Welcome to the first week of 2023, Vancouver! We made it to a new month and a new year, and we think that definitely calls for continued celebration. Thankfully, there is still plenty to do in & around the city this week to keep the holiday festivities going while still moving forward into an exciting new chapter. Without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (January 2-6).

The Dead South 


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We’re starting off with one of the first concerts of the year. The iconic folk-bluegrass band The Dead South is performing at the Commodore on Thursday, January 5th at 7 pm, so mark your calendars if you’re a fan of the genre! Fun fact: The Regina-based band was originally formed as a quartet back in 2012, and has now released three EPs and three studio albums.

When: Thursday, January 5th
Where: 868 Granville Street
Cost: $173.74 GA

Weekly specials at Lunch Bar by Kafka’s 

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

Where: 151 West Hastings Street

Dundarave Festival of Lights

This is the last week that you can enjoy the beloved annual Dundarave Festival of Lights, so if you haven’t checked out their ‚ÄúForest of Miracles‚ÄĚ yet, consider stopping by sometime between now and Sunday, January 8th.

When: Saturday, December 3rd to Sunday, January 8th
Where: Dundarave Beach, Millennium Park, Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria

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Go tubing at Mt. Seymour


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Tubing (or tobogganing) is certainly a rare opportunity for Vancouverites. Luckily, you can enjoy both on dedicated hills at Mt. Seymour. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a family-friendly day trip, or as a way to unwind after a day on the actual slopes.

When: Open throughout January
Where: 1700 Mt Seymour Road, North Vancouver
Cost: $29

Vancouver Canucks

You can cheer on the Canucks this week as they face off against the New York Islanders and the Colorado Avalanche. The former home game takes place on Tuesday, January 3rd and

When: Games throughout January
Where: 800 Griffiths Way

Hang out at the 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.

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

Go for a Swim

That’s right, it doesn’t need to be summer to dive into a pool or get some laps in. Vancouver’s indoor swimming pools are open all month long, and it won’t hurt your wallet to go for a swim. Note that the Lord Byng Pool will reopen on January 3rd.

When: Open throughout January
Where: Locations around Vancouver
Cost: $6.66 for GA

Zero Latency VR

Getting a little bored of playing video games from your couch? Zero Latency has exactly what you need. This state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of truly immersive experiences, ranging from solving puzzles to a shooter set within the Far Cry universe. Think of it as your local arcade’s older sibling.

Where: Kingsgate Mall, 370 East Broadway #101
Cost: Varies per experience

See an improv show

From Date Night improv to monthly standup sessions, House Team showcases, and more ‚Äď there‚Äôs always something exciting going on at¬†The Improv Centre on Granville Island. And why not start off the year with a couple of laughs and libations with your loved ones?

Where: 1515 Anderson Street

Save it for a rainy (or snowy) day

Why go with one rainy day activity when we could share all our fave picks?? And since quite a bit of snow is underway, that’s all the more reason to be cozy and enjoy some fun indoors. Luckily, these make for some amazing wintertime memories without breaking the bank.

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on this week, everyone! We hope your year is off to an excellent start.