January Events in Vancouver

A comprehensive list of January events and festivals happening in Vancouver. Welcome to 2019! There’s lots of fun stuff happening this month in Vancouver, so if your New Year’s resolution was to do more things this year, check out the list below!

Go to a specific week: Jan 1 – 6 | Jan 7 – 13 | Jan 14 – 20 | Jan 21 – 31

Ongoing Events

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge (until Jan 27), Free ice skating at Robson Square (until Feb 28), Glow Christmas Light Display (until Jan 19),  Lights at Lafarge Lake Light Display (until Jan 20), Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain (until Jan 6), Sea of Lights at Vancouver Aquarium (until Jan 6), Vandusen Gardens Festival of Lights (until Jan 6), Dine Out Vancouver (Jan 18 – Feb 3), Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival (from Jan 19)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

  • New Year’s Day
  • Polar Bear Swim – Crazy people get together at English Bay and plunge into the Pacific Ocean.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Friday, January 4, 2019

  • Perogy Night in Vancouver – Tasty homemade perogies on sale for good prices! Great community event. 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 154 E. 10th Ave, Vancouver.
  • Late Night Movies at the Rio – Cult classics in a cozy theatre with some of the best popcorn in the city (and grilled cheese!) Tonight’s movie is: Labyrinth
  • Teen Angst Night – Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series where people get up on stage and share their awful adolescent musings. Produced and hosted by Sara Bynoe since 2000.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

  • Movies in the Morgue – The Vancouver Police Museum is proud to present Mad Max, the next instalment of Movies in the Morgue, a monthly series of film screenings held right in the old Vancouver city morgue.
  • Puzzled Pint – Crack the location puzzle, bring friends and meander to the designated location, solve fun puzzles at your leisure while enjoying brews and bites at a different pub on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.
  • Vancouver Story Slam – Ten storytellers share original stories! $5 cover includes a ballot to vote for your favorites. $150 in cash prizes up for grabs. New participants always welcome.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

  • Story Story Lie – Vancouver’s number one game show features six comedians sharing unbelievable sex stories – the catch is, one of them is lying.

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Friday, January 11, 2019

  • Late Night Movies at the Rio – Cult classics in a cozy theatre at 11:00pm with some of the best popcorn in the city (and grilled cheese!) Tonight’s movie is: The Fifth Element
  • ECCW Ballroom Brawl 11 – Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling, live at the Commodore Ballroom!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

  • Bowie Ball 2019 – Annual celebration of the life and music of David Bowie for the benefit of the Canadian Cancer Society. 20 local bands and solo artists! Prizes for best costume! Face-painting! Random acts of creativity and connection!
  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce! Head to Nat Bailey Stadium for your farm fix.
  • Gluten Free Expo – Discover, Sample, and Save on hundred’s of Gluten Free Products while learning from leading experts.
  • ECCW Ballroom Brawl 11 – Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling, live at the Commodore Ballroom!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

  • Gluten Free Expo – Discover, Sample, and Save on hundred’s of Gluten Free Products while learning from leading experts.

Monday, January 14, 2019
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Thursday, January 17, 2019

  • Beaty Nocturnal – Every month, the Beaty Museum at UBC will stay open late offering activities until 8:30pm. Admission by donation, all ages welcome.

Friday, January 18, 2019

  • Late Night Movies at the Rio – Cult classics in a cozy theatre at 11:00pm with some of the best popcorn in the city (and grilled cheese!) Tonight’s movie is: Barbarella
  • Cherry OnTop & Portia Favro Present LUST 2.0 – This is an exotic cabaret experience like none you’ve experienced. Leave your inhibitions outside and step into our house as we weave a story of love affairs, passions and desires – one more time
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouver Challenge Cup – Experience the glitz and glamour of a ballroom dance competition right here in Vancouver! Couples from Canada and the United States gather once a year to the Hellenic Centre to compete in dances like the Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha & many more.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce! Head to Nat Bailey Stadium for your farm fix.
  • Cherry OnTop & Portia Favro Present LUST 2.0 – This is an exotic cabaret experience like none you’ve experienced. Leave your inhibitions outside and step into our house as we weave a story of love affairs, passions and desires – one more time
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.
  • Art Battle Vancouver – Live competitive painting. Artists have a limited time to paint something on canvas, audience members get to vote on the winners!
  • Vancouver Laser Show – One Night Special Jan. 19th (if shows are sold out some tix may be avaiable the door) with VidLaser DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, GORILLAZ, RADIOHEAD, & FREE Astronomy shows
  • Vancouver Challenge Cup – Experience the glitz and glamour of a ballroom dance competition right here in Vancouver! Couples from Canada and the United States gather once a year to the Hellenic Centre to compete in dances like the Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha & many more.
  • Shakespeare After Dark: The Bard Improvised and Twisted – The highbrow fusion of Shakespeare served with a side of improvisational mischief.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.
  • Lunar Eclipse – Here’s hoping it doesn’t rain…
  • Geeks versus Nerds: Royal Rumble – Vancouver’s long running comedy-debate show is back! We’re starting 2019 with a matchup of majesty and a cavalcade of killer! It’s time…FOR A ROYAL RUMBLE!!!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

  • Street Food City VIII – Your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • Friends Trivia – If you’ve been bingeing Friends on Netflix lately, maybe it’s time to grab your real friends and hit up this trivia night…

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

  • Street Food City VIII – Your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.
  • Advanced Painting at North Van Arts – A course for artists with some painting experience who would like support developing an individualized project.
  • Secrets of the Penthouse – Explore inside Seymour Street’s notorious Penthouse Nightclub with club owner Danny Filippone as your guide. You’ll hear stories of vice squad busts, mobsters, bootlegging, Rat Pack parties, fire and murder.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

  • Street Food City VIII – Your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • Cosmic Nights at the Space Centre – A themed party featuring a custom planetarium show, music, drinks, science demonstrations, games, and a special guest lecturer – all surrounding an exciting theme. Experience the Space Centre after hours in a 19+ environment!
  • Science World After Dark – Mix, mingle and play like a kid—without the kids!

Friday, January 25, 2019

  • Late Night Movies at the Rio – Cult classics in a cozy theatre at 11:00pm with some of the best popcorn in the city (and grilled cheese!) Tonight’s movie is: The Thing (1982)
  • Cartoon Cabaret – Destroy your childhood with some of Vancouver’s top burlesque and cabaret performers at Cartoon Cabaret, where fantasies come alive with fun and raunchy tributes to your favourite animated personalities
  • Street Food City VIII – Your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • Boobies and Wieners SIX – Hot Art Wet City is bringing back your favourite immature and dirty art show for a sixth, sexy year.
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

  • Winter Farmer’s Market – Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stop getting fresh, local produce! Head to Nat Bailey Stadium for your farm fix.
  • The Geekenders Present: Naughty Python’s Flying Burlesque Circus! – The Geekenders invite you to enjoy 25 of Vancouver’s silliest “nerdlesque” superstars as they return to the Rio Theatre‘s stage to flaunt their huge… Tracts o’land.
  • Street Food City VIII – Your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • Boobies and Wieners SIX – Hot Art Wet City is bringing back your favourite immature and dirty art show for a sixth, sexy year.
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.
  • Lunar Festival at The City of Lougheed – Welcome the Year of the Pig with wishing trees, dancing, drum performances, calligraphy, a lion dance, and festive treats.
  • Coins, Stamps & Collectibles Show – 40 tables of coins, stamps and collectibles Buy – Sell – Free Appraisals – Displays
  • Burlesque Duos at the Rio Theatre – Vancouver’s biggest and longest running showcase of singing, dancing, variety, comedy and striptease acts. The show is funny, sexy and empowering and is a great time for everyone

Sunday, January 27, 2019

  • Street Food City VIII – Your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.

Monday, January 28, 2019

  • Shred for the Cause Ladies Night Mount Seymour – Shred for the Cause 2019 is back at Mount Seymour every Monday night until March 25. Ladies can ride or ski for just $15 from 6 – 10pm.
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

  • Rick and Morty Trivia – Prepare to Get Schwifty and Michael down your Vincents as IQ 2000 returns with RICK AND MORTY Trivia at the Biltmore Cabaret!
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $20, $30 or $40. 300+ participating restaurants.