Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Lots of festivals and shows this weekend for the whole family!  How many events will you attend?  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday!

 

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 return of Street Food City this week! Get your special event tickets from Tickets Tonight!

2015 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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PuSh International Performing Arts Festival; January 20 – February 8 @ various venues across Metro Vancouver
Free and ticketed events
Over three weeks each January, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking local, national and international work in the live performing arts – theatre, dance, music, and multimedia performance.  Get your tickets from Tickets Tonight!

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Friday January 23rd

 

 

Music In The Morning - The Gryphon Trio | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Music In The Morning: The Gryphon Trio; doors 10:00AM @ Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut St), Vanier Park, Vancouver
$35; other pricing in effect
The Juno Award winning Gryphon Trio are regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent piano trios, impressing audiences and critics with their highly refined, dynamic performances.  The trio returns to perform the Vancouver premiere of a new piano trio by Canada’s most distinguished composer, R. Murray Shafer, along with Schubert’s masterful Piano Trio in B Flat Major.

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.

53rd Vancouver International Boat Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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53rd Annual Vancouver International Boat Show; 10:00AM-8:00PM @ BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd)
Floating Show; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Granville Island, Vancouver
Western Canada’s permier boat show, showcasing 250+ exhibitors with the best and biggest selection of boats and boating products.  There will be lots of family-friendly activities, fantastic seminars, hands-on workshops, and incredible deals on all the latest marine products!  Don’t miss featured guest Dave Carraro, star of Wicked Tuna.  On through January 25; check the website for the full event schedule.

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.

Alicia Tobin - Come Draw With Me | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me; doors 7:30PM @ Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St at @ E 6th Ave), Vancouver
$6 advance, $10 at the door
Come Draw With Alicia Tobin and get some of her patented* comedic critique of your 5-minute drawings (*not actually patented).  Then enjoy the stand-up comedy of her special comedic guests Amber Harper-Young, Jane Stanton, and Graham Clark.  Supplies provided, no talent necessary.

1st Annual Vancouver Turkish Film Festival; times vary @ VanCity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$11 + $2 VanCity membership fee, other pricing in effect; 19+ only unless stated
Celebrating 100 years of Turkish Cinema!  The WTTF is committed to introducing the best of Turkish cinema to Vancouver.  The festival is an international platform for Turkish filmmakers to showcase their work, and bridges the cultural and artistic gap between Canada and Turkey by bringing together cineastes and cinephiles from both countries.  Don’t miss the Opening Night Gala tonight at 7PM!  On through January 25; check the website for the full list of screenings.

2015 Motorcycle Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – The Motorcycle Show – Vancouver (facebook)

2015 Motorcycle Show; 10:00AM-9:00PM @ Tradex Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre (1190 Cornell St), Abbotsford
$14, other pricing in effect; family passes available
The world’s top manufacturers showcase their newest makes and models, alongside vintage bike displays, an abundance of industry exhibitors, and shows by some of the most talented stunt and trials riders in North America.  On through January 25.  Visit the website for the full list of exhibitors.

Vancouver FanClub - Vaudeville Vagabonds | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Vancouver FanClub: Vaudeville Vagabonds; doors 5:30PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$18.25 show only, $44.25 dinner and show; 19+ only
Circus, live music, and burlesque.  Invoke the awesome absurdity of Reverend Heathen StrangeFellow & The VaudeVille Vagabonds, in the theme of old carnivale, Neo-Victorian, Vaudeville Madness!  Get tickets from Tickets Tonight.

VTSL: 27th Annual Massacre and Festival; 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
$22-28; other pricing in effect
Witness history as Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s signature tournament and festival pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a battle for and inspired by your love.  Your favourite teams from past years and hot groups new to this year will descend on Vancouver to see who the real TheatreSports™ champions.

 

 

 


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Saturday January 24th

 

 

 

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (facebook)

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; 8:00PM @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St), downtown Vancouver
$29-129
World-Renowned, all-male company brings deliciously twisted program of classical ballet to Vancouver!  New York City’s Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo are set to present their highbrow, hilarious, & athletically charged program.  The incredible evening will mark the lauded company’s first Vancouver appearance since 1985, and will see the all male troupe apply breathtaking technical prowess to ridiculously re-interpreted classical ballets favourites, including Swan Lake and Paquita.  Limited tickets still available at Tickets Tonight!

Family Literacy Weekend; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Telus World of Science (1455 Quebec St), False Creek, Vancouver
Vancouver’s first ever Family Literacy Weekend at Science World.  Bring your whole family for a variety of activities inspired by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) literacy.  It’s an entire weekend full of games, puzzles, make-and-take projects, and more!  On through January 25.

1st Annual Vancouver Turkish Film Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Turkish Film Festival (facebook)

1st Annual Vancouver Turkish Film Festival; times vary @ VanCity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$11 + $2 VanCity membership fee, other pricing in effect; 19+ only unless stated
Celebrating 100 years of Turkish Cinema!  The WTTF is committed to introducing the best of Turkish cinema to Vancouver.  The festival is an international platform for Turkish filmmakers to showcase their work, and bridges the cultural and artistic gap between Canada and Turkey by bringing together cineastes and cinephiles from both countries.  On through January 25; check the website for the full list of screenings.

VSO: The Magic of Aladdin; 8:00PM @ Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St at Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$20-60; other pricing in effect
The year 2015 marks not just one, but two 150th anniversaries for major Scandinavian composers: The birth of Finland’s Jean Sibelius and Denmark’s Carl Nielsen.  This concert pays tribute to both, with the evocative Nordic landscapes of Symphony No. 5 by Sibelius, and a Suite from the incidental music written by Carl Nielsen for the “dramatic fairy tale” Aladdin.  Alternate performance on January 26.

53rd Vancouver International Boat Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – BC Place (twitter)

53rd Annual Vancouver International Boat Show; 10:00AM-8:00PM @ BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd)
Floating Show; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Granville Island, Vancouver
Western Canada’s permier boat show, showcasing 250+ exhibitors with the best and biggest selection of boats and boating products.  There will be lots of family-friendly activities, fantastic seminars, hands-on workshops, and incredible deals on all the latest marine products!  Don’t miss featured guest Dave Carraro, star of Wicked Tuna.  On through January 25; check the website for the full event schedule.

Opera Opulenza Grand Opening Gala Concert; doors 6:30PM @ Pyatt Hall, VSO School of Music (843 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$25; other pricing in effect
Celebrate the opening of a new Vancouver-based opera company with a gala of operatic favourites, including arias and duets by Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and more.

Vancouver Aquarium - Honu by the Sea | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Honu by the Sea: Hawaiian Musical; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Vancouver Aquarium (845 Avison Way), Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
Regular admission rates
Experience Hawaii in our own backyard and enjoy a special presentation of Honu by the Sea.  An original Hawaiian musical created by Disney-famed Johnson Enos, Honu takes you on a journey with Kainoa, a Waikiki Beach Boy, as he meets Malia, the Honu and her amazing ocean friends.  With colorful costumes, lively songs, and an all-Hawaiian cast, the show delights and inspires audiences to better care for the ocean.  Get exclusive priced tickets at Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre!

Vive les Voyageurs French-Canadian Festival; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
Regular admission rates
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, and 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.  On through January 25; check out the link for more!

Afro-Cuban Performances & Dance Party | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Afro-Cuban Performances & Dance Party; doors 7:00PM @ Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright St), Granville Island,  Vancouver
$10-20, all ages
Performance of Afro-Cuban dance by Cuban dancer Silfredo la O Vega and guests, accompanied by live percussion.  The 4-piece Latin band Rumba Calzada will provide Cuban-inflected music in between dance pieces.  Don’t miss the dance workshops at 11:30PM-1:30PM and 2:00PM-4:15PM (pre-registration required).  On through January 25; more info at the link.

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.

2015 Motorcycle Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Suzuki at the 2014 show – Photo Credit – The Motorcycle Show – Vancouver (facebook)

2015 Motorcycle Show; 10:00AM-8:00PM @ Tradex Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre (1190 Cornell St), Abbotsford
$14, other pricing in effect; family passes available
The world’s top manufacturers showcase their newest makes and models, alongside vintage bike displays, an abundance of industry exhibitors, and shows by some of the most talented stunt and trials riders in North America.  On through January 25.  Visit the website for the full list of exhibitors.

Canadian Quintessense: The Conductors’ Concert; 8:00PM @ Ryerson United Church (2205 W 45th Ave at Yew St), Vancouver
$36.75
The annual National Conductors’ Symposium concert, showcasing five talented young conductors with their first chance to pilot the professional choir.  Their Master Conductor for the week, Jon Washburn, conducts as well and Stephen Smith is the pianist. The music this year is all-Canadian, ranging from the old masters to the latest young stars.  Click the link for the full programme.

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

Photo Credit – Cityfood.com

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.

VTSL: 27th Annual Massacre and Festival; 7:30PM & 9:30PM @ The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau St), Granville Island
$22-28; other pricing in effect
Witness history as Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s signature tournament and festival pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a battle for and inspired by your love.  Your favourite teams from past years and hot groups new to this year will descend on Vancouver to see who the real TheatreSports™ champions.

Vancouver Farmers Market | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Angela Leung (facebook)

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!

2nd Annual SFU Dance Marathon; 11:00AM-11:00PM @ Simon Fraser University
Free registration, minimum $20 to support BC Children’s Hospital
Canada’s first university Dance Marathon!  Dance Marathon is a year-long, student-led fundraising initiative that supports Children’s Miracle Network member hospitals across North America.  Participants raise money for their local children’s hospital by collecting donations and participating in various events throughout the year, culminating in an on-campus celebration of the total amount raised with live music, performances, and entertainment.  The goal this year is to raise $25,000 for the BC Children’s Hospital.  Register for your spot today!

 

 


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Sunday January 25th

 

 

Fort Langley - Vive les Voyageurs French-Canadian Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Fort Langley NHS (facebook)

Vive les Voyageurs French-Canadian Festival; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave), Fort Langley
Regular admission rates
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, and 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 out the link for more!

The Day Trippers; doors 6:30PM @ Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville St), downtown Vancouver
$15 show only, $40 show and dinner
The Day Trippers are a Vancouver-based Beatles tribute band that will transport you back to the touring days of the early 1960s.  The band embodies the exuberance of the early 1960s spirit that the Beatles brought to the stage.  Inspired by the mod culture and a love of blues and pop music, The Day Trippers deliver the incredible music of The Beatles at their energetic peak.  Tickets available at Tickets Tonight.

1st Annual Vancouver Turkish Film Festival - Sivas | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Sivas – Photo Credit – Vancouver Turkish Film Festival (facebook)

1st Annual Vancouver Turkish Film Festival; times vary @ VanCity Theatre (1181 Seymour St), downtown Vancouver
$11 + $2 VanCity membership fee, other pricing in effect; 19+ only unless stated
Celebrating 100 years of Turkish Cinema!  The WTTF is committed to introducing the best of Turkish cinema to Vancouver.  The festival is an international platform for Turkish filmmakers to showcase their work, and bridges the cultural and artistic gap between Canada and Turkey by bringing together cineastes and cinephiles from both countries.  Check the website for the full list of screenings.

Family Literacy Weekend; 10:00AM-6:00PM @ Telus World of Science (1455 Quebec St), False Creek, Vancouver
Vancouver’s first ever Family Literacy Weekend at Science World.  Bring your whole family for a variety of activities inspired by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) literacy.  It’s an entire weekend full of games, puzzles, make-and-take projects, and more!

53rd Vancouver International Boat Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Vancouver International Boat Show

53rd Annual Vancouver International Boat Show; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd)
Floating Show; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Granville Island, Vancouver
$15, kids 16 and under free; other pricing in effect
Western Canada’s permier boat show, showcasing 250+ exhibitors with the best and biggest selection of boats and boating products.  There will be lots of family-friendly activities, fantastic seminars, hands-on workshops, and incredible deals on all the latest marine products!  Don’t miss featured guest Dave Carraro, star of Wicked Tuna.  Check the website for the full event schedule.

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.

2015 Motorcycle Show | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

At the 2014 show – Photo Credit – The Motorcycle Show – Vancouver (facebook)

2015 Motorcycle Show; 10:00AM-5:00PM @ Tradex Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre (1190 Cornell St), Abbotsford
$14, other pricing in effect; family passes available
The world’s top manufacturers showcase their newest makes and models, alongside vintage bike displays, an abundance of industry exhibitors, and shows by some of the most talented stunt and trials riders in North America.  Visit the website for the full list of exhibitors.

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.

Birds of a Feather | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Surf scoters hanging out in Stanley Park – Photo Credit – Stanley Park Ecology Society (facebook)

Birds of a Feather: Cool Birds; 9:00AM-11:00AM @ Stanley Park Nature House (viewing plaza at Alberni St at Chilco St), Lost Lagoon, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver
By donation; pre-registration recommended
The over-wintering birds in Stanley Park don’t mind the cool weather; they are quite well adapted to it!  Bundle-up for a two-hour easy walking exploration to learn about bird identification, adaptation, and behaviour.  More info at the link.

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!

Marc Cohn | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Marc Cohn

Marc Cohn; 8:00PM @ Kay Meek Centre (1700 Mathers Ave), West Vancouver
$25-55
After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad Walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man.  In his latest release, Listening Booth:1970, he transforms songs from such artists as Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Smokey Robinson, Creedence Clearwater Revival and even Bread into tracks that are warm, soulful, more than a little sexy and full of easy-going charm.

Afro-Cuban Performances & Dance Party; doors 7:00PM @ Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright St), Granville Island,  Vancouver
$10-20, all ages
Performance of Afro-Cuban dance by Cuban dancer Silfredo la O Vega and guests, accompanied by live percussion.  The 4-piece Latin band Rumba Calzada will provide Cuban-inflected music in between dance pieces.  Don’t miss the dance workshops at 11:30PM-1:30PM and 2:00PM-4:15PM (pre-registration required).  Alternate performance January 24; more info at the link.

Australia Day | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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Australia Day; 1:00PM-1:00AM @ ANZA Club (3 W 8th Ave), Vancouver
$5
Meat pies! Bundy and coke! Coopers! And the infamous, traditional Triple J countdown live!

Mineral Exploration Roundup 2015: Discovery Day; 1:00PM-3:00PM @ Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place Way), Canada Place, downtown Vancouver
Free admission
Attend a series of interesting talks about the geology and mineral exploration mining history of Vancouver and British Columbia.  There will also be exhibits on rocks and minerals, aboriginal culture, BC’s mineral exploration, and mining past, as well as live, hands-on demonstrations of gold panning.  Talks will cover topics ranging from ice age fossils in the Yukon gold fields, to the history of mining on the southwest coast, and the seismic and volcanic geology of southwestern BC.

 

 


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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  1. ellie

    Looking for first nation activies in vancouver feb6/9 2015
    Please send me information