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Free February Events in Vancouver

There are usually lots of free things to do in Vancouver in February including Family Day activities and other special events. 2021, however, will be different.

There will still be free activities this year, although not as much as would normally be the case without COVID-19.

 

Free Activities in February 2021

For a list of some of the best things to do in February 2021, 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.

 

Monday February 1st (2021)

  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).
  • If good weather, check out Metro Vancouver’s best parks and places in nature.

 

Tuesday, February 2nd (2021)

  • 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). (TBC)
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Wednesday, February 3rd (2021)

  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).
  • If good weather, check out Metro Vancouver’s best parks and places in nature.

 

Thursday, February 4th (2021)

  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).
  • If good weather, check out Metro Vancouver’s best parks and places in nature.

 

Friday, February 5th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • 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).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

BC Family Day


The Family Day Long Weekend is on February 13th to 15th in 2021.


 

Saturday, February 6th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • 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). (To be confirmed, but likely not happening.)
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film 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! (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).
  • Riley Park 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 7th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Super Bowl – the NLF football championships happen in Tampa Florida between the Buccaneers and the Chiefs (who are the defending champions). Because of COVID-19, watch this with members of our own household this year. Don’t hold or go to any football parties!
  • 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.
    • Vancouver 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.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds all day until 3:00 pm. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.

 

Monday, February 8th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Tuesday, February 9th (2021)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the gallery is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual). (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)

 

Chinese New Year in Vancouver


Chinese New Year starts on February 12th this year. 2021 is the Year of the Ox.


 

Wednesday, February 10th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Thursday, February 11th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).
  • If good weather, check out Metro Vancouver’s best parks and places in nature.

 

Friday, February 12th (2021)

  • Chinese New Year – the first day of the Year of the Ox. In normal years, celebrations would take place for around a week throughout the Lower Mainland, however, with COVID-19 these events will likely not be able to take place.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Saturday, February 13th (2021)

  • BC Family Day Long Weekend – a long weekend with family-friendly activities at various places around the Lower Mainland.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film 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! (To be confirmed, but likely not happening due to COVID-19.)
  • Riley Park 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.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Valentine's Day Activities

 

Sunday, February 14th (2021)

  • Valentine’s Day
  • BC Family Day Long Weekend – a long weekend with family-friendly activities at various places around the Lower Mainland.
  • Chinese New Year Parade – a large parade and other festivities would normally take place in Chinatown (but not this year because of COVID-19.)
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • 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 – at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Vancouver 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.
  • Abbotsford Flea Market – at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver. One is at Jack Poole Plaza and the other is outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

 

Monday, February 15th (2021)

  • BC Family Day – a long weekend with family-friendly activities at various places around the Lower Mainland most years (but not so much happening in 2021).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Tuesday, February 16th (2021)

  • 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). (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Wednesday, February 17th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Thursday, February 18th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival. Most of its events normally happen at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year though, because of the pandemic, performances and other events are online.
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Friday, February 19th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Winter Jazz on Granville Island – free concerts take place this weekend. Normally they happen live. This year though it’s a virtual event.
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival. Most of its events normally happen at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year though, because of the pandemic, performances and other events are online.
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Saturday, February 20th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film shows at select Cineplex theatres for just $2.99 at 11 am. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Riley Park 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.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Winter Jazz on Granville Island – free concerts take place this weekend. Normally they happen live. This year though it’s a virtual event.
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival. Most of its events normally happen at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year though, because of the pandemic, performances and other events are online.
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.

 

Sunday, February 21st (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • 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. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • 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. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Winter Jazz on Granville Island – free concerts take place this weekend. Normally they happen live. This year though it’s a virtual event.
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival. Most of its events normally happen at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year though, because of the pandemic, performances and other events are online.
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.

 

Monday, February 22nd (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival. Most of its events normally happen at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year though, because of the pandemic, performances and other events are online.
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).
  • Shred for the Cause Ladies Night – 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. (Note: This normally happens on Mondays this month, but not likely in 2021.)

 

Tuesday, February 23rd (2021)

  • 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). (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival. Most of its events normally happen at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year though, because of the pandemic, performances and other events are online.
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Wednesday, February 24th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival. Most of its events normally happen at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year though, because of the pandemic, performances and other events are online.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Thursday, February 25th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival. Most of its events normally happen at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year though, because of the pandemic, performances and other events are online.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Friday, February 26th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival. Most of its events normally happen at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year though, because of the pandemic, performances and other events are online.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Saturday, February 27th (2021)

  • Riley Park 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.
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival. Most of its events normally happen at the Roundhouse Community Centre. This year though, because of the pandemic, performances and other events are online.
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film 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! (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)

 

Sunday, February 28th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • 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 massive weekly flea market that includes some farmers market stalls at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey from 6 am until 3 pm. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • 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. (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lunarfest Lantern City Displays – there are a couple of art installations to admire in downtown Vancouver.
  • Snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour – the trails adjacent to the ski hill at the provincial park are free to explore.
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Lunar New Year Activities

The following free events would also normally be happening in February during the week of Lunar New Year, but likely won’t be in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic (although exact details are to be confirmed).

  • 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. (TBC)
  • Chinese New Year at International Village – market stalls and live entertainment in celebration of the Year of the Ox at the International Village in Chinatown. (TBC)
  • Chinese New Year at Aberdeen Mall – live entertainment and celebrations usually happen at the Richmond mall.
  • River District Lion Dances – traditional Chinese New Year lion dances take place at River District Vancouver at a couple of different times. Free refreshments are also provided.
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – free Lunar New Year activities in the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. See the Lunarfest website for details about what’s happening in 2021.
  • Lunar New Year at UBC – free family-friendly activities take place in Wesbrook Village and at Wesbrook Community Centre.
  • Chinese New Year Parade – in Vancouver’s Chinatown from 11:00 am until around 1:30 pm. Up to 100,000 people usually attend!
  • Year of the Ox Temple Fair – Lunar New Year celebrations at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown at 578 Carrall Street. Activities usually include live music and dance performances, Chinese food for sale, a lion dance and family-friendly activities. Admission is by donation.

 

Other Information

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.

Another article that might be of interest is Vancouver on a Budget.

Government health authorities advise against non-essential travel. If you live outside the Lower Mainland, please visit the region when it’s safe. Wherever you live, stay close to home and keep to your household bubbles. In case you live in either Victoria or Whistler, check out the websites VictoriasBestPlaces.com or WhatToDoInWhistler.ca for things to do in your community.

 

 

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