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Free February Events in Vancouver

Free February Events in Vancouver

There are lots of free things to do in Vancouver in February 2019 including Chinese New Year, Family Day and various other special event activities.

Free Activities in February 2019

For a list of some of the best things to do in February 2019, including activities that aren’t free, check out the February Events Calendar. For a list of the best FREE (or almost free) special events this month though, see below.

Friday, February 1st

  • Hoobiyee – Nisga’a Nation New Year’s celebrations at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street.
  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission to the First Nations art gallery between 2:00 and 5:00 pm (as it is the first Friday of the month).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm.

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Saturday, February 2nd

  • Hoobiyee – Nisga’a Nation New Year’s celebrations at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street.
  • River District Lion Dances – traditional Chinese New Year lion dances take place at River District Vancouver at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Free refreshments are also provided.
  • Winter Wander – admission to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Maritime Museum and Museum of Vancouver costs just $5 today for all three places combined (so it’s not free, but it is exceptionally inexpensive).
  • Family Favourites Movies – the animated film Smallfoot costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex movie theatres in the Lower Mainland. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Markets
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Sunday, February 3rd

  • Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at the PNE Fairgrounds between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking for shoppers at the market.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – at the Port Moody Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – in Steveston Village between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Note: Admission to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, where the market takes place, is free during this time (so it’s a great deal).
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a large yard and garage sale-style market that’s both indoors and outdoors at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds all day until 3:00 pm. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. Today’s music is with Jillian Lebeck Noriega.
    • At 4:00 pm at West Vancouver’s Stephen’s Anglican Church at 885 – 22nd Street. Today’s concert features the Don Stewart Quartet.

Monday, February 4th

  • Chinese New Year’s Eve Celebrations – at the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond. Admission is free and it’s open all day until around 11:30 pm. (To be confirmed.)
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.
  • Ladies Night Skiing – women can ski for just $15 from 5:30 until 10:00 pm at Mt. Seymour (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). 50% of proceeds also benefit a local charity.

Chinese New Year

Tuesday, February 5th

  • Chinese New Year – the Year of the Pig begins today.
  • Tibetan New Year Celebrations – at Richmond’s Thrangu Monastery at 8140 Number 5 Road between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Free admission, and a free lunch too (although donations are gratefully appreciated).
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the gallery is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, February 6th

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Other Free Activities this Time of Year


Thursday, February 7th

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Friday, February 8th

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Saturday, February 9th

  • Chinese New Year – celebrations at various locations throughout the weekend.
  • Chinese New Year at International Village – market stalls and live entertainment in celebration of the Year of the Pig at the International Village in Chinatown from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm.
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – family-friendly Lunar New Year activities in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Admission is free (although you might need to pay for some activities).
  • Family Favourites Movies – the animated film The Land Before Time costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex movie theatres in the Lower Mainland. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm.
  • Markets
    • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.

Sunday, February 10th

  • Chinese New Year – celebrations at various locations throughout the weekend.
  • Chinese New Year Parade – in Chinatown from 11:00 am until around 1:30 pm. Up to 100,000 people are expected!
  • Chinese New Year at International Village – market stalls and live entertainment in celebration of the Year of the Pig at the International Village in Chinatown from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.
  • Year of the Pig Temple Fair – Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden celebrates the Chinese New Year with live music, a lion dance, storytelling and other family-friendly activities. Admission is by donation.
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – family-friendly Lunar New Year activities in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Admission is free (although you might need to pay for some activities). Illuminated lanterns are also on display in the evening at Jack Poole Plaza.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.
  • Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at the PNE Fairgrounds between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking for shoppers at the market.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – at the Port Moody Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a large yard and garage sale-style market that’s both indoors and outdoors at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds all day until 3:00 pm. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Jazz Vespers – at 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street. Today’s performance is with the Don Stewart Quartet.

Monday, February 11th

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.
  • Ladies Night Skiing – women can ski for just $15 from 5:30 until 10:00 pm at Mt. Seymour (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). 50% of proceeds also benefit a local charity.

Other Free Activities this Time of Year


Tuesday, February 12th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the gallery is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Nightat various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, February 13th

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Valentine's Day Activities

Thursday, February 14th

  • Valentine’s Day
  • Music on the Bow – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre. This evening’s performance is with Rain City Swing between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Friday, February 15th

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Other Ongoing Free Activities


Saturday, February 16th

  • Vancouver Lunarfest – today features Korean dancing, drumming performances, pottery demonstrations and craft activities at Oakridge Centre from 12:00 until 4:00 pm.
  • Family Day Weekend Powwow – Spirit of the People and the Chilliwack School Board host an indoor event featuring Indigenous dancing, drumming and other cultural activities in Chilliwack. The powwow runs from 1:00 and 7:00 pm and admission is free.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the animated film The House with a Clock in its Walls costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex movie theatres in the Lower Mainland. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Markets
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm.

BC Family Day

Sunday, February 17th

  • Vancouver Lunarfest – today features Vietnamese Celebrations with cultural performances and craft activities at Oakridge Centre from 12:00 until 4:00 pm.
  • Family Day Weekend Powwow – Spirit of the People and the Chilliwack School Board host an indoor event featuring Indigenous dancing, drumming and other cultural activities in Chilliwack. The powwow runs from 1:00 and 7:00 pm and admission is free.
  • Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at the PNE Fairgrounds between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking for shoppers at the market.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – at the Port Moody Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – in Steveston Village between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Note: Admission to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, where the market takes place, is free during this time.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a large yard and garage sale-style market that’s both indoors and outdoors at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds all day until 3:00 pm. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Monday, February 18th

  • BC Family Day – a provincial holiday featuring family-friendly activities throughout the region. Lots of free events take place today and all weekend. Click BC Family Day Long Weekend for details.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.
  • Ladies Night Skiing – women can ski for just $15 from 5:30 until 10:00 pm at Mt. Seymour (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). 50% of proceeds also benefit a local charity.

Tuesday, February 19th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the gallery is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Wednesday, February 20th

  • Music on the Bow – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre. This evening’s performance is with The Soda Crackers between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Thursday, February 21st

  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission to UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum is by donation between 5:00 and 8:30 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Rainy Day Activities

Friday, February 22nd

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Saturday, February 23rd

  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – an Indigenous dance festival at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre at 777 Columbia Street. A “Pay-as-you-can performance” takes place at 12:30 pm.
  • Talking Stick Festival – a multi-day Indigenous arts festival. Today features the Celebration of Indigenous Dance & Artisan Fair at the Roundhouse Community Centre from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Rock and Gem Show – a fundraising event hosted by the Maple Ridge Lapidary Society and showcasing rocks, gem stones, jewellery vendors, stone carvings, a live auction and a raffle with valuable prizes at 12460 Harris Road in Pitt Meadows. Admission by donation.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the animated film Johnny English Strikes Again costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex movie theatres in the Lower Mainland. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Sunday, February 24th

  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – an Indigenous dance festival at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre at 777 Columbia Street. A “Pay-as-you-can performance” takes place at 12:30 pm.
  • Rock and Gem Show – a fundraising event hosted by the Maple Ridge Lapidary Society and showcasing rocks, gem stones, jewellery vendors, stone carvings, a live auction and a raffle with valuable prizes at 12460 Harris Road in Pitt Meadows. Admission by donation.
  • Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at the PNE Fairgrounds between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking for shoppers at the market.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – at the Port Moody Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a large yard and garage sale-style market that’s both indoors and outdoors at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds all day until 3:00 pm. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap. Today’s event features a special Vinyl Record Sale event from 11:00 am until 4:30 pm.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at First Baptist Church at 969 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver. (Note: this is a new location while the regular St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church venue is undergoing renovations). Today’s service features Jazz musician Diane Lines. Admission is by donation.
    • At 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street. This afternoon’s performance is with the Olaf de Shield Quintet. Admission is by donation.
    • At St. Andrew’s United Church in North Vancouver at 1044 St. George’s Avenue from 4:00 until 5:00 pm. Today’s music is with Quintessential Jazz. Admission is by donation.

Monday, February 25th

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.
  • Ladies Night Skiing – women can ski for just $15 from 5:30 until 10:00 pm at Mt. Seymour (so it’s not free, but it is extra cheap). 50% of proceeds also benefit a local charity.

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Tuesday, February 26th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the gallery is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Wednesday, February 27th

  • Music on the Bow – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre. This afternoon’s performance is with Blue Lasso Rodeo between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Thursday, February 28th

  • Museum of Vancouver – admission at the museum is by donation today between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

 


 

For a list of both free and not free events this month in the Lower Mainland, click February Calendar.

To see what’s happening next month, click March Calendar of Events.

 

 

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