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Weekend Update – Public Space Events – Jan 27-28

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There are some great activities taking place this coming weekend… many of which are geared to helping you enjoy Vancouver’s great public spaces in the rainy season. This includes several “Winteraction” events, an open house on stream and habitat restoration in Tatlow Park, and more Places for People outreach work.




Winteraction – Saturday, January 27 – Various locations

Our pals at Frida + Frank have teamed up with local placemakers in Vancouver and North Vancouver (and beyond) to convene a day of “winteraction” aimed to showcase what they call “seasonal effective design.” There’s lots of fun things to choose from!

Community Science Day 

10 AM – 4 PM, Britannia Community Centre

The Open Science Network will be part of the Community Science Day at Britannia Community Centre on Saturday January 27. We will have a number of science activities both inside and outside.

:: More Info – Community Science Day Facebook Event Page

Giant Raincoats in North Van

10AM – 5PM, Outside North Vancouver City Hall (141 14th St W, North Vancouver

This Saturday, come have some fun in the rain with GIANT RAINCOATS hung up outside North Vancouver City Hall! This wacky interactive art project celebrates the fun of winter fashion and invites people to gather together to escape the rain!

:: More info – Giant Raincoats Facebook Event Page

The Alternative Route 

11:30AM – 6PM, Cambie Bridge South

The Alternative Route is a wayfinding project inspired by spontaneity, public engagement and fun! Anyone is welcome to participate by writing on the chalkboard arrows or by following the directions already written on one. This is your opportunity to help others discover great things happening in the city and how to get there.

:: More info – Alternative Route Facebook Event Page

POP! A Rainy Day Refuge 

11:30 – 6pm, under the Cambie Bridge – South

A day of free activities taking place in a G I A N T B U B B L E that will blow you away! POP! is a one-day public event brought to life through a partnership between the CityHive Youth Hubs, frida&frank, Vancouver Design Nerds, and Viva Vancouver as a part of winteraction.

  • 11:30-1:45 | Bubble Platform Design Jam by Vancouver Design Nerds
  • 2:00-4:00 | Public Spaces Storytelling by the Civic Engagement Youth Hub
  • 4:30-6:30 | Live performance by Soft Fit and Big Zen

:: More info – POP! Facebook Event Page

Hot+Noisy Chinatown Mahjong Social 

3-6pm Keefer Plaza, 180 Keefer Street

An afternoon of events featuring Fai Chun writing 手寫揮春, Paper-cutting 剪紙, Make your own lion heads for procession to Keefer Triangle… and of course the opportunity to play, teach, or learn Mahjong and other Chinese games 齊來參與麻雀耍樂及各種遊戲.

:: More info – Hot + Noisy Mahjong Social Facebook Event Page


4-7pm – Adanac Vernon Plaza

LuminoCITY is an art installation that aims to combat winter blues and brighten people’s day by creating an immersive environment filled with warm light. Each of the 179 tealights represents a day of Autumn or Winter. This piece is inspired by candles and the Danish concept of “hygge” which means wellbeing.

:: More info – LuminoCITY Facebook Event Page

Short Winter, Never-ending Picnic 

6PM-10PM, Dude Chilling Park, 2390 Brunswick Street

A group-initiated, collaborative, inclusive and free picnic! Please bring shelter, things to sit on, food, non-alcoholic drinks, anything you think would be nice to share. Everyone is invited! Please bring your friends, we’d like to meet them. Free hot chocolate and other hot drinks will be provided. Please bring your own cup if you’d like some! There’s also a pre-picnic pancake dinner (reservations required)!

:: More info – Short Winter Facebook Event Page

Dance Through Downtown

800-Robson, 8-10pm

Join the Party4Health team in creating a spontaneous dance party throughout Vancouver’s central core. The music and dancing start at 8pm… but who knows where it will end!

:: More info – Dance Through Downtown Facebook Event Page


Tatlow and Volunteer Park stream restoration open house

Saturday, January 27 at 11AM – 2PM

City of Vancouver Park Board staff are planning to restore a historic stream that ran through Tatlow and Volunteer Park. They’re holding the final public open house to share a refined concept plan, discuss the challenges and goals related to this stream restoration, and outline the next steps for the project.

The event takes place at the VPL Kitsilano Branch (2425 MacDonald Street).

:: Further information – City of Vancouver – Tatlow & Volunteer Park Restoration
:: Read more – Improving our urban watershed: Tatlow and Volunteer Park stream restoration (VPSN Blog, March 2017)


Hot Tea, Rain City 

Saturday, January 27, 2PM to 5PM at Jim Deva Plaza 

The City of Vancouver wants to talk to you about rain! Visit the Hot Tea, Rain City mobile tea and conversation cart at Jim Deva Plaza (Bute and Davie Street) to share your ideas on how we can better enjoy Vancouver’s public spaces during the cold and wet winter months… and how we can better embrace Vancouver’s rainwater as a valued resource for our communities and natural ecosystems.

Hot Tea, Rain City will feature some of Vancouver’s top tea masters serving up warm cups of tea in the Gong Fu Cha style. Gong Fu Cha (功夫茶) or “Tea with Skill” is a way of tea making that originated in the Fujian Province of China and is practiced all over the world by tea lovers.

:: More information – City of Vancouver Event Page

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