February in Vancouver is traditionally a pretty good month. We’ve shaken off the post-Christmas blues, and events like Dine Out Vancouver Festival bring us back out of our hibernation. And maybe this year will be the same? After all, the Canucks season has kicked off, Dine Out is back (Feb 5 – Mar 7), and we’re dreaming of a local staycation to take advantage of both, along with the following happenings in the city this month. Here are our picks for things to do in Vancouver this February.
Kriss Munsya Exhibition at the Pendulum Gallery
Through February 26
We love that this art exhibition downtown brings together three important elements: it celebrates Black History Month, it’s easily to view while social distancing, and it’s free! “The Eraser” is an exhibition of work by Vancouver artist Kriss Munsya, that explores the story of change and transformation centred on the experiences of a Black man. The show is co-sponsored by the Downtown Vancouver BIA and architectural firm HMCA, and is on at the soaring Pendulum Gallery in the base of the HSBC Building.
Got Craft Foodie Pop-up Virtual Market
February 4 – 7
The Got Craft? markets are always one of our favourite maker fairs in the city, bringing together some of Vancouver’s very best quirky, creative types. But while heading to a craft fair in person is out of the question right now, Got Craft? has hit on a winning formula with their virtual markets. The latest edition is a foodie pop-up, filled with local chefs, bakers, and makers creating small batch food and drink. We love that you can purchase from a number of vendors but pay just one flat rate for shipping, or arrange curbside pick-up in Vancouver.
do you want what i have got? a craigslist cantata
February 5 – 7
Reading through Craigslist can be a real lesson in the human condition, and do you want what i have got? a craigslist cantata turns it into performance gold. Originally performed live at The Cultch at few years back, the updated version is performed by a cast (each socially-distanced in their own pod) and livestreamed, as they explore the Craigslist community buying, selling, and longing for social interaction. The fact that the song list includes numbers called “300 Stuffed Penguins,” “Chili Eating Buddy” and “Decapitated Dolls” probably tells you everything you need to know.
February 11 – 28
As a city with a huge Asian population, it’s no surprise that Vancouver has embraced Lunar New Year. In 2021 – Year of the Ox – celebrations will obviously look different, but make no mistake, LunarFest will still happen! While there will be a number of virtual events, two of our favourites are open-air, IRL experiences. Head down to Jack Poole Plaza for Coastal Lunar Lanterns, an exhibition that brings together Indigenous and Asian traditions; while at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery) We are a Family is an exhibit of works by six local artists, exploring what family means to them.
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Feature Image – Dragon and lanterns at LunarFest: Tourism Vancouver / Vision Event Photography
As the Dawn Breaks: Kriss Munsya via the DVBIA website
Got Craft? Logo: Got Craft? website
Meaghan Chenosky, Josh Epstein and Chirag Naik in “do you want what i have got?”: The Cultch website
LunarFest lanterns: Tourism Vancouver / Vision Event Photography