It’s time to clear your schedules and make room for the plethora of happenings around the city this month.
#DryJanuary was a painfully long month, so it’s time to leave the comfort of your condo and make the most of your free time and check out as many events as you can.
From concerts, to festivals, to wine and cocktail tastings, there are plenty of reasons to get outside in February.
For two nights only (Feb. 1st and 2nd), Canadian rockers The Arkells will be hitting the stage at the Commodore Ballroom. The Arkells won the Juno Award for “Group of the Year” for the second time last year, so this will be a performance you won’t want to miss.
This performance will be Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbeth’s final performance in Vancouver. If you have yet to catch the controversial British rocker in action, February 3rd is the night to make it happen. Ozzy will be hitting the stage at Rogers Arena at 7:30 p.m.
Science of Cocktails
Self proclaimed as the”Hottest Cocktail Event of the Year,” this is every drink connoisseur’s dream. On Thursday Feb 4th, Science World will be setting up 25 cocktail stations that will be run by award-winning bartenders serving unique cocktails and appetizers. All proceeds go towards getting children from underfunded schools free access to Science World.
Hot Chocolate Festival
2016 marks the 6th annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival. This year there are 25 city-wide vendors serving up a variety of delicious hot chocolate concoctions to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. The festival started back in January, but an event this decadent deserves some more recognition. It will be on until February 14th.
Closer Than Ever
For those with a soft spot for musicals, this modern two-act musical follows the trials and tribulations of adulthood in a very satirical manner. Closer Than Ever runs from February 4th-20th at the Gateway Theatre.
The (Post) Mistress
Set in the fictional northern Ontario town of Lovely, The (Post) Mistress is a quirky one-woman cabaret-style show that revolves around Marie-Louise, the town’s postal worker. Marie-Louise also just so happens to know everything about everyone in town and she is eager to share her gossip with the audience. The (Post) Mistress will be running from Feb 4th-28th at the BMO Theatre Centre.
Chinese New Year Festival
February 8th marks the celebration of the monkey, and given Vancouver’s large Chinese population, Chinese New Year is a major event in the city. Celebrations start on Sunday, Feb 7th in the evening and finish on Sunday, Feb 14th with a parade taking place in Chinatown from 11 a.m-1:30 p.m.
Get your dancing shoes ready and dance the night away as Montreal electronic music duo Adventure Club perform at Vancouver’s iconic Commodore Ballroom. The boys will be playing Feb 11th and 12th and tickets start at $47.
Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
If you spent January hibernating indoors and have the itch to get outside, this is the perfect festival to get you excited about the great outdoors. A selection of local and international outdoor adventure films will be screened at Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre from February 12th-20th. There are also a number of world-class athletes and environmental speakers lined up to speak to guests.
Get Together 2016
This marks the fourth annual Vancouver Get Together event, which will feature performances from trance legend Armin Van Buuren, EDM DJ Will Sparks, Sander Van Doorn, and more. The party starts Feb 13th at 7 p.m. at the Pacific Colosseum.
Country boys and girls, get ready to spend Valentine’s Day dancing to past and present hits from country legend Brad Paisley as he performs at Rogers Arena in support of his critically-acclaimed Moonshine In The Trunk album.
This February, the Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s swanky bar, Prohibition, is celebrating leap year by inviting lovers to pop the big question at the bar. For each successful proposal, the happy couple will be entered in a draw to win A ‘Suite’ Night at Hotel Georgia. Running from February 16th-27th, Prohibition’s bartenders have crafted special cocktails and pre-dinner aphrodisiacs to get guests in the mood.
Fight & Flight
Put your legs and lungs to the test as you climb the 48 floors of the 490-foot Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Hotel. Participants will be put through a series of obstacles that will challenge their strength and stamina to support the BC Lung Association in its fight against lung disease.
Swank Wedding Show
Every future bride and groom’s fairytale wedding will come to life at the Swank Wedding Show as it showcases mock wedding setups, a wedding fashion show, and countless services geared towards making your wedding a dream come true. This event takes place on February 27th at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Vancouver International Wine Festival
From February 20th-28th, Vancity will welcome the world’s greatest wine producers (and drinkers) for the week-long celebration of wine and food. This year marks the 38th annual festival and there will be events taking place around the city. The heart of the festival, and what we’re most excited about, is the International Festival Tastings at the Vancouver Convention Centre, where 776 wines are available for sampling.