Happy Earth Day weekend! It’s the perfect weekend to get outdoors and spend some time with Mother Earth and your family. There are celebrations all over Metro Vancouver you can take part in – from concerts and arts & crafts to tree planting, park openings, fish releases, hikes, and walks. Head to Stanley Park to wish the Ecology Society a Happy 30th Birthday, or stop by Ocean Park Community Orchard in Surrey for a honey tasting. There’s a cultural celebration in Chinatown, a pancake picnic in Langley, and a free gardening workshop in Delta. And that’s just the start — we’ve highlighted a few events here, but make sure you check out our interactive event listings guide for even more great fun stuff to do. You are bound to find something fantastic to make a memorable weekend with your favourite people!
Happy Earth Day in Pitt Meadows
Friday, April 20th, 10 am – 2 pm, Spirit Square, 11985 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows
Celebrate Earth Day at this family-friendly free event! Enjoy eco-learning, eco-crafts and take home a free native plant. Check out the TADAA Lady’s Rainbow Dome and catch a performance by Dream Rider Productions “Clean Up Your Act”.
Orchard Fun – Birds, Bees, and Seeds!
Saturday, April 21st, 10 am, Ocean Park Community Orchard, 12815 22 Avenue, Surrey
Learn about bees and taste some honey! Plant a seed in a biodegradable pot and take it home to encourage pollinators to visit your own garden. Bring your camera or phone for a bonus garden photography workshop! Email: opcommunityorchard@ gmail.com for more details.
12th Annual Hyde Creek Fish Release & Open House
Saturday, April 21st, 10 am – 3 pm, Hyde Creek Hatchery, 3636 Coast Meridian Road, Coquitlam
You can help the Hyde Creek Watershed Society members release thousands of salmon into Hyde Creek. Members have spent 18 months raising Coho from eggs through to fry and smolt stages and these Coho are now ready to travel to the ocean. Carry a bucket of salmon from the hatchery to the creek where you will release them and send them on their journey to the ocean. While you’re at the hatchery, visit the Education Centre and have a tour with one of the volunteer members. Exhibits and crafts are part of the day, along with a fundraising hot dog BBQ.
Pancake Picnic in the Park
Saturday, April 21st, 10 am – 12 pm, Hunter Park, 19959 45a Avenue, Langley
We invite you to join parks staff, City Council, the Langley City Youth Committee, musician Jessica Barbour, and the Vancouver Green Team volunteers in celebrating Earth Day by completing the redevelopment plan with the planting of native trees and plants in the park. The Langley Youth Committee will be providing a pancake breakfast, fruit, and drinks by donation and selling a box of Krispy Kreme donuts for $10 in support of Youth Week.
Burnaby Mountain Golf Festival
Saturday, April 21st, 10 am – 1 pm, Burnaby Mountain Golf Course, 7600 Halifax Street, Burnaby
Join the action and fun at the Burnaby Mountain Golf Festival! Free golf clinics, custom club fitting, demo days, prizes and fun for the whole family.
Free Sustainable Gardening Workshops: Small Space Gardening
Saturday, April 21st, 10 am – 11:30 am, Harris Barn, 4140 Arthur Drive, Delta
Don’t underestimate what your little balcony or apartment can grow! Learn how to use containers, pocket gardens, pots and terracing to maximize square footage for your favourite plants and vegetables. Draw prize!
Earth Day Celebration in Vancouver
Saturday, April 21st, 11 am – 3 pm, Everett Crowley Park, 8200 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Join friends and neighbours of Everett Crowley Park to celebrate Earth Day! Plant native plants, spread mushrooms, and enjoy interpretive walks and free refreshments! Come dressed for the weather!
Earth Day Birthday Bash in Stanley Park
Saturday, April 21st, 12 pm – 4 pm, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Celebrate the earth and Stanley Park Ecology Society’s 30th birthday at our Earth Day party in Stanley Park! Enjoy some sweet treats, free walks and activities, or get your hands dirty to keep our Park looking sharp.
Chinatown Cultural Day
Sunday, April 22nd, 1 pm – 4 pm, Chinatown, 50 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Come and enjoy, learn and experience Chinese culture through a variety of activities including food tasting, games, crafts, dancing, music, tours, ceremonies and much more Activities are taking place at different locations throughout Vancouver’s Chinatown
Earth Day Pilgrimage to Burns Bog
Sunday, April 22nd, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Delta Nature Reserve, 10388 Nordel Court Park, Delta
The pilgrimage begins at 1:30pm at the Delta Nature Reserve. This family event celebrates Burns Bog and global peatlands. Performers sing, drum, and dance as we walk through the Delta Nature Reserve. Recharge your spirits while surrounded by nature and good company. Join us in appreciating this natural green space in your community!
And we wanted to remind you to always call or visit the event website for info before you head out just in case any changes have been made since we posted it. And of course, have fun!
By: Michelle Hughes