5 Can’t-Miss Free Events for Chinese New Year 2016 in Vancouver

Photo credit: Kenny Louie | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Kenny Louie | Wikipedia

Ready to ring in the Year of the Monkey?

This year, the Chinese Lunar New Year falls on Monday, Feb. 8. Traditionally, people born in a year of the monkey are said to be intelligent, but also a little mischievous and naughty. They’re masters of practical jokes and enjoy playing more than working.

Vancouver itself is getting ready for some serious monkey business in celebration of the New Year. Chinatown will see festive expos and parades, while Lunarfest brings the party to the heart of downtown. Here are a few can’t-miss free (or almost free) events this year:

  • Year of the Monkey at International Village MallFestivities get underway with a four-day celebration of Chinese culture inside the International Village Mall in Chinatown. Parts of the mall will be transformed into a traditionally decorated Chinese village, and visitors can also enjoy live cultural performances and authentic New Year foods. Feb. 11-Feb. 14 at International Village Mall

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5 Can’t-Miss Free Events for Chinese New Year 2016 in Vancouver

Jumpin’ Jazz Time With Vancouver Civic Theatres and VSO (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Jazz makes everything cooler. Get your boogie-woogie babes buddle up for a Friday of frolicking and fun at the Vancouver Civic Theatres’ Playhouse.

The Vancouver Symphony’s Orchestra presents the first Tiny Tots concert of 2016 – proudly proclaiming “It’s Jumpin’ Jazz Time!” Children’s entertainers Lisa and Linda of Let your Music Shine create a move-along, sing-along, fun-filled morning on the A-Train, accompanied by a jazz trio.

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Jumpin’ Jazz Time With Vancouver Civic Theatres and VSO (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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It’s here, it’s here – the first long weekend of the year! (I’m not counting New Years day, mostly because that seemed like forever ago.) The lead up to Family Day and Chinese & Lunar New Year is here, and 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey.  In Chinese astrology, the Monkey is an intelligent, witty, and inventive animal, and this year involves the fire of ambition, adventure, with a bit of irritability. So, enjoy these last few days of being in a sturdy Year of The Goat. It might get crazy up in here. Gear up with some heart-thumping Japanese drumming, a snowshoe grind, or with eating some unusual seafood.


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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Ski from Sunrise to Sundown at 24 Hours of Winter on Grouse Mountain

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If you’ve always wanted to ski or snowboarding at three in the morning, now’s your chance during this weekend’s 24 Hours of Winter event at Grouse Mountain. Starting at 8:30am on February 6, 2016 the resort will be remaining open until 10pm the next day!

That’s a whole 24 hours of snowboarding that you can cram into your Family Day weekend! The celebration is held as a sort of “remembrance” of the 2010 Winter Olympics games held in Vancouver. And what better way to remember those awesome times than with a full day, night, and another day filled with snowy, winter activities!

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Ski from Sunrise to Sundown at 24 Hours of Winter on Grouse Mountain

5 Comedy Icons Coming to Vancouver’s JFL Northwest Fest this February

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Image from JFLNorthwest.com

This February, some of the biggest names in comedy are coming to Vancouver.

The inaugural JFL Northwest Festival rolls into town Feb. 18-Feb. 27. The 10-day blowout, at venues throughout the city, highlights some of the planet’s best-known standup comedians, as well as emerging talent from Canada and beyond. Plus there’s plenty of improv and sketch comedy, not to mention family-friendly events.

Here are five huge standup icons who will be gracing Vancouver stages as part of the festival and in its lead-up this month:

Trevor Noah: The new host of The Daily Show is possibly the hottest act coming to JFL Northwest. Noah, who hails from South Africa, is known for his razor sharp analysis of American culture and world affairs. He manages to bring out the absurd on subjects as diverse and seemingly unfunny as racial tensions in America, terrorism and even the Ebola crisis. Feb. 19 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre; starting at $39.50

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5 Comedy Icons Coming to Vancouver’s JFL Northwest Fest this February