28 things to do in Vancouver this week: January 28 to 31

Jan 23 2019, 9:22 am

The last week of January has arrived!

Make the most of it with these 28 things to do in Vancouver from Monday, January 28 to Thursday, January 31. We’ve got Dierks Bentley, Cannes Lions, and more.

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

Monday, January 28

Lights on the Lake at Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs

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What: A Sasquatch-themed festival that hopes to share some of Harrison’s favourite ways to spend time outdoors. Light displays on the Harrison Lakefront will showcase the mythical creature hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, fishing, camping, and windsurfing. The celebration will also include a Christmas tree trail, Whoville-themed village, and cabin-style New Year’s celebration.

When: Now to Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Harrison Hot Springs
Admission: Free

15th Anniversary: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2019

What: The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s signature mid-winter cultural event. The PuSh Festival presents audiences with groundbreaking, contemporary works of theatre, dance, music, and multimedia, by acclaimed local, national, and international artists. This year’s PuSh Festival will showcase 26 works from 24 companies from 13 countries – including six world premieres.

When: Now to February 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

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Flower Market at Yaohan Centre

What: Visit to the Yaohan Centre Flower Market during this time of the year is a great way to get into the spirit of Chinese New Year. The market is the perfect place to soak up in the joy of the festivities and pick up a few items to decorate the house.

When: Now to Monday, February 4, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7
Where: Yaohan Centre – 3700 No. 3 Rd #2220, Richmond
Admission: Free

Shred for the Cause at Mt. Seymour



What: For the 2019 season, women can ski and snowboard at Mt Seymour for $15, with $7.50 from every lift ticket going to The Bloom Group. Men are welcome to come out and enjoy the evening as well, with lift tickets for men from 5 to 10 pm for $35. The Bloom Group have been providing social services in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for over 50 years, including low-barrier shelters for women and children. Drinks and food specials are being served in the Rock Chute from 5 pm onwards with trivia and games for prizes and giveaways at 8 pm.

When: Every Monday until March 25, 2019
Times: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Mt Seymour – 1700 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver
Tickets: Women $15, Men $35. Tickets will be sold out of the ticket booths at the Season Pass & Ticket Office. Ticket and rental packages will be sold in the Alpine Activity Centre.

Loop, Lull

What: In this performance by Company 605, all is laid bare for the spectator: the audience witnessing a process without an endpoint, sharing the space and energy with the performers. This sense of transparency and community is essential to the meaning of Loop, Lull, which hides behind no narrative except bodies and movement in constant negotiation. It’s about people coping with change together, and all the beauty, vulnerability and risk that entails. Part of PuSh Festival.

When: Monday, January 28 and Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre – 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

A Panel Discussion on Housing in Vancouver

What: This panel discussion, hosted by the Outreach Committee of UBC’s Green College, will bring together a varied array of community members with first-hand experience working to resolve Vancouver’s housing situation.

When: Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: 5 to 6:30 pm
Where: Coach House, Green College, UBC – 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver
Admission: Free, though funds are being raised for Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

Vancouver Youth Slam featuring Brandon Wint

What: Brandon Wint is a two-time national champion slam poet, a nationally published writer, as well as arts-educator and curator of artistic events. Youth Slam sign-up is restricted to artists aged 13 to 20, and includes up to 3 spaces for the open mic and up to 8 spaces for the slam. Poets on the open mic are asked to limit themselves to 1 poem/song or a 4-minute performance.

When: Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Admission: $4 for Youth 18 or under, $6-$10 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Tuesday, January 29

Dierks Bentley


Dierks Bentley/Live Nation

What: Country star Dierks Bently is coming to Vancouver this January for his Burning Man Tour. Along with him on tour will be special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Towns, and Hot Country Knights.

When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Live Music at the Shadbolt

What: A Little Lunch Music for the lunch crowd, and then a Jazz Jam with musician Cory Weeds in the evening.

When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 12 to 1 pm, 6 to 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue Burnaby, BC
Admission: Free

UBC Reads Sustainability presents Johanna Wagstaffe

What: Join UBC Sustainability Initiative as CBC Meteorologist and science host, Johanna Wagstaffe, discusses her book Fault Lines, focusing on the science behind earthquakes and the risks associated with living on BC’s South Coast. Johanna will further discuss how preparation helps a community recover following an earthquake, and how a ‘resilient city’ supports sustainability.

When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Jack Poole Hall, Robert Lee Alumni Centre – UBC 6163 University Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

The Matchmaker

What: Horace Vandergelder seeks a wife and matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi doesn’t need to look very far to find her! With forbidden young love and mistaken identities afoot, more than one match is sure to be made. Experience the pandemonium of this classic—and the inspiration for Hello, Dolly!—that embraces the unexpected in a truly modern way.

When: Now to February 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage – 2750 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancity Business Babes 4 Year Anniversary Party

What: Enjoy a night of networking with likeminded women and creating new connections. The party will feature inspiring Q+A talks, a welcome drink, appetizers and treats, shop local vendors and more.

When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: White Lounge – 1257 Hamilton Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $70

Bones N Beer



What: A fundraiser with a hearty ribs dinner, a selection of craft beers, insider sports talk and a frank, in-your-face conversation about men and osteoporosis. Supporting Osteoporosis Canada programs to raise men’s awareness, Bones ’n’ Beer is also bringing in osteoporosis expert Dr. Sonia Singh to lead a conversation about men’s fracture risk and the importance of maintaining good bone health.

When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 11 pm
Where: Romer’s Burger Bar – 1873 W. 4th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $50

Women’s Maker Meet Up

What: Whether you’re a seasoned maker or someone who has only made things in your head and have been too nervous to give it a go IRL, head to the Women’s Maker Meet Up and meet other makers and dreamers. There will be talks from women makers, demos, and the opportunity to network with like-minded women. Bring a project to share.

When: Tuesday, January 29, 2018
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: MakerLabs – 780 East Cordova Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Wednesday, January 30

Brewchella New Beer Launch

What: CRAFT Beer Market’s celebration of barley and brews with the launch over 30 new beers on the menu. Enjoy live beats, light eats and complimentary beer sampling of some of the new lineup. All new beers will be on feature for $5.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market Vancouver – 85 West 1st Avenue Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $5

Indigenous Storyteller in Residence: Launch Event

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Vancouver Public Library / Facebook

What: Celebrate and get to know the 2019 Indigenous Storyteller in Residence, Joseph A. Dandurand. Discover how he will support cross-cultural communication and honour storytelling in its many forms through exciting events, workshops and more.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Public Library – Alice Mackay Room – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Teen Art Drop-In

What: Teens are invited to explore their creativity and work alongside their peers to develop a collaborative art piece while building meaningful friendships. Free drop-in event, no previous art skills are required. Open to teens 13 to 18 years old. This program is run in partnership between the City of Surrey’s Community Art Program and Surrey Libraries.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Where: City Centre Library – Room 120 – 10350 University Dr, 

What: Danish superstar MØ’s, new album Forever Neverland is her first full length since her 2014 debut No Mythologies To Follow and follows a whirlwind four years for the vocalist and songwriter born Karen Marie Ørsted. In addition to festival appearances and sold out tours worldwide, MØ released an EP, When I Was Young, in the fall of 2017 and has recently collaborated with the likes of Charli XCX, Jack Antonoff, ALMA, and Noah Cyrus, not to mention her star turns on Major Lazer’s smash hits “Cold Water” and “Lean On.” Also features guest Mykki Blanco.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 9 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair

What: The hallways of Aberdeen Centre will be transformed into a Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair, featuring vendors selling including gifts, decorations, fresh flowers, crafts, food, home goods and more. Your one-stop-shop for all Chinese New Year essentials.

When: Wednesday, January 30 to Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond
Admission: Free

Left of PuSh – Tara Cheyenne + Kate Franklin

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Tara Cheyenne Performance / Facebook

What: Left of PuSh is a platform for showing experiments-in-process + tour ready performance by local artists, running alongside the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

When: Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Left of Main – 211 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Admission: By donation at the door.

Beau Jest

What: All Sarah’s parents want is for her to marry a nice Jewish boy. But Sarah has been dating anyone but. To get her parents off her back, Sarah hires an actor to play her imaginary Jewish doctor boyfriend at a family dinner. Hilarity ensues as Sarah attempts to keep the charade going as long as she possibly can. A play about family, growing up and the extent we’ll go to please our parents, this delightful comedy will chase away those mid-winter blues.

When: Various dates from now to Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Abbotsford Community Arts Addition – 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online, $12-$25

Thursday, January 31

Cannes Lions Vancouver Screening 2019


Cannes Lions award-winning commercial screening (nab)

What: The National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS), in partnership with The Globe and Mail, is hosting a screening of the Cannes Lions 2018 award winners at Vancouver’s Scotiabank Theatre on January 31. Viewers will have the chance to take in the short — though no less impressive — works of the advertising industry from the comfort of movie theatre seats, with the 126 minutes of award-winning advertisements play on the big screen. Some of these commercials include the famous “It’s a Tide Ad” from Tide, “Unlock” from Apple, and Taco Bell’s “Web of Fries.”

When: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 9 pm
Where: Scotiabank Theatre — 900 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $25 to $30, available online

Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival

What: The Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival is being held at arenas across Surrey from January 31 to February 3, 2019. Celebrating women in hockey, this female hockey tournament brings together teams from as far as Atlantic Canada and the United States.

When: January 31 to February 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex Arena – 16555 Fraser Highway; Cloverdale Arena – 6090 176 Street, Newton Arena – 7120 136B Street; North Surrey Arena – 10275 City Parkway; South Surrey Arena, 2199 148 Street
More Info: Online

Just for Men – Health Talk

What: Support healthy aging with community connection, relevant presentations by healthcare providers and practical information designed specifically for senior men. Featuring Dr. Romi Fung, ND. Registration required. This event is for ages 55 and over.

When: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Where: Thompson Community Centre – 5151 Granville Ave, Richmond
Admission: Free

Kit And Ace Metrotown Pop-Up Shop

What: Kit and Ace has opened a pop-up shop at Metropolis at Metrotown to celebrate the holiday season, and this is the first-ever time the brand has had a physical presence in Burnaby. Visitors to the pop-up will have the chance to win a head-to-toe Kit and Ace look featuring both the Navigator and Brushed French Terry fabrics. Look for the mannequins wearing these looks and leave your email address to be entered to win. Two winners will be selected at the end of each month.

When: Open now through Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: Regular mall hours
Where: Level 1 through Entrance 4 on the left, Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Price: Free admission



Live Nation

What: One of the most prolific bands of all time, that launched an era of rock ‘n roll legends, KISS’ final tour, appropriately named the “End of the Road,” will start at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on January 31 and All Hell’s Breaking’ Loose as it’s the beginning of the end. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

When: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ocean Wise Pop Up at the Vancouver Aquarium

What: This Ocean Wise Pop Up Restaurant will be located in the Vancouver Aquarium where Chef Ned Bell and his team will prepare eats after-hours surrounded by stunning marine wildlife.

When: January 31, February 1 and February 2, 2019
Time: 6 and 8 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Price: $70.05; buy online

The Search For Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2019

What: This competition aims to find some of the strongest drag performers from across Greater Vancouver. Hosted by Alma B Itches.

When: Every Thursday from January 31 to Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm
Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
More Info: Online

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