Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
What do motorcycles, hot chocolate, and performance arts have in common?  They’re all happening this weekend!  Check out our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 


Don’t forget Dine Out Vancouver Festival runs from January 17th-February 2nd. 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 24th

 

Street Food City | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Street Food City III; 11:00AM-3:00PM @ North Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery (W Georgia St, between Howe St & Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Vancouver’s original street food gathering is your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s street food carts all in one convenient location.  Tents, tables, seating and music make for a festive mid-winter outdoor festival.  On through January 26.  Check out the website for the list of food trucks on rotation.

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.  Alternate dates still available.

Secret Supper Soiree | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – ariane design; Lena Sin for The Province (2012)

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 tonight only.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Food-tography: A Culinary Photography Tour; 1:30PM-4:00pM @ meet at Cadeaux Bakery (172 Powell St), Vancouver
$65; 19+ only; all photography levels welcome
Who doesn’t love to take pictures of their food!? On this culinary tour of historic and gritty Railtown, you’re encouraged to shoot your food and share your pictures with the world. Off the Eaten Track and Vancouver Photowalks have paired up to create this truly unique tour that combines a photography lesson with a culinary tour. Bring your camera and your appetite and learn how to properly capture your favourite food moments.  Please arrive at 1:15PM.

The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi | PuSh | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi – Photo Credit – PuSh Festival

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: A Brimful of Asha, Human Library, The Quiet Volume, L.A. Party/An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, and Tucked & Plucked and DJ Jef Leppard at Club PuSh.

Vancouver International Boat Show; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ various locations
$13-15; other pricing in effect
Western Canada’s premiere boat show is the province’s largest product showcase for the recreational boating industry! Two great locations, one incredible show: celebrating more than 50 years, the Vancouver International Boat Show runs through January 26 at BC Place and Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina.  The full schedule of events is available on the website.  Please leave your pets at home.

Shen Yun | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Shen Yun 2014

Shen Yun 2014 Vancouver Show; 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$60-170
An extraordinary journey across 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.  With classical Chinese dance, live orchestra, dazzling costumes and animated backdrops, Shen Yun will transport you to another world.  Experience a performance that will touch your soul.  On through January 25.

Vancouver Motorcycle Show; 10:00AM-9:00PM @ Abbotsford Tradex (1190 Cornell St), Abbotsford
$15; other pricing in effect
Canada’s premier motorcycle show, on from January 24-26.  The world’s top manufacturers will be displaying their products and models.  Check out the latest in accessories and apparel, and suggestions on where to take your next motorcycle trip.  The full event schedule in on the website.

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.

Cavalia  | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Cavalia Odysseo

Cavalia’s Odysseo; 7:30PM @ 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.

5th Annual CBC Toque Sessions: The Belle Game; show starts 7:30PM @ Studio One CBC Broadcast Centre (700 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
Free; 6:30PM rush line; first come first served seating
Rock, blues, country, classical, electronic… the Toque Sessions has all the genres you’ll need to satisfy your musical palate. Every Thursday and Friday from January 23-February 28.  Full schedule on the website.  Get there early to secure a seat!

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!

 

 


Saturday January 25th

 

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Street Food City III; 11:00AM-3:00PM @ North Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery (W Georgia St, between Howe St & Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Vancouver’s original street food gathering is your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s street food carts all in one convenient location.  Tents, tables, seating and music make for a festive mid-winter outdoor festival.  On through January 26.  Check out the website for the list of food trucks on rotation.

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.

Vive les Voyageurs | Fort Langley | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Troy Landreville for LangleyAdvance

Vive les Voyageurs Winter Festival; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (2333 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
Regular admission
Enliven a grey January weekend with the rich and warm French-Canadian culture that made 19th-century Fort Langley so unique. Learn a Métis dance, try your hand at finger-weaving, then sample some tasty bannock and butter after the baking presentation.  Fill up on delicious maple taffy and poutine all the while listening to live Voyageur-style music.  Check the website for the full schedule.

6th Annual Indie I Do; 11:00AM-5:00PM @ Heritage Hall (3102 Main St), Vancouver
$15-20; other pricing in effect
Year 6 of the sassiest little wedding show in town! The perfect mix of DIY, local, and independent vendors makes this show the must-go event for couples seeking a wedding with unique, personal style.

Robbie Burns Day Marathon Reading | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – SFU Centre for Scottish Studies

3rd Annual Robbie Burns Day Marathon Reading; 9:00AM @ Teck Gallery, SFU Harbour Centre Campus (515 W Hastings St), downtown Vancouver
Free
The SFU Centre for Scottish Studies will be holding its 3rd Annual Robbie Burns Day Marathon Reading to attempt to set another World Record for the “Longest Continual Recitation of Burns’s Poetry and Song.”  Last year they logged in a time of 5 hours, 41 minutes and 57 seconds, and this year they plan to beat that record! Shortbread and haggis available.

Shen Yun 2014 Vancouver Show; 2:00PM & 7:30PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$60-170
An extraordinary journey across 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.  With classical Chinese dance, live orchestra, dazzling costumes and animated backdrops, Shen Yun will transport you to another world.  Experience a performance that will touch your soul.  On through January 25.

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!

Vancouver International Boat Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Sherwood411 (Flickr)

Vancouver International Boat Show; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ various locations
$13-15; other pricing in effect
Western Canada’s premiere boat show is the province’s largest product showcase for the recreational boating industry! Two great locations, one incredible show: celebrating more than 50 years, the Vancouver International Boat Show runs through January 26 at BC Place and Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina.  The full schedule of events is available on the website.  Please leave your pets at home.

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.

Vancouver Motorcycle Show; 10:00AM-8:00PM @ Abbotsford Tradex (1190 Cornell St), Abbotsford
$15; other pricing in effect
Canada’s premier motorcycle show, on from January 24-26.  The world’s top manufacturers will be displaying their products and models.  Check out the latest in accessories and apparel, and suggestions on where to take your next motorcycle trip.  The full event schedule in on the website.

Vancouver's Winter Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – di.wineanddine (flickr)

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.

The Airborne Toxic Event; doors 7:00PM @ Portside Pub (7 Alexander St), Gastown, Vancouver
$109.77
The Airborne Toxic Event is perfoming an intimate charity concert in support of the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and A Better Life Foundation.  All tickets are standing room only.  VIP Meet & Greet packages available.

Gluten Free Expo | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – elana’s pantry (flickr)

Gluten Free Expo; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ PNE Forum (2901 E Hastings St), Vancouver
$12-15; children under 10 free with adult admission
Canada’s largest gluten-free event.  Discover, sample, and save on hundreds of gluten-free products, and learn from leading experts in the industry.  On through January 26.

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.

Swan Song (For Cats) | PuSh | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Swan Song (For Cats) – Photo Credit – PuSh Festival

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: A Brimful of Asha, Human Library, The Quiet Volume, L.A. Party/An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk, The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi. and Swan Song (For Cats) and An Evening with Krar Collective at Club PuSh.

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.

 


Sunday January 26th

 

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – East Side Brunch Crawl; 10:00AM-2:00PM @ meet at LaLa’s (1748 Commercial Dr), Vancouver
$46.25
Visit 8+ restaurants throughout the Commercial Drive neighbourhood of Vancouver and taste all sorts of dishes on this unique food crawl.  Using your “passport” as your guide, enjoy everything from fresh juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny, pancakes, French toast, omelettes, meats, desserts… and so much more.  Arrive early to allow for registration time.

Street Food City | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – @Sheila_Scott (twitter)

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Street Food City III; 11:00AM-3:00PM @ North Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery (W Georgia St, between Howe St & Hornby St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
The last day to check out this year’s Street Food City!  Vancouver’s original street food gathering is your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s street food carts all in one convenient location.  Tents, tables, seating and music make for a festive mid-winter outdoor festival.  Check the website for the list of food trucks on rotation.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Night Circus: Atlantis; 6:00PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$30.50; 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 for the show only.  Alternate dates still available.

Vancouver Motorcylcle Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

2014 BMW R 1200 RT – Photo Credit – BMW Motorrad (Facebook)

Vancouver Motorcycle Show; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Abbotsford Tradex (1190 Cornell St), Abbotsford
$15; other pricing in effect
Canada’s premier motorcycle show, on from January 24-26.  The world’s top manufacturers will be displaying their products and models.  Check out the latest in accessories and apparel, and suggestions on where to take your next motorcycle trip.  The full event schedule in on the website.

Vancouver International Boat Show; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ various locations
$13-15; other pricing in effect
Last day to check out Western Canada’s premiere boat show, the province’s largest product showcase for the recreational boating industry! Two great locations, one incredible show: celebrating more than 50 years, the Vancouver International Boat Show takes place at BC Place and Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina.  The full schedule of events is available on the website.  Please leave your pets at home.

Vancouver Art Gallery Family Progams | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver Art Gallery

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 different fabrics to add to the
collaborative landscape which grows throughout the day.

Gluten Free Expo; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ PNE Forum (2901 E Hastings St), Vancouver
$12-15; children under 10 free with adult admission
Canada’s largest gluten-free event.  Discover, sample, and save on hundreds of gluten-free products, and learn from leading experts in the industry.

Vive les Voyageurs Winter Festival; 11:00AM-4:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (2333 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
Regular admission
Enliven a grey January weekend with the rich and warm French-Canadian culture that made 19th-century Fort Langley so unique. Learn a Métis dance, try your hand at finger-weaving, then sample some tasty bannock and butter after the baking presentation.  Fill up on delicious maple taffy and poutine all the while listening to live Voyageur-style music.  Check the website for the full schedule.

Hot Chocolate Festival  | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

“9 O’Clock Gun” – Photo Credit – Soirette (instagram)

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.

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.

Human Library | PuSh | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Human Library – Photo Credit – PuSh Festival

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, The Quiet Volume, L.A. Party/An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk, and Ryeberg Live at Club PuSh.

 

 


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