27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: February 21 to 23

Feb 21 2020, 5:00 am

February is just speeding by! Slow down and have some fun with these 27 Vancouver events happening on February 21, February 22, and February 23. There’s the 10-year Vancouver 2010 Olympic Anniversary Festival, RunGo Dash for Dogs, and more.

And for more things happening around town, be sure to check out our events section.

Friday, February 21

Richmond Olympic Oval 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

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What: Ten years ago, the Richmond Olympic Oval was the host venue for 12 medal events in long track speed skating in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Live the legacy and head to the Oval February 21, 22 and 23 for a free, family-friendly celebration of the 10-year Olympic anniversary and of all things sport. Activities include public skating, Canadian Olympic Athlete meet and greets, speed skating demonstrations, Canada vs. USA women’s para ice hockey games and more.

With a 20,000 sq. ft. fitness centre, boutique fitness classes, basketball courts, two Olympic-size ice rinks, volleyball courts, a 200m track, a climbing wall, and the country’s first Olympic museum, the Oval has everything for aspiring athletes and those who love fitness.

When: February 21, 22 and 23, 2020
Time: Friday, 5 to 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval — 6111 River Road, Richmond
Admission: Free

Antibalas

What: Brooklyn-based afrobeat artists Antibalas brings the FU CHRONICLES album tour to Vancouver on February 21 at Rickshaw Theatre.

When: February 21, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre — 254 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

What: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival features dozens of screenings, workshops and events in 10 venues across Metro Vancouver. Learn from guest speakers and then watch some of the best mountain and outdoor films from around the world.

When: February 21 to March 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

BashFest

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What: The Gaming Stadium and Tourism Burnaby present BashFest, featuring a variety of video game tournaments such as CS:GO, Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and more.

When: February 21 to 23, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Delta Hotels by Marriott Burnaby Conference Centre — 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Register: Online

Small Business BC Awards Gala

What: Small Business BC celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions that small businesses make to their community and the BC economy. The event features dinner, drinks, and networking with BC’s top business owners, industry leaders and government officials.

When: February 21, 2020
Time: 5 to 10:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre — 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Matriarchs Uprising

What: Matriarchs Uprising is a showcase of Indigenous women who nurture the art of contemporary dance so that it may be appreciated by audiences from every background. Curated and co-produced by Olivia C. Davies, Artistic Director of O.Dela Arts, the performances are accompanied by artist talks and workshops. Audiences will enjoy interdisciplinary performances by Indigenous choreographers from Australia, Canada, and New Zealand including Aria Evans, Mariaa Randall with Henrietta Baird, and Louise Potiki Bryant with Indigenous sculptor, Paerau Corneal. Presented in partnership with the Talking Stick Festival.

When: February 21 and 22, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre — 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Giants vs Calgary Hitmen

What: Vancouver Giants face off with Calgary Hitmen in WHL action at Langley Events Centre.

When: February 21, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Saturday, February 22

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

Indigenous Plant Use

What: Stanley Park Ecology Society hosts a workshop on indigenous plant use. Attendees will walk through the forest and learn with an experienced educator of Coast Salish descent. Learn about edible, medicinal, and survival uses of plants, as well as the traditional and present-day Indigenous relationships with local plant and wildlife.

When: February 22, 2020
Time: 1 pm
Where: Meet at the Stanley Park Ecology Society, located on the 2nd floor of the Stanley Park Dining Pavilion
Register: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Boston Bruins

What: Vancouver Canucks hit the ice against the Boston Bruins in NHL action at Rogers Arena.

When: February 22, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Walk Richmond – South Arm Park

What: Discover all that South Arm Park has to offer, including soccer fields, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts and an outdoor swimming pool.

When: February 22, 2020
Time: 10 to 11 am
Meeting Spot: The entrance to the South Arm Community Centre — 8880 Williams Road
Admission: Free

Black History Celebration: Legacy Dinner

What: The National Congress of Black Women Foundation BC  hosts a legacy dinner in special recognition of the 2020 honorees, including jazz vocalist Dee Daniels, gospel singer Marcus Mosely, steel pannist Kenrick Headley, and President of Canadian Union of Postal Workers Jan Simpson.

When: February 22, 2020
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex (3rd floor) – 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020

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What: Canada’s premier food and wine festival, the Vancouver International Wine Festival, will take place from February 22 to March 1, 2020, and it will feature 164 wineries from 15 countries. Known as “one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world,” the festival will feature a plethora of French wineries (43 of them) this year, the showcase region for 2020. As always, HQ for the wine fest will be the Vancouver Convention Centre, but more than 25 other restaurants and venues around the city will host winery dinners, lunches, and seminars.

When: February 22 to March 1, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Madama Butterfly

What: ​Burnaby Lyric Opera presents Madama Butterfly, a heartbreaking story of love, betrayal, and cultures clashing in the late 1890s.

When: February 22, 24, 26, 27, and 29, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Himalayan Life

What: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival presents a screening of Himalayan Life at Inlet Theatre. Learn about the people, culture and life of the highest mountains.

When: February 22, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Inlet Theatre — 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Tickets: Online

Open Mosque Day – Abbotsford

What: Abbotsford Islamic Center’s fourth 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

24 Hours of Winter at Grouse Mountain

What: Grouse Mountain is once again hosting its annual 24 Hours of Winter event, giving everyone a chance to enjoy the slopes from sundown to sunrise. The non-stop event will take place from February 22 to February 23, and features skiing, snowboarding, skating and more with live DJs setting the musical mood. A complimentary shuttle will be running from 12 am to 7 am on Sunday between Grouse Mountain and key locations in North Vancouver.

When: February 22 to February 23, 2020
Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
More Info: On the Grouse Mountain website

Sunday, February 23

Tove Lo

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What: Grammy nominated Swedish singer songwriter Tove Lo brings her Sunshine Kitty tour to Vogue Theatre on February 23.

When: February 23, 2020
Time: 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

BC Home + Garden Show

What: The BC Home + Garden Show features over 400 booths and several unique feature displays to explore. Shop for products and services and learn from industry experts including Bryan Baeumler, Angela Callas, and more.

When: Now until February 23, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Climb the Wall: Stairclimb for Clean Air

What: ​​​The 19th annual Stairclimb for Clean Health has participants climb the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel to raise funds for the BC Lung Association. The event is open to all ages, fitness levels, and abilities.

When: February 23, 2020
Where: The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel – 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Register: Online

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 Road House (February 23).

When: February 23, 2020
Time: 9 pm
Where: Bells and Whistles – 3296 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Winter Jazz

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: Friday, 8 pm; Saturday, 1 pm and 3:45, 8 pm; Sunday, 1 pm and 3:45
Where: Performance Works — 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, register online

Noises Off

What: Arts Club presents Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, a farcical look at the rehearsal process with a group of actors before a performance of the British sex comedy “Nothing On.”

When: Various dates until February 23, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage — 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

RunGo Dash for Dogs

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What: A guided 10 km, 5 km, or 2 km run or walk through Stanley Park with 100% of the proceeds going to BC and Alberta Guide Dogs. After the run there will be a social event with pancakes, prizes, and entertainment. Dogs are welcome, and must be on leash and under control at all times for the safety of the working guide dogs.

When: February 23, 2020
Start Times: 9:45 am (10 km) 10 am (5 km), 10:15 am (2k)
Where: Brockton Pavilion & Clubhouse – 1151 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Register: Online

Cannery Farmers’ Market

What: The Cannery Farmers’ Market is Steveston’s indoor winter market, held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. This unique market features local food and artisan merchants, as well as live entertainment, inside a historic cannery setting. Admission to the museum is free on market days.

When: February 23; March 8 and 22; April 5 and 19
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Admission: Free

Transits and Returns at Vancouver Art Gallery

What: Transits and Returns is Vancouver Art Gallery’s newest exhibition and showcases local First Nations artists and those from communities throughout the Pacific region. Transits and Returns explores wide-ranging experiences that are inclusive of both global connections and ancestral knowledge.

Participating artists include Edith Amituanai, Christopher Ando, Natalie Ball, BC Collective with Louisa Afoa, Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick with Nāpali Aluli Souza, Hannah Brontë, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Mariquita Davis, Chantal Fraser, Maureen Gruben, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Taloi Havini, Lisa Hilli, Carol McGregor, Marianne Nicolson, Ahilapalapa Rands, Debra Sparrow, and T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss.

When: Now until February 23, 2020
Time: Daily, 10 am to 5 pm; Tuesdays until 9 pm; first Friday of each month until 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Dinner With A View – Vancouver

What: Dinner With A View Vancouver starts when guests enter their assigned dome that’s been transformed into a terrarium with a distinct terrain: tundra, tropical, grasslands, etc. Each dome seats a minimum of four and a maximum of six people.

Inside guests will find luxurious pillows, blankets, and decor as they enjoy a three-course meal prepared by a celebrity chef. Diners can choose between blind menus, which will accommodate several different dietary restrictions including meals that can be made meat-, fish-, and vegan-centric.

When: Now until February 23, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Ambleside Beach, West Vancouver
Price: $199.99 for dome reservations and $109.99 per dinner per person; tickets online

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