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 25 to 29, 2016.

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

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

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 25; 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

Vancouver Canucks v.s. Nashville Predators

  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 26; 7 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.

Teen Angst Night

  • What: Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe at your former feelings if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst Night.
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 26; 8 to 10 p.m.

Blue Rodeo

  • What: Canadian country rock band Blue Rodeo will be stopping by Vancouver for two shows in January to support their latest live album Live at Massey Hall which dropped this year.
  • Where: The Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27; 8 p.m.

Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon

  • What: The Public Salon is a fast paced evening of ideas shared by 8 of Vancouver’s Thinkers and Doers. The audience will be entertained, educated, inspired and maybe even provoked. Join us to hear from, Brett Finlay, Farzana Jaffer Jeraj, Scott Jones, Bill Richardson, Trevor Stokes, Eran Sudds and others.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, January 27; 6:30 p.m.

Taste BC

  • What: Taste BC is one event that you will not want to miss. This memorable tasting promises to inspire a sense of local pride, and most importantly, raise proceeds to benefit BC Children’s Hospital’s Oak Tree Clinic.
  • Where: Pan Pacific Hotel – #300 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 28; 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Debra DiGiovanni at the Comedy Mix

  • What: Comedian Debra DiGiovanni has been awarded the Canadian Comedy Award for best female comic for the third time in 5 years. She’s been called the “Best Comedian to see after a Messy Break Up” and for three years running-she was named her hometown Toronto’s favorite comedian.
  • Where: The Comedy Mix – 1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 28 to Saturday, January 30

TechBrew

  • What: One of our most popular events, TechBrew brings together the coolest new technologies, cutting-edge innovators, and influential decision-makers, all under one roof. Join fellow members of the BC tech community, including investors, top talent and local service providers, for an evening of inspiration, networking… and beer!
  • Where: BCTIA Innovation Hub – 101-887 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 28; 5 to 8 p.m.

BrainStation Vancouver #InstaMeetYVR

  • What: Join expert panelists as they discuss anything Instagram and many of the tricks they’ve learned over the years that will help to build your brand; personal or for business! This panel will be both interactive with the audience and engaging for all who attend.
  • Where: BrainStation HQ – 1110 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, January 28; 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Vancouver Short Film Festival

  • What: Vancouver Short Film Festival goers can look forward to 23 short films from BC filmmakers, selected from over 180 submissions. The film lineup includes 9 women directors, 9 student films, and even a 9 year-old filmmaker. Behind the Rocks is Maia’s directorial debut which will be screening in the Child’s Play program and is in competition for the Best Student Short Film Award.
  • Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, January 29; All day

UBC Thunderbirds Winter Classic

  • What: Join the UBC Thunderbirds’ largest ever hockey game. Last year started a great new tradition at UBC – the UBC Thunderbirds Winter Classic. In 2015, over 3000 fans came out to cheer on the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Hockey Team and this year organizers expect to surpass last year’s record attendance. Pre-game starts at 5 p.m., puck drop at 7 p.m. and the game wraps up by 9 p.m. There will be music, community booths, prizes, food, drinks and an epic hockey game. UBC Winter Classic is the perfect start to everyone’s weekend.
  • Where: Thunderbird Arena – 6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver (UBC)
  • When: Friday, January 29; 5 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

Richmond Olympic Oval Experience

  • What: At the Richmond Olympic Experience, you and your family and friends can compete on over a dozen world-class sport simulators and fun interactive challenges. The ROX is billed as the most interactive sport attraction in North America for a reason.
  • Where: Richmond Olympic Oval –  6111 River Road, Richmond
  • When: Open Tuesdays to Sundays

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