With the Family Day long weekend coming up in the next few days, it’s the perfect time to hammer out some last-minute plans with your loved ones. Whether you’re looking for fun events to sprinkle into the weekend or a mid-winter getaway, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this long weekend (February 16-19).

Just For Laughs

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, and you can catch some shows over the long weekend.

When: Thursday, February 15th to February 24th
Where: Multiple venues
Cost: Varies per show

Sponsored pick: Visit Cowichan

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?

BC Family Day at the Nature Park

From 11 am to 3 pm from February 16th to 19th, families that visit the Richmond Nature Park get to enjoy free indoor and outdoor activities. This includes puppet shows and storytimes, nature walks, and talks with naturalists. Plus, the Nature House is wheelchair-accessible, welcoming everyone to join in on the spirit of togetherness in nature.

When: February 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th
Where: 11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Cost: Free

FOUNDATION – 1-Year Anniversary with Eric Prydz & Special Guests 

Eric Sheridan Prydz is known by many names, including Pryda and Cirez D – and is a Swedish DJ coming to Vancouver on Saturday, February 17th. He rose to fame with his 2004 single “Call on Me”, and has since seen more success with his chart-topping singles.

When: Saturday, February 17th
Where: Pacific Coliseum
Cost: $88.50

Visit the Malahat Skywalk

The Malahat SkyWalk is the perfect experience for families no matter the occasion, but over the Family Day long weekend, the beloved attraction is offering 50% off admission. The experience includes access to an elevated TreeWalk surrounded by towering Arbutus and Douglas Firs, interpretive stations along the way, and the 10-storey Spiral Tower where visitors have the chance to take in breathtaking views.

When: February 16th to 19th for Family Day promo
Where: 901 Trans-Canada Highway, Malahat

Vancouver Giants vs Winterhawks & Chiefs

Switching gears a bit, the long weekend wouldn’t be complete without a little action from the Vancouver Giants. Head to the Arena Bowl at the Langley Events Centre to watch them face off against the Winterhawks on Friday, February 16th, and the Chiefs on Monday, February 19th.

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 and Monday, February 19th
Where: 7888 200 Street Langley
Cost: $23.70+

Family Day Brunch with JRG

JRG locations across Vancouver will be hosting special brunch menus on Family Day this weekend, so you can take your pick between one of S+L Kitchen & Bar’s locations, or visit Townhall Langley for $4 mimosas, $5 caesars, and all the classic brunch dishes you know and love.

Where: JRG Locations around Metro Vancouver

Black History Month at Pacific Arts Market 

The Pacific Arts Market is celebrating Black History Month from February 3rd to February 25th with a special (nearly) month-long event honouring the amazing work of black artists in Vancouver.

Each weekend, organizers have planned a mix of art exhibitions, poetry readings, live music performances, workshops, and thought-provoking talks.

When: Saturday, February 3rd to February 25th
Where: 1448 West Broadway
Cost: $22.63

Vancouver Canucks vs Winnipeg Jets

Another sports pick coming your way. There are several Canucks games taking place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver this month, including a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, February 17th.

When: Saturday, February 17th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way

Family Day at Vancouver Maritime Museum

Calling all history buffs and maritime enthusiasts! The Vancouver Maritime Museum is offering visitors the chance to meet members of the Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary on Monday, February 19th, as well as indulge in Crack On and Chickpea food trucks.

When: Monday, February 19th
Where: 1905 Ogden Avenue
Cost: $5 or pay-by-donation

Love Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 

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

And that’s a wrap on the weekend, Vancouver! Happy Family Day!