What: The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe.
Where: Various Locations. Check the website for more information.
What: Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) 28th annual improv festival and competition, The Massacre, which hits The Improv Centre stage from January 27 through February 14, promises to banish the blahs with loads of laughs.
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
What: Comedian David Cross will be bringing his Making America Great Again! – yes, riffing on Donald Trump – tour to Vancouver in February as part of the month-long JFL NorthWest Comedy Fest taking over the city.
Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: The band known for hits like Iron Man and War Pigs, and band-mate Ozzy Osbourne, will stop at Rogers Arena in February for a rock show like no other. And it’s the last one they say they’ll ever do.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
What: Built as a festival that celebrates one of the oldest traditions for many Asian cultures – Lunar New Year, LunarFest aims to collaborate with many Asian communities and outreaches to other Canadians. Since the inception, LunarFest is also built on an important artistic element for many cultures – the lanterns. Through collaborations with professional artists and school children in Canada and around the world, LunarFest has already presented Lantern Forest for 2009-2010, Lantern Aquarium for 2011-2012, Lantern Jungle in 2013 and Lantern Palaces in 2014.
What: It takes two to tango this Valentines Day at the Rio Theatre! Back after last year’s sold out show, the highly anticipated Burlesque Duos will feature never seen before Burlesque duets featuring eight of Vancouver’s top teasers.
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: Why so serious? From the madmen behind One-Man Star Wars and One-Man Lord of the Rings comes an irreverent parody and homage to the Dark Knight Trilogy. Two-faced super-nerd, Charles Ross, lovingly tears Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece a new one in his new One-Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody. No costumes, no sets, no Batmobiles, Ross takes you on a one-hour comedic joyride, from Batman’s origins to his epic battles against Gotham’s super-villains. Hold onto your utility belt!
Where: Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
When: Thursday, February 18 to Sunday, February 21
What: She’s a legend in the comedy world, and has conquered film, television, books, and theatre. Now she’ll be in Vancouver for the Just For Laughs NorthWest Comedy Fest where you can see for yourself what all the hype is about.
Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: International YouTube sensation Miranda Sings is bringing you a hilarious night filled with comedy, hit songs, magic tricks, dramatic readings of hate mail, and never before seen videos! The quirky superstar has over 60 million views on YouTube and has performed her one-woman show to sold-out crowds all over the world.
What: Comedien Wanda Sykes, best known for The Wanda Sykes Show, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Amazon Prime’s Alpha House, will play as part of the Just For Laughs NorthWest Comedy Fest in Vancouver. She’s been named one of the funniest people in America, and now she’ll be one of the funniest in Canada.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: Receiving critical acclaim as a stand-up, actor and author, Lewis Black has performed for audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
What: The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festivalis back for its fifth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.
What: Science World is playing host to Vancouver’s top bartenders at its evening cocktail event on February 4. The Science of Cocktails will showcase the physics, chemistry and biology behind their award winning drinks. Proceeds will help provide cost-free field trips to schools in need across the Lower Mainland.
What: Powell Street’s Uncommon Café is offering couples a fun and creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Couples who sign up (attendees must be in pairs), will learn how to cook a romantic dinner, while savoring delicious French food, in a candlelit setting.
Where: Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
What: Vancouver Brewery Tours presents their second For The Love Of The Craft — A Valentine’s Day Brewery Tour. The romantic, beer-fuelled excursion will stop at Big Rock Urban Brewery,Storm Brewing, and Strange Fellows Brewing. Transported around the city in a mini-van, participants will get to enjoy a range of beer samples (including a Valentine’s-themed beer made especially for the day), appetizers, and Thomas Haas chocolate.
Where: Multiple venues (check website)
When: Sunday, February 14, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
What: This pizza-tasting extravaganza is presented by Vancouver Foodster, Richard Wolak and Tasting Plates. The evening will involve visiting a handful of pizzerias around the city, and sampling an array of pizza slices. At this stage, participating restaurants include Straight Outta Brooklyn, Zero Zero Pizzeria, and Ragazzi Pizza, with more names to be announced.
What: One of the city’s largest annual food and wine events, the Vancouver International Wine Festival, returns to the city for its 38th year. Spanning over a week, from February 20 to 28, the wine-focused affair will once again bring together the top names in wine making, as well as a collection of wines from round the world.
Where: Convention Centre, plus various venues (please check website)
What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
When: Saturday, November 7 to Saturday, April 23 (Every Saturday); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: After a successful trial season last year, we’re excited to return to Hastings Park for a full winter season! We were welcomed and supported by the local community with dedicated Vancouver Farmers Markets shoppers from all over the Lower Mainland. Located within a thriving community close to the highway and the Second Narrows Bridge, the Hastings Park Farmers Market is a perfect place to stop and shop.
Where: Hastings Skate Park – Renfrew Street, Vancouver
When: Sunday, November 8 to Sunday, May 1 (Closed Dec. 27); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: Open year-long, the Public Market at Granville Island is a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike. There are several produce vendors, along with local food and craft artisans, prepared foods, and much more to see and do.
What: Held under the Cannery roof in Richmond, this winter farmers’ market acts as a gathering place for the local community and provides an opportunity for farmers and artisans to showcase their products. Visitors to the market can enjoy a rustic atmosphere, fresh produce, and a varied selection of prepared foods.
Where: The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
When: October 2015 to April 2016, 1 and 3 Sundays of every month; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: The White Rock Farmers’ Market will run nine winter markets this year, which will feature a range of vendor produced goods, including fresh fruits and veggies, with an en emphasis on locally-grown farm produce. Also available at the market are baked and organic goods, artisan cheeses and breads, condiments and preserves, and fair trade coffee.
Where: Elks Hall, 1469 George Street, White Rock
When: October 18 to December 18, Sundays;10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What: This New Westminster wintermarket offers attendees farm-fresh produce, plants, quality handmade crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, live entertainment, and whole stack more.
Where: Belmont Street (between 6th and 7th Streets), New Westminster
When: November 7 to April 16 (excluding January 2); 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: The 2016 Shred for the Cause “Locals Edition” will kick off on Monday, January 25 and run every Monday night until March 28, offering women ski and board passes for only $10. Men of course are welcome too, but will pay $31 for their lift tickets.
Where: Mount Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
When: Mondays, January 25 to March 28, 2016; 6 to 10 p.m.
What: The Robson Square Ice Rink, located in downtown Vancouver, is be open until February 29. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Square, Vancouver
What: 24 hours of consecutive fun will take place up Grouse Mountain from February 6 to 7 when the hill stays open from sunset to sunrise. Ski, board, snowshoe, ice skate, and play in the terrain park all day and all night, featuring music from live DJs on site.
Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
What: On February 21, Vancouver’s toughest will challenge the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel at Climb the Wall: the Stairclimb for Clean Air featuring the Fight & Flight Challenge. This race starts with a 1km bike ride on a stationary bike, followed by intense strength exercises and a test of balance before you head up the 739 steps of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel. You’ll also face even more obstacles on your way up, as if climbing 48 storeys, straight up, wasn’t enough.
Where: Sheraton Wall Centre – 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver
What: FlyOver Canada is proud to bring back “Flight of the Dragon”. For a limited time, guests will get to experience Flight of the Dragon and FlyOver Canada back-to-back for the regular FlyOver Canada admission price! Start your experience off in the pre-show room, where you will see beautiful festive theming and still images of Chinese New Year celebrations. Then, buckle up your seatbelts and get prepared for the virtual flight rides! First, follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery during Flight of the Dragon. Then, stay seated and take off again to experience, the Ultimate Flying Ride, FlyOver Canada, a thrilling virtual flight ride that takes you across Canada from east-to-west.
Where: FlyOver Canada – 201-999 Canada Place, Vancouver
What: Beginning on January 21, running until May 15, the museum will showcase Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver, a new unique exhibit to provide local residents with a glimpse of the possible avenues the city could take with addressing housing affordability, residential density, transportation, and public spaces.
Where: Museum of Vancouver – 100 Chestnut St, Vancouver
What: The Commercial Drive Business Society (CDBS) presents their inaugural ‘Family Day on The Drive’, a free community event produced by the CDBS. Taking place Monday, February 8, there will be an afternoon of events for the entire family at Britannia Ice Rink between 2 p.m and 4 p.m.
Where: Britannia Ice Rink – 1601 Parker Street, Vancouver
What: Create unique memories with your special valentine at the Vancouver Aquarium with a one of a kind experience! To start the evening, wine and dine your valentine in our Tropical gallery with a three course plated dinner by the aquarium’s culinary team.
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
What: Looking for the perfect date night experience this Valentine’s Day? Join Mixed Media Events & Studio Sessions at their private studio for a wonderful night filled with great food, wine, cocktails & painting! All painting supplies provided with ticket purchase. Pre-ordered Charcuterie and Cheese tasting plates available. Wine, Beer & Select Hand Crafted Cocktails available at the venue. No prior painting experience necessary.
Where: The Beaumont Studios Artist Society – 326 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
When: Friday, February 12; 6 to 9 p.m. or 9 p.m. to midnight
What: All areas of the performing arts are represented at the Talking Stick Festival from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, visual arts and multimedia performance, celebrating Aboriginal culture and showcasing the new evolving contemporary work of today’s artists.
Where: Various Locations. Click here for more information.
What: Get an exclusive chance to explore Science World’s feature exhibition, Animal Inside Out, in a 19+ atmosphere. KiSS Radio will be on-site spinning tracks for a three hour dance party and there will also be an exclusive stage show on the topic of crazy animal mating rituals. Mix, mingle and have fun like a kid—without the kids.
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
What: Art is at the heart of Winterruption, and this year, it’s bigger than ever. Marvel at Giants, the largest outdoor mural ever created by Brazilian artists OSGEMEOS on Ocean Concrete’s six gigantic silos.