Who’s ready for a full week of laughs, art, Lunar New Year celebrations, and hot cocoa? Here are 10 of the best things to do in Vancouver this week (February 12-16).
Feist is bringing her Multitudes Finale Tour to Vancouver on Monday, February 12th and Tuesday, February 13th. The Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter is known as both a solo artist and a member of the indie rock group Broken Social Scene.
When: Monday, February 12th and Tuesday, February 13th
Where: The Commodore
Craving a little peace and quiet? If you’re planning a Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or a solo weekend, you can’t get any more relaxing than a visit to the Cowichan region. This stunning string of communities on Vancouver Island is awash with old-growth forests, farm-to-table restaurants, boutique shopping, and a coastline that stretches for eternity. Take a wine tour, try out the cuisine, or enjoy a taste of the local art and culture. What better way to check out for a few days?
Chocolate lovers likely need no reminder that Vancouver’s beloved Hot Chocolate Fest is in full swing, but we’ll give one anyway. Hot chocolate enthusiasts have until February 14th to check out over 100 new specialty cups of cocoa at dozens of participating cafes and bakeries – and it’s certainly way cheaper than a night out!
When: Until Wednesday, February 14th
Where: Participating vendors across Metro Vancouver
Just For Laughs is Western Canada’s largest comedy festival, and every year, the organizers bring their A-game when it comes to creating the perfect lineup of talent. This year? They’ve gone above and beyond – casting everyone from Bill Burr to Ronny Chieng, to Bob the Drag Queen.
When: Thursday, February 15th to 24th
Where: Multiple venues
Cost: Varies per show
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Winter Arts Festival transcends boundaries, taking art beyond gallery walls and into the heart of urban environments, infusing city spaces with the magic of sculptures, projection mapping, augmented reality (AR), and live performances.
The 2024 festival is taking place in Vancouver and Victoria this February, and it will feature a ton of public art, live performances, pop-up dance parties, and more – all by a variety of local artists.
When: February 16th to 19th and February 22nd to 27th
Where: Victoria and Vancouver
From live cultural performances and craft workshops, to shopping rewards, there’s plenty going on in celebration of the Lunar New Year at Metropolis at Metrotown. From February 9th to 24th, shoppers can ring in the Year of the Dragon.
Here are just a few of the festivities you can take part in:
- Enjoy a Lion Dance performance at 10 am on February 14th
- Join a culinary workshop on February 17th (11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm and 3:30 pm)
- Make your own Lantern Festival décor on February 23th (12 pm – 2 pm)
- Spend $288 and receive a $25 gift card and a gift (February 9th to 24th)
When: February 9th to February 24th
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown
The week wouldn’t be complete without a little action from the Vancouver Giants. Head to the Arena Bowl at the Langley Events Centre on Friday, February 16th to watch them face off against the Winterhawks.
Tickets start at just over $20 a pop, and you can view the full list of home games scheduled for this season here.
When: Friday, February 16th
Where: 7888 200 Street Langley
Another sports pick coming your way. There are several Canucks games taking place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver this week on Thursday, February 15th, and they’re playing against the Detroit Red Wings.
When: Thursday, February 15th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way
Ready to treat yourself and a loved one to a special illuminated experience this Valentine’s Day? North Vancouver’s famed Capilano Suspension Bridge is set to transform for much of February, and if you loved their holiday-themed Canyon Lights display, you’ll definitely want to check this out.
When: Friday, February 2nd to February 25th
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Cost: $59.95 to $66.95 per adult
In addition to an official Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 10th, visitors at the VPL can participate in multiple free events and workshops honouring the lived experiences of black communities. For starters, there’s Morgan Campbell’s “My Fighting Family” on Monday, February 12th and a “Virtual Tween Book Club” on Thursday, February 22nd.
Where: See our picks above
And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver!