Winterruption used to be an annual winter arts festival on Vancouver’s Granville Island in February that included dance, music, film, art, crafts and food.
Vancouver Winterruption Festival
In 2017 Granville Island’s Winterruption Festival took place on the weekend of February 17-19. This was the event’s final year.
No Winterruption event is scheduled for 2019. However, in its place, on February 22-24, 2019, there is a weekend of free live jazz.
At the Winterruption Festival in past years some of the events were free and some were ticketed, and some were indoors and others outside.
In 2017 Winterruption shows and performances included pop-up dances, buskers, and both free and ticketed performances. Examples of the 2017 season included the following:
- Camaro 67 with Bigfate – the 10-piece instrumental group performed at the Performance Works venue at 1218 Cartwright Street on Friday, February 17. Tickets were $25.
- Robin Layne Band – free performances featuring a mix of Latin, Jazz and African tunes at the Performance Works venue on the Saturday at 1:00 and 2:10 pm.
- The Mechanics and Material of Theatre Magic – a free tour of the Arts Club production and costume shop at 1377 Cartwright Street where you could see how actors fly and trap doors work along the way. Took place on Saturday, February 18, at 1:30 pm.
Lots of other great free and ticketed performances took place all weekend.
Other Winterruption activities on February 17-19 included children’s activities, crafts, maple taffy-making opportunities and art exhibits to admire. This was all in addition to Granville Island’s usual collection of interesting shops and things to do including the famous Granville Island Public Market.
TIP: If you’ve never been to Granville Island before it’s good to know that there is both free and pay parking. There is lots of free parking (for up to 3 hours) along the roadways at Granville Island, although during an event like this it more than fills up, especially if the weather is good.
If it’s busy, you plan to stay for more than 3 hours or you get tired of driving around and looking for a free space, there is a fair bit of pay parking as well. During this weekend there’s a very good chance that’s where you’ll need to park. Or better yet, take public transit or a mini harbour ferry so you can avoid potential parking headaches.
For more ideas on things to do in February, check out Vancouver’s Calendar of Events.
And for a list of other festivals taking place in the Lower Mainland throughout the year, check out Vancouver Festivals and Events.