Easter Egg Hunts
Send your little ones on a chocolate-fuelled search for sweets at Easter egg hunts across the province, including at the Stanley Park Miniature Train (through Sunday, vancouver.ca/parks), at the Fort Langley National Historic Site (Sunday, fortlangley.com), at the Empress in Victoria (Saturday and Sunday, fairmont.com/empress), high atop Sun Peaks (Sunday, sunpeaksresort.com), or at a special pre-Easter hunts at the Surrey Nature Centre and the Roundhouse, where they offer different age categories so the tinier tykes get a fair shake (Saturday, surrey.ca, roundhouse.ca).
If all that fresh air works up an appetite, treat yourself to a special Easter brunch high above the city on Grouse Mountain (Sunday, grousemountain.com), at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia (rosewoodhotelgeorgia.com), at Hotel Vancouver (fairmont.com/hotelvancouver), or at the Empress in Victoria, where you'll also find a special Easter-themed high tea (fairmont.com/empress).
Vancouver International Auto Show
Find out about the latest advances in fuel technology at the Clean Energy Showcase, step back in time in the Hagerty Classic Alley, drool over luxury cars from Aston Martins to Lamborghinis, pick up tips on everything from buying cars to racing them, and enter to win a shiny new Beemer at the horsepower-heavy Vancouver International Auto Show (at BC Place, vancouverinternationalautoshow.com).
They were favourites at SXSW and just a few nights ago they played Conan, but you can still catch the scorched-earth rock of Cincinnati's Heartless Bastards – led by the rich, powerhouse vocals of singer and guitarist Erika Wennerstrom – at the Electric Owl (early show Saturday, northerntickets.com).
Soweto Gospel Choir
Spirit in need of a lift? Head for the Soweto Gospel Choir, whose rich, soaring a cappella harmonies have landed them recording gigs with U2, performances for Nelson Mandela, and even a spot at an Oprah Winfrey New Year's party (at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Saturday, ticketstonight.ca).
For a decidedly different choral experience, don't miss joyful indie pop choir the Polyphonic Spree, who, after years on hiatus, have dusted off their white robes and are bringing their bliss-inducing pop back on the road (at Venue Saturday, ticketmaster.ca).
See the touching tale of a son who seeks to unravel the mystery of why his mother, who is dying of Alzheimer's, abandoned painting years before – and whether the move was linked to her disease – in Scar Tissue, the stage adaptation of the Michael Ignatieff novel (at the Revue Stage until April 28, artsclub.com).
Robert Bresson Restrospective
Jean-Luc Godard once said that "Robert Bresson is French cinema as Dostoevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is the German music" – and you can choose from 13 of Bresson's spare, intensely metaphysical films including Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Pickpocket and Trial of Joan of Arc at this retrospective (at Pacific Cinémathèque until April 26, cinematheque.bc.ca).
Rocky Mountain Express
Like your film a little larger than life? Take in jaw-dropping views and feats of engineering that shaped a continent as Rocky Mountain Express – an Omnimax film about Canada's first transcontinental railway – pulls into Science World (scienceworld.ca).
See striking new works by renowned Vancouver painter Angela Grossmann, who explores how girls and women are shaped by personal experience and by society's ideas about sexuality, femininity, status and beauty in The Future is Female – the visual artist's first solo show in seven years (at the Winsor Gallery until May 6, winsorgallery.com).
Vancouver's Village 2008-2011
Relive the building of Vancouver's Olympic Athlete's Village – minus the defaulting developer, slumping sales, bailing retailers, and low-income controversies – at Vancouver's Village 2008-2011: constructing a village, creating a community, photographer Leslie Hossack's exhibition that follow's Southeast False Creek's transformation from a flock of construction cranes to an Olympic site to glassy waterfront condos (at the Vancouver Archives until April 13, vancouverarchives.ca).
See all the treats the lesser-known Indie Rock Bunny is leaving this holiday Monday, with shows by Britpop hit makers Kasabian at the Vogue (northerntickets.com), earth-rattling Brooklyn rock duo Sleigh Bells at the Commodore (ticketmaster.ca), reverb-rich Sixties-inspired pop by Cults at Venue (northerntickets.com), and London pop indie pop band Fanfarlo at the Biltmore (ticketweb.ca).
Watch top competitive dancers – minus the two left-footed D-list stars – as they tango, foxtrot, quickstep, samba and paso doble their way to the World Amateur DanceSport Championships at this weekend's SnowBall Classic (at the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel Saturday, snowballclassic.com).
Grand Pacific Open Chess Tournament
Find your inner Garry Kasparov and test your mettle against the best chess players in the province at the 5th annual Grand Pacific Open Chess Tournament, where there are prizes for Top B.C. Player, Top Women, Top Junior, Top Unrated and Biggest Upset (at Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria through Monday, grandpacificopen.com).
International Pillow Fight Day
For a fun afternoon that involves far less strategizing, do your best – but don't forget to play nice – at International Pillow Fight Day flash mobs in Vancouver and Victoria. Word to the wise from organizers: Stay off the road, and don't hit anyone who doesn't have a pillow (Saturday, pillowfightday.com).