Get ready for a slice of summer, Vancouver, because the weather is really heating up this weekend. Time to hit up some sunny rooftop patios, plan some hikes, and enjoy a couple of brews at one or two of Vancouver’s alcohol-friendly plazas, if you want a pick-me-up. Without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend (April 28-30).

Richmond Night Market

The Richmond Night Market is officially back this Friday, April 28th, opening its doors at 7 pm. And for the first time, the market will feature cuisine from Indonesia, Turkey, and Mexico. So get ready for some exciting new flavours!

When: Friday, April 28th to October 9th
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond

Vancouver International Wine Festival 

It’s the last couple of days of the Vancouver International Wine Fest is returning to the city for its 44th installment. Running for an entire week this April and often attracting tens of thousands of visitors, the festival is easily one of the largest of its kind in Canada. It’s not without good reason, as it attracts producers from all over the world, both big and small.

When: April 22nd to April 30th
Where: 1055 Canada Place
Cost: $109+ (varies per event)

Sponsored: Celebrate Earth Day at BC’s largest celebration 

This weekend Party for The Planet, BC’s largest Earth Day celebration, is back in action from 11 AM to 7 PM on April 29th! From live music & Indigenous cultural sharing, educational talks & workshops, to a Sustainable Marketplace and tons of great plant-based food, this is one Earth Day celebration you won’t wanna skip. Grab your friends & get ready to live more sustainably!

When: Sunday, April 29, 2023, 11 AM to 7 PM
Where: Surrey Civic Plaza
Cost: FREE!

Cherry Blossom-Inspired Afternoon Tea 

It’s not too late to enjoy cherry blossom-themed afternoon tea at Notch8! The tea service comes with specialty cocktails, spring-inspired decor, and a plethora of themed treats to enjoy. Guests can choose from three seatings, available at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Reservations can be made online from Thursdays to Sundays until May 21st.

When: Available until May 21st
Where: 900 West Georgia Street
Cost: $74 per person

Grab some all-day brunch

Whether you’re a late riser or more of a spontaneous planner, chances are you’ve missed out on a couple of brunches in your life due to a cut-off time. The good news? Several tasty spots in Vancouver offer brunch all day, so no need to scramble for that 10 or 11 am slot!

Where: See our picks above

Go on a picnic 

This weekend is by far the hottest and sunniest one we’ve had yet in 2023, and we think that warrants celebration. Thankfully, there is no shortage of beautiful picnic spots around the city to enjoy this season.

Where: See our picks above

Go on a waterfall hike 

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It’s a gorgeous weekend for a waterfall hike, so we thought we’d share some of the best spots near the city to enjoy a scenic, refreshing hike. From Nairn Falls to Cascade Falls – here are some great picks to start with.

Where: See our picks above

Hit up a farmers’ market

You may have noticed that a few farmers’ markets have started popping up, so why not stop by a couple? The weekend markets at Hastings Park and Riley Park are officially open, so now is a great time to load up on some fresh produce and get to know the vendors.

Where: Locations around Vancouver

Check out a new store

If you’re looking to spruce up your spring wardrobe, you’re in luck. There are several new stores now open and opening soon in Vancouver, and they offer a variety of styles and products. Whether you’re in search of some new statement footwear, jewelry, or essentials, these stores should have you covered.

Where: See new locations above

Hang out at a lobby bar

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: It never hurts to dress up and grab a couple of rounds at a fancy hotel bar. If the vibes are right and you feel like whisking your honey away to a cozy spot, who says you need a special occasion as your reason?

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on some of the best things to do this weekend. Enjoy the heat and sunshine!