28 things to do in Vancouver this week: February 3 to 6

Feb 3 2020, 1:00 pm

The first week of February is here! Start the new month with these 28 events in Vancouver from February 3 to February 6, including Vancouver International Boat Show, SuperM, and more.

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

Monday, February 3


February 3

Cuckoo – PuSh Festival

What: Cuckoo by Jaha Koo of South Korea and Belgium is a combination of dialogue, confessional, and even a documentary of sorts. Jaha Koo encompasses 20 years of South Korean history into this bittersweet story featuring a group of talking rice cookers. The show explore Jaha’s alienation and the various absurd and comical aspects of the recent past. There is a post-show talkback on February 4.

When: February 3 to 5, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Waterfront Theatre — 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

La Poutine Week Vancouver 2020

What: The fest takes place during the first week of February. The dining public can eat and vote on their favourites before a winner is announced at the end of the week. As always, February 1 will mark the kick-off of the self-proclaimed “biggest poutine festival in the world,” and it will run until February 7.

When: Now until February 7, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver
More Info: Online

Skate Plaza at The Shipyards

What: The Shipyards’ large, covered outdoor plaza has been converted into a free ice rink for the season. The rink will be open to skating seven days a week from 12 to 7 pm.

The skateable surface is approximately 20,000 sq. ft., including the floor area of the 12,000-sq-ft plaza and the adjacent 8,000-sq-ft summertime water spray area, both of which are covered by a retractable roof. Skaters can either bring their own skates or rent a pair of skates on-site for $7, although quantities are limited. Helmets and skating aids are free.

When: Daily until mid-March (weather permitting)
Time: Noon to 7 pm
Where: The Shipyards Commons, North Vancouver
Admission: Free, skate rentals are available at a cost of $7 (quantities are limited)

Street Food City 9

What: Now in its ninth year, the food truck extravaganza features a rotating selection of purveyors outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, on the north side of the building. Part of Dine Out Vancouver.

When: Now until February 9, 2020
Time: 11 am to 3 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm on weekends
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery), Vancouver
Admission: Free

Shred for the Cause at Mt. Seymour

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What: For the 2020 season, women can ski and snowboard every Monday at Mt Seymour for $15, with $7.50 from every lift ticket going to The Bloom Group. Men are welcome to come out and enjoy the evening as well, with lift tickets for men from 5 to 10 pm for $35.

The Bloom Group have been providing social services in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for over 50 years, including low-barrier shelters for women and children. Drinks and food specials are being served in the Rock Chute from 5 pm onwards. Also take part in the Shred Scavenger Hunt.

When: Every Monday until March 23, 2020
Times: 5 to 9:30 pm
Where: Mt Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
Tickets: Women $15, Men $35. Tickets will be sold out of the ticket booths at the Season Pass & Ticket Office. Ticket and rental packages will be sold in the Alpine Activity Centre.

Boyz n the Hood

What: As part of their Black History Month programming, Vancity Theatre is screening John Singleton’s groundbreaking debut feature Boyz n the Hood. The 1991 film tells the story of three young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles: Doughboy (Ice Cube), Ricky (Morris Chestnut), and Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr).

When: February 3, 2020
Time: 8:40 pm
Where: Vancity Theatre — 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, free

Teon Gibbs, Giorgi, and Sade Awele

What: Musical artists Teon Gibbs, Giorgi, and Sade Awele team up for a show at Fortune Sound Club. There will be drinks and dancing to follow the performance.

When: February 3, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Fortune Sound Club — 147 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tuesday, February 4

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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What: Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is back for its 10th year celebrating all things hot chocolate. There are 44 participating ‘chocstars’ at this year’s fest, all of which are local purveyors. Each cafe, dessert bar, and restaurant has created sugary wondrous concoctions that take classic hot chocolates to a whole new level – there will be 114 drinks in total to explore.

When: Now until February 14, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Venues around Vancouver
More Info: Online

Vancouver Giants vs Tri-City Americans

What: Vancouver Giants take on the Tri-City American on February 4 at Langley Events Centre.

When: February 4, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Tuesday Tunes at Chickpea

What: Enjoy an evening of live music at Chickpea with two local artists each show.

When: February 4, 2020
Time: 8:30 to 10 pm
Where: Chickpea Restaurant — 4298 Main Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Forget Me Not

What: Forget Me Not by Ronnie Burkett features 100 audience members each holding a unique puppet. The show is set in “The New Now, a time when written language is suppressed and forgotten, and hand-drawn love letters are a powerful act of defiance. Presented by The Cultch.

When: Various dates from February 4 until March 1, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Secret Location
Tickets: Online

House of Comedy – Show Up N’ Go Up

What: House of Comedy’s classic Show Up N’ Go Up features stand-up comics of all skill levels from around Metro Vancouver. Students with ID and workers in the service industry get free admission to Show Up N’ Go Up.

When: Every Tuesday- February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: House of Comedy BC — 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster,
Tickets: Online

Spine by Clara Brennan

Spine – Backbone Theatre Collective / Facebook

What: Spine by Clara Brennan is presented by Backbone Theatre Company, and tells the story of an “explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Kate Besworth portrays both Amy and Glenda in this acclaimed one-woman show.

When: February 4 to 8, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre — 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

National Geographic Live! – Birds Of Paradise

What: Tim Laman, a renowned photographer and forest canopy researcher, and ornithologist Ed Scholes take the audience deep into New Guinea to observe the birds of paradise. Meet all 39 species during the latest National Geographic Live! and learn the secret lives of birds of paradise.

When: February 4, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: The Orpheum — 601 Smithe Street
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, February 5

Romance Week at Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) presents the return of Romance Week, running from February 5 to 15 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Visitors can bring their special someone to VTS and enjoy shows over the 1o-day event: The Love of Your Life, Love MatchesOK TinderFrisky Fridays, and more.

When: February 5 until February 15, 2020
Time: Showtimes vary based on performance
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Musical Mornings: The Red Violin

What: Acclaimed pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann hosts Musical Mornings at Evergreen Cultural Centre. This month’s show is The Red Violin with violinist Jasper Wood.

When: February 5, 2020
Time: Coffee Reception 10 am, show 10:30 am
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Towers of Tomorrow

What: Towers of Tomorrow, presented by Concert Properties and White Spot Restaurants, feature some of the most well-known architectural achievements in the world, all made entirely out of LEGO. The towers are constructed on a scale of 1:200 by Australia’s Ryan McNaught, the only certified LEGO professional in the Southern Hemisphere.

Some of the towers featured include  Toronto’s CN Tower, Philadelphia’s Comcast Technology Center, Los Angeles’ Wilshire Grand Center, Chicago’s Willis Tower, Atlanta’s Bank of America Plaza, and New York’s Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. The exhibition also features TransLink’s Transport2050 MicroCity animated 3D model presenting the story of Metro Vancouver’s transportation and transit past, present and future.

When: Now until September 7, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: TELUS World of Science — 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

How the Other Half Loves

What: White Rock Player’s Club presents How the Other Half Loves by Sir Alan Ayckbourn. The comedic play tells the story of three different marriages that turns into a spirited game of mixed doubles involving sex, jealousy, and ingenious stagecraft.

When: Wednesdays to Sundays from February 5 until February 22, 2020
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: White Rock Playhouse — 1532 Johnston Road, White Rock
Tickets: Online

The 2020 Vancouver International Boat Show

water-skiing squirrel

Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel

What: The 2020 Vancouver International Boat Show will include more than 250 exhibitors and over 125 presentations and workshops led by boating experts. This year’s event is taking place at two locations: BC Place and a floating show at Granville Island. Complimentary shuttle buses and water ferries will also be operating between the two venues.

Twiggy, a famous water-skiing squirrel, will be one of the highlights of the Vancouver International Boat Show. According to organizers, Twiggy will be performing on a daily basis during the event, while viewers also learn about water safety, waterskiing, and simply watch a water-skiing squirrel ski around her pool.

When: February 5 to February 9, 2019
Time: BC Place: Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm; The Floating Show at Granville Island: Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Indoors at BC Place — 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver. Floating show at Granville Island
Tickets: Available online

Opening Reception: Invisible in Neon/City in Flux by Carolina de la Cajiga and The Demise of Woodward’s: Dereliction, Demolition and Detritus by Stanley Mishkin

What: Britannia Art Gallery hosts an opening reception for two new exhibitions: Invisible in Neon/City in Flux by Carolina de la Cajiga and The Demise of Woodward’s: Dereliction, Demolition and Detritus by Stanley Mishkin. Artists will be in attendance, and light refreshments will also be served.

When: Opening reception on February 5, 2020. Exhibit is on display from February 5 until February 28, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm (opening reception)
Where: Vancouver Public Library – Britannia Branch — 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Urinetown: The Musical

What: Studio 58 at Langara College presents Urinetown: The Musical, the Tony Award-winning satire about capitalism, environmental disaster, and hope.

When: Tuesday to Saturday until February 16, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Studio 58 at Langara College — 100 W 49th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Thursday, February 6

Science of Cocktails 2020

What: Science of Cocktails brings together the city’s most talented bartenders and chefs to showcase the chemistry, biology, and physics behind preparing modern cocktails and cuisine. Attendees will have access to the open bar with over 30 bar stations serving unique cocktails crafted by award-winning bartenders, access to special cocktail science activities, and hands-on demos and Science World programming.

When: February 6, 2020
Time: 8 pm to midnight
Where: TELUS World of Science — 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $165 regular, $289 VIP; buy online

SuperM: We Are the Future Live

SuperM/Live Nation

What: K-pop supergroup, SuperM is slated to perform live at Rogers Arena on February 6 during their We Are the Future Live. SuperM is made up of seven members: Taemin from SHINee, EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, and Ten and Lucas of Chinese band WayV. They have sold over 14 million adjusted albums globally and amassed almost four billion online video views in their respective musical careers.

When: February 6, 2020
Time: Doors 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Price: Starting at $50 (plus fees) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Straight White Men

What: The Western Canadian debut of Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee. The first act of the performance is a satirical comedy, where three brothers returning home for the holidays are caught off guard by a shift in the family dynamic. The brothers are forced to examine the effects of traditional masculinity. The second act of the performance is a Talk Forward, with a different featured speaker giving their unique perspective on the topics in the show.

Where: February 6 to 15, 2020 (no show on Monday)
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre — 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Dirty Betty Presents: Single Ladies Tour

What: The Dirty Betty Show celebrates Galentines Day at Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver. The comedy variety show features drag queens, stand-up comedians, improvisers, singers, and more.

When: February 6, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver — 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Monday Nights

push festival

Monday Nights – PuSh Festival (Taku Kumabe)

What: Monday Nights by 6th Man Collective and The Theatre Centre is an interactive basketball and theatre mashup. The show tells the story of five men who played basketball together every Monday night for over a decade. Along the way, friendships were born, bonds were hardened, and triumphs and heartbreaks were shared. Attendees are invited to get on the court and learn some skills while experiencing the power of the game for themselves. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

When: February 6 to 9, 2020
Time: 8 pm (February 6 to 8), 2 pm (February 8 and 9)
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tickets: Online

Thursday Artist Talk: Victoria Mitchell, “Returning to Your Creative Passion”

What: Abstract/representational mixed media artist Victoria Mitchell shares her journey of rediscovering her artistic passions, and aims to inspire others to follow their own creative pursuits.

When: February 6, 2020
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Book Launch Celebration: Adad Hannah – The Decameron Retold

What: Richmond Art Gallery hosts the book launch celebration of Adad Hannah’s The Decameron Retold. This publication is a behind the scenes look of Hannah’s 2019 community project and exhibition of the same name at Richmond Art Gallery. Books will be available for sale, and light refreshments and cash bar will be served.

When: February 6, 2020
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Where: Richmond Art Gallery — 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: Free, RSVP required

Plus here’s another great event happening next week that needs to be on your radar.

GLOBE 2020

What: GLOBE is the business summit with global impact, and offers stellar growth and networking opportunities to thousands of corporate, government and young leaders.  Given the urgency of the global climate crisis, GLOBE 2020 will have a laser focus on impact, action and outcomes.

GLOBE hallmarks like the diverse network, top-notch programming and innovative technology ⁠have made it a fixture of the sustainability community for 30 years. GLOBE 2020 will the biggest and boldest summit yet, with a new venue, new networking opportunities and new types of sessions and experiences.

When: February 10 to 13, 2020. February 10 – GLOBE Exchange (B2B Day), February 10 to 13 – GLOBE Forum (Conference Sessions), and February 11 to 12 – Innovation Showcase (Cleantech Expo)

  • February 10: 7:30 am to 5 pm (GLOBE Exchange), 5 to 7 pm (Welcome Reception)
  • February 11 and 12: 8 am to 5 pm (GLOBE Forum), 9 am to 6 pm (Innovation Showcase)
  • February 13: 8 am to 1 pm (GLOBE Advance impact workshops)

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West
Tickets: Visit globeseries.com/forum to register.

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