The first day of spring is mere days away: join in on some of these fun and informative events around town to usher in the start of the new season.
Vancouver International Auto Show (March 28 to April 2)
B.C.’s premier automotive show is just around the corner, taking place over six days at the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre. Guests can expect to see exclusive model debuts, special vehicle concepts and exotic supercars from brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and much more.
Turning 97 this year, VIAS is only getting bigger and better — over 100,000 people attended in 2016. Tickets are available online now, starting at $16 for a weekday adult pass, $18 weekend.
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (March 30 to April 23)
Nothing says springtime like welcoming the arrival of cherry blossoms! The festival aims to sustain and renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage, while educating and actively engaging diverse communities in local arts and culture to celebrate the fragile beauty of the iconic flower.
Free events are happening all over the city — visit the official webpage for a comprehensive list.
BC Place Stadium tours (April 3 to 25)
From the ground breaking for the original stadium in 1981 to the $150 million in renovations to the facility starting in 2008, BC Place has undergone a lot of changes over the years. It has been witness to some massive attendance during that time for Vancouver Whitecaps games as well as the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Stroll through history with the All Access Experience presented by the BC Sports Hall of Fame. For $20, participants get a behind-the-scenes tour including the media lounge, premium suites, team locker rooms and even access to the field (the latter two subject to availability).
The Real Estate Crisis in Vancouver (April 11)
Former Wall Street economist Michael Hudson will be discussing The Real Estate Crisis in Vancouver: Why it’s happening, who’s winning and how it can be fixed at the Rio Theatre on Broadway on April 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Hudson is an economics professor at the University of Missouri and currently serving as the president of the Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends. He has also published several books on the subject. Tickets are $10.
Cloverdale Antique and Collectible Show (April 15)
Looking for a way to add some retro charm to your home this spring? Then check out the Cloverdale Antique and Collectible Show at the Agriplex. Vendors will be setting up over 140 tables selling glassware, postcards, photos, Vancouver memorabilia and so on.
General admission is $5 and doors open at 9 a.m. For $10, early birds can gain access at 8 a.m.