Vancouver Weekender: April 10 through 13, 2014

The Gastown Spring Shop Hop takes place tonight and offers savvy Vancouverites the chance to check out more than 40 different boutiques, stores and more around this edgy-chic part of town.  Pluck up a few new items to add to your wardrobe, office or home space and save big with in-store specials.  Most vendors are serving up sweet and savoury treats (as well as sips to help loosen your wallet, if you know what we mean). Details click here.

The Rio Theatre is hosting a screening of The Warriors on Friday night and is definitely a good option.  We love the fact that this theatre serves up booze, gooey-good grilled cheese, snacks and entices you to get creative to save $2 off admission if you show up in costume.   Catch this cult-classic that pits NYC gangs against each other. 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival takes over one of North America’s top ski towns with nearly ten days worth of live entertainment, parties, free concerts, demos and other special events.  The WSSF runs until Easter Weekend – don’t miss out.

On Saturday, make your way over to the Vancouver Winter Farmers Market and get ready to load up on the latest freshly-picked gems from local farms.  Each weekend means a new selection of items are available from hundreds of local producers.  Stock up on seasonal veggies, healthy baked goods, fresh roasted coffee and sweets.   

In celebration of the rich Indian culture we have in Vancouver, and to help mark the Sikh New Year be sure to make your way toward the KDS Ross Street Temple to catch the start of the spiritual and colourful Vaisakhi Day Parade.  There will be hundreds of floats, performers, live music and plenty of tasty eats to enjoy courtesy of nearby vendors. The parade starts at around 11am, thousands are expected so head early to find parking or take public transit.  For details visit:

Gear up for one of our favorite 5KM fun-runs of the year and have fun dressing up in a ridiculous costume (optional) at the 2nd Annual Pineapple Challenge to benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.  It’s a fun obstacle course that will have you dirty and sweaty – guaranteed.  It all goes down at Burnaby’s Swanguard Stadium.  Post race, participants will be welcomed at a Luau party with plenty of treats, eats and drinks to follow. 

The Eastside Flea Market at the Wise Hall is another option for those on the hunt for some added flare.  Saturday’s Spring Market event boasts more than 40 local vendors purveying their creations – selling everything you’d expect from an upscale-classic garage sale, and beyond.   Find old vinyl gems, woodworking pieces, collectables, vintage clothing, handmade journals, curiosities and plenty more.  The market opens at 10am and runs until 4pm. 

The Ukrainian Cultural Centre is hosting yet another tasty event (if you didn’t make it out to last Friday’s Perogy Dinner).  This Sunday, head over for an afternoon feast and score some new items for home at their “Perogy Lunch ad Yard Sale” from 11am-3pm.  Gently used items will be up for offer and you’ll get to nosh on a plate fully loaded with home made perogies, sausages and sauerkraut.  What could be better?

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Top photo courtesy Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival