10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, January 11

Jan 10 2020, 5:00 am

VSO New Music Festival, Gluten Free Expo, and more. Here are our picks of 10 great events to check out in Vancouver today. Enjoy your day!

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

Gluten Free Expo

Gluten Free Expo/Facebook

What: Canada’s largest gluten free event is returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre East with hundreds of products to check out. Hear and learn from registered dieticians, nutritionists, doctors, and chefs.

When: January 11 and 12, 2020
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

2020 VSO New Music Festival

What: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival takes place from January 11 to 16, with a variety of performances that explore this year’s theme of (re)creation. Highlights include Kaija Saariaho and Unsuk Chin, Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face led by Music Director Emeritus Bramwell Tovey, pre-concert panels and discussions, post-concert Q&A’s, and more.

When: January 11 until January 16, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Hands On Scientist Barn Owls

What:​ Owl researcher Sofi Hindmarch hosts an evening of interesting owl-study insights and a walk to look for signs of owls at Campbell Valley Regional Park.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park — 20285 8 Avenue, Langley
Register: Phone 604-432-6359. $8.50 per adult, $4.50 per adult 65+

Skate Plaza at The Shipyards

What: The Shipyards’ large, covered outdoor plaza has been converted into a free ice rink for the season. The rink will be open to skating seven days a week from 12 to 7 pm.

The skateable surface is approximately 20,000 sq. ft., including the floor area of the 12,000-sq-ft plaza and the adjacent 8,000-sq-ft summertime water spray area, both of which are covered by a retractable roof. Skaters can either bring their own skates or rent a pair of skates on-site for $7, although quantities are limited. Helmets and skating aids are free.

When: Daily until the end of season
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: The Shipyards Commons, North Vancouver
Admission: Free, skate rentals are available at a cost of $7 (quantities are limited)

House and Home

What: The world premiere of House and Home by Jenn Griffin. An insightful comedy about Vancouver’s current real estate crisis, the play follows Hilary and Henry and their struggles to keep their house. Directed by Firehall Arts Centre’s Artistic Producer, Donna Spencer.

When: Tuesday to Sunday from January 11 until January 25, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre — 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Brackendale Eagle Festival – The Matinee concert

What: The Brackendale Eagle Festival features an all-ages live concert by The Matinee on January 11 at the Brackendale Art Gallery

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Brackendale Art Gallery — 41950 Government Rd, Brackendale
Tickets: $30

Nature Work Parties

What: Help take care of Surrey’s unique urban forest in Hazelnut Meadows Community Park by removing invasive plants and litter. No experience is required and everyone is welcome to take part. Tools, training and light refreshments will be provided.

When: January 11 and February 8, 2020
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Hazelnut Meadows Community Park – 14069 68 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Raincouver Themed Afternoon Tea at Notch8

Raincouver Tea

Courtesy Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

What: Notch8, located on the main floor of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, presents new tea offering Raincouver Afternoon Tea. The tea features both sweet and savoury treats.

Tea lovers can expect fare like a Crab Profiterole made with Dungeness crab, green apple, smoked roe and fennel, and sweet eats like the Chocolate Mud Tart served in a dark chocolate pastry shell, filled with chocolate crémeux, chocolate ganache and chocolate “soil,” to name a few.

When: Wednesday through Sunday from January 11 until April 12, 2020
Time: 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $65 per person; book online or call 604-662-1900

Herring Sale for Autism

What: Autism Community Training is hosting an Herring for Autism Sale, sponsored by Oceanside Fisheries, to raise funds for ACT. Last year over 20,000 pounds of herring was sold.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: 7th Avenue Wharf – 3080 Moncton Street, Richmond
Admission: Free. Each 20lb (9kg) bag is $20 with all proceeds going to ACT.

Bowie Ball 2020

What: An annual celebration of the music, art, theatre, fashion, and philosophy of David Bowie featuring performances by a variety of Vancouver musicians. The event is also a fundraiser for The Canadian Cancer Society.

When: January 11, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E Hastings Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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