20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Jan 6 2017, 8:02 am

The two days we’ve all been waiting for have arrived! Get out there and have some weekend fun.

Here are 20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, January 7, and Sunday, January 8, 2017.

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

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sam’s Dance Free Open House-Hip Hop & Hustle 

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  • What: Learn how to pop, lock, and drop at this free dance hip hop open house.
  • Where: Carousel Theatre -1411 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 7, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Cost: Free to register on Eventbrite

Pops: Ellis Hall Soul Unlimited

  • What: John Morris Russell conducts vocalist-pianist Ellis Hall, the Ellis Hall Singers, and the VSO in a program of classics by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, Otis Redding, and Ray Charles.
  • Where: The Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street
  • When:  Saturday, January 7, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Available online

National Anthem

National Anthem

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  • What: National Anthem is an improv and sketch comedy group that have performed at the 17th Annual Del Close Marathon, the Vancouver International Improv Festival and the Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival. The Cagematch Champions return to the Toast Collective to launch a monthly show.
  • Where: Toast Collective – 648 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • When: January 7 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $5 at the door

Phantom Signal

Phantom Signal

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  • What: Phantom Signal presents heart-pounding, senses-shattering, full-on screaming meemie-inducing tales of horror, madness and general malaise. New radio play extravaganza every month.
  • Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: January 7 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $10 at the door

Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers Market

  • What: Find local produce, meat, seafood, artisan cheese, bread, herbs, baked goods, artisanal crafts, and more.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, January 7 to April 22

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
  • Price: Register for free on Eventbrite

Robson Square Skating Rink

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  • 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.

Calm Rebel Meditation: A Clear New Year with Carolyn Anne Budgell

  • What:Join Carolyn Anne Budgell in this meditation workshop to explore simple ways to breathe deeply and slow down the anxious mind
  • Where: 201-150 West Hasting Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 7, from 1:45 to 3:45 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Love Bowie: David Bowie Dance Party 

David Bowie in Labyrinth (Henson Associates, Lucasfilm)

David Bowie in Labyrinth (Henson Associates, Lucasfilm)

  • What: The Fox Cabaret invites you to dance at their second annual celebration of iconic musician and artist David Bowie on his birthday.
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret–2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 7, from 10:30 to 2 am
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $5-$10

Spectral Theatre’s “Late-Night Double Feature” 

  • What: Feeling in the mood for two spooky tales from our dank, dark vault of horrors? Then join the intimate confines of Slickity Jim’s as part of our live studio audience, as we light up the CGRM “On Air” sign, and witness the Grimmsfield Radio Players record staged readings of original works, in the style of the radio programs of yesteryear.
  • Where: Slickity Jim’s Chat ‘n’ Chew–3475 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 7, from 7 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10

Sunday, January 8, 2017

No Pants Skytrain ride 

vancouver no pants skytrain ride

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  • What: Take off your pants and get on the Skytrain for an annual ride event.
  • Where: Southside of Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station by the ticket machines
  • When: Sunday, January 8 at 2:30 pm

Healthy Cooking Classes: Whole, Plant-based, Delicious 

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  • What: These newly revised classes get to the heart of ‘how-to’ vegan and healthier baking for the home cook, both beginner and more advanced.
  • Where: Canadian School of Natural Nutrition –2245 West Broadway Street Room 102, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 8, from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, $75-$500

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 & mind in a more poetic way, through breath & traditional exercises.
  • Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano –1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 8, from 10:30 am to noon
  • Register: On Eventbrite, free

Streetfight Improv

Streetfight Improv / Eventbrite

  • What: Streetfight is a hilarious hour of head-to-head short form improv that you don’t want to miss. Every week we get ten of the funniest improvisers in town (or amazing special guests!) who compete back and forth with short improvised scenes vying for your laughter!
  • Where: Havana–1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 8, from 9 to 10 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, $8

Vancouver TheatreSports’ Rookie League


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  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports’ rising stars take to The Improv Centre stage every Sunday night.  The 90 minutes of improv will showcase the talent of these new players and prepare them for the bright lights of mainstage.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Sunday at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $8, online

Enjoy toe-tapping’ country at Tim Hicks and Chad Brownlee

  • What: Canadian country music artist Tim Hicks performs with fellow Canadian country music artist, Chad Brownlee
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street
  • When:  Sunday, January 8. Doors open at 8 pm, shows start at 9 pm.
  • Tickets: $40, available at Ticketmaster

Skating at Trout Lake 

  • What: This is the first time in 20 years that Trout Lake in East Vancouver has frozen over with a thick enough layer of ice for people to skate on. So grab those skates and enjoy it while it lasts!
  • Where: Trout Lake –3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • When:  Everyday until further notice about ice conditions. Get updates of safety/ ice conditions here.
  • Cost: Free

Hastings Park Farmers Market 

  • 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
  • Cost: Free

Pancakes and Jam

  • What: Pancakes and Jam is an inclusive community building event / brunch / live music dance party.Come on out and meet new friends and old, have yourself some breakfast with our all afternoon brunch, volunteer to help in the kitchen or play some music. You are encouraged to make new friends, spread joy and enjoy the company of a wonderful group of people.
  • Where: The Woods Studio – 7 West 2 Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 8, from 11:30 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: Donation at the door. Suggested amount $5-$10.

Lights at Lafarge Lake

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  • What: See more than 100,000 twinkling lights light up Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake, in a magical, free, outdoor display for visitors of all ages.
  • When: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • When: Nightly from dusk to 11 pm, until January 22
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