March Guide: Events and Activities in Vancouver

Published Feb 12, 2019 | Updated Oct 28, 2019

Check out our guide to all the best events and fun family friendly activities happening this month here in Vancouver!

There is lots to to during the month of March in Vancouver! Hints of spring are popping up all over - from tulips budding to the giant Easter display at Costco. Have a look through our list of all the best things to do with your family.

1. FAN EXPO Vancouver 2019

Everyone is a fan of something, and FAN EXPO Vancouver is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favourite guest and get the inside scoop about your favorite movies & TV shows at their celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in their popular Sketch Duels, learn from their “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favourite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with over 250,000 square feet of shopping madness.

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East
When: Mar 1 - Mar 3 at 4pm
Cost: Get tickets here

2. 2019 West Van Run

This annual 5KM & 10KM route can be done as a run or a walk.  Gearing up for another year in 2019, the West Van Run will feature exciting events on both Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd! Come with your family to participate in the fun.

Where: West Vancouver
When: Mar 2 from 8:30am - 11:30am
Cost: Register here

3. Family Focus Workshop

In the Family Focus workshop, you will explore the story of your family – what it is and what you would like it to be. You will leave with practical ideas for connecting with your family and bringing your children into the conversation. A good educational opportunity for parents and caregivers!

Where: Parkgate Community Centre 
When: Mar 2 from 2pm - 4pm
Cost: $30

4. Monster Jam

Come on down and witness some world-class drivers push these perfectly engineered Monster Jam trucks to their limits in Freestyle, "2-Wheel Skills" and Racing competitions that will excite you and your family to no end and leave you craving more of this unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable event! Your family will be at the edge of their seats watching the providing jaw-dropping displays and gravity-defying feats!

Where: Pacific National Exhibition
When:  Mar 8 - Mar 10 from 7pm - 12am
Cost: $18-$70

5. March Bird Walk

There is so much to learn about the native bird species that make their home in the Van Dusen garden on this educational guided tour with Jeremy Gordon. This event takes place rain or shine and is free for members or with admission to the garden.

Where: Van Dusen Botanical Garden
When: March 9 at 10am
Cost: FREE with garden admission

6. National Geographic Live

Come see the wonderful presentation of Skerry's powerful, award-winning imagery and thrilling wildlife encounters. This feature will inspire hope for protecting the vitality of the world’s oceans while educating the viewer.

National Geographic live showcases a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers. It's critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage.

Where: Orpheum Theatre
When: March 12, 7pm-9pm
Cost: Get tickets here

7. Family Sleepover at Vancouver Aquarium

Come and explore the Aquarium through a variety of special activities and head into a behind-the-scenes marine lab, where you can touch local invertebrates including live sea stars, sea urchins, anemones and more. Bed down in front of one of the Aquarium's spectacular marine galleries, and receive a continental breakfast when you wake up. So much spring break fun for the whole family!

Where: Vancouver Aquarium
When: March 16-17
Cost: $92-$115

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8. Vancouver Gem Show

Have a look at all the awesome gems and minerals at the PNE Forum for Western Canada’s largest gem show! They are featuring over 120 of the best gems, minerals and jewellery vendors from across Canada.

Check out all the unique gems, fine crystals, rare fossils, handmade jewellery, lapidary art, and more! The weekend will all host lectures and demos, as well as hourly door prizes.

Where: PNE Forum
When: Mar 22 - Mar 24 at 1pm
Cost: $8

9. 24 Hours of Winter at Grouse Grind

Grouse Mountain is once again opening their doors to 24 consecutive hours of winter fun at the Peak of Vancouver! Celebrate on the slopes from sundown to sunrise. Dance or skate the night away under starry skies as DJs spin your favourite tracks. Glide down The Cut while taking in a spectacular Vancouver sunrise or enjoy one of the many activities happening around the clock.

Where: Grouse Mountain Resort
When: March 23-24 all day
Cost: Free shuttle ride

10. Winter Farmers Market

You can find this great market on both sides of Ontario Street – at the Riley Park Plaza and Nat Bailey Stadium! There are lots of great food truck and coffee trucks, market vendors galore, and even some entertainment at the Plaza across the street.

Where: Riley Park
When: Now until - Apr 28 from 10am - 2pm
Cost: FREE

We hope you find some great activities to experience this March in Vancouver. For a complete list of all events happening for your family to enjoy, click here

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