30 FREE things to do in Vancouver this February

Jan 28 2020, 8:52 pm

February fun without breaking the bank! Here are 30 things to do in Vancouver this month, including Family Day, community movie night, and more.

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

Explore the city and the great outdoors

SuperbOWL Sunday

Delta owl

Owl ( Tim Zurowski / Shutterstock)

What: Learn about owls at Burnaby Lake Nature House on February 2. Check out displays, activities and exhibits during the drop-in-style event.

When: February 2, 2020
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Sunday Night Movie Series at Bells and Whistles

What: Wrap up the weekend with a free movie and popcorn every Sunday night at Bells and Whistles. February’s screenings include Groundhog Day (February 2), Footloose (February 16), and Road House (February 23).

When: February 2, February 9, February 16, and February 25, 2020
Time: 9 pm
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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 available.

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

Nature Work Parties

What: Help take care of Surrey’s unique urban forest in Hazelnut Meadows Community Park by removing invasive plants and litter. No experience is required and everyone is welcome to take part. Tools, training, and light refreshments will be provided.

When: February 8, 2020
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Hazelnut Meadows Community Park – 14069 68 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

The Romance Travel Show

What: The 10th annual Romance Travel Show is Canada’s only national destination wedding and honeymoon expo. Meet international bridal and travel suppliers, check out presentations, enter for prizes, and more.

When: February 10, 2020
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport — 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online, free

Illuminate Yaletown

Illuminate Yaletown/Simon Sees Photography

What: Yaletown Business Improvement Association presents Illuminate Yaletown, featuring light art installations, activities and entertainment, and more. Illuminate Yaletown will take place for the first time over two-nights, with Vancouver-based Go2 Productions and Tangible Interaction to unveiling installations to pay tribute to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Yaletown restaurants and bars will also be honouring the 10th anniversary of the Games with unique cocktails plus screenings of the gold medal hockey game.

When: February 14 and 15, 2020
Time: 5:30 to 9 pm
Where: Yaletown — 1200 Block of Hamilton Street & Bill Curtis Square
Admission: Free

Family Day Geocache Treasure Hunt

What: Partners in Parks hosts a Family Day geocache treasure hunt. Form a team and navigate with a GPS unit to find hidden treasure boxes. Participants under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Instruction and GPS units provided. No experience necessary.

When: February 15, 2020
Time: 11 to 2:30 pm
Where: Redwood Park — 17900 20 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free. One person per team must pre-register online or by phone (604-501-5100) for a start time

Westminster Savings Family Day

What: Westminster Savings Family Days invites visitors to tour the exhibition in the Art Gallery at Evergreen and participate in a variety of activities led by Art Gallery staff. On February 15, attendees can take part in Alter Ego Self-Portraits, and on March 21, they can experiment with Illuminated Sketchbooks. There will also be gallery tours at 2:30 pm (English) and 3:30 pm (Korean).

When: February 15, March 21, 2020
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Art Gallery at Evergreen – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Family Festival – Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

What: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre is hosting a Family Festival during Family Day weekend. There will be a massive book sale with thousands of Japanese books, manga, CDs and DVDs. Families can also enjoy a Japanese culture corner, games, live entertainment, and more.

When: February 15 and February 16, 2020
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Admission: Free, though some workshops have a price

Family Fun Days at the Nature Park

What: Richmond Nature Park celebrates Family Day weekend with a variety of events. Go on a special scavenger hunt through the bog, stop by the photo booth, and make a take-home twig picture frame.

When: February 15 to 17, 2020
Times: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free, though donations are appreciated

Ravenous Raptors

What:​ Learn why raptors are great hunters by chatting with naturalists around displays and a campfire. The Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre Open House is also happening, with presentations, tours, and more. Presented by Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society

When: February 16, 2020
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park — meet at 11450 256th Street, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Family Day at the Museum

What: Play board games with the family, take part in a scavenger hunt, and pose for a photo with mascot Raj the Racoon at Museum of Surrey’s Family Day.

When: February 17, 2020
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

City of New Westminster Family Day 2019

What: There are many Family Day events to check out in New West on February 17, including activities at City of New Westminster Parks and Recreation locations, the Anvil Centre, River Market and the Fraser River Discovery Centre.

Anvil Centre’s Family Fun Zone features Science World on the Road, Magician Peter Rooke, Nintendo games, photo booth fun, crafts, and more. Plus the City’s Parks and Rec department will offer a variety of activities including swimming, fitness classes, skating, arts and crafts and entertainment.

When: February 17, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia St, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Family Day Hike And Campfire Cookout

What: ​Celbrate Family Day with an outdoor adventure at Belcarra Regional Park. Go for a walk through the seaside forest, then share stories and songs around the campfire. Attendees are invited to bring their own marshmallows or campfire treats.

When: February 17, 2020
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Belcarra Regional Park
Admission: Free

Artist Talk with Susan Point

What: Susan Point discusses her travelling exhibition Spindle Whorl at the Surrey Art Gallery on February 19. The talk will be followed by an audience Q&A.

When: February 19, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Surrey Art Gallery — 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

PechaKucha Night

What: PechaKucha Nights features creative people sharing their works, ideas, passions, and stories with 20 images for 20 seconds each. Hosted by Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

When: February 19, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, Free

Heritage Week 2020 – Bringing the Past into the Future: The Saving of Melissa Park Lodge

What: Port Coquitlam’s Community Integration Services Society in collaboration with PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives and the City of PoCo hosts a tour of Melissa Park Lodge as part of Heritage Week 2020. Attendees will learn how the historic building was restored.

When: February 20, 2020
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Melissa Park Lodge — 2175 Mary Hill Road, Port Coquitlam
Register: Online, Free

Community Movie Night: Lilo & Stitch

What: City Centre Community Centre hosts a free, all ages screening of the Disney animated classic Lilo & Stitch. Light refreshments will be provided to the attendees

When: February 20, 2020
Time: 7 pm

Where: City Centre Community Centre — 5900 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
Admission: Free

Winter Jazz

Music mile

Jazz music horn ( Ezume Images / Shutterstock)

What: Coastal Jazz’s annual mini festival features eight performers and groups, including Lydia Hol & Dawn Pemberton, The Watermill Project, Itamar Erez Quartet, and more.

When: February 21 to 23, 2020
Time: 8 pm (Friday), 1 pm, 3:45, 8 pm (Saturday), 1 pm, 3:45 (Sunday)
Where: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, register online

Open Mosque Day – Abbotsford

What: Abbotsford Islamic Center’s 4th annual “Open Mosque Day” is happening on February 22. Take a tour of the Mosque and the display of various exhibition banners. There will also be activities such as Henna tattooing and Hijab-tryouts for kids and women.

When: February 22, 2020
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Abbotsford Islamic Center — 1980 Salton Road, Abbotsford
Admission: Free

10-year Vancouver 2010 Olympic Anniversary Festival

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VANOC branding for the 10-year anniversary festivities of Vancouver 2010. (VANOC / Canadian Olympic Committee)

What: On Saturday, February 22, a free public fan festival will be held at Jack Poole Plaza, the site of the Olympic Cauldron and part of Vancouver Convention Centre’s West Building, which was the International Broadcast Centre during the Games. Festival programming will include athlete meet and greets, stage performances, sport demonstrations, food and beverage, the relighting of the Olympic Cauldron, and other family-friendly activities.

When: February 22, 2020
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza — Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place, Vancouver)
Admission: Free

Robson Square Ice Rink

What: The provincial government’s Robson Square Ice Rink is open for the 2019/2020 season, and as per tradition, skating is free for all ages. Wedged under the covered outdoor plaza at Robson Square, the rink is operated seasonally by the government when temperatures begin to dip.

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: Daily until February 29, 2020
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)
Price: Free for all ages, if you bring your own skates. (Skate rentals are $5, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time.) Robson Square Ice Rink accepts cash only. Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under.

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 the end of season
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: The Shipyards Commons, North Vancouver
Admission: Free, skate rentals are available at a cost of $7 (quantities are limited)

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: Open year-round on Saturday
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza — 50E 30th Avenue, Vancouver; Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Granville Island Public Market

Granville Island Public Market on May 10, 2014 in Vancouver, Canada (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

Granville Island Public Market (Julien Hautcoeur/Shutterstock)

What: Open year-round and boasting stalls of fresh, colourful produce, homemade products, and must-try eats. From the ocean, oven, or field — Granville Market has got it all. Grab items to-go or order some grub from one of the many established food vendors at this indoor market. You’re going to leave happy and full.

When: Open year-round, seven days a week
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 1661 Duranleau Street, Granville Island
Admission: Free

Richmond Country Farms

What: Family-owned and operated for nearly 40 years, Richmond Country Farms is the farm stand adjacent to Highway 99 off Steveston. Open from early spring to just ahead of Christmas, the market has a bounty of fresh local produce and prepared goods.

When: Open daily
Time: 9 am to 7 pm
Where: 12900 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Admission: Free

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

What: Launched in June 2008, this open-air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Parkway), Burnaby
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 until April 26, 2020
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Port Moody Recreation Complex – 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody
Admission: Free

New West Winter Farmers’ Market

What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.

Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Belmont Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

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