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Free January Events in Vancouver 2019

Free Events in January

There are many free things to do in Vancouver in January 2019 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 2019

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).

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Tuesday, January 1st

Wednesday, January 2nd

Thursday, January 3rd

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Music on the Bow – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre. This afternoon’s performance is with the Backspin Bluegrass Band between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
  • Continuing Christmas Attractions

Friday, January 4th

  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission to the First Nations art gallery between 2:00 and 5:00 pm (because it’s the first Friday of the month).
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Continuing Christmas Attractions
    • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
    • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – the last night for holiday decorations and things to see at Burnaby’s outdoor museum.
    • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Bright Nights – Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.

Top January Things to Do

Saturday, January 5th

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Continuing Christmas Attractions
    • Bright Nights – last day of the season for the Christmas lights (by donation) and (not free) miniature train rides at Stanley Park.
    • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
    • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Farmers Markets

Sunday, January 6th

  • Markets
    • 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.
    • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market at the Port Moody Recreation Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
    • 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.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation
    • At St. Stephen’s Anglican Church at 885 – 22nd Street in West Vancouver at 4:00 pm with Jazz legend Ada Lee.
  • Continuing Christmas Attractions
    • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.
    • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.

Monday, January 7th

Tuesday, January 8th

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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 9th

Thursday, January 10th

  • Music on the Bow – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre. This evening’s performance is with the Rain City Swing between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.

Rainy Day Activities

Friday, January 11th

Saturday, January 12th

Sunday, January 13th

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation.
    • At 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street. Today’s concert features Karen Graves & Mimosa.

Monday, January 14th

Tuesday, January 15th

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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 16th

  • Music on the Bow – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre. This evening’s performance is with The Soda Crackers between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.

Thursday, January 17th

  • Beaty Nocturnal – admission to UBC’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum is by donation today between 5:00 and 8:30 pm.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.

Friday, January 18th

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Saturday, January 19th

Sunday, January 20th

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Lights at Lafarge – last day of the Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation.

Monday, January 21st

Tuesday, January 22nd

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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 23rd

  • Music on the Bow – free live music at the Trout Lake Community Centre. This afternoon’s performance is with the Blue Lasso Band between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.

Thursday, January 24th

Friday, January 25th

Saturday, January 26th

  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Riley Park Winter Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Cheap Cineplex MoviesJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is showing 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 27th

  • Lights on the Lake – Sasquatch-themed holiday illuminations along the waterfront at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • 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.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink all day behind the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation.
    • At 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.
    • At 4:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church at 4 pm at 1044 St. George’s Avenue in North Vancouver. The concert today is with Angela Verbrugge.

Free Events in February

Monday, January 28th

Tuesday, January 29th

  • Robson Square 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 30th

Thursday, January 31st

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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