What: Now in its seventh year, the annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival will make its sweet return to cups all over the city in January 2017. The month-long event finds cafes, sweet shops, and restaurants around Vancouver serving up special cocoa-y creations that hot chocolate lovers can enjoy and tick off their Festival must-do list.
Where: Participating locations TBA
When: January 17 to February 14, 2017
Cost: Free to attend… but bring some money to try the delectable drinks!
What: Ok, so it may not be an “event” in the traditional sense of the word but, it’s still certainly free. Many liquor stores do on-site sample tasting on select days, and provide people with the perfect opportunity to figure out what they really want. In fact the Everything Wine Store Everything Wine Store gives out free samples from 2 to 6 pm daily.
What: Have you ever wondered about bug protein? Bugs are a more ecologically viable protein but they give us the heebie jeebies! Join Nicole Aleong, an amateur bug protein enthusiast! She’ll take you through a bug tasting menu experience and show you that maybe crickets aren’t such a scary snack!
Where: SFU Harbour Centre Campus- 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
What: In celebration of Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rooster 2017, Vancouver artists are invited to create artwork on red pocket/lucky envelopes. Artists will have the freedom to use their media of choice, using red envelopes as the canvas.
Where: Fortune Sound Club- 147 East Pender Street, Vancouver
When: Sunday, January 29, from 12 to 4 pm
Cost: Free but a donation of $5 is recommended at the door
Image: iStock/Close up on the hands of a young woman as she is writing in a small notepad at a wooden table
What: Incite is a free, bi-monthly reading series presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest and Vancouver Public Library.Did you resolve to read more poetry in 2017? Start the year off right with readings from four fine poets.
Where: CBC Studio 700 – 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: Want to get started at Valkyrie WMAA, but not sure where to begin? Intimidated by coming into a new space by yourself? Want to check out something new in a low-pressure environment? This free evening introductory session is a great way to see what we’re all about and make some new friends to stab things with!
Where: Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly- 2603 Kingsway Street, Vancouver
What: Qi Gong is a gentle flowing movement class taught by master Hing Tse.
This is a class that everyone can participate in from youngsters to seniors. Hing will show you how to move your body for greater flexibility, balance and well-being. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes. All levels welcome.
Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano – 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
When: Saturday mornings in January, from 9 to 10 am
What: Wanna socialize? Fill your cuddle Tank? Practice clear communication? Many find it a cheerful environment to meet others. In an atmosphere that’s nurturing and fun. And you decide with whom and how to cuddle. Including the option to not cuddle at all but socialize, relax.
What:Over the past several months the Trudeau government has made some major choices about energy and environmental policy for Canada. This panel of UBC experts and community representatives assesses these decisions and discusses what’s next.
Where: Room 120 CK Choi Building – 1855 West Mall, Vancouver
What: The No Pants Skytrain Ride is an annual global event started by Improv Everywhere in New York in 2002. The mission is simple: you ride the Skytrain with no pants.
Where: Meet on the south side of the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain Station by the ticket machines. From there, the group will divide. Full route coming soon.
RSVP: On Facebook, participation is free, commemorative t-shirts are $20.
What: Come help with the annual willow harvest that creates the shaping of the lower arch canopy on the Means of Production Garden hillside.Participants may leave with a fistful of willow for their own projects and the rest is used in various community weaving events throughout the year. Bring a cup for tea and a snack to share.
Where: Means of Production garden- East 6th Avenue, Vancouver
When: Sunday, January 14, from 10 am to 2 pm. Workshop is outdoors, rain or shine.
What: Join Lou Jack the Groundhog in the Newton Grove for a pajama party to celebrate an early Groundhogs Day! Complete with crafts, games and hot chocolate, the third annual Groundhog Day in Newton is sure to have something for everyone.
Where: Newton Recreation Centre- 13730 72 Avenue, Surrey
What: This is an event facilitated by and for QTBIPOC youth (Queer Trans Black Indigenous and People of Colour 25 and under). There will be multiple workshops designed specifically to support QTBIPOC youth in sharing their experience or knowledge around what safer spaces look like for youth who identifiy as both LGBTQ2S and Indigenous/Black/Person of Colour.
Where: Britannia Secondary School- 1001 Cotton Drive, Vancouver
chinese new year parade vancouver (Image: Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock)
What: Vancouver’s Chinese New Year’s celebration isn’t something to be missed, and the free, annual parade is one of the celebrations biggest draws. In 2017, the Year of the Rooster begins on January 28.
Where: The parade route begins at the Millenium Gate on Pender Street between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street). See map here.
North Vancouver house on Chalet Place with Christmas lights (Michael Iwasaka)
What: A home up in the high hills of North Vancouver has been lighting up with over 100,000 lights each Christmas for a few years, all in a good cause. The homeowners welcome visitors but encourage a donation to the Harvest Project in return.
Where: 4967 Chalet Place, North Vancouver When: Monday, November 28 to Friday, January 6, 2017
What: For well over a decade, homeowners on Trinity Street (between the 2400 and 2900 blocks) in East Vancouver are known for going all out during the holidays. While there might not be an actual festival happening, be sure to pass by the neighbourhood and take in the lights.
Where: Trinity Street, Vancouver (between Slocan and Renfrew)
What: The Robson Square Ice Rink, located in downtown Vancouver, is open all through the Christmas Holidays, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise, rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Square, Vancouver
When: The rink is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 9 am to 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays, until February 14.
DH Vancouver Staff
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