What to Do in Vancouver This Week (Apr. 3 to 9)

Cherry blossoms in bloom, 1984 on the big screen, a killer climbing workout and more to keep you entertained this week.

Watch Big Brother Watching You

Tuesday, April 4

Vancity Theatre joins 140 different independent theatres across North America as they screen 1984 on April 4th to raise funds and awareness for free speech campaigns. Michael Radford’s 1984 is a film adaption of George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel of the same name about censorship and totalitarianism. Proceeds will go to support the BC Civil Liberties Association.When: April 4, 9 p.m.Where: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.Cost: $10 to $12Tickets: VIFF

Climb a Boulder

Thursday, April 6

You’ll never be stuck between a hard place and a rock again. The Hive Bouldering Gym offers introductory classes in bouldering for the very beginner. Learn basic balance and movement, hand and foot techniques and sequencing and strategy. Participants will leave with a two week pass to the gym so you can come back and practice your moves.When: April 6, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Where: The Hive Bouldering Gym, 520 Industrial Ave.Cost: $70 (includes shoe rental)Tickets: The Hive

Rediscover Magic at the VSO

Friday to Sunday, April 7–9

As part of their Film Concert Series, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will play the soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets live as the film is screened at the Orpheum Theatre. This performance will have your spirits raising as high as if someone had just cast “Wingardium LevioSA.”When: April 7 – 9, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.Where: The Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.Cost: $26 – $69Tickets: VSO

Celebrate Spring with Syrian Cuisine

Saturday, April 8

Tayybeh: A Celebration of Syrian Cuisine is an organization that supports Syrian women in Vancouver through pop-up community dinners that showcase their authentic Syrian recipes. Their next “Syrian Springtime” Pop-Up Dinner, celebrates Spring with musical guests and colourful dishes including new recipes they have never served in Vancouver before! Ticket proceeds go towards supporting Syrian women chefs and their families.When: April 8, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Where: Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 West 33rd Ave.Cost: $60Tickets: Facebook

Bloom with the Cherry Trees

Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9

With the blooming of the cherry trees arrives the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, running until April 23. As part the of festival, the Sakura Days Japan Fair will include tea ceremonies, Japanese food, tree talks and walks, and workshops in calligraphy and origami, all set in the stunning VanDusen Garden. Plus, Saturday night features a beautiful lantern parade starting at 6:30 p.m.When: April 8, 11 a.m to 7 p.m. and April 9, 11 a.m. to 5p.m.Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street at 37thCost: $6.50 to $27Tickets: EventBrite

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