Your hard work this week is being rewarded with a long weekend! You’ll have an extra day to relax, explore the city, or anything else you may not usually have time for.
From gaming jams to ice skating, here are 26 awesome events taking place in metro Vancouver this weekend.
Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend
Friday, January 9
Games | BC Game Jam
The BC Game Jam comes to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) from Friday, February 9th – Sunday, February 11th, 2018. This 48 hour event will see game enthusiasts come together and create games based on a theme provided moments before the start of the event. The competition will last 48 hours and crown the winners on the final day of the event.
Skating | Robson Square Ice Rink
The Robson Square Ice Rink is open this weekend and will host free skates daily until Wednesday, February 28th, 2018. Skating is free for all ages. Those who own their own skates are welcome to use them. Skate rentals are $4, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time. Furthermore, helmets are mandatory for children 12 and under. Robson Square Ice Rink will offer rentals and accept cash only.
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.
Exhibition | City on Edge
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) explores the history of our city’s street protests with City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism. It’s a major, new photo-based exhibition on display until Sunday, February 18th, 2018.
Comedy | Legally Blonde
Align Entertainment presents the romantic & hilarious Broadway hit, Legally Blonde, the musical adaption of the 2001 blockbuster film.
It plays until Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at the Michael J Fox Theatre. Join a fabulous cast of local theatre luminaries in this bright and boisterous celebration of beauty that embraces brains.
This year’s festival has an exciting program of local and international outdoor adventure films and world class athletes and speakers. It runs from Friday, February 9th – Saturday, February 17th, 2018.
Shopping | Vancouver Pop-up Shop
Buy knit fashion, silk scarves, jewellery, and fine art at Designers Collective this Friday. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate the year of the dog at Hycroft! This unique celebration will feature the swinging sounds of the James Danderfur Trio, a delicious Chinese buffet, dancing, prizes, and more. Come dressed in red and ready for an evening of fun.
Film | In Between
Maysaloun Hamoud’s film explores the lives of three young Palestinian women who share an apartment in the heart of Tel Aviv. See it this Friday at Vancity Theatre at 6:30 p.m.
Awards | Whammys 2017 Awards Presentation
The Whammys once again pays homage to the incredible achievements of Vancouver’s largely under-celebrated underground. Admission is free.
Performance | Anastasia
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen brings back the magical tale of the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia for the 100th anniversary of the story and the 10th anniversary of the production. See it at the Kay Meek Centre this weekend beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Comedy | DEAD Talks: Ideas Worth Rejecting
Keynote speaker Simon King leads a line up of talks that touches on today’s most controversial topics. Tickets start at $10.
Movie | The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride plays this weekend at the Rio Theatre. It starts at 8:45 p.m. and tickets are available for as low as $10.
Saturday, February 10
Activities | Family Day at the Vancouver Aquarium
Celebrate Family Day with the local aquatic family. Meet a tortoise and a penguin, pose for family pictures with Ollie the Otter or catch aquatic-themed puppet shows, story time and face painting. Tickets start at $22.
Glass | Make a Glass Heart
Create a beautiful work of art out of molten glass! Work one-on-one with a professional glass artist to make a colourful glass paperweight that will be treasured forever. The workshop take place this weekend on Saturday, February 10th, 2018. Tickets are $65.
Outdoors | Family Fun Days at the Nature Park
Visit Richmond Nature Park for adventurous family fun! Explore the bog through special scavenger hunts. New this year: the Woodland photo booth! Choose a wacky animal prop, snap an unforgettable family portrait and create a take-home twig picture frame! Admission is free.
Head over to Mackin House to decorate Edwardian style cards for your Valentine, friends, or family. All supplies provided. Admission is by donation.
This class will get you to practice asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and other key components that create the foundation of Semperviva’s unique internationally recognized program. It takes place at Semperviva Yoga Kits Beach Studio from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Workshop | Sea Glass Jewellery Workshop
Spruce up your wardrobe this winter by accessorizing with sea glass – also known as “mermaid tears”! Participants will be able to create their own sea glass necklace, bracelet, earrings, or other one-of-a-kind jewelry using the wire-wrapping technique. Tickets are $19.99.
Wedding | Swank Wedding Show
The Swank Wedding Show takes place this weekend on Saturday, February 10th. The event will have top names such as Garrison Bespoke (the makers of the suits for the show Suits) joining them. Tickets start at $15.
This class will show you ow to cook a romantic dinner or just come to have fun with other couples while savoring delicious French food! Tickets are $85.
Sunday, February 11
Get Married | Love in the Square
In honour of Valentine’s Day, you can have a wedding in Robson Square for FREE this weekend. All you need to provide is your marriage license and your other half. Donations to local charities are encouraged.
Market | Salty Flea Market
This local market will feature an array of local vendors, delicious food, and awesome musicians. It takes place this weekend on from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is $2.
Monday, February 12
Museum | Family Day at Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver is hosting a full day of fun Family Day activities. Admission is free.
Olympic experience | Family Day Olympic Experience
Visit the Richmond Olympic Oval this Family Day weekend for rope climbing, skating, and much more fun. Admission is free.
Exercise | Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu
Come and train for Traditional Shaolin Kung Fu. They will have 30 minutes of warm up, stretching and 45 minutes of strength training, kicks and punches, traditional exercises and forms. This is a class free of charge!
Music | 2018 Astro Global Fan Meeting
Are you ready to meet ASTRO?! The South Korean boy group was formed by Fantagio in 2016. Come out and meet the entire group! Tickets start at $68.
February 16 | Lanterns In The Garden
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.
February 17 | Grouse Mountain 24 Hours of Winter Festival
Until Sunday night, attendees will be able to celebrate the weekend on the slopes and dance away under the starry skies as DJs keep the party going.Glide down The Cut while taking in a spectacular Vancouver sunrise or enjoy one of the many round- the – clock activities.
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