This weekend, warmth, comfort, and food are the focus. With a forecasted wind chill of -20°C, venturing outside the confines of your living room may not be the first thing on your mind this weekend, but there are some tempting culinary events, art shows, and concerts happening that might just persuade you. So bundle up, Vancouver: Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around the city this weekend (January 12-14).

Indian Street Food: A Hands-on Vegetarian Class 

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This Friday, Quay Experiences is hosting a cooking class at Second Floor Bistro, and participants will learn how to cook a multi-course, Indian vegetarian meal using local ingredients.

When: Friday, January 12th
Where: 2665 Renfrew Street
Cost: $129.13

3 Inches of Blood

We’re starting off with a band that pretty much redefined the new wave of British heavy metal in BC: 3 Inches of Blood. The Victoria-formed band now consists of Cam Pipes, Justin Hagberg, Shane Clark, and Ash Pearson – none of whom were original members of the band.

When: Friday, January 12th, Saturday, January 13th, and Sunday, January 14th
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $105.91


Anamē is a Swedish EDM duo consisting of Marcus Schössow (formerly part of Gardenstate) and Thomas Sägstad, with top songs like “The Best Part,” “Gratitude,” “Anywhere,” and “Must Be Dreaming.”

When: Saturday, January 13th
Where: Harbour Theatre
Cost: $3 to RSVP

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Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 


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While deets are still a bit scarce on their website, the beloved Vancouver Hot Chocolate fest is returning to the city this month, and we’re sure participating spots are bringing their A-game when it comes to crafting the best cups of cocoa around.

Where: January 13th to February 14th

Art Tours by Shirley Jade at Pacific Arts Market 

With multiple dates coming up in January, Pacific Arts Market offers visitors regular free tours, led by resident artist Shirley Jade. The market is full of locally-made treasures made by over 100 local artists, so you’ll have plenty to see no matter which day you go.

Plus, all participants receive a free souvenir!

When: Saturday, January 13th and multiple dates in January
Where: 1448 West Broadway
Cost: Free

Free Improv Class with Blind Tiger 

Always wanted to take an improv class? Now’s your chance! Blind Tiger is hosting a free improv workshop on Sunday, January 14th at The China Cloud, which will consist of some easy, fun intro games and a few ‘scene-lets’ to give participants a taste of improv.

When: Sunday, January 14th
Where: 524 Main Street
Cost: Free

Snowshoeing at Cypress Mountain

Ok, emphasis on the ‘around’ Vancouver part here. But, if you’re ready to take a day trip this month, know that Cypress Mountain has got a serious amount of snowshoe trails for you to explore, and we’re betting this weekend is a great time to enjoy them.

When: Open throughout January
Where: 6000 Cypress Bowl Road, West Vancouver
Cost: $18 for GA

Polygon Gallery

This admission-by-donation gallery on the North Shore has two exhibitions to check out this month. One focuses on the city’s punk subculture, while the other is a solo exhibition from the world-renowned artist Steven Shearer. Plus, their holiday gift shop features some amazing options.

When: OG Punk ends January 16th, Steven Shearer open throughout January
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: By donation

Hang out at a lobby bar

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: It never hurts to dress up and grab a couple of rounds at a fancy hotel bar. If the vibes are right and you feel like whisking your honey away to a cozy spot, who says you need a special occasion as your reason? Check out a new spot in the city and indulge in a few winter-themed cocktails, while you’re at it.

Where: See our picks above

Shipyards Skate Plaza

There’s no denying that the Shipyards Skate Plaza is one of the most festive places to hit the ice – even after the holiday season.

When: Open throughout January
Where: 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Cost: Free, rental costs vary

And that’s a wrap on this weekend, Vancouver! Stay warm and safe out there!