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5 weekend events in the Lower Mainland, January 17-19

01/16/2015 08:58 EST | Updated 03/18/2015 05:59 EDT
It's the weekend again! Time to sip artisan hot chocolate, visit with SpongeBob SquarePants, laugh until you fall off your seat, see Surrey in a whole new artistic light or have an unexpectedly classical dinner.

1. The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Chocolate lovers can meet chocolate makers and sample their delicious creations at various locations in Vancouver starting this weekend.

The festival features 57 flavours, over the next four weeks. It's the fifth year for the festival, and if you've ever visited Latin America, this is how they prefer their chocolate — in liquid form, usually with some spice.

At the festival, many of the city's best food spots are featuring chocolate concoctions including Thomas Haas, Terra Breads, and East Van Roasters. 

- January 17 to February 14

- Various locations

2. SpongeBob SquarePants at the Vancouver Maritime Museum

Head to the Maritime Museum for a glimpse of Mr. SquarePants, who's visiting from Bikini Bottom on the floor of the Pacific Ocean.

It's reportedly the first time we're seeing the famous pineapple-dwelling sponge in Vancouver and he's got a new movie to promote so he's doing the rounds, lucky for fans.

- January 17

- Vancouver Maritime Museum

3. Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival

This is the second year for festival, which celebrates the comedy form made popular by the likes of SCTV and Kids in the Hall.

In fact, Kevin McDonald, one of the founders of Kids in the Hall, is headlining the Sketch Festival on Sunday night.

The festival also features a lot of local talent and a student showcase over three days. Some of the shows may be sold out, but they are still selling tickets at the door.

- January 16 to January 18

- Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island

4. Art at the Surrey Art Gallery

The Surrey Art Gallery is featuring three new exhibitions this weekend, and they explore issues in Surrey and the city's changing landscape.

Taryn Hubbard: Surrey City Centre née Whalley is a multi-channel soundscape using city sounds the artist compiled over a year.

Views from the Southbank I: Histories, Memories, Myths features a number of artists and digs into the cultural stories and myths around the South of the Fraser region, from the forests to the river.

Re:Source - A Living Archive 1975-2015 digs into the collections of the art gallery to celebrate its 40th anniversary, and features pieces curated by five artists who will modify their works as their research progresses through the year. 

- Starts January 17

- Surrey Art Gallery

5. Roam, a moving musical performance and dinner

The Juice Truck and Music on Main has teamed up with Here There Studio and chef Annabelle Choi for a very special dinner.

It's the first edition for this event, which features three different live classical performances paired with dinner in unexpected environments.

Forget going to a stuffy music hall to listen to classical music and head to Roam instead. If they're already sold out this time, there's a promise of more performances to come.  

- January 17

- Starts at West 5th Avenue, Vancouver

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