Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for January 2013
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January 2 - 6, 2013
Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley National Historic Site. Make memories with family or out-of-town guests in the traditional holiday atmosphere of the fort! Start with a guided introduction of the site where British Columbia was born at 11 am, then at 1 pm warm up with some heritage hot chocolate at the Heritage Hot Chocolate Program and decorate a cookie. At 3 pm roast chestnuts on an open fire while swapping stories with our costumed guides. Regular admission applies; free for annual pass holders. 604-513-4777,

January 11 to February 2, 2013
Need some inspiration at home or work? Buy or Rent artwork right off the gallery walls.  Visit CityScape Community Art Space for the semi-annual salon-style exhibition of the Art Rental collection. The Art Rental Show features more than 400 pieces of original artwork created by local artists. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy original art in your home or office. Art Rental is a convenient and affordable way to enhance any space. Artworks rent for as little as $10 to $40 a month. Works are varied in subject and style; created in watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, photography and mixed media – something for everyone.  /  604.988.6844

January 12, 2013
Surrey Family Swap & Shop, 10AM-1PM Saturday January 12th 2013 at #215 6333 148th Street Surrey, B.C. Bring the family and join this fun event, hosted by Aspire Music Dance & Fitness in Surrey B.C. Community, parent owned businesses will have tables set up with great promotions, samples, demos, prizes and giveaways. Quality used children's items also for sale! Crafts and activities for the kids, plus guest performances, student dance performances, class demos & more. Come hungry, we have a concession! FREE EVENT!!! call 778-808-3691 or visit for a map to our location

January 13, 2013
Family Day at PdA
Gather up the family and tour three new exhibitions: Edible Art, tapestry weaving by TWIGS & TAPIS group; Unruly Lines, acrylic on canvas by Ellen Bang; and Capturing the Vibrancy of Nature, multiple media by the Passionate Outdoor Painters. Then participate in a variety of all-ages, drop-in style art activities led by the exhibiting artists themselves. Don’t be intimidated by art - get engaged in it! Activities: Tapestry Weaving; Painting Inspired by Nature; Exploring your Visual Language with Ellen Bang; Social Fabric Tapestry Weaving. Admission by donation. Reserve online here or call 604.664.1636, Place des Arts |

January 13, 2013
Visit Canada's largest gluten free event at the Vancouver Convention Center East, to discover, sample, and buy gluten free products all under one roof! Vancouver Convention Center East. Cost of Entry:  $12 at the door (cash only) or you can save 25% ($3) by purchasing online.  Think green! Educational speakers sharing lifestyle tips, recipes, and cooking demo's. Full details available at:

January 13, 2013
6th Annual Russian Christmas in Vancouver. Do you like Russian food? Are you interested in Russian culture? Do you enjoy Russian dancers? Maybe you always wanted to sing along and dance with the Russian “Khorovod”? Do you have kids that need to be entertained? Then,welcome to the largest Russian Christmas celebration in British Columbia where you will get a chance to taste the best of Russian:
culture, gourmet cuisine, real Russian vodka, while the kids will be entertained by the Russian traditional Christmas characters all day 1PM-5PM.
Get your tickets today:
This is truly unique all-family fun experience featuring a full-day of various entertainment for every taste.

January 15 to February 3, 2013
PuSh: International Performing Arts Festival. As one of Vancouver's signature events, the PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts: theatre, dance, music and various hybrid forms of performance. It attracts acclaimed local, national and international artists and their work. Various Venues,

January 17, 2013
Ellen Bang and Stephen Dittberner at the District Foyer Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17, 6:30 - 8:30pm. Ellen Bang 3D: Her small sculptural works address the precarious nature of human life in a city.  They are made from hand-felted wool in combination with materials related to architectural structures.  Felt is a rather stable, yet fragile, material and it can be understood as a symbolic representation of human existence. At the same time wool also affords comfort and warmth, and thus takes on a double symbolic meaning.  Ellen is a Danish artist who graduated from Emily Carr University.
Stephen Dittberner 2D:  Inspired by the rushing clean water in his natural surroundings of Lynn Canyon and Capilano River, Stephen has created a serene and colourful series of oil paintings.  He projects his own reference photograph onto his canvas and draws using pencil or coloured pencils. Experimenting constantly, as to how predominate the drawing is, as to how much gets covered with paint.  Using acrylics or thinned out oils, he builds on layers becoming more opaque as it progresses. Stephen had a career as a commercial illustrator for over 30 years, always dabbling in painting.  Recently he has made the leap to full-time painter.
District Foyer Gallery, North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road    Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm

January 18 to February 3, 2013
Dine Out Vancouver. The Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada's largest celebration of eating out, attracting tens of thousands of local and visiting food enthusiasts annually to experience the city's exceptionally diverse collection of restaurants. Diners can select from more than 230 restaurants each offering unique three-course prix-fix meals, many complemented by the Wines of British Columbia and Kronenbourg 1664. 604-683-2000, dine-out-vancouver-2012

January 19, 2013
Faculty Concert and Dinner: A Celebration of Robbie Burns with Blackthorn (All ages welcome)
Join Celtic band Blackthorn with guest piper Jim McWilliams for this special celebration of Scotland’s national bard. Blackthorn will feature the musical traditions of Scotland with a special focus on Burns’ songs. From lively jigs and reels to heart-wrenching airs and ballads, Blackthorn’s rendition of Scottish melodies and intricately woven harmonies bring this music to life in a fun, new way. Come early at 6pm and enjoy a Scottish dinner with all the trimmings. Purchase tickets online here or by phone at 604.664.1636. Place des Arts |

January 23 - 26, 2013
Théâtre la Seizième presents Yellow Moon, a show in French (english surtitles thursday/saturday). Two teenagers lost in a long-forgotten Scottish village cross paths at the corner stone. Lee is a rebellious young man well-known by social services. Leïla is a young woman from a good family walled in by silence. They couldn’t be more different. And yet, when something goes wrong, together they flee to the mountains of the north. There they hope to find Lee’s father, who disappeared years earlier. But at their final destination, they find themselves alone, faced with each other and their future together. Halfway between Bonnie and Clyde and Romeo and Juliette, Yellow Moon is a coming-of-age voyage towards adulthood, love and happiness.
Box office: 1.604-736-2616
Théâtre la Seizième: 1555, West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6J 1S1

January 25, 2013
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (

Ongoing until January 5, 2013
Because Everyone Needs a Good Goose.
Metro Theatre celebrates its 50th season as one of Vancouver’s favourite stages with the classic tail (pun intended) of Mother Goose the Pantomime from December 14 to January 5, 2013.  Each Christmas Holiday season Metro Theatre stages the biggest and most lavish Pantomime in Vancouver. This year Mother Goose and Fairy Soap team up to save the lovable Golden Goose from the returning Demon Distastely character – a villain audiences love to hate – and heckle!  Tickets: Phone: (604) 266-7191

Ongoing to January 20, 2013
Vancouver Art Gallery presents TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980. Vancouver Art Gallery, For more detailed information visit

Ongoing to January 30, 2013
Oak Street Farmers' Market. The Oak Street Farmers' Market is the only in Vancouver to offer all organic produce, eggs and meat. We are excited to be starting our second season with an expanded list of local organic farmers, bakers and prepared food vendors. Live entertainment every week.  Every Wednesday, Oak St & W 49 Ave (Unitarian Church); 778 869 4060

Ongoing to January 31, 2013
Public Ice Skating at Robson Square - Vancouver.  Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Robson Square was British Columbia's home for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This winter, Robson Square Ice Rink will be open for free public skating from Noon to 9 pm every day. Rentals are available.

February 9, 2013
Ladner Commmunity Garden Society presents our 2nd annual Seedy Sat. & Garden Expo Sat. Feb 9/13.
10 am to 3 pm at the Ladner Baptist Church Hall, 5624 Ladner Trunk Road, Ladner. We are committed to educating the community on sustainable living practices as well as promoting the use of heirloom and organic seeds. Come visit historic Ladner and join the fun including a seed swap, vendors, seed companies, speakers ( Andrea Bellamy & Tatiana Heirloom Tomatoes ), plant specialists, farmers and garden accessories. Door prizes and admission by donation. We are wheelchair friendly, plenty of free parking and located on bus route # 601.  More info contact Kristin at   or

March 9 – 17, 2013
CelticFest Vancouver. It’s never too early to mark your calendar with the dates of the biggest and best-loved celebration of all things Celtic in Western Canada! The 9th Annual CelticFest Vancouver is coming to concert halls, clubs, pubs and streets in and around downtown Vancouver from March 9 - 17, 2013 to deliver music, dance, comedy, revelry and a healthy dose of that magical Celtic spirit. For lovers of Celtic culture in all its many expressions (and who isn’t?), 2013 is already looking to be one of the most exciting years yet. At various venues in downtown Vancouver.

Ongoing to April 28, 2013
Vancouver Winter Farmers' Market.  Check out our Winter Farmers Markets. Everything from organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese and seafood, preserves, baking and bread. Plan to grab lunch from our on-site Creperie or sausage vendor. Warm up with a hot coffee on a cold winter day and start shopping. We'll also have select craft vendors selling high quality craft items for gifts and treats for yourself. Don't forget your reusable bags and parking in the area is limited so walk, bike or take transit if you can. Nat Bailey Stadium Parking Lot every Saturday except December 24th and 31st.

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