Chinese New Year Festival & Parade Kicks off the Year of the Rooster

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One of the biggest cultural celebrations in Vancouver is kicking off this weekend to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the incoming year of the rooster. In 2017, Chinese New Year begins on January 28 and there are numerous events planned across the city to mark the occasion.

Many activities centre around Vancouver’s Chinatown, a vibrant hub of Chinese culture right in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. Whether you’d like to experience traditional music, food, or art, there’s an event ready for you! Check out some of Vancouver’s Chinese New Year Celebrations below:

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Chinese New Year Festival & Parade Kicks off the Year of the Rooster

5 Free Things to Do This February

Winterruption Festival. Photo credit: Granville Island

Winterruption Festival. Photo credit: Granville Island

Wrangle family and friends and take advantage of all the budget-friendly fun in February.

Vancouverites will turn out en force to celebrate the Year of the Snake at LunarFest, a free Lunar New Year festival with live performances and great eats taking place at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza all weekend, February 15-17.

Rain or shine, get out and witness the 40th annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade, Sunday, February 17  – the city’s biggest free Chinese Lunar New Year bash. Right now, they’re predicting sun.

Winterruption brings free entertainment for kiddos and grown-ups to Granville Island, February 22-24.

Winter won’t last forever; we recommend taking a spin around the free Robson Square ice rink while you can. And don’t forget to discover Vancouver’s free snowshoeing trails, while they’re still fluffy white.

Find the full list of free Vancouver events and activities after the jump.

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5 Free Things to Do This February