Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Symphony orchestra performances, Olympic celebrations, arts festivals, chef guided tours… Read on for our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 


 

Team Canada

Team Canada – Photo Credit – Canadian Olympic Team

It’s the last weekend of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics!  Encourage our athletes in Sochi to bring home gold with Samsung’s Notes From Home! Send a free electronic note to your favourite Canadian athlete and show your support for Team Canada. And in case you missed it… the Olympic Cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza (next to the Vancouver Convention Centre West building) will be lit every evening at 6PM the same day Team Canada wins a gold medal.

 


Friday February 21st

 

Olympic Cheering Centre; time varies @ Cascades Lounge, Pan Pacific Hotel (999 Canada Place), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
The Cascades Lounge has all your Olympic coverage sorted! Stop in anytime from February 7-23 to sample the special Olympic-themed menu, watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, pose with an official 2010 Olympic torch, and relive the memories of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Wear your Red Mittens and be entered to win a nights accommodation at the hotel!

PoMo ArtsFest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – PoMo ArtsFest (Facebook)

16th PoMo Arts Fest; time varies; various locations in Port Moody
Free and ticketed events
A winter celebration of the arts, with a four-day series of concerts and events between February 20-23.  The festival showcases national, local, and internationally-acclaimed talent, bringing the joys of arts to everyone in the community, from dance and slam poetry to percussion and classical music.  Check out the website for the full event listings and to buy tickets!

13th Annual Talking Stick Festival; time varies @ various locations
Free and ticketed events
Discover the work of Aboriginal arts and artists through March 2 with national and international artists. All areas of performing arts are represented at the Talking Stick Festival from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, and multimedia performance.  Check out the website for the full listing of events.  Today: First Film: New Voices, For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again, From Talking Stick To Microphone.

Northwest Comedy Fest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Northwest Comedy Fest (Facebook)

Northwest Comedy Fest; times vary @ various locations
Pricing varies
NorthWest Comedy Fest is Vancouver’s newest comedy festival happening February 13-22. There will be your stand up favs, up and comers you didn’t even know you loved, improv, podcasts, and all ages events. Today: Patton Oswalt, Dave Foley, Bobby Lee, Cloud Comedy ft. Hip.Bang!, and Matt Braunger. Check the website for the full event listings.

Olympic Nights: Ice Skating at Robson Square; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate rentals $4
Celebrate the 2014 Olympic Games with Olympic Nights with international music and decor, on February 21 & 22 from 5:00PM-8:00PM. Olympic Nights will give you a chance to pull out your 2010 gear and go for a skate! Anyone sporting Canadian or international themed gear, face paint or flags will get a free hot chocolate and a chance to win a new pair of skates! Check the website for more details.

Ballet BC Grace Symmetry | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Ballet BC

Ballet BC: Grace Symmetry; 8:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St at W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$30-78.50
A truly contemporary evening of dance and music presented by Ballet BC and the Turning Point Ensemble.  Includes two New Work World Premieres and In Motion.  On through February 22. Check the website for more details.

Ice Skating at Robson Square; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square, downtown Vancouver Free admission; skate rentals $4
Renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun! Celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Bring cash for rentals and concession stand purchases. Daily through February 28th.

BC Home and Garden Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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BC Home + Garden Show; 12:00PM-9:00PM @ BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
$15; other pricing in effect
The BC Home + Garden Show is the most trusted resource for every home improvement project, inside and out. With big names like Bryan Baeumler, star of HGTV’s Leave It To Bryan, plus more than 425 exhibitors and a slew of exciting new features, there’s real advice, real inspiration and real experts at every turn.  On through February 23.

Disney Live! – Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show; 7:00PM @ Pacific National Exhibition (2901 E Hastings St), Vancouver
$26-80
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and your favorite Disney friends for a hilarious talent search in the all-new Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show!  Arrive 15 minutes early for the Disney Pre-Show Party, an interactive experience with a live host and video highlights.  On through February 23.

 

 


Saturday February 22nd

 

William Shakespeare | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – William Shakespeare (Facebook)

Lions Gate Sinfonia: If Music Be The Food Of Love; 7:30PM-9:00PM @ Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Ave), North Vancouver
$39; other pricing in effect
Let the music play on!  Celebrate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth with music inspired by the Bard, including a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture with the Lions Gate Youth Orchestra.  The British Columbia Girls Chamber Choir will also debut in a program featuring Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Don’t miss the pre-performance chat with conductor Clyde Mitchell at 6:30PM.

Curious Flea; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ River Market (810 Quayside Dr), New Westminster
Free admission
Satisfy your curiosity at the return of the 2014 Curious Flea, hosting “a social flea” – the social shopping event of the season where you’re invited to hangout, engage and explore.  Not your typical flea market!  On February 22 & 23.

Heritage Afloat | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Joel Baziuk for Heritage Afloat

Heritage BC Week: Heritage Afloat! in Richmond
12:00PM-5:00PM @ Britannia Heritage Shipyard (5180 Westwater Dr), Richmond
11:00AM-3:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
10:00AM, 12:00PM, 2:00PM @ London Heritage Farm (6511 Dyke Rd), Richmond
10:00AM-4:00PM @ Steveston Interurban Tram (4011 Moncton Street), Steveston Village, Richmond
Free & ticketed events
Walk on the floats and view the boats of Britannia and the Interurban Tram on guided tours throughout the day. Explore onboard the S.S. Master, the last remaining wooden hulled steam powered tug on the coast and meet the volunteers who work to preserve and restore her.  There will also be guided tours of the “Ryoshi: Nikkei Fishermen of the West Coast” exhibit at Gulf of Georgia Cannery, and guided tours of London Farm and London Landing.  Check out the link for more information (PDF file).

PoMo Arts Fest Jacob Gebrevold | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Jacob Gebrevold – Photo Credit – PoMo Arts Fest

16th PoMo Arts Fest; time varies; various locations in Port Moody
Free and ticketed events
A winter celebration of the arts, with a four-day series of concerts and events between February 20-23.  The festival showcases national, local, and internationally-acclaimed talent, bringing the joys of arts to everyone in the community, from dance and slam poetry to percussion and classical music.  Check out the website for the full event listings and to buy tickets!

Richmond Temples Tour; 9:00AM-3:00PM @ Steveston Community Centre (4111 Moncton St), Steveston Village, Richmond
$39; recommended 13+
Explore some of the temples in Richmond!  Your tour includes visits to a Sikh temple, Hindu temple, Muslim mosque, Buddhist temple, and a Jewish synagogue, plus a tasty ethnic lunch.  Call 604.897.4224 for more details.

Bill Reid Gallery | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Bill Reid Gallery

Drawing Nudes with Dionne Paul; 3:00PM-5:00PM @ Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (639 Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
$25; bring your own supplies
Dionne Paul will be your guide as you sketch a nude figure draped in her work Underneath It All, part of the featured exhibition RezErect: Native Erotica.  Dionne Paul (Ximiq) is currently working on her Masters Degree at Emily Carr University.  She is a
Coast Salish and Northwest Coast artist from the Nuxalk Nation and Sechelt Nation.  Call 604.682.3455 or email info@billreidgallery.ca to reserve your spot!

Olympic Nights: Ice Skating at Robson Square; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate rentals $4
Celebrate the 2014 Olympic Games with Olympic Nights with international music and decor, on February 21 & 22 from 5:00PM-8:00PM. Olympic Nights will give you a chance to pull out your 2010 gear and go for a skate! Anyone sporting Canadian or international themed gear, face paint or flags will get a free hot chocolate and a chance to win a new pair of skates! Check the website for more details.

Chutzpah - Bodytraffic | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – BODYTRAFFIC (Facebook)

2014 Chutzpah! Festival; time varies @ various locations in Vancouver
$15-30; other pricing in effect
16 exciting days of performances to pull you out of the winter doldrums and reinvigorate your senses for spring.  Kick up your heels, move to the music and prepare to be astonished from February 22-March 9!  A great diversity of artists who transcend the conflicts of everyday life will take you on creative adventures across different genres of performing arts, including music, dance, comedy and theatre.  Tonight’s performance: BODYTRAFFIC.

Mindful Meat; 6:30PM-10:30PM @ River Market (810 Quayside Dr), New Westminster
$27.50
An evening to stimulate your palate and your mind.  Tickle your tastebuds with a selection of bite-sized delights made with locally sourced, sustainable meat.  A screening of a thought-provoking, well-balanced film and panel discussions with industry representatives follows.  More details at the website.

BC Home and Garden Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Home & Garden Events (Facebook)

BC Home + Garden Show; 10:00AM-9:00PM @ BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
$15; other pricing in effect
The BC Home + Garden Show is the most trusted resource for every home improvement project, inside and out. With big names like Bryan Baeumler, star of HGTV’s Leave It To Bryan, plus more than 425 exhibitors and a slew of exciting new features, there’s real advice, real inspiration and real experts at every turn.  On through February 23.

Olympic Cheering Centre; time varies @ Cascades Lounge, Pan Pacific Hotel (999 Canada Place), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
The Cascades Lounge has all your Olympic coverage sorted! Stop in anytime from February 7-23 to sample the special Olympic-themed menu, watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, pose with an official 2010 Olympic torch, and relive the memories of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Wear your Red Mittens and be entered to win a nights accommodation at the hotel!

Vancouver Farmers Market Chef Guided Tour | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Farmers Market

Chef Guided Tour at the Winter Farmers Market; 11:00AM & 12:30PM @ Vancouver Farmers Market Information Booth, Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St at W 30th Ave), Vancouver
Free; pre-registration required
The lovely chefs from Cooking Journeys will be hosting two market tours at the Winter Farmers Market.  They will walk you through the market, show you how to pick the best products and give you tips on how to use them once you get home!

Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Market; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ East Parking Lot at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St at W 30th Ave), Vancouver
Free admission
Check out the market every Saturday through April 26th for the freshest seasonal produce and products. A great place to bring the whole family!

Northwest Comedy Fest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Northwest Comedy Fest

Northwest Comedy Fest; times vary @ various locations
Pricing varies
It’s the last night for NorthWest Comedy Fest, Vancouver’s newest comedy festival. There will be your stand up favs, up and comers you didn’t even know you loved, improv, podcasts, and all ages events. Today: Dave Foley, Kyle Kinane, Bobbe Lee, and Bumbershoot: Hey Marseilles. Check the website for the full event listings.

Disney Live! – Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show; 12:00PM, 3:00PM, 6:30PM @ Pacific National Exhibition (2901 E Hastings St), Vancouver
$26-80
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and your favorite Disney friends for a hilarious talent search in the all-new Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show!  Arrive 15 minutes early for the Disney Pre-Show Party, an interactive experience with a live host and video highlights.  On through February 23.

Talking Stick Festival - A Tribe Called Red | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

A Tribe Called Red – Photo Credit – Full Circle – Talking Stick Festival

13th Annual Talking Stick Festival; time varies @ various locations
Free and ticketed events
Discover the work of Aboriginal arts and artists through March 2 with national and international artists. All areas of performing arts are represented at the Talking Stick Festival from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, and multimedia performance.  Check out the website for the full listing of events.  Today: For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again, The Hours That Remain, Salist Coast Live with A Tribe Called Red.

 

 


Sunday February 23rd

 

Bakers Market - Yummy Workshop | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Yummy Workshop

Vancouver Baker’s Market; 11:00AM-3:00PM @ Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (7646 Prince Albert St – E 60th Ave at Fraser), Vancouver
Free admission
If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place for you. Inspired by traditional farmers markets in Vancouver, you’ll find talented budding, professional or home bakers selling fresh artisanal breads, soft German pretzels, butter croissants, chocolate croissants, cupcakes, yummy cookies, hand made chocolates, brownies, Belgian Liege waffles,vegan cupcakes, mini bundt cakes, muffins, gluten-free baked goods and much more! On select Sundays through May. Check the website for the full list of vendors.

Curious Flea; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ River Market (810 Quayside Dr), New Westminster
Free admission
Satisfy your curiosity at the return of the 2014 Curious Flea, hosting “a social flea” – the social shopping event of the season where you’re invited to hangout, engage and explore.  Not your typical flea market!  On February 22 & 23.

Hinge Park | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – The Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Sunday Morning at Hinge Park; 9:00AM-11:00AM @ JJ Bean False Creek (188 W 1st Ave), Vancouver
Free
A newly designed public space combining a century of industrial heritage with the creation of a naturalized wetland in Southeast False Creek.  The morning includes a JJ Bean specialty coffee and baked good, a bag of coffee to take home, a coffee tasting led by JJ Bean founder and owner John Neate, and a talk about the cafe’s design by Brady Dunlop, Associate Architect with DIALOG. Derek Lee of PWL Partnership Landscape Architects will then talk about the industrial history of Southeast False Creek and lead a guided tour of Hinge Park.

Steveston Winter Farmers & Artisan Market; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
Free admission
Enjoy the amazing artistry, plentiful produce, chef in the market, and enchanting entertainers. On select Sundays through April 6th; check the website fore more details.

Disney Live | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show

Disney Live! – Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show; 12:00PM, 3:00PM @ Pacific National Exhibition (2901 E Hastings St), Vancouver
$26-80
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and your favorite Disney friends for a hilarious talent search in the all-new Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show!  Arrive 15 minutes early for the Disney Pre-Show Party, an interactive experience with a live host and video highlights.  On through February 23.

16th PoMo Arts Fest; time varies; various locations in Port Moody
Free and ticketed events
A winter celebration of the arts, with a four-day series of concerts and events between February 20-23.  The festival showcases national, local, and internationally-acclaimed talent, bringing the joys of arts to everyone in the community, from dance and slam poetry to percussion and classical music.  Check out the website for the full event listings and to buy tickets!

Bramwell Tovey | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Bramwell Tovey

VSO Symphony at the Annex: Coming Home; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$30; other pricing in effect
Featuring cutting-edge new music performed in downtown Vancouver’s newest performance space, conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

Olympic Cheering Centre; time varies @ Cascades Lounge, Pan Pacific Hotel (999 Canada Place), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
The Cascades Lounge has all your Olympic coverage sorted! Stop in anytime from February 7-23 to sample the special Olympic-themed menu, watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, pose with an official 2010 Olympic torch, and relive the memories of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Wear your Red Mittens and be entered to win a nights accommodation at the hotel!

Chutzpah - 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother  | | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Judy Gold – Photo Credit – Michael Maloney – Chronicle – SFGate

2014 Chutzpah! Festival; time varies @ various locations in Vancouver
$15-30; other pricing in effect
16 exciting days of performances to pull you out of the winter doldrums and reinvigorate your senses for spring.  Kick up your heels, move to the music and prepare to be astonished from February 22-March 9!  A great diversity of artists who transcend the conflicts of everyday life will take you on creative adventures across different genres of performing arts, including music, dance, comedy and theatre.  Today: BODYTRAFFIC and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother.

Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM) Symphony Orchestra: Tales of Romance; 2:00PM-4:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
Don’t miss this concert of notable “firsts”: Masquerade introduces VAM’s first Head of Composition, Edward Top, currently Composer in Residence with the VSO; Olivia Cho makes her Orpheum debut with Saint-Saens’ ebullient cello concerto as the youngest winner of VAM’s prestigious Kay Meek Competition; and Rimsky-Korsakov’s epic Scheherazade spotlights VAM’s new Concertmaster Apprenticeship Program under the direction and tutelage of Dale Barltrop, VSO Concertmaster.  Tickets available online until 5:00PM on February 22, and then only from the Orpheum will call window on Smithe St after 1:00PM on February 23.

BC Home and Garden Show Bryan Baeumler | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Bryan Baeumler – Photo Credit – HGTV via BC Living

BC Home + Garden Show; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
$15; other pricing in effect
The BC Home + Garden Show is the most trusted resource for every home improvement project, inside and out. With big names like Bryan Baeumler, star of HGTV’s Leave It To Bryan, plus more than 425 exhibitors and a slew of exciting new features, there’s real advice, real inspiration and real experts at every turn.  Last day today!

Ice Skating at Robson Square; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate rentals $4
Renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun! Celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Bring cash for rentals and concession stand purchases. Daily through February 28th.

Talking Stick Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Full Circle – Talking Stick Festival

13th Annual Talking Stick Festival; time varies @ various locations
Free and ticketed events
Discover the work of Aboriginal arts and artists through March 2 with national and international artists. All areas of performing arts are represented at the Talking Stick Festival from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, and multimedia performance.  Check out the website for the full listing of events.  Today: Celebration of Powwow Culture, The Hours That Remain.

Modern Family Expo; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier (138 Victory Ship Way), North Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
Many families want to live healthier & more eco-friendly lives, but it can be hard to figure out where to begin!  The Modern Family Expo brings together the best for the whole family in the areas of pre & postnatal, food & nutrition, health & wellness, active living, and eco-friendly solutions, and provides simple tools to help you take a step in the right direction.

CRAFT + CITY | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – CRAFT + CITY (Facebook)

CRAFT + CITY; 11:00AM-5:00PM @ Heritage Hall (3102 Main St), Vancouver
Free admission
A collective of all the hidden gems Vancouver holds but are so darn hard to get your hands on.  A selection of locally made crafts and goods, CRAFT + CITY is a big potluck of diverse products carefully handpicked and quality-proofed.  Clothing, visual arts, jewelry, furniture, soaps, food and so much more.

 

 


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