Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Chinese New Year | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Celebrate the lunar calendar with Chinese New Year (January 31-February 15), the last of Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Romeo + Juliet, hot chocolate and more!  Check out this special edition of our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver this Thursday through Sunday!

 

 


 

Dine Out Vancouver Festival - Pied à Terre | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Dine Out Vancouver Festival at Pied à Terre – Photo Credit – Vikki Leung

It’s the last weekend for Dine Out Vancouver Festival!  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 are still available for this weekend.  Let me know which ones you’ll be going to!

 



Thursday January 30th (New Year’s Eve 年三十)

 

Celebrating Year of the Horse; 5:00PM-12:00AM @ International Village Mall (88 W Pender St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
This four day event starts the celebration with a ceremonial eye-dotting ritual and lion dance.  There will be exhibition and vendor booths, multicultural live performances, lucky draws, and a festival Chinese New Year Heritage Village.  On through Sunday February 2nd; check the website for the full schedule of events each day.

Chinese New Year at Aberdeen Centre | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Aberdeen Centre

Countdown Night to Chinese New Year & New Year Flower Market; 11:00AM-12:10AM @ Aberdeen Centre (4151 Hazelbridge Way), Richmond
Free admission
Don’t miss out on Metro Vancouver’s biggest countdown to the New Year at Aberdeen tonight!  There will be a pre-countdown stage show by Fairchild Radio starting at 8:30PM, and a live countdown with Fairchild Television starting at 10:30PM.  The market is on until 12:30AM tonight with tons of vendors with traditional treats and snacks, flowers, gifts and souvenirs.  We recommend taking the Canada Line to Aberdeen Station to avoid the traffic tonight.

Indoor Flower Market; 11:00AM-7:00PM @ Yaohan Centre (3700 No. 3 Rd), Richmond
Free admission
Check out the special vendors selling traditional sweets, snacks, Chinese New Year decorations, gifts, and souvenirs!

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. Check the website for the full schedule.

Romeo & Juliet  | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Liang Xing and Amanda Green as Romeo + Juliet – Photo Credit – RWB Romeo + Juliet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Romeo + Juliet; 8:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St), downtown Vancouver
$42.00-108.50
Shakespeare’s beloved star-crossed romance is a timeless and exquisite masterpiece.  Set to Prokofiev’s gorgeous score, against a sumptuous setting in 16th century Verona, the magnificence and grandeur of Rudi van Dantzig’s full-length production captivates with its riveting sword fights, compelling drama, and breathtaking classical choreography.   On through February 1st.

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.

Murray Porter | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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5th Annual CBC Toque Sessions: Murray Porter; 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!

 


Friday January 31st (New Year’s Day 年初一)

 

New Year Flower Market & Golden Dragon and Lion Dances; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ Aberdeen Centre (4151 Hazelbridge Way), Richmond
Free admission
Tons of vendors with traditional treats and snacks, flowers, gifts and souvenirs.  Don’t miss the Golden Dragon and Lion Dance starting at 11:00AM at the outdoor courtyard.  CBC Live will also be there at 12:00PM in the Central Atrium.

YVR CNY | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver International Airport

Lunar New Year Celebrations at YVR; 10:00AM-1:00PM @ The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe sculpture, Vancouver International Airport
Free
Start your new year with live musical entertainment, Chinese ink brush calligraphy demos, fortune-telling, and a traditional lion dance. Visitors planning to drive can enjoy a great parking deal: $5 for five hours of parking (9:00AM-2:00PM only). Pick up your vouchers at the Customer Care desk in the International terminal, Departures level.  The Canada Line is also a great way to get to YVR in 26 minutes or less.

Celebrating Year of the Horse; 11:00AM-10:00PM @ International Village Mall (88 W Pender St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
This four day event starts the celebration with a ceremonial eye-dotting ritual and lion dance.  There will be exhibition and vendor booths, multicultural live performances, lucky draws, and a festival Chinese New Year Heritage Village.  On through Sunday February 2nd; check the website for the full schedule of events each day.

Hobiyee | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Nisga’a Ts’amiks Vancouver Society

Hobiyee 2014: Nisga’a New Year; 11:00AM-10:00PM @ PNE Forum (2901 E Hastings St), Vancouver
Free
A celebration of the Nisga’a Nation of the February Moon, on today and February 1st.  There will be dance, drum performances and group songs from Coast Salish groups (Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh).  Check the website for the full event schedule.

Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Romeo + Juliet; 8:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St), downtown Vancouver
$42.00-108.50
Shakespeare’s beloved star-crossed romance is a timeless and exquisite masterpiece.  Set to Prokofiev’s gorgeous score, against a sumptuous setting in 16th century Verona, the magnificence and grandeur of Rudi van Dantzig’s full-length production captivates with its riveting sword fights, compelling drama, and breathtaking classical choreography.   On through February 1st.

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. Check the website for the full schedule.

Red Bull Illume Jeroen Nieuwhuis | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photographer: Jeroen Nieuwhuis – Red Bull Illume

Red Bull Illume Exhibition Tour Opening Night Unveiling; 7:00PM-11:00PM @ Jack Poole Plaza at Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free
A collection of the world’s best action sports photography will illuminate Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza at Convention Center West from January 31-February 8.  Showcasing the most exciting action and adventure sports photography from around the world, the Top 50 images of the 2013 Red Bull Illume contest will be on display outdoors each night after dusk on illuminated 2m x 2m light boxes.  An international traveling exhibit in itself, Red Bull Illume’s Vancouver stop will be the only one on Canadian soil.

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.

Anciients > Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – anciients.com

5th Annual CBC Toque Sessions: Anciients; 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 February 1st (New Year Day 2 年初二)

 

Lunar Festival; 10:30AM-2:00PM @ Lougheed Town Centre (Austin Ave & North Rd), Burnaby
Free admission
A special celebration with a Korean drum parade, special performances, and Chinese Lion Dances!  Lucky attendants (19+ only) will receive a Lucky Red Envelope with a $5 Lougheed Town Centre gift card voucher, while quantities last.

CNY Richmond Centre | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – rccs.ca

Lunar New Year Lion Dance Celebration; 1:30PM @ Richmond Centre (6551 No. 3 Rd), Richmond
Free admission
Don’t miss this annual event of Lion Dance and “choy ching”, where the Lion will bless select stores in Richmond Centre.  The Money God will be on hand with lucky envelopes, so keep your eyes out for him!

Celebrating Year of the Horse; 11:00AM-10:00PM @ International Village Mall (88 W Pender St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
This four day event starts the celebration with a ceremonial eye-dotting ritual and lion dance.  There will be exhibition and vendor booths, multicultural live performances, lucky draws, and a festival Chinese New Year Heritage Village.  On through Sunday February 2nd; check the website for the full schedule of events each day.

Chinese New Year at the Heights | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Burnaby Heights

Chinese New Year on the Heights; 12:00PM-2:30PM @ 3700-4800 blocks of Hastings St, Burnaby
Free
Hastings Street will come alive with music and dance as traditional and colourful lion dancers perform special blessings to bring luck and prosperity.  Lucky Heights shoppers who spot the lion dancers will receive a fortune cookie or a red envelope, which contain special messages and a chance to win fun prizes!

41st Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival; 1:00PM-4:00PM @ Chinese Cultural Centre (Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden courtyard, 50 E Pender St), Chinatown, downtown Vancouver
Free
Immerse yourself in traditional Chinese culture!  Featuring lion and dragon dances, folk singing and dancing, tai chi, kung fu, and Chinese opera.

Cantonese Opera and Dance; 1:00PM-4:30PM @ Aberdeen Centre (4151 Hazelbridge Way), Richmond
Free
Don’t miss this special Chinese New Year cultural celebration with the Vancouver Academy of Dance at 1:00PM and the Vancouver Cantonese Opera at 2:30PM.

Chinese New Year Oakridge | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Oakridge Centre

Year of the Horse at Oakridge; 10:00AM-12:30PM @ Oakridge Centre (650 W 41st Ave), Vancouver
Free
Join in the celebrations at Oakridge with special stage performances, king fu demos, and lucky lion blessings!

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!

Hobiyee | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Nisga’a Ts’amiks Vancouver Society

Hobiyee 2014: Nisga’a New Year; 11:00AM-9:00PM @ PNE Forum (2901 E Hastings St), Vancouver
Free
A celebration of the Nisga’a Nation of the February Moon.  There will be dance, drum performances, and songs from the Heiltsuk, Sto:lo, Squamish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tsimshian, Nisga’a and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.  Check the website for the full event schedule.

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
Check out the market every Saturday through April 26th for the freshest seasonal produce and products.  A great place to bring the whole family!

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.

Romeo & Juliet | Things To Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Liang Xing and Amanda Green as Romeo + Juliet – Photo Credit – RWB Romeo + Juliet

Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Romeo + Juliet; 2:00PM & 8:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie St), downtown Vancouver
$42.00-108.50
Shakespeare’s beloved star-crossed romance is a timeless and exquisite masterpiece.  Set to Prokofiev’s gorgeous score, against a sumptuous setting in 16th century Verona, the magnificence and grandeur of Rudi van Dantzig’s full-length production captivates with its riveting sword fights, compelling drama, and breathtaking classical choreography.

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.  Check the website for the full schedule.

Red Bull Illume Zakary Noyle | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photographer: Zakary Noyle – Red Bull Illume

Red Bull Illume Exhibition Tour; sunset (approx 5:30PM)-10:00PM @ Jack Poole Plaza at Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free
A collection of the world’s best action sports photography will illuminate Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza at Convention Center West from January 31-February 8.  Showcasing the most exciting action and adventure sports photography from around the world, the Top 50 images of the 2013 Red Bull Illume contest will be on display outdoors each night after dusk on illuminated 2m x 2m light boxes.  An international traveling exhibit in itself, Red Bull Illume’s Vancouver stop will be the only one on Canadian soil.

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.

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

 


Sunday February 2nd (New Year Day 3 年初三)

 

Lunar New Year Celebration; 12:30PM @ Lansdowne Centre (5300 No. 3 Rd), Richmond
Free admission
This year’s celebration will include a variety of multicultural performances ranging from the Lion Dance, Chinese Opera, ballroom dance, magic, hip hop dance, folk dance, Japanese drumming, kung fu, and taekwondo, along with Chinese calligraphy and craft sales. The RCCS will again donate all its fundraising proceeds to Richmond Food Bank.

Chinese Dance & Music Performance; 1:00PM-4:00PM @ Aberdeen Centre (4151 Hazelbridge Way), Richmond
Free
Don’t miss this special Chinese New Year cultural celebration with the BC Chinese Music Association at 1:00PM and the Colors of Dance Academy at 3:00PM.

Chinese New Year Parade | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver (2013 parade)

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade; 11:00AM @ Millennium Gate (38 W Pender St at Taylor St), Chinatown, downtown Vancouver
Free
Don’t miss this Vancouver tradition!  Join the thousands of spectators as they cheer on the parade floats, marching bands, dragon dances, lion and kirin dances.. there will be more than 3000 people participating in this year’s parade!  Keep your eyes peeled for the God of Fortune!  The parade route is on the website; we recommend taking transit to Chinatown that day.

41st Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival; 2:00PM-4:00PM @ Chinese Cultural Centre (Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden courtyard, 50 E Pender St), Chinatown, downtown Vancouver
Free
Immerse yourself in traditional Chinese culture!  Featuring lion and dragon dances, folk singing and dancing, tai chi, kung fu, and Chinese opera.

Chinese New Year Banquet Gala; 6:00PM @ Floata Seafood Restaurant (180 Keefer St), Chinatown, downtown Vancouver
$35
Finish up your Chinese New Year weekend with a delicious Chinese banquet!  There will be lion dances, God of Fortune greetings, and a celebration variety show as entertainment for the evening.  Call 604.681.1923 for more information.

Temple Fair Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Year of the Horse Temple Fair; 10:00AM-4:00PM @ Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall St), Chinatown, Vancouver
$5 suggested donation
To celebrate traditional Chinese New Year, the Garden presents a special “The Year of the Horse Temple Fair”, a “hot and noisy” (re-nao) public event based on the Spring Festival temple fair where people entertain, trade, greet, celebrate and pray for a prosperous new year.  Expect live music, traditional Chinese dance and workshops, tea ceremonies, and games.  Check the website for more details!

Celebrating Year of the Horse; 10:00AM-8:00PM @ International Village Mall (88 W Pender St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission
This four day event starts the celebration with a ceremonial eye-dotting ritual and lion dance.  There will be exhibition and vendor booths, multicultural live performances, lucky draws, and a festival Chinese New Year Heritage Village.  Check the website for the full schedule of events.

Red Bull Illume Scott Serfas | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photographer: Scott Serfas – Red Bull Illume

Red Bull Illume Exhibition Tour; sunset (approx 5:30PM)-10:00PM @ Jack Poole Plaza at Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
Free
A collection of the world’s best action sports photography will illuminate Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza at Convention Center West from January 31-February 8.  Showcasing the most exciting action and adventure sports photography from around the world, the Top 50 images of the 2013 Red Bull Illume contest will be on display outdoors each night after dusk on illuminated 2m x 2m light boxes.  An international traveling exhibit in itself, Red Bull Illume’s Vancouver stop will be the only one on Canadian soil.

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.

Hot Chocolate Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

“Big Bad Wolf” at Schokolade Artisan Chocolates – Photo Credit – Vikki Leung

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!

Cavalia’s Odysseo; 1:00PM @ 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. Don’t miss the closing show!   Exclusive rates available at Tickets Tonight, in-person purchases only.

PuSh - Have I No Mouth | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Have I No Mouth – 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 last day of 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.  Check the website for the full schedule.

 


Wishing you a very prosperous and happy Chinese New Year!  恭喜發財 (gung hei fat choy)!  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. Dine-out, chocolate and Chinese New Year… Sounds like my kind of weekend! :)

    • Definitely one of my favourite times of year… ;)

  2. I love this blog! Keep up the good work and happy new year!

    • Thanks Chris! Happy new year to you too!

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