Dine: Skip the grocery shopping, prep, cooking and clean-up but keep the casual vibe and honest home cooking by hitting Sausage Night at Dock Lunch off Main Street. On the last Thursday of every month, Elizabeth Bryan and her crew team up with Original D Sausage to plate some German comfort food (sausages, beer, and sometimes even spaetzle). Desserts, drinks and that warm "hanging out at a friend's place" vibe are also available at no additional charge. Dinner is served as long as supplies last, but don't expect that to be long. Get in early, because people love sausages.
March 31, 7 p.m., Dock Lunch (152 East 11th Ave.)
Gig: How perfect is this? The weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, and both Metric and Death Cab For Cutie are playing Thunderbird Sports Centre on Friday night. Ride that spring fever wave as hard as you can with this on-campus concert.
April 1, 7 p.m., Thunderbird Sports Centre, $40-60, thunderbirdarena.ubc.ca/metricdcfc
Drink: The Beaty Biodiversity Museum has teamed up with Odd Society Spirits for a learning/tasting event this Friday. Hustle out to the natural history museum at UBC and take a tour through the From Meadows Woodlands Far and Near show with assistant curator of vascular plants Linda Jennings, learn how gin is distilled with Odd Society Spirits' Mia Glanz, and enjoy a delightfully illustrative Wallflower Gin martini as you go. This isn't kid-friendly. Pack your government-issued ID and some bus fare. Spaces are limited and tickets are required.
April 1, 6:30 p.m., Beaty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall, UBC), beatymuseum.ubc.ca
Taste: Who does it better, Scotland or Japan? The great whisky debate has been growing as Japan continues to make products that rival the traditional rulers of the whisky world. On Sunday, enthusiasts are invited to attend an event that aims to put an end to the argument. Learn about Scottish and Japanese whisky cultures, taste examples of both, and offer your two cents on the topic at a charity tasting at Chicha Restaurant. Tickets ($35) include cocktail on arrival and tastings of all the whisky. All proceeds will be donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation.
April 3, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Chicha Restaurant (136 E. Broadway), $35, moonshinetastings.ca
Fashion: The Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby is holding a Kimono show this weekend. One part fashion show, one part history lesson, this event uses traditional Japanese dress in colours and designs inspired by the four seasons as a means of recognizing, illustrating and celebrating Japanese culture. In addition to the fashion show, expect workshops, demonstrations, vendors, a silent auction, a raffle and some kimono-inspired couture.
April 3, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Nikkei Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby), $25, centre.nikkeiplace.org