HELLO SPRING! We've almost made it through the grey, rainy days of winter (yas!) and it's finally time for some colour to pop up in the city. It's time for the sun to come out (at least more often) and the cherry blossom to bloom up across Vancouver.
With the winter coming to an end, it hopefully means more sunny days, or at least warmer ones, coming our way. It's time to shift from winter hibernation and Netflix binging to some springtime fun in the sun. Plus, there's only one more month of school before exams for university students so why not make the most of it with your friends before people go away for the summer?
March is filled with a variety of fun events, activities and festivals that will defs keep your schedule busy. Plus St. Patty's is in March so you know it's time to get rowdy. Vancouverites, we've got your ultimate guide to March in Vancouver on the next few pages.
Things To Eat & Drink
Things To Do On A Date
Things To Do For Under $20
Things To Do That Are Classy AF
Things To Do For Free
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For fans of Middle Eastern food, a new restaurant should be on your radar. Aleph Middle Eastern Eatery just opened last month and is serving up delicious food in East Vancouver in a cozy, minimalistic space.
Located on the sixth-floor rooftop of the newly opened Parq Vancouver, Victor is bringing the steak and seafood, upscale dining experience to Vancouver. Their dishes are contemporary and seasonally inspired, drawing inspiration from the Pacific Northwest.
If you are looking for a veggie cleanse, check out this delicious vegetarian restaurant. Pro tip: their veggie burgers are so good and come in huge portions.
Coquille Fine Seafood
Chef/restauranteur Lee Cooper and chef Jack Chen, of L’Abattoir, have opened up a new restaurant in Gastown. Coquille Fine Seafood is set to open in mid-February. The restaurant will feature a contemporary twist on classic seafood fare.
If you love Prado Cafe, you need to check out this new Italian-style cafe-bistro creation from the same owner and award winning barista, Sammy Piccolo. Spade is located on Commercial Drive.
New kid to the restaurant scene, Honey Salt is bringing chef-driven, farm to table food to Vancouver. The restaurant focuses on locally and regionally sourced ingredients.
Meet in Yaletown
Calling all vegetarians, and non-vegetarians tbh because all will enjoy the comfort food and vegetarian fare at Meet. They are set to open their newest location in Yaletown very soon.
This Lebanese restaurant opened in downtown Vancouver only a few months ago. It is making waves with its delicious Manousheh (a signature pie of Lebanon) and affordable prices.
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Ziplining with Superfly Ziplines
Add some adrenaline to your date and go ziplining. Superfly Ziplines has the longest tandem ziplines in Canada. You can have a romantic and exhilarating zip through the Whistler rainforests.
Vancouver Canucks Game
If you or your date loves sports, take them to a live NHL game and support our local team! There's even a Groupon for tickets as low as $25 right now!
Bungee Jump at Whistler Bungee
Take your relationship to new heights. You get to hold onto each other (for dear life) as you leap off a bridge with Whistler Bungee. You'll get to jumping 160 feet over the scenic Cheakamus River.
See Bahamas live
This Canadian folk singer-songwriter that hails from Ontario is bringing his talent to Vancouver. Don't miss your chance to experience the talent of Bahamas firsthand on Thursday, March 1st at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. His fourth album, Earthtones, was just released in January, 2018.
Snowmobiling with The Adventure Group
Go on a snowmobiling date with your ride or die. The Adventure Group offers snowmobile tours through the beautiful backcountry of Whistler.
Bouldering at the Hive Climbing Gym
If you or your date love getting active, why not go bouldering for date night? The Hive Climbing Gym is Vancouver’s only Bouldering Gym and is located at 520 Industrial Ave.
See Clean Bandit live
This English electronic music band is coming to Vancouver on March 26th at the Commodore Ballroom. So you'll be able to sing your heart out to hits like Rather Be and Rockabye.
Vancouver Theatre Sports Improv Night
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Shred for the Cause at Mount Seymour
Where my ladies at? Every Monday night from 5:30 pm to 10 pm you can ski/board for only $15 at Mount Seymour. This Shred for the Cause event supports The Bloom Group, with $7.50 of each ladies lift ticket benefiting this local charity.
Vancouver International Dance Festival
The Vancouver International Dance Festival celebrates a wide range of talented artists. The festival will have three weeks of performances, workshops, and dance-related activities from March 1 to 24. For KW Production Studio, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Lanterns in the Garden at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
The classical Chinese Garden will be beautifully illuminated by handmade Chinese lanterns for the Chinese New Year celebration. Admission costs $15 for adults. There will also be live performances and activities. The event runs on the weekend, on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday from February 16 to March 4.
Stanley Park Railway Easter Train
The Stanley Park Train is back, but this time for the Easter holiday. There will be plenty of Easter-themed activities taking place at Stanley Park, such as mini golf and Easter egg hunting. The event runs from March 17 to April 2.
Go biking in Stanley Park
Beat the crowd before the park gets filled with tourists in the summer. While it's still off-season but not too cold, go for a scenic bike ride on the Stanley Park Seawall. Bike typically cost around $15 for a two hour rental.
Play Pong at Back and Forth Bar
Looking for a low-key night involving some friendly (or not so friendly) competition and beer after beer? Back and Forth Bar has 6 ping pong tables, board games, beer and wine on tap and more. From Sunday to Thursday, a ping pong table costs only $10 to $15 for an hour rental.
For a chill night filled with billiards and beer, check out Soho Billiards in Yaletown. The bar has pool tables, foosball, pinball and more.
Explore Bloedel Conservatory
Itching for summer? Get a taste of the tropics at the Bloedel Conservatory, which houses over 120 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.
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Lash Lift at Me Beauty
Get a natural YUMI lash lift that lasts longer than lash extensions. Paula Quigley is a certified Yumi Lash Lift Technician with 15 years of experience in the beauty industry! She just started her own beauty salon, Me Beauty, which currently offers services such as Yumi Lashes Keratin Lash Lift, Lash and Brow Tint and Eyebrow Tinting.
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort
Love the outdoors but also love being bad and boujee? Stay in this famous glamping site near on Vancouver Island near Tofino. Here, luxury intersects with the wild west coast. Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers several different types of tents and lounges.
Faye Smith Makeup & Hair
Faye Smith is an award-winning makeup artist and you can expect top-notch beauty services from her studio. Aside from special event makeup, Faye Smith Makeup & Hair also offers spa services. You can get a YUMI lash lift and tint, microblading, eyelash extensions and more!
Pampered Lash Bar
Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's lash extensions. Get properly pampered with beautiful, full, voluminous eyelash extensions at Pampered Lash Bar. Their lash stylists are trained and certified with Borboleta Beauty Eyelash Extension.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort
Looking for a spa getaway? Harrison Hot Springs Resort is only a 1 and a half hour drive from Vancouver and has five mineral hot pools to soak all your worries away in. You can book a room at the resort here.
Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
If you're looking for a luxurious spa experience, Willow Stream Spa is your answer. Located at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, the spa has a scenic patio with outdoor hot tubs and cozy round chairs.
Denise Elliott Beauty Co
Have a special occasion coming up soon, like a formal event? Why not get a fresh face of makeup or fancy up do at Denise Elliott Beauty Co? The beauty studio offers makeup and hair services, as well as makeup lessons and makeup parties.
Eyelash Extensions at Kinjou Lashes Beauty Studio
Let Kinjou upgrade ya with their eyelash extensions. The studio has two locations, one on West Broadway and one on Kingsway.
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Celebrate St. Patty's Day at Blarney Stone
March means St. Patty's Day which means tons of fun celebrations! One of the many events is Blarney Stone's Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day Long Weekend Party. You can currently get guest list here so that you can ring in St. Patty's at the Blarney Stone.
See the Cherry Blossoms
Springtime is almost here, which means CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON YAY! Although the official Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival doesn't start until April 3, that doesn't mean these buds won't spring out of hiding before then, so keep an eye out!
It's your last chance to snowshoe before the sun comes out and the snow melts away for the season. Snowshoeing is free if you have your own gear! There are several free, designated trails on Seymour and Cypress.
Spring is coming which means more hike options since the snow is melting. Check out this article for your guide to spring hiking in B.C.
North Shore Art Crawl 2018
Explore the artistic creations and energy from over 288 local artists. The North Shore Art Crawl 2018 is an annual free community arts event that takes place on March 10 and 11. Their aim is to be able to showcase art in accessible spaces in order to strengthen community connection and celebrate creative, artistic expression.
Another way to celebrate St. Patty's sans spending cash is the free events at the annual CelticFest. The exact dates for the events have yet to be released but CelticFest will run from February 25 to March 17. You can keep updated here.
Camp out one of these free campsites
With the weather getting warmer, why not experience the great outdoors before campsites get super crowded in the summer? Check out this article for a list of free, no reservation required campsites in B.C.
Granville Island is a nice place to spend a day in Vancouver without spending lots of cash if you want to feel both an escape from and an experience of the city. There are tons of cute spots to walk around, markets to explore and places to enjoy the waterfront and skyline.