It’s time for the weekend! There are tons of awesome activities happening all over Metro Vancouver this weekend for you and your family to enjoy. There are carnivals, festivals, and fairs. Enjoy outdoor activities like a salmon release, wildlife stewardship, or a hawk and owl show. Jam with Will Stroet, eat breakfast with a princess, or take part in a World Music Festival at Trout Lake. 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
West Vancouver Police Family Carnival
Thursday, April 26th, 3 pm – 10 pm, Friday, April 27th, 3 pm – 10 pm, Saturday, April 28th, 11 am – 10 pm, Sunday, April 29th, 11 am – 6 pm, Ambleside Park, 1150 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Join the West Vancouver Police for the 14th Annual WVPD Family Carnival at Ambleside Park! There will be many fun activities: carnival rides and games (with an ocean view!), get your picture taken in a police vehicle, meet members of the West Vancouver Police youth liaison section, Student Work Advisory Team and K9 section, learn about youth programs and charities supported by the West Vancouver Police, register your bike for free with Project 529 to reduce theft. Ride tickets will be sold individually or you can buy an all-day ride pass. A portion of ride ticket proceeds will support West Vancouver Police youth programs.
Kerrisdale Carnival Days
Friday, April 27th – Saturday, April 28th, Kerrisdale, Vancouver
Join us at Kerrisdale’s Carnival Days on April 27 and 28! This exciting event features a little league parade, horse & carriage rides, classic cars, face painting, sidewalk sales, entertainment and more!
City Nature Challenge: Wildlife Stewardship
Friday, April 27th, 12 pm – 2 pm, Oak Meadows Park, 899 W 37th Avenue, Vancouver
Visit the pollinator garden and insect hotel to do some invasive plant removal and species identification
Fairytale Adventure Breakfast
Saturday, April 28th, 7:30 am – 11 am, Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, 32900 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Join in for a Princess and Jedi-themed breakfast at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre all in support of children and families at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Start your day off right with a breakfast that includes pancakes, eggs, sausages, yogurt parfait bar and more! Activities will include a photo booth, face painting, costume boutique, balloon animals, sparkle tattoos, and an interactive stage production with Ever After Princesses.
Saturday, April 28th – Sunday, April 29th, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Taves Family Farm, 333 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford
Come out for Blossomfest!Take a hayride through the blossoming spring orchard. Kids plant a seed to take home. Craft station. Farmwide scavenger hunt. Musical Entertainment. And of course all our regular favourites: Bouncing pillow, Peddle karts, Petting Barn (see our new baby goats!), Track line, Observation beehive, Cider samples, Homemade preserves and more…
Delta / Surrey Regional Heritage Fair
Saturday, April 28th, 11 am – 2 pm, Harris Barn, 4140 Arthur Drive, Delta
The Fourth Annual Delta/Surrey Regional Heritage Fair is an exciting event hosted at the Harris Barn. The event is a free, bilingual educational initiative that encourages students to explore Canadian history and heritage through project-based learning. Open to students in Delta and Surrey, the Regional Heritage Fair is an exciting event where students present history project displays and learn about Canadian history through interactive workshops and field trips.
ArtStarts: Just Imagine with Will Stroet
Saturday, April 28th, 11 am – 2 pm, ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sunday, April 29th, 11 am – 2 pm, River Market, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Join Will Stroet, the star of Will’s Jams on CBC Kids, for a fun show featuring music from his 2017 Juno- and WCMA-nominated album, Wordplay. Kids will be chuckling and singing along to funny puns, spoonerisms, anagrams, palindromes, rap and poetry. All Ages.
Nicomekl Enhancement Society Annual Open House and Fish Release
Saturday, April 28th, 11 am – 2 pm, Nicomekl Enhancement Society, 5263 – 232 Street, Langley
Help the NES release over 50,000 Chinook salmon! Take a tour and learn about the importance of these small urban rivers. Hotdogs and drinks by donation. Please dress for the weather.
Birds of a Feather: Hello, Migrants!
Sunday, April 29th, 9 am – 11 am, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Migrating songbirds are drawn to our forest edges and gardens, which provide much-needed food and habitat for these birds on the move. The broad-leaved maple flowers, which reach their peak in late April, offer a ready supply of nectar-feeding insects for the hungry birds. Join us for this two-hour, easy walking exploration to learn about migrating bird identification and behaviour.
Hawk and Owl Show
Sunday, April 29th, 11 am – 3 pm, Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Get up close and personal with breathtaking owls. Presented by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. All ages. FREE event! Donations welcome.
World Music Festival at Trout Lake Community Centre
Sunday, April 29th, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm, Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Celebrate World Music at TLCC. The festival was founded in 2014 after a conversation over dinner between friends and Locarno bandmates Tom Landa and Robin Layne. The festival is dedicated to presenting local and international artists playing traditional music from around the globe. Find the list of performers and more details here.
Walk and Talk
Sunday, April 29th, 1 pm – 3 pm, Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, Cost: $5 / person or $15 / family
Few people know just how many different kinds of fish and invertebrates live year-round in the Lower Fraser River, so this is a chance to see, learn about, and maybe even touch, some of them. Dr. Richardson will lead the walk through what should be a fun and fascinating learning experience at Surrey Bend Regional Park.
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