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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: February 17 to 18

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Daniel Chai Feb 16, 2018 6:37 am 3,585

Work hard, play harder! Fill your weekend with our rundown of 20 things to check out on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18. Lunarfest, Gogol Bordello, and more.

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Celebrate Heritage Day!

  • What: Celebrate Heritage Day in Port Moody with family-friendly activities at the Civic Centre and walking tours along historic Clarke Street. Enjoy performances by The Squares Barbershop Quartet, Beauty Shop Dolls, Port Moody Secondary School students, and children’s entertainer The Ta-Daa Lady. Play old-fashioned games and get your photo taken with vintage props in a black-and-white photo booth.
  • When: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where:
    • Civic Centre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
    • Station Museum – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
    • Clarke Street, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Derby Tales Round the Campfire

  • What: Gather round a crackling campfire to bake bannock and listen to tales of nature and life in the wilderness.  Bring a mug for hot chocolate.
  • When: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 3 pm
  • Where: Derby Reach Regional Park – Meet across road from Heritage Area on Allard Crescent, north of 96 Avenue and 4 km west of Fort Langley.
  • Admission: Free

2018 Black History Month Youth Summit

  • What: Join the United Centre Association for Black Cultures and YVE: Your Vancouver Entertainment to celebrate black history month with a strong focus on creating a supportive and inclusive environment for black youth. Special guests include DJ Alibaba, athlete Alexander Stewart, comedian James Burr, and hip hop artist Leps.
  • When: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: 1:30 to 4 pm
  • Where: Douglas College – 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Chinese New Year Festival at Lansdowne Centre

  • What: A full day of free family fun including a Lion Dance, Money God visits, live traditional and modern stage performances, community booths, giveaways and more.
  • When: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 to 5 pm
  • Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No. 3 Rd., Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF)

  • What: VIMFF is an annual international nine-day community festival, featuring mountain film screenings, live multimedia presentations, photography exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and other special events.
  • When: Now to Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various venues
  • Tickets: Online

Black History Month Exhibition

  • What: A two-week exhibition by Black/African artists living in the Lower Mainland. An exploration of identity, culture, and self expression through photography, illustration, and paintings, taking you on a journey from Canada, through Ghana, the US, and Cuba. You can meet the artists on February 21 at 6pm.
  • When: Saturday, February 17 to Friday, March 2
  • Time: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 9:30 pm, weekends 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Richmond Arts Centre, Upper Rotunda – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Heart On Cabaret: A Night of Adults Only Puppetry

  • What: Vancouver International Puppet Festival presents an adults only puppet show. Featuring stripping puppets, raunchy puppet stand-up, and more for the Valentine’s season.
  • When: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20

1920s Fashion Show with Ivan Sayers & Silent Auction Fundraiser

  • What: Watch models strut down the runway in bold, beautiful, and beaded garments. Noted fashion historian Ivan Sayers will captivate and entertain as he takes the audience on a journey following the highs and lows of 1920s fashion. Learn about the change in styles throughout the decade and discover why certain materials, silhouettes, and styles were preferred. Ticket includes non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers.
  • When: 
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: All Saints Parish Hall – 821 Fairfax Street, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Black History Month Showcase

  • What: See some of Vancouver’s best and brightest including Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah, poet Ayanda Mgoduka, singer Garfield Wilson, and many more. The fabulous Krystle Dos Santos will be singing and hosting as well as paying tribute to notable members in Canada’s Black history.
  • When: Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm, show 10 pm
  • Where: Guilt & Company, Downstairs – 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On the door, pay what you can

New West Farmers Market – Winter Market

  • What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, food trucks, community information, live entertainment, and more.
  • When: The first and third Saturday of each month until Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Belmont Street, New Westminster!
  • Admission: Free

Sunday, February 18, 2018

45th Annual Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade

  • What: This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and more.
  • When: Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Chinatown. Starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street, proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer at Abbott.
  • Admission: Free

LunarFest Market

  • What: Enjoy everything from food trucks to doggie arts and crafts at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. It’s the optimal doggie day out and you can indulge in some appetizing Lunar New Year food while you’re there. This includes traditional fare and festival favourites like hurricane fries. Don’t forget to bring home a puppy lantern.
  • When: Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza – 750 Hornby Street
  • Admission: Free

Climb the Wall: Stairclimb for Clean Air

  • What: ​​​Vancouver’s toughest will challenge the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel to raise funds for the BC Lung Association.
  • When: Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: 8:30 am
  • Where: The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel – 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Register: Online

Tinsley Ellis Band

  • What: Atlanta based blues-rocker Tinsley Ellis returns to Vancouver with guests Rocky Milino Jr. and The C4D Band.
  • When: Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Gogol Bordello

  • What: American Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello plays in Vancouver in support of their seventh studio full-length album, Seekers and Finders. Featuring guests Lucky Chops. Known for their theatrical shows, this is sure to be a great night.
  • When: 
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom– 867 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $39.50 + s/c

Get Lucky Art Show 2018

  • What: To celebrate Chinese New Year 2018, District Local has invited Vancouver artists to create artwork on lucky red envelopes for a one-day art show. Artists have the freedom to use their media of choice, using red envelopes as the canvas.
  • When: Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, Free

Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair

  • What: Ring in the Year of the Dog and stock up your supplies at this annual Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair. Featuring booths specializing in Chinese New Year themed decorations, traditional snacks, sweets and foods, gifts, toys, fresh flowers and plants, and more.
  • When: Now to Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 7 pm
  • Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Vancouver Giants versus Red Deer Rebels

  • What: Vancouver Giants take on Red Deer Rebels in Western Hockey League action at Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: 4 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

My Funny Valentine

Image: Dahlia Katz

  • What: As relevant as when it was first performed eight years ago, My Funny Valentine is back for a remount at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. Written by local playwright Dave Deveau in response to the 2008 fatal shooting of Lawrence King by a fellow classmate, the one-man show catches the community during the aftermath of the hate crime.
  • When: Now to Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: Doors 9 pm
  • Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Theatre Wire; $32

Who Killed Gertrude Crump?

  • What: Agatha Christie returns from the dead to perform a one-woman haunted house murder mystery puppet show. World famous mystery author Gertrude Crump has been murdered… mysteriously! Can you solve the case? All the clues are there…
  • When: Now to Sunday, February 18, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$20
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Daniel Chai
Daniel Chai is a writer and actor based in Vancouver, BC.
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