If you love outdoor sports, the Vancouver Outdoor Adventure Show exhibition is also on this weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
- Vancouver International Dance Festival
Celebrating its 14th anniversary, the International Dance Festival brings together the best in local, national and international dance artists. Many events are free. Runs Friday, March 7 - Saturday, March 29.
- CelticFest Vancouver 2014
Western Canada's largest celebration of all things Celtic, CelticFest features live music, dance, film, storytelling, and workshops, plus free events, too. The festival kicks off with the free Celts on the Creek fest on Saturday, March 8. CelticFest runs from Saturday, March 8 - Sunday, March 16.
- Family FUSE Weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery
This two-day Family FUSE event--The Landscape of the Imagination--is free for kids 12 and under and includes interactive art projects, live music, and "hands-on exploration of aquatic life," plus access to VAG's current exhibits. Runs Saturday, March 8 - Sunday, March 9.
Vancouverites love outdoor adventures, so the Outdoor Adventure Show--Canada's largest exhibition of outdoor gear and adventure travel--should be a very popular destination when it comes to Vancouver this weekend.
With over 200 exhibits and nine "zones"--including camping, canoe and kayak, running, and the Vancouver Bike Show--the Outdoor Adventure Show literally has something for everyone. There's even a whitewater rafting / underwater sports demo pool! The exhibition showcases a huge array of products as well as "experienced guides" to help you plan your next adventure getaway.
The Outdoor Adventure Show runs March 8 - 9, 2014, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver.
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Dust off your Shamrock hat: St. Patrick's Day is just two weeks away (March 17, 2014)! To make sure you have everything you need to enjoy the raucous celebration, check out my complete Guides to St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver, which cover everything from all-ages St. Paddy's Day fun for kids to the hottest, green beer-laden parties for adults.
- Complete Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver
- St. Patrick's Day Events in Vancouver for Kids & Families
- Hottest 19+ St. Patrick's Day Parties at Vancouver Irish Pubs
- Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade 2014
- Free Events at CelticFest Vancouver 2014
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Three free things to do this weekend!
- Free Ice Skating in Robson Square
The free Robson Square Ice Rink closes for the winter season on March 1, making Friday, February 28, the last day for free outdoor ice skating in downtown Vancouver.
- NHL Heritage Classic Fan Festival
To celebrate the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic game between the Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks, the City of Vancouver and the NHL are hosting a free fan party at the parking lot outside the Plaza of Nations in downtown Vancouver. Festivities include autograph opportunities and a live question and answer session with Kirk McLean and Cliff Ronning, interactive hockey-themed attractions, collectibles, and live music. Happens 9am - 1pm on Sunday, March 2.
- Free Oscar Part at the Rio Theatre
Dress up in full Oscar regalia to watch the Oscars live at the Rio Theatre in East Van. Free. Happens Sunday, March 2.
If you're of a certain age, you likely remember Bob Ross from his PBS show The Joy of Painting, which ran from 1983 - 1994 (Ross passed away in 1995). Famous for his soothing presence, bouncy brown curls and his "happy little trees," Ross was beloved worldwide. Now, you can see several Bob Ross works--including paintings, drawings, and a stained glass piece--at a new show at Vancouver's The Fall Tattooing and Artists Gallery (at 644 Seymour St.).
Located in downtown Vancouver, The Fall Tattooing and Artists Gallery is a combination gallery, studio, shop, and tattoo parlour; it's gallery space often showcases a range of amateur and professional artists with a pop culture spin. The Bob Ross show is the latest from curator Christina Chant; it's named, appropriately, Happy Little Clouds.
Happy Little Clouds: A Bob Ross Art Show runs through March 23, 2014.
Photo (c) Bob Ross Inc.
Vancouver CelticFest--western Canada's largest Celtic celebration--returns March 8 with nine days of live music, Irish dance and parties, culminating with the Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16.
Vancouver CelticFest is a huge festival with tons of live music at local venues (usually Irish pubs and clubs) as well as free, all-ages events, including the Parade, the Celtic Village & Street Market (March 15 - 16), and live music at Celts on the Creek (March 8).
This is also the 10th anniversary for Vancouver CelticFest, which they'll celebrate with an Anniversary Gala at the Vogue on March 14 featuring The Once, The Paperboys, and Ireland's Hermitage Green.
Find a complete schedule of free and ticketed events here: Vancouver CelticFest 2014.
For more ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, see:
- Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver
- Best St. Patrick's Day Parties at Vancouver Irish Pubs & Clubs
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This is the last weekend for free, outdoor ice skating in Vancouver: the Robson Street ice rink closes for the season after February 28.
- Talking Stick Festival
The annual Talking Stick Festival is a celebration of Aboriginal performance and art, featuring music, dance, theatre, visual art and storytelling. Runs through Sunday, March 2.
- Heritage Afloat! in Richmond
A fun family activity for all ages, Heritage Afloat in Richmond is a series of community events happening around Richmond that let you tour historic boats, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, London Farm and London Landing. Events are in Steveston, at the Britannia Shipyards, and the Cannery. Runs Saturday, February 22 - Sunday, February 23.
- Chutzpah! Festival 2014
The annual Chutzpah festival kicks off this weekend, celebrating Jewish arts with dance, music, musical theatre and more. Runs Saturday, February 22 - Sunday, March 9.
New to Vancouver and still trying to figure out the best, fastest ways to get around the city? Use these Guides to find all the tips and trick for getting around Vancouver:
- Complete Guide to Getting Around Vancouver
- How to Use Vancouver Public Transit
- Getting To or From the Vancouver Airport (YVR)
- How to Cross the Border to the U.S.
- Newcomer's Guide to Vancouver Neighbourhoods
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This has been going on all month, but there's still time to take advantage: In honour of their popular Emily Carr: Deep Forest exhibition, the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) is offering $10 admission throughout February 2014, plus a complimentary Emily Carr print, regularly retailed at $35, with admission. (VAG members also get 40% off select Emily Carr merchandise in the Gallery Store through February 28.)
Since VAG is also offering free admission for kids under 12 every Sunday, the whole family can go this Sunday, February 23, for a bargain price.
The Emily Carr: Deep Forest exhibition, which runs through March 9, 2014, features forest paintings from around the 1930s which were, according to VAG, "so profoundly radical at the time that they reshaped how the forest was perceived in British Columbia." The exhibit is getting rave reviews, and is a wonderful opportunity to see one of B.C.'s most-loved artists at her best.
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Whether or not you're celebrating Valentine's Day, this Friday, February 14, has a lot of special events to enjoy around town!
- Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine's Day in Vancouver
Find special events, shows, parties, and more--including all-ages activities for families--with this Valentine's Day Top 10 list. All events happen Friday, February 14.
- Winterruption Festival on Granville Island
The annual Winterruption Festival is an all-ages arts festival that includes theatre, live music, food, and local and international arts. The mix of free and ticketed events include kids' theatre, art walks, open art studios, and live music from Coastal Jazz and Blues Society . Runs Friday, February 14 - Sunday, February 16.
- Nikkei National Museum's Treasure Hunt Flea Market
Find unique and rare Japanese items, Japanese books, and a wide variety of second-hand items at bargain prices at this annual event in Burnaby. Happens Saturday, February 15.