22 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Nov 12 2016, 8:37 am

The weekend (also known as the best time of the week) has arrived, so get out there and do something fun.

If you’re not sure what to get up to, here are 22 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, November 12, and Sunday, November 13.

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

Saturday, November 12

Bark-Making Class at Purdy’s Chocolatier

Image: Chocolate/ Eventbrite

Image: Chocolate/Eventbrite

  • What: Learn from Purdy’s experienced connoisseurs how to create you own scrumptious chocolate bark with your choice of nuts, dried fruits and other delectable ingredients.
  • Where: Purdys Chocolatier South Granville – 2705 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 12, from 1 to 3 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $30-$60

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

Dining Etiquette for Holiday Parties

  • What: Have some fancy holiday parties to attend but need to brush up on that etiquette? Then this class is just what you need.
  • Where: Shangri-La Hotel – 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 12, from 1 to 3 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $150

Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra

  • What: The first large-scale concert of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s 2016/17 season will feature the 15-member VICO with virtuoso solo performers on Vietnamese traditional instruments.
  • Where: The Orpheum Annex – 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 12, at 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Brown Paper Tickets, $20-30

Vancouver Women’s Conference

  • What: Visit exciting exhibitor booths and join the conversation with some of the most powerful and badass women this province has to offer. Have a drink at the cocktail party, network, converse, connect and share stories. It’s the ultimate VanWomen’s Day out and you deserve it!
  • Where: The Fairmont Pacific Rim – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 12, from 9 am to 6 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $39.99-$59.99

The Boom Booms

  • What: Indie-soul Vancouver band The Boom Booms return to the city for a high energy live show.
  • Where: Imperial– 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 12, from 9 pm to 1 am
  • Tickets: On TicketWeb, $20

Ghostly Gastown Tour

Image: Gastown/ Eventbrite

Image: Gastown/ Eventbrite

  • What: Step back into Vancouver’s past to learn the haunted history of the Gastown area. On this 90 minute walking tour you will learn about a town renown for its wild west legacy of drinking, gambling, and harsh justice in the form of hangings.
  • Where:  Angel Statue in front of Waterfront Station – 599 West Cordova St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 12, from 7:30 to 9 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $20

Story Story Lie 

  • What: Can you spot the liar? Five performers share embarrassing, intimate stories. One of them is a liar. Join the audience in the interrogation!
  • Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 12, from 8 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $6

National Girls Learning Code Day: Game-Making with Scratch

  • What: Girls Learning Code is excited to combine the power of play with basic design and programming skills for a full day, game-making workshop! This experience offers girls the opportunity to brainstorm modern day game ideas with others in a super fun environment and learn basic design principles, character interaction techniques, as well as appropriate audio integration.
  • Where: Centre for Digital Media – 685 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 12, from 1 to 4 pm
  • Tickets and Registration: On Eventbrite, (tickets free or by donation)

Coptic Bookbinding 

Image: Eventbrite

Image: Eventbrite

  • What: Ever want to learn how to make your own books? – those ones with the cool stitching on the spine that lie flat when you open them? Artist extraordinaire Chanel Ly teaches you how at this workshop.
  • Where: WePress– 202-268 Keefer St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 12, from 12:30 t0 2:30 pm
  • Registration: On Eventbrite,

Sunday, November 13

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 

Moscow Russian Ballet/ Facebook

Image: Moscow Russian Ballet/ Facebook

  • What: Get in the Christmas mood with the biggest holiday experience of the year.  Direct from Russia, the Great Russian Nutcracker will enchant the whole family with talented dancers, a 60-foot Christmas tree, and spectacular costumes.
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13, from 2 to 4:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $29.40- $175.00

Family Toy and Clothing Sale

  • What: A perfect chance for families to buy and sell used children’s clothing and toys. Parents will be able to find some great bargains for their kids.
  • Where: Kitsilano Wat Memorial Community Centre – 2690 Larch St., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13, from 10 am to 1 pm
  • Tickets: Available online, $20 for tables, free admission for bargain hunting families on event day

DOE Presents: A Walk in the Park 

  • What: Explore the beautiful UBC campus and learn more about the Duke of Edinburgh (DOE) club by hiking the Pacific Spirit Regional Park Trail, and end the day with an ice-breaker event at the Nest
  • Where: Pacific Spirit Regional Park – 5495 Chancellor Blvd., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13, from 11 am to 2 pm
  • Admission: Free, register on Eventbrite

Canucks vs. Dallas Stars

  • What: Canucks are back home after a six-game road trip and look to start things off on a winning note against the Dallas Stars.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13 at 1 pm
  • Tickets: Get via Ticketmaster

BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

  • What: Playing their first home playoff game in four years, the BC Lions will host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Western Semi-Final.
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13 at 1:30 pm
  • Tickets: Get via Ticketmaster

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 13, (various times)
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10

Pig and Pinot

  • What: A delectable fall feast prepared by Chef Alex Chen and his team. The meal includes pork belly porchetta, confit and glazed pig’s head, chipotle-spiced pig’s tails, crunchy pig’s ears as well as a variety of sides, and dessert.
  • Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar– 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $61.36 – $96.76

Streetfight Improv!

Streetfight Improv / Eventbrite

Image: Streetfight Improv!

  • What: Streetfight is a hilarious hour of head-to-head short form improv that you don’t want to miss. Every week, ten of the funniest improvisers in town (or amazing special guests!) compete back and forth with short improvised scenes vying for your laughter.
  • Where: Havana– 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $8-$10

Introduction to Essential Oils 

  • What: This workshop is jam-packed with ready to implement information on how to use essential oils for your health, home and happiness.
  • Where: 1331 Nelson St., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13, from noon to 1:30 pm
  • Admission: Free, register on Eventbrite 

Boxing for Beginners with All-City Athletics 

  • What: This boxing workshop is open to anyone, especially people who have never tried boxing or martial arts. The sessions are designed to be educational, inclusive, fun, and a guaranteed killer workout.
  • Where: True Conditioning – #120 6231 London Road, Richmond
  • When:  Sunday, November 13, from 4 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: on Eventbrite, $30

Audio/Video: Ridiculous Videos=Hilarious Scenes 

  • What: Audio/Video is improv inspired by the worlds of film and music. Improvised films? Got it. Extreme close ups? Totally. Sing-alongs? Better believe it. If there is a such a thing as too much entertainment in one show, it would be this one.
  • Where: Havana –1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13, from 9 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $8

Ninjitsu Sundays 

  • What: Ninjitsu is the ancient art of the ninja shadow warriors of Japan. It is a unique method of moving and thinking which developed a system often referred to us the art of winning. It is a practice based in self-regulation and self-awareness.
  • Where:  Vital Health Medical Clinic Kitsilano – 1855 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 13, from 10:30 am to 12 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10
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