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Free events and festivals happening around Vancouver in January

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There are plenty of fun free events happing in and around Vancouver, B.C., in January, 2023. From movie screenings and hobby meetups to parties and sober events, there's so much to do!

Sometimes a night out or day activity is worth every penny (like a concert or fun festival), but sometimes that penny can be better spent elsewhere. Luckily, having fun and being thrifty can still go hand in hand, even in Vancouver.

The new year is an exciting time to be. Though gingerbread and peppermint no longer fill the air as the holidays have come to an end, January replaces the festive merriness with new things to do and try. 

Those looking to do something fun or new while staying on track with their financial goals can look to these free events happening in January 2023. 

Poetry in Parks

This monthly event is an opportunity for writers in the Downtown Eastside to come together and create and share poetry with professional free-range poets at local parks. 

When: Jan. 5, 1-3 p.m.

Where: Oppenheimer Park - 400 Powell St

Bollywood Movie Night

Vancouver locals are invited to a free screening of super-hit Bollywood Movie RRR in the West End neighbourhood. Popcorn and drinks will be available by donation. 

When: Jan. 14, 6:30-10 p.m.

Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House - 1019 Broughton St

Moves in the Market Sober Disco Party

If drinking less alcohol is your new year's resolution, this sober party is a great way to have a fun time. This free disco serves up music and alcohol-free drinks. 

When: Jan. 14, 7-10 p.m.

Where: The Juice Truck - 4236 Main St

Silly Sundays

The phrase "live, love, laugh," rings true. Join a laughter session with other locals to relieve tension and feel more connected through laughing. This unique club is one of many around the world and is open to everyone. 

When: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 19; 6-7 p.m.

Where: 1651 Commercial Dr

Newbie Night Maker Meetup

Those looking for a new hobby or wanting to meet other creatives can stop by MakerLabs' monthly newbie night and meetup event. This casual get-together includes a tour of the studios and different mediums, from woodworking to ceramics to 3D printing.

When: Jan. 24, 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: MakerLabs - 780 E Cordova St

The Cypher

Discover Vancouver's hip hop community at this free weekly party with talented local rappers and singers. 

When: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31; 7-10 p.m.

Where: 433 W Pender St

This article is updated weekly.