27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: January 11 to 13

Jan 8 2019, 10:20 am

January rolls along with another great weekend full of fun events. Check out these 27 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, January 11, Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13. Ric Flair, Vancouver Giants, and more.

And for more things happening around town be sure to check out our events section.

Friday, January 11

Women’s Personal Safety Workshops 2019



What: Women looking to learn more about self-defence are invited to join the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for women’s personal safety workshops this winter. Participants will be able to learn easy self-defence tactics, and no prior training is required. The safety team encourages skills that involve “effective” self-defence.

The workshop is hosted by the VPD’s Women’s Personal Safety team and will take place on January 11 and February 7, 2019. The VPD says the workshop is open to all women, but the minimum age to sign-up is 16-years old. Anyone under 18 must come with a parent to sign a waiver. More information is available online.

When: Friday, January 11 and Thursday, February 7, 2019

  • January 11 from 6:15 to 8:15 pm:  Coal Harbour Community Centre — 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver
  • February 7 from 6 to 8 pm:  St. George’s School — 4175 West 29th Avenue, Vancouver


Price: Free

Vanhoover Pony Expo

What: Vanhoover Pony Expo gives Canadian pony fans a convention to call their own, and gives the entire fandom a place to celebrate all things pony in Vancouver. Despite its name and theme, organizers note that Vanhoover Pony Expo is in no way affiliated with Hasbro, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and related media belong exclusively to Hasbro and/or its subsidiaries.

When: January 11 to 13, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Executive Airport Hotel, Richmond
Registration: Online


What: Capilano Students’ Union and Capilano University are hosting CapRocks, featuring Delhi 2 Dublin, DiRTY RADiO, and Moontricks.

When: Friday, January 11, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Centre for Sport & Wellness – Capilano University – 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10 for Cap students/faculty/staff and $15 for the general public. All tickets include one drink ticket.

Survive Outside

What: Hikes Near Vancouver is partnering with the Surrey Search and Rescue team for an evening session of the BC AdventureSmart “Survive Outside – A Guide to Outdoor Safety” program. Taught by a highly-experienced SAR team member, this program is targeted at anyone interested in learning introductory outdoor survival practices. Attendees will learn about the “Three Ts” (Trip Planning, Training and Taking the Essentials), other outdoor travel tips, as well as how Search and Rescue operates. The seasoned, knowledgeable instructor helps tie everything together with scenarios and analyses of real-life SAR experiences.

When: Friday, January 11, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8 pm
Where: Surrey Search & Rescue Society – 5752 142 Street, Surrey
Tickets: Online, Free

Port Moody Film Society Film Night – The Salesman

What: In 2017 Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar (Best Foreign Language film) for The Salesman. Ranaa and Emad are a married couple, both actors rehearsing for a performance of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. When they are forced to move out of their collapsing apartment building, they become embroiled in a dangerous situation in their new home, involving the previous occupant.

When: Friday, January 11, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Admission: At the door, member admission $5, membership $5 a year.

Off the Top Rope with Ric Flair

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Image: WWE

What: The 69-year-old pro wrestling legend Ric Flair will be telling “untold tales of pro wrestling,” along with the “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart.

When: Friday, January 11, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition 2018

What: The Titanic: Artifact Exhibition has been designed to focus on the real, authentic human stories of those who boarded the Titanic and bringing those tales back to life. To help recreate the memories of the passengers, more than 120 authentic pieces from the vessel will be present, as well as extensive re-creations of rooms on the ship.

When: Now to Friday, January 11, 2019
Time: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Lipont Place – 4211 No. 3 Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online, $17.95

Saturday, January 12

Bowie Ball 2019

David Bowie

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What: An annual celebration of the music, art, theatre, fashion and philosophy of the late great David Bowie by a collection of Vancouver musicians for the benefit of The Canadian Cancer Society. Featuring performances by Cass King and the Next Right Thing, The Judys, Pointed Sticks and more.

When: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E. Hastings Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15

Vancouver Giants vs Kamloops Blazers

What: Vancouver Giants face off with the Kamloops Blazers in WHL action at Langley Events Centre.

When: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Herring Sale for Autism

What: To kick off fundraising in 2019, Autism Community Training is hostingan Herring for Autism Sale, sponsored by Oceanside Fisheries. Last year over 6,000 pounds of herring was sold.

When: Saturday, January 12, 2019
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 – Autism Community Training, a registered charity.

Nature Work Parties

What: Get your hands dirty removing invasive plants with friends and family and join others in caring for Surrey’s unique urban forest. Everyone is welcome to participate – no experience is required. Tools, training, and light refreshments are provided. These events are drop-in, rain or shine (events may be cancelled in high winds or extreme weather conditions). Stay comfortable by wearing appropriate clothing for winter activities.

When: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Hazelnut Meadows Community Park – 14069 68 Ave, Surrey
Price: Free

Artist Tour: Origo Club Gallery

What: Richmond Art Gallery Association in partnership with Origo Club invites everyone to tour the new gallery and its current exhibition. The event is also an opportunity to connect the Origo Club Art Gallery with the local arts community.

When: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Origo Club – 6888 River Road #110, Richmond
Tickets: Online, Free

Meet Me at the Barre

What: Reach your new fitness goals in 2019 while sipping on your favourite Steamworks brew. Join Steamworks Burnaby for an hour-long Barre class with Fitness with Jill founder Jill Nadon. Ticket price includes the drop-in fee and one beer flight.

When: Sunday, January 12, 2019
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Where: Steamworks Brewing – 3845 William Street, Burnaby
Tickets: Online, $20

Gluten Free Expo

What: Discover, shop and sample hundreds of gluten-free products while learning from leading experts at Canada’s largest gluten-free event.

When: Saturday, January 12 to Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Battlefield Fight League – BFL59

What: Battlefield Fight League will return to the Hardrock Casino for BFL59. The card will be headlined by Battlefield Fight League Bantamweight world champion Cole Smith versus #7 Canadian Bantamweight Ty Wilson.

When: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Hard Rock Casino Vancouver – 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Warriors vs Saskatchewan Rush

What: Vancouver Warriors take on the Saskatchewan Rush in NLL action at Rogers Arena.

When: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Weathered Beer Celebration

Enjoy this celebration of imperial stouts, barleywines, extreme hops, and fancy sours. A ticket to this beer tasting includes the beers you wish to sample plus a custom taster glass. Session 1 is from 1 to 5 pm and session 2 is from 7 to 11 pm. The Beer and Brewery List is subject to change.

When: Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: session 1 from 1 to 5 pm, session 2 from 7 to 11 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $100; buy online

Sunday, January 13

The Wedding Fair

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What: The 42nd annual Wedding Fair has over 100 of BC’s best wedding professionals all under one roof. Featuring bridal fashion shows, door prizes, and more.

When: Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Westin Bayshore Hotel – 1601 Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Florida Panthers

What: Vancouver Canucks face off with the Florida Panthers at Rogers Arena.

When: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art presents BODY LANGUAGE: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest

What: Guest curator Dion Kaszas of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation traces the deep-rooted traditions of Indigenous tattooing, piercing and personal adornment. Uncover the symbolic and distinctive designs for skin, and their relationship to traditional clothing, rock art, jewelry, basketry, and weaving with works by Nakkita Trimble (Nisga’a); Nahaan (Tlingit); Corey Bulpitt (Haida); Dean Hunt (Heiltsuk) and Dion Kaszas (Nlaka’pamux).

Where: Now to March 17, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Bill Reid Gallery -639 Hornby St, Vancouver
More Info: Online

The Wedding Fair

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Image: Wedding/Shutterstock

What: The 42nd annual Wedding Fair has over 100 of BC’s best wedding professionals all under one roof. Featuring bridal fashion shows, door prizes, and more.

When: Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Westin Bayshore Hotel – 1601 Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Bert Kreischer

What: Fresh off the acclaim of his Netflix special, Secret Time, comedian Bert Kreischer brings his Body Shots World Tour to the Vogue Theatre.

When: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Poemcee NITE

What: A night of word musicians featuring rap and poetry and everything in between. With performances by Anjalica Solomon, ANGELIQUOI?, Elision, Traffik, and Jaime Silverthorn. All ages.

When: Sunday, January 13, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Avant-Garden – 729 Gore Ave, Vancouver
Admission: $10 or pay what you can

RAW Vancouver presents Reflect

What: A special two day event full of live performances, runway shows, live hair and make-up, accessory design and visual art displays. Support over 90 local artists and come out to see the vast talent that exists in Vancouver. One ticket gets you in for both nights.

When: Sunday, January 13 to Monday, January 14, 2019
Times: 5 pm to 11 pm (Sunday), 7 pm to 1 am (Monday)
Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $20 in advance, $30 at the door

Dance Allsorts: Iskwêwak Osihtâwak | The Women are Making It

What: Iskwêwak Osihtâwak translates from Cree to ‘the women are making it’. A mixed program featuring Indigenous dance practices shared by Salia Joseph, Jeanette Kotowich and Jessica McMann, with excerpts from Spirit and Tradition by the Dancers of Damelahamid. Performance at 2 pm followed by a free dance workshop at 3:15 pm.

When: Sunday, January 13, 2018
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Giants vs Victoria Royals

What: Vancouver Giants take on the Victoria Royals at Langley Events Centre.

When: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Britannia Great Movies Series – Meditation Park

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Sandra Oh, Meditation Park character/Facebook

What: The Britannia Great Movies Series happens every Sunday evening in the 55+ Centre. All are welcome to come and enjoy a movie with good company and free popcorn. This week’s presentation is 2017’s Meditation Park starring Pei-Pei Cheng, Tzi Ma, and Sandra Oh.

When: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Britannia Community Services Centre – 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Behind the Scenes Sunday at Dead Frog Brewery – Brewery Tours and Q&A

What: Dead Frog Brewery is offering free behind the scenes tour of their facility, including a guided walk through the brewing process and a Q&A period. Learn everything there is to know from our brewmaster Cole himself. There will also be Nutty Uncle Beer Floats available in the tasting room all day. Tours every hour from 12 to 4 pm. Local artist Patrick Gavigan will be performing in the tasting room from 2:30 pm to 6 pm.

When: Sunday, January 13, 2019
Time: 12 to 6 pm
Where: Dead Frog Brewery – 8860 201 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online, Free

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