illustrated vancouver gal
February 16, 2018
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What to do in the city over Reading Week

Your long awaited and well-deserved mid-term break is here.

Time to get out of the basement of Koerner and experience all the sights and sounds this city has to offer. Head into town and discover if Vancouver really lives up to the title of ‘most livable city’ – and why the west coast really is the best coast.

Winter Jazz @ Granville Island

Warm up by the fireplace and support your local musicians with Winter Jazz: A Cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder. The lineup for this weekend of afternoon and evening concerts include the Summer Brothers, Atomic, and Jasper Sloan Yip.

  • When: Feb 23 - 25

  • Price: Free

  • Where: Performance Works, Granville Island (1218 Cartwright Street)

Check out the schedule

Talking Stick Festival

Check out Western Canada's only Indigenous Performing Arts Festival which features 11 exciting days of traditional and contemporary visual arts, film, theatre, dance, and music.

  • When: Feb 23 - 25

  • Price: Varies by event

  • Where: Downtown Vancouver (check out their program for venue and event details)

Find out more

Showshoeing at Cypress

Move UBC is hosting a one-day weekend excursion to Cypress Mountain for a scenic snowshoe tour! Take advantage of our west coast mountains and catch a gorgeous panoramic view of the city.

  • When: Sat, Feb 24 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Price: $12 - $30

  • Where: Cypress Mountain Resort (6000 Cypress Bowl Road)


Tuesday nights @ the Vancouver Art Gallery

Experience culture on the cheap! Currently the VAG is exhibiting international art icon, Takashi Murakami, from Feb 3 to May 6.

  • When: Every Tuesday | 5:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Price: By donation

  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street)

Find out more

Museum of Vancouver (MOV)

Whether you’re Vancouver-born or a first-time west coaster we could all learn a little more about this city. Currently, MOV is showcasing City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism, a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity.

  • When: Now to March 4

  • Price: $16

  • Where: Vanier Park (1100 Chestnut St.)

Find out more

Stargaze at the GMS Observatory

Are you an astronomy buff on a budget? Find a clear night to stargaze at the Gordon Southam Observatory at the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre!

  • When: Every Saturday | 7:00 - 11:00 pm

  • Price: By donation

  • Where: H.R. Macmillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut Street)

Explore the Space Centre

Skating at Robson Square

Take a skating break from the city – while still being in the heart of the city. Take advantage of this hidden nook before it closes for spring!

  • When: Now until Feb 28

  • Price: Free ($4 skate rentals)

  • Where: Robson Square Ice Rink (800 Robson St.)

Check out the hours

24 Hours of Winter

Grouse Mountain is inviting you for 24 consecutive hours of winter fun! Dance, skate, snowboard, and ski from sundown to sunrise with DJs and round-the-clock activities (like Snowshoe S’mores Tours!). Celebrate the first weekend of your reading week under starry skies at the peak of Vancouver.

  • When: Feb 17 - 18

  • Price: Free with lift pass or annual membership

  • Where: Grouse Mountain (6400 Nancy Greene Way)

Find out more

Looking for more outdoor activities? Check out our post on other ways to get outside on the cheap.