21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Jan 19 2017, 9:37 pm

The two days we’ve all been waiting for have arrived! Get out there and have some weekend fun.

Here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, January 21, and Sunday, January 22, 2017.

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Harry Potterthon Weekend

  • What: Need a little magic in your life? Grab your spell books and your cloaks because the Harry Potterthon is coming to the Rio Theatre from January 21 to January 22.It will be a weekend filled with all things Potter, including costumes, drink specials, and magical surprises.Films 1-4 will be screening on January 21 followed by 5-8 on January 22.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, doors open at 11 am. Check website for full schedule.
  • Tickets: Available online, and at the door. Check website for ticket pricing details

Women’s March on Washington comes to Vancouver 

  • What: On Saturday, January 21, hundreds of thousands of people are expected take to the streets across the world to make their voices heard on Donald Trump’s first full day in office.
  • Where: Meet at Jack Poole Plaza – 1085 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 21, from 10 am to noon
  • Register: On Facebook, all genders welcome, totally free

Vancouverite at HOT ART Wet City 

  • What: The worlds of art and comedy combine at HOT ART Wet City, with a variety of live shows that redefine what stand-up comedy is.
  • Where: HOT ART Wet City — 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 21, at 8pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $7

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Show One Productions

Image: Zoran Jelenic

  • What: After a few sold-out nights in Vancouver two years ago, these male ballerinas are back to reinterpret ballet classics with great irrelevance. Get ready for saucy and fabulous versions of Swan Lake, La Esmeralda, and Don Quixote like you’ve never seen them before.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 21 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At Tickets Tonight, $29-$129

Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers Market

  • What: Find local produce, meat, seafood, artisan cheese, bread, herbs, baked goods, artisanal crafts, and more.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, January 7 to April 22

Kits Wedding Show 

Image: Rebecca Amber Photography

  • What: Are you an urban bride or groom trying to plan your dream wedding on a budget? If so, this show is for you!
  • Where: 2305 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 21, from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10-$25

Qui Gong Saturdays 

  • What: Qi Gong is a gentle flowing movement class taught by master Hing Tse.
    This is a class that everyone can participate in from youngsters to seniors. Hing will show you how to move your body for greater flexibility, balance and well-being. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes. All levels welcome.
  • Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano – 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday mornings in January, from 9 to 10 am
  • Price: Register for free on Eventbrite

Cooking Workshop- Party: Chocolate Truffles 

  • What: In this workshop you will learn how to make the best chocolate truffles with a variety of flavours and toppings influenced by different cultures from all over the world.
  • Where: Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture – 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 21 from 1 to 4 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $55-$99

Robson Square Skating Rink

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  • What: The Robson Square Ice Rink, located in downtown Vancouver, is open until February 14. Skating is free with your own skates, otherwise, rentals are available. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.
  • Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Square, Vancouver
  • When: The rink is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 9 am to 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays, until February 14.

Richmond Cuddle Party


  • What: Wanna socialize? Fill your cuddle Tank? Practice clear communication? Many find it a cheerful environment to meet others. In an atmosphere that’s nurturing and fun. And you decide with whom and how to cuddle. Including the option to not cuddle at all but socialize, relax.
  • Where: #307-6451 Minoru Blvd (buzz #7224), Richmond
  • When: Saturday, January 21 from 6 to 9 pm
  • Price: Free with registration on Eventbrite, donation recommended at the door

Dine Out Vancouver

L’Abattoir (Amy Ho/Courtesy L’Abattoir)

  • What: This annual festival is back with a full 17-day schedule of delicious events and unique culinary experiences for diners. Activities include brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, and street food markets.
  • Where: All around Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 20 to Sunday, February 5
  • Tickets: Individual event ticket details and prices here

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Innovation150 kick off at Science World 

Photo credit: Andreas Psaltis / Vimeo screenshot

  • What: Get ready Vancouver! Over more than two weeks, Innovation Festival: Vancouver will bring together many of the city’s science and discovery centres and organizations to engage with you all across the city.
  • Where:  Various events around town, check website for details check website for details
  • When: Friday, January 19 to Saturday, February 4
  • Register: Online  

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

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  • What: Taking place from January 17 to February 14, 2017, the Hot Chocolate Festival once again makes for a delectable countdown to the sweetest day of the year, Valentine’s Day, when a lot of us are definitely thinking about chocolate. The month-long event finds cafes, sweet shops, and restaurants around Vancouver serving up special cocoa-y creations.
  • Where: Participating locations. See full list here. 
  • When: January 17 to February 14, 2017

Quick Healthy Bites: Plant-based, Wholesome, Delicious 

  • What: Learn how to make your own healthy & nutritious plant-based snacks that are not only quick and easy to prepare, but also taste absolutely delicious!
  • Where: Field & Social – 415 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 22, from 2 to 3:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $95

Creative Neighbours Salon 

  • What: Connect with community members and learn more about arts programs in the city
  • Where: MLA David Eby’s Community Office– 2909 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 22, from 6 to 9 pm
  • Cost: Free with registration on Eventbrite

Vancouver TheatreSports’ Rookie League

  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports’ rising stars take to The Improv Centre stage every Sunday night.  The 90 minutes of improv will showcase the talent of these new players and prepare them for the bright lights of mainstage.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 22, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Available online, $8

The Original Bridal Swap 

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  • What: Find something fabulous for your big day. Experience the thrill of the hunt, discover new craft artisans, and find your perfect wedding vendors.
  • Where: Croatian Cultural Centre– 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 22, from 11:30 am to 3 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $25

Healthy Cooking Class: Whole, Plant-based, delicious 



  • What: Learn how to get a healthy start to 2017 in this plant-based cooking class.
  • Where: Canadian School of Natural Nutrition– 2245 West Broadway Room 102, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 22, check online for updated start time
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $75-$500

Ninjitsu Sundays

  • What: Ninjitsu is the ancient art of the ninja shadow warriors of Japan. Through the practice of Ninjitsu you’ll learn to move your body and mind in a more poetic way, through breath & traditional exercises.
  • Where: Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano – 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 22, from 10:30 am to noon
  • Register: On Eventbrite, free

Hastings Park Farmers Market 

  • What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, and food trucks.
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds– 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm, January 8 to April 30
  • Cost: Free

Lights at Lafarge Lake

Photo by: Ania Jedrzejewska / Instagram

  • What: See more than 100,000 twinkling lights light up Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake, in a magical, free, outdoor display for visitors of all ages.
  • When: Town Centre Park–1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • When: Sunday, January 22, from dusk to 11 pm
  • Cost: Free
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