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25 Awesome Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend (February 23-25)


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The last weekend of February is shaping up to be another exciting one.

It’s got lantern festivals, carnavals, concerts, and much more in store! Here are 28 awesome events to check out in metro Vancouver this weekend.

Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend


Friday, February 23

Dancing | Carnaval

Photo: BOM Brazil / Facebook

A vibrant and exciting Carnaval event is being held at the Croatian Cultural Centre this weekend on Friday, February 23rd, 2018. Celebrate Brazilian culture, dance to some of the best bands in town and drink lots and lots of caipirinhas!

Music | Winter Jazz

Coastal Jazz and Granville Island present a free concert series featuring seven local and international groups. They include Scandinavian jazz quintet Atomic, bassist Jodi Proznick, singer-songwriter Marin Patenaude, roots rockers the Sumner Brothers, vocalist Alicia Hansen, Thelonious Monk-inspired jazzers Monk’s Music, and indie fave Jasper Sloan Yip. It all takes place this weekend from Friday, February 23rd – Sunday, February 25th, 2018.

Festival | Lanterns in the Garden

Lanterns in the Garden
Photo: Lanterns in the Garden / Facebook

Guests will go back in time to enjoy an authentic and traditional Yuanxiao festival. It marks the end of the New Year celebrations and also the first full moon day in the Lunar Calendar, which symbolizes the coming spring. The festival started since more than 2000 years ago and had become a festival with significance.

Wrestling | WWE

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WWE will visit Rogers Arena on the “Road to WrestleMania” on Friday, February 23rd, 2018. Expect to see The Shield, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, Cesaro & Sheamus, and many more.

Exhibition | The Fabric of Our Land

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC with the Musqueam Indian Band present the remarkable new exhibition The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving. It’s on display from Sunday, November 19th – Sunday, April 15th, 2018. Curated by Susan Rowley in collaboration with Salish weavers, this exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the past 200 years of Salish wool weaving.

Skating | Robson Square Ice Rink

Robson Square Ice Rink
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The Robson Square Ice Rink is slated to host free skates daily until Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.

Decor | BC Home and Garden Show 2018

The BC Home and Garden Show is back at BC Place this week from Wednesday, February 21st – Sunday, February 25th, 2018. ind your style with help from Canada’s biggest names in home improvement, plus more than 425 trusted brands.

Film | Vancouver Badass Film Festival

The Vancouver Badass Film Festival comes to town this week on Friday, February 23rd. It will feature the best in new genre cinema from Vancouver and around the world, interactive sessions with filmmakers and exciting live performances.

Gala | Small Business BC Awards Gala

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The Small Business BC Awards Gala will bring together over 600 small business owners, supporters, providers and government officials to network at a glittering reception and enjoy a three-course dinner, as we announce the winners of this year’s awards. Tickets are $109.

Concert | Elderbrook

Electronica artist Elderbrook performs at Fortune Sound Club. Tickets are $15.

Concert | Dorothy

Photo: Dorothy / Facebook

Rock band Dorothy plays at the Biltmore Cabaret. Tickets start at $20.

Dance | Toronto Dance Theatre

Toronto Dance Theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary with House Mix, a retrospective program showcasing five diverse works by choreographer Christopher House. Dive into the rich history of one of Canada’s foremost companies. Tickets start at $35.


Saturday, February 24

Pets | Pet Lover Show

Pet Lover Show
Photo: Pet Lover Show / Facebook

For the sixth year now, Abbotsford’s TRADEX centre has gone to the dogs, as the annual Pet Lover Show, Western Canada’s largest pet-focused event is back this month. It takes place this weekend on Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th, 2018.

Run | RunGo Dash for Dogs

RunGo Dash for Dogs is a guided 10km, 5km or 2km run or walk through Stanley Park. Proceeds will going to BC and Alberta Guide Dogs. It takes place this weekend on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wedding | DIY Wedding Show

The DIY Wedding Show is an accessible event for all couples and provides a wedding wishing wall, demo stage, food trucks, swag bags, and much more! Tickets are $5.

Women | Free Ladies’ Self-Defense Seminar

Photo: DCS – Diaz Combat Sports / Facebook

The Free Ladies’ Self-Defense Seminar is returning this weekend on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. The two seminars are being put on by DCS – Diaz Combat Sports and Thrive – Women Empowering themselves Through Self-Defense from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, and 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

The purpose behind these classes are to provide basic knowledge and confidence.

Film | Vancouver Film School Open House

The VFS 2018 Spring Search Tour is here in Vancouver and they’re inviting you to join them for their hometown stop. Come find out what makes their 13 unique programs among the very best in the world.


Festival | LunarFest 2018

weekendLunarFest returns to the newly renovated Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. From meeting a giant husky to chasing the moon in “Moon Crawl”, you and your family are about to experience the most memorable Year of the Dog ever!

Brunch | Babes Who Brunch

Each Babes Who Brunch event begins with the intention to grow, connect with one another and become comfortable in the uncomfortable, and it is led by one fierce female keynote speaker who shares her insights, experiences and life story – aka #realtalk for real women. Tickets are $45.

Festival | Hopwired Festival

Hopwired Festival 2018 begins this weekend on February 24th at the Croatian Cultural Center.
Featuring local, national, and international craft beer and third-wave coffee. Hopwired encourages partnership between craft beer and coffee roasters to make beverages that are fruity, flowery, tangy, spicey, nutty, chocolately, sweet, sour, soft, mild, and strong.

Concert | Miguel

Photo: Miguel / Facebook

Miguel will be at the PNE Forum on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Special guests SiR and Nonchalant Savant will also be joining Miguel on stage. Over the last decade, Miguel’s established himself as one of R&B’s most sonic fabulists, a consummate artist unafraid to follow his impulses wherever they lead him.


Sunday, February 25

Market | Cannery Farmers’ Market

Cannery Farmers Market

The Cannery Farmers’ Market is Steveston’s indoor winter market, held at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. It’s open this weekend from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.


Comedy | Comedy at Big Rock

Comedy at Big Rock returns this weekend on February 25th, and screaming in on a pair of hot wheels is our headliner, Ryan LaChance! Ryan is a dynamic performer who happens to have Cerebral Palsy. Tickets are $10.

Yoga | Family Yoga at Stretch

Kids & parents will enjoy the creative and playful aspects of trusting, balancing, and moving together. They will move through partner games, stretches and flying (a big highlight for the kids). Tickets are $65 for four sessions.

Concert | Theory of a Deadman

Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman perform at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are $39.50.

Upcoming Events

March 1 | JFL NorthWest Festival

Bill Burr (F Is for Family), Trevor Noah (The Daily Show), and Jay Pharoah (SNL) are just a couple of the big names coming to the JFL NorthWest festival in 2018.

It takes place from Thursday, March 1st – Saturday, March 10th, with shows taking place at numerous venues across the city.

March 2 | Vancity International SBK Festival

The Vancity International SBK (Salsa Bachata Kizomba) Festival is back in town from Friday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 4th, 2018.

Over 100+ performers, multi-time world champions, so-you-think-you-can-dance choreographers and international and world renowned instructors from around the globe will share their dance techniques with attendees, treat you to live performances every night and maybe even steal you away for a dance.

March 8 | Nelly

Grammy Award winning artist Nelly will perform in Vancouver on Thursday, March 8th, 2018. His show will take place at Harbour Event Centre from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

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