Frugal Fun! *Weekly Edition*

Flowers on a tree

Guaranteed: Exciting, fulfilling, week ahead!  This week is the longest list I’ve created thus far!  You can’t get bored!  The best part is that all of the events are less than $15 per person and there are lots that are free!  The biggest events this week are festivals!  Did I miss the memo?  Is it festival week?  There’s everything from film to writer to ski & snowboard to food truck festivals.  There’s also an expo, fashion events, comedy shows, free concerts, and more!  Be sure to check it all out!  For more details and events, below is a list of “Frugal Fun!” for everyone, for the week of Monday, April 13 to Sunday, April 19.  Share any events and activities I may have forgotten, below in the comments!  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog by e-mail or RSS feed!

1. Adopt a Tree for Free – HotBox in Kitsilano will be giving away free Sitka Spruce or Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings to any of their valued customers.  Click here for more details.

Where: 1946 W. 4th Ave., Vancouver, BC at Hotbox Kitsilano.

Price: Free

When: Wednesday, April 1 – Thursday, April 30

2. Andy Warhol Exhibition: A Different Idea of Love – Around 80 prints and paintings from Andy Warhol are on display.  Click here for more info.

Where: 1280 Homer St., Yaletown, Vancouver, BC at Maison Ai Warehouse.

Price: Free

When: Wednesday, April 1 – Thursday, April 30

Hours: Fridays 4pm-8pm; Saturdays & Sundays 1pm-5pm; Collector’s private viewings by appointment Tuesdays – Fridays 11am-4pm.

3. R2R International Film Festival for Youth – A film festival showing culturally diverse and authentic programming for youth.  There will be films, hands-on workshops, interactive panel discussions and public forums.  Click here for event information and schedule.

Where: 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC at Vancity Theatre and 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC at Roundhouse Community Centre.

Price:  Opening Night: Adult – $15, Child/Youth/Senior – $12.  Regular Screenings: Adult – $9, Child/Youth/Senior – $6.  Special Prices: Sunday Fun Day: $5 per person; Groups of 10+: $5 per person (regular screening only).  Handling Charge: $1 per ticket.

When: Friday, April 10 – Friday, April 17

4. World Ski & Snowboard Festival – Music, arts, sports, comedy, parties, and lots of other fun events!  The festival has free concerts going on as well, check here for schedule.  Click here for more info.

Where: Whistler, BC

Price: Starting from $0 depending on event

When: Monday, April 13 – Sunday, April 19

5. VIFF Vancity Theatre – Various films being played throughout the week that range from $7 – $11.  Everyone 19+ must have a valid annual Vancity Theatre Membership ($2).  For more information on the films and to purchase tickets, click here.

Where: 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC at Vancity Theatre.

Price: $7 – $11 (plus $2 annual VIFF membership fee)

When: Monday, April 13 – Sunday, April 19

6. Cineplex Tuesdays – All Cineplex theatres on Tuesdays have discounted tickets including premium tickets for 40% off.  An extra 10% off for scene members.

Where: Cineplex locations

Price: Ticket prices range depending on ticket type.  40% off and an additional 10% for scene members.

When: Tuesday’s

7. Weekly Vinyasa Yoga with CJ –  An hour-long yoga class where you will learn about body awareness and deepen your practice.  Bring your own mat.  All levels welcome.  Click here for more info.

Where: 2206 Main St., Vancouver, BC at Hot Art Wet City.

Price: $10 drop-in

When: Tuesdays at 6:30pm

8. The Comedy Mix – Laugh your hearts out!  Three shows weekly for less!  Click here for more info.

Where: 1015 Burrard St., Vancouver, BC


-ProAm Tuesday at 8:30pm for $8.

-Wednesday Showcase at 8:30pm for $10.

-Thursday Marquee show at 8:30pm for $15.

9. Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – Comedy Club with three shows weekly for less!

Where:  2837 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC


-Amateur Night on Wednesdays at 8pm for $6.67 plus tax.

-Top Talent Showcase on Thursdays at 8pm for $9.53 plus tax.

10. Vancouver Aquarium presents Sea Monsters: Fact or Fiction – Learn from Dr. Peter Ross about some of the tiniest “monsters” in our oceans.  For more information on this event, click here.

Where: 845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC at Vancouver Aquarium.

Price: $10 non-members, $8 members.

When: Wednesday, April 15 6:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)

11. Vancouver Theatre Sports – Improv theatre at Granville Island.  Many shows throughout the week.  Click here to buy tickets.

Where: 1502 Duranleau St., Vancouver, BC


Wednesday, April 15:

-Theatre Sports at 7:30pm starting at $11

-Improv Test Kitchen at 9:15pm starting at $10.

Thursday, April 16:

-Ultimate Improv Championship at 9:15 starting at $10.

Friday, April 17:

-Late Night Laughs at 11:15pm starting at $14.

Saturday, April 18:

-Late Night Laughs at 11:15pm starting at $14.

Sunday, April 19:

-Rookie Night at 7:30pm starting at $8.

12. Lafflines Comedy Club – A comedy club located in New Westminster.

Where: 530 Columbia St., New Westminster, BC


Pro-Am Thursdays at 8pm for $10 incl. tax.  Beer and Wing Special $9.10 plus tax.

13. Gastown Shop Hop – A night of fashion, design, music, and dining in Vancouver’s Gastown.  There will be 43 shops and 14 restaurants participating.  Click here for more info.

Where: Gastown, Vancouver, BC

Price: Free

When: Thursday, April 16 5pm-9pm

14. Rio Theatre Late Movie – “Event Horizon” is playing on Friday, April 17.

Where: 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Price: $6 in advance, $8 at door.  All prices plus tax.

When: Friday, April 17 11:59pm

15. North Shore Writers Festival – Writers and readers join in on a fantastic literary weekend!  Here is the list of the fun events scheduled.  Click here for event information.

Where: 1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver, BC at West Vancouver Memorial Library.

Price: Free

When: Friday, April 17 – Saturday, April 18

16. Surrey Vaisakhi/Khalsa Day Parade – A parade with floats, community performers, and music.  There will be free food and music.  Click here for more info.

Where: 12885 85 Ave., Surrey, BC at Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar Temple.

Price: Free

When: Saturday, April 18 9:30am-4pm

17. Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me –  Draw with Alicia Tobin and get a comedic critique.  After, enjoy stand-up comedy by her special comedic guests, Kevin Banner and Jane Stanton.  Supplies provided.  Click here for more info.

Where: 2206 Main St., Vancouver, BC at Hot Art Wet City.

Price: Advance tickets are $7.14, tax included, and $10 at the door.  Click here to buy tickets.

When: Saturday, April 18 at 8pm-10pm.  Doors open at 7:30pm.

18. Vancouver Farmers Market: Winter Market – Locally grown fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, cheese and artisan breads, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods, and crafts.  Foods trucks and live music!  Click here for more info about the market.

Where: 4601 Ontario St., Vancouver, BC

Price: Free admission

When: Every Saturday 10am-2pm from November 1 to April 25

19. Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory – Star gazing at it’s finest!  The observatory has a 1/2 metre Cassegrain telescope to see the night skies!  There is staff there to guide you answer your questions.  For more info, click here.

Where: 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver, BC.  Located next to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre.

Price: By donation

When: Saturday’s from 8:00pm-12:00am

20. Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival –  Twenty food trucks lining 1st Ave. in Downtown Mission.  No pets allowed.  Click here for more info.

Where: 1st Ave. (between Welton St. and James St.) Downtown, Mission, BC.

Price: Free Admission

When: Saturday, April 18 11am-5pm

21. Earth Day Beach Cleanup – Help keep our beaches and oceans clean!  Bring gloves and wear closed toed shoes.  Click here for more details.

Where: 1305 Arbutus St., Vancouver, BC at Kitsilano Beach in front of Boathouse Restaurant.

Price: Free

When: Saturday, April 18 11am-1pm

22. New West Artisan Fair – Everything from handmade soap to jewellery.  Click here for more details.

Where: 810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster, BC at River Market

Price: Free

When: Saturday, April 18 11am-5pm

23. Royal City Farmers Market – Featuring farm-fresh produce, plants, crafts, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.  Click here for more details.

Where: 810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster, BC at River Market

Price: Free

When: Saturday, April 18 11am-3pm

24. Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk – Join Herbalist Lori Snyder on a walk to discover the “wonder of weeds”.  Learn how to incorporate wild foods and medicines into your diet and discover how to make natural products.  Click here for more details.

Where: 13730 72 Ave., Surrey, BC at Newton Recreation Centre lobby.

Price: Free or by donation

When: Saturday, April 18 3pm-4:30pm

25. Blossom Bollywood meets Kite Dance – Celebrating the Cherry Blossom Festival with a twist on the Indian Kite Festival.  Shiamak Vancouver Performance Team collaborates with Egan Davis for a new dance performance where you can learn Bollywood dance moves.  No rehearsals required and all ages welcome!  Click here for more details.

Where: 750 Hornby St., Vancouver, BC at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.

Price: Free

When: Saturday, April 18 1pm-2:30pm

26. Re-Fashion Vancouver – Sell your clothes and by a new wardrobe with deep discounts.  First 20 people get a free swag bag of goodies!  Cash only.  Click here for more details.

Where: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC at Yaletown Roundhouse.

Price: $5

When: Saturday, April 18 10am-5pm

27. Kid’s Swapmeet Cloverdale Fairgrounds – Find baby to teen furniture, clothing, toys, books, and more.  New and gently used items for less.  Click here for more details.

Where: 6050 176 St., Cloverdale, Surrey, BC at Cloverdale Fairgrounds.

Price: $5 early admission, $3 10am onwards.

When: Saturday, April 18 9am-1pm

28. The Franchise & Own Your Own Business Show – Meet the hottest and fastest growing franchises and attend free seminars.  Click here for more details.

Where: 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC at Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building.

Price: $8 at door, $6 online.

When: Saturday, April 18 – Sunday, April 19 11am-5pm

29. Hastings Park Farmers Market –  The market will feature local produce, nursery items, fish, meat, dairy, local crafts, and hot food trucks.  Click here for more info.

Where: 175 Renfrew St., Vancouver, BC at Hastings Skatepark.

Price: Free admission and free parking at Gate 2.

When: Every Sunday 10am-5pm

30. Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – Local BC products, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods!  Click here for more info.

Where: 300 Ioco Rd., Port Moody, BC at Port Moody Recreation Complex.

Price: Admission free

When: Sundays 10am-5pm from November 2, 2014 – April 26, 2015

31. Stanley Park’s Secret Historical Walking Tour – Learn about the history of Vancouver and see rare historical photos.  Cash only.  Click here for more info.

Where: Alberni St. and Chilco St., Vancouver, BC at Stanley Park Lost Lagoon viewing plaza.

Price: $10

When: Sunday, April 19 1pm-2:30pm

32. Baker’s Market 2015 – A market full of baked goods and much more!  Takes place indoors, and free parking.  Click here for more details.

Where: 7646 Prince Albert St., Vancouver, BC at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre.

Price: Free

When: Sunday, April 19 11am-3pm


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