Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
From the wine festival to opera, and performing arts to Oscar viewing parties, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  Read on for our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 


Friday February 28th

 

The Fox Cabaret Open House; 9:00PM-1:00PM @ 2321 Main St, Vancouver
$10
The Fox is set to reopen its doors this weekend on February 28 & March 1, after undergoing a year long transformation from porn theatre to arts and culture cabaret.  Check out the soft open house celebration with DJs, live performance, visuals, and more.

Talking Stick Festival - For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again – Photo Credit – Barbara Zimonick (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, Northern Lights, Overly Creative Minds, Ch’odza (she is dancing).

Ice Skating at Robson Square – Last Day!; 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.

CBC Toque Sessions Hannah Georgas | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Hannah Georgas – Photo Credit – Mark Cohene – CBC

CBC Toque Sessions: Hannah Georgas and Ryan Guldemond; show starts 7:30PM @ Studio One CBC Broadcast Centre (700 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
Free; 6:30PM rush line; first come first served seating
Rock, blues, country, classical, electronic… the Toque Sessions has all the genres you’ll need to satisfy your musical palate. Every Thursday and Friday from January 23-February 28. Full schedule on the website. Get there early to secure a seat!

25th Annual Festival du Bois Opening Night: Alexis Normand; 7:00PM-9:30PM @ Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Ave), Coquitlam
$12; other pricing in effect
The largest francophone festival on Canada’s West Coast commemorates the Festival’s first quarter century with great music, amazing artists, outstanding performers, entertaining activities and authentic food.  This year’s programming reflects it all and the festival is pleased to present an eclectic gathering of the finest Québécois, francophone, folk, world and roots artists performing today.  On through March 2nd; check the website for the full events schedule.

Vancouver International Wine Festival VIWF | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – The Vancouver Sun

Vancouver International Wine Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
Pricing varies
Canada’s premier food & wine event is focusing on France this year.  The festival features wine tastings and pairings, gourmet dinners and luncheons, educational seminars and culinary competitions.  For the experienced wine lover or the novice, the festival has something to please every palate and pocketbook.  On through March 2.

Early Music Vancouver: Carl Philipp Emanual Bach; 8:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$18-36; other pricing in effect
West Vancouver violinist Marc Destrubé will be joined by three celebrated musicians from The Netherlands and Vancouver for a programme of early-Classical chamber music, in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of CPE Bach, one of JS Bach’s most influential & successful sons.  Don’t miss the pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15PM.

Chutzpah Festival Yemen Blues | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Yemen Blues – Photo Credit – Zohar Ron (Chutzpah Festival)

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: Yemen Blues and Hirsch.

 

 

 


Saturday March 1st

 

Vancouver International Wine Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
Pricing varies
Canada’s premier food & wine event is focusing on France this year.  The festival features wine tastings and pairings, gourmet dinners and luncheons, educational seminars and culinary competitions.  For the experienced wine lover or the novice, the festival has something to please every palate and pocketbook.  On through March 2.

Yukigassen Snow Battle Vancouver; all day @ Mount Seymour, North Vancouver
Register a team & fundraise min $200 to participate
Also known as the Japanese Snow Battle, Yukigassen is a team sport created in Japan that has now spread around the world and now, the first ever Yukigassen event in BC will also be fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society.  It’s an epic 3 period snow battle, where teams try to hit their opponents with snowballs or capture their flag.  Limited space left; see website for more details!

Vancouver Opera Don Giovanni | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Opera – Giant Ant (vimeo)

Don Giovanni; 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St), downtown Vancouver
$65-200
Mozart’s musical and dramatic portrait of this complex character, and of those whose lives he stains, is Shakespearean in its understanding of human nature. Filled with wisdom and beauty, and by turns funny and terrifying, Don Giovanni is a towering creation, which we honour with a spectacular new co-production featuring state-of-the-art stage technology and design.  On select days through March 9.

10th Annual Vancouver Diversity Health Fair; 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Dr), Vancouver
Free admission
Promoting family health is the theme for this year’s free, family-friendly event!  The largest multicultural health fair in Canada features 50+ community health and wellness exhibitors, multicultural entertainment, health screenings, a fun Healthy Family Activity Zone and the Healthy Cooking Stage.

Chutzpah Festival Donald Sales/Project 20 | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Donald Sales/Project 20 – Photo Credit – Michael Slobodian – Project 20 (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. Today’s performance: Donald Sales/Project 20 & Ate9 DanceCompany and Hirsch.

52nd Annual UBC Gala Ball 2014; 11:00AM-4:30PM & 6:00PM-11:00PM @ Hellenic Community Centre (4500 Arbutus St), Vancouver
$23.75-49.75; other pricing in effect
UBC Dance Club invites you to attend one of the province’s top DanceSport competitions and the Club’s finest event of the year.  The event is returning to the site of the very first venue away from the UBC Campus.  Don’t miss 2 days of great dancing, fantastic shows, and friendly competition!  On through March 2.

Ginnovation | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Gin Society

Ginnovation; 2:00PM-5:00PM @ The Russian Hall (600 Campbell Ave at E Georgia St), Vancouver
$40 membership; 19+ only
Vancouver’s largest gin tasting society focuses on distillers using craft ingredients or just doing something out of the ordinary.  Get your annual membership before March 1 if you’re planning on attending!

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!

Duo Melis | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Duo Melis

Vancouver Classic Guitar Society: Duo Melis; 7:00PM-9:00PM @ Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music (843 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25; other pricing in effect
Spanish guitarist Susana Prieto and Greek guitarist Alexis Muzurakis have performed in such prestigious halls as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Megaron in Athens, and the Merkin Concert Hall in New York.  Read more about their illustrious musical career on the website.

CRAZY8S Gala Screening; 7:00PM @ The Centre (777 Homer St), downtown Vancouver
CRAZY8S Gala Afterparty; 9:00PM-2:00AM @ Science World (1455 Quebec St), Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect; afterparty 19+ only
Come witness the premiere of the six Crazy8s 2104 short films made in just eight days. The latest Behind the Scenes film will precede the premiere screenings of the films, sure to become a legend in its own right.  The party continues at Science World – dance to the sounds of DJ Static, check out the roving performers, be tantalized by the live cabaret act… and more!

Fox Cabaret | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Fox Cabaret – Photo Credit – scout.magazine (flickr)

The Fox Cabaret Open House; 9:00PM-1:00PM @ 2321 Main St, Vancouver
$10
The Fox is set to reopen its doors this weekend on February 28 & March 1, after undergoing a year long transformation from porn theatre to arts and culture cabaret.  Check out the soft open house celebration with DJs, live performance, visuals, and more.

Beethoven’s Ninth!; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-88; other pricing in effect
Considered by many to be the greatest piece of music ever written, Beethoven’s immortal, beloved Symphony No. 9 is an extraordinary ode to hope, joy and brotherhood.  Resonating through the centuries with its emotional message and sheer power, hearing Beethoven’s Ninth is one of the most inspiring and thrilling musical experiences you can have in a concert hall.  Limited tickets still available.

Talking Stick Festival - Crystal Shawanda | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Crystal Shawanda – Photo Credit – 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: Our Stories Your Stories, Intro to Indigenous Science Fiction, Turtle Island Reads, Overly Creative Minds, Crystal Shawanda with Wayne Lavallee.

Galaxies Greatest Hits; 7:30PM @ HR MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut St), Vanier Park, Vancouver
$13; other pricing in effect
The Space Centre blends recorded music from space movies with full-dome images of Vancouver and all over the world at the Planetarium.  Selected movies include The Right Stuff, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 version), Star Trek 2, Gravity, Return of the Jedi, Wall-E, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.  One night only; call 604.738.7827 for more information.

Festival du Bois Vishten | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vishten – Photo Credit – Festival du Bois

25th Annual Festival du Bois; 10:00AM-4:30PM @ Mackin Park (1120 Brunette Ave), Coquitlam
$12-20; other pricing in effect
The largest francophone festival on Canada’s West Coast commemorates the Festival’s first quarter century with great music, amazing artists, outstanding performers, entertaining activities and authentic food.  This year’s programming reflects it all and the festival is pleased to present an eclectic gathering of the finest Québécois, francophone, folk, world and roots artists performing today.  On through March 2nd; check the website for the full events schedule.

 

 


Sunday March 2nd

 

Vancouver International Wine Festival; times vary @ various locations in Vancouver
Pricing varies
Canada’s premier food & wine event is focusing on France this year.  The festival features wine tastings and pairings, gourmet dinners and luncheons, educational seminars and culinary competitions.  For the experienced wine lover or the novice, the festival has something to please every palate and pocketbook.  On through March 2.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra VSO | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven’s Ninth!; 2:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25-88; other pricing in effect
Considered by many to be the greatest piece of music ever written, Beethoven’s immortal, beloved Symphony No. 9 is an extraordinary ode to hope, joy and brotherhood.  Resonating through the centuries with its emotional message and sheer power, hearing Beethoven’s Ninth is one of the most inspiring and thrilling musical experiences you can have in a concert hall.  Limited tickets still available.

25th Annual Festival du Bois; 11:15AM-8:30PM @ Mackin Park (1120 Brunette Ave), Coquitlam
$12-20; other pricing in effect
The largest francophone festival on Canada’s West Coast commemorates the Festival’s first quarter century with great music, amazing artists, outstanding performers, entertaining activities and authentic food.  This year’s programming reflects it all and the festival is pleased to present an eclectic gathering of the finest Québécois, francophone, folk, world and roots artists performing today.  On through March 2nd; check the website for the full events schedule.

UBC Dance Club | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – UBC Dance Club (Instagram)

52nd Annual UBC Gala Ball 2014; 11:00AM-3:00PM & 6:00PM-12:00AM @ Hellenic Community Centre (4500 Arbutus St), Vancouver
$23.75-49.75; other pricing in effect
UBC Dance Club invites you to attend one of the province’s top DanceSport competitions and the Club’s finest event of the year.  The event is returning to the site of the very first venue away from the UBC Campus.  Don’t miss great dancing, fantastic shows, and friendly competition!

13th Annual Talking Stick Festival – All Our Relations Wrap Party; 5:00PM @ Zawa Restaurant (920 Commercial Dr), Vancouver
Pay What You Can
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 the website for more details.

Chutzpah Festival Uri Gurvich | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Uri Gurvich – Photo Credit – Simon C.F. Yu

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’s performance: Community Dance, Donald Sales/Project & DanceCompany, Uri Gurvich and Babel, and Landon Braverman & Friends in Concert.

Raincity Oscar Party; 3:30PM @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$35
Experience the Academy Awards on the big screen in the comfort of the most luxurious movie theatre in town.  This red carpet party includes a welcome cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, an Oscar pool, prizes, tunes from a DJ, and a celebrity host.  VIFF will be putting their own Raincity spin on Hollywood’s big night, so expect surprises, laughs, and a bigger splash!

2014 Heritage Classic | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – NHL

2014 NHL Heritage Classic Spectator Plaza; 9:00AM-1:00PM @ Plaza of Nations (750 Pacific Blvd), downtown Vancouver
Free
A party for the fans before the puck drops!  Festivities include live music, free swag, autograph opportunities and a live Q&A with Kirk McLean and Cliff Ronning; interactive hockey-themed attractions; a wide selection of officially licensed merchandise and collectibles; a chance to win tickets to 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic game and much more!  See you there!

 


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  1. Come rain, sun, sleet or snow…the Baker’s Market will be OPEN on Sunday Mar. 2 & 9 from 11am – 3 pm with over 20 talented bakers, including 12 new bakers. I’m sure you’ll find something that “tickles your tastebuds”.

    http://www.bakersmarket.com/2-day-vendors.html

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