Vancouver Weekender: March 23 through 25, 2012

Post-work, who needs to head home right away? Make your way down to check out Gastown for your dinner fix. Stop by Pourhouse for a cocktail to start you off and then swing by HouseXGuest and order their duck donair and crab tater tots followed up with their generous wedge salad. Take in the DJ tunes and lively scene for a bit before ducking out and over to our next noteworthy spot for good times. 

Find yourself at one of our favourite Vancity venues, Electric Owl, for a night of boisterous, burlesque-inspired fun at the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival taking place at 9pm (doors open at 8pm). This event, titled Teachers Pet, lets burlesque students loose to strut their stuff before an audience, complemented by follow-up performances courtesy of their internationally-trained teachers. It’s bound to to be a great show; purchase tickets for $12 in advance or $15 at the door and learn more here

Start your Saturday off with a stroll through Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon before you land at English Bay for a bit of a light breakfast. With a growing array of beachfront options, you’re guaranteed a seat with a view.

In the market for a little furry feline friend? We’ve got the purrrfect cause worth plugging into your notable calendar on Saturday. Head to 2255 East Hastings and take part in VOKRA’s “Black Tie Adoption Day” event set to take place starting at 11am. Do good and mull over the idea of adopting a cat in need of a home while you mix and mingle your way through this fantastic, thoughtful event. To sweeten the deal of adoption, Long Live Cats & Dogs is  kindly offering 10% off merchandise during March to those who adopt from VOKRA. 

Kick off the rest of your Saturday by catching the Vancouver Whitecaps kick butt at BC Place Stadium. Our home team is set to take on DC United at 7pm and, as we’re sure you know, there’s plenty of guaranteed action and an always incredible atmosphere.

Feeling up for a bit of action to get your Sunday rolling? Then register for Harry’s Spring Run Off and take part in the fight against Prostate Cancer by competing in this 8km race that starts at 10am. Online registration is closed, but you can still register day-of.

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, we think you should grab a bit of a late brunch at Edible Canada Bistro at Granville Island’s picturesque marketplace oozing with local (and not-so-local) options sure to satiate your appetite. We recommend the wild mushroom benny or the deluxe grilled cheese.

After you’ve filled your belly, we recommend you spend a bit of time perusing the vibrant public market and stocking up on farm fresh goods to last into the week ahead. Grab some fresh, marinated salmon and halibut filets, or go gourmet and opt for bison steaks. Before leaving, be sure to swing by Benton Brother’s Cheese and nab something to nibble on later. They’ve got pretty much every style of cheese we can imagine, and the perfect accompaniment to go alongside it.

Next, head over to check out the highly anticipated spring season opening of Portobello West Market starting (reasonably) bright and early at the newly-opened Creekside Community Centre. We love the eclectic mix of local goods, artistry and baked goods to be found. Now a two-day event (four times a year), you’ll find more than 50 different vendors showcasing their wares. Entry is only $2 and the market is open from 11am until 5pm.

Photo courtesy Pourhouse