Free January Events in Vancouver

Free January Events in Vancouver

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Free Events in January

There are many 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 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 2018

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.

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Monday, January 15th

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Tuesday, January 16th

  • Music on the Bow – free live music with Chris Ronald at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive between 7:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • UBC’s Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden both offer admission by donation this time of year.
  • Tuesday is cheap night at most movie cinemas. So the shows aren’t free, but they are extra inexpensive!

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Wednesday, January 17th

  • Music on the Bow – free live music with the Blue Lasso Band from 1:00 until 3:00 pm and the Soda Crackers from 7:00 until 8:00 pm at the Trout Lake Community Centre at 3360 Victoria Drive.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas lights in Coquitlam at Lafarge Lake between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather many of the region’s top places in nature are “best places” to be!

Thursday, January 18th

Friday, January 19th

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Saturday, January 20th

Sunday, January 21st

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – last day of the season for the Christmas lights in Coquitlam between 4:30 and 11:00 pm.
  • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Port Moody Rec Centre.
  • Hastings Park Farmers Market – by Hastings Skatepark at the PNE between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking and admission.
  • Jazz Vespers – live music with Norm Quinn at St. Andrew’s Wesley on Burrard Street from 4:00 until 5:00 pm. Admission by donation.

Monday, January 22nd

Tuesday, January 23rd

Wednesday, January 24th

  • Street Food City – music and food trucks outdoors in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s north plaza between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm as part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival (where numerous local restaurants offer special 3-course menu deals).
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather many of the region’s top parks are “best places” to be!

Thursday, January 25th

Friday, January 26th

Saturday, January 27th

  • Family Favourites MoviesThe LEGO Ninjago Movie is the featured $2.99 film at select Cineplex theatres today. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – at Nat Bailey Stadium near Queen Elizabeth Park from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.
  • Street Food City – music and food trucks outdoors in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s north plaza between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm as part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival (where numerous local restaurants offer special 3-course menu deals).
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery between 9:00 am and 11:00 pm.

Sunday, January 28th

  • Cannery Farmers Market – a winter market at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. (TIP: This is a great way to get free admission to the historic site).
  • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at the Port Moody Rec Centre.
  • Hastings Park Farmers Market – by Hastings Skatepark at the PNE between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Free parking and admission.
  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink behind the Vancouver Art Gallery between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm.
  • Street Food City – music and food trucks outdoors in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s north plaza between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm as part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival (where numerous local restaurants offer special 3-course menu deals).
  • Free Jazz Venues
    • Jazz Vespers – with the Henry Young Quartet at St. Andrew’s Wesley on Burrard Street from 4:00 until 5:00 pm. Admission by donation.
    • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – featuring the Glenda Rae Trio at Northwood United Church in Surrey between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. By donation.

Monday, January 29th

Tuesday, January 30th

Wednesday, January 31st

  • Robson Square Skating – free ice skating on the covered rink between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – on days with good weather many of the region’s top parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!

Click January Calendar for a list of what’s happening in January, including both free and non-free events and activities.

Click February Calendar for a list of what’s happening in February.

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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