On the Coast picks for this weekend, March 14-16
Are you looking for things to do to keep the family busy? Read on.
1. St. Patrick's Day Parade, Downtown Vancouver
Head to the corner of Howe and Davie streets on Sunday for the annual celebration of all things Irish, and don't forget your shamrocks and green gear.
An estimated 200,000 people will be out on the streets to watch pipe and drums bands, Celtic musicians, dancers, and mounted horse drill teams, among many others. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and ends at Georgia and Granville streets.
And the Vancouver Cruiser Bike Club is also doing its annual St. Pat's ride, from the London Pub on Main Street, starting at noon.
- St. Patrick's Day Parade, Howe and Davie streets, Sunday from 11 a.m. www.celticfestvancouver.com
- St. Patrick's Day Ride, 12 p.m. from the London Pub, 700 Main St. vancruisers.ca
2. Salt Spring in the City, Heritage Hall, Vancouver
If you envy the lifestyle of the Gulf Islands, head to Heritage Hall this weekend for a taste. Artisans will show off their creative talents and you could go home with a piece of Salt Spring Island (or at least something made there).
More than 30 artists will bring "bohemian" to the mainland to display the best of the island. Cost of admission will go to the Save on Meats token program.
- March 14-16, Heritage Hall, Vancouver. www.saltspringinthecity.com
3. Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Richmond Oval
It's also known as Murderball. The Oval hosts the 15th annual event, with 11 teams from across North America. Many of the members of Canada'a national wheelchair rugby team, which won silver at the 2012 Paralympic Games, will be there. Come watch the game of skill, hard hits, and clutch plays.
- March 14-16, Richmond Oval, 6111 River Rd. www.wcrugby.com
4. IZABOBO! An African Musical
The musical follows the story of a village girl struggling between her traditional village and the city. It's a celebration of life and African culture, including lively rhythms, dance and poetic dialogue. The performance features African instruments and songs - a good bet for the whole family.
- March 15 and 16, Surrey Arts Centre, Main Stage. www.africanstages.org
5. Palette: Eat, Paint, Create!
Time to unleash your inner Van Gogh or Jackson Pollock. Drink wine and nibble on olives and fancy cheese with paintbrush in hand at this Place des Arts evening event. You'll get a 20x20 canvas to paint your masterpiece at the Maillardville arts hub.
- March 15, Place Des Arts, 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam. placedesarts.ca