With heavy rain in the forecast all weekend long, it’s tempting to curl up at home and stay there. But if you’re prepared to venture out, you’ll be rewarded with tons of immersive, artistic shows and live events to enjoy. So with that in mind, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this weekend (January 26-28).

The Trews 


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Ontario-born The Trews are bringing their House of Ill Fame 20th Anniversary Tour to Vancouver on Friday, January 26th, so get ready to boogie to some Canadian rock and roll.

When: Friday, January 26th
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $53.25

Comedy Vinyl Monthly Showcase January Special 

This Friday, Slice of Life Art Gallery is hosting a comedy show with a mix of established comedians and up-and-coming names, from comics seen on Just For Laughs in Vancouver and Toronto, to Fringe, to Sirius XM.

The night will begin with a musical comedy act by Ravenous Randy and Ismael N., who will be selecting a song to sing to the audience.

When: Friday, January 26th
Where: 1636 Venables Street
Cost: $10 to $15

Art Tours by Shirley Jade at Pacific Arts Market 

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 – and there are dates throughout this January.

The next market and art tour will be on Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th.

When: Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th
Where: 1448 West Broadway
Cost: Free admission

North Van Comedy Classic Late Show

Produced By Jokers Canada, this late-night comedy show will feature a fresh lineup of Canada’s best comedians at The Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver.

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver
Cost: $33.83

Street Food City

If you love food truck eats, you’ve likely already heard about Street Food City, Vancouver’s original street food festival. The festival is now in its 12th year, and is on until this Sunday, January 28th. So get your fill of savoury Indian bites and grilled cheese while you can!

When: Now until Sunday, January 28th
Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square

PuSh Festival International Performing Arts Festival

That’s right, one of the best performing arts festivals in Canada is now back in Vancouver, and all events are in-person this year. If you’re looking for some cool events to check out this weekend, there’s a performance at Waterfront Theatre by Patrick Blenkarn and Milton Lim, and a free installation by Nellie Gossen at the Scotiabank Dance Centre that’s open to the public until February 3rd.

When: Thursday, January 18th to February 4th
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: Varies

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Vancouver Canucks


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Cheer on the Canucks at Rogers Arena this weekend as they face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, January 27th.

When: Saturday, January 27th
Where: 800 Griffiths Way

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 

Great news for hot chocolate lovers. For a couple more weeks, you can sip on over 162 new decadent flavours across 105 participating locations across the city in honour of Vancouver’s annual Hot Chocolate Festival. If you haven’t gotten around to trying any of the new cups of cocoa yet – now’s your chance!

Where: Now until February 14th

Polygon Gallery

This admission-by-donation gallery on the North Shore has two exhibitions to check out before the month’s end. The first is a three-artist exhibition entitled “From Slander’s Brand,” which is on until February 3rd. The second is a photography exhibit – “Diane Evans and Sunlight” – which will be exhibited until the end of February.

Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Cost: By donation

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

And that’s a wrap on the weekend, Vancouver! Grab your rain gear and get to exploring.