Best Whistler Events for March 2016
Winter is just three weeks away from reaching its 2016 conclusion. While there is still plenty of activity up on the hills and slopes (thanks to a favorable year from Senior El Niño) to keep you busy through the month, we thought we’d provide you with our staff picks for the top activities in March in the Whistler Village area.
5 Recommended Events In and Around Whistler Village for March 2016
1. Family Après @ Whistler Olympic Plaza – Monday and Wednesdays Until March 30 (3-6 PM)
Take advantage of the final month of Family Après (ski) in Whistler Village. The ongoing post-session celebration winds down with a bang in March. Visitors can expect a wide variety of fun-filled and all-ages activities and entertainment. Each day offers something different, which may or may not include snowman building contests, toboggan rides, arts, crafts, and storytelling with lovable costumed characters roaming the premises to excite the tots in your clan. Rest assured that there will always be plenty of music, snacks, and hot beverages on deck. Celebrate the passing of an epic 2016 ski-season in Whistler at Olympic Plaza.
2. Fire & Ice Show @ Skier’s Plaza – Sundays Until March 27 (6:30 PM)
This event makes the list of every recommended event schedule we post in the winter. Partly because it takes place right outside of the windows of our second story Whistler restaurant, but mostly because of the fact that it’s the most captivating event of the season, year in and out. With an encore presentation/exception on Thursday March 3 to launch the final month (every Sunday thereafter), the Fire & Ice Show showcases the bravest of extreme skiers and boarders, blowing away bystanders with their acrobatic antics. If flipping and spinning through a burning ring of fire isn’t enough to get your attention, there are also fire dancers, a DJ and an event-concluding fireworks display. It’s like NYE all over again, 5 times in one month, and all for FREE!
3. Performance Series: Sarah Hagen w/Søren Bebe @ Maury Young Arts Centre (formerly Millennium Place) – March 3 (6:30 PM)
Classified as jazsical piano, this Performance Series (courtesy of the Whistler Arts Council) combines the talents of renowned Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen and Soren Bebe, a Copenhagen-based pianist and leader of the European jazz and contemporary music scene. In this performance, guests will be treated to the classy and cool sounds of Sarah and Soren, blending together jazz and classical music elements that introduce a fresh and contemporary take on two timeless genres. The affair begins at 6:30 PM with wine, cheese and live entertainment until the performance at 7:30 PM. You can bring the whole family to this event, as it is all-ages (but fret not, there is a cash bar too). Click here for ticket information.
4. Audain Art Museum Public Opening @ 4350 Blackcomb Way – March 12/13 (10AM to 5PM)
The arts and culture scene in Whistler is about to get a lot bigger in the month of March (and beyond). The second weekend of the month marks the arrival (public-opening) of the Audain Art Museum. Become one of the first to enter the doorway of this soon to be iconic staple in Whistler. The institution will be home to world-class permanent art collections, with the coming weekend featuring (temporarily) the works of Mexican Modernists: Orozco, Rivera, Siquieros and Tamayo, making for the perfect precursor to an evening of dining at the Mexican Corner Restaurant, of course.
5. Made in Whistler Winter Artisan Market @ Westin Resort & Spa – March 26 (12-6 PM)
The Whistler Winter Artisan Market at the Westin Resort & Spa is a weekly affair through winter in the Village, but once again we find ourselves winding down the season. With its last of the month and the second to last of the entire year (before the arrival of the spring and summer markets) you will want to take advantage of the multitude of artisan crafts, accessories, pottery, fine art, eclectic fashions, baked goods and other foods on sale. This is your last shot at scoring a true one-of-a-kind seasonal treasure until the market returns for the winter of 2016-17.