What: Stop by Big Rock Urban for free beer samples, free food, free brewery tours, and live music to complete the atmosphere. Meet the brewing team behind Big Rock including Head Brewmaster Paul Gautreau and BC Brewmaster Jody Hammell.
Where: Big Rock Urban (310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver)
What: Sea to Sky Gondola is offering half-price tickets for Family Day weekend. There will be live music, face-painting, an old fashioned Canadian Sugar Shack, and an outdoor bonfire complete with s’mores.
What: Are your friends always making jokes about goblins that you don’t get? Ever wonder what the difference between a troll and a knoll is? Come flex those improv skills and join Instant Theatre in the fantasy world known as Dungeons & Dragons. If you have never played a role-playing game before then this is the perfect place to start.
Where: Instant Theatre – 529 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: After touring Canada, Europe, and then taking home 2nd place in the PEAK Performance Project radio contest in 2015, a loss in the family turned Maurice mostly inwards, where he focused on channeling his emotions into his art. Investing in his own studio allowed for late night collaborations, producing other artists, and creating endless song ideas. The result is the “Girls” EP, which sweeps from cinematic pop-noir info slinky neo-soul, all tied together with Maurice’s powerfully emotive vocals.
Where: Blue Light Studio – 1839 Franklin Street, Vancouver
What: At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime weaves together three distinctly American tales. Presented by Fighting Chance Productions.
Where: Orpheum Annex – 823 Seymour St, Vancouver
When: February 7 to 10 at 8 pm, February 11 at 2 pm and 8 pm.
What: Gateway Theatre’s Professional Development Program 2016/17 participants present a staged reading of Gao Xingjian’s controversial play, The Other Shore. Training under the direction of Taipei artist, Jocelyn Chang, these Canadian-Asian established and emerging professional actors have been exploring the physicality of this play, while working in the Mandarin language. Reading will be presented in Mandarin.
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’s Tommy Douglas Branch – 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
What: Come experience the ultimate high school style Valentine’s dance, but with less teachers and more drinks. Featuring resident Saturday night DJs Trevor Risk and Christa Belle, a makeout room, and the chance to be crowned Prom King and Queen.
What: AniRevo is Vancouver’s largest and fasting growing anime convention, celebrating anime, manga, cosplay and Japanese Culture at it’s Winter gathering. Featuring live shows, panel discussions, and cosplay contests.
Where: The Art Institute of Vancouver – 2665 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
When: February 12 to 13
Tickets: At the door, $20-$25, children under 12 free
What: Join Blue Heron Creamery along with Say Hello Sweets and For the Love of Food for a delicious Blue Valentines Pop-Up Shop. Try plant-based chocolates, ice cream, cheeses, cookies, and cheesecake.
Where: 400 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
When: February 12 at 6 pm
Tickets: At the door, $5 which includes treats and a beverage.
What: Kitty Nights presents a live band burlesque tribute to the trailblazing legacy of Kate Bush. Featuring the Kitty Nights band with guest vocalists playing a selection of Kate Bush’s most loved songs, and a cast of passionate burlesque artists performing works especially created for the show.
Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Image: Vancouver winter from Grouse Mountain/Shutterstock
What: Enjoy an hour-long guided group snowshoe tour followed by a delicious chocolate fondue, served in an intimate setting. Prices include snowshoe and headlamp rentals, tour guide and chocolate fondue.
Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
When: February 12 at 3 pm and 6 pm, and February 14 at 3 pm, 6 pm, and 8:30 pm
What: Want veggies this spring and summer? Crunchy homegrown lettuce and hearty kale and other greens? West End Urban Garden Club presents this two-part in-depth workshop covering the basics of planning, preparing and starting a food garden.
Where: West End Community Centre – 870 Denman Street, Vancouver
What: Shimmy and shake to retro surf, soul, Motown and more while enjoying delicious authentic tiki cocktails. Featuring performances by Giner Avenue, Gidget Gravedigger, and Ruthe Ordare in a vintage Polynesian pop environment.
Where: The Shameful Tiki Room – 4362 Main Street, Vancouver
What: Meet the Vancouver Aquarium aquatic family on Family Day weekend. Spend the night at the Aquarium where you will learn about Chester, the false killer whale, as well as the wolf eels, clownfishes, marmosets, bats and jellies.
What: Lonsdale Quay Market is hosting a Family Day Market, with an assortment of local artisans as well as the Lonsdale Artisan Farmers Market. There will be opportunity to make crafts, learn cooking skills, and start seedlings growing.
Where: Lonsdale Quay Market – 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
What: Bring the whole family to the Vancouver Art Gallery to explore current exhibits and try hands-on activities. Join their team of Art Agents as they bring the exhibitions to life. Then move on to The Making Place to experiment with themes, processes and materials in a number of engaging art-making activities.
What: There’s much more than just shopping at Tsawwassen Mills this Family Day. From a 7,000 square foot indoor skatepark to Uncle Buck’s Bowling Alley, via kid-friendly activities such as magic shows and balloon animals there’s something for everyone to enjoy.