21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Nov 18 2016, 1:39 pm

Finally, the time we have all been waiting for – the weekend.

We’re inching a closer to the holiday season so why not get a head start and check out some Christmas craft markets? Or, enjoy the final days of the Eastside Cultural Crawl.

None of those events catch your interest? Don’t worry, we have plenty more suggestions.

Here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.

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

Saturday, November 19

SCRAPE Records Final Pop-Up Shoppe

Records / Shutterstock

Records / Shutterstock

  • 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
  • Tickets: Free during the day, $25 for the late shows on Ticketweb

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: Saturday, November 19, from 11 am – 4 pm
  • Tickets: On Facebook, 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

Moustache Party

  • What: Flappers, Shakers, and Swell Gals, get ready to swing at this ‘Stache Bash, Speakeasy-style, featuring swing dance lessons, live jazz by Bourbon Rebels, and special moustache burlesque. Plus, compete for best moustache and sister moustache.
  • Where: The Waldorf Hotel – 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 19, from 9 pm to 2 am
  • Admission: $20 at the door

Sci-Fi Heroes Weekend

  • What: Who’s your favourite science-fiction hero? During November the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will be making Jet-Pack costumes that kids and adults alike can take home to transform themselves into their very own science fiction superhero. There will also be special crafts, activities, and shows.
  • Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver (Vanier Park)
  • When:  Saturday, November 19, to Sunday, November 20, from 12 to 3 pm
  • Admission: Free with regular Space Centre admission

Detroit – Mitch and Murray Productions

Image: Mitch and Murray Productions

Image: Mitch and Murray Productions

  • What: Detroit starts with a suburban couple meeting their new, recovering-addict neighbours over a backyard BBQ. Predictably, the friendship soon spirals out of control, as the couple grapples with unemployment and alcohol abuse. Notably, Mitch and Murray Productions almost had to cancel this show due to lack of funding from the BC Arts Council, but the five-year-old indie company rallied through with a crowdfunding campaign and corporate sponsorships.
  • Where: Studio 16 – 1555 W. 7th Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 19 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: At Brown Paper Tickets, $12.50-$29

Crofton House Winter Bazaar

  • What: Crofton House School is welcoming the public onto its campus for one of its most valued traditions: the Crofton House Winter Bazaar. The Winter Bazaar is a fun-filled fair with something for everyone.
  • Where: Crofton House School – 3200 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 19, from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tickets: $2 at the door

Pop-up Community Planting

This bee mural for the future pop-up park at Fifth and Pine was painted earlier this year (City of Vancouver)

This bee mural for the future pop-up park at Fifth and Pine was painted earlier this year (City of Vancouver)

  • What: The Vancouver Park Board will be hosting a community planting event and everyone is welcome to come help plant a pollinator garden with more 1,500 plants to provide a habitat for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
  • Where: West Fifth Avenue and Pine Street,Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 19, from 9 am to 1 pm
  • Admission: Free! Register online

Startup Weekend Vancouver

  • What: Sometimes the hardest part of getting your startup off the ground is actually starting. That’s what Startup Weekend Vancouver is combating with its eighth annual startup competition. Over 150 aspiring entrepreneurs will get together to put their enterprising ideas into action.
  • Where: Launch Academy– #300 128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 19 to Sunday, November 20, from  6 to 11:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $125

Canucks vs. Blackhawks

  • What: The Vancouver Canucks wrap up their four-game home stand with a matchup against arch rivals Chicago Blackhawks.
  • Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 19, at 7 pm
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster from $80

Intro to Letterpress 

  • What: This workshop is for absolute beginners or anyone who needs a refresher course in traditional letterpress printing. Learn some of the basics of type setting, inking, and operating the press. By the end of this workshop you should be able to operate the press and make a print!
  • Where: WePress– 202-268 Keefer Street, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 19, from 2 to 5 pm
  • Register: On Eventbrite, tickets by donation

Sunday, November 20

Umbrella Self-Defence

Umbrella / Shutterstock

Umbrella / Shutterstock

  • What: Vancouver’s Academie Duello has developed a program for those wanting to learn how to use their umbrella for personal protection against an attacker.
  • Where: Academie Duello – 412 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 20, from 1 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: On Academie Duello, $99

River District Craft Fair

  • What: The River District Craft Fair aims to support local businesses by featuring BC artisans from the area. Head here to get your holiday fill of food and gifts.
  • Where: River District Centre – 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 20, from 11 am to 4 pm
  • Price: Free!

Eastside Culture Crawl


Tangible Interaction – Marshmallow Clouds

  • What: Check out the last day of the Eastside Culture Crawl, Vancouver’s highly anticipated 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: Sunday, November 20 (various times, check website for details)

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, from 11 am – 5 pm
  • Tickets: On Picatic, $35

Jazz Legends Lost & Found with Resonance Records

Image: Wes Montgomery / Coastal Jazz

Image: Wes Montgomery/ Coastal Jazz

  • What: Resonance Records are coming to Vancouver, putting on a series featuring local ensembles performing some of the company’s newest archive records.
  • Where: Frankie’s Jazz Club – 765 Beatty Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 20 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: $15 cover at the door; reservations can be made via [email protected] or (778) 727-0337

VSO Kids’ Koncerts: Wall to Wall Percussion 

  • What: VSO Principal Percussion Vern Griffiths reprises one of the best-loved Kids concerts the VSO has ever presented. Griffiths plays everything including the kitchen sink, and shows how everyday items can actually be cool musical instruments.
  • Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 20 at 2 pm
  • Tickets: On VSO, $19- $29

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 20 from 10:30 am to 12 pm
  • Tickets: Free, register on Eventbrite

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.
  • When: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar– 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
  • Where: Sunday, November 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $61.36 – $96.76

Subscura with special guests 

Subscura / Phoenix Flash Photography

Image: Subscura/ Phoenix Flash Photography

  • What: Come join Subscura for an evening of performance and art at the Rio Theatre. This will be a cozy and enchanting evening filled with performance art, dance, spoken word, music, art, door prizes, raffles, and more.
  • When: Sunday, November 20 from 7:30 t0 11 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre –1660 East Broadway Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: On Rio Theatre Tickets,$18 and  $20 at the door

Christmas At Hycroft

  • What: Enter the Hycroft Edwardian mansion during the holidays and you’ll find all three of its floors decked out in seasonal splendour along with a variety of unique boutiques and crafters along with 25 local artisans. Outside the manor, the courtyard will be buzzing with activities and entertainment including Emelle’s Catering Trailer.
  • When: Sunday, November 20 from 11am to 6pm
  • Where: Hycroft Manor – 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $15 admission, kids 13 and under free
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