There are lots of fun things happening for families on the North Shore and downtown this weekend, including Chinese New Year celebrations, free ice skating, the tail end of Dine Out Vancouver and more!
We hope you get a chance to check some of them out with your loved ones!
Fri, Jan 31st (2:30 pm) – Lonsdale Quay Market, North Vancouver
Details: Bring the kids down to watch a traditional lion dance performance to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Ongoing until Mon, Feb 3rd – Greater Vancouver Area (including lots of North Shore restaurants)
Details: Have fun with your honey feasting on cuisine that defines Vancouver’s regional and international restaurants. Choose from hundreds of restaurants. Make it a weekend! There are dozens of hotel options to create your own delicious dining experiences.
Ongoing until Mon, Feb 28th – Robson Square, Downtown Vancouver
Details: The Robson Square Ice Rink, located in the heart of downtown (and underground) Vancouver will be open until February 28,2014. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise, rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. And they serve hot chocolate too!
Ongoing until Sun, Feb 2nd – International Village Mall, 88 West Pender Street
Details: The Year of the Horse Celebration at International Village brings traditional Chinese Spring festivities and rituals to Vancouver. You’ll find Chinese New Year festive items at the exhibition and sales booths on the main level, plus souvenirs and gifts. There will be multicultural live performances on stage and lucky draws as well. On the upper level of the mall there will be a festive Chinese New Year Heritage Village, where you can see experience the true colours, traditional arts and culture, and culinary delights of the new year. The whole thing kicks off with a ceremonial eye-dotting ritual and lion dance on Thursday, January 30, and culminates with the parade on Sunday, February 2.
Sun, Feb 2nd at 11:00 am – Parade starts at the Millenium Gate on Pender Street.
Details: The Chinese New Year Parade is the biggest event all year for Chinatown, and an annual Vancouver favourite. It features lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more. Year after year, the Chinatown parade is a cultural extravaganza not to be missed, and a must-see event if you’re wondering what to do in Vancouver for Chinese New Year.
Sun, Feb 2nd at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Dr. Sun Yat-sen Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall Street
Details: Based on spring festival temple fairs of old, this Chinese New Year celebration is a mixture of traditional cultural activities. You’ll find traditional Chinese games and activities, fortune-telling, live music, food, drinks and more. There’s also a children’s corner promising lots of kid-friendly Vancouver fun, including the chance to run around and yell to scare away evil spirits. Remember to wear red if you add this event to your list of what to do in Vancouver!