23 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: January 28 to 29

Jan 27 2017, 12:42 am

It’s the last weekend of January, so get out there and make it count. We’ve got everything going on, from Street Food City to Hastings Park Farmers Market.

So here are 23 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29.

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

Saturday, January 28

Street Food City

  • What: The sixth annual “food truck pod,” a vibrant pop-up starring local food trucks, is finishing up this weekend as part of Dine Out Vancouver’s expanded programming. More than 25 food trucks have been rotating throughout the week-long festival.
  • Where: Howe Street, between Georgia and Smith Streets, and on the 800 Robson Street Plaza
  • When: Monday, January 23 and Sunday, January 29, from 11 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Free entry, just buy your own food

Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre Chinese New Year Festival

  • What: Bring out the whole family to ring in the New Year with drumming, lion dancing, craft making, performances of Chinese instruments and traditional songs, and an interactive demonstration of the ancient Chan (Zen) tea ceremony.
  • Where: Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre – 8240 No.5 Rd, Richmond
  • When: Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, from 1:30 to 3:30pm
  • Tickets: Free

Muji Vancouver

A Muji store in Bangkok, Thailand (Champiofoto/Shutterstock)

A Muji store in Bangkok, Thailand (Champiofoto/Shutterstock)

  • What: Japanese clothing and accessories brand Muji opened 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 reservations compulsory

Coptic Bookbinding 

  • What: Ever want to learn how to make your own books – those ones with the cool stitching on the spine that lie flat when you open them? Artist extraordinaire and organizer at Youth for Chinese Seniors, Chanel Ly, can teach you how!
  • Where: WePress – 202-268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 28, from 1 to 3 pm
  • Reserve: On Eventbrite, sliding scale prices (suggested $40). Fee includes bookmaking supplies.

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: Saturday, January 28 to Sunday, January 29, from noon to 6 pm
  • Admission: Totally free

Welcome to TIP LABS 


  • What: The Tipping Point movement recognized a need for community, self-design, and personalized learning for the young people graduating high school and entering university. Join them to learn more about the program and how you could be a part of this small community!
  • Where: City Hub Initiative— 1445 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 28, from 2 to  4 pm
  • Tickets: Available online, $10

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

Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers Market

  • What: Find local produce, meat, seafood, artisan cheese, bread, herbs, baked goods, artisanal crafts, and more at this farmers market in a stadium.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays between January 7 to April 22, from 10 am to 2 pm
  • Admission: Totally free

Qui Gong Saturdays 

  • 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
  • Register: On Eventbrite, totally free

Groundhog Day in Newton 

  • What: Join Lou Jack the Groundhog in the Newton Grove for a pyjama party to celebrate an early Groundhog 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
  • When: Saturday, January 28, from 10 am to noon
  • Admission: Free

Robson Square Skating Rink

  • What: The Robson Square Ice Rink, located in downtown Vancouver, is open until February 14. 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.
  • Admission: Free with your own skates, or rent for $4

Strong Female Character

  • What: In this group exhibition, Strong Female Character, three female artists look at feminine identity, both past and present, as defined within Western culture.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 12 to Saturday, January 28, various times, check website for details
  • Admission: Free

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Chinese New Year Chinatown Parade

chinese new year parade vancouver

Image: Peter So

  • What: The 44th annual Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver’s Chinatown is an all ages event that features lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and more!
  • Where: Chinatown – Pender St and Main St, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 29, from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Admission: Totally free

Get Lucky Art Show

  • What: To kick off the Lunar New Year of the Rooster, District Local invited more than 25 local artists to create artwork using lucky red pocket envelopes as their canvasses. The finished works will be exhibited in this one-day only art show.
  • Where: Fortune Sound Club – 143 East Pender St, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 29, noon to 4 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, totally free

Year of the Rooster Temple Fair

  • What: Enjoy arts and crafts, demonstrations of tai chi, traditional music, and a lively lion dance at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall St, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 29, from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tickets: By donation

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Taste of Vietnam hot chocolate at Thierry (Photo by Leila Kwok/courtesy Thierry)

  • What: The Hot Chocolate Festival once again makes for a delectable countdown to the sweetest day of the year, Valentine’s Day, when a lot of us are definitely thinking about chocolate. The month-long event finds cafes, sweet shops, and restaurants around Vancouver serving up special cocoa-y creations.
  • Where: Various locations. See full list here.
  • When: Tuesday, January 17 to Tuesday, February 14
  • Admission: Free, but bring money for drinks


  • What: A nationwide program from five leading science organizations known as Innovation150 celebrates Canada’s innovative past and sparks the ideas and ingenuity that will propel our future. The interactive, yearlong program offers awe-inspiring experiences in science, technology, and innovation across the country.
  • Where: Various locations, check website for details.
  • When: Events run through January and February.

Dine Out Vancouver

L’Abattoir (Amy Ho/Courtesy L’Abattoir)

  • What: This annual festival is back with a full 17-day schedule of delicious events and unique culinary experiences for diners. Activities include brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, and street food markets.
  • Where: All around Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 20 to Sunday, February 5
  • Tickets: Individual event ticket details and prices here

Cheesy Does It Cheese Making Class 

  • What: In this workshop you will be learning a new skill of how to make Fresh Mozzarella cheese (bocconcini). With guided step by step instructions from Chef Alexis (Make Cheese Inc.) you will learn the basics of making cheese curds, salting, brining, storage and working with rennet and bacterial cultures.
  • Where: Electric Avenue – 938 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 29, from 1 to 3:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $57

Cuisine & 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



  • 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

Ninjitsu Sundays

  • What: Ninjitsu is the ancient art of the ninja shadow warriors of Japan. Through the practice of Ninjitsu you’ll learn to move your body and mind in a more poetic way, through breath and traditional exercises.
  • Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano – 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 29, from 10:30 am to noon
  • Register: On Eventbrite, free

Hastings Park Farmers Market 

Lindsay William-Ross/Daily Hive

  • What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, and food trucks.
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds– 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, January 8 to April 30
  • Admission: Free
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