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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: January 13 and 14

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Daniel Chai Jan 12, 2018 8:00 pm 1,705

Welcome back, weekend – we missed you! Make the most of it with our list of 20 exciting events happening on Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14. Gluten Free Expo, National Skating Championships, and more to enjoy.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Gluten Free Expo 2018

  • What: This annual convention brings everything gluten free together for two days of learning, cooking, sampling, and buying with some amazing discounts. There will be more than 500 products to try – everything from beer and pizza to breads and perogies. And many of these products aren’t just gluten-free, a ton are also allergen-free, dairy-free, low-FODMAP, and diabetic-friendly.
  • When: Saturday, January 13 to Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 10 am to 4 pm (Sunday)
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12-$50

R3HAB & Skytech

  • What: R3hab and Skytech spin at the Harbour Event Centre for an epic night out.
  • When: Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • Time: Doors 10 pm
  • Where: Harbour Event Centre – 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $35.72

Gamelan Music Field Trip

  • What: Visit artist George Rahi in his studio in Vancouver to see how he creates gamelan musical instruments out of recycled materials and make some music in the group jam session. No previous music or art skills required.
  • When: Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre – 13458 107a Ave, Surrey
  • Register: Contact Edward Westerhuis at [email protected] or by phone at 604-591-4194. Free.

Where Can We Take You? featuring Stars

  • What: Aura Cannabis is hosting a free event called Where Can We Take You? featuring Stars. RSVP via Do604.com to enter the draw for tickets; if you win, you can bring a friend along with you, and you’ll also get 15% off your next purchase of $75 or more in-store at Aura Cannabis.
  • When: Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Venue Nightclub – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Free – RSVP via Do604.com

Vancouver Giants versus Kelowna Rockets

  • What: Vancouver Giants face off with the Kelowna Rockets in WHL action at Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

nwHacks 2018

  • What: This event is set to bring together more than 600 of the brightest minds in the Pacific Northwest to make things, break them, and then make them better and cooler. Attendees will need to bring an open mind and a desire to learn at the event, where they’ll be building awesome projects in just 24 hours.
  • When: Saturday, January 13 to Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Where: Life Sciences Building, UBC – 2329 West Mall, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free– Register via nwHacks

It’s My Wedding Bridal Fair 2018

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Monte Durham is coming to Abbotsford for the It’s My Wedding Bridal Fair 2018 (Monte Durham)

  • What: Find everything you need to plan your dream wedding at It’s My Wedding Bridal Fair. There’ll be a wide range of vendors like florists, photographers, caterers, limousine companies, masterpiece cake creators, and much more. And to make it better, you can even book an appointment with celebrity Monte Durham from TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta in the Everything But The Groom bridal boutique.
  • When: Saturday, January 13 to Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: Tradex – Trade & Exhibition Centre – 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Via Eventbrite, $20-$22

Instrument Mini Petting Zoo

  • What: Play, touch and feel a variety of provided instruments, plus enjoy mini performances throughout the morning. This event is suitable for families with toddlers and children, ages one year old and up.
  • When: Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 11:30 am
  • Where: City Centre Community Centre – 5900 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond
  • Admission: Free

Lift Cannabis Expo 2018

  • What: Almost 200 exhibitors from across North America and Europe will be showcasing everything from growing accessories to vape essentials, the latest cannabis innovations to live cooking demos and so much more. Cannabis thought leaders will be speaking on the main stage, and there will even be a career fair if you’re interested in working in the industry.
  • When: Saturday, January 13 to Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, Exhibit Hall A – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $20 regular price, $15 for Lift members  – Tickets available via Lift’s ticketing site

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

  • What: High-level figure skating is coming to Vancouver next week, with lots on the line. One month before the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the Canadian National Skating Championships lands on the West Coast for the first time in 10 years. The week-long event will feature a number of world class skaters, including nine athletes who won an Olympic medal in Sochi four years ago.
  • When: Now to Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, 6066 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Otto Tausk conducts Brahms and Dvořák

  • What: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Music Director Designate, Maestro Otto Tausk, conducts a beautiful program of classics, including Brahms Symphony No. 1 and Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.
  • When: Now to Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Time: Various times.
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Guildford Animal Hospital Annual Open House

  • What: See behind the scenes of Guildford Animal Hospital. Bring the family and pets to enjoy demos and prizes, face painting, treats and more.
  • When: Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Guildford Animal Hospital – #101-9547 152nd Street, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Koch Exhibition Opening

  • What: See life in the trenches of World War I through the eyes of German Typographer, Rudolf Koch. This exhibition will feature sketches of everyday life in the trenches, on loan from the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach, Germany.
  • When: Sunday, January, 14, 2018. Exhibition on until the end of April.
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Port Moody Museum – 2734 Murray Street, Port Moody
  • More Info: Online

BC Sport Leadership Conference

  • What: The fourth annual BC Sport Leadership Conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about leadership from athletes from all walks of life, as well as network with likeminded people. Speaking at this year’s conference are Jennifer Botterill, Natalie Cook, Cindy Bristow and Dr. Adrienne Leslie-Toogood.
  • When: Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm
  • Where: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel – 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $99-$150

KidPreneur Market Day

  • What: Support the KidPreneurs as they launch their mini-businesses at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre’s next Market Day. The creative bunch of hard-working kids will have a wide variety of handcrafted products for sale, and are ready to demonstrate their new sales and customer service skills.
  • When: Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Semiahmoo Shopping Centre – 1701 – 152nd Street, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Kasandra Flamenco Ensemble: Solo Flamenco

  • What:  Solo Flamenco presents flamenco in its purest traditional form, the cuadro. A cuadro is a flamenco group that includes a dancer, guitarist, singer and percussionist. With Artist-in-Residence Kasandra La China (dancer), Davide Sampaolo (cajon, percussionist), Jake Lee “Chinito” (guitarist) and Stephanie Pedraza (singer).
  • When: Sunday January 14, 2018
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Where: Faris Family Studio, Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10 suggested donation

Steve Baylis Artist Talk and Exhibition Reception

  • What: North Vancouver artist Steve Baylis combines a range of unique influences with his own driven spiritual inquiry. Inspired by principles of theoretical physics, the Unified Field Theory in particular, his bold and intricate paintings both draw viewers in to investigate their rich details and send them back to consider the works as a whole.
  • When: Sunday January 14, 2018. Exhibition runs now to February 24, 2018
  • Times: 2 pm
  • Where: Seymour Art Gallery – 4360 Gallant Avenue, North Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Effects of Abuse on the Community

  • What: The Canadian Iranian Foundation presents clinical counsellors Poran Poreghbal and Ali Khodami, as well as family counsellor Haleh Shirchian, who will be talking about all aspects of abuse. In this workshop attendees will learn about different kinds of abuse, who is the abuser, why do they become abusers and what support systems are available for the person being abused.
  • When: Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: 2:30 pm
  • Where: West Vancouver Memorial Library – 7 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

UBC Free Week

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UBC (Lijuan Guo/Shutterstock)

  • What: Looking to get fit and save some money in 2018? Why not skip the gym and try a new activity like street kickboxing or spin class? UBC is offering a jam-packed schedule of workout classes to returning students, staff, faculty, and the general public for no cost. There is no registration needed to participate. All you have to do is show up at the location of your classes 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to those who have registered for the full program.
  • When: Now to Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Time: Find out class schedule and times online 
  • Where: Various locations at UBC (check website for details)
  • Admission: Free
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Daniel Chai
Daniel Chai is a writer and actor based in Vancouver, BC.
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