Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Performing arts, historical walking tours, diving, circus, food festivals… this weekend is full of things to do for everyone in the family.  Check out our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver!


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.  Select events (below) are still available for this weekend. Let me know which ones you’ll be going to!


 

Friday January 17th

 

Chef Soup Experiment | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Chef Soup Experiment; 12:30PM onwards @ Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (1050 W 2nd Ave), Granville Island, Vancouver
Free
What happens when you ask more than 50 of Vancouver’s top chefs to each bring one ingredient and toss it into a boiling pot? Good question – and with this hot experiment, we’re going to find out!  To launch the festival, more than 50 participating chefs will bring an ingredient to add to the soup collective. Over the next couple of hours, student chefs from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts will chop, season, stir and cook the ingredients to perfection, then serve samples to the public before it all runs out.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Secret Supper Soirée: By The Sea; 6:30PM @ pick up at 1100 Chestnut Street), Vancouver
$129
A sold out event every year, Vancouver’s culinary road trip is back!  Hop onboard your private classic London Route Master double-deck bus and be whisked off to each hidden location for your mouth-watering canapé creations, beverages, and dinner. This two-act tour is the best way to explore the city’s culinary secrets and tantalize your taste buds! A culinary road-trip like no other.  Tickets still available for the Friday event (and also for January 24 & 31).

Urban Tea Merchant | Things To Do In Vancouver

Photo Credit – Urban Tea Merchant

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – After 5 Tea Cocktail Service; 5:00PM/6:00PM/7:00PM (90 mins) @ Urban Tea Merchant (1070 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$38/person
Enjoy a unique evening at The Urban Tea Merchant starting with a tea-infused cocktail. Share an elegant platter for two of tea infused savories and sweets, and choose your pot of tea from a selection of 250 single origin and exclusive blended teas.

Grouse Mountain Park Jams; 6:30PM-8:00PM @ Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver
Regular admission
Park Jams are back for another year!  The mini contests will move parks throughout Grouse Mountain, starting at the Jib Park to Quiksilver Park.  Park Jams are ongoing every Friday night and all levels and abilities are welcome.

PuSh Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – PuSh

10th Annual PuSh: Vancouver’s International Performing Arts Festival; various times @ venues around Vancouver
Individual tickets and festival passes available
Don’t miss the 10th year celebration of PuSh, showcasing acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists, and mixing them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences and rejuvenates artists.  The festival runs through February 2.  Today: Pixelated Revolution, Gob Squad’s Kitchen, A Brimful of Asha, Human Library, The Quiet Volume, and Gender Failure at Club PuSh.

Luminescence & the Eel-lectric Lights; 9:30AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Vancouver
Included in 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.

Measure for Measure Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Pacific Theatre

Measure for Measure; 8:00PM @ Pacific Theatre (1440 W12 Ave at Hemlock St), Vancouver
$31.50; other pricing in effect
When Vienna’s ruthless morality laws are revived during the Duke’s absence, a young nun is confronted with a terrible ultimatum: her soul for her brother’s life.  A surprisingly contemporary Shakespearean retelling of scandal, abuse of power, and the balance of justice with grace.  On through February 8th.

Typo; 12:00PM-5:00PM @ HOT ART Wet City (2206 Main St at E 6th Ave), 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.  On through January 25th (Wednesday-Saturdays only).

Uncle Vanya | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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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.  On through January 18.

 


Saturday January 18th

 

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – After 5 Tea Cocktail Service; 5:00PM/6:00PM/7:00PM (90 mins) @ Urban Tea Merchant (1070 W Georgia St), downtown Vancouver
$38/person
Enjoy a unique evening at The Urban Tea Merchant starting with a tea-infused cocktail. Share an elegant platter for two of tea infused savories and sweets, and choose your pot of tea from a selection of 250 single origin and exclusive blended teas.

Hot Chocolate Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Taraneh (InsideVancouver.ca)

4th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; various locations all over Vancouver
Pricing varies
The Hot Chocolate kicks off today for its fourth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine…  Passionfruit?  Jasmine?  Curry?  On through February 14.  Check out the daily calendar of flavours on the website!

Measure for Measure; 2:00PM & 8:00PM @ Pacific Theatre (1440 W12 Ave at Hemlock St), Vancouver
$31.50; other pricing in effect
When Vienna’s ruthless morality laws are revived during the Duke’s absence, a young nun is confronted with a terrible ultimatum: her soul for her brother’s life.  A surprisingly contemporary Shakespearean retelling of scandal, abuse of power, and the balance of justice with grace.  On through February 8th.

Luminescence Vancouver Aquarium | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Green surf anemones fluoresce – Photo Credit – Vancouver Aquarium

Luminescence & the Eel-lectric Lights; 9:30AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Vancouver
Included in 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; 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 February 2nd. Exclusive rates available at Tickets Tonight, in-person purchases only.

Vancouver 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.

Artisans Fair; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ River Market at Westminster Quay (810 Quayside Drive), New Westminster
Free admission
The perfect place for you to shop for that unique, handmade item.  Artists range from soapstone carvers to textile artists to gardeners to jewellers.   They’re seasoned crafters to new artisans and everything in between.  Unique gifts, the ultimate in local shopping and supporting small businesses… what better way to spend your Saturday?

Divers' Weekend | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Aquarium

15th Annual Divers’ Weekend; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Included in regular admission
This 15th annual celebration of diving will engage divers and non-divers alike.  Divers’ Weekend will inspire visitors to further explore the oceans, exchange ideas and expand their horizons. Feature events include: Diving Seminar Series, diving demonstrations by the Canadian Coast Guard, demo dives featuring the vintage hard hat dive suit, and lots of fun gallery activities for the kids.  Check the website for the full seminar series schedule.

Chinese New Year Celebration; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ City Centre Library (10350 University Drive), Surrey
Free
An all ages, family event celebrating the Lunar New Year.  There will be fortune wheels, music, dance, Chinese opera, storytelling, Chinese calligraphy, button making, and more!

A Brimful of Asha | PuSh | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Cylla von Tiedemann via Arts Club

10th Annual PuSh: Vancouver’s International Performing Arts Festival; various times @ venues around Vancouver
Individual tickets and festival passes available
Don’t miss the 10th year celebration of PuSh, showcasing acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists, and mixing them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences and rejuvenates artists.  The festival runs through February 2.  Today: Pixelated Revolution, Gob Squad’s Kitchen, A Brimful of Asha, Human Library, The Quiet Volume, and Danse Lhasa Danse.

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.

Electro Swing Circus | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Electric Swing Club Vancouver

Electro Swing Circus; 9:00PM @ The Imperial (319 Main St), Vancouver
$15-25
Feast your eyes and your senses on an evening of burlesque, juggling, pole dance, stilt walking, magic, contortioning, go-go dancing, music, and more!

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.  On through January 18.

 


Sunday January 19th

 

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Jazz Out: Gary Smulyan Nonet; 8:00PM & 9:30PM @ Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club (3611 West Broadway), Vancouver
$59
Jazz up your Dine Out Vancouver Festival experience with New York City’s Gary Smulyan Nonet. Presented by Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club, this is your opportunity to combine a three course meal and some super fine live jazz music before the Cellar Jazz Club closes for good.  Tickets include a 3 course meal and performance.  Seats still available for this Sunday show!

Night Circus Atlantis | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Night Circus: Atlantis; 7:00PM/8:30PM @ Vancouver FanClub
$25-50; 19+ only
Night Circus is an unparalleled experience that will feature daring circus aerials, risque burlesque, live music, and theatre in an interactive setting where audience participation is encouraged.  Think Tony & Tina’s Wedding meets Cirque du Soleil with more than its share of sexy.  Tickets still available for tonight, January 24, and 26.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – West End Brunch Crawl; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Marquis Wine Cellars (1034 Davie St), West End, downtown Vancouver
$46.75
This new event is sure to please anyone who loves Sunday brunch!  Visit over 8 restaurants through-out the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver and taste all sorts of dishes on this unique food crawl.  Using your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy everything from fresh juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny, pancakes, French toast, omelettes, pulled port, bacon, seafood, desserts and so much more.

Stanley Park Lost Lagoon | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Speed boats on Lost Lagoon, 1929 – Photo Credit – City of Vancouver Archives

Lost Lagoon’s Secrets: A Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour; 1:00PM-2:30PM @ meet at Viewing Plaza at foot at Alberni St, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$10 cash; drop-ins only
Explore the shores and forests surrounding this legendary artificial lake and discover the many fascinating stories about its hidden past.  The tour includes rare historical photographs.

A Day For The Birds; 11:00AM-3:00PM @ Richmond Nature Park (11851 Westminster Hwy at No. 5 Rd), Richmond
By Donation
Drop in and join a tour of the park’s wildlife garden and learn how to make a garden habitat for birds.  This event takes an ecosystems approach and highlights responsible feeding practices.  All ages welcome.

A Needle Woman | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

KimSooJa – A Needle Woman – Photo Credit – Kimsooja Studio – Vancouver Art Gallery’s KIMSOOJA Unfolding

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, take a closer look at KIMSOOJA’s use of patterned fabric and create a painting from an enlarged section.

4th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; various locations all over Vancouver
Pricing varies
The Hot Chocolate is back for its fourth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine…  Passionfruit?  Jasmine?  Curry?  On through February 14.  Check out the daily calendar of flavours on the website!

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.

The Quiet Volume | PuSh | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The Quiet Volume – Photo Credit – anthampton.com

10th Annual PuSh: Vancouver’s International Performing Arts Festival; various times @ venues around Vancouver
Individual tickets and festival passes available
Don’t miss the 10th year celebration of PuSh, showcasing acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists, and mixing them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences and rejuvenates artists.  The festival runs through February 2.  Today: Human Library, and The Quiet Volume.

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 February 2nd. Exclusive rates available at Tickets Tonight, in-person purchases only.

Electric Eels | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Electric eel – Photo Credit – Vancouver Aquarium

Luminescence & the Eel-lectric Lights; 9:30AM-6:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Vancouver
Included in 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 Closing Night; 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.

Divers Weekend | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Deborah Baic for The Globe & Mail

15th Annual Divers’ Weekend; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Included in regular admission
This 15th annual celebration of diving will engage divers and non-divers alike.  Divers’ Weekend will inspire visitors to further explore the oceans, exchange ideas and expand their horizons. Feature events include: Diving Seminar Series, diving demonstrations by the Canadian Coast Guard, demo dives featuring the vintage hard hat dive suit, and lots of fun gallery activities for the kids.  Check the website for the full seminar series schedule.


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


 

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4 Responses to Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

  1. Beth

    great information, but any chance that this could get posted earlier in the week, so plans could be made and maybe keep this posting – Saturday (or Friday night) as a reminder??

    • Hi Beth, thanks for your comments. We post the weekend listings on Thursdays, usually around 4PM. Hope that helps with your weekend plans!

  2. roxanne

    do you have a email newsletter ?
    for reminders of upcoming events and what not ?

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