17 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

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If you’re at a loss for how to spend your free time this weekend, never fear. We’ve come up with the top events in Vancouver from January 22 to 24, 2016.

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

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.

East Van 90s Party

  • What: A dance party celebrating everything awesome and awful about the 90s. Aqua, Ace of Bass, House of Pain – it was a decade as glorious as it was super embarrassing to remember. Relive that embarrassment, for one night only. You won’t regret it.
  • Where: Astoria Pub – 769 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 22; 8 p.m. to 2 a.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.

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

Requiem for the American Dream

  • What: Noam Chomsky exposes the failures of a system that has spent the last 50 years adhering to the whims of corporations. They own everything you love, and in a lot of ways they own you, too. Heavy stuff, but important, even if you don’t live in America.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre –
  • When: Friday, January 22; 5 p.m.

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

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.

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

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

Winter Wander

  • What: This January bring your family down to Vanier Park for a day of music, science, history and art – plus, enjoy local food vendors, entertainment, and have the chance to win great prizes. For only $5 you can enjoy 6 attractions including: Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver Academy of Music, City of Vancouver Archives, and Bard on the Beach.
  • Where: Vanier Park – 1000 Chestnut Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, January 23; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers’ Market

  • What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 7 to Saturday, April 23 (Every Saturday); 10 a.m. to 2 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

Vancouver Chilly Chase

  • What: Run 5k, 10k, 15k or a half marathon in this chilly race around the Vancouver sea wall and back. Every finisher gets a souvenir participant medal.
  • Where: Ontario Street and Athletes Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, January 24; 9 a.m.

Ice Skating at Robson Square

  • What: The rink at Robson Square is operated seasonally by the provincial government when the temperatures begin to dip, running from morning into the late evening hours. Skaters can skate for free if they bring their own skates while those without skates can rent a pair on-site. There is also a concession stand serving snacks and warm drinks.
  • Where: 800 Robson Street, Vancouver (Robson & Howe)
  • When: December 1, 2015 until February 28, 2016; times vary

Hastings Park Farmers’ Market

  • What: After a successful trial season last year, we’re excited to return to Hastings Park for a full winter season! We were welcomed and supported by the local community with dedicated Vancouver Farmers Markets shoppers from all over the Lower Mainland. Located within a thriving community close to the highway and the Second Narrows Bridge, the Hastings Park Farmers Market is a perfect place to stop and shop.
  • Where: Hastings Skate Park – Renfrew Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 8th to Sunday, May 1st (Closed Dec. 27); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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