Spring is officially here! The sun is finally shining and the temperature is finally on the uptick. Every month we put together a list of upcoming events so you can plan ahead and get excited for the family-fun that awaits across Metro Vancouver. There are a ton more events listed in our calendar, we just felt these events deserved a little extra-special mention.

Festival du Bois (April 1 – 3): The francophone musical celebration returns to Mackin Park in Coquitlam. From community dances to live musical performances & delicious food, this festival is great fun (even if you can’t remember your high school French).

Carnival at Coquitlam Centre (April 1 – 10): Spin in dizzying circles on oodles of rides at Coquitlam Centre. We recommend purchasing the wristband as it definitely offers you the best bang for your buck.

Tulips of the Valley (early April): Tulips of the Valley takes place over a 3-5-week period, usually in April, sometimes into May, depending on the weather.

Cherry Blossom Festival (April 1 – 23): 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. We are thrilled the Big Picnic is back for 2022.

In Wonderland (April 7 – 16): Don’t be late for the Mad Hatter’s tea party! Follow Alice through the rabbit hole and discover a world that’s ‘curiouser and curiouser’. The Gateway Theatre production is recommended for everyone aged 6+.

Easter (April 15 – 18): Check out our Easter Event Guide. We are adding new events and activities regularly so check back often.

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!

Vancouver Sun Run (April 24): not only can you achieve the runners’ high, but the kids can also 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!

Surrey Party for the Planet (April 30): The City of Surrey is once again hosting the Party for the Planet in person! BC’s largest Earth Day celebration happens at Surrey Civic Plaza on April 30 from 11am – 7pm. The Surrey signature event features a dizzying array of performers including: Post-Modern Connection, A-SLAM, Andy the Musical Scientist, Josh Bogert, Harrison Lee, and many others.

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!