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.

Free Vancouver events activities February 2013

Free snowshoeing trails on Cypress Mountain. Photo credit: T. Jerven

5 Free Things to Do This February

1) Vancouver LunarFest, Feb. 15-17
A multicultural Lunar New Year party with lion dancers representing several Asian communities, a lantern jungle, DumplingFest, live music and more.

2) Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade, Feb. 15
Over 3,000 people participate in the parade that snakes through historic Chinatown, creating a truly vibrant spectacle. Some 50,000 Vancouverites turn out in the streets, rain or shine to cheer them on. The parade starts at 11am and takes 2.5 hours from start to finish. The 1.3-km long route starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer at Taylor.

3) Robson Square Ice Skating Rink, through Feb. 28
Take a spin while you can! Downtown Robson Square ice rink only charges for rentals. And at $4 (cash) for blades, it’s really not steep.

4) Granville Island Winterruption Festival, Feb. 22-24
Winter gets boring. So get out and play on Granville Island. This free, family-friendly festival features a super Kid Zone (clowns, stilt walkers, face painting, crafts, music). Grown ups aren’t neglected. There’s also live jazz/salsa/blues, stand-up comedy, cooking demos, Francophone food tasting, studio tours and sustainable seafood tours.

5) Snowshoeing, while there’s snow
Snowshoeing = glorious winter hikes with a little extra gear. Discover more about your free B.C. Parks trail options here. If you have your own gear, it’s free. If not, conspire with friends to borrow or rent on the cheap. Rentals are available at our nearby resorts Grouse, Seymour and Cypress. MEC also offers deals on snowshoe rentals, where the rental fee may be refunded from the purchase of the same equipment.

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