Vancouver Area February 2017 Free Events

Don’t forget to check out the free and inexpensive nature events around Metro Vancouver:  http://www.metrovancouver.org/events/calendar/Pages/default.aspx

Free 2017 Discovery Pass for Canada’s National Parks to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.  This includes Fort Langley and Gulf of Georgia Cannery.  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/admission.aspx

Feb 4  Winter Wander  10 am – 5 pm, $5/person, 5 yrs and under free. Pass gives you admission to the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives. Can also watch Young Shakespeareans from Bard on the Beach, etc.  https://www.facebook.com/events/113838492453872/

Feb 11 Family Day at Art Starts, 808 Richard St, Vancouver. The Magic of Making Cloth free workshop with Rebecca Graham, ongoing 10 am – 1 pm:  http://artstarts.com/events

Feb 13  Family Day  Check out some of the free events around Greater Vancouver and beyond:  http://bcrpa.bc.ca/familyday/events.  See below for special discounts during Family Day under Special Paying Events.

Feb 16 – 26  Talking Stick Festival  Explore aboriginal culture through the arts. Free and ticketed events:   http://fullcircle.ca/talking-stick/events/
Feb 19 – 22 Winterruption, Granville Island.  Art is the heart of this festival.  Free and ticketed events: http://granvilleisland.com/winterruption

Ongoing Free Events:

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 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: 

Inexpensive Events:

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites:   http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

  • Stand by Me – Feb 4
  • Oddball – Feb 11
  • MVP: Most Valuable Primate – Feb 18
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – Feb 25

Special Paying Events

to Feb 5  Dine Out Vancouver Almost 300 restaurants offering special multi-course meals for $20, $30, and $40 per person. http://www.dineoutvancouver.com/

to Feb 14  Hot Chocolate Festival  http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/

Feb 10 – 13  Family Days at Cypress: check out deals and events including fireworks:  http://www.cypressmountain.com/familyday/

Feb 11 – 12   24 Hours of Winter Celebration at Grouse:  https://www.grousemountain.com/events/24-hours-of-winter-2017#.WI1u1mQrIcg

Feb 11 – 13  Family Days at Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish 50% off day tickets:  https://www.seatoskygondola.com/familydays

Feb 11 – 13 Family Day Weekend at Mt. Seymour.  Children 12 and under, max two per paying adult, can enjoy a complimentary lift ticket after 2:30pm:  http://www.mountseymour.com/events  

Feb 11 – 19  Vancouver International Wine Festival    http://vanwinefest.ca/ 

Feb 13 Family Day 

Feb 16 – 25 Northwest Comedy Festival: http://www.jflnorthwest.com/

Feb 16 – 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/

 

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Vancouver Area January Free Events

Free 2017 Discovery Pass for Canada’s National Parks to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary:  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/voyage-travel/admission.aspx

Dec 31  New Year’s Eve Vancouver, Canada Place Way between Howe and Burrard.   http://www.nyevan.com/whats-on

Jan 1  Polar Bear Swim, 2:30pm, English Bay Beach. Register between 12:30-2:30.  Join thousands of brave souls in this 100 yard icy cold race.  Feel free to dress up in costume!  http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/polar-bear-swim.aspx

to Jan 1 Bright Nights at Stanley Park, 3-10pm, closed Dec 25.  By Miniature Train Ride.  Admission by donation to the Fire Fighters Burn Fund. https://vancouversbestplaces.com/top-attractions/stanley-park/bright-nights/

to Jan 2 Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby. Free admission, $2.60 carousel rides. Illuminated displays all over the village, theatre and marionette performances, live music, crafts, storytelling, baking, visits with Father Christmas, and Twelve Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt!  Closed Dec 24/25.  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/EN/main/visit/events/events/heritage-christmas.html

to Jan 2  Festival of Trees, Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver.  Open 24 hrs over 2 floors, with overflow into upper level of CF Pacific Centre Mall. Donate and vote for your favourite decorated tree.  http://www.bcchf.ca/events/event-calendar/festival-of-trees/vancouver

to Jan 22  Lights at Lafarge, Coquitlam, 4:30 – 11pm.  Over 100,000 lights surround Lafarge Lake in a 1.2 km route with 10 themed zones.  http://www.coquitlam.ca/parks-recreation-and-culture/arts-and-culture/special-events-calendar/LightsatLafarge.aspx

to Feb 14  Free Ice Skating at Robson Square. Bring own skates or rentals $4. For hours:  http://www.robsonsquare.com/

Jan 16 – Feb 15  PuSH Festival (Int’l Performing Arts Festival) Free and paid events.  Scroll down until you see large green Program band on site, and click freehttp://pushfestival.ca/festival-events/

Jan 18 – Feb 5  LunarFest at Oakridge Centre  http://lunarfest.org/project/year-rooster/

Jan 21 – 28 Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower and Gift Fair.  http://www.aberdeencentre.com/en/activities.php?m=1&y=2017

Jan 22  Mineral Exploration Roundup: Discovery Day,  10am-2pm, Vancouver Conventional Centre East, Ballroom A. Interactive and educational displays to educate the public about minerals and metals in our daily lives:  http://roundup.amebc.ca/events/discovery-day-2/

Jan 26 – 29  Chinese New Year of the Rooster at International Village, 88 West Pender. Multicultural performances + vendors galore.  http://internationalvillagemall.ca/pages/cny2017-home.php

Jan 27  Lunar New Year’s Eve at International Buddhist Temple, 9160 Steveston, Richmond.  Go after dark. Will open late past midnight.  https://vancouversbestplaces.com/metro-vancouver/richmond/international-buddhist-temple/temple-chinese-new-year/

Jan 27-29 LunarFest at Queen Elizabeth Plaza, 650 Hamilton St, Vancouver.  Jan 27: 11am-6pm; Jan 28-29 noon-6pm.  http://lunarfest.org/

Jan 28  Art Starts 11 am and 1 pm 45-min sessions: Magical Stories and Enchanted Eggs with Kallie George (ages 5+), 808 Richards, Vancouver: http://artstarts.com/events

Jan 29 Art Starts.  Same as above except at River Market in Westminster Quay, New Westminster, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster.

Jan 29  44th Chinatown Spring Festival Parade start 11 am  http://www.cbavancouver.ca/ 

Ongoing Free Events:

Winter Farmers Markets: http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/vancouver-winter-farmers-markets-2016

Free Geek Vancouver: Open Night Help Wednesdays, 6-9 pm, 1820 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: 

Inexpensive Events:

Saturday 11 am Cineplex $2.99 Family Favourites (As of Dec 29, they haven’t updated this link yet, but I found the following movies scrolling under Cineplex’s coming soon movies):  http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites/

  • Jan 7  Ratchek & Klank
  • Jan 14  Long Way North
  • Jan 21  TheAngry Birds Movie
  • Jan 28  Ghostbusters (2016)

Special Paying Events:

Jan 14 – 15  Specialty-Food Expo  “A fun, tasty and informative event for those living with special dietary needs and food allergies.”  http://specialtyfoodexpo.com/

Jan 14 – 15  Gluten-Free Festival (Part of Specialty-Food Expo in another hall) https://www.glutenfreeexpo.ca/

Jan 16 – Feb 14  Hot Chocolate Festival  http://www.cityfood.com/hotchocolate/

Jan 20 – Feb 5  Dine Out Vancouver Almost 300 restaurants offering special multi-course meals for $20, $30, and $40 per person. http://www.dineoutvancouver.com/