16 things to do in Vancouver this week

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If you’re at a loss for how to spend your free time this week, never fear. We’ve come up with the top events in Vancouver from January 18 to 22, 2016.

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

Vancouver Whisky Festival

  • What: The inaugural Vancouver Whisky Festival will take place on Monday, January 18, at Terminal City Club. In the company of brand ambassadors from Scotland and around world, Whisky enthusiasts will not only taste whisky from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, USA and Japan, but also meet whisky bloggers, writers, connoisseurs and amateurs alike.
  • Where: Terminal City Club – 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, January 18; 6 p.m.

Monday Night Comedy at Yagger’s Kitsilano

  • What: We have some of the funniest comedians currently on the Vancouver Comedy Scene performing. Currently Featuring: Kate Belton, Mark O’Keefe, Gavin Clarkson, Amber Harper Young, and Matthew Nagler.
  • Where: Yagger’s Kitsilano – 2884 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, January 18; 8:30 to 11 p.m.

PuSh Festival

  • What: The PuSh Festival expands the horizons of Vancouver artists and audiences with work that is visionary, genre-bending, multi-disciplined, startling and original. The Festival showcases acclaimed international, Canadian and local artists and mixes them together with an alchemy that inspires audiences, rejuvenates artists, stimulates the industry and forges productive relationships around the globe.
  • Where: Various Locations. Check the website for more information.
  • When: Tuesday, January 19 to Sunday, February 7

The Bachelorette Casting Tour in Vancouver

  • What: The Bachelorette Canada is coming to a TV near you, and now is the time to try your hand at being one of the show’s esteemed male contestants. A national casting tour in search of Canada’s first crop of eligible bachelors is launching next week in Vancouver, and our finest gentlemen are invited to try out for their chance at reality show glory.
  • Where: The Westin Grand – 433 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 19; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Kings Head Comedy

  • What: Every Tuesday, catch Kings Head Comedy: a stand-up comedy showcase hosted by Colin Sharp and James Kennedy and featured as part of the Just For Laughs Northwest Comedy Festival. Consistently packed with some of the best comedy fans in the city, audiences are rewarded with a stellar lineup of comics and $3.50 beers. Faces from HBO, Conan, and Just for Laughs bring the house down every week and keep crowds coming back for more.
  • Where: The Kings Head – 1618 Yew Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 19; 9 p.m.

Street Food City

  • What: Celebrating its fifth anniversary, Street Food City is your opportunity to sample from a collection of Vancouver’s Street Food carts all in one convenient location.
  • Where: North Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery
  • When: Saturday, January 16 to Sunday, January 24; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Dine Out Vancouver

  • What: Canada’s largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences.
  • Where: Various participating restaurants.
  • When: Friday, January 15 to Sunday, January 31

Vancouver International Boat Show

  • What: Think you might need a bigger boat? Whether you have one or not, head to the Vancouver Boat Show at BC Place to tour some of the finest watercraft on the market and think about sailing away to somewhere warmer.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, January 20 to Sunday, January 22

Bryan Callen at the Comedy Mix

  • What: Callen got his start as an original cast member of MAD TV. He then went on to play numerous roles on the small and big screen including, “Old School” “Bad Santa”, “Sex and the City”, “Entourage,” “Californication”, “7th Heaven,” “King of Queens,” “Stacked,” “Las Vegas,” “West Wing,” “News Radio,” “Significant Others,” “CSI,” “NYPD Blue,” “Suddenly Susan,” and “Frasier.”
  • Where: The Comedy Mix – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 21 to Saturday, January 23

After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium

  • What: Ever wondered what it would be like to wander around the Vancouver Aquarium after dark? Now is your chance to do so. The Vancouver Aquarium is hosting an adults-only After Hours event, where attendees can grab a beer or glass of wine and enjoy access to all the galleries while exploring the Aquarium after dark.
  • Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 21

Drake Tribute Night

  • What: Following the recent success of their Taylor Swift tribute night, The Biltmore Tribute Series is proud to present “Started from the Biltmore”, an evening that pays homage to the one and only 6 God.
  • Where: The Biltmore – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 21; 8 p.m.

Hot Chocolate Festival

  • What: The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is back for its fifth 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.
  • Where: TBA
  • When: Saturday, January 16 to Sunday, February 14

Out For Lunch at the Art Gallery

  • What: Internationally renowned pianist Libby Yu performs a noonhour recital of Mozart and Chopin on the Out For Lunch concert series at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Admission is free to VAG members, day admission charged for non-members.
  • Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 22; noon to 1 p.m.

Vancouver Giants v.s. Medicine Hat

  • What: Catch a Vancouver Giants hockey game at Pacific Coliseum this month as they play some of the best teams in the AHL.
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum – 100 N. Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 22; 7:30 p.m.

Graham Clark’s YouTube Rabbit Hole

  • What: Comedian Graham Clark goes down the YouTube rabbit hole with his guests to bring you some of the finest videos the internet has to offer.
  • Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 22; 8 p.m.

Excision

  • What: Excision’s The Paradox 2016 Tour will stop in Vancouver on January 22 and 23 for two exciting shows also featuring Figure and Bear Grillz. The Kelowna-born DJ and producer has been on the scene since 2007 and now plays his gigs with a “face-melting” 150,000 watt PK sound system, making Billboard Magazine claim his shows have achieved a “cult-like status”.
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23; 9 p.m.

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