Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for March

From hit Broadway musicals to cultural celebrations and more, here's what to add to your calendar this month

From hit Broadway musicals to cultural celebrations and more, here’s what to add to your calendar this month


1. Oz – Wednesday, March 1 to Sunday, March 26

SRacePhoto credit: SRaceCo-presented by Carousel Theatre and Kaleidoscope Theatre for Young People, Oz tells the imaginary backstory of L. Frank Baum’s bestselling book series, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Set in 1899 in Chicago, this enchanting tale invites audiences to witness the unfolding of the classic children’s story, as Baumwith the help of his housekeeper, a playful young girl, and a collection of everyday objectsdevelops the characters and story we all know and love.
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island; From $18 to $35; Details online


2. Coastal Dance Festival – Thursday, March 2 to Sunday March 5

hris-RandlePhoto credit: Chris RandleDancers of Damelahamid (an Indigenous dance company from B.C.) will host the 16th annual Coastal Dance Festival, honouring Indigenous stories, song, and dance from the Northwest Coast, Canada, and around the world. In celebration of reciprocity between global Indigenous communities, this year’s festival will support a cultural exchange with New Zealand, with the festival debut of New Zealand Indigenous performing artist Rosie Te Rauawhea Belvie. In addition, Coastal Dance Festival’s signature evening series will feature an exclusive excerpt by Dancers of Damelahamid from their next full-length work Raven Mother, as well as performances from many other artists. 
Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster; Ticket prices vary; Details online


3. Black Space Jam – Friday, March 3

Brotha JasonBrotha JasonThe Black Space Jam (BSJ) is a live performance showcase that provides local and international artists of African Descent a platform to share and promote their artwork, with the intention to amplify and celebrate Black creatives and the Black Experience. The theme of this BSJ is cultural renaissance, and features dance, spoken word, standup comedy, music, and a live DJ. The event will also host various culturally relevant vendors selling their locally made goods.
Biltmore Cabaret; Tickets from $15 to $20; Details online


4. The Outdoor Travel & Adventure Show – Friday, March 4 to Saturday, March 5

Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show - VancouverFacebook/Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show – VancouverHead down to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the province’s largest showcase of outdoor equipment and adventure experiences. More than 250 exhibitors will be revealing the latest gear for camping, paddle sports, scuba diving and more, along with more than 100 adventure presentations to help you plan your next trip.
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver; Entry from $14, with weekend passes from $18; Details online


5. Broadway Across Canada – Tuesday, March 7 to Sunday, April 7

PrettyPretty WomanThis month, the Broadway Across Canada touring production will be bringing two musical favourites to the Queen Elizabeth stage. Running from March 7 to 12, and inspired by the beloved film, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia transports audiences from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. With hit songs and catchy dance numbers, this is a great one for the whole family.
From Wednesday, March 29 to April 2, one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic films of all time is brought to life in Pretty Woman. Led by two-time Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, the show features an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. 
Queen Elizabeth Theatre; Details online


6. CelticFest Vancouver – Saturday, March 11 to Saturday, March 18

CelticFest VancouverFacebook/CelticFest VancouverFor all things craic and Celtic, check out this two-day cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations’ kinship and community. The festival showcases the best of Celtic music, dance, spoken word as well as film, food and so much more.
Details online


7. B.C. Home + Garden Show – Thursday, March 16 to Sunday, March 19

B.C. Home + Garden ShowB.C. Home + Garden ShowBack for another year, the B.C. Home and Garden Show offers a place to shop for home-related products and services, and to experience stunning displays to help inspire your next reno project. Connect with industry experts, explore more than 400 booths, and learn from a lineup of speakers, including HGTV Canada’s Bryan Baeumler and professional organizer Megan Golightly,
B.C. Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver; Details online


8. BC Beer & Beverage Festival – Friday, March 17

ELEVATEPexels/ELEVATEFeaturing more than 50 local craft breweries, cideries and wineries from throughout the Fraser Valley and across the Lower Mainland, the BC Beer & Beverage Festival includes experiential elements, food, arcade games, and highlight performances by Five Alarm Funk, Delhi 2 Dublin, and a live Irish band to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 
Tradex, 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford; Details online


9. The Vegan Market – Thursday, March 23

PeacesFacebook/PeacesThe Vegan Market will feature cocktails, bonfires, live music, and more than 30 food vendors. Drink while you shop and explore local businesses at Canada’s first 100 percent plant-based night market.
Parking lot/iinside of The Waldorf Hotel, 1489 E Hastings St, Vancouver; a minimum donation of 2$ or canned goods, clothing, or pet food is required for the entrance fee. Children are free. All donations will go directly to a NPO; Details online


10. Festival du Bois – Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26

Festival du BoisFestival du BoisSay oui to the 34th annual Festival du Bois at Mackin Park in Maillardville, the centre of francophone culture in B.C. Check out brilliant music and dance performances, kids and family entertainment, workshops, roving on-site performers, delicious French Canadian food, artisan and exhibit booths, plus so much more.
Mackin Park, Coquitlam; Details online