27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: January 25 to 27

Jan 23 2019, 9:15 am

The last weekend of January is here! Get yours going with these 27 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, January 25, Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27. Travis Scott, VSO 100th Anniversary, and more.

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

Friday, January 25

Arden Myrin

Arden Myrin

Arden Myrin

What: Comedian and actress Arden Myrin is currently a cast member on the new Netflix show Insatiable playing the role of Regina Sinclair. Recently, Arden was a cast member on Showtime’s Shameless Season 7 playing the part of Dollface Dolores. She appeared on Chelsea Lately over 100 times, and was a regular panellist on @Midnight. She was a cast member of MadTV for the final four seasons, and is the host of the popular Nerdist podcast Will You Accept This Rose? About The Bachelor/ The Bachelorette franchise.

When: Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm and 10:30 pm (Friday), 7 pm and 9:30 pm (Saturday)
Where: Yuk Yuks Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Hands-On Scientist; Barn Owls

What: Delve into the secret lives of park plants and animals as scientists share presentations and research techniques then guide a walk in the park. Join researcher Sofi Hindmarch for a night of fascinating owl study insights and a walk to look for owl signs. Ages 8+.

When: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where:  Campbell Valley Regional Park
Price: $8.50 per adult, $4.50 per child/youth/adult 65+. Registration required – 604-432-6359. Barcode 7473

Travis Scott

What: Multiple Grammy-nominated rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer Travis Scott brings his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour to Vancouver.

When: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena — 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Comic Strippers

What: A fictitious male stripper troupe (played by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians) perform a sexy-larious improv comedy show. A new show, more moves and even quicker wits

When: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Bell Performing Arts Centre – 6250 144 St, Surrey
Tickets: Online

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Dine Out Vancouver 2019

Dine Out


What: Dine Out Vancouver is back for its 17th year, bringing with it a crowded calendar of food events, with hundreds of restaurants participating in this year’s exciting event. Taking place from January 18 through February 3, 2019, the popular annual fest features hundreds of restaurants, each offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages).

When: Now to Sunday, February 3, 2019
Where: Various locations throughout the city
Price: $20, $30 or $40 (plus tax, gratuity and beverages). Special event tickets are on sale now

Boobies and Wieners SIX

What: Hot Art Wet City is partnering with Arts Factory for Boobies and Wieners SIX. Expect to see the walls filled with explicit art from some of the best and dirtiest Vancouver-based artists. From the crass to the cartoonish, there’s sure to be something hot to appeal to everyone.

When: Friday, January 25 to Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 6 to 10 pm (Friday), 12 to 4 pm (Saturday)
Where: Arts Factory – 281 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, free

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

What: This annual celebration of all things hot chocolate is kicking off on January 19 and runs until February 14 – which means you have tons of days to try all of the participating ‘chocstars’ at this year’s fest. Each cafe, dessert bar, and restaurant has created sugary wondrous concoctions that take classic hot chocolates to a whole new level – there will be 70 drinks in total to explore.

When: Now to February 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Venues around Vancouver
More Info: Online

Saturday, January 26

Ladies Ski Day Whistler Olympic Park


Women’s Ski Day at Whistler/ Mira Landry

What: Whistler Olympic Park is inviting all women to the third annual “Women’s Ski Day,” which it bills as a full day of cross country ski fun, learning and connecting with like-minded women. Taking place on January 26, the event will offer female visitors a 20% discount on day tickets on-site for cross-country skiing and on ski rentals. There will also be free women-specific information clinics, a guided afternoon social ski and demos, as well as a 20% discount on Kari Traa apparel in the park’s retail shop.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2018
Time: All Day
Where: Whistler Olympic Park
More Info: Online


What: STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Abbotsford premiere at the Abbotsford Centre. From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Rd Abbotsford, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

20th Annual Divers’ Weekend at Vancouver Aquarium

What: Join Vancouver Aquarium for the 20th annual celebration of diving. From riveting dive shows to compelling exhibits to informative presentations, divers and non-divers alike will be further inspired to explore the vast oceans. Plus, don’t miss the Trends in Diving Safety panel, where experts discuss current issues in diving safety.

When: Saturday, January 26 to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online (available soon)

Smash Comedy Festival

What: Produced by Nasty Women Comedy, the inaugural Smash Comedy Festival is a three-day comedy festival spotlighting Vancouver’s best and brightest women/trans/femme/plus performers. Featuring sketch, improv and stand-up shows, writing and improv workshops, and a 90s dance party. Funds go towards sending underrepresented kids to Improv Camp for the upcoming 2019 season.

When: Now to Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Warriors vs Colorado Mammoth

What: Vancouver Warriors take on the Colorado Mammoth in National Lacrosse League action at Rogers Arena.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Secret Supper Soiree

What: This speakeasy-themed event puts attendees dressed in 1930s attire on a private trolley to a secret location for drinks and dinner. The meeting place for pickup depends on dates, check Dine Out’s website for details.

When: Saturday, January 26 and Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 6:30 pm on weekends and 7 pm on weeknights
Where: Location varies by date
Price: $139; buy online

15th Anniversary: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2019


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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

I Heart Tulips at Metropolis at Metrotown

What: Metrotown’s Grand Court will see 10,000 live, red and white tulips, arranged in the shape of a heart. The installation will be viewable from all three levels of the mall from 10 am to 1 pm. Following that, at 1:30 pm, guests will be able to take their pick of tulips to bring home, for a minimum donation of $5 for five tulips. The event will end once all 10,000 tulips have been picked.

Proceeds from the installation will go to Variety – the Children’s Charity, an organization that has been providing direct help to BC children with special needs for more than 50 years. I Heart Tulips will also include a tulip selfie stand, photo frames, and the opportunity to take pictures with Tilly, the tulip mascot. Visitors will be able to enter a draw to win tickets to the 2019 Tulips of the Valley Festival, which kicks off this April.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: The Grand Court, Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Admission: Free of charge, tulips by donation

Sophia Wealth Academy 2019

What: Now in its 10th year, Sophia Wealth Academy offers a full day of financial education and workshops and welcomes a dynamic community of 350 learners and 17 powerful speakers. The event covers all the fundamentals of finance that a woman needs to know. All ticket proceeds of the event are donated to Dress For Success, a global nonprofit organization that helps women gain financial independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools necessary to help them thrive.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Where: UBC Alumni Centre – 6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

VSO 100th Anniversary Day of Music

What: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 100th Anniversary with 12 hours of free music for all. Performances range from large ensembles and renowned soloists to intimate chamber music, world music, and Vancouver’s best and brightest emerging talent. There will also be trial lessons, workshops, instrument petting zoos, food trucks, yoga to classical music, activities for kids and families, and opportunities to interact with incredible musicians. This once in a lifetime event will culminate in a concert with the VSO and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra in a joint performance of Mussorgksy’s Pictures at an Exhibition followed by Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite that celebrates past, present and future generations of music-makers on the very same date, January 26th, that it all started, 100 years ago.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: The Orpheum Theatre, the Annex Theatre, the VSO School of Music, and Tom Lee Music Granville
Admission: Free

Sunday, January 27

Street Food City VIII

Street Food City

East Fries from yvrdctaco (@streetfoodvancouver/Instagram)

What: Now in its eighth year, the food truck extravaganza will take place from January 21 to 27, where foodies can find a rotating selection of purveyors outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, on the north side of the building. Entry is FREE this year, leaving you more cash to spend on some epic eats.

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Monday to Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm and Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery), Vancouver
Price: Free entry

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 2018

What: Thousands of sparkling lights will illuminate the iconic suspension bridge and other areas of the park. The 30-ton Douglas Firs of the Treetops Adventure will also be dressed in lights. Standing at an impressive 110 feet above the forest floor, the Douglas Firs that connect the suspension bridges are the eight tallest Christmas trees in the world, according to event organizers. Also returning to this year’s festival is the Snowy Owl prowl, gingerbread cookie decorating, and sing-along carols with a holiday band.

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Tickets: $46.95 for adults, $42.95 for seniors, $34.95 for students, $27.95 for youth (ages 13 to 16) $14.95 for children (ages 6 to 12) and free for children under six

Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival at Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Vancouver TheatreSports welcomes teams from other cities who bring their A-Game to head-to-head matches with each other and local teams comprised of VTS’s top improvisers. The visiting line-up features SAK Comedy Lab (Orlando, Florida), Curious Comedy Theatre (Portland, Oregon), On the Spot Improv (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Ryan Stiles’ company Upfront Theatre (Bellingham, WA).

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Indigenous Hip Hop with JB the First Lady

What: Learn a brief history of hip hop, the four elements that make it up, and how these elements reflect Indigenous culture, followed by a short interactive activity teaching students how to beatbox. JB the First Lady will perform some of her songs highlighting the power of storytelling and music, and will encourage each young person to find out what gift or element they have and make it shine brightly. All Ages.

When: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: 11 am and 1 pm
Where: River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Admission: Free

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival 2019

What: Each day begins with open and inclusive guided ski and snowboarding groups, alternating between Whistler and Blackcomb. Afterwards, warm up at the free friendly après. Every night features specially curated entertainment including a game night, a private event at Scandinave Spa, a comedy night featuring Pam Ann, an indoor pool party, a cabaret drag show, and a variety of dance parties.

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations in Whistler
Tickets: Online, tickets vary depending on event

Chinatown Dim Sum Tour

What: Fill up on amazing food while learning about the largest Chinatown in Canada on this walking tour led by a local guide. Expect a tour of the Chinese gardens, murals, and history, along with eats like a dim sum lunch, snacks, and traditional desserts, finished with a Chinese Tea ceremony. All food and drinks are included in the ticket price.

When: January 26, January 27, February 2 and February 3, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 4:30 pm
Where: Meet at 50 East Pender Street
Price: $88.30; buy online

Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada

What: FlyOver Canada celebrates and showcases China’s stunning natural beauty just in time for the Lunar New Year. During this special feature, follow a mythical dragon as it soars over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery—including the Great Wall of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the city of Shanghai and more. Then, take off again to experience FlyOver Canada, an exhilarating journey from east-to-west across Canada. Two rides back-to-back for one price.

When: Now to Sunday, February 24, 2018
Time: 10 am to 9 pm, rides start every 15 to 20 minutes
Where: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Circle Game: Reimagining the music of Joni Mitchell

What: The enduring music of Joni Mitchell is re-imagined in this musical experience. One of the most influential recording artists of the late 20th century, Joni Mitchell has often reflected on social and environmental ideals through her music. Circle Game reinterprets Mitchell’s iconic songs such as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “River,” “California” and “A Case of You” through the ears and eyes of a new generation, connecting them to the politics and world of today. Conceived and directed by Vancouver’s Andrew Cohen and Anna Kuman.

When: Now to February 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

WHODUNNIT: Big Top, Big Trouble

What: Whodunnit is an original musical by The 13th Story which follows Detective Trudy Collins as she investigates a murder at the Little Pear Circus. Behind each cheery face is a possible suspect – from a firebrand clown, to a pair of twisted contortionists, to a slighted fortune teller. Will Trudy crack the case? Or will the killer remain free, lurking in the shadows of the big top?

When: Now to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Wine and Charcuterie Tour

What: Presented by Canadian Craft Tours, a knowledgeable local leads this tour which showcases urban wineries and delicious charcuterie. Transportation is included plus tastings at each winery, along with shareable food platters with meats, cheeses, and crackers to name a few.

When: January 27 and February 2, 2019
Time:  2 and 3 pm
Where: Meet at 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $137.50; buy online

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