Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

This weekend features a great variety for everyone of all ages, including culinary events, comedy, music, and hockey!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival; January 16 – February 2 @ 277 restaurants across Metro Vancouver
Restaurant menus $18/$28/$38; other pricing in effect for special events
It’s the tastiest time to visit Vancouver!  Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city.  Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city, and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences.  Menus and reservations on the website.  Don’t miss the (free) Chef Soup Experiment on Friday January 16!  Get your special event tickets from Tickets Tonight!

 


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Friday January 16th

 

UBC Winter Classic Hockey Game | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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UBC Winter Classic Hockey Game; pregame 6:00PM @ Doug Mitchell Thnderbird Arena
$10; other pricing in effect
UBC’s largest (and first ever) winter classic hockey game, against the University of Saskatchewan.  Featuring cliché Canadian-style hockey, a food fair, free giveaways, and live music!

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Vancouver Giants | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver Giants vs Tri-City Americans; 7:30PM @ Pacific Coliseum (100 N Renfrew St), Vancouver
$19.50-34
After a stint in the World Junior Championship, Gold Medalist Canadian goaltender Eric Comrie is back to help break the Tri-City Americans losing streak.  The Giants will be giving away Jonathan Blum bobble head to the first 1000 fans in attendance at this game, so get there early!

Comedy Mix: Sean Patton; 8:00PM & 10:30PM @ The Comedy Mix, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (1015 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$18; 19+ only
Sean Patton is a comedian based in Los Angeles and New York, by way of New Orleans. Sean began doing standup in the Crescent City, and has since performed in comedy clubs across the US and Canada.  Sean has since performed at many comedy festivals around the world, appeared on television, and guest starred in several tv shows.  Alternate performances on January 15 & 17.

Yuk Yuk's Vancouver - Jon Dore | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver: Jon Dore; 7:00PM & 9:30PM @ Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver (2837 Cambie St), Vancouver
$30; 19+ only
Ottawa-born comedian and host Jon Dore spent three years co-hosting Rogers Television’s Daytime, sharpening his skills to a fine point.  For his work, creativity and quick improv skills, he received the Impression Award for best on-air personality in 2001.  In 2003 Jon took part in the Homegrown Comedy Competition at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and then returned to the festival to host the competition for a second straight year.  Featuring Kathleen McGee as opener.  Alternate performance January 17.

New Music Festival: Choral Magnificence; 7:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$30; other pricing in effect
The Phoenix Chamber Choir makes its VSO debut under the direction of Graeme Langager.  The first half features a lovely and meditative mosaic of international repertoire including the Canadian premieres of Gabriel Jackson’s Not No Faceless Angel and Jake Runestad’s Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the VSO join Phoenix for Arvo Pärt’s luminously beautiful Berliner Messe.

Vancouver TheatreSports League | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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VTSL: Late Night Laughs; 11:15PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
19+ only
Things heat up with Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s Late Night Laughs. 60 minutes of non-stop, fast-paced no holds barred comedy for the adult in all of us. Featuring a roster of all your favourite improvisers, and a fully-stocked bar, Late Night Laughs is a great way to end your evening. Alternate performance January 9; also check out the Who Are You Laughing At? show at 7:30PM & 9:30PM.

2nd Annual Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival; times vary @ locations in Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Vancouver has always had a vibrant comedy scene and in recent years we’ve seen it grow even bigger.  A great showcase and celebration of Vancouver’s amazing local and international Sketch groups.  On through January 18; tickets and full schedule at the website.

 

 


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Saturday January 17th

 

45th Annual Karate-Do Beach Practice | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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45th Annual Karate-Do Beach Practice; 1:00PM-2:00PM @ English Bay, downtown Vancouver
Free
Join ShitoRyu Seikokai in a karate-do version of the Polar Bear Swim.  Freezing fun for all!  More details at the link.

Walk Richmond: Railway Greenway Trail; 10:00AM @ Imperial Landing Park (4000 Bayview St at No. 1 Rd)
Free
Start your New Year off on the right foot by exploring the cycling and walking Railway Greenway Trail.  This multi-use green pathway takes you through several neighbourhoods connecting the Fraser River Middle Arm, South Dyke, and Steveston waterfronts.

Vancouver Aquarium - 16th Annual Divers Weekend | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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16th Annual Divers’ Weekend; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates; other pricing in effect
This annual celebration of diving will engage divers and non-divers alike!  Featuring compelling diving demonstrations, seminars, exhibits, and fun gallery activities for kids.  Get exclusive priced tickets at Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!  On through January 18; check the website for the event schedule.

Gluten Free Expo; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (Canada Place building, 999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
$12 advance, $15 at the door; children 10 and under free
Discover, sample, and save on hundreds of gluten free products at Canada’s largest gluten free event!  Leading experts will also be on site presenting and answering questions to help you thrive in your gluten free lifestyle.  On through January 18.

5th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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5th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; times vary @ locations all over Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Yes chocolate lovers, the festival is back for its fifth year!  Featuring 20+ chocolate makers with even more crazy, wild, and delicious flavours.  The festival runs until February 14, with some venues offering a different chocolate temptation every week.  Tweet me photos of your favourites to be featured in next week’s listing!  Check the website for the full calendar of deliciousness.

Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver: Jon Dore; 7:00PM & 9:30PM @ Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver (2837 Cambie St), Vancouver
$30; 19+ only
Ottawa-born comedian and host Jon Dore spent three years co-hosting Rogers Television’s Daytime, sharpening his skills to a fine point.  For his work, creativity and quick improv skills, he received the Impression Award for best on-air personality in 2001.  In 2003 Jon took part in the Homegrown Comedy Competition at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, and then returned to the festival to host the competition for a second straight year.  Featuring Kathleen McGee as opener.  Alternate performance January 17.

Comedy MIX - Sean Patton | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Sean Patton (twitter)

Comedy Mix: Sean Patton; 8:00PM & 10:30PM @ The Comedy Mix, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (1015 Burrard St), downtown Vancouver
$18; 19+ only
Sean Patton is a comedian based in Los Angeles and New York, by way of New Orleans. Sean began doing standup in the Crescent City, and has since performed in comedy clubs across the US and Canada.  Sean has since performed at many comedy festivals around the world, appeared on television, and guest starred in several tv shows.  Alternate performances on January 15 & 16.

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-11:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Martha Redbone | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Martha Redbone; 8:00PM @ Capilano University (2055 Purcell Way), North Vancouver
$30; other pricing in effect
Martha Redbone defies categorization.  With a sensitive, rich and versatile voice that easily moves between genres she is forging a new path in the world of Americana, representing both her Native American (Cherokee, Shawnee and Choctaw) heritage on her mother’s side and the African-American roots from her father.  Sit back and enjoy an evening of one-of-a-kind original tunes, blues, roots, gospel and soul with a distinct Native American influence.

VTSL: Late Night Laughs; 11:15PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
19+ only
Things heat up with Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s Late Night Laughs. 60 minutes of non-stop, fast-paced no holds barred comedy for the adult in all of us. Featuring a roster of all your favourite improvisers, and a fully-stocked bar, Late Night Laughs is a great way to end your evening. Alternate performance January 9; also check out the Who Are You Laughing At? show at 7:30PM & 9:30PM.

Vancouver Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Nat Bailey Winter Market (to April 25); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St), Vancouver
Free admission
Don’t miss out on winter produce and artisanal products at our local farmers’ markets!  Check out the markets every Saturday for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring live entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

New Music Festival: Blood & Ice; 7:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$30; other pricing in effect
Maestro Bramwell Tovey, the VSO, and virtuoso violinist Nicholas Wright perform Festival Guest Composer Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Blood Upon the Body, Ice Upon the Soul – a concerto inspired by her creepy experience of living next door to a sociopathic murderer. Click the link for the evening’s full programme.

Chris Hardwick's Funcomfortable Tour | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Chris Hardwick’s Funcomfortable Tour; 8:00PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$40
Chris Hardwick is a stand-up comedian, chart-topping podcaster, television personality, contributor for Wired magazine, and creative head of the multiplatform media behemoth known as Nerdist Industries.  Chris is the CEO of Nerdist Industries, which has grown to include the Nerdist.com website; a premium YouTube channel with over 1M subscribers, 2.4M Twitter fans, and a podcast network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast that averages over 6 million monthly downloads.

2nd Annual Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival; times vary @ locations in Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Vancouver has always had a vibrant comedy scene and in recent years we’ve seen it grow even bigger.  A great showcase and celebration of Vancouver’s amazing local and international Sketch groups.  On through January 18; tickets and full schedule at the website.

Vancouver Maritime Museum - Spongebob Squarepants | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Spongebob Squarepants at Vancouver Maritime Museum; 1:30PM-2:30PM @ Vancouver Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden Ave), Vanier Park, Vancouver
Regular admission rates
For the first time, SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet, in his new 3D movie, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, which hits theatre screens on February 6.
SpongeBob SquarePants himself will be at the VMM!  Visit the VMM this Saturday for photo ops, and get exclusive priced tickets from Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre.

 

 


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Sunday January 18th

 

Gluten Free Expo | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Gluten Free Expo (facebook)

Gluten Free Expo; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (Canada Place building, 999 Canada Place Way), downtown Vancouver
$12 advance, $15 at the door; children 10 and under free
Discover, sample, and save on hundreds of gluten free products at Canada’s largest gluten free event!  Leading experts will also be on site presenting and answering questions to help you thrive in your gluten free lifestyle.

5th Annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival; times vary @ locations all over Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Yes fellow chocolate lovers, the festival is back!  Featuring 20+ chocolate makers with even more crazy, wild, and delicious flavours.  The festival runs until February 14, with some venues offering a different chocolate temptation every week.  Tweet me photos of your favourites to be featured in next week’s listing!  Check the website for the full calendar of deliciousness.

Cinema Sunday - Superman | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Cinema Sunday: Superman; 1:00PM @ The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St), downtown Vancouver
$9; other pricing in effect
The Cinematheque’s Cinema Sunday family film program kicks off its 2015 series, “The Spirit of Adventure,” with Richard Donner’s Superman (1978), the much-loved live-action take on the iconic DC Comics’ character.  It’s a burst of sky-soaring, earth-spinning, blockbuster fun!  After the screening, join Cloudscape Comics for a hero-themed comic jam!

16th Annual Divers’ Weekend; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates; other pricing in effect
This annual celebration of diving will engage divers and non-divers alike!  Featuring compelling diving demonstrations, seminars, exhibits, and fun gallery activities for kids.  Get exclusive priced tickets at Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!  Check the website for the event schedule.

Dance Allsorts - Deanna Peters & Meredith Kalaman | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Dance Allsorts: Deanna Peters & Meredith Kalaman; 2:00PM @ Roundhouse Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Yaletown, downtown Vancouver
$15 advance; other pricing in effect
A mixed program of contemporary dance featuring choreographies by Vancouver-based artists Meredith Kalaman and Deanna Peters.  New Works collaborates with some of the most talented dancers, choreographers, and musicians in Vancouver to present dance that is inspiring, unpredictable and captivating.  Don’t miss the limited space post-show workshop with Deanna Peters.  Click the link for more info.

Robson Square Ice Skating; 9:00AM-9:00PM @ Robson Square (800 Robson St), downtown Vancouver
Free admission; skate + helmet rentals $4
The Ice Rink is open again for the winter season! Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks. Open through February 28.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Gulf of Georiga Cannery Farmers’ Market (until April 26); 10:00AM-3:00PM @ Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (12138 Fourth Ave), Steveston Village, Richmond
Port Moody Winter Farmers Market (until April 26); 10:00AM-2:00PM @ Port Moody Recreation Complex (300 Ioco Rd), Port Moody
Free admission
Don’t miss out on winter produce and artisanal products at our local farmers’ markets! Check out the markets on Sundays for the freshest seasonal produce and products. Featuring entertainment and a variety of different vendors. A great place to bring the whole family!

Vancouver Recital Society: Emanuel Ax; 3:00PM @ Chan Centre for the Performing Arts ( 6265 Crescent Rd), University of British Columbia, Vancouver
$25-73
Ax’s contributions to the world of classical music are immeasurable.  Equally at home with the music of 20th century composers as he is with the music of Haydn and Beethoven, Ax has premiered works by composers such as John Adams, Krysztof Penderecki, and Christopher Rouse.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and holds Honorary Doctorates of Music from Yale and Columbia Universities.

Vancouver FanClub - Jim Byrnes | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver FanClub: Jim Byrnes; doors 6:30PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$18.25 show only, $44.25 dinner and show; 19+ only
Songwriter, entertainer, legend.  By age thirteen, Jim was singing and playing blues guitar.  His first professional gig was in 1964.  Over the years, he has had the great good fortune to appear with a virtual whos who of the blues.  From Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to Taj Mahal and Robert Cray, Jim has been on the blues highway for 45 years.  Get tickets from Tickets Tonight.

Winter Wanderings; 1:30PM-3:30PM @ Stanley Park Nature House (viewing plaza at Alberni St at Chilco St), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
$10; other pricing in effect
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?  Trek the “wilds” of Stanley Park for some tips on how to enjoy the great outdoors safely this winter.  More info at the link.

Bramwell Tovey | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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New Music Festival: Sand & Stars; 7:30PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$30; other pricing in effect
The final concert of the New Music Festival features Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducting the VSO in Black Sand and Through the Unknown, Unremembered Gate by Festival Guest Composer Kelly-Marie Murphy; the Vancouver premiere of VSO Composer-in-Residence Jocelyn Morlock’s avian concerto Ornithomancy, performed by daredevil flutist Christie Reside and the VSO; and world premieres by VSO Composer-in-Association Marcus Goddard, and VSO bassist and composer Frederick Schipizky.

2nd Annual Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival; times vary @ locations in Metro Vancouver
Pricing varies
Vancouver has always had a vibrant comedy scene and in recent years we’ve seen it grow even bigger.  A great showcase and celebration of Vancouver’s amazing local and international Sketch groups.  Tickets and full schedule at the website.

 

 


More events on our events calendar here and here. Where will you be this weekend? Leave a comment below, or tweet me at @vikkiwkl!

 


 

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