Vancouver Weekender: March 21 through 23, 2014


Sneak out of work on the early side this Friday and head to SFU for their latest speaker series, featuring guest Kate Oakley as part of the President’s Dream Colloquium on Entrepreneurship. Seats are highly sought after for these insightful talks that aim to inspire. The afternoon aims to examine and discuss the term ‘cultural entrepreneurship’ as it has been adopted today with Dr. Kate Oakley at the helm.

Post discourse, you might want to lighten things up and make your way over to the good old Rio Theatre to catch a screening of their midnight flick, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The fact that the theatre is licensed, serves up a killer grilled cheese sandwich and plenty of other treats makes this a no-brainer destination for some serious unplug time.

If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat and active, you might want to grab some wheels and coordinate with hundreds of others for the UBC Bike Rave. This 2nd annual party on wheels is seriously one not to miss. Express yourself by pulling together your flashiest costume, plenty of lights, have fun decorating your bike and get ready to pedal your way to fun for a few hours. Don’t leave home without music (and maybe a travel mug of spiked coffee). The ride gets going at around 7pm;find details here.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Unleash your inner kid and head to the BC Place Stadium this weekend to the BCAA Playdome, Western Canada’s largest indoor carnival that boasts more than 45 different rides and attractions guaranteed to have you feeling giddy. This year they’ve got a special outer space experience offered called Zero Gravity, a high-octane adventure with Ring of Fire, the Super Shot and massive Ferris Wheel that’ll have your stomach doing flip-flops. Day passes can be purchased for $29 until Sunday. For info visit:

Vancouver Fashion Week has taken the city by storm this week, and this weekend is no exception. Catch international designers representing 30 fashion meccas around the world, support local design talent and hit up plenty of haute couture after-parties looking your finest. With names such as Ophelia Song, Susana Bettencourt, Nina Tan and Green Embassy under the style spotlight, you definitely won’t want to miss a thing. For more details and to review show schedules and purchase tickets, click here.


Get crafty (or at least support those who are) and head down to the Creekside Community Recreation Centre for this weekend’s Portobello West Market. This market features a large selection of goods from local artisans as well as live entertainment from local musicians, a silent auction, tasty bites and helps support community arts. What’s not to love? When done shopping, head out to nearby Craft Beer Market to quench your thirst and celebrate your finds.

Post market and beer drinking, soak it all up by paying a visit to the West End/Coal Harbour’s latest newcomer, PappaRoti Cafe. They’ve just opened the doors to their first Canadian location and are ready to welcome Vancouverites into their oasis of baked goods. If you’ve travelled to Malaysia, you’ll know the brand (that has about 400 franchises currently in operation around the world). PappaRoti Cafe is where you’ll find your pastry fix. Find them at 1505 Robson Street and be sure to snag extra. You’ll thank us later.  

Saturday night, make it a sausage party and head over to the Vancouver Alpen Club for Das Lexikon (show starts at 6:30pm, sausages are served courtesy of BESTIE). On the menu for the evening’s festivities: Colin Johnson (BESTIE) will start by serving up traditional German comfort food (we’re talking bratwurst, cabbage, potatoes and all the fixings). This will be accompanied by plenty of beer and music to get (and keep) the party going. The evening will also feature a collection of storytellers who’ll be sharing tales inspired by the German language throughout the night. 


Dust off your walking shoes and get a history fix at this Sunday’s Old Money, a Historical Walking Tour that starts at the Buchan Hotel in Vancouver’s West End. West of Denman was where many of the city’s wealthy once congregated until WWI (before heading south to Shaughnessy Heights) and this tour aims to tell you all about it. So spend the afternoon flexing your mind as you take in the sights and learn more about the historical surroundings (and squeeze in a little exercise while you’re at it). For more information and to reserve a spot, click here. Meet next to the Buchan Hotel at 1906 Haro Street.

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