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This weekend is all about the Lunar New Year. There will be lots of events held around the city to help you ring in the Year of the Rooster. Besides the rooster, Vancouver is still hosting the Hot Chocolate Festival and Dine Out this weekend. If you haven’t checked those out yet, we suggest you do. And of course, there are lots of new events popping up around the city as well.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out our selection of eight of the coolest events around town. You won’t want to miss any of these!
Popular Japanese retailer MUJI opens their pop-up shop this weekend at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. If you want to get your hands on products from the brand’s furniture, houseware or clothing collections, you’ll need to plan ahead. The pop-up requires reservations if you want to shop. If you’re not able to make a reservation, don’t worry. MUJI recently announced that they’ll be opening two permanent locations in Vancouver in 2017. Get ready for MUJI to be your new shopping obsession.
Rock band Blue Rodeo will be playing at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday and Saturday night. This Canadian country rock band has been delighting fans from the stage for over 30 years. Their 2017 tour kicks off in Victoria, makes stops in Vancouver this weekend and then heads east to Ontario. Another Canadian musician, Ron Hawkins, will be opening for Blue Rodeo in Vancouver. For tickets to their shows, click here.
Eastside Flea is a local East Vancouver flea market that is hosted at The Ellis Building every other weekend. This weekend marks their first Spring Market. At the market you’ll find over 50 local artisans, food trucks, a live DJ, artisan showrooms, drink specials and even a pinball machine! If you’re in the market for handmade jewelry, succulents in adorable pots, sassy paper cards or some good old fashioned vinyl records, Eastside Flea is the place to be.
Loco Ono Pop-up
Loco Ono is a Hawaiian inspired pop-up kitchen that puts a new twist on traditional Hawaiian flavours. And their next pop-up is happening this Friday at The Refinery where the family run business will serve up four courses of Island-style street food. Friday’s menu includes prawn poke, pork belly tacos and BBQ steak skewers. We’re salivating. And that’s before they bring out their Mix Mix Sundae which features coconut and ube ice cream, pandan leche flan and fresh fruit. Yum!
Fix It & Clothing Swap
It’s finally time to clear out your closet! This Sunday Frameworq is hosting the Fix It & Clothing Swap at the Granville Island Hotel. Everyone is invited to bring their favourite clothing, that’s in need of repair, and gently used clothing they no longer wear. The event will provide sewing machines, patches and everything you need to fix your favourite item of clothing. At the same time, they’ll host a clothing swap where you can drop off clothing you don’t want anymore and pick up something new from someone else. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Lunar Fest is helping Canadians celebrate the Lunar New Year with events in Toronto, Courtenay and, of course, here in Vancouver. Join Lunar Fest at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza for three days of celebration this weekend. Activities include Rooster Winter Games, Lunar crafts, fortune telling, pottery workshops, special kids activities, drumming demonstrations and much more. Lunar Fest is also the group behind the exciting Quest for the Golden Rooster contest.
Lunar New Year @ Lonsdale Quay
Looking to celebrate the Lunar New Year on the other side of the Lionsgate Bridge? You’re in luck because the festivities are happening at Lonsdale Quay this Saturday. Enjoy a dumpling cooking demonstration, eye-dotting ceremony and traditional lion dance. Lunar New Year at Lonsdale Quay kicks off at 1:00pm. Keep your eyes peeled for the God of Fortune who will be giving out lucky red envelopes.
Chinatown Spring Festival Parade
The 44th Annual Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade kicks off this Sunday, January 29th at 11:00 AM. The parade will feature cultural dance troupes, marching bands and martial arts demonstrations. After the parade, stick around for lion dances that will be popping up around Chinatown. You can also check out the Cultural Fair at the Sun Yat-Sen Plaza. For more on this event and others like it in Vancouver, check out our list of Chinese New Year festivities. For more information on Chinese New Year traditions and practices, check out our guide.
That sounds like a pretty packed weekend! What events will you be attending on the last weekend in January?