February Free Events in Vancouver

Enjoy snow?  Check out the Not Free section for deals during Family Day!
to Feb 28, 2016, Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Bring own skates or rentals $4. For hours:  http://www.robsonsquare.com/

Feb 6 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day  Pick up your free pack of cards: set of 16 at selected hobby stores and set of 9 at participating London Drugs and Toys R Us with any purchase. For more info: http://dealsscoop.com/upper-deck-national-hockey-card-day-cards/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FreeStuffCanadaGuideFreebiesForCanadians+%28DealsScoop+Freebies%2C+Coupons+%26+Contests%29

Feb 7 Lunar New Year’s Eve at Int’l Buddhist Temple Richmond.  Come after dark!: http://vancouversbestplaces.com/metro-vancouver/richmond/international-buddhist-temple/temple-chinese-new-year/  
Feb 7/8 Chinese New Year Activities at Aberdeen Centre http://www.aberdeencentre.com/en/activities.php?m=2&y=2016#event669
Feb 8 Family Day Lots of free family fun throughout the Lower Mainland.  Check out what’s happening in your municipality: http://blog.gov.bc.ca/bcfamilyday/events/
Feb 8  Free Admission to VanDusen Gardens 10am-4pm:  http://vandusengarden.org/events/family-day-is-free-in-the-garden/
Feb 8 Free Admission to Bloedel Conservatory 10am-5pm  https://www.facebook.com/events/580775675419108/
Feb 8 Family Day and Chinese New Year at Art Starts 808 Richards (& Robson) 10am-4:30pm  http://artstarts.com/blog/come-to-family-day-2016-at-artstarts?utm_source=ArtStarts&utm_campaign=ab449f898b-ArtStarts+Gallery+Newsletter+Feb+2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4a8564c169-ab449f898b-101686945
Feb 8 Family Day at the Cannery Richmond.  Free admission for kids 16 years and under.  (Note: when the bi-weekly Cannery Farm Market is on, eg. on Feb 7, admission to the site is by donation.)  http://gulfofgeorgiacannery.org/events/family-day-at-the-cannery
Feb 11 – 14 Chinese New Year at International Village Mall http://www.internationalvillagemall.ca/pages/cny2016-home.php
Feb 12-14 Lunarfest Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza.  Performances, Chinese/Japanese fortune telling, arts & crafts. Schedule: http://lunarfest.org/2016Lunarfest/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Program-Van.pdf

Feb 14 Chinese New Year Parade Year of the Monkey begins on Feb 8.  Parade and festivities 11am-2pm  http://www.cbavancouver.ca/

Feb 19 – 22 Winterruption, Granville Island.  Art is the heart of this festival.  Free and ticketed events: http://granvilleisland.com/winterruption
Feb 26 Photography Show 7:00-9:30pm, #410–1110 Hamilton Street. Brain Station showcases 5 well-known photographers’ work.  Exhibition + Q&A period: http://www.brainstation.io/event/social-art-show-2016118172657
Feb 27/28 Learn to Square Dance with Paul Silveria 45 min workshops for all ages: 
  • VANCOUVER: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
  • NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 11am & 1pm at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)

Feb 29 – Mar 6  Free small McDonald’s McCafe Latte or Cappuccino at select McDonald’s locations.  See if your local McDonald’s is participating: http://www.mcdonalds.ca/ca/en/restaurant_locator.html

Metro Vancouver Winter Farmers Markets:  http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/10/vancouver-winter-farmers-markets/ 

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Help Night, Wednesdays, 6-9pm1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Freedrop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door. Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html
Not Free:
Jan 16 – Feb 14 Hot Chocolate Festival http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/
Feb 5 – 8 Family Festival on Cypress 50% of Skooter and child lift/trail/tubing tickets starting at 5 pm Fri and all day Sat, Sun, and Mon! Lots of fun family activities including Fri 8pm fireworks:  http://cypressmountain.com/family-weekend
Feb 6 – 7  24 Straight Hours of Winter Fun on Grouse https://www.grousemountain.com/events/24-hours-of-winter-2016#.VqviGhgrJsN
Feb 8 Family Day at Grouse Mountain BC residents (bring your I.D.!) will get 50% off gondola.  Check out the special activities: http://www.grousemountain.com/events/family-day-2016–2#.VqvonBgrJsN
Feb 8 Family Day at Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish 50% off gondola: https://www.seatoskygondola.com/events/bc-family-day-2016-near-vancouver-squamish
Feb 8 Family Day at Britannia Mines 50% off admission.  http://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca/events-app/bc-family-day
Feb 8 Family Day at Whistler/Blackcomb 50% off lift tickets: http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events-and-activities/events/2016/02/family-day
Feb 11 – Mar 19 Guided Snowshoeing Tours of Mt. Seymour Watersheds Cost: $18 with own snowshoes; $25 includes snowshoes rental.  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/watershed-tours/Pages/default.aspx
Feb 18 – Mar 13 Chutzpah! Festival  “Dance, theatre, comedy, and music highlight this year’s festival with performances and workshops by international, Canadian, and local artists.”  http://chutzpahfestival.com/
Feb 18 – 28 Talking Stick Festival http://fullcircle.ca/tsf-overview
Feb 18 – 27 Northwest Comedy Festival  http://www.jflnorthwest.com/tickets/
Feb 20 – 28 Vancouver Wine Festivalhttp://vanwinefest.ca/page152.htm

January Free or Almost Free Events, 2016

to Jan 2 Bright Lights at Stanley Park  3-10 pm, closed Dec 25.  By Miniature Train Ride.  Admission by donation to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund.  http://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/stanley-park/bright-nights/
to Jan 3  Festival of Trees, Four Seasons Hoteldowntown Vancouver.  Open 24 hrs.  Whimsical Xmas trees located in the lobby of the hotel and downstairs.  Usually overflow into Pacific Centre Mall section facing entry into Four Seasons.  http://www.bcchf.ca/events/event-calendar/festival-of-trees/vancouver
to Feb 28, 2016, Free Ice Skating at Robson Square Bring own skates or rentals $4. For hours:  http://www.robsonsquare.com/

Jan 16 TravelMART 2016 Sandman Hotel, 10251 ST. Edwards Drive, Richmond.  Free advance tickets on line or $10 at door:  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event;jsessionid=FD2F32F34CBAAA402D24FEB1311BB160.worker_registrant?llr=zxj6b6dab&oeidk=a07ebuwu93ud7db6d6f

 Jan 16 Free Screening of “Monkey Up–A Family Favourite”, 11am. Note: It’s 1st come, 1st serve.  At the International Village, they have 160 seats available.  For storyline:  http://cineplex.com/Movie/monkey-up-a-family-favourites-free-screening
  • in 3D at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas 88 West Pender, 3rd Floor, Vancouver  (604) 806-0799
  • Regular film at Cineplex Cinemas Langley  #20090, 91A Avenue, Langley,  (604) 513-8747

Jan 23 Winter Wander, Vanier Park. $5 Pass to visit 5 attractions: Vancouver Museum, Maritime Museum, Space Museum, Academy of Music, and Archives. (NB: Bard on the Beach dropped.) http://www.spacecentre.ca/winter-wander

Jan 24, Sun, 10am-2pm, Mineral Exploration Roundup 2016: Discovery Day, Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place Way), Canada Place. Featuring multiple, interactive displays, presentations, entertainment, and gold panning with Yukon Dan.  Have a rock that you don’t know the name of, bring it to “Ask a Geologist.”  http://www.amebc.ca/roundup/discovery-day

Jan 25-29  McDonald’s Canada will be giving out free Small Hot Latte Cappuccinos between 4am-11am.

Jan 30/31 ArtStarts Presents Free Monthly Workshops for Kids and Families: last Saturday of every month.  No registration necessary, but go early as this is a popular program. http://artstarts.com/weekend

  •   VANCOUVER: Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 11am and 1pm (2 sessions) at the ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards St, Vancouver (map)
  •  NEW WESTMINSTER: Sunday, Jan 31, 2016, at 11am and 1pm (2 sessions) at River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster (map)
Free Geek Vancouver: Open Help Night, Wednesdays, 6-9pm1820 Pandora St, Vancouver.  Free drop-in tech-support workshops…Entry via back door. Indoor bike parking. ..Assistance by donation”  http://freegeekvancouver.org/learn.html 
Other events that are not free:
Jan 15-31 Dine Out Vancouver Festival Great deals on 3 or more course meals for $20, $30, or $40/person at hundreds of restaurants and some hotels: http://www.dineoutvancouver.com/
Jan 16-17 Homesteading Expo 10am-5pm, Vancouver Convention Center – East @ 999Canada Place.  Growing/preserving food and creating homemade products: http://homesteadingexpo.ca/
Jan 16-Feb 14 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival  http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/
Jan 19-Feb 7 PuSH Festival International Performing Arts Festival.  Scroll down until you see Calendar.  Click on Free. You’ll see 18 events, mainly ones concerning critical ideas.   http://pushfestival.ca/festival-events/?calendar#view