Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Welcome to the first weekend of 2014!  Make it a memorable one and check out some of our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver!

 


Friday January 3rd 

 

Luminescence & the Eel-lectric Lights; 9:30AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Vancouver
Regular admission
Discover the incredible world of fluorescent and bioluminescent light that exists in the dark depths of the ocean with up-close encounters with glowing anemones, cuttlefish, jellies, and corals.  Take a journey far below the ocean surface to explore aquatic light with a new deep-dive interactive exhibit, and don’t miss the electric eel powered tree!  On through January 22nd; exclusive discounts available from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre.

Festival of Lights; 4:30PM-9:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak St), Vancouver
$16.75; other pricing in effect
A magical experience in one of Vancouver’s largest botanical gardens, with 1.4 million twinkling lights.  Be entertained by Scandinavian Gnomes and the Shadow Puppet Show, see the Parade of Lego exhibit, visit the Mischievous Grinch in his secret hut, and enjoy delicious hot snacks at Santa’s Kitchen and Santa’s Lounge!  On through January 4th.

Blue Rodeo | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Blue Rodeo; 7:30PM-10:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver
$72.50-94.75
26 years after the release of their first album, Blue Rodeo prove that their creativity continues to bloom as they released their 13th studio album, In Our Nature.  Shows on January 2nd & 3rd.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 11:00AM-11:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Railway Plaza
$4 donation for plaza entrance; $11 for train tickets only (other pricing in effect)
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza sparkles with 3 million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year.  Partial proceeds go to the BC Professional Fire Fights’ Burn Fund.  On through January 5th.

Uncle Vanya; 8:00PM-10:00PM @ The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St at Victoria St), Vancouver
$17.14-38.10
Vancouver’s finest presenter of classic theatre, Blackbird Theatre, is back with Anton Chekhov’s heart-wrenching Uncle Vanya – a timeless 19th century masterwork rich in improbable love, yearning, and folly.

Robson Square Ice Skate | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Ice Skating at Robson Square; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate rentals $4
Renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun!  Celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver.  Bring cash for rentals and concession stand purchases.  Daily through February 28th.

Seussical; 2:00PM & 7:00PM @ The Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, Vancouver
$15-29; great for children 3+
Horton the Elephant reminds us that a person’s a person, no matter how small, when he befriends young Jojo and saves Whoville.  Along the way, Mayzie LaBird, the Sour Kangaroo, and everyone in the Jungle of Nool learn that it takes a community working together to solve problems.  This award-winning production will have families laughing and dancing in their seats.  On through January 5th.

Christmas Tree Chip; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Fire Station #1 (4867 Sperling Ave), Burnaby
Free
Bring your Christmas trees down to the Fire Station for a full service Christmas Tree Chip!  There will be hot dogs, pop, and firetrucks.

Odysseo by Cavalia | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Cavalia’s Odysseo; 8:00PM @ The White Big Top (299 W 1st Ave), Olympic Village, Vancouver
$44.50-209.50; other pricing in effect
Odysseo is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics, and high-tech theatrical effects.  Set under a 38m tall White Big Top, audiences will be transported around the world as more than 60 horses and an international cast play and demonstrate their intimate bond.  On through January 22nd.

The Great Northwest Showcase; 4:00PM & 7:00PM @ Bill Copeland Sports Centre (3676 Kensington Ave), Burnaby
$15-25; other pricing in effect
The Great Northwest Showcase is a four game exhibition showcasing top level international University Men’s Hockey, while promoting the importance of education during an athlete’s career.  Tonight’s games:
4:00PM Simon Fraser University Clan Hockey vs Princeton University Tigers
7:00PM Univ. of British Columbia Thunderbirds vs Univ. of North Dakota

Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Tourism Burnaby

Illuminations at Heritage Christmas; 12:00PM-9:00PM @ Burnaby Village Museum
Free admission; $2.21 carousel rides
Last day to check out this year’s exhibit.  Over 24,000 lights create spectacular holiday displays to complement the traditional sights, sounds and tastes of Christmases past at the village.  A fun, family holiday experience that everyone can enjoy!

Mark Walker; 8:00PM @ Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (2837 Cambie St at W 12th Ave), Vancouver
$20; uncensored show
Mark Walker is a comedian with an incredible ability to combine razor sharp comedy with a dazzling array of celebrity impressions.  His insights into the idiosyncrasies of life combined with his impressions of everyone from Jimmy Stewart to Joe Pesci have led him to become one of Canada’s most celebrated comedians and voice impressionists.

 


Saturday January 4th

 

Luminescence & the Eel-lectric Lights; 9:30AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Vancouver
Regular admission
Discover the incredible world of fluorescent and bioluminescent light that exists in the dark depths of the ocean with up-close encounters with glowing anemones, cuttlefish, jellies, and corals.  Take a journey far below the ocean surface to explore aquatic light with a new deep-dive interactive exhibit, and don’t miss the electric eel powered tree!  On through January 22nd; exclusive discounts available from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 11:00AM-11:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Railway Plaza
$4 donation for plaza entrance; $11 for train tickets only (other pricing in effect)
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza sparkles with 3 million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year.  Partial proceeds go to the BC Professional Fire Fights’ Burn Fund.  On through January 5th.

Vancouver Spring Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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5th Annual Vancouver Spring Show; 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St at W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$38-158
A multicultural celebration featuring artists from around the globe, including Chinese Idol’s Jima Yang, Paris-based traditional Chinese musician Gan Guo, traditional Korean drummers Cheongdoong Performing Arts Society, New York modern Irish dance troupe The D’Amby Project… and more!

Seussical; 2:00PM & 7:00PM @ The Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, Vancouver
$15-29; great for children 3+
Horton the Elephant reminds us that a person’s a person, no matter how small, when he befriends young Jojo and saves Whoville.  Along the way, Mayzie LaBird, the Sour Kangaroo, and everyone in the Jungle of Nool learn that it takes a community working together to solve problems.  This award-winning production will have families laughing and dancing in their seats.  On through January 5th.

Great Northwest Showcase | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Great Northwest Showcase (Facebook)

The Great Northwest Showcase; 1:00PM, 4:00PM & 7:00PM @ Bill Copeland Sports Centre (3676 Kensington Ave), Burnaby
$15-25; other pricing in effect
The Great Northwest Showcase is a four game exhibition showcasing top level international University Men’s Hockey, while promoting the importance of education during an athlete’s career.  Don’t miss the recruting information session at 1:00PM. Tonight’s games:
4:00PM Univ. of British Columbia Thunderbirds  vs Princeton University Tigers
7:00PM Simon Fraser University Clan Hockey vs Univ. of North Dakota (ceremonial puck drop with former Vancouver Canuck and UND alumni Garry Valk)

Festival of Lights; 4:30PM-9:00PM @ VanDusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak St), Vancouver
$16.75; other pricing in effect
The last day to experience the magic of one of Vancouver’s largest botanical gardens lit with 1.4 million twinkling lights.  Be entertained by Scandinavian Gnomes and the Shadow Puppet Show, see the Parade of Lego exhibit, visit the Mischievous Grinch in his secret hut, and enjoy delicious hot snacks at Santa’s Kitchen and Santa’s Lounge!

Mark Walker; 8:00PM & 10:30PM @ Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (2837 Cambie St at W 12th Ave), Vancouver
$20; uncensored show
Mark Walker is a comedian with an incredible ability to combine razor sharp comedy with a dazzling array of celebrity impressions.  His insights into the idiosyncrasies of life combined with his impressions of everyone from Jimmy Stewart to Joe Pesci have led him to become one of Canada’s most celebrated comedians and voice impressionists.

Winter Farmers Market Food Truck Fest | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Farmers Markets

Vancouver’s Winter Farmers Market; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ East Parking Lot at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St at W 30th Ave), Vancouver
Free admission
All January long the market will feature double the usual number of food trucks.  One more reason to check out the fresh produce of the season!  On every Saturday through April 26th.

Ice Skating at Robson Square; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate rentals $4
Renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun!  Celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver.  Bring cash for rentals and concession stand purchases.  Daily through February 28th.

Cavalia’s Odysseo; 2:00PM & 8:00PM @ The White Big Top (299 W 1st Ave), Olympic Village, Vancouver
$44.50-209.50; other pricing in effect
Odysseo is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics, and high-tech theatrical effects.  Set under a 38m tall White Big Top, audiences will be transported around the world as more than 60 horses and an international cast play and demonstrate their intimate bond.  On through January 22nd.

Uncle Vanya The Cultch | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – The Cultch

Uncle Vanya; 8:00PM-10:00PM @ The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St at Victoria St), Vancouver
$17.14-38.10
Vancouver’s finest presenter of classic theatre, Blackbird Theatre, is back with Anton Chekhov’s heart-wrenching Uncle Vanya – a timeless 19th century masterwork rich in improbable love, yearning, and folly.

 


Sunday January 5th

 

Ice Skating at Robson Square; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square, downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate rentals $4
Renew a classic Vancouver tradition and enjoy some old-fashioned fun!  Celebrate winter in style with free skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver.  Bring cash for rentals and concession stand purchases.  Daily through February 28th.

Luminescence Vancouver Aquarium | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Aquarium

Luminescence & the Eel-lectric Lights; 9:30AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Vancouver
Regular admission
Discover the incredible world of fluorescent and bioluminescent light that exists in the dark depths of the ocean with up-close encounters with glowing anemones, cuttlefish, jellies, and corals.  Take a journey far below the ocean surface to explore aquatic light with a new deep-dive interactive exhibit, and don’t miss the electric eel powered tree!  On through January 22nd; exclusive discounts available from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre.

Cavalia’s Odysseo; 8:00PM @ The White Big Top (299 W 1st Ave), Olympic Village, Vancouver
$44.50-209.50; other pricing in effect
Odysseo is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics, and high-tech theatrical effects.  Set under a 38m tall White Big Top, audiences will be transported around the world as more than 60 horses and an international cast play and demonstrate their intimate bond.  On through January 22nd.

Bright Nights Stanley Park | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – May.H. (flickr)

Bright Nights in Stanley Park; 11:00AM-11:00PM @ Stanley Park Miniature Railway Plaza
$4 donation for plaza entrance; $11 for train tickets only (other pricing in effect)
During the holiday season, the Bright Nights Train and Plaza sparkles with 3 million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year.  Partial proceeds go to the BC Professional Fire Fights’ Burn Fund.  On through January 5th.

Seussical; 2:00PM & 7:00PM @ The Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, Vancouver
$15-29; great for children 3+
Horton the Elephant reminds us that a person’s a person, no matter how small, when he befriends young Jojo and saves Whoville.  Along the way, Mayzie LaBird, the Sour Kangaroo, and everyone in the Jungle of Nool learn that it takes a community working together to solve problems.  This award-winning production will have families laughing and dancing in their seats.  On through January 5th.

In The House Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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In The House Festival: Golden Oldies Cabaret; doors 2:30PM @ 5675 Neville St, Burnaby
$18; other pricing in effect
In the House brings live performances of all kinds into people’s living rooms and backyards. Close your eyes and jump into the time machine… From crooners to ragtime, it’s an unforgettable musical journey from the ’20s to the ’60s.  Don’t miss this special last afternoon of the Performance Series.

Uncle Vanya; 2:00PM-4:00PM @ The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables St at Victoria St), Vancouver
$17.14-38.10
Vancouver’s finest presenter of classic theatre, Blackbird Theatre, is back with Anton Chekhov’s heart-wrenching Uncle Vanya – a timeless 19th century masterwork rich in improbable love, yearning, and folly.

O5 Tea | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Issha Marie for Wallpaper Magazine

Kombucha Making Class; 5:00PM-6:00PM @ O5 Tea (2208 W 4th Ave at Yew St), Vancouver
$10
If you’ve ever wondered how to brew the perfect cuppa, get down to O5 and learn the art of making delicious natural probiotic packed kombucha at home.  Suitable for all ages.

 

 


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