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22 Awesome Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend (January 12-14)


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From cool nightclub parties to roller skating, here are 22 awesome events taking place in metro Vancouver this weekend.

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Events In Metro Vancouver This Weekend


Friday, January 12

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 weekend 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 weekend 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 place 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

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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.

Yoga | Hatha + Yin Yoga 200HR Yoga Teacher Training

Just Yoga’s 200HR YIN + YANG Teacher Training programme is a comprehensive training in the practices of hatha and yin yoga and is the only kind in Vancouver. It begins this week on Friday, January 12th and goes until May, 2018.

Competition | UBC Concerto Competition

This competition sees UBC Music students battle it out against each other to be a soloist with the UBC Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free.

Dance | Electro Swing Circus

Photo: Electro Swing Club Vancouver / Facebook

The New Year starts with Vancouver’s Electro-Swing Community heading to the Imperial, Vancouver’s undiscovered treasure of decor, acoustics and scenetastic atmosphere. Magician Travis Bernhardtt will be keeping the vaudeville flame alive with his award-winning sleight-of-hand and keeping the evening running smoothly as our master of ceremonies!

Performance | Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade returns to Vancouver on Friday, January 12th. Doors at the Commodore Ballroom open at 8:00 p.m.

Party | Just Dance Fresh Party

This event is the perfect opportunity to party in a positive-relaxed-open vibe, while discovering cultures through uplifting-seriously-grooving music. Enjoy all the fun at 9:00 p.m.

Dance | Hot Latin Dance

Every Friday at Ritmos de Salsa, come learn something new, whether it is a different dance style, different music or meet new different people. This week’s event runs from 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. at Let’s Dance Studio. Tickets are $10.


Saturday, January 13

Roller skating | New Year Roll Bounce

StardustCentral City Arena, formerly known as Stardust, is hosting a “New Year Roll Bounce” on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. From 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., you’ll be skating to classic disco, R&B and Soul from the 70s & 80s. Not to mention, don’t forget to wear your sharpest disco threads!

Film | Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival

See Canadian cinema being celebrated at Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival from Friday, January 12th – Sunday, January 21st, 2018. Tickets start at $12.

Expo | Lift Cannabis Expo

Photo: Cannabis Culture / Flickr

Whether you’re a committed cannabis enthusiast, a cannabis industry professional or simply curious about this complex plant and the opportunities growing up around it, the Vancouver Lift Expo has you covered. Tickets start at $15.

Food | Gluten Free Expo

Canada’s largest Gluten Free Expo comes to Vancouver on Saturday, January 13th, 2018. Discover, sample, and save on hundreds of Gluten Free products.

Wedding | It’s My Wedding Bridal Fair

It’s My Wedding Bridal Fair is back for another year this weekend on Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th, 2018. It takes place at the Tradex Trade & Exhibition Centre.

Collectibles | Cloverdale Antique and Collectible Show

New WestminsterSee over 170 tables of antiques and collectibles at this much-anticipated event. Catch all the deals at Agriplex Cloverdale Fairgrounds from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Performance | Perform for Pride

Perform for Pride is a student-organized benefit cabaret featuring local youth talent. All proceeds from this event will be going towards the organization Rainbow Refugee, which supports LGBTQ+ refugees. Lastly, doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 14

Show | The Vancouver Flea Market Antique Show

Photo: Vancouver Flea Market / Facebook

The Vancouver Flea Market Antique Show is happening this weekend on Sunday, January 14th, 2018. Browse through the wares of 80 vendors. Tickets are $2.50.

Pianist | Tara Erraught and James Baillieu

Vancouver Playhouse welcomes Tara Erraught and James Baillieu this weekend. Tickets are $25.

Film | In a Lonely Place

See Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place this weekend at Vancity Theatre. Tickets start at $9.

Upcoming Events

January 17 | Vancouver International Boat Show

Western Canada’s largest boat show, the Vancouver International Boat Show, will run 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.

January 21 | DVSN

Toronto R&B duo DVSN is coming to Vancouver in support of their Morning After World Tour.

January 22 | Shred For The Cause

Mt Seymour’s popular Shred For The Cause fundraiser is back again beginning Monday, January 22nd, 2018. Previously known as “Shred for the Cure”, the event supports The Bloom Group, a local non-profit organization that helps the most vulnerable citizens of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.


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