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5 things to do in Burnaby this weekend: Jan. 13-15

The new year calls for new events. Whether you want an exciting basketball game or a unique Sunday brunch or to spend a weekend dancing your heart out, Burnaby is packed with fun events this weekend.
The Greater Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is back for its 13th edition with many Burnaby locations to check out.

Did someone say it’s mid-January? 2023 is off to a quick start and if your new year resolution was to explore your community more, here are some events happening this weekend in Burnaby you wouldn’t want to miss:

Classic Rock Fridays at Admiral Pub 

Catch Vancouver's classic rock band Johnny & the Walkers as they perform in Burnaby for the first time at Admiral Pub & Grill on Friday. The doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the cover charge for the event is $6.

When: Friday, Jan. 13 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m..
Where: The Admiral Pub & Grill (4125 Hastings St.)
Cost: $6 cover charge

Basketball game in Burnaby

Can the Simon Fraser University women's basketball team triumph over their Saint Martin's University rivals? 

Watch as the teams go head to head this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the West Gym on SFU Campus.  

When: Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m..
Where: West Gym on SFU Campus (8888 University Drive West )
Cost: $13 adults, $12 seniors aged 65 and up, free for youth aged eight and younger. Tickets available online.

January 2023 Dance!

It's time to get out your best dancing shoes. BC Swing Dance Club is organizing its first event of 2023 with a four-hour social dance session.

The best part? The weekly free beginner's lesson is back for you to take a shot at swing dancing if you've always wanted to try it out. Keep in mind, though, that masks are still required for the event.

When: Saturday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Confederation Centre (4585 Albert St.)  
Cost: Free beginner's lesson. Visit Facebook page for more information. 

Hot Chocolate Festival 2023

Winter is synonymous for hot chocolate, and there is no place better to be right now than here.

Greater Vancouver's month-long Hot Chocolate festival is back this weekend with some to-die-for hot chocolate spots (95 to be exact) in Metro Vancouver. Unsurprisingly, Burnaby is home to a few of the best hot chocolate creations in the Greater Vancouver area. 

Cozy up to some hot chocolate from your favourite spots in Burnaby including The Pie Hole (hot chocolate paired with the melt-in-your-mouth pies? Take our money!) and Mon Paris Patisserie (film-inspired hot chocolate creations). 

When: Saturday, Jan. 14 to Feb. 14
Where: Various locations; Check virtual map for Burnaby spots
Cost: Free 

Drag Brunch Sunday

Looking to explore your local neighbourhood for your Sunday brunch fixes? While there are plenty of brunch spots in Burnaby, head to a one-of-a-kind brunch with some of B.C.’s best drag performances at the Rec Room at Brentwood this Sunday.

Admissions are $40 which will include buffet-style brunch, mimosas and exciting drag performances.

When: Sunday, Jan. 15; early show starts at 11 a.m.- doors open at 10:30 a.m.; afternoon show starts at 1:30 p.m. with doors opening at 1 p.m.
Where: The Rec Room Brentwood (1920 Willingdon Ave., unit 21-06)
Cost: $40 includes buffet-style brunch and mimosa. Tickets are sold by the table (two seating).