Vancouver Events in March

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Vancouver Celebrates St. Patrick's Day. Photo © Getty Images

Don't-miss events for March 2016 in Vancouver include CelticFest and the Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade, Spring Break and Easter!

For special Spring Break activities and events see: Spring Break in Vancouver 2016.

Ongoing through March 19
Vancouver International Dance Festival
What: The International Dance Festival brings together the best in local, national and international dance artists.
Where: Various locations in Vancouver; see site for details.


Cost: Various; see site for details. Many events are free.

Tuesday, March 1 - Saturday, March 6
Coastal First Nations Dance Festival
What: This dance festival from the Dancers of Damelahamid and the UBC Museum of Anthropology showcases First Nations dance and culture and includes a dance around the MOA totems.
Where: UBC's Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
Cost: Various, see site for details.

Tuesday, March 8 - Sunday, March 13
Vancouver Women in Film Festival
What: The annual WIFF showcases films from both established and up-and-coming women filmmakers. The festival also includes a chance to meet industry professionals at panels, workshops, and more.
Where: Vancity Theatre, Vancouver
Cost: Various, see site for details.

Thursday, March 10
Dining Out For Life
What: Dine Out for Life is a restaurant event where 25% of profits from food revenues at participating restaurants will be donated to AIDS charities, including A Loving Spoonful and Friends for Life.

Over 250 restaurants from Whistler to White Rock will be participating.
Where: Various, see site for details.
Cost: See site for participating restaurants.

Thursday, March 10 - Tuesday, March 17
CelticFest Vancouver 2016
What: Western Canada’s largest celebration of all things Celtic, CelticFest features live music, dance, film, storytelling, and workshops, plus the free Celtic Village market.

Includes the Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Where: Various, see site for details.
Cost: Various; see site for details. Many events are free.

Saturday, March 12
BMO St. Patrick's Day 5K
What: This annual 5K supports the Canadian Diabetes Association and concludes with a great after-party at Granville Island Brewing!
Where: Downtown Vancouver
Cost: See site for details.

Sunday, March 13
Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade
What: Vancouver's St. Patrick's Day Parade attracts 300,000 people, includes 2,000 participants, and features Celtic warriors, clowns, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, horse-mounted drill teams, Irish wolfhounds, and much more.
Where: Downtown Vancouver: Parade Route Details
Cost: Free

Tuesday, March 15 
Nowruz: Annual Fire Festival (Chaharshanbe Suri)
What: West Vancouver celebrates Persian New Year with the annual Persian Fire Festival in Ambleside Park.
Where: Ambleside Park, West Vancouver
Cost: Free

Thursday, March 17
St. Patrick's Day
Your Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver

Saturday, March 19 - Monday, March 28
Easter at the Stanley Park Miniature Train
What: Stanley Park's Miniature Train transforms into an Easter Train for Easter. Visit the Easter Bunny and bring your own basket for the egg hunt!


Where: Stanley Park, Vancouver
Cost: $13.75 for kids 0 - 17 and two accompanying adults; $6 for adults

Sunday, March 20
Faubourg Paris & BC Cancer Foundation Macaron Day 
What: For Macaron Day, Vancouver's Faubourg boulangeries-pâtisseries will offer its signature Parisian-style macarons for $1 each (half off the regular price), and match every dollar of macaron sales with proceeds benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation.
Where: Faubourg locations in Kerrisdale Village, Downtown Vancouver and West Vancouver; see site for details
Cost: $1 per macaron

Monday, March 21 - Sunday, April 17
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
What: Celebrate spring in Vancouver with this annual festival that includes cherry blossom tours, dances, and foodie events.
Where: Various; see site for details
Cost: Various; many events are free; see site for details

Wednesday, March 23 - Sunday, March 27
Vancouver International Auto Show 2016
What: Presented by the New Car Dealers Association of BC, the 95th Vancouver International Auto Show is the premier showcase for car enthusiasts, providing the best opportunity of the year to see some of the world's most popular brands alongside exciting new features and displays.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver
Cost: $15 - $17; discounts available for seniors and students

Saturday, March 26
The Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt at VanDusen Botanical Garden
What: Celebrate Easter with the annual Easter egg hunt at the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden. For kids 2 - 10.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver
Cost: $12 per child

Sunday, March 27
Easter in Vancouver
Your Guide to Easter in Vancouver 2016

Saturdays through April 23
Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium
What: Enjoy shopping local throughout the winter at the Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium. Includes food trucks, live music, and more.
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario St., Vancouver
Cost: Free