The rains are here to stay but the good news is that there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy like PuSh Festival programming and the delicious options at Dine Out Vancouver. Of course, I still enjoy a rainy walk in the park any day Find these and more things to do in Vancouver this weekend are listed below:
It’s a time for celebration, family, and tradition and this year you can take part in two weeks’ worth of Lunar New Year festivities at Metropolis at Metrotown!
Lunar New Year Festivities at Metropolis at Metrotown
Starting Friday, January 24th, Metropolis at Metrotown’s Grand Court (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby) will be the home to 388 red lanterns, great for taking photos with your family and friends.
Each weekend, Metropolis will be hosting a series of activities including traditional and modern Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean dance performances, live music performances, paper craft and cookie decorating workshops, fortune telling workshop and consultations, and Travel through Asia photo booth.
With daily activities such as Spin to Win as well as weekly Instagram prize draws, visitors to Metropolis will have various opportunities to win a prize from some of the shopping centre’s retail stores. Spend $188 or more each day, present your daily receipts, for a Spin on the Lucky Fortune Wheel in Grand Court. Win retailer prizes or even a Metropolis gift card! Limit of one prize per person per day.
From January 24 to February 9, 2020 visitors to the exhibit can also enter at Grand Court for a chance to win a $1000 Metropolis shopping spree.
Lunar New Year isn’t complete without a traditional lion dance on January 29th, arriving in Grand Court at
10am and proceeding through the mall to provide the stores with its lucky blessings.
Celebrations at Metropolis at Metrotown Event Schedule:
January 24 to February 9, 2020
Lunar New Year Red Lantern Display
Daily Spin to Win & Lucky Red Envelope Giveaways
January 25-26, 2020
Dance performances by South East Asian Cultural Heritage Society, Charm Dance Company, Lorita Leung Dance Academy, and Flying Dance Studio
January 29, 2020
Traditional Lion Dance
February 1-2, 2020
Paper Art Workshop with Fox and Unicorn Arts
Cookie Decorating Workshop with Sugar Sugar Studios
February 8, 2020
Vancouver Oriental Philharmonic Choir live musical performance
February 9, 2020
Fortune Teller & Feng Shui Master Sherman Tai Workshop & Consultations by Donation to Burnaby Neighbourhood House (min. suggested donation $10), and Travel through Asia Photo Booth
Share your photos on Instagram using hashtag #METLunar and tag @metropolisatmet for a chance to win either a weekly prize package or a $500 Metropolis gift card.
Love is in the air and if you’re looking for inspiration, vendors, photographers, prize opportunities, and everything else that comes with planning your special day, check out this lineup of wedding shows in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley:
Wedding Shows in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley
FLEUR Luxury Wedding Show & Forum Website | Registration Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver (39 Smithe St, Vancouver) When: Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 11:00am to 4:00pm Details: Enchanting and glamourous, FLEUR promises to transport guests on an unforgettable journey through their dream wedding, catering to every taste. The magic will begin with a luxury décor walk, leading guests on a sensorial exploration, inspired by recent and upcoming matrimonial trends from cities around the globe. Along the way, guests can indulge in sweet treats, sip on bubbles and collect catering ideas by sampling an array of delicacies dreamed up by the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver culinary team.
A Wedding Affair Website | Registration Where: River Rock Casino Resort (8811 River Road, Richmond) When: Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm Details: Exciting prizes will be given out from each exhibitor, expert knowledge from a wide selection of local wedding suppliers, and great visual ideas will be given to the brides to help them envision the wedding of their dreams. In addition, guests will get to taste and enjoy the fine cuisine of the River Rock and a glass of wine.
All Dressed in White Website| Facebook | Twitter | Tickets Where: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford (15269 104th Ave, Surrey) When: Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 11:00am to 2:30pm
Where: Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St, New Westminster) When: Sunday, March 29, 2020 from 11:00am to 2:30pm
Where: Eaglequest Coyote Creek Golf (7778 152nd street, Surrey) When: Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 11:00am to 2:30am
Details: From spectacular fashion parades to leading wedding suppliers, give-aways and prizes. Brides and grooms can visit bridal showcase in sourcing the most affordable and reputable wedding industry suppliers in the BC Lower Mainland. First 100 Brides receive a Lucky Bridal Bag.
Fraser Valley Wedding Festival Facebook Where: Cascades Casino Resort (20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley) When: Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:00pm to 4:00pm Details: Brides and Grooms enter free, and all other adults are just $10. Show Highlights include: Industry wedding specialists, complimentary gift bags, door prizes, cake-off decorating contest, and fashion show.
The Original Bridal Swap Website | Registration Where: Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver) When: Sunday, April 5, 2020 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm Details: A unique wedding event that unites Past Brides, craft artisans, decorators clearing out inventory, and other sellers who have wedding related goods and services to share with brides to be who are on the hunt for their perfect wedding treasures.
Love Fusion Wedding Show Tickets Where: The Westin Bayshore (1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver) When: Sunday, February 2020 10:00am-9:00pm Details: This event delivers a unique and cultural wedding planning experience by infusing different cultural elements with extraordinary modern wedding designs. Whether you are planning a simple West Coast wedding or a fusion wedding consisting of Chinese, South Asian, Vietnamese, Filipino, or other ethnicity, this is the perfect place for all your bridal inspirations.
Where: Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway, Vancouver)
When: Doors 3:30pm on Saturday, January 25, 2020
Tickets: Catch all four films for one sweet price $40 in advance or at the door. VIP pass ($60) includes early / priority entry to the event as well as a one-of-a-kind “swag bag” featuring a fantastic selection of goodies local sponsors.
Tickets to individual films are not currently available for online sale, but may be available at the door (subject to availability) for $20. Stay tuned for updates about this.
In celebration of Australia Day (January 26), the Rio is ready to throw our support to our friends and loved ones in “the land down under” the best way they know how: By screening all four of George Miller’s iconic dystopian classics – MAD MAX, THE ROAD WARRIOR, BEYOND THUNDERDOME and FURY ROAD – back-to-back, on the big screen, and dialed to 11.
MAD MAX (1979) at 4:30pm MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981) at 6:30pm MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME (1985) at 8:30pm MAD MAX: FURY ROAD at 10:45pm
Get ready for trivia, raffles and door prizes, a 50/50 draw, a costume contest and a chance to send some love, friendship, and dollars to those on the front lines of this environmental disaster (via the Australian Red Cross).
Hollywood North is celebrating the Academy Awards in style with a selection of Vancouver Oscar Parties on February 9th during the telecast of the 92nd annual awards program.
Vancouver Oscar Parties 2020
Vancouver’s 2020 Academy Awards Gala Dinner & Auction Where: Pinnacle Harbourfront (Vistas 20th Floor, 1133 W Hastings, Vancouver) When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:30pm Details: Join Visitors’ Choice Magazine as the film and tourism industry comes together to celebrate the 92nd Academy Awards at an exclusive screening, dinner and gala in the beautiful 360 Vista Ballroom located on the 20th floor of the Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront. Make a red carpet entrance, enjoy an exclusive three course prix-fixe dinner prepared by Executive Chef Edmond Yee. The silent auction to benefit local causes.
The Rio Theatre’s Oscars Screening Party Where: Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway, Vancouver) When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:00pm Details: Get ready for the best buttery popcorn Vancouver has to offer, trivia, an Oscar contest, as well as prizes for Best Dressed, Best Acceptance Speech, and more! Come in your finest (or maybe just recycle that bridesmaid’s dress…) for a chance to prance our red carpet and win a prize for your efforts.
10th Annual Oscar Party at Cinema Where: Cinema Public House (901 Granville St, Vancouver) When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:00pm Details: Hosted by Carmen Cruz from 99.3 CFOX with prizes for best-dressed, pick em’ sheets, and Oscar-themed cocktails crafted by award winning mixologist Trevor “TK” Kallies.
Bells and Whistles Where: 3296 Fraser St, Vancouver When: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 4:30pm Details: Fraserhood beer hall Bells and Whistles will roll out the red carpet and give cinephiles a chance to watch the 2020 Academy Awards live on the big screen when it hosts its second annual ‘A Big Night at the Oscars’ event. Tickets are $10 per person and offer the full red-carpet arrival treatment with free popcorn, a paparazzi-inspired photo shoot and an advance voting ballot listing the nominees in all 24 major categories. The guest with the most correct guesses will win half the pot, with the remainder donated to charity.
For more than 25 years the Vancouver Wellness Show has been bringing new approaches to nutrition, fitness, physical and emotional well-being to help Vancouverites achieve their most holistic, healthiest selves. It’s Western Canada’s biggest and most established health and lifestyles showcase!
Vancover Wellness Show
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, WEST (1050 Canada Place, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, February 1, 2020 10:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Tickets:Available online now including admission to all seminars, demonstrations and workshops. A 2 day pass is just $20. General admission is $14.50 and ticket sales will be cash only at the door.
Visit the Nesters Market Organic Marketplace, shop the Local Artisans Marketplace, and savour a cup of hot, healthy Traditional Medicinals tea, while resting in the custom-designed vintage-inspired lounge area provided by Past Pieces. The Rolling Cashew food truck will be onsite serving up some delicious and healthy, plant-based food, and you won’t want to miss the programming on these 5 stages:
Don’t miss the Women in Wellness Fresh Magazine Panel with Bif Naked, Mary Zilba and Jodie Emery or features of the Celebrity Cooking Stage like legendary Executive Chef Hidekazu Tojo. View all the show highlight here and follow the Vancouver Wellness Show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more info.
Win a Gift Basket
I have a fully loaded North Coast Naturals gift basket to give away courtesy of the Vancouver Wellness Show (valued at $300)! It includes their lineup of greens, proteins, and cleanses along with a shaker cup and lanyard.
Of course the winner will also get a pair of tickest to check out the Show.