What’s Happening in April? Events in Vancouver & the Lower Mainland

April events in Metro Vancouver

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Spring is officially here! The sun is finally shining and the temperature is finally on the up-tick. This monthly events-highlight is intended to peak your interest and get everyone exploring our great city. There are a ton more events listed in our calendar, we just thought these events deserved a little extra-special mention.

The Gruffalo (March 31 – April 15): Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

VSO Kids Koncert (April 8): Have you taken your little ones to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Kids’ Koncerts?  The concerts are a great opportunity to successfully introduce children to the world of classical music.  The Kids’ Koncerts are designed for children aged 4 – 11 years.  The concerts are 45 minutes in length and feature the ENTIRE Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Abbotsford Tulip Festival (soft opening April 9th): wander the colour-soaked fields of tulips. Bring home some sunshine for your kitchen table. It is open daily and weekdays are cheaper than weekends.

Cherry Blossom Festival (April 5 – 15): The annual festival runs throughout the month of April. Whether you wish to soak up the gorgeous cherry blossoms and take part in the Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden or grab a Petal Mat and take part in the Big Picnic there are a number of family friendly events to enjoy.

City of Surrey’s 15th Annual Early Years Festival (April 7): check out the FREE family-focused event! Kid activities include a bouncy castle, ride on toys, ballon-characters, face painting, stilt walkers and live music. Plus loads of community organizations & services.

Fort Langley Makers Market (April 14 & 28): Check out Fort Langley’s newest indoor and outdoor market featuring some of BC’s hottest handmade crafts. Admission is FREE. Be sure to make repeat visits as the vendors will vary at each market.

Surrey Party for the Planet (April 14) – The City of Surrey will host its eighth annual Party for the Planet—BC’s largest Earth Day celebration—at Surrey Civic Plaza on Saturday, April 14 from 10am–6pm. The Surrey signature event will feature an intimate matinee headline performance by Canadian rock singer-songwriter and five-time JUNO award winner Sam Roberts at 3:15pm. Presented by TD, this year’s free festival will also include multiple performances by Vancouver-based children’s musical duo Bobs & Lolo. Additional entertainers include Vancouver’s up and coming pop and R&B group Star Captains, DJ and production group The Freshest, children’s entertainers Rockin’ Robin, the Colin Bullock Duo and the Smile Band.

Make It Vancouver Fair (April 20 – 22): tons of handmade treasures can be found at the 3 day event at the PNE Forum. Be sure to get your Early Bird tickets online.

Crafty Affaire (April 21): If crafty treasures is what you are looking for you absolutely want to ensure you attend the Crafty Affaire Spring Market. Admission is by donation.

Vaisakhi Day Parade (April 21): celebrate Vaisakhi with a FREE parade, food, treats and cultural performances in Surrey.

Earth Day (April 22): don’t forget to give extra love and attention to the place we all call home. Do you have any creative ways for integrating earth-friendly activities, actions, habits into your daily life? We’d love to hear about them!

Bulbs & More Market (April 22): shake the dust off your pots and ​add a touch of colour. Whether your garden is in a pot, planter, or flower bed, the vendors have many of your garden favourites to brighten up your space and add a touch of colour to your Spring! Remember those crisp delicious flavours from summer? Enjoy some of them early with the farmer’s spring crops – don’t forget to bring your own carry bag or basket!

Vancouver Sun Run (April 22): not only can you achieve the runners’ high, the kids can dash around the streets of Vancouver in the Shaw 2.5km family-friendly race. Are you registered for the sporting event of the season? It is a rite of passage for Vancouverites!

Spirit Horse (April 21 – 29): This powerful production follows the adventures of two First Nations children whose family is caught between traditional ways and urban culture. Angelina and Jesse’s lives are changed forever when their grandfather, who lives by the old ways on a prairies reserve, brings them a horse that has mysteriously appeared to him. The children feel an incredible bond to this majestic animal which links the girls and their dad to their Stoney Nation heritage.

Aren’t we lucky to live where there are so many terrific and family friendly events?  Of course, the events listed here are a mere snippet of the options available across the Lower Mainland. The Family Fun Vancouver calendar has many additional suggestions. Have a great (and hopefully sunshine-filled) April!

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