69 things to do in Vancouver in February

Jan 27 2019, 7:36 am

A brand new month means new events to enjoy! Fill your February with these 69 things to do in Vancouver, including Justin Timberlake, Valentine’s Day, and more.

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

Explore the great outdoors

World Wetland’s Day at MacKay Pond

What: A maintenance and clean-up of MacKay Pond for World Wetland’s Day. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Tools will be provided.

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: 1st St W and Lloyd Ave – North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Cool Cats and Canines

Cougar

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What: Sink your claws into the world of cougars, bobcats, coyotes and wolves. Open to all ages.

When: Sunday, February 17, 2018
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park – Meet at 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Robson Square Ice Rink

What: The provincial government’s Robson Square Ice Rink is open for the 2018 and 2019 season. As per tradition, skating is free for all ages for those who bring their own skates. Those without skates can rent a pair on-site for a fee. An on-site concession stand will also serve warm drinks and snacks.

When: Now to February 28, 2019
Time: Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm – Holiday hours vary
Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson Street and Howe Street)
Cost: Free for all ages, if you bring your own skates (Skate rentals are $5, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time)
Note: Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under. Robson Square Ice Rink accepts cash only

City of New Westminster Family Day 2019

What: Explore the City of New Westminster on Family Day for the Lower Mainland’s largest free event. All City Parks & Recreation facilities along with the Anvil Centre and River Market will be offering Family Day fun for free.

Anvil Centre’s Family Fun Zone will feature Science World on the Road, Magician Peter Rooke, Nintendo games, photo booth fun, crafts and much more. The City’s Parks & Recreation facilities will be offering a variety of activities including swimming, fitness classes, skating, arts and crafts and entertainment.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia St, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Family Day Campfire

What: Drop by for a cozy campfire and learn about nature through story and song. All ages

When: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 12 pm to 3 pm
Where: Pacific Spirit Regional Park – Meet at the park centre on 16th Ave., 400 m west of Blanca St.
Admission: Free

Velo Voyages: An Evening of Bike Touring Talks

What: Sidesaddle is hosting a fun free social evening for folks who are interested in touring. Whether you’re a veteran world traveller or someone just interested in the idea, come by and listen to some of their customers share stories and photos from their favourite tours all around the world, with plenty of time for chatting and questions. Sidesaddle is providing the wine and snacks, you bring your questions, ideas, and experiences.

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Sidesaddle – 2496 Victoria Drive, Vancouver,
Admission: Free

Cross-country skiing at Cypress Mountain

What: Located at the Nordic Area on Hollyburn Ridge, Cypress Mountain’s cross country skiing area features 19 km of groomed trail, 7.5 km of trail for night skiing, and the largest ski school in Canada offering both skate and classic lessons.

When: From now to closing day of the season
Time:  Hours vary from day-to-day
Where: Cypress Mountain – 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
Rentals: Full day rentals start at $24, $16 after 3 pm

Explore the city

Driverless Vehicle Demonstration Surrey 2019

What: An autonomous shuttle vehicle will be making loops in and around Surrey Civic Plaza over the span of more than two weeks in February 2019 to provide Metro Vancouver residents with an opportunity to experience the future of driving. This free public demonstration is a part of the joint partnership between the City of Surrey and the City of Vancouver for their Infrastructure Canada Smart Cities Challenge bid of creating Canada’s first two collision-free multimodal corridors with driverless vehicles.

When: Wednesdays to Sundays from February 1 to 18, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Surrey Civic Plaza — 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
Cost: Free. Book online to avoid lines

The 2019 Unicorn Ball

Unicorn Ball

Image: The Love Bus/Facebook

What: The annual event, held by the Vancouver Pride Society, is returning to Vancouver for its third straight year. The winter fundraiser helps raise money for LGBTQ2+ communities. Taking place on Saturday, February 2 at the Imperial, the ball is celebrated with a dance party that runs from 9 pm to 2 am. Live music will take place throughout the entire night featuring DJ A$H, O Show, Angle, Krista, and Dezi Desire, to name a few. This year, all proceeds will go towards a VPS bursary fund to assist small, marginalized groups to participate in Pride or to create their own events come Pride season.

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 9 pm to 2 am
Where: The Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online for $27 (after service fees)

Sneaker Con Vancouver

What: Sneaker Con, affectionately dubbed as “the greatest sneaker show on earth,” will be coming to Vancouver for the first time ever this February. The event is a widescale collection and collaboration for fanatics to browse, talk and learn more about their favourite brands and shoes. To help attendees buy, sell, and trade with confidence, the event will also include a Sneaker Con authentication team, who will tag shoes and ensure they’re 100% legit. There will also be a wide selection of streetwear and unique merchandise available on site.

When: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online or at the door for $28.55 (incl. fees)

Mission: Possible — Surrey Escape Room 2019

What: The City of Surrey and City of Vancouver’s Smart Cities partnership will be hosting a free escape room experience in Surrey Civic Plaza, just outside Surrey City Hall. Over the span of a 60-minute session on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, participants will have to strategize, solve riddles, and collaborate through a series of puzzles and riddles to help create a smarter city. This experience is suitable for all ages given its varying difficulties, but parents must accompany elementary-aged children on challenges.

When: Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, 2019
When: 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Surrey Civic Plaza — 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey
Cost: Free. Online registration required.

Women’s Personal Safety Workshops 2019

What: Women looking to learn more about self-defence are invited to join the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for women’s personal safety workshops this winter. Participants will be able to learn easy self-defence tactics, and no prior training is required. The safety team encourages skills that involve “effective” self-defence.

The workshop is hosted by the VPD’s Women’s Personal Safety team. The VPD says the workshop is open to all women, but the minimum age to sign-up is 16-years old. Anyone under 18 must come with a parent to sign a waiver. More information is available online.

When: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Price: Free, register via email [email protected] or call 604-717-3434

Thank You For Being a Friend

Golden Girls

Thank you for Being a Friend/ Facebook

What: The Golden Girls coming to Vancouver — but in puppet version. Join Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia for a live puppet tribute show that is bringing the laughs and memories back, this February at the Vogue Theatre.

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: Doors at 7 pm,  show at 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $35 to $40

Open Mosque Day BC

What: For the first time in Canada, major mosques across BC will be participating in Open Mosque Day on February 16, 2019. There will be a range of activities on site including hijab try-ons, henna tattooing, as well as delicious refreshments.

When: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Various mosques around BC, check website for details 
Admission: Free

Free Roberts Bank Tour: The Container Trail 2019

What: Visitors will be taken on a driving tour through the container depots and logistics warehouses in Delta’s Tilbury Industrial Park, Port Authority’s Deltaport Truck Staging Area, Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility, and Delta iPort Logistics Centre. The tour will then end with a visit of Roberts Bank, where Canada’s busiest coal export facility and Canada’s largest container terminal are located. This includes an opportunity to get off the tour bus for an up-close look at container ships being loaded and unloaded at GCT Deltaport container terminal, which alone is 210 acres in size. Each tour takes about two hours and does not require any walking.

When: February 16 and February 26, 2019
Time: 9 am and 1 pm
Where: Meet at the Port of Vancouver’s Delta Community Office — 5225A Ladner Trunk Road, Delta
Cost: Free! Book online

Family Day at the Oval

Richmond Olympic Oval

Interior of the Richmond Olympic Oval in its post-Games, multi-sport mode, with the speed skating ice surface removed. (Richmond Olympic Oval)

What: Take on the Family Passport Challenge, with activities including Olympian autographs, Vancouver 2010 Olympic Podium Photo, trivia and more. Then explore the Olympic Experience Museum, enjoy family rock climbing, and skate with the family. Skate and helmet rentals available. Extra fees apply for activities and equipment.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
Admission: $10 family admission (up to 2 adults + 3 children)

Children’s Arts Festival 

What: Celebrate BC Family Day at the 11th annual Children’s Arts Festival in Richmond. Children and their families are encouraged to spark their imagination through music, hands-on activities, literary and performing arts. Enjoy a vibrant, colourful atmosphere with interactive workshops, activities and events tailored for children ages 3 to 12.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Richmond Cultural Centre – 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: General Admission is $5. Creativity Classes are $15 (register in advance here). Children ages 2 and under are free.

The Winner’s Circle: Fundraiser for Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

What: An evening of virtual horse-racing, a silent auction, and prizes for best hat, best-dressed, and more in support of the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. Curry, snacks, beer and cocktails will be provided by local businesses like The Cascade Company and the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area. All proceeds will support Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House—a home away from home for newcomers and neighbours from 40+ countries, many first nations, all walks of life and every generation.

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $35 until February 7, $45 from February 8

Muzproposal Vancouver meetup/ networking event

What: Are you a single Muslim in the city looking for love? Muzproposal, a new Muslim relationship app, is about to change the dating game and will be holding its first meetup in Vancouver on Saturday, February, 23. Registration is now open and seats are limited. The app works similar to Bumble in that ladies make the first move. Users have 48 hours to reply and the rest is up to the potential couple! The Muzproposal app is available to download on  Google Play and the App Store.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: The Westin Bayshore Vancouver — 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Register: Online

Driverless Vehicle Demonstration Vancouver 2019

EZ10 Driverless Shuttle Autonomous

EZ10 Driverless Shuttle in Dubai. (Easy Mile)

What: Between February 23 and March 3, the driverless shuttles will travel along a one-km-long route on West 1st Avenue between the northwest corner of the intersection of Manitoba Street and West 1st Avenue and the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station parking lot. All rides are free to demonstrate the viability of such autonomous transportation technologies for the City of Surrey and City of Vancouver’s joint partnership for Infrastructure Canada Smart Cities Challenge bid of creating Canada’s first two collision-free multimodal corridors with driverless vehicles.

When: February 23 to March 3, 2019
Where: Western terminus: Canada Line Olympic Village Station parking lot. Eastern terminus: Northwest corner of the intersection of Manitoba Street and West 1st Avenue
Cost: Free! Book online to avoid lines

Mushroom Racing Vancouver

What: Mushroom Racing is your chance to race against Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Super Bros.’ gang while collecting stars and winning prizes. ‘Real Life Mario Karting’ is all about Go Karting with a twist. Details on location and the event will be sent to participants a week prior to the event.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Where: TBA
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Tickets: Available on Eventbrite, $50

Happy Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year at Metropolis at Metrotown

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Metropolis at Metrotown

What: To celebrate the Lunar New Year, the mall will be hosting more than two weeks of activities to welcome in the Year of the Pig. The highlight, perhaps, is 399 lanterns that will be taking over the Grand Court. The hundreds of lanterns will act as a backdrop for visitors to take photos with their family or friends. A handful of other activities will also be taking place, including Chinese calligraphy, lantern making, traditional Chinese Dance performances, and a “travel through Asia” photo booth.

When: Friday, February 1 to Monday, February 18, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair

What: The hallways of Aberdeen Centre will be transformed into a Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair, featuring vendors selling including gifts, decorations, fresh flowers, crafts, food, home goods and more. Your one-stop-shop for all Chinese New Year essentials.

When: Now to Tuesday, February 5, 2018
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Admission: Free

Yaohan Centre Chinese New Year Celebration

What: The hallways of Aberdeen Centre will be transformed into a Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair, featuring vendors selling including gifts, decorations, fresh flowers, crafts, food, home goods and more. Your one-stop-shop for all Chinese New Year essentials.

When: Tuesday, February 5, 2018
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Where: Yaohan Centre – 3700 No 3 Rd, Richmond
Admission: Free

Chinese New Year Celebration at International Village Mall

What: International Village Mall’s celebration will bring traditional Chinese Spring festivities and rituals to the community of Vancouver, with exhibition and sales booths on both the Main and Upper Mall Levels. Come out for Chinese New Year festive items, souvenirs, culinary delights, giftware, multicultural live performances on stage, a lucky draw and more. This three-day event includes an opening celebration with a ceremonial lion dance.

When: Friday, February 8 to Sunday, February 10, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: International Village Mall – 88 W Pender St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

When: Friday, February 8 to Sunday, February 10, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: International Village Mall – 88 W Pender St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

LunarFest Celebrations

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What:Start your Lunar New Year celebration with a “gong” and take a money bath. LunarFest brings cultures and traditions outdoor in downtown Vancouver. Win a prize in the Universe of Piggy Banks and learn about cultures and currencies around the world. Be sure to meet the Pig Heroes, DIY a lantern and take home lots of crafts. Presented by TELUS.

When: Saturday, February 9 to Sunday, February 10, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza – 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Chinese New Year Cultural Showcase

What: Colourful dance shows and Chinese Orchestra performance featuring hundreds of spectacular talents from the Vancouver Academy of Dance, Colors of Dance Academy, B.C. Chinese Music Association, and more.

When: Saturday, February 9, 2018
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Admission: Free

Laugh the night away

Pleasant Comedy

What: On the first Saturday of every month, Colin Sharp brings top touring comedians from Vancouver and across the country to Our Town in Mount Pleasant. This month’s headliner is Katie-Ellen Humphries from The Lady Show, CBC’s The Debaters, and JFL NorthWest. Also featuring Ivan Decker, Randee Neumeyer, Kody Audette, and Emma Cooper.

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 8 to 10 pm
Where: Our Town Cafe – 245 East Broadway Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10

Shirley Gnome – Wise Lounge Residency

What: Shirley Gnome is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning musician/cabaret performer. She’s singing almost every Sunday of February at the Wise Lounge along with special guests. Be the first to hear songs from her upcoming album, along with old favourites.

When: Sunday, February 3, February 17 and February 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Wise Hall & Lounge – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
Admission: $10 suggested donation

Improv Against Humanity: Game Of Love

What: Looking for love in a Horrible place? Join The Fictionals for Improv Against Humanity: Game of Love at the Rio Theatre. Featuring award-winning comedy, a live CAH game show, chocolaty prizes, and more. Plus someone will be crowned the next Most Horrible Person in Vancouver.

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $12

JFL Northwest 2019

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What: JFL Northwest 2019 has a star-studded lineup, including Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Whitney Cummings, Gabriel Iglesias, Michelle Wolf, Ken Jeong, Best of the West showcase, and more.

When: Thursday, February 14 to Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: Showtimes will vary and can be found on the event website
Where: Various stages across the Lower Mainland
Tickets: Online

Straight to DVD: 2 Straight 2 DVD

What: A night filled with scenes from movies that do not exist. Comedians will perform their scenes in a rehearsal/table read hybrid, then pitch brand new movies as well as audition for a super serious one. Hosted by Christine Bortolin and Kyle Fines, with an all new Drunk Movie Day episode exclusive to the show

When: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 10 pm
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $7

Addictive Comedy

What: The Addictive Comedy Crew performs at Elgin Hall to help beat the winter blues. Featuring Lizzie Allan, Karina Cebuliak, Ellen Bradley-Cheung, and Anne Hosking.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Elgin Hall – 14250 Crescent Road, Surrey
Tickets: Online, $27.50

LOL-apalooza

What: A comedy fundraiser for WE Villages, via International Conference Services (ICS), to benefit their project in Kanambu, Ecuador to construct a clean water system. Featuring stand-up sets from Yumi Nagashima and Steev Letts and a live musical set from Light Organ Records artist, Fake Shark.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $20

Celebrate the season of love

Romance Week at Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) presents the return of Romance Week, running from Tuesday, February 5 to Thursday, February 14 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Visitors can bring their special someone to VTS and enjoy three special shows over the 1o-day event: Love Matches, Love Unscripted, and Red Hot Improv. Romance Week ends with My Funny Valentine, which will be hosted by none other than Cupid and Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.

When: Tuesday, February 5 to Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: Showtimes vary based on performance
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online starting at $10.75

Vancouver Aquarium After Hours Valentine’s Day Edition

Courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

What: The evening affair is adults-only, and will set the stage for a provocative, sometimes racy, and often times comical exploration of the sex lives of aquatic animals. Singles and couples alike are invited to spend Valentine’s Day with a drink in hand while they explore the galleries after dark.

Vancouver Aquarium veterinary fellow Dr. Megan Strobel is hosting a talk on the sex lives of marine animals, where you can discover which aquatic animal has the biggest penis to body size ratio, which creatures engage in courting and which species mate for 14 hours straight. You can watch the “naughty puppet show,” back by popular demand, or take part in the Meet a Penguin program that will bring you toe to webbed toe with these loveable birds. There are alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase throughout the aquarium.

When: February 14, 2019
Time: 6 pm to 11 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Tickets: $27 for members and $35 for non-members.

Mount Pleasant Senior Prom

Mount Pleasant Prom

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Mount Pleasant Senior Prom/ Facebook

What: 

Get on your tackiest suit, grab a cute date and get ready to awkwardly slow dance the night away because a Senior Prom bash will be taking place in Mount Pleasant. Take inspiration from whatever decade inspires you and get ready to party all night long. The event takes place at The AnzaClub in Vancouver. There will be a DJ, performances from local bands Colour Tongues and The Noodle Boys, a full bar, and no chaperones.

When: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 7 pm to midnight
Where: AnzaClub — 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online, $20

Notch8 Valentine’s Chocolate Cave

What: The cave lives in the eatery’s private dining room and features floor-to-ceiling custom built chocolate covered walls, along with a stunning array of 20 different chocolate desserts.

When: February 14, February 15, February 16 and February 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $65; make reservations by calling 04-662-1900 or email [email protected]

Cheer on the home teams

Vancouver Canucks

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Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

What: The Vancouver Canucks continue their regular season throughout February, with home games against Calgary Flames on February 9, Arizona Coyotes on February 21, and Anaheim Ducks on February 25.

When: February 9, February 11, February 21, February 23 and February 25, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Giants

What: Vancouver Giants continue their winter WHL season at Langley Events Centre, with games against Prince George Cougars on February 2, Spokane Chiefs on February 15, and Victoria Royals on February 22.

When: February 2, February 10, February 15, February 18,  and February 22, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Warriors vs Saskatchewan Rush

What: Vancouver Warriors bring National Lacrosse League action to Rogers Arena with a home game against the Saskatchewan Rush on February 16

When: Saturday, February 16
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania

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WWE

What: Professional wrestling returns to Vancouver as Rogers Arena hosts WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania. Three matches involving eight Smackdown superstars have already been announced: AJ Styles vs WWE Champion Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio vs Rusev vs United States champion Shinsuke Nakamura, and Asuka vs Charlotte Flair vs Smackdown women’s champion Becky Lynch The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) are also scheduled to attend. Samoa Joe was not mentioned in the announcement, but he is pictured in the marketing material.

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, starting at $20

Eat fresh with farmers’ markets

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

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 crafts.

When: Every Saturday to April 27, 2019 (except December 30)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Hastings Park Farmers’ Market

What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, craft alcohol producers, and food trucks. There is free parking for market shoppers at Gate 2 off of Renfrew St.

When: Every Sunday to April 28 (except December 30)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
Admission: Free

Port Moody Winter Farmers Market

What: Established in 2008, the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market began as a bi-weekly market in the lobby and courtyard of the Port Moody Rec Centre. Now a weekly market, shoppers can stop by every Sunday for local BC produce, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods.

When: Every Sunday to April 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Port Moody Recreation Complex – 300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Cannery Farmers’ Market

What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market is Steveston’s indoor winter market, held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. This unique market features local food and artisan merchants, inside a historic cannery setting. Admission to the museum is free on market days, with guided heritage tours by donation.

When: Various dates from now to Sunday, April 28, 2019 
Time: 
10 am to 3 pm
Where:
 Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Admission:
 Free

Bon Appetit

La Poutine Week 2019

What: La Poutine Week kicks off all across Canada for the seventh time, and we can taste the squeaky cheese curd-goodness already. In the past, the annual week-long celebration of fries, curds, and gravy has seen hundreds of participating restaurants dish out original takes on the iconic Quebecois dish. The fest takes place during the first week of February for the dining public to eat and vote on their favourites before a winner is announced at the end of the week.

When: Friday, February 1 to Thursday, February 7, 2019,
Time: Various times
Where: Various restaurants
More Info: Online

Dine Out Vancouver 2019

Dine Out

@bitesofvancouver/Instagram

What: Dine Out Vancouver is back for its 17th year, bringing with it a crowded calendar of food events, with hundreds of restaurants participating in this year’s exciting event. Taking place from January 18 through February 3, 2019, the popular annual fest features hundreds of restaurants, each offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages).

When: Now to Sunday, February 3, 2019
Where: Various locations throughout the city
Price: $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages). Special event tickets are on sale now.

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

What: This annual celebration of all things hot chocolate is kicking off on January 19 and runs until February 14 – which means you have tons of days to try all of the participating ‘chocstars’ at this year’s fest. Each cafe, dessert bar, and restaurant has created sugary wondrous concoctions that take classic hot chocolates to a whole new level – there will be 70 drinks in total to explore.

When: Now to February 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Venues around Vancouver
More Info: Online

Ocean Wise Seafood Chowder Chowdown  – Vancouver

What: Now in its eleventh year, Vancouver’s culinary heavyweights will go ladle-to-ladle in the soup-centric cook-off as attendees and a panel of judges sample the goods before casting their votes to name the 2019 champion. Ticket prices include the chance to taste all 15 chowders plus refreshments from local beverage partners, which will be announced closer to the event date. All proceeds directly support the Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program.

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019,
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Price: $75; buy online

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2019

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Vancouver International Wine Festival/Facebook

What: Canada’s premier food and wine festival, the Vancouver International Wine Festival, features 160 wineries from 15 countries. Known as “one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world,” the festival will feature a plethora of California Wines this year, the showcase region for 2019.

Attendees can expect to see over 1,500 wines poured at the 54 events over the festival’s nine-day run. As always, HQ for the wine fest will be the Vancouver Convention Centre, but more than 20 other restaurants and venues around the city will host winery dinners, lunches, and seminars.

When: February 23 to March 3, 2019
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Tickets: Advance tickets online. All public events go on sale January 9 at 9:30 am; All trade events go on sale January 23 at 9:30 am

Hopwired Festival

What: Hopwired Festival feature over 25 collaborations between coffee roasters and craft breweries who come from across North America. Meet brewers and roasters while sampling the full range of thoughtfully made collaboration beers and coffees in between tasting panels led by industry leaders. Hopwired is customized to provide world-class beers, coffees, and snacks that you won’t find anywhere else.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 1 to 5:30 pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Treat yourself to theatre

Brain & Other Stories

What: A two-part performance by spoken word artist, former Canadian poetry SLAM champ, theatre artist, and musician Brendan McLeod. Brain is an upbeat, intense story about the miracle of the mind.

When: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave., Surrey
Tickets: Online

Lion in the Streets

What: Award-winning Canadian playwright Judith Thompson’s seminal play, Lion in the Streets (1990), is a cumulative play whose central character, Isobel, is the ghost of a murdered, nine-year-old Portuguese girl. Returning to the neighbourhood seventeen years after her death, young Isobel drops into the lives of her neighbours and reveals the hauntingly raw underbelly of human nature.

When: Various dates from now to Saturday, February 2, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

15th Anniversary: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2019

What: The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s signature mid-winter cultural event. The PuSh Festival presents audiences with groundbreaking, contemporary works of theatre, dance, music, and multimedia, by acclaimed local, national, and international artists. This year’s PuSh Festival will showcase 26 works from 24 companies from 13 countries – including six world premieres.

When: Now to February 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

In Fiction

What: In Fiction is a new work from Action at a Distance that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. This visceral solo strikes a balance between cognitive understanding and phantasmal imagination with engaging, highly physical results. Created and performed by Vanessa Goodman in collaboration with lighting designer James Proudfoot.

When: Wednesday, February 6 to Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $15-$36

Yoga Play

What: Joan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her footing, more trouble surfaces and the sales freefall. Jojomon needs an image makeover—and fast. Risking everything on a wild plan, Joan and her colleagues are willing to try anything to save face. This hilarious satire asks what it takes to find authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.

When: Thursday, February 7 to Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road Richmond
Tickets: Online

James & Jamesy: 2 For Tea

What: James & Jamesy sip tea, and lure you into their delightfully bizarre world with their innocence and endearing chemistry. Their idiosyncrasies bring vitality to the mundane, turning an ordinary tea party into a fantastic wonderland of stimulation and play. This show has won awards in countless theatre festivals, including Best Physical Theatre (Victoria), Best of Fest (Winnipeg), Best of Fest (Ottawa), Patrons’ Pick (London), Patrons’ Pick (Toronto), Pick of Fringe (Saskatoon), Most Memorable Performance (Montreal), Best of Fest (Orlando Sentinel), Just for Laughs Best Comedy finalist (Montreal).

When: Thursday, February 7 to Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

L’Elisir D’Amore (The Elixir of Love)

What: Experience a story of Nemorino, a poor peasant who is in love with Adina, a beautiful, wealthy landowner, but Adina doesn’t know he exists. To add to his dilemma he has a rival; Sergeant Belcore, who is openly courting Adina. How to attract her attention? He needs a miracle. Just in time, along comes a travelling medicine man, Dr. Dulcamara, with his “Elixir of Love”.

When: February 23, February 25. February 27, February 28, and March 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $15-$36

18th Annual Talking Stick Festival

What: The Talking Stick Festival began as a way to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and performance to a wider audience. The unique and exciting event has grown into a full two-week festival held annually in February at locations across Vancouver. Now attracting over 18,000 attendees each year and still growing, Talking Stick is noted as being the premier, multi-disciplinary Indigenous arts festival in North America.

When: February 19 to March 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
More Info: Online

Bacio Rosso: Gourmet Cabaret Cirque 2018

What: A one-of-a-kind gourmet cabaret cirque production that puts fine dining, comedy, and circus under a giant enclosed tent. Bacio Rosso is a three-hour performance that features artists from around the world, including magicians, jugglers, trapeze artists, contortionists, clowns, singers, and comedians. All the while, spectators will feast on a delicious four-course gourmet meal curated by La Quercia’s Adam Pegg, an award-winning Vancouver chef who specializes in Italian cuisine.

When: Wednesday to Sunday from now to March 10, 2019
Time: Wednesday to Saturday at 7 pm, Sunday at 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver
Price: $119 to $219. Online

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The Arkells

What: In honour of their fifth studio album, Hamilton’s The Arkells has announced a nation-wide tour that’s kicking off in Vancouver on February 2, with special guests, Lord Huron.  The Arkells have also partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold is going to support the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants in Canada through the Canadian Council for Refugees.

When: February 2, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Mother Mother

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What: Vancouver-based alt-rockers Mother Mother will be making a stop in Vancouver for their 2019 North American Dance and Cry Tour. The tour comes after the release of their new 12-track album, Dance and Cry. The tour will be the band’s most extensive to date, as they hit 40 cities across the continent.

When: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: Doors at 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre — 601 Smithe Street
Tickets: Online

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

What: Bog Seger & The Silver Bullet Band bring “Roll Me Away – The Final Tour” to Vancouver with special guest The Record Company.

When: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y

What: Billboard chart-topping rapper Wiz Khalifa and Jet Life Recordings founder Curren$y team-up for a show at the Commodore Ballroom.

When: Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 9:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Justin Timberlake

What: Justin Timberlake is on tour in promotion of his fourth studio album, The Man of the Woods.

When: Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Snoop Dogg & Friends

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What: Get ready to drop it like it’s hot, because Snoop Dogg & Friends will be performing at Rogers Arena. The tour “proudly celebrating 25 years of doggystyle” brings a line-up of ’90s guests to make a full TBT listening sesh on a Friday night. Snoop Doggy Dog will be joined by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G, Kurupt, and Luniz.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Pink Floyd Experience

What: Jeff Parry Promotions and Greatest Albums Live are back with their next presentation of legendary rock albums brought to life on stage. Following the great reception of Led Zeppelin IV and AC/DC’s Back in Black, GAL presents the talents of The Pink Floyd Experience performing Dark Side of the Moon.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre — 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

Robyn

What: Swedish singer, songwriter and record producer Robyn is on tour to promote her new album Honey.

When: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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