9 free things to do in Vancouver this weekend, April 12 to 14

With the weekend coming up quickly, you may be starting to think of what you’ll get up to in the city.

If you’re trying to save money, but still want to get out and do something fun in Vancouver, we’ve got you covered.

From art galleries to public markets and yoga, you can do loads of fun things this weekend that won’t put a dent in your wallet.

Here are nine activities you can check out in Vancouver this weekend.

Visit a free art gallery

Price: Free admission at the Belkin Art Gallery

When: Belkin’s Aporia exhibit runs until April 14

Address: The University of British Columbia (UBC), 1825 Main Mall, Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Head to the Belkin Art Gallery located at UBC to check out the Aporia (Notes to a Medium) exhibit that runs until April 14.

Aporia focuses on how “history, mythology and wishful thinking entwine across media and through mediums,” according to the gallery’s website. As part of this exhibit, Belkin’s Outdoor Screen is also showing Mark Lewis’s From Third Beach 1 (2010) daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

If you’re heading with a group of friends, you can contact the gallery ahead of your visit to set up a group tour.

Belkin Art Gallery website

Beginner Acroyoga class

Price: Free

When: April 13 at 2 p.m. and April 14 at 12:30 p.m.

Address: Mount Pleasant, 341 East Broadway, Vancouver on Saturday; 677 Davie Street, Vancouver on Sunday

Why You Need To Go: If you’ve ever wanted to try out Acroyoga, now’s your chance to do so for free. There are a couple of free beginner classes happening in Vancouver this weekend.

No partner or experience is necessary for this beginner class. While a gymnastics mat is provided at the Mount Pleasant location, anyone joining the Sunday class in Downtown Vancouver is asked to bring a yoga mat.

If this is your first time heading to an Acrowest class you are asked to pre-register on AcroWest.com and arrive 10 minutes early to class.

Eventbrite website

Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade 

Price: Free

When: April 13 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Address: The parade starts at 11 a.m. at the Khalsa Diwan Society’s temple (8000 Ross Street, Vancouver)

Why You Need To Go: One of Vancouver’s largest Sikh parades is back this weekend.

The Khalsa Diwan Society’s Vaisakhi Parade will take place on Saturday, April 13. The event will feature numerous floats, live entertainment and food so you’ll have a fun-filled day if you go.

According to the Vancouver Sun, more than 175,000 parade-goers are expected to attend the event. The Khalsa Diwan Society has a list of parking options available on its website. They also have a map of the parade’s route online.

Khalsa Diwan Society Vancouver website

Guided tour at the Griffin Art Projects

Price: Free

When: April 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Address: 1174 Welch St, North Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: The Griffin Art Projects is a non-profit art residency and gallery located in North Vancouver. It supports arts in the production of new work through its residency program and creates new research on contemporary Canadian and international art, according to its website.

You can check out the works at the gallery and get a free guided tour of a new exhibit titled Intersecting Orbits: Michael Morris and Joan Balzar.

Griffin Art Projects website

Guided meditation

Price: Free

When: April 14 at 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Address: Douglas College Room S1812, 700 Royal Avenue New Westminster

Why You Need To Go: If you want to unwind and relax this weekend after a stressful week, you can head to a free guided meditation session held by Heartfulness.

Participants will be guided through a series of “simple yet effective meditation techniques by experienced Heartfulness trainers” during the class.

Eventbrite website

See the cherry blossoms around Vancouver

Price: Free

When: Anytime

Address: Various locations around Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Cherry blossoms are in full bloom around Vancouver and you may want to take some time to take in the beautiful sights before they’re gone for the season.

The stunning trees are hard to miss with their beautiful pink flowers.

If you want to find the best spots to see cherry blossoms in the city, an online map shows you where you can see the flowers.

Queen Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, Vancouver City Hall and Yew Street in the Kitsilano neighbourhood are among the best spots to see the trees.

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival map

Visit a public market or farmers market

Price: Free entry

When: Trout Lake Farmers Market on April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: Lakewood Dr. & East 13th Ave., Vancouver

Why You Need To Go: Whether it’s the Granville Island Public Market or a farmers market, there’s plenty to choose from if you want to get some fresh food and other goodies.

Destination Vancouver has a list of farmers’ markets happening around the city on weekends. The Hastings Park Farmers Market at the PNE Fairgrounds and the Riley Park Farmers Market are also options this weekend.

Destination Vancouver Website

Live entertainment at Parker Rooftop

Price: Free entry

When: April 14 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Parker Rooftop

Address: 1379 Howe St. 9th floor

Why You Need To Go: If you’re planning a night out, you can head to Parker Rooftop which hosts a Sunday Funday with live music every weekend.

On April 14 you can enjoy some food and drinks along with live music from Phoenix Laurén and Benjamin Parker. The venue also has an all-day happy hour from 3 p.m. until close.

Parker Rooftop Website

Head to a beach or park

Price: Free

Address: Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Head to one of Vancouver’s beaches or parks and enjoy the spring weather this weekend.

Whether it’s for a walk or bike ride around Stanley Park’s Seawall, walking around Sunset Beach or enjoying a picnic with friends at Kitsilano Beach, there is no shortage of options in the city.

City of Vancouver website

Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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