Welcome to another beautiful week in April, Vancouver! It might be on the rainier side, but there is plenty of fun to be had both indoors and outdoors – from the highly-anticipated return of Science World After Dark to this year’s Chilliwack Tulip Fest. So with that in mind, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (April 17-21).

Chilliwack Tulip Festival

Speaking of tulips, the beloved Chilliwack Tulip Festival returns this April with over seven million stunning tulips in bloom. If you’re looking to take in the spring colours and maybe get in a few family photos for the season, this is the perfect opportunity to do both.

When: Opens for the season Wednesday, April 19th
Where: 41310 Royalwood Drive, Chilliwack
Cost: $11.86 GA

Said The Whale with the VSO


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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is hosting (and performing alongside) a special one-night-only concert with Vancouver’s own Juno Award-winning Said The Whale this week. The Indie-rock band will be trading in their guitars, drums, and bass for the “full symphonic forces of the VSO” on Wednesday, April 19th.

When: Wednesday, April 19th
Where: 601 Smithe Street
Cost: $22.62-$92.86

Science World After Dark

The popular adults-only “After Dark” series officially returns to Science World on Thursday, April 20th, so get ready to explore the exhibits and feel like a kid again.

When: Thursday, April 20th, and the third Thursday of every month
Where: 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: $31+ GST for early bird tickets

Pop-up Latin dance class

This Friday, Vancouver Civic Theatres is hosting a $10 pop-up Latin dance class at their Annex downtown. If you’ve been looking to connect with other dance enthusiasts or learn some new steps, this is a great opportunity to do both.

When: Friday, April 21st
Where: Annex 823 Seymour Street
Cost: $10

Enjoy some spring views 

In addition to the cherry blossom map, you’re pretty much guaranteed a stunning view at these classic city lookout spots. And thankfully, taking in the views doesn’t cost a thing!

Where: See our picks above

Check out a new Italian restaurant

They say the way to most peoples’ hearts is through their stomachs, and on that, we can definitely agree. And since Vancouver is home to a wealth of authentic Italian food, we thought we’d go ahead and share some of our favourite spots. From Farmhouse on 10th to Mangia Cucina & Bar, here are some tasty options to check out.

Where: See our picks above

See what’s on at Arts Club Theatre

It’s a great week for live theatre at Arts Club, which is showing Rusaboo on the Granville Island Stage until April 30th, and starting Thursday, April 20th, The Legend of Georgia McBride on the Stanley Industrial Stage.

When: Showtimes throughout April
Where: Stages throughout Vancouver

Visit some free galleries & museums 

High admission fees can be a barrier for many looking to access the local art and history scenes in Vancouver, so here are some spots around the city that offer a unique look into new artistic perspectives free of charge.

Where: See our picks above

Enjoy some of the city’s heated patios

With the weather slowly but surely warming up, we can’t help but jump the gun a little bit on dining outdoors once more. So, why not make things that much warmer at one of the city’s heated patios?

Where: See our picks above

Zero Latency VR

Getting a little bored of playing video games from your couch? Why not check out the state-of-the-art facility Zero Latency VR?? They offer a variety of truly immersive experiences, ranging from solving puzzles to a shooter set within the Far Cry universe. Think of it as your local arcade’s older sibling.

Where: Kingsgate Mall, 370 East Broadway #101
Cost: Varies per experience

And that’s a wrap on some exciting things to do around Vancouver this week.