The first week of April is coming in hot, with a beloved Broadway show, a tasty culinary event, and a couple of concerts all coming to town. So no matter what you’re up to this week, you’re sure to find a couple of fun events to add to your itinerary. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (April 1-5).

Capture Photography Festival 

Western Canada’s largest lens-based art festival is returning to the city for the entire month of April via exhibits at dozens of galleries throughout Metro Vancouver, and this week marks the first few days. So whether you want to check out a couple of artist talks or catch a film, there’s likely an event with your name on it!

When: April 1st to 30th
Where: Locations across Metro Vancouver

Hairspray by Broadway Across Canada

Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Vancouver from April 2nd to 7th, as a part of its North American tour.

When: Tuesday, April 2nd to Sunday, April 7th
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Cost: $129.71+

Vancouver Giants vs Everett Silvertips

This week, the Vancouver Giants are facing off against the Everett Silvertips twice at the Langley Events Centre: Once on Wednesday, and once on Friday.

When: Wednesday, April 3rd and Friday, April 5th
Where: 7888 200 Street, Langley
Cost: $26.95 to $49.95

Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku is a Vocaloid software voicebank developed by Crypton Future Media. The anthropomorphic character is modeled after a teenage girl with long, turquoise hair, and is powered by Crunchyroll – and she’s set to ‘perform’ at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird stadium at UBC this week!

When: Thursday, April 4th
Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Cost: $91.85

House of Funk X Jun present: Latte Art Hang Out 

From 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, April 4th, Blacktusk Coffee Co is hosting a latte art hangout at House of Funk, where guests can show off their creativity and skills at the ultimate showdown of steamed milk and espresso. In addition to prizes and network opportunities, there will be a live DJ.

When: Thursday, April 4th
Where: 1025 Dunsmuir Street
Cost: $18.37

An Evening in Spain: A Culinary Journey with Antonio Romero

Hosted by ARC IBERICO IMPORTS, this delicious culinary event celebrates Spanish culture and food through tapas tastings, premium Ibérico charcuterie, a master ham-carving experience, and live entertainment.

Note that there will be two sessions to choose from: One from 6 pm to 8 pm aimed more at families, and one from 8 pm to 10:30 pm for the night owl crowd.

When: Friday, April 5th
Where: 1263 Homer Street
Cost: $59.91

Said The Whale


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Vancouver-born indie rock band Said The Whale is bringing its 10th anniversary show to the Hollywood Theatre on Friday, April 5th.

When: Friday, April 5th
Where: Hollywood Theatre
Cost: Check back for GA

Vancouver Art Gallery

You don’t need to know Monet from Cézanne to enjoy a day at the Vancouver Art Gallery. With new exhibits popping up all the time, it’s a fun, educational and culturally enriching place to check out. And of course, who doesn’t love ‘hmm-ing’ and ‘hah-ing’ at some crazy paintings, especially on Free Nights at the Gallery? 

The next one will be on Friday, April 5th.

Where: 750 Hornby Street
Cost: $6.50 – $24, free on the first Friday of every month

Try a new Filipino Restaurant

The month of April marks Filipino Restaurant Month across Canada, highlighting the diversity of Filipino food, ingredients, and the talented chefs who bring it all to your plate. So why not check out one of the 9 participating Filipino restaurants in the area?

When: April 2024
Where: Participating locations above
Cost: $19.99 to $35

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s a beautiful week ahead, so why not see what’s on at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Fest this week? Go on a guided tree walk, take part in an international-wide Haiku contest, check out a Japanese fair and traditional tea ceremony, and sample Japanese food and premium sake at the Sakura Days Japan Fair. The sky is the limit.

When: Friday, March 29th to Thursday, April 25th
Where: Locations around Vancouver

And that’s a wrap on the first week of April, Vancouver! Enjoy!