Lower Mainland activity roundup: spring 2024

Enjoy our city in full bloom.

Arts and culture

Country in the city
Grab your hat and boots and saddle up for a three-day country music extravaganza. The Coast City Country Festival runs from April 18 to 20 at BC Place and the Commodore Ballroom. Featured performers include headliners Luke Bryan, Nickelback and Dierks Bentley. Tickets are on sale now.

A dance tribute to spring
Experience contemporary dance at its creative best with Ballet BC’s For Ever program, running May 9, 10 and 11 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The performance features three premier creations, all choreographed by the Ballet BC artistic director Medhi Walkerski. Simon’s Arts for All Seating tickets are available for just $19. 

The Simon & Garfunkel Story
From the iconic “Mrs Robinson” to the toe tapping refrains of “Cecila,” the songs of Simon and Garfunkel come to Vancouver for one nostalgia-filled night on May 26. The show features a live band, alongside original footage from some of the American folk-rock duo’s greatest hits. 

Special events and tours

Jane Goodall comes to town
English primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall, famous for her studies of chimpanzee behaviour, is celebrating her 90th birthday with an inspiring lecture right here in Vancouver. Goodall will recount her experiences in the rainforest and her hopes for the future. The April 12 event includes a fireside chat between Dr. Goodall and Canadian icon Jann Arden. 

Crafty goods
Vancouver is a hotbed of local artists and crafters, show your support for these artistic folks by perusing their creations at the Made in the 604 pop-up markets at the Heritage Hall in East Vancouver. Admission is free and makers are welcome to apply to become vendors.  

Whisky and Words
Support the written arts and taste some world-class whiskey at The Vancouver Writer’s Fest’s annual fundraiser. There’s food, music, a silent auction, and unlimited drams from around local and international distillers. Get tickets for the April 26 Granville Island event.

The great outdoors

Cherry blossom city
Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa said, “Under a cherry tree there are no strangers.” Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival welcomes people from across the Lower Mainland to gather in a week-long arts and culture festival from March 29 to April 5. Events include Blossoms after Dark, painting workshops and Tree Talks & Walks. Find the blossoms nearest to your Austeville rental suite on the Cherry Compass map.

Celebrating local feathered friends
Bird nerd or bird curious? Whatever your birding experience there’s something for you at the Greater Vancouver Bird Celebration. The event highlights Metro Vancouver’s 250 local species and runs from May 11 to 26. Most events and activities are free, but registration is required.

Biennale legacy
From the A-maze-ing Laughter sculpture, which you may know as the “Laughing Men” at English Bay, to the Walking Figures at Cambie and Broadway, artistic legacies of the Vancouver Biennale dot the Lower Mainland. Why not plan a walking or cycling field trip to visit one or more of these outdoor gems this weekend? Here’s a full list of sites. 

Sporty pursuits

Canadian’s baseball
The 2023 High-A Northwest League Champions start their home season at Nat Bailey Stadium on April 9. With individual tickets starting at just $20 and the Starting 9 Package just $99, a C’s games are a fun and budget-friendly sporting option. Plus, the club puts on a variety of promo days and special events including postgame fireworks and ‘Nooners at the Nat and Family Fun Sundays. Be sure to check it all out. 

Sun Run into spring
Canada’s biggest 10K turns 40 this year. Join thousands of Vancouverites as they run, jog or walk their way through the heart of the city on April 21. Register for the Sun Run today, and on race day keep a look out for Team Austeville!

Vancouver Marathon
If the Sun Run got you going, why not continue your running journey on May 5 at the start line of one of the world’s top marathon destinations? The BMO Vancouver Marathon starts at Queen Elizabeth Park and finishes with a downtown celebration. The 42-km route showcases Vancouver’s best attributes, from the snow-capped mountains to our stunning shorelines. If you’re not quite ready for the full distance, there’s a half marathon and even an 8k on offer.