10 things to do in Vancouver today: Saturday, January 18

Jan 17 2020, 1:00 pm

No matter the weather, Vancouver is a fun place to be! Here are our picks of 10 things to do today, January 18, including Coastal Lunar Lanterns, Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival, and more.

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

Coastal Lunar Lanterns

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What: The Asian-Canadian Special Events Association has created an iconic installation for Lunar New Year. From January 18 to February 9, eight gigantic lanterns designed by Indigenous artists will be set up and illuminated at the Jack Poole Plaza, using the mountains and water as a backdrop.

When: January 18 to February 9, 2020
Where: Jack Poole Plaza — 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Mariana Mazza

What: Quebec comedian Mariana Mazza brings her one-women show to Vancouver. She has won the Olivier of the Yearaward at the Gala les Olivier and a Félix award for Best Comedy Show of the Year. She also appeared in Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 and De père en flic 2. Mariana will also be holding an informal discussion with the audience after the show.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Norman Rothstein Theater — 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Birding Walks in Surrey Parks

What: A local naturalist leads a birding walk through a Surrey park where you can see the various birds of the city.

Walks are drop-in and will happen rain or shine but may be cancelled due to high winds or extreme weather conditions. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, and bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow as well.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Where: Elgin Heritage Park – 13601 Crescent Road, Surrey
Admission: Free

North Shore Chinese Spring Festival Gala 2020

What: The North Shore Chinese community hosts a Spring Festival Gala at Centennial Theatre. The event features live entertainment, and is a fundraiser for West Vancouver Youth Band Society.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Centennial Theatre – 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

A Celebration of Robbie Burns Supper and Concert

What: Place des Arts’ annual celebration of Scotland’s National Bard, Robbie Burns. Fiddler Rosie Carver with Celtic band Blackthorn and a special guest piper will showcase Scotland’s musical traditions with a special focus on Burns’ poems and songs.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Place des Arts – 1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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What: Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is back for its 10th year celebrating all things hot chocolate. There are 44 participating ‘chocstars’ at this year’s fest, all of which are local purveyors. Each cafe, dessert bar, and restaurant has created sugary wondrous concoctions that take classic hot chocolates to a whole new level – there will be 114 drinks in total to explore.

When: January 18 to February 14, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Venues around Vancouver
More Info: Online

North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex Grand Opening

What: Surrey’s Mayor and Council lead the grand opening of the city’s newest recreation facility. The afternoon includes free public skating with free skate and helmet rentals, skating demos, and live entertainment.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Where: North Surrey Sport and Ice Complex – 10950 126a Street, Surrey
Admission: Free

Greighlan Crossing Pipe Band 15th Annual Burns Night

What: An evening of poetry and Scottish music dedicated to the great poet Robert Burns, accompanied by a full traditional buffet dinner that includes haggis, roast beef, neeps and tatties. Entertainment will be provided by the Greighlan Crossing Pipe Band, The Christie Highland Dancers, and dancing provided by a live DJ. Also featuring a scotch tasting bar, beer and wine bar, silent auction and more.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Bonsor Banquet Hall — 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

New West Winter Farmers’ Market

What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.

Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Belmont Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

BBQ, Fried Chicken & Brewery Tour

What: This tour takes attendees from Juke Fried Chicken to Memphis Blues to Vancouver’s newest craft brewery, Container Brewing. Part of Dine Out Vancouver 2020.

When: January 17, 18, 24, 25, February 1, 2020
Time: 4 to 7:30 pm
Where: 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver (Meet Inside Waterfront Station)
Price: $105.99; buy online

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