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Free January Events in Vancouver in 2020

Free Events in January

There are many free things to do in Vancouver in January 2020 including winter markets, holiday lights, parks to explore and various special events.

At the beginning of January there are Polar Bear Swims and end-of-season Christmas activities, all month long there is free skating at Robson Square, and on weekends there are a number of great winter farmers markets. There’s so much to enjoy, and for free!

Free Activities in January 2020

For a list of some of the best things to do in January including activities that aren’t free, check out the January Events Calendar. For a list of the best FREE (or almost free) special events this month, see below.

(Note: dates, prices and other details are subject to change – check official websites for exact information).


On-Going Free Activities this Time of Year

For a list of other extra affordable things to do in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver on a Budget.


Top January Things to Do

Friday, January 17th (2020)

Saturday, January 18th (2020)

Sunday, January 19th (2020)

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Skating at Shipyard Commons – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Lights at Lafarge – last day of the Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Sunday Markets
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market at the Port Moody Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – near Hastings Skatepark at Renfrew by Pandora between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Parking at the PNE is also free for market attendees.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – aa large yard and garage sale-style market that’s both indoors and outdoors at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds all day until 3:00 pm. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. The live music today is with Karin Plato.

Free Vancouver Events in February

Monday, January 20th (2020)

Tuesday, January 21st (2020)

  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Skating at Shipyard Commons – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

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Wednesday, January 22nd (2020)

Thursday, January 23rd (2020)

Friday, January 24th (2020)

Chinese New Year

Saturday, January 25th (2020)

  • Chinese New Year – today marks the first day of the Year of the Rat with celebrations all week and weekend throughout the Lower Mainland.
  • River District Lion Dances – traditional Chinese New Year lion dances take place at River District Vancouver at a couple of different times. Free refreshments are also provided.
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – Lunar New Year activities in the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Chinese New Year at International Village – market stalls and live entertainment in celebration of the Year of the Rat at the International Village in Chinatown. (To be confirmed.)
  • Riley Park Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Skating at Shipyard Commons – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film shows in the morning for just $2.99 at select theatres in the Lower Mainland. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!

Sunday, January 26th (2020)

  • Chinese New Year Parade – in Vancouver’s Chinatown from 11:00 am until around 1:30 pm. Up to 100,000 people are expected!
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – Lunar New Year activities in the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Sunday Markets
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market at the Port Moody Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – near Hastings Skatepark at Renfrew by Pandora between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Parking at the PNE is also free for market attendees.
    • Cloverdale Flea Market – a large yard and garage sale-style market that’s both indoors and outdoors at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds all day until 3:00 pm. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a large market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Skating at Shipyard Commons – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • At 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street. Music with the Wild Blue Herons.
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. The live music today is with Ingrid Stitt.
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church at 1044 St. George’s Avenue in North Vancouver. Music with Maya Rae

Monday, January 27th (2020)

Tuesday, January 28th (2020)

  • Skating at Shipyard Commons – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (weather permitting).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, January 29th (2020)

Thursday, January 30th (2020)

Friday, January 31st (2020)

Top January Things to Do

Other Information

For a list of some of the best things to do in January including activities that aren’t free, check out the January Events Calendar.

For more ideas on things to do, check out Vancouver’s Best Places for Winter Activities.

Another article that might be of interest is Vancouver on a Budget.

 

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