20 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 23 to 27

Jan 21 2017, 12:44 am

Another week in beautiful Vancouver! We’re feeling pretty lucky to live here right now – and there’s tonnes going on in the city to keep us happy.

So here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this week, from Street Food City’s flavours to Muji’s pop-up shopping.

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

Monday, January 23

Street Food City

  • What: From Indian and Mexican food to pizza and grilled cheese, the Street Food City festival has all the food trucks you could possibly want on a cold Vancouver day.
  • Where: Robson Street and South Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery
  • When: Monday, January 23 to Sunday, January 29, from 11 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 5 pm at the weekend
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Shred For The Cause

  • What: Good news ladies of Vancouver! You’ll be able to ski and snowboard at Mt. Seymour for only $10 every Monday night, starting this week. The event, known as Shred For The Cause, will benefit Downtown Eastside social services.
  • Where: Mt. Seymour – 1700 Mt Seymour Road, North Vancouver
  • When: Every Monday night, from 6 to 10 pm, from January 23 to March 27
  • Tickets: $10 for women, $33 for men; cash recommended

Take a dip at UBC

Photo by: Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive

  • What: The new state-of-the-art aquatic centre at the UBC opens to the public this Monday. The 80,000-square-foot indoor facility features three pools, a lazy river and water sprays, with facilities big enough for nearly 1,000 bathers!
  • Where: UBC Aquatic Centre – 6080 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver
  • When: Opening hours will vary throughout January, check website
  • Entry: Drop-in rates are around $6

Eight and a Half Inches of Comedy

  • What: Every Monday pro comics from all over North America perform at Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge and this week they’re celebrating four whole years of laughter. $3.50 beers, and only $5 cover. Headlining this week is Ivan Decker.
  • Where: Eight 1/2 Restaurant Lounge – 151 East 8th Ave, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, January 23, from 9 pm to midnight
  • Register: On Facebook, $5 on the door

Tuesday, January 24

To the Ends of the Earth

  • What: This documentary examines the state of our energy system and features concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director David Lavallee.
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 24, doors at 6:30 pm, film at 7 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10


  • What: This fast-paced and acid-tongued new work is about the power dynamics at a high-powered sales firm, where a trio of conspiring coworkers scheme to trip each other up and avoid the chopping block.
  • Where: Studio 1398 — 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: From Tuesday, January 24 to Saturday, January 28 at 8 pm, plus a Sunday matinee on January 29 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: At Made It Productions, $15-$21

Find Your Ideal Cofounder

  • What: Have an amazing idea for a new business, but need a partner to help get it off the ground? Go along to this networking night and get tips on starting up smart, cofounder etiquette, and pitching your idea from Keith Ippel, Spring CEO/Cofounder.
  • Where: CodeCore – 142 W Hastings St, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

VSO New Music Festival

  • What: The VSO New Music Festival is a celebration of music that is new, vibrant, vital, and on the cutting edge, with daily concerts exploring new creations, contemporary composers, including the Hard Rubber Orchestra, and Standing Wave.
  • Where: 
    • Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
    • Christ Church Cathedral – 690 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • When: From Tuesday, January 24 to Sunday, January 29, times vary
  • Tickets: From the VSO, $22.50-$30

Wednesday, January 25

Cuisine and Confessions

  • What: Proving you don’t need an elaborate stage or costumes to tell a story, this show from Montreal-based circus company Les 7 Doigts playfully combines high-flying aerobatics with live cooking demonstrations.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse — 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, January 25 to Friday, January 27 at 8 pm, then Saturday, January 28 at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday, January 29 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: At Tickets Tonight, $45-$60

The Art and Opportunity of Audio Documentary

  • What: The increasing popularity of podcasts like Serial is driving an explosion in spoken word content. This panel discussion with some of Canada’s top audio storytellers will discuss what makes a good audio story great, and more.
  • Where: InFocus Film School – 306 Abbott Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, January 25, from 7 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $20, or $10 for students

Talib Kweli

  • What: American hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur, and social activist, Talib Kweli has collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, Just Blaze, and Pharrell Williams, and he’ll be bringing his The Seven Tour in Vancouver this week.
  • Where: Venue Nightclub – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, January 25, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35

Nerd Nite

  • What: Nerd Nite is kicking off 2017 in style. Hear from Rhy McMillan on modern archaeology, Amy Shostak on theatrical improvisation, and Andrew MacDonald and Ellen Schelew on quantum matter!
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, January 25, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10-$15

Thursday, January 26


  • What: In less than a decade, Jonathan Park (AKA Dumbfoundead) has built a legendary history in the LA hip-hop scene, rising to national acclaim with everything from hugely popular rap battle videos, to spots on Late Night with Carson Daly.
  • Where: Alexander Gastown – 91 Powell St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 26, doors at 9 pm
  • Tickets: On TicketWeb, $15

Bug Protein Tasting Menu 

  • What: Bugs are a more ecologically viable protein, but they give us the heebie jeebies! At this event, Nicole Aleong, an amateur bug protein enthusiast, will guide you through a bug tasting menu and show you maybe crickets aren’t such a scary snack.
  • Where: SFU Harbour Centre Campus – 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 26, from 7 to 9 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Cosmic Nights: Time Travel

  • What: Cosmic Nights is back with an evening all about time travel, served up over drinks. Enjoy a planetarium show journeying back to the Big Bang, learn from a lecture about relativity, or simply pose your time twisting questions to Doc Brown!
  • Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 26, from 6:30 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $20-$25

Bird Wing Taxidermy

  • What: Back by popular demand! Take a closer look at bird anatomy as you practise basic taxidermy techniques. Bet you didn’t think this was how you’d be spending your evening, but a new skill is a new skill!
  • Where: Stanley Park Pavilion –
  • When: Thursday, January 26, from 6 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $17-$20

Friday, January 27

Eastside Flea Spring Markets

  • What: This flea market is more like a party. Not only are there more than 50 local vendors, artisan showrooms, food trucks, and pinball on Saturdays and Sundays, there are DJs, craft beer, drink specials, and select vendors on Friday nights.
  • Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Fridays from 6 to 10 pm, weekend days from 11 am to 5 pm – every other weekend:
    • January 27 to January 29
    • February 10 to February 12
    • February 24 to February 26
    • March 10 to March 12
    • March 24 to March 26
  • Admission: On the door, $3 single day or $5 weekend pass

Secret Service Comedy Show

  • What: The agents return to deliver justice through jokes. With special agents Damian Johnson, Erich Dachwitz, and Katrina Bennett, plus headlining agent Alex Sparling, Winner of the 2015 Vancouver Yuk Off, XM Radio, and NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity.
  • Where: British Ex-Servicemen’s Association – 1143 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 27, from 8:30 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

LunarFest 2017

  • What: LunarFest is Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture – and they’re celebrating the Year of the Rooster! Enjoy Rooster Winter Games, arts, workshops, games, and performances, all for free.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza – 650 Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29, from noon to 6 pm
  • Admission: Totally free

Muji Vancouver

  • What: Japanese clothing and accessories brand Muji is opening a pop-up store this Friday, as part of a Japan Unlayered exhibition, celebrating contemporary Japanese architecture, design, and culture, designed to be a sensory experience.
  • Where: Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Open from 11 am to 7 pm; from Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29, then Monday to Friday until Tuesday, February 28
  • Reserve: On Eventbrite, totally free, but compulsory
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