on chickpea fries and other vegan treats. All proceeds will go towards building local rabbit sanctuaries and caring for over 300+ rescues at Rabbitats Rescue Society.
When: Saturday, April 16th to Sunday, April 17th
Where: 8460 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Cost: Minimum $5 donation.
Sponsored Pick: Rock your fancy costumes at HSBC Canada Sevens
If you’re more the sporty type, then this is a can’t-miss option. The HSBC Sevens offers a 2-day bonanza of fast-paced games and is the perfect outing for a group of friends. Plus it gives you another excuse to get those Halloween costumes out early in the year.
When: Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th
Where: 777 Pacific Boulevard
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Watch Scuba Bunny make a splash at the Vancouver Aquarium
From April 2nd-15th, you can watch Scuba Bunny on his daily dives into the aquatic world at Vancouver Aquarium. You can even take part in their Sea Search Scavenger Hunt by answering fun trivia questions and following a trail of blue eggs to win a prize!
When: Saturday, April 2nd to Monday, April 18th
Where: The Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way
Get moving at the 7th Annual Big Easter Run at Jericho Beach
KidSport BC is back again with the scenic, fun, holiday-themed run to get us all outside and moving this spring. Participate in the 1-3km Egg Hunt, the 5km/10km Big Bunny run, or just vibe with the DJ and vendors, we won’t judge. All tickets come with a pair of bunny ears, so don’t be surprised if some of the beloved Jericho bunnies mistake you for one of their own.
When: Saturday, April 16th
Where: Jericho Beach, Vancouver
Cost: $25 – $42
Load up on Easter goodies
The long weekend would be incomplete without some delicious, festive treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Thankfully, we’ve mapped out some great places to stop for pastries, chocolate eggs, ice cream, or even a combination of the three! Whether it’s Easter-themed rainbow cinnamon buns from Grounds, or hot cross buns from Beaucoup Bakery, we’ve got you covered.
When: Throughout the weekend
Where: Here are our top picks
Dinner and a show: ’DA KINK IN MY HAIR
If you’re looking for a meaningful way to spend the weekend, stop by the Arts Club Theatre for a showing of ‘Da Kink In My Hair, a musical celebrating women of colour through the stories and lives of eight different women. Lovers of music and the performing arts unite!
When: Thursday, April 14th to Sunday, May 15th
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
See LP perform at the Orpheum
On the hunt for new music? American singer and songwriter Laura Pergolizzi—otherwise known as LP—makes her grand return to Vancouver this Friday at the Orpheum Theatre. Chances are, you’ve heard her music, but not of the artist herself. She’s written for everyone from Rihanna, to the Backstreet Boys, to Cher, to Celine Dion, who personally sought her out. This is definitely a concert you won’t want to miss!
When: Friday, April 15th
Where: Orpheum Theatre
Check out Chilliwack’s Tulip Festival
We know the pull of the cherry blossom season is strong, but it’s definitely worth the trek to Chilliwack to appreciate the tulips as well! This season, there will be over 20 acres of 30 tulip varieties as well as 15 types of daffodils.
When: Every day from Monday, April 11th to the end of the month.
Where: 41310 Royalwood Drive, Chilliwack
Cost: $13+ for GA
Live it up at Spring Fling Boat Party
If you’re looking for a more adult-friendly vessel this weekend, you’re in luck. Vancouver Boat Parties is back with their special Spring Fling event this Saturday, complete with top local DJs, a premium bar, and of course—a million-dollar view of the Vancouver skyline. What could represent Vancouver’s nightlife better than a three-hour cruise around False Creek and English Bay aboard The Burrard Queen?
When: Saturday, April 16th
Where: Burrard Queen, 760 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Have a great long weekend, Vancouver!
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