50 things to do in Vancouver in February

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February may be one of the dullest months of the year, but there is still so much to do. There are dozens of events happening in Vancouver this month, and we’ve rounded down the cream of the crop.

Here are 50 things to do in and around Vancouver this February:

Music & entertainment

PuSh Festival

  • What: The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe.
  • Where: Various Locations. Check the website for more information.
  • When: Tuesday, January 19 to Sunday, February 7

Vancouver TheatreSports 28th Annual Massacre

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) 28th annual improv festival and competition, The Massacre, which hits The Improv Centre stage from January 27 through February 14, promises to banish the blahs with loads of laughs.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: January 27 to February 14

David Cross in Vancouver

  • What: Comedian David Cross will be bringing his Making America Great Again! – yes, riffing on Donald Trump – tour to Vancouver in February as part of the month-long JFL NorthWest Comedy Fest taking over the city.
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, February 2; 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.

Black Sabbath

  • What: The band known for hits like Iron Man and War Pigs, and band-mate Ozzy Osbourne, will stop at Rogers Arena in February for a rock show like no other. And it’s the last one they say they’ll ever do.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, February 3; 7:30 p.m.

Baio

  • What: American electronic musician and member of Vampire Weekend, Baio arrives on tour to support his debut solo release The Names at the Biltmore.
  • Where: The Biltmore – 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, February 5; 8 p.m.

Lunar Fest

  • What: Built as a festival that celebrates one of the oldest traditions for many Asian cultures – Lunar New Year, LunarFest aims to collaborate with many Asian communities and outreaches to other Canadians. Since the inception, LunarFest is also built on an important artistic element for many cultures – the lanterns. Through collaborations with professional artists and school children in Canada and around the world, LunarFest has already presented Lantern Forest for 2009-2010, Lantern Aquarium for 2011-2012, Lantern Jungle in 2013 and Lantern Palaces in 2014.
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14

Brad Paisley: Crushin’ It World Tour

  • What: Country star Brad Paisley will hit Rogers Arena on Valentine’s Day for his Crushin’ It World Tour.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, February 14; 7:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Burlesque at the Rio Theatre

  • What: It takes two to tango this Valentines Day at the Rio Theatre! Back after last year’s sold out show, the highly anticipated Burlesque Duos will feature never seen before Burlesque duets featuring eight of Vancouver’s top teasers.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, February 13; doors open at 8 p.m.

One-Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody

  • What: Why so serious? From the madmen behind One-Man Star Wars and One-Man Lord of the Rings comes an irreverent parody and homage to the Dark Knight Trilogy. Two-faced super-nerd, Charles Ross, lovingly tears Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece a new one in his new One-Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody. No costumes, no sets, no Batmobiles, Ross takes you on a one-hour comedic joyride, from Batman’s origins to his epic battles against Gotham’s super-villains. Hold onto your utility belt!
  • Where: Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, February 18 to Sunday, February 21

Trevor Noah

  • What: Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show will headline the Just For Laughs NorthWest Comedy Fest in February at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, February 19; 7 p.m.

Margaret Cho

  • What: She’s a legend in the comedy world, and has conquered film, television, books, and theatre. Now she’ll be in Vancouver for the Just For Laughs NorthWest Comedy Fest where you can see for yourself what all the hype is about.
  • Where: The Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, February 19; 10 p.m.

Miranda Sings

  • What: International YouTube sensation Miranda Sings is bringing you a hilarious night filled with comedy, hit songs, magic tricks, dramatic readings of hate mail, and never before seen videos! The quirky superstar has over 60 million views on YouTube and has performed her one-woman show to sold-out crowds all over the world.
  • Where: The Centre – 777 Homer Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, February 20; 7 p.m.

Wanda Sykes

  • What: Comedien Wanda Sykes, best known for The Wanda Sykes Show, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Amazon Prime’s Alpha House, will play as part of the Just For Laughs NorthWest Comedy Fest in Vancouver. She’s been named one of the funniest people in America, and now she’ll be one of the funniest in Canada.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, February 24; 7 p.m.

Lewis Black

  • What: Receiving critical acclaim as a stand-up, actor and author, Lewis Black has performed for audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.
  • Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
  • When: Sunday, February 28; 7 p.m.

Food & drink

Hot Chocolate Festival

  • What: The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is back for its fifth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.
  • Where: TBA
  • When: Saturday, January 16 to Sunday, February 14

Science of Cocktails of Science World

  • What: Science World is playing host to Vancouver’s top bartenders at its evening cocktail event on February 4. The Science of Cocktails will showcase the physics, chemistry and biology behind their award winning drinks. Proceeds will help provide cost-free field trips to schools in need across the Lower Mainland.
  • Where: 1455 Quebec St, Science World
  • When: February 4 at 8 p.m. to 12 p.m.

Valentine’s Couples Cooking Class

  • What: Powell Street’s Uncommon Café is offering couples a fun and creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Couples who sign up (attendees must be in pairs), will learn how to cook a romantic dinner, while savoring delicious French food, in a candlelit setting.
  • Where: Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, February 10

2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Brewery Tour

  • What: Vancouver Brewery Tours presents their second For The Love Of The Craft — A Valentine’s Day Brewery Tour. The romantic, beer-fuelled excursion will stop at Big Rock Urban Brewery,Storm Brewing, and Strange Fellows Brewing. Transported around the city in a mini-van, participants will get to enjoy a range of beer samples (including a Valentine’s-themed beer made especially for the day), appetizers, and Thomas Haas chocolate.
  • Where: Multiple venues (check website)
  • When: Sunday, February 14, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pizza Palooza

  • What: This pizza-tasting extravaganza is presented by Vancouver Foodster, Richard Wolak and Tasting Plates. The evening will involve visiting a handful of pizzerias around the city, and sampling an array of pizza slices. At this stage, participating restaurants include Straight Outta Brooklyn, Zero Zero Pizzeria, and Ragazzi Pizza, with more names to be announced.
  • Where: Various venues
  • When: Wednesday, February 17

Vancouver International Wine Festival

  • What: One of the city’s largest annual food and wine events, the Vancouver International Wine Festival, returns to the city for its 38th year. Spanning over a week, from February 20 to 28, the wine-focused affair will once again bring together the top names in wine making, as well as a collection of wines from round the world.
  • Where: Convention Centre, plus various venues (please check website)
  • When: February 20 to 28, 2016

Farmers’ Markets

Nat Bailey Stadium

  • 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 craft.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 7 to Saturday, April 23 (Every Saturday); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hastings Park

  • What: After a successful trial season last year, we’re excited to return to Hastings Park for a full winter season! We were welcomed and supported by the local community with dedicated Vancouver Farmers Markets shoppers from all over the Lower Mainland. Located within a thriving community close to the highway and the Second Narrows Bridge, the Hastings Park Farmers Market is a perfect place to stop and shop.
  • Where: Hastings Skate Park – Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 8 to Sunday, May 1 (Closed Dec. 27); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Granville Island Public Market

  • What: Open year-long, the Public Market at Granville Island is a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike. There are several produce vendors, along with local food and craft artisans, prepared foods, and much more to see and do.
  • Where: 1661 Duranleau Street – Granville Island
  • When: 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cannery Farmers’ Market

  • What: Held under the Cannery roof in Richmond, this winter farmers’ market acts as a gathering place for the local community and provides an opportunity for farmers and artisans to showcase their products. Visitors to the market can enjoy a rustic atmosphere, fresh produce, and a varied selection of prepared foods.
  • Where: The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site – 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
  • When: October 2015 to April 2016, 1 and 3 Sundays of every month; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

White Rock Winter Market

  • What: The White Rock Farmers’ Market will run nine winter markets this year, which will feature a range of vendor produced goods, including fresh fruits and veggies, with an en emphasis on locally-grown farm produce. Also available at the market are baked and organic goods, artisan cheeses and breads, condiments and preserves, and fair trade coffee.
  • Where: Elks Hall, 1469 George Street, White Rock
  • When: October 18 to December 18, Sundays; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Royal City Farmers’ Market

  • What: This New Westminster winter market offers attendees farm-fresh produce, plants, quality handmade crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, live entertainment, and whole stack more.
  • Where: Belmont Street (between 6th and 7th Streets), New Westminster
  • When: November 7 to April 16 (excluding January 2); 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sports

Mount Seymour Shred for the Cause Ladies’ Night

  • What: The 2016 Shred for the Cause “Locals Edition” will kick off on Monday, January 25 and run every Monday night until March 28, offering women ski and board passes for only $10. Men of course are welcome too, but will pay $31 for their lift tickets.
  • Where: Mount Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
  • When: Mondays, January 25 to March 28, 2016; 6 to 10 p.m.

Robson Square Ice Rink

  • What: The Robson Square Ice Rink, located in downtown Vancouver, is be open until February 29. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Square, Vancouver
  • When: Open until February 29, 2016

Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, February 4; 7 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, February 6; 7 p.m.

24 Hours of Winter at Grouse Mountain

  • What: 24 hours of consecutive fun will take place up Grouse Mountain from February 6 to 7 when the hill stays open from sunset to sunrise. Ski, board, snowshoe, ice skate, and play in the terrain park all day and all night, featuring music from live DJs on site.
  • Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, February 6 to Sunday, February 7

Vancouver Canucks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, February 13; 7 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Minnesota Wild

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, February 15; 7 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, February 18; 7 p.m.

The BC Lung Association’s Climb the Wall

  • What: On February 21, Vancouver’s toughest will challenge the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel at Climb the Wall: the Stairclimb for Clean Air featuring the Fight & Flight Challenge. This race starts with a 1km bike ride on a stationary bike, followed by intense strength exercises and a test of balance before you head up the 739 steps of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel. You’ll also face even more obstacles on your way up, as if climbing 48 storeys, straight up, wasn’t enough.
  • Where: Sheraton Wall Centre – 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, February 21; 9 a.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, February 21; 7 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Ottawa Senators

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, February 25; 7 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, February 28; 7 p.m.

Miscellaneous

Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada

  • What: FlyOver Canada is proud to bring back “Flight of the Dragon”. For a limited time, guests will get to experience Flight of the Dragon and FlyOver Canada back-to-back for the regular FlyOver Canada admission price! Start your experience off in the pre-show room, where you will see beautiful festive theming and still images of Chinese New Year celebrations. Then, buckle up your seatbelts and get prepared for the virtual flight rides! First, follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery during Flight of the Dragon. Then, stay seated and take off again to experience, the Ultimate Flying Ride, FlyOver Canada, a thrilling virtual flight ride that takes you across Canada from east-to-west.
  • Where: FlyOver Canada – 201-999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Until March 6, 2016

Red Bull Stratos at TELUS World of Science

  • What: The TELUS World of Science is displaying the capsule used by Felix Baumgartner, the supersonic daredevil whose dive from more than 38,000 metres broke the world record for vertical free fall.
  • Where: 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: Runs until April 26, 2016

Your Future Home: Creating The New Vancouver Exhibition

  • What: Beginning on January 21, running until May 15, the museum will showcase Your Future Home: Creating the New Vancouver, a new unique exhibit to provide local residents with a glimpse of the possible avenues the city could take with addressing housing affordability, residential density, transportation, and public spaces.
  • Where: Museum of Vancouver – 100 Chestnut St, Vancouver
  • When: January 21 to May 15, 2016

Family Day on The Drive

  • What: The Commercial Drive Business Society (CDBS) presents their inaugural ‘Family Day on The Drive’, a free community event produced by the CDBS. Taking place Monday, February 8, there will be an afternoon of events for the entire family at Britannia Ice Rink between 2 p.m and 4 p.m.
  • Where: Britannia Ice Rink – 1601 Parker Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, February 8; noon

Hugs and Fishes Dinner and Sleepover

  • What: Create unique memories with your special valentine at the Vancouver Aquarium with a one of a kind experience! To start the evening, wine and dine your valentine in our Tropical gallery with a three course plated dinner by the aquarium’s culinary team.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, February 13

Mixed Media Events & Studio Sessions

  • What: Looking for the perfect date night experience this Valentine’s Day? Join Mixed Media Events & Studio Sessions at their private studio for a wonderful night filled with great food, wine, cocktails & painting! All painting supplies provided with ticket purchase. Pre-ordered Charcuterie and Cheese tasting plates available. Wine, Beer & Select Hand Crafted Cocktails available at the venue. No prior painting experience necessary.
  • Where: The Beaumont Studios Artist Society – 326 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, February 12; 6 to 9 p.m. or 9 p.m. to midnight

Chinese New Year Parade & Festival

  • What: The Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade will return for its 43rd year on Sunday, February 14th, 2016. The parade will begin at 11 am.
  • Where: Chinatown, Vancouver. Click here for the parade route.
  • When: Sunday, February 14; 11 a.m.

Talking Stick Festival

  • What: All areas of the performing arts are represented at the Talking Stick Festival from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, visual arts and multimedia performance, celebrating Aboriginal culture and showcasing the new evolving contemporary work of today’s artists.
  • Where: Various Locations. Click here for more information.
  • When: Tuesday, February 16 to Monday, February 29

Science World After Dark

  • What: Get an exclusive chance to explore Science World’s feature exhibition, Animal Inside Out, in a 19+ atmosphere. KiSS Radio will be on-site spinning tracks for a three hour dance party and there will also be an exclusive stage show on the topic of crazy animal mating rituals. Mix, mingle and have fun like a kid—without the kids.
  • Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, February 19 ; 6 to 10 p.m.

Winterruption Festival on Granville Island

  • What: Art is at the heart of Winterruption, and this year, it’s bigger than ever. Marvel at Giants, the largest outdoor mural ever created by Brazilian artists OSGEMEOS on Ocean Concrete’s six gigantic silos.
  • Where: Granville Island, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, February 19 to Monday, February 22

BrainStation Community Social x 5×5 Art Show

  • What: BrainStation Vancouver is excited to host 5 x 5, an event that will bring five talented Vancouver photographers who devote their passion to capturing inspiring images.
  • Where: BrainStation HQ – 1110 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, February 26; 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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