The cherry blossoms are here and the days are getting longer, delivering the promise of spring and its camera-ready blue skies (with some rainy stretches thrown in to keep you on your toes). Looking for things to do around the city this month? Here are our five top recommendations.
Cannery Farmers’ Market
April 8 & 22 (10am-3pm)
Admission is free
Your last two chances to dive into the produce, treats and artisan creations at this ever-popular winter market are April 8 & 22. The philosophy here is that everything must be ‘made, baked, grown, raised, caught or harvested’ by British Columbia vendors. Give yourself plenty of time to peruse the dozens of indoor and outdoor stands, stick around for the toe-tapping music, and then take a by-donation tour of the richly fascinating Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.
Cannery Farmers' Market | Photo: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Gateway Theatre: Nine Dragons
April 12-21 (8pm most days plus some matinees)
This riveting new crime drama by Jovanni Sy, artistic director of Richmond’s favourite live theatre venue, is a world premiere. The action unfolds in 1920s Kowloon: a mysterious killer is on the loose and brilliant-but-underappreciated police detective Tommy Lam is assigned to the case. But when the leading suspect turns out to be from one of Asia’s wealthiest families, things don’t quite go according to plan. A stylish murder mystery sure to appeal to fans of classic crime stories and lovers of gripping drama, consider timing your visit for April 19’s Talkback Thursday when cast and crew will host an after-show chat.
Richmond Potters’ Club Annual Spring Sale at the Richmond Cultural Centre
April 20-22 (1pm-9pm on April 20; 10am-4pm on April 21; 10am-3pm on April 22)
Admission is free
It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping and if you’re looking for unique gifts – or just a purchase or two to beautify your own home or garden – this is the place for you. Handcrafted by the Richmond Potters’ Club and also the Richmond Weavers & Spinners Guild, you’ll find a kaleidoscopic array of delightful creations to fall in love with. Arrive early for the best selection and if you feel suitably inspired, ask about the club’s popular pottery classes as well.
BrickCan 2018 at the River Rock Casino Resort
April 21 & 22 (9am-4pm)
Tickets $15, children under 3 free
Peruse hundreds of cool models – British Columbia’s largest public display of LEGO creations – before checking out the vendors, chatting with expert builders and indulging in some inventive construction of your own. Book ahead for timed entry tickets and you’ll have two hours to fit in all the pieces. And if you’re a grownup LEGO lover with a serious passion for the world’s favourite interlocking bricks, book for the four-day Adult Fans of LEGO Convention as well, running April 19 to 22.
BrickCan | Model Credit: Dave Schefcik
Hawk & Owl Show at the Richmond Nature Park
April 29 (11am-3pm)
Admission by donation
The Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society is your host at bucolic Richmond Nature Park, bringing some of its favourite feathered critters in for an up-close, family-friendly visit. You’ll learn all about the region’s amazing owls and find yourself closer to their beady-eyed gaze than you ever thought possible. While you’re here, check out the park’s Nature House plus its inviting trails – see if you can spot any other local wildlife en route, including a Douglas squirrel or two.