January 5 – February 3
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
The ninth installment of Vancouver’s most innovative festival promises to find new ways to challenge attendees.
Over three mid-winter weeks, members of the audience are invited to become readers in a unique Human Library; watch Shakespeare’s King Lear as interpreted by a Taiwanese theatre troupe; and witness Vancouver writers keep a literary record of their surroundings live at three busy urban locations.
Local artists will be joined by performers from Argentina and Japan to provide an unforgettable experience for their Vancouver audience.[hr]
January 18 – February 3
Dine Out Vancouver
Despite freezing rain and a bad case of post-holiday empty wallet syndrome, these 17 days are a delight for Metro Vancouver foodies and visitors alike.
With over two hundred restaurants participating, there are many options for a gastronomical adventure fit for any budget: participating restaurants will offer multiple-course meals for a fixed price of $18, $28 or $38.
Those with a deeper interest in the culinary arts can visit many of the festival’s special events, be it the Edible Canada lecture series or a pizza-making and beer-tasting night.[hr]
21st Century Flea Market
Croatian Cultural Centre
This flea market is a gem for lovers of rare antique items, vintage art, and junk jewelry. All those items individually displayed and ridiculously priced in funky Main Street vintage shops? Those were probably found for a tenth of the price, rummaging through boxes at yard sales.
You can spare yourself the trouble of having to sort through someone’s junk — there’s over a hundred vendors offering many desirable vintage treasures for reasonable prices. Just watch out for that aggressive art collector who might just be after the same rare Coca-Cola advertisement.[hr]