28 things to do in Vancouver this week: February 25 to 28

Feb 16 2019, 9:17 am

Time flies when you’re having fun! Enjoy your last week of February with these 28 Vancouver events from Monday, February 25 to Thursday, February 28. We’ve got the Vancouver Canucks, a Podcast Making Workshop, and more in store!

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

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Monday, February 25

22nd Annual Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

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Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF)/Facebook

What: Featuring 42 shows in seven venues across Metro Vancouver, this year’s Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival program is set to amaze and inspire. Get lost in the adventure stories of the 36 incredible guest speakers and 67 films that will take the VIMFF stage and screen.

When: Now to Sunday, March 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Anaheim Ducks

What: The Vancouver Canucks take on the Anaheim Ducks at Rogers Arena.

When: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Heritage Writers’ Group

What: Start capturing your life story for family and posterity. No preparation required; just bring a pen and paper, or your laptop.

When: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm
Where: PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives – 150-2248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

BIPOC Poetry & Network Night feat. Afrodykie Zoe

What: Van Slam presents a BIPOC Poetry & Network Night to celebrate Black History. Get to know other artists, innovators, thinkers, creators, and performers in the BIPOC community, as games and writing prompts spur individuals and groups to create live presentations to explore an idea. Feature poet is Afrodykie Zoe, and host is Sonya Littlejohn.

When: Monday, February 18, 2019
Time: Doors and sign-up 8 pm, show at 9 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Price: $6-$10 sliding scale (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds!)

Podcast Making Workshop

Vancouver podcast festival


What: Join the Cultch’s Youth Program for a Podcast Making Workshop hosted by members of Co-op Radio. Learn interviewing and broadcasting skills, audio editing, and more. No previous audio experience required for this
workshop. It is recommended that anyone attending
the training bring a laptop with Audacity installed and a
device that can record audio with a USB cable.

When: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival – 1895 Venables, Vancouver
Register: Online

Race & Food Digest: Restaurant Kids

What: Join Toronto author and Globe and Mail journalist Ann Hui for a special evening celebrating the launch of her new book, Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, which tells the stories of small-town Chinese restaurant owners across Canada, including the one run by Ann’s own family. The night features dinner courtesy of Jade Dynasty Restaurant, plus a keynote conversation with Ann and special guests, “restaurant kids” who grew up alongside their family’s restaurants.

When: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Jade Dynasty Restaurant – 137 East Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Talking Stick Festival: Pop Up Musical Bistro

What: The Talking Stick Festival presents: Pop Up Musical Bistro featuring performances by Sandy Scofield and Curtis Clearsky & The Consillationz at The Roundhouse Community Centre.

When: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10-$15

Tuesday, February 26

Free Roberts Bank Tour: The Container Trail 2019

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Deltaport container terminal. (Port of Vancouver)

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: Tuesday, 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


What: New Mexico indie rockers Beirut are on tour to support their latest album, Gallipoli. Featuring guest Helado Negro, with $1 from every ticket going to support Sistema Toronto who provides musical and intellectual opportunities to children in vulnerable communities.

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Orpheum – 884 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Spade Movie Nights: 112 Weddings

What: Spade and Hoovie present the first in a series of Movie Nights. For the first screening, they’re showing 112 Weddings, a documentary about marriage, partnership and life after the “I do.”

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Spade Vancouver – 1858 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10.60

CRAFT Beer Market Brewmaster’s Dinner with Mariner Brewing

What: Join Coquitlam’s Mariner Brewing & CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver for a collaboration dinner. Ticket includes a welcome beer & amuse bouche followed by four custom created courses each paired with a Mariner brew. Included in the line-up will be a beer brewed in collaboration with Craft Beer Market, available exclusively in Craft Vancouver, and at Mariner Brewing from March through until early June.

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 6 to 9:30 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver – 85 West 1st Avenue Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $60

Children of God

What: Children of God is a musical about an Oji-Cree family whose children were taken away to a residential school in Northern Ontario. The story of Rita, a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, Tom and Julia, who never knew she came, pushes toward redemption. Written by Oji-Cree theatre maker Corey Payette.

When: Now to Sunday, March 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $75

Beer and Film Night – With Patagonia and Old Yale Brewing Co.

What: In partnership with Patagonia and Old Yale Brewing, Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors is bringing the premiere of Mountain of Storms to Chilliwack.  In 1968, five friends took a road trip to climb Cerro Fitz Roy, and documented the whole thing on a 16mm Bolex.

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Old Yale Brewing 404-44550 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack
Tickets: Online, $10

4X4 – Four Bands For Four Bucks

Image: Fox Cabaret

What: The Fox Cabaret presents a monthly showcase featuring four emerging bands for just $4. Featuring Mind Offline, UNMAN, Grit and Ivory and Sleepy Dog.

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission: $4

Wednesday, February 27

National Geographic Live! in Vancouver — On the Trail of Big Cats

What: Go on an adventure from Asian jungles to Latin American rainforests with award-winning wildlife photographer Steve Winter, in his talk “On the Trail of Big Cats“. A National Geographic photographer since 1991, Winter has sold out venues sharing his stories of travelling the world to photograph cats and educate audiences on the importance of conservation.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Orpheum — 601 Smithe Street
Price: Starting at $45 — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Rosie & The Riveters

What: Rosie & the Riveters never planned to get political. But opening a newspaper or watching the news these days made it impossible to see the status of women around the world and stay silent. The result is Ms. Behave – a collection of gritty, sultry, vintage-inspired folk anthems that paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

East Vancouver Brewing Co. Pairing Dinner



What: Edith + Arthur Public House’s  chef presents a four-course dinner, paired with 4 East Van Brewing Company Beers or Wines.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Edith + Arthur Public House – 8410 160th Street, Surrey
Tickets: Online, $40.25

Refuse: CanLit in Ruins

What:Refuse: CanLit in Ruins is a free event at the Central Library that brings writers and thinkers together to address the changing face of CanLit with a focus on what it means to refuse the status quo and imagine new possibilities. Moderated by Hannah McGregor. Panelists include Jessica Johns, Keith Maillard, Shazia Hafiz Ramji, and Erika Thorkelson. In partnership with Bookhug.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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 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

Life Between Umbrellas – Design Ideas Competition – Launch Event

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What: The launch of Life Between Umbrellas – a design ideas competition that is looking for new and creative ways to improve public space and public life during Vancouver’s wet weather months. The launch event will provide an overview of the competition, featuring speakers and activities that will help to showcase some of the design challenges and opportunities that come with life in a rainy city.

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre – 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

The Good Bride by Rosemary Rowe

What: Inspired by true events, this contemporary one-woman comedy finds a spunky 15-year-old Quiverfull Christian girl named Maranatha made to wait alone, day after day, for the arrival of her 28-year-old groom. With hilarious and heartbreaking naivety, she anticipates her nuptials and forthcoming wedding bed while confessing her teenage desires to a God she loves without question. But as she waits longer and longer for her prince to come, will her faith uphold?

When: Wednesday, February 27 to Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, February 28

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
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

Unsung Heroes Festival at Blue Water Cafe

Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

What: Blue Water Cafe has been concocting weird and wonderful culinary creations from the sea for its annual Unsung Heroes Festival for over a decade, and this year’s selection is no different. Now in its 15th year, Executive Chef Frank Pabst has created an array of delights not commonly found on many menus for the festival, which runs throughout the month until February 28.

When: Now through February 28
Where: Blue Water Cafe – 1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online


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


What: An evening of stories and songs with Ken McCoy, Kristin Carter and Ivan Boudreau.

When: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, music 7:30 – 10 pm
Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Harry Potter Trivia VanCity

Harry Potter

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What: Harry Potter Trivia questions are laid out like a Hogwarts make-up exam, so it asks 10 questions from different subjects: five OWL level and five NEWT level. There will be some theme prizes like wands, time turners and Hogwarts letters, and the winning team will win a $50 bar tab. There’s also a few bonus prizes that play off the books and movies.

When: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: Trivia starts around 9 pm.
Where: The Beaver Taphouse, 1018 Granville Street, Vancouver (Inside the Samesun Hostel)
Cost: Free!  It’s first-come-first-served, and bar opens at 4 pm

Science World After Dark

What: Science World After Dark showcases their new exhibition, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature. Nested within A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature is the Lower Mainland’s largest mirror maze. This visually stunning maze consists of repeating, mirrored triangles that create an infinite array of patterns that are beautiful to look at, but challenging to navigate. Beer, wine and refreshments will be available for purchase. Triple O’s will also be open until 9pm. 19+ event.

When: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver,
Tickets: Online

Afro Festival 2019

What: The Afro Festival is a celebration of the diversity of people with African ancestry and will feature an exhibition of the cultural scene that exists in Africa, the Caribbean, North America and larger diaspora. Enjoy free cultural food, performances by SinBirds, Kenyan Lewis, Diane Mutabaruka & Rabbit, and live DJ Giovanni Hosang. The event is collaborative event between the UBC Black Student Union, UBC Africa Awareness Initiative, SFU Students of African and Caribbean Ancestry, UBC Africa Business Club, SFU African Students Association and UBC-SFU Afrocentrism Conference.

When: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: St. James Hall – 3214 W 10th Ave, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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