20 fantastic things to do in Vancouver this long weekend: February 17 to 20

Feb 16 2023, 3:00 pm

The Family Day long weekend is upon us, and it’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect with loved ones by checking out a fun event around the city.

From Just For Laughs Vancouver to FAN EXPO, Warrior’s Pride Night and more, here are 20 things to do from February 17 to 20 in Vancouver.

And for more fun things happening around town be sure to check out our Listed section.

Vancouver Winter Pride Festival’s Unicorn Disco

Unicorn Ball

Unicorn Ball/Submitted

What: Vancouver Winter Pride Festival’s Unicorn Disco, happening on Saturday, February 18, will feature RuPaul’s Drag Race reigning queen Willow Pill and the snack herself, Kornbread, at Enso Nightclub.

The highly anticipated event is part of the second annual Winter Pride Fest, a celebration of the intersections of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community happening from February 18 to 26 at venues across the city.

When: February 18, 2023
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Enso Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting at $42.98, plus Meet and Greet and VIP options. Purchase online

Present at VMF Winter Arts Hub

What: Present, an exhibition curated by Tafui, features work by artists from the Afro-Caribbean & African Diaspora. Experience local poetry, a Drum Clash, live music, and food during this VMF Winter Arts Hub celebration.

When: February 17, 2023
4 to 10 pm
Where: Winter Arts Hub atšxʷƛ̓ ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (Vancouver Art Gallery north plaza)
Cost: Free

Sacred Journey at Science World

What: Sacred Journey is an immersive experience at Science World that spotlights the resurgence of Northwest Coast canoe cultures via art, immersive audio, video displays, and interactive experiences.

There will also be amazing modern Northwest Coast style graphic design and mask carving by Chazz Mack, Ian Reid (Nusi), Kelsey (KC) Hall and Roy Henry Vickers to explore.

When: Now until February 20, 2023
Time: 10 am to 5 pm. Members can enjoy early access to the dome at 9:30 am
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $20.30-$30.40, children ages two and under get in free and don’t require a ticket. Purchase online.

FAN EXPO Vancouver 2023

FAN EXPO Vancouver

FAN EXPO Vancouver/Submitted

What: FAN EXPO Vancouver, one of BC’s largest pop-culture events, returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre from February 18 to 20. The annual event brings together tens of thousands of people ranging from comic book fans, cosplay lovers, sci-fi, horror, and anime aficionados, and gaming fanatics, to name a few.

Plus, there are family-friendly experiences and huge celebrities to meet as well!

When: February 18 to 20, 2023
Time: 10 am to 7 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday and Monday)
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, Halls B And C — 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Various prices, purchase online

Family Day at Vancouver Maritime Museum

What: The Vancouver Maritime Museum is celebrating Family Day by offering free admission on February 20. The event features fun family activities, a storytime in the Children’s gallery, hot chocolate, Bannock and more.

Explore the interactive display in the lobby to learn about the journey of three immigrant families that came to Canada by sea. Young ones will also enjoy climbing aboard a boat and learning about sea creatures and Tsleil-Waututh culture, and discovering the built environment of the largest port in Canada.

When: February 20, 2023
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Maritime Museum -1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Soda Shop Motown Party

What: Kick off your Family Day weekend with the Soda Shop Motown Party at Hollywood Theatre. The shindig will feature non-stop Motown Hits and the Best of the ’50s and ’60s with DJs Flipout, Christian Flores, and Justin Gradin.

When: February 17, 2023
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Where: Hollywood Theatre – 3123 W Broadway Vancouver
Cost: Free; register online

Pride Night: Vancouver Warriors vs Calgary Roughnecks

Vancouver Warriors

Vancouver Warriors (Jeff Vinnick/Submitted)

What: The Warriors host their first Pride Night on Friday, February 17, when the Calgary Roughnecks come to visit. There will be a variety of fun activities for all ages to enjoy throughout the evening.

Fans are invited to kick things off with the first official Warriors Crawl, a pre-game beer tour of Rogers Arena.

When: February 17, 2023
Time: Warriors Crawl starts at 5 pm. Ball drop at 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Cost: Various; purchase online. Tickets for the Warriors Crawl can also be purchased online

Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase

What: Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase is Vancouver’s preeminent wedding show, and it’s happening this weekend at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

“The most opulent event of the year” will treat guests to delectable sweet and savoury food tastings, photoshoots, and a magical haute couture-style fashion show. There will also be over 60 local artisans and vendors to meet.

When: February 19, 2023
Time: 11 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $35 Early Bird tickets, available online


What: Corey Payette writes and directs a new musical about an Indigi-Queer Two-Spirit drag queen discovering the ins and outs of East Vancouver’s Drag community. The modern-day love story is described as an empowering and celebratory experience. Starwalker’s world premiere is being held at the York Theatre.

When: February 16 to March 5, 2023
Time: Various times
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: From $25; $15 for Indigenous patrons. Purchase online

Just For Laughs Vancouver

Just For Laughs Vancouver

Just For Laughs Vancouver/Instagram

What: Western Canada’s biggest comedy festival is returning to stages all over Vancouver this winter, and it’s bringing in a bunch of huge stars to join the party.

Just For Laughs VANCOUVER, in association with Sirius XM, will take place from February 16 to 25, and fans of all things funny will have lots to enjoy over the 10 hilarious days. There will be star-powered stand-up, podcasts, improv and sketch, and more.

When: February 16 to 25, 2023
Time: Various showtimes
Where: Multiple venues across Vancouver
Tickets: On sale at jflvancouver.com

Measha Brueggergosman-Lee with the VSO

What: Award-winning Canadian Soprano Measha Brueggergosman-Lee joins the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre. The event will also feature Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

When: February 17 and 18, 2023
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre — 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: From $29.52, purchase online

BOOM! Pro Wrestling presents Coco Harriet Invitational 2023

BOOM! Pro Wrestling

BOOM! Pro Wrestling (Skye Portman/Submitted)

What: Some of the top women wrestlers in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest will be in Vancouver for the first annual Coco Harriet Invitational, a groundbreaking, ring-shaking event by BOOM! Pro Wrestling.

The event will bring together a dozen pro wrestlers, including Cat Power, Izzy McQueen, Nicole Matthews, Calamity Kate, and more.

When: February 18, 2023
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Commercial Drive Legion — 2205 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Cost: $30 plus fees, purchase online

Black History Month Family Day

What: Coquitlam Heritage hosts its fourth annual Black History Month Family Day. Guests will hear live music from a variety of African musical traditions and styles, discover booths from community partners, and try African-inspired treats.

The free, all-ages event will also feature face painting, balloon animals, and selfie opportunities with a princess.

When: February 18, 2023
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: Victoria Community Hall – 3435 Victoria Drive, Coquitlam
Cost: Free

Best Divorce Ever

What: Best Divorce Ever is an adult comedy about life and love. Otto and Anna decide to throw a party for their divorce, but an unexpected visitor prompts the pair to revisit key moments of their life together. The world-premiere comedy is written by Finnish playwright Ville Nummenpää and directed by Julianne Christie.

When: Thursdays to Sundays until February 19, 2023
Time: 8 pm (Thursday to Saturday), 2:30 pm (Sunday)
Where: The White Rock Players’ Club — 1532 Johnston Road, White Rock
Cost: $24 to $28; purchase online

Family Day at Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Art Gallery

Family Day at Vancouver Art Gallery/vanartgallery.bc.ca

What: Vancouver Art Gallery’s Family Day invites guests to be inspired by current exhibitions Jin-me Yoon: About TimeMarie Khouri – I Love and Guud san glans Robert Davidson: A Line That Bends But Does Not Break. Attendees of all ages will enjoy a series of activities that explores how creativity can lead to the change we want to see in the world.

Highlights include a self-guided watercolour painting session in the Annex Workshop, making a mixed media collage, and guided and self-guided tours. Admission is free for youth 18 and under.

When: February 20, 2023
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free for youth 18 and under. Also free for Gallery Members or with general admission. Purchase Online

Family Day Toonie Skate

What: The City of Burnaby has a variety of Family Day events lined up, including two Toonie Skates. Drop by Bill Copeland Sports Centre from 9 am to 1:30 pm for a family skate, crafts, and face painting. There will even be an optional pancake breakfast served for a $5 minimum donation.

Head to Kensington Complex from 5 to 8 pm for another family skate event.

When: February 20, 2023
Time: 9 am to 1:30 pm (Bill Copeland Sports Centre), 5 to 8 pm (Kensington Complex)
Where: Bill Copeland Sports Centre – 3676 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby; Kensington Complex – 6159 Curtis Street, Burnaby
Cost: $2

VCT Family Day Open House

What: Vancouver Civic Theatres (VCT) is hosting a Family Day open house on Saturday, February 18, in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre lobbies. Go on a guided tour of VCT’s new art exhibition Aural Bodies by Sylvan Hamburger, create some crafts, and enjoy a live classical music performance, by the VSO School of Music Astral Quartet.

When: February 18, 2023
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free

Still Here Still Life Featuring Lee’s Donuts

Lee's Donuts

Courtesy of Lee’s Donuts

What: If you enjoy donuts and drawing, then this event was basically made for you. For one night only, Honey Dip Studios will be offering a special guided drawing workshop open to all levels. The subject of the drawings will be donuts, which you’ll also get to much on during. Pretty sweet deal if you ask us.

When: February 17, 2023
Time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Honey Dip Studios, 109-1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $29.36; register online

Hastings Park Farmers Market

What: With over 35 farms and producers, the Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market makes it easy to keep meals farm-to-table. Highlights of the weekly event are winter produce, artisanal cheeses, bread, craft alcohol, treats, and delicious food truck offerings.

When: Every Sunday until April 30, 2023
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Hastings Park – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Family Day at Museum of Vancouver: Local Storytellers

What: Admission to the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is free for Family Day, and visitors are invited to discover the local stories featured in its History Galleries and feature exhibitions. Explore A Seat at the Table: Chinese Immigration and British Columbia, All We Want is More: The Tobias Wong Project, and That Which Sustains Us and Spirit Journeys: Walking with Resilience, Wellbeing, and Respect.

Guests can also register for scheduled programming with local storytellers during the Family Day event.

When: February 20, 2023
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Museum of Vancouver — 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free, scheduled programming requires either registration or the purchase of a ticket

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