28 things to do in Vancouver this week: February 24 to 27

Feb 24 2020, 5:00 am

The last week of February is upon us! Make the most of it with our picks of 28 Vancouver events from February 24 to February 27, including Hannah Gadsby, Rapsody, and more.

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

Monday, February 24

Hannah Gadsby

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What: Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby — known for her riveting comedy special, Nanette — will be performing in Vancouver for the first time ever in February.

Gadsby took home top prizes for Nanette at the Melbourne and Edinburgh comedy festivals before dropping it as a Netflix special last year. Now, Gadsby is using the voice she found with Nanette in her new show, Douglas, which she will perform at the Orpheum Theatre on February 24 and 25, as part of the 5th edition of JFL NorthWest presented in association with SiriusXM.

When: February 24 and 25, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Orpheum Theatre — 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Black Hills in the Park

What: Black Hills Estate Winery winemaker Ross Wise and The Teahouse in Stanley Park Head Chef Adam Meade present a five-course menu paired with a selection of Black Hills wines. Part of Vancouver International Wine Festival.

When: February 24, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: The Teahouse in Stanley Park — Ferguson Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Carved Out and Stitched Together

What: Nehiyaw Métis visual artist, Adele ᒪᐢᑿ ᐃᐢᑵᐤ Arseneau, uses wood carving, beadwork and digital art to reclaim her displaced heritage and language. Carved Out and Stitched Together is showcased at the Roundhouse until the end of February.

When: Now until February 29, 2020
Time: 9 am to 9:45 pm (Monday to Friday),  9 am to 4:45 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – Window Gallery — 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Adnission: Free

Madama Butterfly

What: ​Burnaby Lyric Opera presents Madama Butterfly, a heartbreaking story of love, betrayal, and cultures clashing in the late 1890s.

When: February 24, 26, 27, and 29, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online



Neon/CJ Entertainment

What: Kay Meek and TIFF Film Circuit presents Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite on February 24 in the Grosvenor Theatre. Winner of the Best Director, Best International Feature, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture at the 2020 Oscars.

When: February 24, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Grosvenor Theatre – Kay Meek Arts Centre — 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Talking Stick Festival 2020

What: The 19th annual Talking Stick Festival (TSF), which is proudly presented on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish People, celebrates Indigenous performance and art through theatre, storytelling, writing, music, spoken word, dance, film, and visual arts. The theme of this year’s festival is Chén̓chenstway, a Squamish word that translates to “upholding each other” and “lifting each other up.”

When: Now until February 29, 2020
Time: Start times vary based on event
Where: Various locations including the Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre and other venues
Tickets: Prices range from being free, by donation, and set based on event

Galleria Photography Exhibition: Visibility by Ya-Wei Lin

What: Visibility documents Ya-Wei Lin’s daily observation of the urban landscape. The ongoing series of observational photographic images reflect on and ponder the meaning of the word “visibility” in the broadest sense. The exhibition, in the works since 2016, showcases 11 images taken in the greater Vancouver area.

When: Monday to Friday until March 2, 2020
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: Richmond City Hall — 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Tuesday, February 25

Dear Evan Hansen

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Broadway Across Canada/Edmonton

What: Dear Evan Hansen, the story of a teenage boy who gets wrapped up in a tragic event by happenstance, is playing in Vancouver this February, as part of the Broadway Across Canada 2019/20 Season. Dear Evan Hansen picked up six Tony awards in 2017, including Best Musical, as well as a 2018 Grammy Award.

When: February 25 to March 1, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

A Taste of Croatia

What: Vancouver International Wine Festival presents A Taste of Croatia, featuring Croatian wines from four renowned winemakers. The wines will be paired by Atlas Steak + Fish’s James Thomson.

When: February 25, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: Atlas Steak + Fish — 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Tuesday Night Racing at Cypress Mountain

What: Coast Outdoors hosts Tuesday night cross-country ski races at Cypress Mountain in the Nordic area. All skill levels and abilities are welcome.

When: Every Tuesday until March 10, 2020
Time: 7 to 8 pm
Where: Cypress Mountain Nordic Area — 5000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
Register: Online

Coastal Dance Festival

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

What: The Dancers of Damelahamid present the annual Coastal Dance Festival at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Audiences will be treated to a selection of ancestral and innovative performances from British Columbia, the Yukon, Alaska, Washington state, as well as national and international guest artists

When: February 25 to March 1, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tickets: Online

Canadian Film Salon: The Unseen

What: Vancouver Public Library and First Weekend Club present a screening of The Unseen, followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director, Geoff Redknap. The Unseen is a thriller about a man slowly become invisible due to a mysterious disease. He isolates himself in a logging town in northern BC, but when his daughter goes missing, he’ll risk everything to find her.

When: February 25, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library – Central Library — 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free


What: Grammy-nominated emcee Rapsody from North Carolina performs at Fortune Sound Club on the “A Black Women Created This” tour with Sa-Roc and Heather Victoria.

When: February 25, 2020
Time: 9 pm
Where: Fortune Sound Club — 147 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Music on Main presents 2018 John Lad Prize-winning string quartet Invoke at Fox Cabaret, with Nick Montopoli on violin/banjo, Zachariah Matteson on violin, Karl Mitze on viola/mandolin, and Geoff Manyin on cello.

When: February 25, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret — 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, February 26

Andy Shauf

What: JUNO Award- and Polaris Award-nominated singer-songwriter Andy Shauf brings The Neon Skyline Tour to The Commodore Ballroom with guest Molly Sarlé.

When: February 26, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8:30 pm

Where: The Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Talking Sex on Sunday

Talking Sex on Sunday – Photo by Emily Cooper

What: Talking Sex on Sunday is a new musical by Sara-Jeanne Hosie and Nico Rhodes. On the first Sunday of every month Margot and her friends always host a theme party. What happens when Margot decides to kick it up a notch by having a Sex Toy Party? Women share fears, reveal dirty secrets, explore new possibilities, and find the power of female friendship.

When: Tuesday to Sunday until March 8, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre — 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Promise of Food Co-ops with Jon Steinman & Jan Degrass

What: Banyen Books host Jon Steinman and Jan Degrass in a talk about food co-ops, local and good food movements, and how these movements make an impact globally.

When: February 26, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm

Where: Banyen Books & Sound — 3608 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Le NoShow Vancouver

What: Théâtre la Seizième presents Le NoShow Vancouver, an interactive experience with a cast of seven performers where the idea of the cost of theatre does battle with the idea of its value as art. In French with English subtitles.

When: February 26 to March 1, 2020
Time: 8 pm (Wednesday to Saturday), 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Performance Works — 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Zero Waste in the Back Country

What: GTEC Canada presents Zero Waste in the Back Country with Moe Nadeau. Moe will share her philosophies on living zero waste in the community and how to go zero waste in the back country. She will also share zero waste snack-making tips for future outdoor adventures.

When: February 26, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Kitsilano Neighbourhood House — 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

QueerProv – The Gag Ball

What: QueerProv hosts the first annual The Gag Ball, a comedy variety show featuring music, stand-up, drag, and improv. The fundraiser will help raise money for QueerProv Society and their season of programming.

When: February 26, 2020
Time: 8 to 11 pm
Where: The Junction — 1138 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, by Donation

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020



What: Canada’s premier food and wine festival, the Vancouver International Wine Festival, will take place from February 22 to March 1, 2020, and it will feature 164 wineries from 15 countries. Known as “one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world,” the festival will feature a plethora of French wineries (43 of them) this year, the showcase region for 2020. As always, HQ for the wine fest will be the Vancouver Convention Centre, but more than 25 other restaurants and venues around the city will host winery dinners, lunches, and seminars.

When: Now until March 1, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, February 27


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What: Seven-time Grammy winner TobyMac brings the Hits Deep Tour to Abbotsford Centre on February 27 with special guests Tauren Wells, Jordan Feliz, We Are Messengers, Ryan Stevenson, Aaron Cole, and Cochren & Co.

When: February 27, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre — 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

The Wedding Party

What: Arts Club in partnership with Prairie Theatre Exchange presents The Wedding Party by Kristen Thompson, a comedic tale of two families at each other’s throats on the big day. Based on characters created with Trish Lindström, Tony Nappo, Moya O’Connell, Tom Rooney, and Bahia Watson.

When: Various dates from February 27 until March 22, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre — 162 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sea to Sky

What: Port Moody Art Association presents Sea to Sky, new works inspired by local landscapes around us. Juried selections embody interpretations of Sea to Sky, and showcase the varied painting styles of their members.

When: Now until February 27, 2020 (closed stat holidays)
Time: 12 to 9 pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), 10 am to 9 pm (Tuesday and Thursday), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

The Search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2020

What: CruiseyT, TFD Presents and Celebrities Nightclub presents The Search for Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2020. The competition is hosted by Alma B Itches and showcases drag performers from across Metro Vancouver.

When: February 27, 2020
Time: Show starts at 8:30 pm
Where: Celebrities Nightclub — 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Creative Social Night

What: Coffee Creative hosts a Creative Social Night at Wheat & Barley. There will be networking, an art exchange, and happy hour drinks all evening long.

When: February 27, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Wheat & Barley — 212 E Georgia Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Surfrider Vancouver Short Film Festival 2020


What: The Surfrider Vancouver Short Film Festival showcases local, national and international short films featuring stories from communities around the globe who celebrate and protect oceans, beaches and the environment. Learn about underwater cleanups, animal sanctuaries, the solidified oil spill in the Fraser River, street surfers, and more during the screenings.

When: February 27, 2020
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: KPMG Vancouver — 777 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Burrard Arts Foundation Winter 2020 Exhibitions: Cindy Mochizuki, Howie Tsui, Candice Okada

What: Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery’s Winter 2020 exhibitions include The Sakaki Tree by Cindy Mochizuki, Parallax Chambers by Howie Tsui, and new Garage installation Emergency Situation from Candice Morgan Okada.

When: Tuesday to Saturday until March 7, 2020
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Burrard Arts Foundation – 258 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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