20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: January 20 and 21

Jan 14 2018, 10:35 pm

Kick your weekend off right with our list of 20 exciting events happening on Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21. March On Vancouver 2018, Hot Chocolate Festival, and more to enjoy.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018

March On, Vancouver! 2018

  • What: One year after tens of thousands of people took to Vancouver’s streets to support the huge Women’s March in Washington DC, the resistance is back. March On, Vancouver! will kick off at Jack Poole Plaza on Saturday, January 20, and everyone is invited to come stand up against inequality once again. The event is being organized by two of last year’s march organizers and other grassroots groups, in collaboration with the national Women’s March group.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Meet at Jack Poole Plaza – 1085 Canada Place, Vancouver at 10 am
  • Info: On Facebook, free to attend

Club PuSh

  • What: The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival hosts its less-formal, night-time weekend series, Club PuSh, at two venues in 2018. Spend an evening alongside artists and art-lovers while taking in your choice of eight shows ranging from the hip and queer, to the radical and riotous.
  • When: Saturday, January 20 to Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver; Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia St, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online

Tyler Morrison

  • What: Tyler Morrison has appeared on CBC’s hit show The Debaters, Robert Kelly’s You Know What Dude, and The Ron Jeremy Celebrity Roast where he received a standing ovation. Also featuring Chris Griffin and MC Chris Gaskin.
  • When: Saturday, January 20. 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Yuk Yuk’s Abbotsford – 2509 Pauline St, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online, $19.05 plus tax

Conifer Walk

  • What: ​​​Get to know your tall green neighbours – the common conifers in the temperate rainforest.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 10 to 2 pm
  • Where: Capilano River Regional Park
  • Register: Online, $8 per adults, $4.25 per adult 65+

Magic with Woody Aragon

  • What: Woody Aragon has worked in the best specialized magic theatres and festivals around the world, has appeared on TV in the US and Spain, and is a North American and European International Federation of Magic Societies championship winner.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Tickets: Online, $25

Coast Salish Stories and Beading Demo

  • What: First Nations educator Kwantlen Elder Helen Carr presents Coast Salish stories and a beading demo at Deer Lake Gallery. Experience and learn about the local Coast Salish culture and history through activities and presentation.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: Noon to 2 pm
  • Where: Deer Lake Gallery – 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $20

Sledge Hockey – Try It Day

  • What: Try to shoot the puck, move your sled and play games with experienced coaches and staff. All equipment is provided, and participants (ages six and older) will also get the chance to learn about adapted sport programs and services provided by the City of Surrey.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 4:15 to 6:15 pm
  • Where: Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex Arena – Rink #1 – 16555 Fraser Highway, Surrey
  • Register: Online, Free

Cedric Gervais 

  • What: Grammy Award-winner Cedric Gervais returns to Celebrities for #CelebsPlayhouse.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 10 pm
  • Where: Celebrities – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $30

Curator’s Talk and Opening Reception

  • What: Celebrate the opening of Surrey Art Gallery’s two winter exhibits. Many Visions, Many Versions features the work of 24 contemporary artists from four major indigenous artistic traditions in India: the Gond and Warli communities of Central India, the Mithila region of Bihar, and the narrative scroll painters of West Bengal. Throughout the lobby, enjoy the traditional and contemporary quilts with Canadian themes in the quilting exhibit Canada, eh! by Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild.
  • When: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Surrey Art Gallery – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
  • Admission: Free

Hot Chocolate Festival

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  • What: Back for another year, chocoholics will love this cocoa-fuelled festival, which features an unbelievable array of exotic and specialty hot chocolates. You have 22 days to try all 35 of the participating ‘chocstars’ at this year’s fest, all of which are local purveyors.
  • Where: Multiple venues around Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 20 to Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2018

  • What: The 26th annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival features a wide variety of events taking place around the mountain each day. The festival will also feature a live performance from Margaret Cho, who was named one of the top 50 Stand-up comics of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. Special guest DJs will also take the stage during the week-long event, including DJs Rafael Calvente from Brazil, as well as DJ GSP from Greece.
  • When: Sunday, January 21 to Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: Various locations around Whistler Village, as well as on Whistler and Blackcomb mountain.
  • Tickets: Available at gaywhistler.com.

Nest Box Program

  • What: ​​Help service more than 200 nest boxes that provide homes for wood ducks, flying squirrels, swallows and chickadees. Presented by Burnaby Lake Park Association.
  • When: ​Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 1 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • Admission: Free

Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports rocks the laughs with its annual improv celebration, Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival. Throwdown welcomes TheatreSports teams from around the world for head-to-head matches with each other and local teams comprised of VTSL’s top improvisers.
  • When: Now to Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: Various times
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Easy Moroccan Vegetarian Dinner

  • What: If your resolutions are to eat less meat and learn something exotic, this is the class for you. Enjoy a three-course meal demonstration, get samples, and take home recipes.
  • When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: 2 to 4​ pm
  • Where: Trout Lake Community Center – 3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $57.14; buy via Trout Lake CC

Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display

  • What: More than 100,000 twinkling lights is illuminating Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam this holiday season, in a magical outdoor display for visitors of all ages. The Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display is one of the largest free outdoor light events in the Lower Mainland, and this year’s spectacle is bigger and brighter than ever before. The display wraps its way entirely around Lafarge Lake, leading visitors on a 1.2-km loop through 10 themed zones. There are also roving performers, hot chocolate, festive choirs, and even a holiday fair.
  • When: Now to Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: Dusk to 11 pm
  • Where: Town Centre Park – 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Admission: Free

StreetArts Community Banner Painting Sessions

  • What: Local artists and Port Moody residents paint colourful community-designed banners that line major streets come springtime. Come see the artists painting their banners.
  • When: Sunday, January 21, 2018; banners on display in the Galleria from Monday,  January 22 to Wednesday, January 31
  • Time: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Galleria – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
  • Admission: Free

Italian Hot Chocolate and Cookies Workshop

  • What: This workshop will cover how to make Italian hot chocolate as well as cookies that are traditionally paired with it. Participants will get a taste of classic Italian hot chocolate and learn a few new ways to spice it up, as well as learn how to make cookies from scratch using a traditional Italian recipe.
  • When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Times: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $35; buy online


  • What: Since making her debut in 2010, LA-based alt-pop/hip-hop artist K.Flay has spun fearlessly detailed lyrics that show the bright and dark of the world in her head. For her second full-length album Every Where Is Some Where, K.Flay pushed deeper into introspection, while adding an element of political commentary.
  • When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville St, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $29.50

Christmas in January

  • What: Vancouver Community College (VCC) and The Salvation Army will be giving a gift to their neighbours in the Downtown Eastside – a Christmas lunch with all the fixings. Taking place at the The Salvation Army Harbour Light, more than 70 volunteers from VCC and the community will prepare and serve more than turkeys, hundreds of pounds of vegetables, along with gallons of coffee.
  • When: Sunday, January 21, 2018
  • Time: 11 am to 1 pm
  • Where: The Salvation Army Harbour Light – 119 East Cordova Street
  • Admission: Free

2018 Vancouver Human Library

  • What: The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. It’s a candid 20-minute one-on-one conversation that will open your eyes to the diversity of lived experience. “Human books” are available on a first-come, first-served basis during event hours. Produced by Zee Zee Theatre, presented with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and hosted by the Vancouver Public Library.
  • When: All weekend days from Saturday, January 20 to Sunday February 4, 2018
  • Time: 12 to 4 pm
  • Where: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch – 350 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Free
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