Spring Has Sprung: 5 Events to Check Out

It is officially spring and the city is humming with the return of flora, sunshine, and April showers!

Though we are taking care to socially distance and follow public health orders, there are still many fun places and events to check out this spring!

So take a day-off for self-care and check out these five fun events happening in and around the Vancouver area (plus an extra two events that are completely online)!

1) Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom every spring here in Vancouver! With many online programs, such as the Haiku Invitational and the Sakura Days Japan Fair, there are loads of fun events to virtually attend while spotting cherry blossom trees in various Vancouver neighborhoods!

A fun activity to play while exploring the neighborhoods is to see if you can spot the differences between a cherry blossom and a plum blossom! The cherry tree and plum tree are often mistaken for one another, but if you look closely there are a few differences (hint: look at the bark)!

2) Chilliwack Tulip Festival

In the language of flowers, tulips mean perfection. This is emulated by the tulips at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival as every year, they are perfect in shape and color! Known as one of the hottest spots for Instagram-worthy photos, the Chilliwack Tulip Festival is a must for any anthophiles (those who love flowers) and/or photographers!

Please Note: Chilliwack is not in Vancouver, but it is only a one-hour drive away with numerous transit options.

3) Poutine with Purpose

Poutine: a dish originating from Quebec that is made up of fries, cheese curds, and gravy

Poutine with Purpose is an annual food fundraiser that celebrates poutine and community! Chefs in multiple cities (cities participating this year: Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria, and Hamilton) are challenged to create a feature poutine for Poutine Week (April 23 – May 1, 2021). These poutines are then sold at participating restaurants during the week, where each purchase of a feature poutine provides a youth in need with a healthy meal.

4) A Seat at the Table

The Museum of Vancouver and the University of British Columbia have come together to present the feature exhibition, A Seat at the Table. This exhibition delves into the stories of Chinese Immigration and Chinese Canadians in British Columbia – exploring the Immigrant experience, feelings of belonging, racial discrimination, and community through food and restaurant culture!

This exhibition is multi-sited, meaning there is more than one location with exhibitions that complement each other (in this case there are two sites). One is at the Museum of Vancouver and the other one is in Vancouver’s Chinatown – so make sure to check out both for the full experience!

https://museumofvancouver.ca/a-seat-at-the-table

5) Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition

Vincent Van Gogh: a famous painter known for his paintings, such as The Starry Night  

Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition immerses visitors into Van Gogh’s world through the unique technique of “Image Totale”. This technique uses projected images and pathways, accompanied by music from Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Bach, Delibes, and Satie, to connect and project a cohesive journey into Van Gogh’s art!

This exhibit is currently open and in Vancouver until August 29, 2021 – as this is a traveling exhibition, make sure to check the schedule and book a ticket before they move to the next city!

https://edmontonexpocentre.com/events/imagine-van-gogh/


Here are two fun events that are 100% online!

1) Vancouver International Dance Festival

The Vancouver International Dance Festival has moved fully online this year! In its 21st season, there will be 18 Livestream contemporary dance performances, starting from March 4 to June 19, 2021.

A different performer/dancing company will take the stage every three days, so check out the schedule and digital program for more information. As well, the performances this year are by-donation, so make sure to reserve your ticket in advance!

2) The Chan Centre’s Spring 2021 Dot Com Series

The Chan Centre’s Spring 2021 Dot Com series brings the performing arts to you virtually! This series brings together eight performances from around the world that have been recorded and made available online for at-home enjoyment!

Each of the eight performances is creative and different in its story and mode of performing art (e.g. storytelling, music, visual art, spoken word, and so on) – so make sure to check each of them out!