13 Vancouver spring activities to do with friends, not dates

With the weather finally warming up, you may be looking for fun things to do in Vancouver.

The city has so many exciting events happening in the spring that there’s no shortage of activities you can do with your besties.

Whether it’s festivals, markets, or having a picnic on one of Vancouver’s beaches, you’re bound to have a good time if you plan a fun day or night out with your friends.

If you need inspiration, here are 13 spring activities you should plan with your closest friends.

Richmond Night Market

Price: $8.50 for general admission, $40 for a Zoom Pass

When: Runs from April 26 until October 14, 2024, weekend evenings (Fridays to Sundays) as well as on long-weekend Mondays

Address: 8351 River Rd, Richmond

Why You Should Go: The Richmond Night Market is the perfect spot to hang out with your besties where you can try out dozens of unique dishes, listen to live music and shop for cute artisanal crafts.

Richmond Night Market website

Saturday Skate Party

Price: $16 – $28

When: Saturday evenings (5-7 p.m. for all ages and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. 19+)

Address: 2901 E Hasting Rollerland Building, Vancouver

Why You Should Go: Grab your friends and go party at the Rolla Skate Club in Vancouver.

The club hosts a public skating party with live entertainment every Saturday. There’s usually a theme so make sure you and your friends dress up for the occasion!

Rolla Skate Club website

Spend the day at Playland

Price: $33 for a fun pass advanced ticket, $45 for a thrill pass advanced ticket

When: Opens on May 18, 2024

Address: 1910 Hastings Park, Vancouver

Why You Should Go: It feels like summer is almost upon us, especially when Playland opens for the season. The amusement park opens on May 18 and runs until August 16, 2024.

The park has loads of fun rides, games and other activities for you and your friends to enjoy.

This year you can test out Playland’s new ride the ThunderVolt, Canada’s faster electric launch coaster.

PNE website

Have brunch or drinks on a patio

Why You Should Go: Patio season is here and what better way to celebrate than by planning a brunch or dinner date with your friends?

Vancouver is filled with many incredible waterfront restaurants with stunning patios so you have a lot of options to choose from.

Flower festival

Price: $8 (Monday to Friday), $15 (Saturday and Sunday)

When: Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to dark

Address: 3663 Marion Rd, Abbotsford

Why You Should Go: The Abbotsford Tulip Festival may be over, but that doesn’t mark the end of the Summer Flower Festival at Lakeland Flowers.

In May, fields of lavender and 100 varieties of peonies are expected to bloom. Make sure you check the farm’s social media for updates on the best times to go there.

Lakeland Flowers website

Go for a hike

Address: Depends on the hike

Why You Should Go: The warmer weather means it’s the perfect time to spend more time outdoors and luckily Metro Vancouver has a lot of great hiking options.

There are also various stunning provincial parks to explore, including Golden Ears Provincial Park in Maple Ridge which was voted a favourite among locals.

Aside from hiking to the top, you and your friends can go kayaking or have a picnic by Alouette Lake, which is a popular swimming spot in the park.

BC Parks website

Catch up at a cafe

Why You Should Go: Vancouver loves its coffee and the city has an impressive number of cafes throughout the city.

So call up your besties and go catch up over a latte or cup of tea at a popular cafe or one of Vancouver’s hidden gems.

Take a weekend road trip 

Why You Should Go: Going on a road trip with your friends has to be one of the greatest activities you can do.

You not only get to spend hours chatting during the car ride, but then you have the chance to explore a new destination together.

Who doesn’t love making those types of memories with their closest friends?

Go to a Vancouver Canadians baseball game

Price: Starting at $20

When: Various dates

Address: 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver

Why You Should Go: Baseball season has begun meaning you can watch a Vancouver Canadians game with your friends at Nat Bailey Stadium.

The Vancouver Canadians have 10 home games scheduled this month.

Vancouver Canadians website

Go for a swim in a pool

Price: Starts around $7 for adults

Why You Should Go: While it may be more common to swim at lakes or take a dip in the ocean, Vancouver also has several public pools.

Three of the city’s outdoor public pools will be opening soon for the summer season.

The Kitsilano Pool, New Brighton Pool and Second Beach Pool will open on May 18.

City of Vancouver website

Have a sunset picnic at a beach

Why You Should Go: Plan a day of outdoor fun with your besties by going for a bike ride around Stanley Park and then finish it off with a picnic on the beach.

There are a lot of epic spots in the city if you want to watch the sunset during your meal.

Shipyards Night Market

Price: Free admission

When: Runs from May 10 until September 13, 2024

Address: 19 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver

Why You Should Go: The Shipyards Night Market is back this month and it’s the perfect hangout spot for a Friday night.

The popular free night market features food trucks, a beer garden, crafts, vendors and live bands.

Vancouver North Shore website

Go for high tea at Neverland Tea Salon

​Price: $55 per person for the Spring High Tea

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week

Address: 3066 W Broadway, Vancouver

Why You Should Go: If you want to catch up with your friends at a fancier place than a cafe, you can go for high tea at one of Vancouver’s tea houses.

Neverland Tea Salon currently has a Spring High Tea menu that includes a variety of delicious savoury and sweet options to go along with your tea.

Neverland Tea website

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