Another week, another roundup. While Vancouver is in for quite a bit more rain, we doubt you’ll want to stay home this week. From the return of the PuSh Festival to catching a Canucks game, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (January 16-20).

PuSh Festival


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That’s right, one of the greatest performing arts festivals in Canada is coming back to Vancouver, and all events will be in-person this year! You can buy four-show ($120), six-show ($180), and digital passes ($100) on their website.

When: Thursday, January 19th to February 5th
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: Varies

Start your year with a health challenge & chance to win big health cash prizes

Pacific Blue Cross is all about improving health and well-being for British Columbians, which is exactly why they are offering four lucky winners a health cash prize of $2,023 each for making a healthy goal: . You can choose to quit smoking, exercise more, eat better, or practice mental health. Entering is as easy as that!

When: The Pacific Blue Cross Health Challenge runs until February 28th, 2023
Where: Enter the HealthChallenge here

See what’s playing at the Rio

An after-work movie night doesn’t have to just be at home. While Vancouver has several independent theatres to choose from, we really like the Rio for its consistently diverse lineups. And, for adult readers, this is one of the easiest ways to see a burlesque or drag show in the city.

Where: 1660 East Broadway
Cost: $15+

The Cultch

In the same vein as the Rio, The Cultch always has something fun going on in the contemporary theatre, dance, and music variety. This week, you can check out East Van Panto’s the Little Mermaid, Little Willy at the Historic Theatre, and the acrobatic masterpiece, Sacre.

When: Showtimes throughout the week
Where: Online and in-person options

Weekly specials at Lunch Bar by Kafka’s 

Warm up with a bowl of stew or a hot sandwich at Lunch Bar, Kafka Gastown’s newest venture. And to sweeten the pot, the new Lunch Bar is serving up weekly stew specials for $13.50 – one vegan and one meat. And what’s more, both are served with a slice of fresh-baked focaccia.

Where: 151 West Hastings Street

Cozy up at a cafe 

And if you’d rather visit your local neighbourhood cafe or coffee shop, we’ve got plenty of picks there, too. Whether you want a nice space to unwind with a latte, or bunker down for some serious work/studying, we guarantee that the city has a spot for everyone. Lately, we’ve been vibing at J.J. Bean spots around the city – their muffins are some of the best in town!

Where: See our picks above

Vancouver Canucks

Cheer on the Canucks this week as they face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, January 18th and Colorado Avalanche on Friday, January 20th.

When: Wednesday, January 18th and Friday, January 20th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way

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Walk around Lonsdale Quay Market


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The Quay is definitely a hotspot for local eats, coffee, and craft beer, and for good reason. Peruse the market for pastries, specialty chocolate, or a variety of international fare – including Mexican food from Cilantro & Jalapeno, chowders from The Soup Meister, and Thai food from Thaigo.

If you’re looking to extend your visit with some more food and drinks to graze on, consider catching a happy hour at Tap & Barrel or North Point Brewing, or getting brunch at Craffles.

Where: North Vancouver

Hang out at Science World

Science World has been delighting kids and adults alike for decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re browsing the permanent collection, checking out what’s new, or just there for Science World After Dark after a couple of brews at CRAFT, you really can’t go wrong with a visit or two this season.

Where: 1455 Quebec Street
Cost: $27.62, reserve your timeslot online

Robson Square Ice Rink

For just $5 per skate rental, you can skate to your heart’s content at Robson’s Square. Stop by on a spontaneous trip downtown, or plan a special pre-dinner visit on your next date night.

When: Open until February 28th
Where: 800 Robson Street
Cost: $5 for skate rentals