We’ve got an exciting week ahead of us, Vancouver! Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, drinking our way through the East Side Beer Fest, and several exciting concerts all await. So without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (March 13-17).

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day 

Spring is just around the corner, as is Saint Patrick’s Day, which means it’s time to dig out your green clothes and accessories from your closet soon. So with that in mind, here are 6 exciting Saint Patrick’s Day events happening in Vancouver – from this year’s CelticFest to a Saint Patrick’s Day pub crawl.

Where: See our picks above

CelticFest Vancouver


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Speaking of, mark your calendars for Friday, March 17th and Saturday, March 18th if you want to take advantage of the special weekend festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery during this year’s CelticFest. Live Irish music, flowing beers, and fantastic company? Sounds like an ideal recipe if you ask us!

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

East Side Beer Fest 

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB) presents the 9th annual East Side Beer Fest & tasting event on Wednesday, March 11th from 7 to 9 pm. Tickets are just under $30 and they’re all-inclusive – meaning guests get access to all the participating craft beers of the event.

When: Wednesday, March 15th
Where: 1882 Adanac Street
Cost: $29.99

BC Home + Garden Show

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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

Nicky Romero


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For a highly-anticipated EDM concert that requires some solid dancing shoes, check out Nicky Romero’s set at the Harbour Events Centre on Friday, March 17th. Doors open at 10 pm.

When: Friday, March 17th
Where: 760 Pacific Boulevard
Cost: $36.43

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.

When: Wednesday, March 15th
Where: 1502 Duranleau Street

Check out a hotel restaurant 

It’s no secret that the culinary scene in Vancouver is top-notch, and there are a ton of amazing spots situated in hotels that prove just that. From Botanist to Carlino, here are some of the best hotel restaurants you’ll find in Vancouver.

Where: See our picks above

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

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

Rent some e-bikes

Now that we’ve got an extra hour of daylight, we’re personally hoping to start biking more often. Fortunately, the 24-Hour Pass by Mobi gives you access to e-bikes for 25¢/min for the first 30 minutes and 35¢/min thereafter.

And that’s a wrap on this week, Vancouver! We hope it’s a great one – and don’t forget to wear green!