Illuminate Yaletown lights up with a cornucopia of colour

And four other reasons Vancouver is awesome this week

Illuminate Yaletown

This dazzling festival will feature light-based art installations that utilize advanced video and lighting technology that is both cutting edge and power smart. Yaletown will be lit in an array of colours at precisely 6:06 p.m. when the sun sets on the city. Bonus: hit up select restaurants in the area for special Illuminate cocktails.

When: Friday, March 8 from 6 to 10 p.m.

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Where: Yaletown

Savour Our Neighbourhood


The Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society invites you to join in on the Savour Our Neighbourhood 2019 festival. This sixth annual fundraising event celebrates the food and beverage artisans of Mount Pleasant. The evening is hosted by Vancouver storyteller Jo Dworshak, and features comedian Charlie Demers. Savour our Neighbourhood 2019 will be catered by Tayybeh, an award-winning local food company and social enterprise that supports newly-arrived Syrian women.

When: Thursday, March 7

Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St.

Biggest Dog Meet-Up

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Who let the dogs out? Vancouver’s biggest dog meet-up of the year takes place this weekend and promises to delight canine aficionados from far and wide. This is a casual gathering for anyone who loves dogs, but you don’t have to have — or bring – a dog to attend. There are no booths or activities, it’s just a free meetup for all of Vancouver’s dog lovers to enjoy.

When: Sunday, March 10 from noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Trout Lake Farmers Market, 2100 East 13th Ave.

East Side Beer Fest


Liberty Wine Merchants proudly presents the seventh annual East Side Beer Fest tasting event. This event is in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, which helps provide food for 27,500 people in need each week. All proceeds from both ticket sales and draw prizes directly support the food bank. The evening will feature craft beers from B.C. and around the world, along with a silent auction and door prizes.

When: Wednesday, March 13 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac St.

Free Pancake Day at IHOP

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To mark National Pancake Day, breakfast restaurant chain IHOP will be giving away free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes across the U.S. and Canada, including right here in Vancouver, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is the sixth year IHOP has done this event in Canada, which doubles as a massive fundraiser Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

When: Tuesday, March 12 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: IHOP, 950 West Broadway


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