27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: January 31 to February 2

Jan 31 2020, 1:00 pm

So long January and hello February! Check out these 27 Vancouver events happening on Friday, January 31, Saturday, February 1, and Sunday, February 2. Street Food City 9, La Poutine Week, and more.

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

Friday, January 31

Street Food City 9

Street Food City


What: Now in its ninth year, the food truck extravaganza features a rotating selection of purveyors outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, in šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, on the north side of the building. Part of Dine Out Vancouver.

When: January 31 until February 9, 2020
Time: 11 am to 3 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm on weekends
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square (in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery), Vancouver
Admission: Free

The Mashup – Beer, Wine and Distillery Tour

What: Vine&hops hosts a tour of three Vancouver based establishments. The tour starts with beer flights and appy at a local brewery, followed by wine flights and a light dinner at Vancouver’s only urban winery. The night finishes with cocktails and dessert at a local distillery.

When: January 31, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Meet across from Starbucks on Mainland & Davie Street at Passenger loading zone
Tickets: Online

Shakespeare’s EM

What: Pi Theatre invites the public to peek behind the curtain of their new adaptation of Othello, based on the point of view of character Emilia. From January 29 to 31 from 12 to 5 pm, attendees can see Pi Theatre choosing text, working on the show tech, and talking about characters. On January 31 from 2 to 4 pm, Pi Theatre will be performing scenes.

When: Now until January 31, 2020
Time: 12 to 5 pm

Where: Anvil Centre Theatre — 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Admission: Free

God is a Scottish Drag Queen 2: The Second Coming

What: Award-winning and critically acclaimed comedian Mike Delamont presents the sequel to his hit show, God is a Scottish Drag Queen, at Surrey Arts Centre on January 31.

Time: 8 pm
Where: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre — 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Movie Night in the Museum

What: PoCo Heritage hosts a movie night in the museum. Everyone is invited to bring a pillow, blanket, or comfy chair and enjoy the screening. Popcorn will be served.

When: January 31, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives – 150-2248 McAllister Ave, Port Coquitlam
Admission: By Donation

Spine by Clara Brennan

Spine – Backbone Theatre Collective / Facebook

What: Spine by Clara Brennan is presented by Backbone Theatre Company, and tells the story of an “explosive friendship between a ferocious, wise-cracking teenager and an elderly East End widow. Kate Besworth portrays both Amy and Glenda in this one woman acclaimed show.

When: Now until January 31, February 4 until February 8, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Longing for the Other Shore by Kelvin Lit and Colour Harmonies in the Landscape Eva Wideman

What: Britannia Art Gallery showcases two art exhibits for the month of January. Check out Longing for the Other Shore by Kelvin Lit and Colour Harmonies in the Landscape by Eva Wideman.

When: Now until January 31, 2020
Time: Library opening hours
Where: Vancouver Public Library – Britannia Branch – 1661 Napier St., Vancouver
Admission: Free

Saturday, February 1

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo / Photo by Zoran Jelenic

What: The world-renowned, all-male ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo returns to reinterpret ballet classics with great irrelevance at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Get ready for saucy and fabulous versions of Swan LakeLe Grand Pas de Quatre, and more.

When: February 1, 2020
Time: 8 to 10 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

La Poutine Week Vancouver 2020

What: The fest takes place during the first week of February. The dining public can eat and vote on their favourites before a winner is announced at the end of the week. As always, February 1 will mark the kick-off of the self-proclaimed “biggest poutine festival in the world,” and it will run until February 7.

When: February 1 until February 7, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver
More Info: Online

Theory of a Deadman with Guests

What: Theory of a Deadman kicks off their Say Nothing world tour with two shows at the Commodore Ballroom on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1.

When: Friday, January 31; Saturday, February 1, 2020
Time: Doors at 8 pm, Show at 9:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Price: Starting at $42.50 (including GST) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Straight to DVD: 1-Year Anniversary

What: Straight to DVD has comedians writing scenes from brand new movies and performing them for the audience. Hosted by Christine Bortolin and Kyle Fines, featuring Brunch Comedy, Tin Lorica, Soda Fountain, and Aaron Charles Read.

When: February 1, 2020
Time: 10 pm
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Lunar New Year at Museum of Surrey

Dragon at Chinese New Year / Museum of Surrey

What: Museum of Surrey and Chinese Village Club present a Lunar New Year celebration on February 1. Enjoy dragon and lion dances at 1 pm and 2 pm, try Chinese Lunar New Year food and Teapressu Bubble Tea Food Cart. Plus children can make festive crafts.

When: February 1, 2020
Time: 12:30 to 4 pm
Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Harlem Globetrotters

What: Harlem Globetrotters bring their all-new show, “Pushing the Limits” to Pacific Coliseum on February 1, with top-notch ballers showcasing ball handling, soaring dunks, a new record-breaking attempt, and more for the whole family.

When: February 1, 2020
Time: 2 pm and 7 pm
Where: Pacific Coliseum
Tickets: Online

Lunar New Year on Burnaby Heights

What: Burnaby Heights celebrates the Year of the Rat with merchants and shoppers on February 1 from 12 to 4 p.m. Attendees will enjoy Lion Dancers performing the traditional blessing ceremony at participating Heights merchants between Boundary Road and Gamma Avenue on Hastings Street. There will also be giveaways throughout the afternoon.

When: February 1, 2020
Time: 12 to 4 pm
Where: Burnaby Heights Neighbourhood
Admission: Free

The Believers Are But Brothers

What: Artist, director, writer, and activist Javaad Alipoor performs The Believers Are But Brothers, an award-winning multi-media show about a generation of young men facing a crisis of masculinity.

When: Now until February 1, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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: Now until February 14, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Venues around Vancouver
More Info: Online

Shrek: The Musical

What: Align Entertainment presents a stage musical adapatation of Shrek, the hit animated Dreamworks film. Enjoy the adventures of Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and more.

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until February 15, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Michael J Fox Theatre – 7373 Macpherson Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunday, February 2

Super Bowl @ Sportsbar Live!

What: On February 2, The Sportsbar LIVE! at Rogers Arena is hosting an epic Super Bowl Sunday party so you can cheer on your team (or just watch the highly anticipated commercials) in the ultimate game-day setting. The venue features 102 high definition TVs and a 90-ft. bar with a second to none A/V experience that puts you right in the touchdown action.

Tyson Geick, Canucks Arena host, will MC the event, and guests can expect special appearances from Captain Morgan and his crew, along with the Sportsbar Promo Team. All attendees will have a chance to win incredible prizes, including Canucks game tickets (gasp!), apparel, and merchandise. Plus, one lucky football fan will receive a pair of tickets to the Seattle Seahawks home opener and one night’s free accommodation!

When: February 2, 2020
Time: Doors open at 1 pm, game starts at 3:30
Where: The Sportsbar LIVE at Rogers Arena — 99 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $25 via Eventbrite. For group reservations, email [email protected] (limited seating available)

Jackie Fabulous

What: Jackie Fabulous was a semi-finalist on the 2019 season of America’s Got Talent and was the only contestant Simon Cowell walked on stage to hug. She has been featured on the Arsenio Hall show, Gotham Comedy Live, FOX, BET, Last Comic Standing, Kevin Harts LOL Network and more.

When: Now until February 2, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: House of Comedy BC — 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster,
Tickets: Online

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

What: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche takes the audience back to 1956, where the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are meeting for their annual quiche breakfast. Will the group be able to maintain their cool when Communists threaten their blissful town?

When: Now until February 2, 2020
Time: 7 pm (plus 2 pm on Sunday)
Where: GO Studios — 210-112 E 3rd Avene, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Dine Out Vancouver 2020


Chickpea is one of over 300 Dine Out Vancouver eateries (@ilovechickpea/Instagram)

What: Dine Out Vancouver is an annual festival boasting culinary experiences from over 300 restaurants. Events include guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, BC VQA wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets, and more.

When: Now until February 2, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations throughout the city
Price: $15, $25, $35 and $45 per person(plus tax, gratuity and beverages). Special event tickets are on sale now

The Fever

What: The Fever by 600 HIGHWAYMEN asks the questions “How much can we trust other people? How do we form our conceptions of them? What does it take for us to work together?” The theatrical performance is a study of community, caring and mutual reliance; limits will be tested and bonds will form. There is a post-show talkback on January 31.

When: Now until February 2, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: ANNEX — 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Lloyd Cole

What: English singer-songwriter Lloyd Cole brings his From Rattlesnakes to Guesswork 2020 Tour to the Rio Theatre on February 2 with special guests.

When: February 2, 2020
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rio Theatre — 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

West Craft’s Sunday Service

What: West Craft (Hopwired Festival, Fruit Beer Fest) will be setting up shop at East Vancouver’s Prototype Coffee every Sunday until February 2. The temporary residency will offer patrons rare and hard-to-find craft beers alongside Prototypes coffee and snacks, and proceeds go towards supporting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. West Craft will also be collecting non-perishable food items.

When: Sundays until February 2, 2020
Time: 12 to 7 pm
Where: Prototype Coffee – 883 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, donations for the Vancouver Food Bank are being collected

Free Admission

What: Free Admission is a personal, political, and philosophical solo show by Ursula Martinez. Described as a monologue with a meta twist, Martinez talks about life’s paradoxes, absurdities of contemporary living and her own intimate feelings while building a wall between herself and the audience.

When: January 31 to February 2, 2020
Time: 8:30 pm (January 31 and February 1), 4 pm (February 2)
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre — 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

SuperbOWL Sunday

What: Learn about owls at Burnaby Lake Nature House on February 2. Check out displays, activities and exhibits during the drop-in style event.

When: February 2, 2020
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Where: Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free

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