Celebrating vinyl treasures, toasting Oregon wine, screening a comedy classic + more
1. Party for the Planet – Saturday, April 13
Facebook/Party for the PlanetCelebrate Earth Day with a day of music, workshops and food trucks, plus visit the Adventure Zone, complete with a zip line, rock-climbing wall and DJ booth. Head to City Hall at 2:30 p.m. to get one of 1,000 free succulents from 99 Nursery and Florist.
Surrey Civic Plaza; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Free; Details online
2. Play Vancouver – Saturday, April 13
Play Vancouver is a free and inclusive games event hosted at Šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza), which aims to connect and energize the community in the downtown core. Games include mini golf, ping pong with Frida and Frank, hexapong and giant Jenga, plus there's a hula hoop zone.
750 Hornby Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Details online
3. Record Store Day – Saturday, April 13
Show your local record store some love on this annual day of discounted music, live performances and exclusive offers at Vancouver’s independent music stores.
4. Handel Coronation Anthems – Sunday, April 14
Facebook/Weimann ConductorPresented in collaboration with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers, esteemed conductor and organist Alexander Weimann will lead ensembles and four internationally renowned soloists in a performance of two Handel masterpieces: Coronation Anthems and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver; 3 p.m.; Tickets from $18
5. Nifty for Fifty – Sunday, April 14
All items are priced at $50 or less at the 12th annual Nifty for Fifty indie designer sale, which sees 30 local makers offering deep discounts on clothing, accessories, jewellery and pottery. Shoppers are encouraged to bring cash as many designers will only accept that form of payment.
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Admission $2 at the door; Details online
6. Oregon Wine Dinner at Tuc – Sunday, April 14
Tuc Craft KitchenTuc Craft Kitchen will give guests a taste of Oregon’s celebrated Willamette Valley when it welcomes Robert and Ellen Brittan of Brittan Vineyards to the Gastown restaurant for an exclusive wine dinner. The event will pair chef and co-owner Roy Flemming’s signature brand of rustic comfort food with a selection of rare and prized Brittan Vineyards wines during a five-course meal.
Tuc Craft Kitchen, 60 West Cordova, Vancouver; Tickets $95 per person, plus taxes and gratuity
7. The Big Lebowski – Thursday, April 18
Rio TheatreWear your pajamas, an old bathrobe or a comfy Cowichan sweater and order an adult beverage (perhaps a White Russian) for a big screen showing of the Coen Brothers classic The Big Lebowski. The Rio Theatre and the Vancouver Art House Society will be donating 20 percent of all proceeds to help return the beloved “Dude” sculpture to East Vancouver‘s Dude Chilling Park.
The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver; Doors 6 p.m., with screening at 6:30 p.m.; Tickets $13 or $15 at the door
8. Science World After Dark – Thursday, April 18
Facebook/Science WorldFeaturing the new exhibition A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, Science World After Dark is a monthly adults-only event featuring exhibitions, drinks, food, music and Omnimax films.
Science World at Telus World of Science, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tickets $34
9. Make It Vancouver – Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21
Facebook/Make It ProductionsPick up beautiful handmade goodies from over 200 vendors, showcasing everything from accessories and jewellery to art and home decor. Fuel up at the delicious food trucks and grab a brew at the beer garden... if you're of age.
PNE Forum, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; $6 at the door, with children 12 and under free; Details online
10. Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show – Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21
Facebook/Vancouver Tattoo ShowMore than 100 tattoo vendors and artists from across Canada and around the world will be showcasing their work at the Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show. All show passes are available at the door only.
Vancouver Convention Centre, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver; Day passes from $25, with children 12 and under free; Details online