10 things to do in Burnaby in February

Feb 5 2017, 5:06 pm

Burnaby is filled with amazing events to do this month, from a Valentine’s themed skate to a timeless opera. To get you started, here are 10 things to do around the city this month.

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

Hank Bull: Connexion

Hank Bull Connexion

Image: Burnaby Art Gallery

  • What: Since the 1970s Bull has explored telecommunications as an artist medium to create a network of relationships worldwide. Hank Bull:Connexion features collected objects from the ’70s to the ’90s sparkling, unexpected associations and demonstrating Bull’s dedication to life lived as art.
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: Until April 6
  • Admission: $5 suggested donation

Pop-Up Love Party

  • What: Pop-Up Love Party reimagines Plato’s Symposium in its quest to define eros with all its plagues and pleasures. The performers must outdo each other in a battle of ideas. They do this with the aid of nostalgia, aerobics, a kangaroo court, conspiracy theories, an infectious pop ballad and quiet philosophical contemplation.
  • Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts– 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: February 8 to 11 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $33-$38


  • What: All ages, genders, languages, and skill levels are welcome to learn how to knit. Needles and yarn are provided, and there is always an experienced knitter available to help. Plus share your projects-in-progress or show off your completed pieces.
  • Where: Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas (7311 Kingsway, Burnaby) and McGill (4595 Albert St, Burnaby)
  • When: February 11 at 11 am (Tommy Douglas) February 16 at 6:30 pm (Tommy Douglas) and February 28 (McGill)
  • Cost: Free

Cupid Skate

  • What: A Valentine’s-themed skate at Bill Copeland Sports Centre, with face painting, crafts, games and more.
  • Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby
  • When: February 11 at 12:30 pm
  • Admission: Regular admission and skate rentals apply

Family Day at the Carousel

  • What: Bring the family and enjoy a day at the Carousel, including a children’s entertainer, arts activities, heritage games, and unlimited carousel rides!
  • Where: Burnaby Village Museum – 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • When: February 13 at 11 am
  • Tickets: $6.50 per person ($5.85 per member). Pre-registration recommended


  • 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

Ganja Research Adventures in Jamaica

  • What: Marilyn Bowman spent months in Jamaica during 1971 doing neuropsychological testing with subjects to discover the effects of long-term marijuana use, locally called ganja, in users and matched controls. The political situation was volatile, as recounted in Man Booker–prize-winner Marlon James’ recent novel. Professor Bowman shares her interesting adventures in a live talk.
  • Where: SFU Burnaby Campus, Halpern Centre, Rm 114
  • When: February 21 at 11:30 am
  • Cost: Free

Monday Jam Night at Great Bear Pub

  • What: Monday is Jam Night at the Great Bear. Bring your instrument and a friend – all musical styles welcome.
  • Where: Great Bear Pub – 5665 Kingsway, Burnaby
  • When: Every Monday night
  • Cost: Free

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Image: Nathalie De los Santos

  • What: Align Entertainment presents a large-scale musical adaptation of the popular fairy tale, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The show will feature grand costumes, sets, and a full orchestra that will play popular soundtracks from the Disney film
  • Where: Michael J. Fox Theatre – 7373 Macpherson Ave, Burnaby
  • When: From Friday February 3 to Saturday February 18; Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm, and matinees at 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Tickets: Online, $27-39

Hub Open Studio

  • What: The Hub Open Studio is a place where youth can explore creating art with a range of materials, in a non-judgmental and nurturing environment. It represents a space where art can be used as a vehicle for expressing emotions and creativity. Arts supplies are provided, and all youth are welcome.
  • Where: Burnaby Youth Hub – 4750 Imperial Street, Burnaby
  • When: Every Wednesday at noon
  • Cost: Free