Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for March 18 to 24

This week: drink up a special celebration of B.C. wine, shop some historic fashion, enjoy the rides at Western Canada's largest indoor carnival + more

1. Lucky March Market – Saturday, March 18

Keep the spirit of St Patrick’s Day going with a visit to see a range of vendors at Lonsdale Quay’s Lucky March Market. Stop by between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. to sample Irish stew from Sharky’s Chophouse and stout from Green Leaf Brewing Company.
Free, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver


2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Saturday, March 18

Touring their eleventh studio album, famed Californian funk rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers come to Rogers Arena on the first leg of their North American tour with support from special guests Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
Tickets from $65, 8 p.m., Rogers Arena


3. Winemaker’s Dinner – Sunday, March 19

Enjoy a special celebration of B.C. wine when Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co works with “minimal-intervention” winemakers to host a multi-course dinner expertly paired with selections from Bella, Synchromesh, Nichol and Lock & Worth wineries.
Burdock & Co, 2702 Main Street; 7 to 10 p.m.
$130 including taxes, gratuity and wine pairing, c
all 604-879-0077 for tickets


4. Bizarre Bazaar – Sunday, March 19

Join the Society for the Museum of Original Costume (collectors of historic fashion and fabrics) for the first ‘Bizarre Bazaar’, which features vendors selling everything from vintage to modern clothing and unique accessories. There will also be a 50 per cent off sale of SMOC Collectibles for fans of dressing up.
Hycroft House, 1489 McRae Avenue
Tickets $5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


5. Brave New Play Rites – Sunday, March 19 to Sunday, March 26

The University of British Columbia presents the 31st Brave New Play Rites Festival, which will be premiering 26 short plays (10 full productions and 16 staged readings), all written by UBC Creative Writing students. Twenty-six writers, 14 directors, 35 actors, three producers, and a six-member technical team create stories of profundity, chaos and hilarity.
Studio 1398, Granville Island


6. Urban Grind – Tuesday, March 21

Missing the Grouse Grind? Try climbing up 633 steps at Harbour Centre this month for an indoor workout that will shape those glutes. Head over for an evening hike and you’ll be rewarded at the top with a beer, DJs and great views from the Lookout.
Harbour Centre, 555 West Hastings Street
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday in March, $5 (
includes a beer and $5 Harbour Centre food court voucher)


7. PlayDome – Wednesday, March 22 to Sunday, March 26

Don’t worry about the weather! Western Canada’s largest indoor carnival features more than 45 rides and attractions inside BC Place, including Mini Jets to soar into the sky, the spinning Tornado and the gravity-defying Alien Abduction. There’s also plenty of family-friendly favourite carnival snacks like cotton candy and mini donuts!
Wednesday to Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday,10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$29 Dome Pass (valid for full day, all rides), $49 Ultimate Pass (5-days, all rides)


8. Carded – Friday, March 24

A one-night only show that combines art and trading cards, Carded presents the work of 50 artists displayed on 2.5-inch X 3.5-inch cards on the gallery walls. Audience members buy random cards in mixed packs of five for $5 and can trade cards with other people to get the ones they want!
Free, 7 to 11 p.m., Hot Art Wet City


9. Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show – Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26

Visionary jeweller German Kabirski brings his latest collection from Russia to showcase his creative designs at the Gem & Mineral Show. Exhibitors include precious stone polishers, jade sculptors and sacred crystal sellers, as well as jewellers working with gems and precious mineral stones.
Tickets at the door; see website for prices and show times
Pacific National Exhibition Forum, 2901 East Hastings Street


10. The Lost Fleet – Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Vancouver Maritime Museum’s latest exhibition investigates the unjust 1941 seizure of 1,200 Japanese-Canadian fishing vessels following the bombing of Pearl Harbour. The collection of historic photographs, models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing boats, fishermen’s tools, and replica documents shed important light on the pre-eminence of xenophobia in the province’s history, how this led to the appropriation of Japanese-Canadian property, and ultimately the incarceration of an entire people.
Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park
Tickets $12.50