Vancouver 2010 Olympics Free Events Guide

The following events are divided into locations and differentiated by colour (category): Canada Countries  Misc. venues
  • French Quarter: 11-28 Feb (Exhibits: 11-20.00; Shows: 18-00.00; Club Adrénaline: 11-00.00; Events: 12pm-)
Celebrate Canada’s French heritage! There will be 2 pavilions: 1) French bistro and pub & 2) stage for concerts. “They also intend on creating an “artists’ alley” like Rue Sainte-Anne in Quebec City. Be sure to visit Place de la Francophie. This little “French Quarter” will offer visitors a cornucopia of activities including shows featuring Canadian and international performers, a sports pub, a farmer’s market, tourism circuits and trails and many exhibits of works by francophone artists. More than just a meeting spot, visitors to Place de la Francophonie will delight in the ongoing festive atmosphere while discovering the cultural and artistic wealth of the country.”
  • Arts Club Theatre
    • Atlantic Canada House (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland): 13-28 Feb.
      Try East Coast culinary delights, discover the region’s culture and spirit and hospitality, & enjoy Atlantic Canadian performances on Revue Stage!
  • Bridge Restaurant
    • House of Switzerland6-28 Feb (8-2.00)
      • Grand Opening: Feb 5 (17.30-)
      • Swiss Day in Vancouver: Feb 6 (8-2.00)
“They are planning on dressing up the restaurant and their menu in a Swiss theme. We’re told to expect a lot of Swiss athletes there on a nightly basis. If a Swiss athlete wins a medal, they will be taken from BC Place and brought to the pavilion by water taxi that evening. The athletes then plan to hold a media event outside the House of Switzerland as well meet with all the patrons inside. Pavilion organizers tell us they will have on-hand some of the best Swiss chocolates, wine, cheese for the public to sample.”
  • LiveCity Downtown (Georgia & Beatty St.): 13-27 Feb (11-00.30); 28 Feb (11-16.00); 12-13 & 18-21 Mar (13-21.00)
    • Canada Pavilion: 13 Feb – 21 Mar
      “The Pavilion will provide an opportunity to learn more about Olympic and Paralympic sports and help them to choose the activity that’s right for them.”
    • CentrePlace Manitoba
Enjoy multi-media exhibits that will showcase tourism, business, immigration and sport! Also a feature exhibit from The Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
“The adjacent 2,000 square-foot QE restaurant will be converted into a reception hall, featuring an Aboriginal showcase and cuisine. Special “theme” days will showcase Aboriginal groups from all regions of Canada. Live events will include Inuit throat singing, Métis jigging, hoop dancing, as well as spotlighting contemporary Aboriginal performances and other fields of achievement.”
  • 333 Dunsmuir St.
    • BC Hydro PowerSmart Village
“Members of your entire family will enjoy a wide range of activities like dancing on a sustainable dance floor, creating an inspirational message on the digital expression wall or even taking a break from cheering on athletes to check out First Nation carvings or our “the future is now” home exhibit. You’ll even have a chance to win Olympic tickets by taking part in one of their many events.”
  • Robson & Beatty St.
    “Learn about Alberta as a place to invest, work, live and visit. An architectural expression of Alberta’s identity, they combine function, sustainability and innovative design – offering a genuine Albertan experience in the heart of Vancouver with street level programming and multi-function space.”
    • Bell Ice Cube11-28 Feb (11-23.00)
      “Features entertainment,Olympic ticket giveaways and interactive product demonstrations. View Opening & Closing ceremonies and major sporting competitions on multiple plasma screens in high definition Bell TV!” Watch the live show ‘Ice Talk’ daily at 3pm, where Olympians will be interviewed, share stories and sign autographs.
  • 602 W. Hastings St. & Seymour
    • Northern House (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut): now-31 Mar. (Before/after Games: 10-17.00; during Games: 10-21.00)
Enjoy talented performers such as Artcirq, throat singers, drum dancers, traditional games athletes! There’s an art lounge, story telling area, and “The North Today” exhibit on Nunavut. Also a chance to win an $8,000 diamond or a 3.8 ounce gold nugget valued at $7,000!
2nd Fl:“Get an up-close view of the medals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. See the Mint’s world-famous million-dollar gold coin and other gold products. Collect all Vancouver 2010 circulation coins to complete your collection.”  1st Fl: “Learn how coins are made & purchase unique Vancouver 2010 souvenirs!  Mention “” at the Pavilion Boutique for a 10% discount on all purchases!”
  • Robson Square
    • GE Plaza: rink 12-21.00
Come watch events or go ice skating for free (skate rentals are $3)!
  • Ziptrek (above law courts): 12-28 Feb (10-21.00)
Zip over 170 metres (550′) across Robson St., 6 stories above ground!
Enjoy Aboriginal art, culture, and performances! “The Kla-how-ya will feature traditional dancing, cedar bark weaving, Aboriginal fashions, birch bark chewing, moose hide tufting, jewelry making, carving, storytelling and an opportunity to explore the harvesting of wild herbs for traditional medicines.”
  • LiveCity Yaletown (David Lam Park): 13-28 (11-23.00)
    • Torch Relay Community Celebration: 11 Feb (17-23.00)
    • Past Opening Ceremonies Marathon: 12 Feb (11-17.00)
    • Laser Waterworks Show: every night
  • Roundhouse Community Centre
    • Casa Italia: 6-28 Feb (12-18.00)
“Features some of the best food, drink and entertainment that Italy has to offer. You can expect to see Ferrero Rocher as well as some other fine Italian products on display.”
ENGLISH BAY *also viewable from Kitsilano & Sunset Beaches
  • Vancouver’s Rowing Club
    • German Saxony House: 12-28 Feb (12-2.00)
“You’ll have the opportunity to watch the games, meet medal winners, listen to live music and enjoy traditional German food and drinks!”
Enjoy lots of concerts & live cultural and street performances! Get your Bear Bells here too (min. $5)!
“The ship will be accessible several days a week as well as for private sailings. The Russian President is expected to pay a visit as well as other senior Russian dignitaries.”
  • Park Royal Shopping Centre
    • Park Royal Winter Carnival: 12-28 Feb
Free outdoor skating! Live performances Fridays & Saturdays! Beverage tent (beer & wine) from 16-22h!
Quebec culture & food!
Consist of 2 structures: 1) business centre & 2) entertainment venue (Saskatchewan entertainment & food)
  • BC Place Stadium
    • Nightly Medal Award Ceremony
“Tickets costs as little as $22 dollars per person and this provides you access to some of North America’s best entertainers as well as the medal winning athletes. Some of the confirmed bands include Barenaked Ladies, INXS, Nelly Furtado, Headley, Theory of a Dead Man and many more.”
  • Vancouver City Hall (12th Ave. & Cambie St.)
“This is also the site of the 1952 Oslo Flag which is encased in glass on the main floor of the building just as you enter. There [are already] nightly light displays (piece called Ice Light by Gunda Forster) on the outside of City Hall.”
  • Ukrainian Catholic Centre (3150 Ash St. – *Broadway/City Hall Canada Line stn)
Meet athletes, Ukrainian & international visitors, and other locals! St. Valentine’s Day celebration (13. Feb @ 18.30h – $15) & Ukrainian House Ball (20. Feb @ ? – $85).
  • O-Zone (near Canada Line Brighouse Stn.): 12-28 Feb
There will be “mammoth ice art, massive high-definition screen, outdoor skating on real ice, entertainment from around the region and around the world, art, athletes, exhibits, virtual reality (bobsleigh ride anyone?), food and fireworks. Bands like Our lady Peace, Hawksley Workman, Bedouin Soundclash, Toyko Police Club and Wintersleep headline. Theme nights saluting Canada’s diverse cultures and regions from World Beat rhythms and South Asian dance and music to Pan Northern sounds from above the Arctic Circle.  On site will be the BCLC 2010 Winter Games Dome. The Immersa-Dome® allows visitors to experience, through sight, smell and touch, what it might be like to compete as a member of Canada’s Olympic bobsleigh or Paralympic sit-ski team from the athletes’ perspective. Within the Games Dome, participants can also shoot targets while skiing through the winter woods on a simulated Biathlon course, or test their wrist shot on the Olympic or Paralympic ice hockey rink. BCLC will be offering free daily draws to win one of 10 pairs of Closing Ceremony tickets, available to anyone 19+ who wishes to enter their name, Feb 12-21.”
  • Heineken House (Holland) Minoru Arenas 7551 Minoru Gate: (9-2.00)
“Features celebratory medal ceremonies for successful Dutch athletes as well as nightly performances by renowned Dutch artists and DJ’s.”
Enjoy performances & food! Swedish Royal Reception (25th Feb – $30).