It’s easy to give in to boredom as we wait for spring to arrive. Don’t. Here are 5 fun things to do in Vancouver in March. Highlights include dance performances, parades and parties. Now get out and enjoy.
5 Fun Things to Do in Vancouver in March
1. Fox Cabaret
This former porn theatre is now the hot new Mount Pleasant arts and culture space. Renovated by the team behind the Waldorf Hotel, you can bet it has a stimulating, super cool line up of events ranging from live music to stand up comedy. The fun will soon be lubricated by an onsite cocktail bar, set to open in April.
2. Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
What do you know about First Nations culture? Not enough. Experience a vibrant celebration of the stories, songs and dances of the Indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of North America put on by The Dancers of Damelahamid and the UBC Museum of Anthropology March 7-8. Walk away wowed. All performances are at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.
3. Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade
One of Vancouver’s largest and best free annual events, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 16, draws 200,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver. Wear green. Cheer on bagpipe bands, Irish dancers, stilt walkers, a motorcycle drill team and more. Don’t miss the sister event, Celtic Fest, a Celtic village and street market with more free entertainment along Granville Street.
4. Nowruz in Vancouver
Nowruz, a 3,000-year-old holiday meaning “new day,” marks the first day of spring and the vernal equinox when day and night are exactly equal. Nowruz is celebrated by Iranian Canadians with parties, picnics and many other other fun events. The holiday is the equivalent of New Year’s Eve for Canadians. Don’t miss the UBC Persian Club’s Norooz Gala at Imperial Vancouver, Friday March 21. It’s formal dress and has Canada’s only celebrity Persian DJ.
5. Vancouver International Dance Festival
From March 7 to March 29, an exceptional line-up of award-winning international dancers will perform at venues throughout Vancouver. Dance styles are diverse and include butoh, hip hop, flamenco, ballet, as well as cutting edge contemporary dance. Tickets are $25 for students and less if you get together a group of 10 or more.
Looking for more community events? Here’s the full list of what’s on in Vancouver now.
Last modified: March 7, 2014