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20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: January 27 and 28

Daniel Chai Jan 26, 2018 8:00 pm 2,714

The last weekend of January is upon us! Fill your time with our rundown of 20 fun events happening on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28. Concerts, nature walks, and more to explore.

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

Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Celebration of Robbie Burns

  • What: Place des Arts’ annual celebration of Scotland’s National Bard, Robbie Burns. Fiddler and faculty member Rosie Carver with Celtic band Blackthorn and a special guest piper feature the musical traditions of Scotland with a special focus on Burns’ songs and poems.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Online, $16-$41

Stone Sour and Halestorm

  • What: American heavy metal band Stone Sour and country music group Halestorm are coming to Metro Vancouver with special guests The Dead Deads.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: $39.50, $59.50, $69.50 (including GST and service charges) – Tickets available via Charge by Phone 1-855-985-5000 and via Ticketmaster

Moonlight Ski Down

  • What: Enjoy a winter tradition in Manning Park’s true Alpine wilderness. Experience Nordic skiing in the magic of winter after dark with Manning Park Resort’s Moonlight Ski Down.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Where:  Manning Park Resort
  • Tickets: $15 per person, includes classic cross country ski rentals, an evening trail pass, shuttle ride, and safety patrol. Prices adjusted if you bring your own skis.

Hollywood Harv

  • What: A night of hilarious stand-up comedy with Hollywood Harv. It’s Harv’s first theatre show in his hometown of Richmond and he’ll be bringing new material and special guests to the River Rock.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$45


  • What: Wallows are the LA-based trio of Cole Preston, Braeden Lemasters, and Dylan Minnette. The band released their debut single, Pleaser, in April 2017 and quickly amassed more than 3 million streams on Spotify. The song was followed with the release of singles Sun Tan and Uncomfortable, along with a series of sold out shows.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $21.50

Speaking With Spirits – A Writing Workshop

  • What: In Speaking with Spirits, participants will look to ancestors, plants and the land for guidance and inspiration. Workshop participants will be offered collaborative and multidisciplinary writing exercises to reflect upon the stories they carry with them each day, ones that have come before them, and those still to come. Led by Jeff Tanaka. 
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 4 pm
  • Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Tatami Room – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, By Donation

Petunia and the Vipers

  • What: Petunia began his illustrious career by busking his way through Canada and the NYC subways, playing more than 150 shows a year to enthralled audiences stumbling on the next best musical gem. Since then, he has racked up the achievements with several celebrated solo releases and frequent tours spanning continents.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: Doors 7:30 pm
  • Where: Ocean Park Hall, 1577-128 Street, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Flea Market

  • What: ​More than 50 tables of pre-loved items are on display to comb through. Clean out your cupboards or find yourself a great bargain.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Confederation Community Centre – 4585 Albert Street, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free for buyers

Good Lovelies with special guest Desirée Dawson

  • What: Over the course of their decade-plus career, Juno-winners the Good Lovelies — Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough, and Sue Passmore — have covered plenty of stylistic ground, adding tinges of pop, roots, jazz, and even hip-hop to their country folk core. Special guest and CBC Searchlight winner, Desirée Dawson kicks off the concert with her ukulele, soulful tunes, and powerful voice.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online, $29-$49

Vancouver Stealth vs Georgia Storm

  • What: Vancouver Stealth take on the Georgia Storm in National Lacrosse League action at the Langley Events Centre.
  • When: Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
  • Tickets: Online

Sunday, January 28, 2018

14th Annual Ovation! Awards

  • What: The OVATION! Awards celebrates outstanding musical theatre production in Metro Vancouver, both professional and amateur. Co-hosted by Chris Adams and Erik Gow, and presented by APPLAUSE! Musicals Society.
  • When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: Doors 6 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Academy of Music – 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver,
  • Tickets: Online, $30-$40

Birds of a Feather: Wings of Winter

  • What: Many bird species call Stanley Park home in the chilliest months of the year. Take part in a two-hour, easy walking exploration to learn about winter bird identification and behaviour.
  • When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: 9 to 11 am
  • Where: Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon – 712 Lost Lagoon Path, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Vancouver Free Market

  • What: Vancouver Free Market celebrates life without money. Organizers do it to build community, share skills, food, ideas and objects with each other. Attendees are encouraged to participate in whatever ways they see fit: offer a massage, scribble a poem, teach a dance, fix a bike.
  • When: Every second Sunday until Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Grandview Park – 1657 Charles St, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free


  • What: Theatre doesn’t have to be polite, and SHIT is undisputedly the best example of potty-mouthed performance art on offer this January. Especially since it’s women doing a lot of traditionally unfeminine things—swearing, spitting, stealing, just to name a few. Addressing family problems, foster care, and losing faith in society, SHIT has no easy answers.
  • When: Now to Sunday, February 10, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 E Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: At Firehall; $30-$33


  • What: A day of performances and workshops for brass enthusiasts of all ages. Featuring brass legend Roger Bobo, BRAZZ, and more.
  • When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: 9 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: UBC School of Music – 6361 Memorial Road, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Eastside Flea Spring Markets

  • What: Featuring more than 50 local vendors, rotating food trucks, seasonal drink specials, artisan showrooms, pinball, door prizes, and more.
  • When: Every other weekend until Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 5 pm
  • Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: $3 or $5 weekend pass

Lookout Society Vancouver Chilly Chase

  • What: The 5K, 10K, 15K and Half Marathon routes take walkers and runners along an out and back course along the Seawall. This is a quick, flat course with a gorgeous winter views of Vancouver, and all participants earn a great souvenir finishing medal.
  • When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: 9 am
  • Where: Creekside Community Recreation Centre – 1 Athlete’s Way, Vancouver
  • Register: Online, $55-$65

Between Three Wheels with the TTP

  • What: Between Three Wheels is a spoken weird talk show brought to you by the Tiny Tricycle Poets: Emma Field, Angelica Poversky, and Andrew Warner. The trio have competed together and against each other in local poetry competitions like BC’s Hullabaloo and at national festivals like Voices of Today.
  • When: Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Havana Restaurant – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, By donation

Venus and Adonis

  • What: Players and Singers’ Venus and Adonis is a gender-playful production of the earliest surviving British opera. This groundbreaking work was composed in 1683 by John Blow, with Anne Kingsmill as librettist. The production features both soloists and chorus members swapping genders.
  • When: Sunday, January 28 and Monday, January 29, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Ballroom at Hycroft – 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$30

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

  • What: The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas trees (more than 200 feet tall), experience the voice-activated light show, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the park, sing along with the holiday band, take a family photo at the Winter Pavilion, and more.
  • When: Now until Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 9 pm daily
  • Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge – 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: $42.95 for adults, $33.95 for students  – Tickets available at the gate or via Capilano Suspension Bridge

Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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