Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks for March

From circus fun to Celtic celebrations and more, here are our top picks for March

1. The Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show – Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, March 6

Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show - VancouverFacebook/ Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show – VancouverTrek to Vancouver Convention Center for the province’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences, presented by GAdventures. Featuring a ‘Best of Canada Adventures’ stage and the BC Bike Show, the event also has more than 250 exhibitors in the following zones: Paddlers Paradise, International Adventure Travel, Scuba and Caribbean Adventures, Camping Showcase, US Pavilion, Adventure Travel, BC Adventure and Health and Wellness.
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver; Entry from $12, with weekend passes from $18; Details online

2. Music on Main Digital Salons – Tuesday, March 8 to Thursday, March 10

Music on MainMusic on Main Tune in to three days of free music and conversations with Music on Main’s digital salons, featuring beautifully filmed live performances from the 2021 Modulus Festival and insightful conversations with artists and composers, hosted by artistic director David Pay. Listen in, ask questions and learn more about music-making.
7:30 pm daily; Free; Details online

3. Certified – Tuesday, March 8 to Sunday, March 20

Photo by Ben LairdPhoto Credit: Ben LairdBreaking the stigma around mental health, comedian (and “certified insane person”) JD Derbyshire turns the audience into a mental health review board in this memoir-play that is both irreverent and hilarious. Ages 14 and up.
Gateway Theatre, Studio B6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond; 8 pm, with 2 pm showings on various days; Tickets $29; Details online

4. BC Home and Garden Show – Thursday, March 10 to Sunday, March 13

Vancouver Home ShowsFacebook/Vancouver Home ShowsSpring is in the air and it’s time to think about giving your living space a refresh. Back for 2022, the BC Home and Garden Show features hundreds of big brands and local companies, along with industry names such as HGTV Canada’s celebrity contractor Bryan Baeumler, presented by My House Design/Build Team, and a host of local experts who will help homeowners jumpstart any home and garden project this season.
BC Place Stadium, 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver; Thursday & Friday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm & Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Details online

5. Clean/Espejos – Thursday, March 10 to Saturday, March 19

Photo Credit: Sewari CampilloPhoto Credit: Sewari CampilloExploring different perspectives of female solidarity, secrets and survival across two languages, Clean/Espejos is a new work from celebrated playwright Christine Quintana with translation and adaptation by Paula Zelaya Cervante. The bilingual play—in Spanish and English with subtitles in both languages—follows the lives of two women from very different worlds that intertwine in the illusionary paradise of a Mexican resort. Adriana, a hotel floor manager reeling from a family loss, has a chance encounter with Sarah, a Canadian wedding guest with a long-held traumatic secret. When worlds collide on a fateful rainy night, both women are forced to face the past and all that they’ve tried to keep hidden.
The Cultch’s Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver; March 10th to 12th & 15th to 19th, 7:30 pm, with a 2 pm show on March 13th and online performances April 5th to 10th; In-person tickets from $26, with digital tickets from $15; Details online

6. Cloud Album – Friday, March 11 to Sunday, May 1

The Polygon GalleryFacebook/The Polygon GalleryDiscover the history of photography through images of clouds, including some of the first photographs of clouds to be taken by French pioneer Gustave Le Gray, and even some paintings by the legendary British landscape painter John Constable. The exhibition also includes a work by Alexander Henderson, a Canadian photographer who was central to the development of the medium in Canada. Cloud Album features 250 works of photographs, albums, and books, that range in topic from the origins of photography to the dawn of satellite imagery, all drawn from the collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict in London.
101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver; By donation; Details online

7. Sonic Boom Music Festival – Friday, March 11 to Sunday, March 13

Vancouver Pro MusicaFacebook/Vancouver Pro MusicaGet ready for a three-day festival of exciting new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by eclectic combinations of some of the province’s best musicians. Held online and in-person at Pyatt Hall and Orpheum Annex, the Sonic Boom Festival showcases 34 composers premiering works of contemporary classical music.
Pyatt Hall at the VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver and online; Early bird tickets $16, students $22, general pass $50 and festival pass $70; Details online

8. CelticFest Vancouver – Wednesday, March 16 to Sunday, March 20

CelticFest VancouverFacebook/CelticFest VancouverComedy, craic and all things Celtic come to Vancouver for the CelticFest Vancouver celebration this month. Join an online virtual cocktail making class or head to the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza on March 19th and 20th for kids storytelling, Irish and Scottish music and dancing, plus meet Irish wolfhounds, visit a pop–up market and enjoy family fun.
Details online

9. Monster Jam – Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20

Monster JamFacebook/Monster JamFire up your engines again as the action-packed motorsports experience for families roars back into Canada for an adrenaline-charged weekend at the Pacific Coliseum at the PNE. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, after a three-year pandemic pause, Monster Jam features world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill.
Pacific Coliseum at the PNE, 100 North Renfrew Street, Vancouver; Details online

10. Men Express Their Feelings – Friday, March 18 to Sunday, April 3

Sea Sea TheaterFacebook/Zee Zee TheaterSet inside a locker room, two teen hockey players and their dads hilariously face off with one another as they come to terms with their emotions. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, the foursome tackle difficult conversations, addressing complex topics of racial and cultural tension, sexual attraction and generational divides with wit and levity. Structured like a hockey game, the work has three distinct periods and instant replays that depict moments from different characters’ viewpoints, inviting audiences to witness their transformation, and reexamine what it means to be “a man”.
Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street; Tickets $15, $30 and $45; Details online

11. Cirque du Soleil: Alegría – Friday, March 25 to Sunday, May 1

Alegria by Cirque du SoleilFacebook/Alegria by Cirque du SoleilBe prepared to be amazed under the big top and see Alegria in a new light when the all-time Cirque du Soleil classic is reimagined for a new generation. At the heart of a kingdom that has lost its king, Alegria witnesses the power struggle at play between the old order and a new movement yearning for hope and renewal.
Under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver; Tickets from $65; Details online

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