FEBRUARY in Vancouver 2018

FEBRUARY in Vancouver 2018

February in Vancouver

Vancouver’s 2018 February calendar features important dates and events in the Lower Mainland including Family Day, Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year.


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February Events Calendar

February Events in Vancouver

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month in February. Note: schedules are subject to change – check official event websites for exact details.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – against Colorado at Rogers Arena.
  • Talking Stick Festival – a multi-day Indigenous arts festival. Today features the drama, dance and music production Map of the Land, Map of the Stars at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night at various movie theatres throughout the region.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating at the corner of Robson and Howe.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Friday, February 23, 2018

  • Battle of the Brush – a social event featuring multiple teams of artists in a live painting competition at Heritage Hall. Tickets are $15 to $25.
  • Lanterns in the Garden – a Chinese lantern festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden from 5 to 10 pm.
  • Winter Jazz on Granville Island – free jazz takes place at Performance Works at 8 and 9:20 pm.
  • BC Home and Garden Show – a trade show featuring over 400 exhibitors at BC Place Stadium.
  • Talking Stick Festival – a multi-day Indigenous arts festival. Today features Shorts which is a series of short Indigenous films at the Vancity Culture Lab.
  • Chutzpah Festival – today the Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival features the Israeli dance company Roy Assaf Dance at the Norman Rothstein Theatre.
  • Whose Live Anyway – live comedy improv at Coquitlam’s Hard Rock Casino.
  • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under. Tonight’s show features storyteller Andrew Bailey.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Everett at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating at the corner of Robson and Howe.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

  • Talking Stick Festival – a multi-day Indigenous arts festival. Today features the Celebration of Powwow Culture at the Roundhouse Community Centre between 12 and 5 pm. Activities include Powwow dancing, artisan vendors and other First Nations cultural activities. Also tonight are Closing Night films at the Vancity Theatre.
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – Chinese New Year activities in the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.
  • Winter Jazz on Granville Island – free jazz takes place at Performance Works at 1, 3:45 and 8 pm.
  • BC Home and Garden Show – a trade show featuring over 400 exhibitors at BC Place Stadium.
  • Lanterns in the Garden – a Chinese lantern festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden from 5 to 10 pm.
  • Vancouver International Wine Festival – first day of the wine festival featuring over 150 wines from over a dozen different countries (February 24 to March 4, 2018).
  • Whose Live Anyway – comedy improv featuring Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis and Joel Murray at the River Rock Casino.
  • Chutzpah Festival – today the Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival features the Israeli dance company Roy Assaf Dance at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Also today, Barbara Adler and Jake Klar offer double bill performances at the Fox Cabaret for an ages 19+ audience.
  • Ventanas & Lache Cercel Roma Ensemble – music and dance of migratory cultures at the Russian Hall at 600 Campbell Street.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film shows at select Cineplex theatres for just $2.99 at 11 am.
  • Coinciding with Black History Month
    • The French Touch: Adama – a VIFF-presented animated film at the Vancity Theatre about a young African boy who follows his older brother’s journey to France during the First World War. (Note: Admission is free and the film is in French with English subtitles.)
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – from 10 am to 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – from 9 am to 5 pm at 703 Terminal Avenue not far from Science World.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating at the corner of Robson and Howe.

Sunday, February 25, 2018




Monday, February 26, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Other Events

Other events in February 2018 likely include the following:

  • Grouse Mountain Y2Play ski passes go on sale (sometime in mid-February).
  • Toastmasters’ WOW Event – an exceptional evening of public speaking entertainment at the Inlet Theatre at 100 Newport Drive in Port Moody. Cost is only about $10. (Tentatively scheduled for February 21, 2018.)

Valentine's Day Activities

Top things to do in February

  1. Take your sweetheart out on a date to one of Vancouver’s best restaurants (and it doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive one) and/or somewhere inside to escape the rain and enjoy some of the Lower Mainland’s best entertainment.
  2. Check out the best things to do on Family Day in Vancouver during the Family Day long weekend.
  3. Ski or do other winter sport activities at Whistler-Blackcomb, Cypress, Grouse or Mount Seymour.
  4. Take the kids swimming at a rec centre (like West Vancouver’s great West Vancouver Aquatic Centre) or skating (like at Richmond’s Olympic Oval). Why? Because they are fun activities, affordable, and it’ll probably be dark and wet outside.
  5. Go for a walk or hike somewhere on the North Shore like at Ambleside, Lighthouse Park or Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, or Lynn Canyon, Lynn Headwaters or around Rice Lake in North Vancouver. February isn’t a great month to be outside, but when the weather isn’t bad you won’t want to miss the chance to enjoy it. These parks, plus others in Vancouver’s list of best places in nature, are good ones in all kinds of weather (so long as it isn’t snowing and you dress appropriately).
  6. Free ice skating at Robson Square at the corner of Robson and Howe.
  7. As it rains a lot in February (which it likely will), check out Vancouver’s Best Things to do on a Rainy Day.
  8. Celebrate the Chinese New Year the Year of the Dog begins on February 16 and the Chinese New Year Parade takes place that weekend, in Chinatown along Pender Street, Gore and Keefer starting at 11 am. Other Chinese New Year Festivities also take place in Chinatown at the International Village Mall at 88 West Pender Street, as well as at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

For more, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Winter Activities.

Typical February Weather

Rainy Day Activities IconFebruary is a typical winter month in Vancouver – predictively cool, cloudy and wet.

Average high temperatures in February are around 8 degrees Celsius (or 46 F), and the lows are in the neighbourhood of about 1 (or 34 F).

February gets an average of about 125 mm of rain (or 5 inches). Some years though can be an exception, like in 2010 when it was warm, sunny and snowless around the time of the Olympics, and in 2015 when Vancouver was about 25 degrees warmer than many other parts of Canada.

Recommended Activities

Ice skating at the outdoor rink at Robson Square
Ice Staking at Robson Square

Like January, February can be one of the best months for skiing or other outdoor recreational activities locally up at Cypress, Seymour and Grouse, or further afield up at Whistler. There is also skating at most community rec centres (so good places to go on rainy days), and free skating in downtown Vancouver at Robson Square at 800 Robson Street until the end of the month.

If you’re not into outdoor winter sports, then February is typically a good month for indoor activities. The Family Day Long Weekend can be an especially good day to be around and about as a tourist with the clan, with many of Vancouver’s top attractions offering special rates and activities.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival occurs during the last two weeks of January, but also usually the first weekend or couple of days in February too.

 

 

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