24 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: February 18 and 19

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Daniel Chai Feb 17, 2017 9:43 am 3,943

The weekend is here and we’re ready to let loose! Get out and explore Vancouver with our list of things to do this weekend, Saturday, February 18, and Sunday, February 19, 2017.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rock out with Matthew Good

  • 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.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom– 868 Granville Street
  • When: February 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online,$42.50

Explore Winterruption on Granville Island

  • 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
  • Full schedule: Online at granvilleisland.com/winterruption

Expand your mind at Saturday Morning Lecture Series

  • What: A series of lectures open to the general public on a huge range of topics presented by TRIUMF, UBC, and SFU. February talks will address the search for other planets, and the quest for the Higgs Boson, among other scientific matters.
  • Where: TRIUMF Auditorium at UBC – 4004 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver
  • When: February 18 from 10 am to 12:15 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Run wild at RunGo Dash for Dogs

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  • What: A guided 10 km, 5 km or 2 km run or walk through Stanley Park, with proceeds going to BC and Alberta Guide Dogs. This year, participants will also be able to experience walking with a guide dog, and be lead around while blindfolded, all for a small donation. After the run, there will be a social event with pancakes, prizes, and tunes. Those without dogs are also welcome to participate in the event as well.
  • Where: Brockton Pavilion – 1151 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
  • When: February 18 at 9 am
  • Registration: Online, $10-$35

Dance your face off during the Unicorn Ball at The Imperial

  • What: Vancouver Pride Society’s winter fundraiser is open to all members of the LGBTQ2+ community and allies. Dress in your most colourful, most sparkly unicorn costumes and outfits to dance the night away, plus enjoy the Love Bus ball pit. Funds raised from this event will go towards making VPS more accessible to all members of the LGBTQ2+ community.
  • Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: February 18 at 9 pm
  • Tickets: $20 available at Little Sisters Bookstore, Our Community Bikes, High Life Records, Vancouver Pride Society and online.

Salute Vancouver Canucks legend Pat Quinn outside Rogers Arena

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks will unveil a statue of Pat Quinn outside Rogers Arena on the North Plaza before their game against the Calgary Flames. The statue also includes “Pat’s Bench” for fans to sit and have their photos taken.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver (North Plaza near corner of Expo Boulevard and Pat Quinn Way)
  • When: February 18 at 6:15 pm

Shop local at the Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market

  • What: Find local produce, meat, seafood, artisan cheese, bread, herbs, baked goods, artisanal crafts, and more.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm

Support kids at the Canuck Place Gift of Love Gala

  • What: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice holds their third annual Gift of Love Gala this weekend, aiming to raise much needed funds for the hospice.
  • Where: Quality Hotel & Conference Centre – 36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford
  • When: February 18 at 5:30 pm

Sing your heart out with Carmen

  • What: Carmen is filled with some of the most memorable melodies in opera and is one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. Carmen comes to life with Burnaby Lyric Opera’s production team and the best of BC’s operatic talent.
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts– 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: February 18, 23 and 25 at 8 pm, February 20 and 22 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$38

Get your art on at Art Battle

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  • What: Live competitive painting night that showcases local artists and connects Vancouver to towns and cities around the world. Painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process.
  • Where: Red Room Ultra Bar – 398 Richards St
    Vancouver
  • When: February 18 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20

Find your light with Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival’s Lantern Workshop

  • What: Build your own lantern at workshops led by Hannah Barss. Lanterns will be incorporated into the VCBF’s Spring Lights immersive light and video art experience.
  • Where: Kerrisdale Community Centre (South Room) – 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: February 18 from 1 to 4 pm
  • Registration: Online, $5 per lantern. Workshop materials will be provided.

Get soulful with The Big Sound Vancouver Black History Month launch

  • What: A celebration of the glory days of classic soul, Motown Records and the Motown sound featuring a 25+ piece band performing hits and deep cuts of the era.
  • Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • When: February 18 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$25

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Talk and tour with artist Sarah Ronald

  • What: Sarah Ronald shows new drawings, paintings, and installations which spur viewers to seek out the contradictions in our daily lives, specifically around our relationships with wild animals in both suburban and natural environments.
  • Where: Seymour Art Gallery – 4360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
  • When: February 19 at 2 pm
  • Register: On Facebook, free

Ride along with Odysseo by ‪Cavalia

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  • What: The last night of the latest run by Cavalia, described as “Cirque with horses”. Featuring a cast of 65 equine stars and 48 human performers, the performances promise to be majestic and over-the-top, and even features an actual lake right in the middle of the action.
  • Where: Under the White Big Top — 299 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (Olympic Village)
  • When: Now until February 19
  • Tickets: Online, $29.50-$119.50

Dive into adventure with the Bubble Guppies

  • What: Bubble Guppies will feature a wave of playful characters, energetic song, dance and theatrical magic that will have kids, parents and grandparents singing and dancing along with this rockin’ interactive show.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: February 19 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$40

Drift into reverie with Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra’ Symphonie Fantastique

  • What: Reveries, passions, and vibrant visions fill the air with Berlioz’s Symphony fantastique, an expansive spiritual journey captured in spellbinding sounds. Accompanying this orchestral masterwork is a world premiere by Vancouver composer Benton Roark and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring the winner of the Vancouver Academy of Music’s 2016 Kay Meek Competition, Caitlin Wong.
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street
  • When: February 19 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Dance to the February Blues with Pancakes and Jam

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  • What: Pancakes and Jam is an inclusive community building event that combines brunch with a live music dance party. Potluck items that complement the pancakes like condiments, or other brunch-like munchies and beverages are always appreciated.
  • Where: The Woods Studio – 7 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: February 19 at 11:30 am
  • Cost: By donation, $5-$10 recommended. Breakfast is free. Please bring your own cups, mugs, dishes and cutlery.

Laugh the night away with The Sunday Service

  • What: With over 20 Canadian Comedy Award Nominations and a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Improv Troupe in 2012, The Sunday Service are one of Vancouver’s funniest groups.
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday at 9 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $7

Explore movement with Subscura Workshop

  • What: An explorative workshop that will reveal the body’s ingrained intuitive movements, along with unconventional movements. Discover movement through embodiment, interpretation, impulse, physical reaction, and more.
  • Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver. 7th Floor, Judith R Marcuse Studio.
  • When: February 19 from 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Registration: Online, $30

Shop local at the Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market

  • What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, and food trucks.
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm

Sip and Savasana with Steamwork’s Yoga on Tap

  • What: Practice your mindfulness, meet new people, and enjoy a flight of beer during an all-levels yoga session.  Presented in partnership with Moksha Yoga Burnaby with partial proceeds to benefit Burnaby Hospital Foundation.
  • Where: Steamworks Beer – 3845 William Street, Burnaby
  • When: February 19 at 10:30 am
  • Tickets: Online, $20, proceeds going to Burnaby General Hospital initiatives

Watch the Canucks take on the Flyers

  • What: Canucks take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the second of their back-to-back home games.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: February 19 at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online

Be creative with Wildcrafted Wool’s Beginner Felting Class

  • What: Learn to make your very own one-of-a-kind needle-felted brooch. Also an opportunity to learn other needle-felting techniques using all natural local materials.
  • Where: Second Nature Home Boutique – 1827 Victoria Diversion, Vancouver
  • When: February 19 at 6:30 pm
  • Register: Online, $38

Connect with culture at Talking Stick Pow Wow

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  • What: One of Talking Stick Festival’s most popular events. Featuring exhibition dances, an Aboriginal artisan fair, craft sales, demonstrations, and food concession.
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays from noon to 4 pm
  • Cost: Free

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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