From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of cool things we are doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver from March 20 to March 26, 2019. Please note that you can now get the Scout List – with a few extra pieces of intel included – sent to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up for your subscription in the sidebar.
EQUINOX | The Vernal Equinox (March 20 at 2:58pm) officially signals the beginning of longer days and warmer weather. Yup, pack up the winter hats and coats, folks! It’s time to turn soil and appreciate cherry blossoms! Fun fact: There are those who claim that the Vernal Equinox is the only day of the year when an egg can be perfectly balanced on its end and hours of frustration/fun can be had giving it a shot. It’s also the day we release the Spring edition of the Scout 25!
SHOP | Aren’t these longer and brighter days fantastic?! Make the most of them. Spring is a great excuse to expand your horizons and explore places you might have been uninspired to check out during the Winter, such as the All Day Breakfast minimalist head shop, which opened in East Van earlier this year. Plan on venturing out to the hood this Friday for the launch party of in-house brand Studio A-Ok’s third collection, “Microdose Reality”. And while you’re there you can hook yourself up with some cold drinks, new duds and design-savvy cannabis accessories that you can feel good about lighting up with at home in good company, and that will get you the right kind of attention when you’re out enjoying some park time. Find out more on.
ART OPENING | There’s a quirky new art show opening at Slice of Life Gallery on Thursday evening. “Dairyland” is local artist Jack Kenna’s solo exhibition of surreal paintings and sculptures inspired by none other than the city’s yellow milk crates. If after getting an eyeful of the artwork you’re feeling as curious about the inner workings of the artist’s mind as we are after sneaking a peek at his Instagram, then you’ll also want to RSVP for one of his free artist talks (you can do that here). Bonus: the forecast looks great for taking your bike out for a spin this weekend and the Adanac bike path takes you almost directly to SOL. Find out more.
NIGHT QUEST | Shadows, noises, animal calls, and the sound of snapping branches – walking through Pacific Spirit Regional Park at night can be an intimidating prospect! It’s probably best to do it with a group. Follow a guide, add more than a few cheerful lanterns and all of a sudden you have a pretty magical Saturday night. Such an opportunity presents itself this weekend when the Pacific Spirit Regional Park Society hosts Night Quest. It’s a gentle 2km walk along a lantern-lit trail; an outdoor evening of storytelling, campfire music, and a bit of wildlife education. Wear sensible footwear, pack a flashlight and take along a travel mug. This is a really great event that’s appropriate for anyone interested in the mysteries of the forest at night (geared toward kids but highly recommended for all). Find out more.
MAKE | Roll up your sleeves and make something this weekend. Stick Vancouver is offering two drop-in sticker and wheat paste making workshops: one for kids and one for adults. Artists and alley-art enthusiasts will be on site to walk you through the process of making stuff and pasting it in exciting places. Materials and conversations with cool people included. Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out this recent Scout interview here. Find out more.
FRESH AIR | Hustle up to Grouse Mountain for the 24 Hours of Winter celebration this weekend. No joke, Grouse is offering a round-the-clock line-up of activities (think all-night skiing, snowboarding and ice skating; complimentary midnight snowshoe tours; a torch parade; a ‘SkyDeck’ party, wildlife talks, yoga, hiking, snow cave exploring, and fondue eating. 24 Hours of Winter kicks off Saturday morning at 8am and comes to a close late Sunday night. Find out more.
EASTSIDE FLEA | Be prepared for warmer weather by updating your warmer weather wardrobe with a few accessories or key pieces of clothing at the Eastside Flea Spring Market this weekend. Peruse booth after curated booth of goodies from over 50 local vendors. Bonus: music, food, drinks and always awesome people. Super extra bonus: kids and dogs enthusiastically encouraged. Find out more.
BURGER TIME | Chef Todd of Handtaste Ferments will be at The Narrow for a burger pop-up on Sunday. From the ‘Tennessee fry’ and Tonkatzu to a “Filet-o-fish” and a tasty southern-style veg option, all bases are covered. Grab a burger and a beer with some pals, squeeze every last drop out of the first weekend of spring. Find out more.
FUSE | Rather than the usual weekend affair, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family Fuse runs for five Spring Break days this month. Beginning Monday, you can head to the gallery Mon-Fri (12-4pm) for a kid-friendly line-up of workshops, activities and tours focused on the theme of ‘Make! Move! Discover!’ From the VAG: “Join us as the Gallery becomes a space of exploration and active collaboration, where visitors can explore their questions, ideas and responses to the artworks on display through Artist Workshops, led by local artists and art educators; engaging in-gallery activities with our team of experienced Art Agents; and art-making activities in The Making Place.” Yay, art! Find out more.
REFLECT | Needing some clarity? Looking to get grounded? There is a guided meditation and soundbath going on this Sunday evening that could be just the ticket. It’s said that the quartz crystal ‘singing’ bowls used at the Ocean and Crow Yoga meditation class creates a frequency, or tone that helps transport the individual to an altered state of consciousness (which is often where we need to go to find clarity). Clear away winter cobwebs and gain some spring focus. Find out more.
BRUNCH | Go out for a great brunch this weekend! For a list of potential locations, check out our new guide to Vancouver’s Best Brunches here.