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51 things to do in Vancouver in November

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Vanessa Tam Nov 01, 2016 12:00 am 15,482

November is a busy time for Vancouverites in our fair city from moustaches to remembrance, culture crawls, and expos. Break out your calendar and start planning now with our list of things to do in Vancouver this month.

Food and Drink

Café Medina: Front of the Line Movember Fundraiser

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  • What: While Café Medina normally operates under a strict no-reservations policy, the beloved downtown brunch institution will allow locals and visitors alike a golden opportunity to skip the line and book tables for two to six people by donation throughout November with 100 per cent of proceeds benefiting the Movember Foundation.
  • Where: Café Medina – 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
  • When: From November 1 to November 30
  • Reservations: Donations are $25 per-table on Eventbrite

Cooking Without Sugar? No Problem!

  • What: What should you cook at home to best benefit your blood sugars? Being able to use some of your favourite foods to the best of their potential may require some planning. It doesn’t matter if you are a diabetic or not, there’s nothing to lose.
  • Where: The True Nosh Kitchen – 38 W. 1st Ave, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, November 2, from 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: $45 on Eventbrite

Vancouver Tea Festival 2016

  • What: The third annual Vancouver Tea Festival features leading exhibitors from the tea world, in a venue lauded by National Geographic as the “World’s Top City Garden.” This year’s festival promises to be a true pan-cultural celebration of tea in all its forms.
  • Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 5, from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Tickets: $18.95-$39.95 on Eventbrite

Big Rock Urban Brewery Tour

(Big Rock Brewery)

(Big Rock Brewery)

  • What: Whether you’re a craft beer newbie or a seasoned cicerone, a tour through Big Rock Urban Brewery is a great way to experience and learn about beer!
  • Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery – 310 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 6, from noon to 1 pm
  • Tickets: $10 on Eventbrite

Superfoods: Packing a Nutritional Punch

  • What: Led by Dr. Katie Leah and holistic nutritionist Keyrsten McEwan, this highly informative talk will educate attendees on the healing power and preventative nature of superfoods.
  • Where: Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre – #780 1285 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, November 9, from 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: $25 on Eventbrite

The Greasy Spoon Diner Vol 21.

  • What: An evening affair that will defy your preconceptions of diner food! This time, The Greasy Spoon Diner pairs Chef Daniel McGee from Au Comptoir and his chosen kitchen team, with a front of house team of people from all over Vancouver. They’ll fuse together fine dining and diner food to deliver a four-course meal to remember.
  • Where: Save On Meats – 43 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Monday, November 14, 5:30 – 11:30 pm
  • Tickets: $95 on Eventbrite, proceeds go to A Better Life Foundation, which supports the marginalized populations of Vancouver

CinCin Cookbook Launch and Truffle Dinner

  • What: In celebration of Executive Chef Andrew Richardson’s debut cookbook, CinCin: Wood-Fired Cucina, coinciding with the restaurant’s annual Mushroom and Truffle Festival, this book launch and dinner promises to be a spectacular fall tasting of flavours, flights, and funghetti.
  • Where: CinCin Ristorante – 1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, November 15, at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: $225, from Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. Call 604-688-6755.

Comedy

Rank and Vile

  • What: Canadian comedy legend Kenny Robinson hits the fabulous Emerald Supper Club for a rare and intimate Vancouver appearance with his Tour “Rank and Vile”. The double headliner show also features one of Canada’s most controversial comics Darren Frost, plus special guests.
  • Where: The Emerald – 555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 6, from 7:30 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $20 on Eventbrite

Bob Saget

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(Bob Saget/River Rock Casino)

  • What: American actor, standup comedian, and TV host Bob Saget performs his signature raw and raunchy brand of comedy.
  • Where: River Rock Casino – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • When: Thursday, November 10, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $69.50 on Ticketmaster

Brain

  • What: A hilarious, heartbreaking monologue about consciousness, mental illness, obsessive compulsive disorder, and friendship from award-winning novelist, musician and former Canadian poetry slam champ Brendan McLeod.
  • Where: The Chan Centre – 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, November 17, from 7:30 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $20-$32 online

Geeks vs. Nerds Vancouver

  • What: Now in its fourth year, the Geeks vs. Nerds Vancouver comedy-debate show is back for some hardcore advanced academic debates! Remember, the audience determines the victor, so be sure to come out and support your favourite team.
  • Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 26, at 6 pm
  • Tickets: $10 online

Concerts and Shows

Låpsley

  • What: The past year has seen Låpsley move from sixth form college student to recording Long Way Home, her debut album for XL. It is testament to her talent, and her musical and emotional maturity, as well as to the fact she is that exceedingly rare thing: a young artist who knows her own mind.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, November 11, doors open at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $22.50 on Ticketweb

Spice Girls vs. Backstreet Boys

  • What: Backstreet’s back – and they’re got company! Enjoy not one tribute band but two, as Baby, Scary, Ginger, Sporty and Posh take on AJ, Nick, Brian, Kevin and Howie. We know it’s what you want, what you really, really want!
  • Where: The Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, November 17, from 8 pm to midnight
  • Tickets: $20 on Ticketfly

Nick Carter (of the Backstreet Boys)

  • What: If you like your Backstreet Boys real, then you’ll probably want to head to see Nick Carter, who is touring in support of his new album All American. Expect songs from all three of his solo records, and your favourite Backstreet Boys hits.
  • Where: VENUE – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, November 23, from 8 pm to midnight
  • Tickets: $40-$103 online

WAR/POET

  • What: From Walt Whitman, Rupert Brooke, and Frances Ledwidge to the unnamed bards of folksongs, poets have forged their greatest works in the crucible of war. The Chor Leoni mens choir will focus on this powerful poetry as expressed in musical setting by Gustav Holst, Stephen Smith, and Michael McGlynn in the 24th annual Remembrance Day tradition.
  • When: Friday, November 11, at 1 pm
  • Where: West Vancouver United Church – 2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver
  • Tickets: $30-$40 Tickets Tonight

A Tribe Called Red

  • What: Known for their unique sound, which revolutionized the global electronic scene and continues to push boundaries in urban club culture, A Tribe Called Red brings their pow wow vocals and cutting-edge tunes to the Vancouver music scene.
  • Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Friday, November 18 and Monday, November 21, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $25 on Ticketmaster

Enchanting China: An Orchestral Extravaganza

  • What: This enriching celebration, featuring more than 70 musicians, singers and dancers, showcases an ebullient, diverse program of opera, classical, and traditional folk music on the authentic instruments of the traditional Chinese orchestra.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, November 29 and Wednesday, November 30, from 8 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $28-$128 on Ticketmaster

Arts

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

  • What: For 10 days in November, the 28th annual Vancouver Jewish Film Festival will be screening award winning films, as well as hosting guest filmmakers, directors, writers, producers, and panel discussion groups with audience participation.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: From November 3 to November 13
  • Tickets: $13-$15 online

Ballet BC: Program 1

  • What: These four contemporary ballet works by choreographer Cayetano Soto display his unique range of creativity and originality, that has been compared to a Pedro Almodovar film in its subversion of beauty to convey something else.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 650 Hamilton St, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, November 3 at 8 pm; more performances through Saturday, November 5
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $30-$100

Don’t Stop… Singing!

  • What: Don’t Stop… Singing! is a sing, dine, and donate event – open to singers and non-singers alike benefiting May’s Place, a Downtown Eastside hospice.
  • Where: The Portside Pub – 7 Alexander Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 6, from 5 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: $25 online

Arts Umbrella’s 34th Art Auction

  • What: Celebrate art with a heart at Splash, Arts Umbrella’s 34th annual auction and fundraiser. Arts Umbrella is Metro Vancouver’s premier non-profit arts organization in support of accessible arts programming for young people.
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, November 3, at 6 pm
  • Tickets: $300-$500 online

2016 SnowBall Classic

  • What: Watch world-class ballroom dancing in downtown Vancouver at the 2016 SnowBall Classic International Open Adult Standard and Latin Championships.
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver – 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, from 9 am to 5:30 pm
  • Tickets: $25-$166 on Tickets Tonight

Eastside Culture Crawl

  • What: The Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver’s highly anticipated four-day festival of visual arts, design, and crafts, celebrates its milestone 20th anniversary this year with nearly 500 artist studios, homes, and garages participating throughout the Eastside.
  • Where: Various locations
  • When: November 17-20
  • Admission: Totally free

The ABC Double D’s of Burlesque Live

  • What: The world premiere of the new successfully funded Kickstarter coffee table book and full length theatrical feature! The ABC Double Ds of Burlesque, the illustrated A-Z encyclopedia all about burlesque, is now a show!
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 19, doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
  • Tickets: At the Rio, $20 in advance, $25 on the door

Layers of Influence

  • What: Investigating the function of clothing to express social prestige, economic status, political might, and spirituality, Layers of Influence will feature more than 130 majestic and diverse cultural garments – from exquisite Japanese kimonos to the elaborate feather cloaks of the Maori people, among many others.
  • Where: The Museum of Anthropology at UBC – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • When: From November 17 to April 9
  • Tickets: $16-18 online or on the door

Fall for Ballet 2016

  • What: With sold out shows last spring, Coastal City Ballet opens its 6th season with the mixed repertoire program, Fall for Ballet. Coastal City Ballet is Vancouver’s premiere repertory ballet company comprised of locally trained and international dancers, bringing full-length story ballets to the local community.
  • Where: Kay Meet Theatre – 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 23 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: From $27.90 online

Disney On Ice Presents: Worlds of Enchantment

  • What: Rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favourite Disney stories when Worlds of Enchantment comes to Vancouver! This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Cars, Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award-winning Frozen.
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum at the PNE – 100 North Renfrew, Vancouver
  • When: From Wednesday, November 23 to Sunday, November 27, showtimes at 7 pm, plus extra showings 11:30 am and 3:30 pm at weekends
  • Tickets: On Ticketleader, $25- $95

Shopping

Vancouver Health Show

  • What: The Health Show is a one-stop shopping event that features keynotes by health-industry experts, demonstrations, and the most current products and services in fitness, nutrition, supplements, alternative healing practices, and holistic approaches to mental health concerns, addiction and eating disorders.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: November 5 – 6, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Tickets: $10-$18 on the door

SCRAPE Records Final Pop-Up Shoppe

  • What: The final SCRAPE records inventory clear out is set to go down coincidentally in the same month as their 19th Anniversary. During the day, browse all the records you can shake a stick at, by night, enjoy a final show by local and international bands.
  • Where: Venue – 881 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 19, from 11 am to 10:30 pm
  • Admission: Free during the day, $25 for the late shows on Ticketweb

Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase

  • What: Hailed as the wedding show of choice by Vancouver’s most distinguished wedding experts, Crème de la Crème raises the standard of wedding shows with an unmatched haute couture fashion show, trendsetting designs, and showcase of products and services that convey style, artistry, and excellence.
  • Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 20, 11 am – 5 pm
  • Tickets: $35 online

Sports

Watch a Canucks game

Give in to the hockey madness and support the Canucks in person! Check out the complete home game schedule right here.

Get out to a BC Lions game

BC Lions / Facebook

BC Lions / Facebook

Our Lions are going all out for the Canadian Football League this season. Click here for a full game schedule.

Odds and Ends

Designer Jewellery Class

  • What: Learn how to make an infinity charm by forging and soldering a sterling silver wire and attaching it to an Italian sterling silver chain.
  • Where: Katami Designs Studio & Gallery – 138 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, November 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: $159 on Eventbrite

Intro to Improvisation

  • What: Low in pressure and high in fun, the Intro to Improvisation class is a great sampler for people curious about improv or a nice refresher to people who have been out of the improv world for a while.
  • Where: Instant Studios – 529 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, November 2, from 8 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: $79 on Eventbrite

Restorative Yoga Community Class

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Yoga / Shutterstock

  • What: Try out restorative yoga in this 90-minute class where the teachers will guide you through a series of poses on the floor using bolsters, blankets and other props. This is slow and gentle yoga designed to activate the body’s relaxation response so the nervous system can rest.
  • Where: The Path Yoga Centre – 2083 Alma Street, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, November 1, from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: $12 on Eventbrite

West Point Cycles Drop In Spin Sessions

  • What: Don’t put away your bike! West Point Cycles popular indoor spin classes help their spin clients benefit from riding their own bikes throughout the year on brand new CycleOps SuperMagneto Pro Trainers. This means that participants enjoy the comfort of their personal set up while developing physiological gains in the exact position they will use outdoors.
  • Where: West Point Cycles – 215 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: From November 2 to December 17; Monday to Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturdays at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: $20 on Eventbrite

8th Annual Night of Miracles Gala

  • What: The Night of Miracles gala is a black-tie fundraising gala for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. This year proceeds will help purchase operating equipment vital for treating children with illnesses of the lungs, ears, nose and throat.
  • Where: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown – 1128 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 5, at 6:30 pm
  • Tickets: $500 online

Stanley Park Mushroom Ecology Tour and Mindfulness Workshop

  • What: With the rainy season upon us, this is the ideal time to gain a new appreciation for the incredible biodiversity of our coastal rainforest ecosystem by learning about the fascinating mushrooms that are now popping up everywhere.
  • Where: English Bay Inukshuk – 1700 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 6, from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Tickets: $20 on Eventbrite

Dark Futures

  • What: Society goes about its daily routine oblivious to the psychological, physiological, macroeconomic and technological forces at work. Are we sleepwalking? Can we wake up to what is happening and affect it? Do we even have a choice? This conference speaks about the hidden systems that affect our daily lives.
  • Where: Unbounce – 401 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Wednesday, November 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: $25-$35 on Eventbrite

US Election Night: Hillary vs. Donald

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (Albert H. Teich/Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (Albert H. Teich/Evan El-Amin/Shutterstock)

  • What: Finally, the US election campaign will come to an end on November 8, as US voters head to the polls. Now, you could stay home curled up on the floor, as you listen to the news and rock yourself back and forth whimpering. Or, you could drown your sorrows at the Rio, with their big screen tuned to CNN. For free. Your call.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Tuesday, November 8, from 9 to 11:30 pm
  • Admission: Totally free

Fall Classic

  • What: Join in at one of the last great runs of the year, the Fall Classic 5KM, 10KM and Half Marathon races. All participants get a race bob with built-in timing chip, finisher’s medal, a Forerunners gift certificate and free beer from Mahoney & Sons.
  • Where: East Mall, near the Student Union Boulevard, UBC – Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13, from 8:30 am
  • Register: $41-$61 online

Interesting Vancouver

  • What: Interesting Vancouver is an annual community gathering showcasing our city’s most fascinating people and the way they express their creativity through their hobbies, passions and obsessions.
  • Where: Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – 149 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Thursday, November 10, from 6 to 10:30 pm
  • Tickets: $28 on Eventbrite

Fan Expo Vancouver

  • What: Fan Expo is an intensive three-day pop-culture event that mixes sci-fi, comic, horror, anime, and gaming and features a sketching duel, over 230 local exhibitors, photo ops, cosplay, and exclusive programming.
  • Where: Vancouver Convention Centre East – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: From Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13
  • Tickets: $10-$199 online

Practical Self Defence

  • What: In this two-day workshop, you’ll learn about and participate in several tactical self-defence scenarios. You will also get a chance to practice your decision-making, de-escalation, and physical response skills in a realistic context.
  • Where: Valkyrie Western Martial Arts Assembly – 2603 Kingsway, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 26  and Sunday, November 27, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Tickets: $105 online

Christmas

Merry & Bright Holiday Party Pop-Up

  • What: Join the ladies from Make Merry Party Shop as they ring in the holiday season at Chorus & Clouds Studio with products for the holiday season and New Year’s Eve, plus birthday parties, weddings and more!
  • Where: Chorus & Clouds – 197 East 17th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: From November 17 to November 20, hours vary
  • Register: On Facebook, totally free

A Christmas Carol

  • What: This is a highly inventive circus adaptation of the classic Dickens story. With turn-of-the-century mechanics, imagination and wonderful special effects, you won’t want to miss this Christmas classic through a whole new lens.
  • Where: Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts – 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
  • When: From November 16 to November 27, showtimes vary
  • Tickets: $10-$22 online

Kimono & Japanese Gifts Xmas Sale

  • What: Pick up a unique and beautiful Japanese gift for someone special  – or for yourself. There will be kimomos, yukatas, obis, tabi socks, geta sandals, cute charms, hair accessories, jewelry, noren, purses, and more to purchase.
  • Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 100–6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
  • When: November 19, from 11 am – 4 pm
  • Register: On Facebook, totally free

CandyTown 2016

  • What: See Yaletown’s heritage district transform into a winter wonderland complete with visits from Santa, arts and crafts, and tons of sweet treats. Between the ice sculptures, gift market, and Christmas themed cocktails, we don’t know what we’re most excited for this year.
  • Where: Mainland Street (Yaletown), Vancouver.
  • When: Saturday, November 26 from 12 to 7 pm
  • Tickets: Free

Vancouver Christmas Market 2016

  • What: The Vancouver Christmas Market returns for 2016 with a bigger edition of old country tradition at its brand new home at Jack Poole Plaza. Making things merry and bright at the expansive seaside site, visitors are invited to indulge in the authentic German market’s array of mouth-watering delicacies and so much more.
  • Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: From November 26 to December 30; open daily 11 am to 9 pm, closed 6 pm on Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day
  • Tickets: $8 online

Ring in the Holidays

  • What: What could be better than to bring your entire family to listen to some amazing a cappella entertainment? Lions Gate Chorus is an an award winning ensemble of women who will captivate you with some Christmas carol favourites.
  • Where: Maritime Labour Centre – 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 27, from 2 to 6 pm
  • Tickets: $10-$20 online

A Ukulele Christmas

  • What: The Langley Ukulele Ensemble will be playing a concert in support of Pacific Assistance Dogs Society and will also be offering refreshments, door prizes, as well as a raffle.
  • Where: Holiday Inn & Suites – 700 Old Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 27, from 2 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: $30 online

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Vanessa Tam
is a writer and editor living and working in Vancouver, BC. Drake lyrics effectively communicate her pop culture relevancy as well as her excellent taste in music.

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