7 things to do in the Lower Mainland, Jan. 5-11: Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival, Bowie Ball, and more

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

Until Jan. 21, Fri.-Sat., 5-11 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m. | PNE Fairgrounds

Tickets and info: From $13.50, family of four pass $55 at Ticketleader.ca

Emulating the annual lantern festivals that are held throughout China in celebration of the Lunar New Year, Vancouver’s has giant illuminated sculptures illustrating everything from mythological creatures to traditional designs taken from the Chinese history. Also take in nightly cultural performances and enjoy foods for the season as you stroll between dragons and other brightly shining figures.


Sip the perfect beer and spirits this holiday. Credit: Getty Images [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Resolve to checkout the full range of excellent locally brewed, distilled and vinted products in B.C. this year.

Tasting Room Tour 2018

Any day of the week, during operating hours| Pick a brewery

info: bccraftbeer.com

Look, it’s a fact that most New Year’s resolutions are a complete bust. Why? Probably because the majority of them are all about denying the very vices that make life worth living. So how about facing up to the truth and making a resolution that you can keep, and enjoy realizing. This doesn’t mean that we are advocating excessive consumption, just enjoying quality products in moderation will do. Resolved: I will visit every craft brewery, distillery, winery and cidery in my region in the next twelve months.

David Bowie in 1987.

Bowie Ball — A Celebration of the Life and Music of David Bowie

Jan. 6, 7.30 p.m. | The Rickshaw Theatre

Tickets and info: $15, at ticketfly.com and usual outlets

Over 20 local bands and solo artists come together for the — wait for it — third annual celebration in honour of one of pop music’s most iconoclastic artists. Besides rocking out on material from throughout Bowie’s career, there are also face painters on hand to give you your finest Ziggy style, and other sudden acts of creative mayhem will ensue. Given who the event is in remembrance of, it only makes sense that there should be some serious outside action going on. Bowie was very rarely predictable.

Students practice Yang style Tai Chi in Tatlow Park in Kits.

Community centre classes

Register now | Metro Vancouver

Info: City websites

Feeling like this year could be the one where you commit to learning something cool like Tai Chi, or basic

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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