20 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: November 18 and 19

Nov 17 2017, 8:36 am

The weekend is here and we’re ready to let loose! Get out and have fun in Vancouver with our list of things to do this weekend, Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19, 2017.

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017

UBC BizTech Presents BluePrint 2017

BluePrint/UBC BizTech

  • What: UBC’s largest technology club BizTech hosts an annual event featuring keynote speakers from a number of tech companies prominent in Vancouver like Hootsuite and Control, plus see tech demos featuring numerous UBC community partners.
  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 6 pm, After Party at 9 pm
  • Where: UBC AMS Nest – 6133 University Boulevard
  • Price: $20 for member regular tickets, $30 for non-members – Pay at the door or purchase when sales open online via BluePrint

HR NOW 2017

  • What: This conference features four workshops that will highlight latest changes in the growing industry from exploring international recruitment to its interaction with other disciplines in the workplace. HR NOW 2017 will also feature a keynote speaker to kickstart the day as well an industry panel and networking sessions.
  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Simon Fraser University – 8888 University Drive, Burnaby
  • Tickets: Online, $20-$30

Vancouver Canucks versus St. Lous Blues

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with the St. Louis Blues on November 18 at Rogers Arena.
  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Dallas Smith

  • What: Platinum selling country star and 604 Records recording artist Dallas Smith wraps up his “Side Effects Tour” in Abbotsford on November 18. Smith’s top-selling album Side Effects includes the #1 single “Autograph” and the number one hit “Side Effects”.
  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Abbotsford Centre – 33800 King Road, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: Online, $35-$79.50

Walk Richmond – Middle Arm Dyke

  • What: Follow the Fraser River on this picturesque walk that passes by the Richmond Olympic Oval offering spectacular views of the North Shore Mountains.
  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Time: 10 to 11 am
  • Where: Meet at the playground at Dover Park – 5855 Dover Crescent, Richmond
  • Price: Free

The Actor’s Nightmare – Scripted Theatre and Improv Collide

  • What: The Actor’s Nightmare pairs a guest actor who has completely memorized their lines from a play with an improviser who not only hasn’t memorized any lines, but will have no idea what play they’re even in.
  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Time: 10:30 pm
  • Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Ecology Walk with Lee Beavington

  • What: The walk will focus on the ecology, creativity, and wonder of our local forest ecosystem. Lee Beavington is a biologist, artist, and an instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Amazon Field School. He will also compare the amazing biodiversity of tropical rain forests with our own temperate rain forests. Presented by Derby Reach/Brae Island Parks Association.
  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to noon
  • Where: Derby Reach Regional Park
  • Price: Free

Dundarave Festival of Lights

  • What: The annual Dundarave Festival of Lights kicks off with a Christmas tree decorating beach party on November 26. On the four Saturdays leading up to Christmas, stop by for an afternoon of free concerts to spark your Christmas spirit. The official lighting of the Festival’s Christmas tree forest takes place at dusk. The Christmas trees will remain on display until December 31.
  • When: November 18 to December 25, 2017
  • Where: Dundarave Park, West Vancouver
  • Admission: Free

Shigeto with Ela Minus

  • What: Beat-driven but given to richly textured sound design, rhythmically fractured but melodically sumptuous, Shigeto’s music is a bridge between the past and present, bringing the artist face to face with a creative legacy that spans decades.
  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Time: Doors 8 pm
  • Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $18

The Art of Art: A West Coast Formal

  • What: A night of live art, tattooing, and food tasting to help vulnerable children, featuring Kathy van Gogh, whose great-great-great-great grandfather was Vincent van Gogh’s uncle. The party is presented by non-profit organization Youth Unlimited, with hundreds expected to attend and see a total of 10 artists creating live, enjoy a food truck tasting competition, and bid on incredible art.
  • When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Time: 7 to 11 pm
  • Where: The Pipe Shop – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
  • Tickets: Eventbrite, $60 online or $75 on the door.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

VSO at the Movies: Jurassic Park

  • What: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will take you back to 1993 with live performance of Jurassic Park‘s iconic score by John Williams to accompany an HD showing of Spielberg’s beloved blockbuster. Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos will be on hand to guide the VSO and welcome you to Jurassic Park.
  • When: November 18 and 19, 2017
  • Time: 7 pm (Saturday), 2 pm (Sunday)
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25 to $72

18th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

  • What: This family event provides visitors of all ages the opportunity to observe salmon up close and learn about their life cycle through educational displays, salmon dissections and in-stream demonstrations. Come out for a day of exploring, experiencing and learning about the salmon and wildlife in a fish-bearing watershed.
  • When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
  • Time: 11 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre – 1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam
  • Price: Free

Eastside Culture Crawl

  • What: In this long-running Eastside tradition, 500+ artists will welcome 30,000 visitors to their studios over the course of four days. Stretching across 80 different buildings around East Vancouver, the bustling festival environment is a great way to discover new local artists in the hood.
  • When: Now to November 19, 2017
  • Where: Various Locations in East Vancouver
  • Price: Free

West Coast Christmas Show 2017

  • What: Now in its 10th year, the West Coast Christmas Show is a three-day event that features over 200 vendors and live presentations. There will also be Christmas music performed by local bands, choirs, and carollers, along with a huge working model train setup. Elsewhere there’s decorating ideas to be found in the Festival of Trees and in Santa’s Workshop, children can learn model making, sand-art, write letters to Santa, and take pictures with the jolly fellow himself.
  • When: Now to November 19, 2017
  • Where: TRADEX Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre – 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford
  • Tickets: $8 admission, $7 when purchased online, kids 13 and under free

Bravery Takes Balls

  • What: As part of SAXX Underwear‘s “Bravery Takes Balls” campaign, Braeden Ralla, owner of Purpose Smoothie Co., will strip off from November 17 to 21 in the window of Boys’Co to help raise awareness and funds for Movember. For every pair of SAXX’s Movember collection sold, $2 will be donated to the Movember foundation, to further the funding of men’s health research.
  • When: Now to November 21, 2017
  • Where: Boys’Co – 1044 Robson Street, Vancouver

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

  • What: An intimate version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s science fiction classic featuring two haunting chorus characters who speed along the action, play many supporting roles, and speak to Jekyll as the voices in his head, spurring him toward triumph and tragedy. Presented by Theater Crossing and Kits House.
  • When: Now to November 19, 2017
  • Where: Kits House – 2305 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $15-$25

Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival

  • What: Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival features four days of excitement in the city, with a Gala, Cocktail Night, Film Previews, Talk with Celebrities, Workshops and Awards Night.
  • When: Now to November 19, 2017
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
  • Tickets: Online

Chocolate Lover’s Ultimate Cooking Class

  • What: Learn to make Lava Cake, Chocolate Mousse, and Truffles in this class by Tartine & Maple. You’ll be able to sample all the food demonstrated and take recipes and leftovers home.
  • When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
  • Time: 2 to 4 pm
  • Where: Trout Lake Community Centre – 3350 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
  • Price: $57; buy via Trout Lake CC

Krafted Market


  • What: All handmade, all the time – Krafted Market is on of Delta’s most exciting community markets that takes place during the holiday season. This market has a great selection of local vendors and food producers. Partial proceeds from admission fees go towards the South Delta Food Bank, and there is also free parking.
  • When: Sunday, November 19, 2017
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Where: South Delta Recreation Centre – 1720 56th Street, Tsawwassen
  • Price: $3 admission, kids 12 and under free

Museum of Anthropology at UBC presents The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving

  • What: The Museum of Anthropology at UBC with the Musqueam Indian Band present The Fabric of Our Land: Salish Weaving. Curated by Susan Rowley in collaboration with Salish weavers, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the past 200 years of Salish wool weaving. The exhibition will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view rare early Salish weavings on loan from museums in Europe and the United States, as well as works created by contemporary Salish weavers.
  • When: November 19, 2017 to April 15, 2018
  • Where: Museum of Anthropology at UBC – 6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
  • More info: Online
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