Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

From food trucks to symphony to burlesque, there’s something for everyone this weekend.  Check out our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver!

 


Friday January 10th

 

Creative Mornings: Elaine Carol; 8:30AM-10:00AM @ SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
Free; tickets by lottery
A monthly morning event for creative minds, every event has a 20 minute lecture followed by a 20 minute group discussion.  January’s topic is Childhood, with artist/writer/solo performance artist/theatre and film director Elaine Carol being this month’s speaker.

Comedy Mix: Caroline Rhea; 8:00PM & 10:30PM @ Comedy Mix, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (1015 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$21; 19+ only; show completely uncensored
Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress, brings a fresh, smart and spontaneous approach to all of her work.  You may remember her as Aunt Hilda from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and as host of The Biggest Loser.  Shows from January 9th-11th.

VSO | Fifty Years of James Bond | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – VSO (Facebook)

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Fifty Years of James Bond; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (604 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$28.50-88
His name is Bond. James Bond. And he has provided not only some of film’s most thrilling moments in his fifty year screen history, but some of the most thrilling music, too. Celebrate Fifty Years of James Bond with the most memorable songs and music from Dr. No, Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, From Russia With Love, For Your Eyes Only… all the way up to the Oscar®-winning Skyfall.

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.

Typo | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – HOT ART Wet City

Typo Opening Reception; 7:00PM @ HOT ART Wet City (2206 Main St), Vancouver
Free
Beyond the utilitarian use of letterforms, typography can be beautiful art.  This show features typographic-based works from Bennett Slater, Scott Sueme, and Frazer Adams, plus guest artists Ben Knight, James Knight, Erin Gibbs, Brandon Cotter, and Ali Bruce.  RSVP on Facebook.

Penguin Prison; 9:00PM @ Imperial Vancouver (319 Main St), Vancouver
$17.95; 19+ only
If you’re a fan of New York disco, as accessible as it is angular, all burbling bass lines, resonant rhythms, shimmering synths and heavenly melodies, then you’ll love Penguin Prison.  Don’t miss this DJ set with live vocals.

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.

Taratino Burleque | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Blue Morris Rock and Roll Burlesque (Facebook)

Tarantino Burlesque; doors 7:30PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$15
A burlesque show unlike any other!  Blue Morris combines the tantalizing art of burlesque inspired by the movies of Quentin Tarantino from Pulp Fiction to Death Proof, with soundtracks performed by a live band.  A gritty and high-energy production featuring some of Vancouver’s best burlesque performers.

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.

Amarcord | Italian Film Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Federico Fellini’s Amarcord – Photo Credit – VIFF

Vancouver Italian Film Festival Opening Night Gala; doors 5:15PM @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25; other pricing in effect
The opening night gala for the inaugural Vancouver Italian Film Festival includes an exhibition of drawings by Federico Fellini inspired by his love of food, live music by Roy & Rosemary, catered reception with Italian wine and food, the Canadian premiere of the documentary short Federico of the Spirits, plus a special screening of one Fellini’s most beloved masterpieces, Amarcord, in 35mm.  The festival runs from January 10th-16th.

 


Saturday January 11th

 

Vancity Winter Comedy Extravaganza; 8:00PM-10:00PM @ River Rock Casino Resort (8811 River Road), Richmond
$22.75; 19+ only
Sure to be the Comedy Show of the year!  This show will feature four hilarious and award-winning Comedians; two from Vancouver and two from Los Angeles.  The riotous, ensemble cast is guaranteed to make for an unforgettable night.  Guaranteed funny talk and big laughs!

Vancouver Photo Workshops Open House; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ VPW Studios (14 W 7th Ave at Ontario St), Vancouver
Free; additional seminars $20/each
VPW’s Open House Weekend allows attendees to select one free seminar from their wide variety of photography related courses through 30 different 1-hour sessions hosted by over 14 renowned instructors!  Seminars cover everything from technical to creative for all levels of photographic experience.  Pre-registration required.  Workshops available January 11th & 12th.

Terraferma | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Emanuele Crialese’s Terraferma – Photo Credit – VIFF

Vancouver Italian Film Festival; various times @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$11-25; other pricing in effect
The inaugural Vancouver Italian Film Festival includes five canonical classics and five modern films new to Vancouver, as well as an exhibition of drawings by Federico Fellini, music, Italian food and wine.  Ticket packages available.  The festival runs from January 10th-16th.

CBP Pre-Season Beer Pong Tournament; 3:30PM-9:00PM @ Lougheed Village Bar & Grill (9304 Salish Court), Burnaby
$40; 19+ only
If you’ve ever wanted to play beer pong professionally, this event is for you.  Yes, play beer pong (drinking game of throwing a ping pong ball into your opponent’s pyramid of cups) for money!  Pre-registration required.  The tournament uses water, not beer, but there will be food and beer specials available.  Read the legal stuff before you go.

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.

Winter Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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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.

Weber’s Clarinet Quintet and String Quartets by Haydn & Beethoven; 7:15PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$36
Early Music Vancouver presents the world’s leading expert on early clarinets, Eric Hoeprich.  Eric will join the London Haydn Quartet on period instruments in a performance of Weber’s seldom-heard Clarinet Quintet, which will be paired with Haydn’s Opus 50 no 1 & Beethoven’s Opus 18 no 3.  Don’t miss the pre-concert chat with host Matthew White at 7:15PM.

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 Odysseo | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Cavalia Odysseo

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.  Exclusive rates available at Tickets Tonight, in-person purchases only.

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.

Comedy Mix: Caroline Rhea; 8:00PM & 10:30PM @ Comedy Mix, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (1015 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$24.15; 19+ only; show completely uncensored
Caroline Rhea, stand-up comedian and actress, brings a fresh, smart and spontaneous approach to all of her work.  You may remember her as Aunt Hilda from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and as host of The Biggest Loser.  Shows from January 9th-11th.

Vancouver Canucks Superskills | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Canucks Superskills 2012 – Photo Credit – jennieyuen (flickr)

Vancouver Canucks Superskills; 12:00PM @ Rogers Arena (800  Griffiths Way), downtown Vancouver
$15-20
See your Vancouver Canucks up-close and watch them showcase their skills and agility as they go head to head in challenges like the Fastest Skater Contest, Accuracy Shooting Challenge, Breakaway Relay, Puck Control Relay, Power Play, and Hardest Shot.  Don’t miss the Canucks Alumni scrimmage at 12PM!  Net proceeds of the event go to the Canucks for Kids Fund and the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund.  Can’t make it to the arena? You can catch the whole thing live on Canucks.com beginning at 1:00PM!

Vancouver Shogi Club Launch Day; 1:00PM-5:00PM @ Nikkei Centre (6699 Southoaks Crescent), Burnaby
$5
Check out the art of shogi (Japanese chess), and learn to play from masters of the game.  All ages, no experience required.

 


Sunday January 12th

 

Family Programs at Vancouver Art Gallery; 12:00PM-4:00PM @ Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission for children under 12
Every Sunday, the Gallery offers unique activities geared towards children 12 & under and their families.  This week in The Making Place, use a range of textiles to transform everyday objects through the simple act of wrapping, inspired by the work in the exhibition KIMSOOJA Unfolding.

Siwash Rock | Stanley Park | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Siwash Rock @ Stanley Park – Photo Credit – Museum of Vancouver

Winter Wandering Discovery Walk; 1:30PM-3:30PM @ Lost Lagoon Nature House, Stanley Park, Vancouver
$10
Vancouver is a fantastic place for year round hiking and exploration, but are you prepared for what the wet West Coast might have in store for you on the trails? Join the Stanley Park Ecology Society on a walk  for some tips on how to enjoy the great outdoors safely this winter.

Vancouver Recital Society: Avi Avital (mandolin) & Michael Brown (piano); 3:00PM @ Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$55; other pricing in effect
Recognized by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” GRAMMY-nominated Avi Avital has emerged as one of today’s most exciting and entrepreneurial young musicians. Deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performances and exciting new repertoire, Avital will open your ears and imagination with an entirely new experience.

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.

Mr Volare | Italian Film Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Ricardo Milani’s Mr Volare – Photo Credit – VIFF

Vancouver Italian Film Festival; various times @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$11-25; other pricing in effect
The inaugural Vancouver Italian Film Festival includes five canonical classics and five modern films new to Vancouver, as well as an exhibition of drawings by Federico Fellini, music, Italian food and wine.  Ticket packages available.  The festival runs from January 10th-16th.

Cavalia’s Odysseo; 2:00PM @ 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.   Exclusive rates available at Tickets Tonight, in-person purchases only.

VPW Workshop | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Photo Workshops (Facebook)

Vancouver Photo Workshops Open House; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ VPW Studios (14 W 7th Ave at Ontario St), Vancouver
Free; additional seminars $20/each
VPW’s Open House Weekend allows attendees to select one free seminar from their wide variety of photography related courses through 30 different 1-hour sessions hosted by over 14 renowned instructors!  Seminars cover everything from technical to creative for all levels of photographic experience.  Pre-registration required.

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.

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.

Mirror Mirror | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Project Limelight

Mirror, Mirror; 2:00PM & 6:00PM @ The Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
$10-15
Project Limelight Society presents Mirror, Mirror, featuring 18 young performers ages 8-13 who have worked together to create a show for their friends, family and community.  The show is in the tradition of Pantomime, combining audience interaction, music, comedy and dance, and is suitable for audiences from the very young to the young at heart.

 


 

Don’t forget, Dine Out Vancouver Festival runs from January 17th-February 2nd, and restaurants have already started accepting reservations.  If you’re looking for something other than a beautiful 3-course meal (most priced at $18/$28/$38), check out the food/drink related events and hotel packages available.  Let me know which restaurants you’ll be going to!

 


What are you doing this weekend? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!


 

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