Vancouver Weekender: February 6 through 9, 2014

If you’re into live theatre, try to nab some tickets to the brand new performance that has taken the Queen Elizabeth Theatre by storm, West Side Story, on Friday night. The city has been abuzz in anticipation of this limited run show, directed by David Saint using Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ direction from Broadway. On until Sunday, it’s a big deal production that you don’t want to miss. 

This weekend, be sure to check out the Winter Farmers Market and stock your fridge with the latest locally sourced finds on Saturday morning, but not before grabbing a bite of brunch at the West End’s newest hot spot, Greenhorne Cafe. We hear the offerings are definitely delectable.  

It’s also the perfect opportunity to partake in the Hot Chocolate Festival (on until Valentine’s Day). If you haven’t already taste-tested a few chocolat-y offerings courtesy of the more than 25 venues, you are missing out on some sugar-infused bliss

During the afternoon, be sure to book yourself in for a flick or two as part of the Vancouver Mountain Film Festival that is going on. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, adventure films and events, you’ll be unbelievably inspired.

If you haven’t checked out Bao Bei recently, we suggest you make your way down to Chinatown for some tasty Asian-influenced tapas at this always-fun hot spot. You might want to wander next door to The Keefer Bar for a sampling of cocktails and plenty of great people watching coupled with quality tunes and a chilled atmosphere. 

If you didn’t have the opportunity to check out last weekend’s kickoff to Red Bull Illume, don’t let the final weekend pass by and head down to Jack Poole Plaza for your artistic fix.  

We hope you didn’t have too much fun on Saturday, or have a quick liver recovery program on speed dial, because one of the options at your fingertips come Sunday involves breaking a bit of a sweat. Gondola your way up to the top of Grouse Mountain and partake in a few wintertime options as part of the 24 Hours of Winter at Grouse Mountain in celebration of the upcoming 2014 Olympics. 

Check out an endless number of snowy options when you reach the top, starting with ski/boarding competitions, live music, DJs Flipout and Zak Santiago, and more

While spending your time on Grouse, you might want to give it a go with the snowshoes as part of their annual Snowshoe Grind event (and if you’re from the coast, you know this is serious business). With plenty of prizes, après celebrations and awards for top finishers, it’s guaranteed fun. 

Finally, in the spirit of Chinese New Year, Sunday offers up plenty worth celebrating as part of LunarFest. Catch Lion Dancers of the World at VAG’s plaza, feast your way through Chinese cultural delights at the dumpling (starting at 11am), and partake in storytelling, cultural workshops, and be sure to catch The Meeting of the Drums. For info on this festival, visit

#LYNL | (Live Your Notable Life)


Cover image from: Greenhorne Cafe

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