january events in vancouver

January Events in Vancouver

A comprehensive list of January events and festivals happening in Vancouver. Welcome to 2018! 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 – 7 | Jan 8 – 14 | Jan 15 – 21 | Jan 22 – 31

Ongoing Events

Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain (until Jan 7), Vandusen Gardens Festival of Lights (until Jan 7), Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge (until Jan 28), Lights at Lafarge Lake Light Display (until Jan 21), Chinese Lantern Festival at the PNE (until Jan 21), Free ice skating at Robson Square (until Feb 28)

Monday, January 1, 2018

  • New Year’s Day
  • Polar Bear Swim – Crazy people get together at English Bay and plunge into the Pacific Ocean.
  • My Neighbour Totoro at the Rio Theatre – Nurse your New Years Eve hangover by cuddling up at the Rio Theatre and watching the magic of Studio Ghibli on the big screen.
  • Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert – Inspired by Vienna’s beloved New Year’s Concert, this charming celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with The Strauss Symphony of Canada featuring the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, for a rich cultural experience that will leave your toes tapping

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Thursday, January 4, 2018

  • Letter Writing Club – Rediscover the lost art of writing letters and playing with typewriters. Everyone welcome. No cost. Supplies provided.

Friday, January 5, 2018

  • Lord of the Schwings: A Tolkien Burlesque Night – This is a silly, sexy evening filled with all your favourite Hobbits, Elves, Wizards, and Creatures. The fires of Mount Doom aren’t nearly as hot as they are!This will definitely be a night to remember.
  • 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.
  • Slide Show: A Night of Improvised Powerpoint Comedy – Slide Show features Vancouver’s top improvisors making up presentations on the spot to go with PowerPoint slideshows they’ve never seen before. Very funny, we promise… and it always sells out, so get your tickets ASAP.
  • 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

Saturday, January 6, 2018

  • One Trilogy Marathon to Rule Them All: The Lord of the Rings – Enjoy a a daylong movie marathon event featuring Peter Jackson‘s LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy (Extended Edition!): Back-to-back, on the big screen, and in its entirety
  • 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.
  • Bowie Ball 2018 – Third annual celebration of the life and music of David Bowie for the benefit of the Canadian Cancer Society. Over 20 local bands and solo artists! Prizes for best costume! Face-painting! Random acts of creativity and connection!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

  • 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Live and FREE on the Big Screen at the Rio Theatre! Get ready for trivia, prizes, good times and more. Did we mention this was all free?! Yes, free.

Monday, January 8, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

  • Movies in the Morgue – The Vancouver Police Museum is proud to present Turner and Hooch, the next instalment of Movies in the Morgue, a monthly series of film screenings held right in the old Vancouver city morgue.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018

  • Taste BC – An experience of BC’s finest wine, beer and spirits accompanied by tasty fare from our best local restaurants.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

  • Gluten Free Expo – Discover, Sample, and Save on hundred’s of Gluten Free Products while learning from leading experts.
  • 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.
  • KidPreneur Market Day – Young Entrepreneur Learning Labs is an after-school enrichment program designed to engage children aged 7-15 in entrepreneurial thinking and foster their natural, enterprising spirit. On Market Day, where kids sell their products to friends, family and the public.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

  • No Pants Skytrain Ride – Take the Skytrain and drop your drawers. It’s as simple as that. (Details TBC)
  • Gluten Free Expo – Discover, Sample, and Save on hundred’s of Gluten Free Products while learning from leading experts.
  • New Year Bunny Yoga – Bunny yoga classes are charity events in support of Bandaids for Bunnies, do yoga while adorable bunnies roam around you.
  • Rogue Folk Club – Connie Kaldor is a Juno award winning artist who is also a member of the Order of Canada. Her original songs and riveting performances evoke the powerful and unique presence of the Canadian prairies.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • Story Story Lie: Pillow Talk – Story Story Lie’s a Game Show that’s full of it! Vancouver’s best will be sharing intimate, dubious and embarrassing stories that seem too strange to be true. Someone’s lying. You take part in the interrogation. Spot the liar first and WIN!
  • 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 19, 2018

  • 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.
  • Rogue Folk Club – Album release party for Jim Byrnes’ ‘Long Hot Summer Days’ — a masterwork from one of Canada’s best-loved musical icons.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

  • Women’s March on Vancouver – We marched for women’s rights as human rights January 21, 2017. On January 20, 2018, we march on. Get your signs ready and save the date.
  • 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 from shows like Family GuySailor MoonThe SimpsonsTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesFuturama and more!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ECCW Ballroom Brawl IX – Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling, live at the Commodore Ballroom!
  • Art Battle Vancouver – Live competitive painting. Artists have a limited time to paint something on canvas, audience members get to vote on the winners!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

  • One Trilogy Marathon to Rule Them All: The Lord of the Rings – Enjoy a a daylong movie marathon event featuring Peter Jackson‘s LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy (Extended Edition!): Back-to-back, on the big screen, and in its entirety
  • Always Sunny Trivia – Are you an expert in BIRD LAW? Have you perfected the use of the DENNIS SYSTEM? Are you the WILD CARD of the group? Are you just CULTIVATING MASS? Is your favorite food MILK STEAK? Then get yourself down to the Biltmore Cabaret for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Trivia!
  • 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 22, 2018

  • Street Food City VII – 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.
  • Shred for the Cause Ladies Night Mt Seymour – Shred for the Cause 2018 is back at Mount Seymour every Monday night until March 26. Ladies can ride or ski for just $15 from 6 – 10pm.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

  • Street Food City VII – 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.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

  • Street Food City VII – 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.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

  • Street Food City VII – 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.
  • Cosmic Nights: Beyond Our Universe – 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!

Friday, January 26, 2018

  • Street Food City VII – 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.
  • Eastside Flea Markets – Select lineup of curated vendors,  craft beer & drink specials, food truck, live vinyl deejay & more! Shop local!
  • Rogue Folk Club – Beppe Gambetta is a virtuosic guitar player and an emotional singer who bridges bluegrass, Eastern European folk music, Celtic rhythms and the music of his native Italy. With Australian songwriter Liz Stringer.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

  • Pop Up Restaurant in Dude Chilling Park – All food is free, please come dine with us, by candlelight and with full dining room service! This will take place in rain or clouds (or maybe shine), and will be sheltered.
  • Street Food City VII – Your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eastside Flea Markets – Select lineup of curated vendors,  craft beer & drink specials, food truck, live vinyl deejay & more! Shop local!
  • Weird Al Karaoke – Some of Vancouver’s top comedians, perform original parody songs (that they have written themselves) live! like it’s karaoke! (No Weird Al songs sung…)
  • Vancouver Laser Show – 360 video, RGB diode Lasers, Full Concert Surround sound and Armie the analog star projector in the deep Space Dome at the BCIT Planetarium. Gorillaz, Floyd, & Radiohead Choreographed Live! An audio visual feast for the senses. Plus FREE Astronomy Shows. Every Saturday Night.
  • Pop-up Shop at Nada’s Future Store – BYOC (bring your own) containers/jars/bags to fill up on local & organic foods. We will have upcycled jars for sale, as well as free recycled & sanitized containers up for grabs.
  • POP! A Rainy Day Refuge – Join us on Saturday, January 27 for a day of free activities taking place in a G I A N T B U B B L E that will blow you away!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

  • Street Food City VII – 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.
  • Eastside Flea Markets – Select lineup of curated vendors,  craft beer & drink specials, food truck, live vinyl deejay & more! Shop local!

Monday, January 29, 2018

  • Street Food City VII – 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.
  • Shred for the Cause Ladies Night Mt Seymour – Shred for the Cause 2018 is back at Mount Seymour every Monday night until March 26. Ladies can ride or ski for just $15 from 6 – 10pm.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

  • 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 31, 2018

  • 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.