january events in vancouver

A comprehensive list of January events and festivals happening in Vancouver. Welcome to 2017! While our wallets recover from the binge shopping/eating/drinking that happened this Christmas, why not spend the month doing things you enjoy for cheap? 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 date: Jan 4 – 8 | Jan 9 – 15 | Jan 16 – 22 | Jan 23 – 31

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017
Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • 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.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

  • Gastown Cabaret – Three exhilarating sets of belly dancers, drag performers, comedy, thrilling live stunts, contortionists, burlesque, and random hilariousness ALL IN ONE SHOW!
  • Puzzled Pint – Teams of 2-7 come discover a new bar/pub/resto each month and complete paper puzzles (logic, crosswords, folding, etc.).
  • An Evening of Storytelling – Ten storytellers share original stories! $5 cover includes a ballot to vote for your favourites.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

  • David Bowie: Live Band Burlesque Tribute – Kitty Nights Burlesque presents their Hot and Heavy band accompanying a cast of fabulous burlesque artists as they pay celebratory tribute to the legendary superstar.
  • 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.
  • William Shakespeare’s “The Empire Striketh Back” – A live reading of “William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back” (by Ian Doescher)
  • Lost Girls Burlesque – A scintillating evening of thermometer-defying burlesque and mind-melting poetry!
  • Bowie Ball – Celebrate the life and legacy of the great David Bowie and to support the fight against the disease that took him last year. Local talent will be covering some of their favorite Bowie music.
  • ECCW Ballroom Brawl – Quickly becoming one of the Commodore Ballroom’s hottest regular events, the Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling returns with jaw-dropping performances by some of ECCW’s rising stars and much more.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

  • Gluten Free Expo – Discover, Sample, and Save on hundred’s of Gluten Free Products while learning from leading experts.
  • The Anxiety Show: F**k Fat Shaming – A brand new dark comedy variety show exploring different mental health disorders, as told from those who experience them firsthand.
  • Puzzle Party – Feel free to bring your own puzzles to share, check out what others have to offer, exchange solutions, share ideas and interesting stories!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

  • Rick and Morty Trivia – How well do you know the dangerous adventures Rick & Morty go on across the universe? Calling all Rick and Morty fans: come together and compete in a friendly game of TRIVIA!
  • Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School – It’s what happens when a simple question is asked: why can’t figure drawing be sexy? Part art class, part cabaret
  • Teen Angst Night – People share their extremely embarrassing and cringe-worthy journal entries, poems and essays that they wrote as a teenager. Everyone laughs!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon 27 – Short presentations by Vancouver’s leaders and thinkers that will entertain, educate and provoke.
  • Rock Paper Portside – A hilarious & interactive weekly tournament, every Wednesday night! Where else can you cut, cover & crush your way to cash, prizes and bragging rights!?!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • After Hours at the Aquarium – Grab a beer or glass of wine and enjoy access to all our galleries while exploring the Aquarium after dark.
  • Mischief Managed Presents: Harry Potter Burlesque – A silly, sexy evening filled with all your favourite Harry Potter characters in a light you’ve never seen them before. Like Harry Potter… But way hotter!
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.
  • Winter Gathering – Enjoy an evening of live performances by local artists, delicious food and beverage, and seasonal warmth. Proceeds to benefit the Downtown Eastside Women’s Memorial March.

Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • We Know Nothing about Art Comedy Show – Join comedian Abdul Aziz and his friends as they do their best to make sense of the world’s most treasured works of art, with little to no formal training in the field
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

  • Harry Potterthon – Harry Potter and chill?  Muggles of all ages welcome in the balcony, and audience costumes are both welcome and encouraged. Get ready for trivia, costumes, drink specials, and some magical surprises! (Movies 1-4)
  • 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 $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouverite: A Comedy Show –  A comedy show featuring funny stories and stand-up about what adjusting to Vancouver has been like, from some of the best Vancouver comedians
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

  • Harry Potterthon – Harry Potter and chill?  Muggles of all ages welcome in the balcony, and audience costumes are both welcome and encouraged. Get ready for trivia, costumes, drink specials, and some magical surprises! (Movies 5-8)
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.

Monday, January 23, 2017

  • Street Food City – 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 $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.
  • GUNG HAGGIS FAT CHOY – A truly multi cultural festival, we are celebrating Chinese new year and Robbie burns day in one occasion, pipers, dragon dancers, addressing of the haggis and more

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

  • ARENA, Mural Battle – 2 Murals / 2 Artists / 2 Hours / Crowd Vote / Both Paid Equally / FUN TIMES FOR ALL!
  • Street Food City – 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 $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

  • Street Food City – 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 $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.
  • Shake Shake Shake – An evening of entertainment featuring amazing local musical talent, including Emily Chambers, I M U R, Jesse Roper and Dutch Robinson. There will be a silent auction, live art auction and 50/50 draw as well!
  • Rock Paper Portside – A hilarious & interactive weekly tournament, every Wednesday night! Where else can you cut, cover & crush your way to cash, prizes and bragging rights!?!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

  • Street Food City – 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 $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.

Friday, January 27, 2017

  • Street Food City – Your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • Portal 2: The (Unauthorized Musical) – Two years after the original smash-hit production, Portal 2: The (Unauthorized) Musical returns with revamped sets, scripts, costumes, and music!
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me –  Come Draw With Alicia Tobin and get some of her patented* comedic critique of your 5-minute drawings (*not actually patented). Supplies provided. No talent necessary.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.
  • 2017 LunarFest – LunarFest is back to celebrate the Lunar New Year like never before at this three day festival in downtown Vancouver.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

  • Portal 2: The (Unauthorized Musical) – Two years after the original smash-hit production, Portal 2: The (Unauthorized) Musical returns with revamped sets, scripts, costumes, and music!
  • Street Food City – Your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • Weird Al Karaoke – It’s a show where Vancouver comedians perform original parody songs, live! There’s also an evil puppet named Weird Owl that lives at Little Mountain and ruins the show every time.
  • 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 $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.
  • 2017 LunarFest – LunarFest is back to celebrate the Lunar New Year like never before at this three day festival in downtown Vancouver.
  • Eastside Flea Market – A community event full of friendly faces, cool tunes, local vendors and amazing goods!
  • Taboo Revue – One Wild Winter – Shake-off those winter woes with the first Taboo Revue Burlesque Variety Show of 2017! Featuring a cast of over 20 teasers tantalize your senses with an evening of dreamy dances, glamourous group numbers, and hilarious comedic antics – All in Screaming Chicken’s signature burlesque style.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

  • Street Food City – Your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • Portal 2: The (Unauthorized Musical) – Two years after the original smash-hit production, Portal 2: The (Unauthorized) Musical returns with revamped sets, scripts, costumes, and music!
  • Kitty Nights’ 9th Anniversary Bash – Kitty Nights Burlesque celebrates NINE YEARS of frisky feline fun in Vancouver! Featuring NINE thrilling burlesque artists performing a wide range of colourful, creative and definitely sensual BURLESQUE!
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.
  • 2017 LunarFest – LunarFest is back to celebrate the Lunar New Year like never before at this three day festival in downtown Vancouver.
  • Chinatown Spring Festival Parade – This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more.
  • Eastside Flea Market – A community event full of friendly faces, cool tunes, local vendors and amazing goods!
  • Get Lucky: An Art Show – A free art show featuring the work of 25 local artists. They used lucky red envelopes as their canvas to create unique pieces of work. There will be incredible art to enjoy, refreshments, prizes, and more.

Monday, January 30, 2017

  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

  • Drunk Spelling Bee – Gather your most annoying “actually…” friends and form a team of 5 or less to compete against other smart-ass teams and win prizes such as beer, shots, food skewers, and beer!
  • Dine Out Vancouver – Canada’s largest food and drink festival, featuring tons of events and restaurants each offering three or more course dinners at $18, $28 or $38. 275+ participating restaurants.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Back for its sixth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine.