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17 Awesome Events In Metro Vancouver This Week (January 15-19)


From boat shows to lantern festivals, here are 17 awesome events taking place in metro Vancouver this week.

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Events In Metro Vancouver This Week


Monday, January 15

Lanterns | Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

The Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival will light up the skies of Vancouver with dozens of spectacular gossamer lanterns. It takes place at the PNE Grounds this week until Sunday, January 21st, 2018.

Being the largest festival of its kind in Canada, guests can expect to see 35 illuminated displays transforming over 14 acres of Hastings Park into an explosion of light and colours.

Skating | Robson Square Ice Rink

The Robson Square Ice Rink is open this week and will host free skates daily until Wednesday, February 28th, 2018. Skating is free for all ages. Those who own their own skates are welcome to use them. Skate rentals are $4, and rentals end 30 minutes before closing time. Furthermore, helmets are mandatory for children 12 and under. Robson Square Ice Rink will offer rentals and accept cash only.

Outdoor lights | Canyon Lights

Canyon Lights
Photo: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Canyon Lights is taking until Sunday, January 28th, 2018. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are being transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. Guests will also get to see the tallest Christmas tree in the world!

Exhibition | The Fabric of Our Land

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC with the Musqueam Indian Band present the remarkable new exhibition The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving. It’s on display from Sunday, November 19th – Sunday, April 15th, 2018. Curated by Susan Rowley in collaboration with Salish weavers, this exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the past 200 years of Salish wool weaving.

Exhibition | City on Edge

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) explores the history of our city’s street protests with City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism. It’s a major, new photo-based exhibition on display until Sunday, February 18th, 2018.

Outdoor lights | Lights at Lafarge

Lights at Lafarge
Photo: @bon.bahar / Instagram

Lights at Lafarge, a display of over 100,000 Christmas lights returned to Coquitlam on Saturday, November 25th, 2017. The route will take visitors through a dazzling 1.2 kilometres of festive lights with ten themed zones. This family-friendly event is free to attend throughout the weekend and is located near the Lafarge Lake SkyTrain station.

Performance | Hot Brown Honey

Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat, delivering lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit that took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm. Packing a punch of hip hop politics, the Honeys will make you laugh, cry, clap and shake what your mama gave you.


Tuesday, January 16

Arts | PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Photo: PuSh International Performing Arts Festival / Facebook

The 2018 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival presents groundbreaking theatre, dance, music, multimedia and film. Catch it all at Vancouver venues from Tuesday, January 16th – Sunday, February 4th, 2018. Featuring artists from 11 countries, the 14th annual PuSh Festival showcases thought-provoking works from the intimate and immersive, to the monumental and spectacular.

Performance | Black Boys

The Black Boys perform at The Cultch this week from Tuesday, January 16th – Saturday, January 20th, 2018. Three individuals seek a deeper understanding of themselves and of each other. Tickets start at $22.

Coding | Tech Starters Code Night

Tech Starters aims to provide a space for coders of all levels to come together, work on projects and chat. Join them at the Lighthouse Labs campus anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. for Tech Starters Code Night!

Wednesday, January 17

Show | Vancouver International Boat Show

Vancouver International Boat Show
Photo: Boating BC Association / Facebook

Western Canada’s largest boat show, the Vancouver International Boat Show, will run this week from Wednesday, January 17th – Sunday, January 21st, 2018. The 56th annual event is set to host an exciting lineup of the newest and most innovative boats and accessories.

Class | Make Brioche!

This class will teach you all the basics to make Brioche! Tickets are $50.

Film | The Light of the Moon

See the debut feature of Jessica M. Thompson in The Light of the Moon at The Cinematheque this week on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018.


Thursday, January 18

Music | VSO New Music Festival

Vancouver Nightlife
Photo: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra / Facebook

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s fifth annual event runs from Thursday, January 18th – Monday, January 22nd, 2018. See new creations by Canadian and international composers.

Comedy | Joe Machi

Standup comedian Joe Machi performs his solo show at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club. Tickets start at $23.81.

Friday, January 19

Motorcycles | Vancouver Motorcycle Show

Vancouver Motorcycle Show
Photo: Vancouver Motorcycle Show

The Vancouver Motorcycle Show takes place at the Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre from Friday, January 19th – Sunday, January 21st, 2018. See all the new 2018 motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides, all under one roof.

Pop-up | Ocean Wise Pop-Up Café

Back by popular demand, Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Pop-Up Café returns this week for a second year during Dine Out Vancouver. Guests will delight in renowned Ocean Wise executive chef Ned Bell’s three-course menu featuring dishes from his inaugural cookbook Lure and showcasing the best in sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients. Wine pairings will be available for an additional cost.

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