From Vancouver’s annual Dine Out festival to cultural celebrations and more, here are our top picks for January
1. Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix North American Tour – Tuesday, January 10
Vancouver Civic TheatresDita Von Teese’s burlesque show continues to break records as the biggest and most lavish burlesque show in history. Hot on the heels of her 41-show tour overseas in historic theatres, including The London Palladium, Opera Garnier Monte Carlo, Folies Bergère and Vienna's Burgtheatre, Von Teese is thrilled to bring Glamonatrix to Vancouver. Expect confidence, glamour, creativity and unapologetic sensuality.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver; 7:00 p.m.; Details online
2. Source Amnesia – Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14
Photo Credit: David CooperFrom contemporary choreographer Joshua Beamish, MOVETHECOMPANY's latest production, Source Amnesia is a timely exploration of false memory and the fragility of truth—something we are all grappling with as misinformation runs rampant on social media, and we can often forget to consider the factual accuracy of what we are consuming.
Vancouver Playhouse; Details online
3. Gluten Free Expo – Saturday, January 14 & Sunday, January 15
Gluten Free ExpoThe leading Gluten Free Expo in Canada is back for 2023. Sample hundreds of products from vendors and learn from leading experts, such as registered dieticians, doctors and chefs, who are all ready to answer your questions. Learn about the multitude of gluten-free dietary options, and taste-test brand new products. The Gluten Free Expo also has you covered with exclusive discounts and deals so you can stock up on your favourite products at a fraction of the cost.
Vancouver Convention Centre; Tickets $20; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Details online
4. Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – Saturday, January 14 to February 14
Pexels: cottonbro studioCelebrating its 13th year, Vancouver’s Hot Chocolate Festival lets you indulge in all things hot and chocolatey. Stay tuned for this year's lineup of chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafés, gelato and ice-cream makers taking part in this local month-long event.
Various locations, times and costs; Details online
5. Fiddler on the Roof – Tuesday, January 19 to Sunday, January 22
Photo credit: Joan Marcus Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece. Based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, a wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” Fiddler on the Roof introduces a new generation to this uplifting celebration.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver; Details online
6. PuSh International Performing Arts Festival – Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, February 5
PuSh InternationalFeaturing a vibrant and dynamic lineup of experimental artists, PuSh International's 18-day festival presents an emotionally honest, politically daring program of spell-binding dance, eclectic music, groundbreaking theatre, innovative multimedia and cutting-edge circus extravaganzas. Located at various venues around the Lower Mainland and select programming online, Vancouver’s signature, mid-winter cultural event features 20 original works from 12 countries.
Various Vancouver venues and select programming online; Details online
7. LunarFest - Friday, January 20
LunarFestLunarFest is Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture, and brings together soul, art and life on one stage. This year, celebrate the Year of the Rabbit across Greater Vancouver with numerous events taking place throughout January.
8. Dine Out Vancouver Festival – Friday, January 20 to Sunday, February 5
Dine Out Vancouver FestivalFeaturing hundreds of restaurants, all offering multi-course dinners between $20 to $65, Dine Out Vancouver gives you the chance to experience everything from fine dining to family-friendly eats, culinary treats and everything in between. Restaurant reservations go live Wednesday, January 11, so make sure you snag some before they're gone.
Participating restaurants in Vancouver; Details online
9. Seth Fest – Monday, January 23 to Thursday, January 26
Hollywood TheatreNeed some giggles to get you through dreary January? Check out Seth Fest, a celebration of the films of local legend Seth Rogen. The Hollywood Theatre will be showing some of Vancouver-born Rogen’s cult classics, including Neighbors, Superbad, Pineapple Express and This Is the End.
3123 West Broadway Vancouver; Details online
10. Tacofino Brewery Series – Thursday, January 26th
Facebook/TacofinoFollowing the return of Tacofino's popular Brewery Dinner Series (from October 2022 to April 2023), chefs Daniel Carranco and Jamie Cholack are working with acclaimed local breweries on a curated five-course menu, with accompanying beer pairings as well as entertainment curated by both Tacofino and the corresponding brewery partner. The first dinner series of 2023 kicks off on Thursday, January 26 at Ravens Brewing Company, with the remaining lineup of breweries including Strathcona Beer Company (Thursday, February 23), Yellow Dog Beverage Co. (Thursday, March 30), and Tofino Brewing Company (Thursday, April 27).
Tacofino Ocho 8 East 5th Avenue Vancouver; Details online