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Free January Events in Vancouver

Free Events in January

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

At the beginning of January there are usually Polar Bear Swims and end-of-season Christmas activities. All month long there are winter farmers markets on the weekends.

 


JANUARY AND COVID-19

Because of COVID-19, 2021 isn’t a typical year. Some free activities that normally happen this month are still taking place. Other activities, however, like the free ice skating at Robson Square, have been cancelled. Below is a list of events that are still likely occurring in 2021. Conditions and details, however, may change. See official websites for the most up-to-date status of specific events.


 

Free Activities in January 2021

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.

 

Monday, January 25th (2021)

  • Robbie Burns Day – the birthday of Scotland’s poet laureate (1759-1796).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. (CANCELLED)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED)
  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).

 

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Tuesday, January 26th (2021)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation from 5 to 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual). (TBC, although likely cancelled.)
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday). (CANCELLED)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED)

 

Wednesday, January 27th (2021)

  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore, get exercise and enjoy the fresh air if and while the weather is good.
  • If poor weather, then a good day to stay home and check out our list of Indoor Activities.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. (CANCELLED)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED)

 

Stay Safe and Be Responsible

 

Thursday, January 28th (2021)

  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore, get exercise and enjoy the fresh air if and while the weather is good.
  • If poor weather, then a good day to stay home and check out our list of Indoor Activities.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. (CANCELLED)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED)

 

Friday, January 29th (2021)

  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore, get exercise and enjoy the fresh air if and while the weather is good.
  • If poor weather, then a good day to stay home and check out our list of Indoor Activities.
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. (CANCELLED)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED)

 


STAY SAFE & BE RESPONSIBLE

This winter, stay close to home and don’t travel! Wear a mask, keep 6 feet away from people outside your household, and don’t go out if you aren’t feeling well!


 

Saturday, January 30th (2021)

  • Riley Park Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community.
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. (CANCELLED)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED)

 

Sunday, January 31st (2021)

  • 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 Marketnear 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. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • 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. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Granville Island – Vancouver’s world-famous shopping district and public market are open (and the False Creek Seawall is nice to walk around this time of year).
  • Robson Square Ice Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery. (CANCELLED)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – from noon until 7:00 pm on the giant rink at Shipyard Commons in North Vancouver (weather permitting). (CANCELLED)
  • Vancouver Parks – regardless of whether it’s sunny or raining, try to get outside and go for a walk, even if it’s just around the streets in your immediate neighbourhood. If the weather is good though, go explore a larger park near your community (but keep your distance from other people).

 

Free Events in February

 

Monday February 1st (2021)

 

Tuesday, February 2nd (2021)

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission to the gallery is by donation tonight between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual). (CANCELLED)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Wednesday, February 3rd (2021)

 

Thursday, February 4th (2021)

  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

Friday, February 5th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission to the First Nations art gallery between 2:00 and 5:00 pm (as it is the first Friday of the month).
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

BC Family Day


The Family Day Long Weekend is on February 13th to 15th in 2021.


 

Saturday, February 6th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Winter Wander – admission to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Maritime Museum and Museum of Vancouver costs just $5 today for all three places combined (so it’s not free, but it is exceptionally inexpensive). (To be confirmed, but likely not happening in 2021.)
  • Family Favourites Movies – a kid-friendly film costs just $2.99 in the morning at select Cineplex movie theatres in the Lower Mainland. So it’s not free, but it is extra cheap! (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).
  • Riley Park Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.

 

Sunday, February 7th (2021)

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – it’s not a free event. It’s a good time to eat out though as hundreds of Lower Mainland restaurants are offering discounted 3-course menu deals.
  • Markets
    • Hastings Park Farmers Market – at the PNE Fairgrounds between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking for shoppers at the market.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – at the Port Moody Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
    • 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. (CANCELLED)
    • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant 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. (CANCELLED)
  • Skating at the Shipyards – free skating on the massive rink at the Shipyards in North Vancouver (normally, when cold-enough temperatures permit, but not in 2021 due to COVID-19).

 

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.

 

 

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