Hello February. We've made it through the first month of 2018 and why stop the (hopefully) awesome year you've been having so far? Or why not kick things up a notch and make this month the best of the year so far? February seems like one of those in between months — it's after the holidays and before spring.
But we're here to show you how February is actually full of fun things. This month brings us reading break for university students (YAY!), Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day. In Vancouver specifically, there are a ton of events and things to do this month. Plus with the Hot Chocolate Festival to Dine Out happening in February, this month will sure be a delicious one. Even Michelle Obama is gracing our city with her presence this month!!!
So here's your ultimate guide to February in the city, Vancouverites! We hope you make it a good one. Check out these 40 things to do in Vancouver this month.
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Looking for new restaurants to try for the new year? Autostrada is set to open in Vancouver in January 2018. Dustin Dockendorf and chef Lucais Syme are behind this new pasta eatery. They also own Cinara.
Canada's biggest food and drink festival is back again! Dine Out Vancouver will run from January 19 to February 4. The festival allows Vancouverites to try new or favourite restaurants with a fixed-price menu. Over 200 restaurants will be participating for 17 days of dining and culinary experiences.
This new brewery on the block is set to open in January 2018. You can expect good brews and yummy grilled cheese sandwiches.
Calling all Middle Eastern food lovers! This new eatery is set to open on January 17, 2018. Aleph will bring some new dishes to East Vancouver.
If you love Japanese izakaya, you will love Kingyo. Located on Denman Street in Downtown, this restaurant brings elegant izakaya dishes to Vancouver.
Check out the cream puff hotline bling. Sweet Boy Cream Puffs will deliver straight to you delicious, delicate cream puffs if you're in Vancouver. Just call the hotline, 778-888-7821.
Looking to get in on one of the new pho trends? V-Nam is serving up the Phoritto, as in a Pho burrito.
Love tapas and Italian food? These two amazing cuisines are about to be combined. Cue Vaporetto, a new 4,000 sqft waterfront restaurant that is set to open in Granville Island on February 2018. There will be share plates as well as classic Italian dishes like pasta and pizza.
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Why not get inspired alongside your S/O by the powerhouse that is Michelle Obama. During her time as First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama launched four major initiatives: Let's Move!, Joining Forces, Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn. She will be speaking with the Vancouver Board of Trade at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on February 15.
Go on a getaway to The Most Romantic Places In BC During The Winter
It's Valentine's Day, and to celebrate, why not go on a cozy winter weekend trip? Check out this article for your guide to romantic getaways in the province.
Grouse Mountain's 24 Hours Of Winter
Shred from sunset to sunrise. Grouse Mountain's annual 24 Hours Of Winter is returning February 17 to 18, with the slopes and mountain facilities open for 24 straight hours.
If you or your date loves sports, take them to a live NHL game and support our local team! There's even a Groupon for tickets as low as $25 right now!
Take your date on a wild winter adventure they won't forget. Go dog sledding with adorable huskies in Golden, B.C.
Dinner and Drinks at Six Acres
Six Acres is a great place to go on a first date or date night with your S/O. This cozy gastropub and restaurant in Gastown serves up classic comfort food and over 40 varieties of bottled beer. Their ambiance adds to the romance, with pretty twinkling fairy lights and lush greenery.
Why not rent out a cozy and romantic Airbnb for your next date? There are several cheap options available, so take your Netflix night to a new venue. This article showcases 9 properties to rent for cheap instead of going on a date.
This German folk and rock duo will be bringing their incredible talent to Vancouver this month! Milky Chance will be performing for two nights at the Commodore Ballroom on February 3 and 4.
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This annual event is always a delicious one. Try some of the best cups of hot chocolate in the city. The Hot Chocolate Festival runs from January 20, 2018 until February 14.
Hot Springs at Halcyon Hot Springs
Get the hot spring spa experience for just $13! Halcyon Hot Springs is a beautiful natural outdoor hot spring located in Nakusp, B.C. that overlooks picturesque Arrow Lake.
Go on a tropical escape for just $6.50 at the Bloedel Conservatory. This domed lush garden in Queen Elizabeth Park has over 120 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.
The Flamingo Drink at Clough Club
This extra drink will satisfy your inner basic. The Flamingo Drink is a cocktail that comes served in a big copper flamingo. It is meant to be split between four people, resulting in $17.50 per person.
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is an annual festival in Vancouver that showcases artists and their creative work. A Youth Four-Show Pass (for people who are 16 to 24 years old) is only $20, verses $119 for the same pass for adults. PuSh will run from January 16 to February 4.
This February event allows you to visit the Museum of Vancouver, Maritime Museum and H.R. Macmillan Space Centre for just $5! Winter Wander takes place on Saturday, February 3 from 10 am until 5 pm.
Go-karting at Speeders Indoor ProKarts
Skrt skrt. See Mario Kart come to real life and go indoor go-karting this winter to avoid the cold weather. One race costs $19 and you can also buy a pass to use anytime, with races costing as low as $13.90 each if you buy a ten race pass.
Blow off some steam and bring back the trampoline fun from your childhood at Richmond Extreme Air Park. A one hour jump costs $15 and a two hour jump costs $19.
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Chi The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel
Spa day anyone? Have a relaxing day of luxury at Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel.
Lash Extensions at Posh Lash
Do you even lift? Posh Lash Vancouver offers eyelash extensions to give you that perfect lash look.
The Spa Utopia at Pan Pacific offers Instagram worthy views of Coal Harbour and downtown which can be admired from an outdoor salt water pool. The spa boasts 11,500 square feet of luxury with 26 treatment rooms, relaxation lounges, essential oil infused steam rooms, a dry sauna, private couple treatment suites and a VIP suite.
Eyelash Extensions at Willow Lash Labs
Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's lash extensions. Give your lashes a lift this year with eyelash extensions at Willow Lash Labs, located in Yaletown.
Crème Brûlèe Donut at The Victor
Go for the gold right? Newly opened The Victor is serving up a dessert to satisfy all you extra people. The Crème Brûlèe Donut is filled with vanilla custard and topped with a maple cotton candy with golden flakes to complete.
Prép Manicure at Prép Beauty Parlour
Looking to up your nail game? Head on over to Prép Beauty Parlour for a perfect Prép Manicure. The package comes with nail care, massage and exfoliation.
Spa Getaway at Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Go on a picture perfect spa getaway at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, the only waterfront spa in Victoria. Soaking in their heated outdoor mineral baths while overlooking the Salish Sea will take your relaxation levels off the chart.
Step into a Middle Eastern inspired spa at Miraj Hammam Spa, which was also Canada’s first Hammam spa. Experience traditional Middle Eastern treatments. All of their packages feature Hammam, which is a steam room, and Gommage, which is exfoliation.
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The beautiful outdoors is free for everyone, yay!!! Check out this article for your guide to some of the best winter hikes in B.C.
Visit Winter Waterfalls
Love Frozen? Explore some winter waterfalls — because the cold never bothered you anyway, right??? This article lists some surreal waterfalls you can see in a frozen state.
It's your last chance to skate at the iconic Robson Square Ice Rink! The free outdoor skating rink is open until the end of February.
Conquer Vancouver Food Challenges
Who doesn't love free things, especially when it comes to food? Eat your way to a free meal by dominating these epic food challenges in Vancouver.
Go stargazing at H.R. Macmillan Space Centre
Take a cue from The Weeknd and be a starboy (or stargirl). Every Saturday night from 7 pm to 11 pm, entrance is by donation for you to go stargazing at the GMS Observatory at H.R. Macmillan Space Centre.
Get farm-to-table produce at the Hastings Park Farmer's Market, which is home to over 30 vendors. The market runs every Sunday from November to April.
Go on this ultimate Vancouver scavenger hunt
Looking for a change of scenery? Embark on a Vancouver scavenger hunt and discover hidden spots you never knew existed in the city.
Get in touch with your artistic side and walk through halls of creative inspiration at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Every Tuesday, entrance is by donation to the VAG.