Noodle your way around town, experience experimental dance + more
1. Unscriptured: Expanded Edition – Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13
Facebook/Travis BernhardtChosen as the 2018 Pick of the Fringe, Unscriptured was a one-man improv show that made up a religion on the spot. This expanded edition includes a choir and guest preachers.
Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver; 8 p.m.; Tickets $5
2. ECCW Ballroom Brawl X1 – Friday, January 11 & Saturday, January 12
Facebook/Elite Canadian Championship WrestlingWrestling fans get ready for a spectacular showdown at the Commodore with ECCW Pro Wrestling putting on a two-day show of strength.
Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, Vancouver; Friday 9 p.m. and Saturday 7 p.m.; Details online
3. Bowie Ball 4 – Saturday, January 12
Facebook/David BowieRaising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, this night celebrates the life and music of rock legend David Bowie, with performances from live bands including F*ck Guns, Left Spine Down and Lil Miss Rockpile.
Rickshaw Theatre, 254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; 7 p.m.; 19 and up; Tickets $15
4. Gluten-Free Expo – Saturday, January 12 & Sunday, January 13
Facebook/Gluten Free ExposCanada’s largest gluten-free event comes to Vancouver for two days of tastings with hundreds of samples, from gluten-free beer to gluten-free bread. Registered dieticians, nutritionists, doctors and chefs will be on hand with informative seminars about gluten-free ways of living.
Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $12 to 20, with children under 10 free; Details and advance tickets online
5. Lift & Co. Cannabis Business Conference and Expo — Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13
Facebook/Lift and Co.Start the year off on a high... at Canada’s biggest cannabis expo, which starts with an industry day on Friday before a weekend for consumers, featuring hundreds of exhibitors from around the world, as well as renowned speakers and plenty of opportunities to learn more about the blooming—and now legal—industry.
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver; Details and advance tickets online
6. Seafood and Brews Dinner – Monday, January 14
Facebook/Fanny Bay Oyster BarFanny Bay Oyster Bar’s Executive Chef Chris Andraza creates a four-course seafood menu and pairs it with seasonal beers from Black Kettle Brewing, including an exclusive Fanny Bay Oyster Stout brewed just for this event. Listen to soul and blues music, while enjoying local beer, tasty seafood and a shucking good time.
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar and Shellfish Market, 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver; 7:30 p.m.; Tickets $76.53
7. Noodle Mania — Wednesday, January 16
Facebook/Vancouver FoodsterEat your way around the city's noodle joints with Vancouver Foodster’s annual Noodle Mania. From pho and pad Thai to spaghetti and mac and cheese, this eating event covers noodle dishes from a variety of cuisines such as American, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Italian, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese.
Various locations; Advance passports $50; Details online
8. Class of 2019 – Thursday, January 17
Facebook/Biltmore CabaretCatch up-and-coming music stars at Exclaim!’s Class of 2019 showcase, which features Little Destroyer, Dumb, Haley Blais and Kim Gray at the Vancouver stop of this cross-country tour.
Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward Street, Vancouver; 8 p.m.; Tickets $16
9. Push Festival 15 – Thursday, January 17 to Sunday, February 3
Facebook/Push FestivalPush International Performing Arts Festival returns for its 15th year of avant garde theatre, art and comedy, featuring performances from international and local artists. Events range from free art installations to ticketed shows.
Details and tickets online
10. The Grand Tasting – Thursday, January 17
Dine Out VancouverGet a head start on Dine Out Vancouver and check out the gala pre-opening event, in partnership with Wines of British Columbia. It will transform the Rocky Mountaineer Station with an array of restaurant tasting tables, craft breweries and cideries and tipples from more than 20 British Columbia wineries.
Rocky Mountaineer Station, 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver; 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Tickets $99