Around Vancouver Town: St. Patrick’s Day and more! March 15-17th 2014 Edition

Spring has sprung! Isn’t it fantastic?

We’ve been waiting so long for those bulbs to pop their blossoms, now if the temperature would warm up, we’d be golden!

Leprechaun_with_Gold_1Speaking of gold, have those trickster Leprechauns been up to no good around your house? Isn’t it fun to hear from your littles what they’ve been up to? Have you set any Leprechaun traps yet?

Anyway, I digress…

Check out this list of events for the weekend up to and including St. Patrick’s Day festivities, and also two picks for April that you must save to your calendar! And if you’re lucky maybe you’ll find that pot of gold this year!

Here’s the latest edition of Around Vancouver Town for the weekend of March 15th.

The Celtic Festival

The Celtic Village and Street Market fills both Granville Street between Robson & Nelson and the expanded area of Robson Square with free music, dance, fun and more! Tom Lee Music City Stage on Granville hosts a series of fascinating free workshops over the weekend, as well.

And CelticFest’s jewel and most popular event, the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade enlivens downtown Vancouver with the parade route running along Howe Street in downtown Vancouver. Starting at Howe and Drake and proceeding north to W Georgia Street; it then turns right on W Georgia and ends at W Georgia and Granville Streets.

When: March 16, starting at 11am

Full festival information is at

The Easter Train ~ The Easter Bunny Arrives Early!

The Easter Bunny arrives early this year and the Stanley Park Miniature Train is host to our furry friend!

Hop on during spring break for a fun filled day including a ride on the miniature train, egg hunts, crafts, games and a Bunny Ear workshop. There will be face painting by donation as well. The train is fully covered, protecting everyone onboard from spring showers.

Remember to bring your own basket for the egg hunt.

Price of admission (taxes included): Children $8.75 each(Train and Egg Hunt) Adults $3.50 each.

When: March 15-March 30 and then again, April 16-April 21 2014
Monday-Thursday 10:30-4:30pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am until 5:00pm.
Where: Stanley Park, 690 Pipeline Road, Vancouver

For more information visit their website.

The Vancouver Art Gallery


Looking to explore somewhere new this Spring Break?
Explore the exhibitions with the lively team of Art Agents and check out creative and fun hands-on activities in The Making Place during this extended presentation of Weekly Family Programs at the Gallery. What better way to spend your Spring Break.

Spring Break programming is FREE for Members or with Gallery admission.

When: March 17-28
Weekly Family Programs
Daily, 12-4pm, in the Gallery

For more information visit their website.

ANNIE at The Cinematheque

Adapted from the hit Broadway play — itself based on Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip — John Huston’s movie musical tells the tale of a carrot-topped New York City orphan (Aileen Quinn), her scruffy canine Sandy, and her determination to find a better tomorrow outside the orphanage walls.

Luck strikes when politician-billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Albert Finney) sends his secretary in search of a child to help salvage his public image, and Annie’s “hard-knock life” is suddenly turned upside down. Brimming with memorable songs and chin-up optimism, this all-ages musical is a sure fire way to leave you smiling all day!


Join in after the screening for a sneak preview of the Royal City Musical Theatre’s upcoming production of Annie, and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. Visit their website at

Where: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver
When: Sunday, March 16th, 1pm
For  more information visit their website.

Coming Up in April

Vancouver International Children’s Festival


Mark your calendars! Public tickets to the main event go on sale in just over a month. Top quality shows for young people form the heart of the Festival, and we have plenty of excitement happening on stage from close to home and from as far away as Australia.


With a two-week school break ahead, it’s nice to know there are plenty of artistic and creative activities to keep little hands and minds busy. Looking for ideas? We’ve got ’em:

GiveOn-Wordmark Final 300x302Please consider making a donation to support the Vancouver International Children’s Festival by joining our Giving Group. Your donation will go towards providing underprivileged kids and their families access to this fabulous festival. All donations will also be matched by up to a total of $500. We could make a lot of kids happy with that!

G Day for Girls April 28th

G Day is proud to announce its charity partnership with imagine1day
$10 from every regular-priced ticket will be donated to imagine1day, with proceeds going to support a project specific to girls’ education.

The concert is a fundraiser for the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC, a local, non-profit school that teaches deaf and hard of hearing children to listen and to speak – for themselves.

G Day for Girls, proud supporter


Have a great and lucky weekend!

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