20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: November 4 and 5

Nov 3 2017, 10:20 am

The first weekend of November is here, and it’s filled with fun events for you and your crew to enjoy. From Vancouver Tea Festival to Winter Farmers Market, here is our list of 20 things to do this weekend – Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Vancouver Tea Festival

Tea assortment in boxes and cups

Tea assortment in boxes and cups/Shutterstock

  • What: The Vancouver Tea Festival is back this year for its fourth annual celebration of all things tea. Head to the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver and the adjacent Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden to dive into the world of the planet’s most consumed beverage (other than water, of course).
  • When: November 4 to 5
  • Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday) and 10 am to 11 am to 5 pm (Sunday)
  • Where: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver – 50 East Pender Street, Vancouver; Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden -578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
  • Price: $5.95 – $31.95; buy via Eventbrite

Murders and Mobbings

  • What: ​​Watch crows stream to their evening roost and learn about these interesting and intelligent birds.
  • When: Saturday November 4, 2017
  • Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
  • Where:  Burnaby Lake Regional Park
  • Registration: Online, or by calling 604-432-6359. $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+

A Vancouver Guldasta

  • What: This fall the South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SASCHA) will host a series of public art engagements including an art exhibition and site-specific theatre that explores the theme of “Trauma, Memory and the Story of Canada.” As part of this year’s engagements, SASCHA has included the play, A Vancouver Guldasta. The play will feature an amazing cast of Arshdeep Purba, Gunjan Kundhal, Parm Soor, and Lou Ticzon.
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: 7425 Prince Albert Street, A Vancouver Special Home
  • Tickets: $15, buy online

Off Key: The Improvised Musical – Sondheim Edition

  • What: Off Key performs original musicals based on audience suggestions. The catch? The script, lyrics, and music are all improvised on the spot. This month the troupe pays tribute to American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
  • When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 pm
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

East Van Opry 2017

  • What: The fifth annual East Van Opry features local favourites and guests from near and far. Performers include The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Dawn Pemberton, C.R. Avery, Geoff Berner and many more.
  • When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $24

Vancouver Canucks versus Pittsburgh Penguins

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Image: Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Hastings Park Winters Farmers Market

  • What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, craft alcohol producers, and food trucks.
  • When: Every Sunday from November 5 to April 29 (except December 24 and 31)
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
  • Admission: Free

An Intimate Evening with Yanni

  • What: The piano maestro is kicking off his North American tour this fall featuring Yanni Conversations, “An Intimate Evening with Yanni – Up Close and Personal”. As a thank you to his most dedicated fans, Yanni will forgo a big production and give his audience a chance to ask him questions while presenting his songs. No two evenings will be alike during the tour.
  • When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
  • Tickets: Online, $99.50

Fraser Valley Wine Festival 2017

  • What: House party jams every Saturday at the Biltmore Cabaret with resident DJs Can I Live, Harvey Harvey and special guests.
  • When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
  • Where: Willowbrook Shopping Centre – 19705 Fraser Hwy, Langley
  • Tickets: $55, available online

The Main Event: Tribute

  • What: Urban dance showcase The Main Event celebrates its 10th semi-annual show. This special edition pays homage to the OG’s and pioneers of the Vancouver dance scene. Featuring BoiN3rd, DJ Seko, and more.
  • When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $22-$25

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Diwali at Evergreen

Performers/Diwali Fest

  • What: Scaled to suit the multicultural demographic and in collaboration with the Bandish Network, this South Asian, cabaret style evening at Evergreen Cultural Centre features classical, Bollywood and contemporary dance and classical live music performances.
  • When: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre –  1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  • Tickets: Available via Evergreen Cultural Centre

Rock ‘n Stroll

  • What: ​​Travel to the past on this guided walk with Professor Rolf Mathewes to discover secrets about ancient climate and fosslized plants.
  • When: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where:  Kanaka Creek Regional Park
  • Registration: Online, or by calling 604-432-6359. $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+


  • What: Raffi is a singer, songwriter, producer, author, lecturer, and tireless advocate for children. He is best known for his work as a children’s entertainer whose string of gold and platinum-selling recordings in North America.
  • When: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $27-$28

Instruments of Change

  • What: The world premiere of James Maxwell’s Eight or nine, six or seven, inspired in part by the city’s foremost recyclers, the binners’ community. Drawing on a mixed ensemble of professional and amateur musicians, this piece is the result of a two-year collaboration between Instruments of Change, Music on Main, members of Vancouver’s binners’ community, professional performers, and the community-at-large. Presented by ISCM 2017.
  • When: November 4 and 5
  • Time: 11 am
  • Where: Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

Tania Willard: dissimulation

  • What: This exhibition presents multidisciplinary work by artist/curator Tania Willard (Secwépemc Nation), alongside her collaborators Gabrielle Hill, Peter Morin, her family, home community and Secwépemc lands and territories.
  • When: Now to November 5
  • Time: Noon to 5 pm
  • Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
  • Admission: Free

Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Farmers’ Market

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Farmers market veggies (Lindsay William-Ross/Daily Hive)

  • What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.
  • When: Every Sunday from November 4 to April 21 (except December 30)
  • Time: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street

Downtown Eastside Ukrainian Hall Concert & Supper

  • What: The Heart of the City Festival wraps up at the Ukrainian Hall with live music, dance, and colourful costumes at the Ukrainian Hall Community Concert & Supper. This annual favourite, co-produced with the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC), features the Barvinok Choir and the award-winning Dovbush Dancers. 
  • When: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Time: 3 pm
  • Where: Ukrainian Hall – 805 East Pender, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $25. For advance tickets contact 604-254-3436

Canzine Vancouver 2017

  • What: Broken Pencil Magazine’s festival of zines and underground culture. Featuring hundreds of zines, books, comic, and small press vendors.
  • When: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Time: 1 to 6 pm
  • Where: 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • Price: Free

The Great Canadian Songbook

  • What: With a mix of Canadian hit songs of the past and present, Ken Lavigne, Tiller’s Folly (Bruce Coughlan, Nolan Murray and Laurence Knight), and Diyet take audiences on a musical journey combining stories, music, and visual projections.
  • When: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Where: The ACT Arts Centre – 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$40

NWSO Movie Music Concert

  • What: The New Westminster Symphony Orchestra performs movie theme music from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Moon River, Beauty and The Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more of your favourites.
  • When: Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Massey Theatre – 735 Eight Avenue, New Westminster
  • Admission: By donation
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