Welcome to the week of love! Between Family Day and Valentine’s Day, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones and have some fun. To inspire your adventures, here are tons things to do around the city, from concerts to film festivals, and everything in between.
What: There’s much more than just shopping at Tsawwassen Mills this Family Day. From a 7,000-square-foot indoor skatepark to Uncle Buck’s Bowling Alley, via kid-friendly activities such as magic shows and balloon animals there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
What: Children and their families are encouraged to spark their imagination through music, visual, literary and performing arts lead by professional artists. Located in the heart of City centre, the Richmond Cultural Centre will transform into a vibrant, colourful atmosphere with interactive workshops, activities and events tailored for children ages 3 to 12.
Where: Richmond Cultural Centre – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
What: Bring out the family to celebrate with children’s entertainer and CBC Kids star Will Stroet and movement storyteller Dianna David. Will and his Backyard Band will share favourites from Will’s Jams and his new album Wordplay, which will have kids chuckling and singing along to high-energy interactive music. Dianna will tell stories through the fusion of clown, mime, urban dance, juggling, in her visually-dynamic multimedia show.
Where: Jewish Community Centre – 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
When: February 13 at 10:30 am
Tickets:Online, $15 or $50 for four tickets. Babies under 1 are free
What: Bring the whole family to the Vancouver Art Gallery to explore current exhibits and try hands-on activities. Join their team of Art Agents as they bring the exhibitions to life. Then move on to The Making Place to experiment with themes, processes and materials in a number of engaging art-making activities.
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
What: Celebrate Family Day at Kitsilano Community Centre with fun for grown ups and children alike. There will be a family playtime gym, bouncy castle, arts and crafts, popcorn and interactive activities
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre – 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver
What: musica intima will perform with special guest artist VYC Kids, which is the newest ensemble at the Vancouver Youth Choir. By presenting popular kids’ music, new and traditional choral music, and folk songs, the professional vocalists of musica intima will create a welcoming musical environment where families can experience live music together.
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
What: Experience an ultra-swanky evening of live performance, cocktails, and music inspired by vintage Hollywood glamour and Rat Pack era cool. Also featuring a dance party in the Projection Room, Space Age Bachelor Pad Music curated by Trevor Risk, and stand-up comedy.
What: Following last year’s sold out show, the highly-anticipated Burlesque Duos returns to the Rio’s stage on Tuesday, February 14. Featuring performances by April O’Peel & Diva Fandango, Melody Mangler & Voracious V, Vixen Von Flex & Ava Lure, and Jungle Kat & Ruthe Ordare. Hosted by Mister Mickel & Connie Cahoots.
What: The Robson Square Ice Rink wraps up its season on February 14. Skating is free with your own skates, and rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Square, Vancouver
What: The world is in need of a little more love these days, and there is no better way to spread the good vibes than with good old fashioned a dance party. The #SaveLove Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) is planned for Vancouver on Valentine’s Day and will also launch simultaneously in Austin, San Francisco, and New York.
What: Elle is the story of Marguerite de La Rocque de Roberval, a French noblewoman who set out in 1542 for Canada with her uncle, Jacques Cartier to colonize the new-found country. Adapted from Douglas Glover’s novel by Severn Thompson, Elle reinvents the beginnings of this country’s national narrative.
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
What: A special comedy event guaranteed to break hearts and funnybones. The stage will run red as two teams of Cupids battle for the audience’s affection! Plus there will be award-winning comedy, chocolate hearts, and a special presentation of TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs!
What: The Dinner Party and Big Love Ball are teaming up to hold this free Valentine’s Day event for singletons, all about flirtation, fun and the potential for love. Dress code – wear pink. And prepare yourself to “practice connection.”
Where: Zend Conscious Lounge – 1130 Mainland St, Vancouver
When: February 15, from 7 to 10 pm
Admission: Free, but to gain entry you must bring two members of the opposite sex that you are not romantically involved with. And wear pink.
What: Enjoy a night of music with the Maple Leaf Singers to help raise funds to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. Following a brief introduction to the family, Burnaby’s 50 member show-chorus will give a dynamic performance featuring a variety of songs complemented by choreography.
What: Vancouver Film School Writing Class 53 Presents Two Nights of Live Sketch Comedy! Featuring 13 writers and seven sketch comedians. Directed by Jackie Blackmore and produced by Shelley Stein-Wotten.
Where: VFS Cafe – 390 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: TILT Curiosity Labs, Graphic Designers of Canada, and CAPIC Vancouver present data artist Jer Thorp talking about his work with The Office For Creative Research designed to create real, functioning data publics. From data performances at the Museum of Modern art to data sculpture in the world’s busiest public place, these projects seek to change the way that the public interacts with and understands information.
Where: HCMA Architecture + Design – 400-675 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: Heather O’Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals and The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, is a renowned Canadian novelist, poet and short-story writer. She has won Canada Reads and was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. Presented by Vanc0uver Writers Fest
Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
What: Chutzpah! The Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival is the Lower Mainland’s winter music, dance, comedy and theatre festival presenting international, national and local artists.
What: A huge range of comedians will perform at the second annual JFL NorthWest, including headliners Sarah Silverman, Trevor Noah, and Piff the Magic Dragon. Local stars also hit the stage in Best Of The West, including The Hero Show, The Ryan & Amy Show, and Graham Clark’s Quiz Show.
What: A roots-country and folk music duet that performs a wonderful selection of traditional and songwriter material from Canada and elsewhere. Andrea Smith and Dave Lidstone present their music with strong harmonies supported by solid guitar work. In addition to accompanied vocal pieces, their concerts include a cappella and instrumental pieces.
Where: Brittania Shipyards National Historic Site – 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond
What: In response to Erdem Taşdelen’s ‘The Quantified Self Poems’, poet Daniel Zomparelli will speak about his work with Taşdelen and the central role collaboration plays in his creative practice. Zomparelli and frequent collaborator Dina Del Bucchia will follow with a reading from recent work.
Where: Contemporary Art Gallery – 555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
What: Warner Music Canada recording artists BillyTalent are starting off their year on a high note, heading out on a coast-to-coast Canadian tour that will take them all the way across the country. With guests Monster Truck and The Dirty Nil.
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
What: Vancouver’s Matthew Good is taking his latest album on the road, and he’s coming home for two shows. With the release Matthew Good’s EP titled I Miss New Wave: Beautiful Midnight he will embark on a 28 date Canadian tour, in which he will perform Beautiful Midnight in its entirety.
What: Granville Island’s Winterruption Festival returns with lots of free events in the mix this year, including a look behind the scenes of theatre magic, a groove-heavy performance from the Robin Layne Band, and a winter-themed art exhibit.
Where: Multiple locations on Granville Island, Vancouver
When: From Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19, various times
What: The Dumpling King – aka Matt Murtagh-Wu – serves up his signature varieties of Johnnie Walker Black Pork Belly and Scallion and Five Spice Vegetarian dumplings. Pop-up attendees can also sip on Strange Fellows craft beer.
When: February 17 and 18; February 24 and 25 from 6 to 9 pm
What: Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn producer Kenny Dope performs at The Waldorf Hotel. Also featuring DJ Scratch, Vinyl Ritchie, Mat The Alien, DJ Illo (Ottawa), and DJ Pump (Calgary) spinning a genre-blend of everything from hip-hop and funk to punk and heavy metal while honouring the history of the sound format.
Where: The Waldorf Hotel – 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: A special event for every kind of Magic enthusiast, from the casual player to the Pro. Some of the most popular artists in the game will be on site for autographs along with plenty of vendors from all around the world and special activities.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
What: With a decades worth of headlining roots and celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues, the Town Pants own brand of celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, and backed up with and a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from Ottawa to Oslo. Grab your gleaming garments of green and get ready to ShamROCK.
Where: The Backstage Lounge – 1585 Johnson Street, Vancouver