27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: February 22 to 24

Feb 16 2019, 9:16 am

The last weekend of February is already here! Get your Vancouver fun started with these 25 events happening on Friday, February 22, Saturday, February 23, Sunday, February 24. Snoop Dogg, Vancouver International Wine Festival, and more.

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

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Friday, February 22

Addictive Comedy

What: The Addictive Comedy Crew performs at Elgin Hall to help beat the winter blues. Featuring Lizzie Allan, Karina Cebuliak, Ellen Bradley-Cheung, and Anne Hosking.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Elgin Hall – 14250 Crescent Road, Surrey
Tickets: Online, $27.50

Snoop Dogg & Friends

What: Get ready to drop it like it’s hot, because Snoop Dogg & Friends will be performing at Rogers Arena. The tour “proudly celebrating 25 years of doggystyle” brings a line-up of ’90s guests to make a full TBT listening sesh on a Friday night. Snoop Doggy Dog will be joined by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G, Kurupt, and Luniz.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Giants vs Victoria Royals

What: Vancouver Giants hit the ice versus Victoria Royals at Langley Events Centre.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

The Pink Floyd Experience

What: Jeff Parry Promotions and Greatest Albums Live are back with their next presentation of legendary rock albums brought to life on stage. Following the great reception of Led Zeppelin IV and AC/DC’s Back in Black, GAL presents the talents of The Pink Floyd Experience performing Dark Side of the Moon.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre — 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

Sketching with Dinosaurs

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What: View the Jurassic beasts from Museum of Surrey’s feature exhibition, Dinosaurs Unearthed, to be inspired and sketch. Artists of all ages and skillsets welcome. Please bring your own supplies to this free, drop-in event.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Ave, Surrey

Community Movie Night – Big Hero 6

What: Bring a blanket and get comfortable for a showing of this popular animated, action-packed and family-friendly movie of a band of high-tech heroes. Yummy treats will also be provided. All ages.

When: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd., Richmond
Admission: Free

Coastal Dance Festival

What: The Dancers of Damelahamid present the 12th annual Coastal Dance Festival (formerly Coastal First Nations Dance Festival), in their new state-of-the art venue for 2019 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Audiences will be treated to a dynamic selection of ancestral and innovative performances from British Columbia, the Yukon, Quebec, Alaska, Washington state, and Australia.

When: Now to Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia St, New Westminister
Tickets: Online

Saturday, February 23

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2019

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What: Canada’s premier food and wine festival, the Vancouver International Wine Festival, features 160 wineries from 15 countries. Known as “one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world,” the festival will feature a plethora of California Wines this year, the showcase region for 2019.

Attendees can expect to see over 1,500 wines poured at the 54 events over the festival’s nine-day run. As always, HQ for the wine fest will be the Vancouver Convention Centre, but more than 20 other restaurants and venues around the city will host winery dinners, lunches, and seminars.

When: Saturday, February 23 to Sunday, March 3, 2019
Where: Venues around Vancouver
Tickets: Advance tickets online. All public events go on sale January 9 at 9:30 am; All trade events go on sale January 23 at 9:30 am

Muzproposal Vancouver meetup/ networking event

What: Are you a single Muslim in the city looking for love? Muzproposal, a new Muslim relationship app, is about to change the dating game and will be holding its first meetup in Vancouver on Saturday, February, 23. Registration is now open and seats are limited. The app works similar to Bumble in that ladies make the first move. Users have 48 hours to reply and the rest is up to the potential couple! The Muzproposal app is available to download on  Google Play and the App Store.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 10 pm
Where: The Westin Bayshore Vancouver — 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Register: Online

JFL Northwest 2019

What: JFL Northwest 2019 has a star-studded lineup, including Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Whitney Cummings, Gabriel Iglesias, Michelle Wolf, Ken Jeong, Best of the West showcase, and more.

When: Now to Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: Showtimes will vary and can be found on the event website
Where: Various stages across the Lower Mainland
Tickets: Online


What: A comedy fundraiser for WE Villages, via International Conference Services (ICS), to benefit their project in Kanambu, Ecuador to construct a clean water system. Featuring stand-up sets from Yumi Nagashima and Steev Letts and a live musical set from Light Organ Records artist, Fake Shark.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $20

Company 605

What: This collaborative piece is built upon shared desires: to keep the conversation moving, to change what feels stuck or stagnant, to practice empathy and become better listeners, and to keep an authentic autonomy and group intention at play. Set in an environment striving to be in continuous transformation, the performers take charge of lighting and sound, shifting the movement in reaction to one another and the changing space. This creates a responsive, improvised state for those onstage and an enlivened experience for those witnessing.

When: Now to Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $36

L’Elisir D’Amore (The Elixir of Love)

What: Experience a story of Nemorino, a poor peasant who is in love with Adina, a beautiful, wealthy landowner, but Adina doesn’t know he exists. To add to his dilemma he has a rival; Sergeant Belcore, who is openly courting Adina. How to attract her attention? He needs a miracle. Just in time, along comes a travelling medicine man, Dr. Dulcamara, with his “Elixir of Love.”

When: February 23, February 25. February 27, February 28, and March 2, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $15-$36



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What: With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world. They bring their The Cold As Ice Tour to Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Driverless Vehicle Demonstration Vancouver 2019

What: Between February 23 and March 3, the driverless shuttles will travel along a one-km-long route on West 1st Avenue between the northwest corner of the intersection of Manitoba Street and West 1st Avenue and the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station parking lot. All rides are free to demonstrate the viability of such autonomous transportation technologies for the City of Surrey and City of Vancouver’s joint partnership for Infrastructure Canada Smart Cities Challenge bid of creating Canada’s first two collision-free multimodal corridors with driverless vehicles.

When: February 23 to March 3, 2019
Where: Western terminus: Canada Line Olympic Village Station parking lot. Eastern terminus: Northwest corner of the intersection of Manitoba Street and West 1st Avenue
Cost: Free! Book online to avoid lines

Vancouver Canucks vs New York Islanders

What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the New York Islanders at Rogers Arena.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Hopwired Festival

What: Hopwired Festival feature over 25 collaborations between coffee roasters and craft breweries who come from across North America. Meet brewers and roasters while sampling the full range of thoughtfully made collaboration beers and coffees in between tasting panels led by industry leaders. Hopwired is customized to provide world-class beers, coffees, and snacks that you won’t find anywhere else.

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time: 1 to 5:30 pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunday, February 24

RunGo Dash for Dogs

What: A guided 10km, 5km or 2km 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 good tunes. This is a race for people to support dogs, you don’t need a dog to run. Guide dogs and good dogs are welcome, dogs must be on leash and under control at all times for the safety of the working guide dogs.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Brockton Pavilion & Clubhouse – 1151 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Register: Online

91st Oscars Viewing Party

What: Celebrate cinema with a viewing of the 91st annual Academy Awards. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is for all ages.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Blvd., Richmond
Admission: Free

Black History Celebration: Legacy Dinner

What: Join the National Congress of Black Women Foundation for this special recognition of trailblazers Dr. Lyn Daniels, Dr. June Francis,  James Morton, Dr. Noga Gayle, and Dr. Annette Henry.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 4 to 11 pm
Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex (3rd. Floor) – 6550 Bonsor Ave. Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $55

Shirley Gnome – Wise Lounge Residency

What: Shirley Gnome is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning musician/cabaret performer. She’s singing almost every Sunday of February at the Wise Lounge along with special guests. Be the first to hear songs from her upcoming album, along with old favourites.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Wise Hall & Lounge – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
Admission: $10 suggested donation

Mushroom Racing Vancouver

What: Mushroom Racing is your chance to race against Mario, Luigi and the rest of the Super Bros.’ gang while collecting stars and winning prizes. ‘Real Life Mario Karting’ is all about Go Karting with a twist.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Where: Speeders – 13471 Crestwood Pl, Richmond,
Time: 10 am to 7 pm
Tickets: Available on Eventbrite, $50

Robson Square Ice Rink

What: The provincial government’s Robson Square Ice Rink is open for the 2018 and 2019 season. As per tradition, 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: Now to Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm; Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 11 pm
Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson Street and Howe Street)
Cost: Free for all ages, if you bring your own skates (Skate rentals are $5, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time)
Note: Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under. Robson Square Ice Rink accepts cash only

La Bohème

What: The Vancouver Opera’s production of La Bohème will transport the audience back to the 1920s when “writers flocked to Paris to live the bohemian life.”

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

PetSmart National Pet Adoption Weekend


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What: More than 1800 pets will be up for adoption from February 22 to 24 as part of PetSmart Charities of Canada’s National Adoption Weekend. Held at almost all of its 140 stores across the country, thousands of puppies and dogs, kittens and cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and other small animals will be looking for loving forever homes.  The animals come from more than 200 local shelters and rescue organizations.

When: Friday, February 22 to Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 9 am to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday
Where: Nearly 140 PetSmart locations across Canada (Check website for full list of participating locations)

Strathcona Heritage Walking Tour and Fountain Chapel Reopening

What: This year marks the 100th anniversary of a church which was central to the African community in Vancouver for decades. That history will be marked by the Grand Re-opening and Celebration of African Fountain Chapel Vancouver (AME) and the 5th annual Strathcona African Heritage Month Walking Tour.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: Walking Tour from 11 am to 1 pm, Celebration from 2 to 4:30pm
Where: 897 Keefer St., Vancouver
More Info: Online

The 7th annual Pet Lover Show

What: Visitors can expect animal-related seminars and speakers, who will be sharing their knowledge across multiple stages, giving owners a great chance to learn about pet health and behaviour. There will also be a wide variety of interactive activities, like a Giggle Booth, and their famous Lure Course. Returning this year will be the President’s Choice SuperDog Star Search, and new to the show this year will be veteran dog handler and Integrated Police Dog Service Team member Constable Scott MacLeod.

When: Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Tradex – 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford
Tickets: $14 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors

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