What’s Happening in February? Family Friendly Events in Metro Vancouver

Curious about events happening in Vancouver & across the Lower Mainland during the month of February? Enjoy our month-at-a-glance listing of ongoing events happening in Vancouver and throughout the Fraser Valley during the second month of 2018.

February in Vancouver & the Lower MainlandI’ve never understood people’s lack of enthusiasm for February (and it isn’t just because I’m a February-baby). There is so much going on! Mark your calendars for Groundhog Day (Feb 2nd), Family Day (Feb 12th) and Valentine’s Day (Feb 14th), and Chinese New Year (Feb 16). There are also a few other notable and/or funny days in February: Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast (1st Saturday in February aka Feb 3rd this year), Superbowl Sunday (Feb 4th), Umbrella Day (Feb 10th), and Mardi Gras (Feb 13th). See, lots of reasons to jump out of bed smiling in February!

Not only are there reasons to get excited about specific days but there are a multitude of events you should add to your February-bucket-list:

Flashback Film Festival (Feb 2): Flashback Film Fest, Canada’s only coast to coast film festival, is bringing action, sci-fi, and comedy favourites back to the big screen from Feb. 2-8, including family-friendly classics such as Iron Giant and Back to the Future!

Winter Wander (Feb 3): For just $5 you can visit Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, City of Vancouver Archives and Bard on the Beach. Even better? Kids under 5 are FREE!

Dine Out Vancouver Festival (concludes Feb 4): Have you taken advantage of the great deals in many restaurants across Metro Vancouver? The annual event concludes on February 4th. Don’t delay & get your reservation. Delicious meals at only $20, $30, and $40 per person.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams (Feb 9):The marionette-production depicts a re-imagined version of the famous princess. She an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love and her true self. This performance is part of the Westminster Saving’s Pay-What-You-Can series. Suggested price per person is $10 but you get to decide the final amount you pay.

Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics (Feb 9): Anyone else waking up at 3am to watch the Opening Ceremonies live? We are crazy Olympic-fans in our house and can’t wait to fully immerse ourselves for 2 weeks.

Kids Take Over UBC (Feb 11): For too long, UBC has been run by adults. It’s time for kids to rule at this fun-filled arts festival for kids and families.

VSO Kids Koncert (Feb 11): The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the Platypus Theatre for an hour-long, engaging performance of Peter and the Wolf. We are giving away FOUR tickets to this performance!

Hot Chocolate Festival (concludes Feb 14): How many gourmet hot chocolate creations have you sampled? None?! Well don’t delay the annual Hot Chocolate Festival ends on Valentine’s Day and the offerings are AMAZING! While the majority of the participants are in Vancouver, there are places in North Van, West Van, and Burnaby as well.

Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada (daily until Feb 19): Get into the new year spirit with the Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada. Visitors get to enjoy TWO 4D shows for the price of one. First take a flight over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes then sail across our beautiful country from east to west.

Robson Square Ice Rink (concludes Feb 28): Bring your skates and helmet and enjoy a FREE skate on Vancouver’s only outdoor skating arena.

LunarFest (Feb 18 & Feb 24 – 25): 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Chinese New Year happens in the middle of February this year (February 16th). LunarFest has moved back to the newly renovated plaza at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Feb 18th event is geared towards the 4-footed furry family members; the Feb 24 – 25 event is geared towards families.

Does anyone else imitate a deer-in-the-headlights when asked “Mom, what are we doing today”? Fear not, in addition to the ideas above, don’t forget these great Vancouver (and Lower Mainland) attractions: Museum of Vancouver, Greater Vancouver Zoo, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Burnaby Village Museum, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Britannia Mine Museum, Burnaby Village Museum, Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Granville Island, Bloedel Conservatory, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Museum of Anthropology, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Vancouver Police Museum, and the Contemporary Art Gallery.

Be sure to visit our calendar for current events happening in your community. Have a fantastic February everyone!

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