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February 18, 2019
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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 concerts include Malleus Trio, Sharon Minemoto Quartet, and Eli Davidovici’s Shapes.

  • When: Feb 22 - 24

  • 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 19 - March 2, 2019

  • Price: Varies by event

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

Find out more

Tuesday nights @ the Vancouver Art Gallery

Experience culture on the cheap! Currently, the main exhibition is an exploration into transforming cultures titled “The Metamorphosis”.

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

  • Price: By donation

  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street)

Explore art

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 Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives, an exhibition exploring the dynamic relationship between nature and us.

  • When: Now to March 4

  • Price: $16

  • Where: Vanier Park (1100 Chestnut St.)

Discover the city

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

Riley Park Farmers Market

Shop locally produced fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan cheese and bread, and artisanal crafts at this weekly farmers market. Bring your reusable grocery bags and cash, and listen to live music while you fill up on groceries.

  • When: Every Saturday | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Price: Free

  • WhereNat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St.)

Find out more

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