21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend

Nov 3 2016, 6:15 am

The weekend is finally here and you should make the best of it because it goes by way too fast.

Not sure what to get up to? Here are 21 things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Saturday, November 5, and Sunday, November 6.

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

Saturday, November 5

Vancouver Tea Festival 2016

Tea/ Shutterstock

Tea/ Shutterstock

  • 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: On Eventbrite, $18.95-$39.95

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 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: Available at the door, $10-$18

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: Available online, $500

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: Saturday, November 5
  • Tickets: On Ticketmaster, $30-$100


  • What: TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Speakers at TEDxSFU include Alissa Antle, Dan Lok, and Danny Ramadan.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse- 600 Hamilton St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 5 from 10 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: On Picatic, $51.60

DJ Mustard

  • What: Prolific DJ and producer DJ Mustard returns to Vancouver. Hailing from Los Angeles, DJ Mustard has had an undeniable impact hip-hop, producing hits with Tyga, 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy, Kid Ink, Y.G. and more.
  • Where: Celebrities Nightclub – 1022 Davie St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 5 at 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Celebrities, $45

Survivors Totem Pole Raising

  • What: Pigeon Park will soon be home to a 27-foot Survivors Totem Pole dedicated to the dignity and strength of survivors of all forms of injustice. Join on the raising of the totem pole.
  • Where: Pigeon Park– 399 Carrall St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 5 from 11:30 am to 5 pm
  • Admission: Free

An Intimate Night with Jus Reign 

  • What: YouTube star and funnyman Jus Reign returns to Vancouver for a live show. Join him as he combines comedy with topics such as stereotypes within the South Asian community, bullying, his childhood and upbringing, and other topics pertinent to today’s youth.
  • Where:  SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts 149 – West Hastings St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 5 from 7 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $25-$75. Show is for ages 16+ only.

Happy Brunching!

Brunch/ Shutterstock

Brunch/ Shutterstock

  • What: We all know Brunch is the best meal of the week. Try your hand at cooking up a healthy brunch at this cooking class.
  • Where: The True Nosh Kitchen – 38 W. 1st Ave., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 5 from 11:30 am to 2 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $38

BC Lions vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders

  • What: The BC Lions host Saskatchewan in the final regular season game at BC Place. A win and the Lions would clinch second place in the West and host the Western Semi-Final (or it could happen if Winnipeg Blue Bombers lose in Ottawa Friday night).
  • Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 5 at 4 pm
  • Tickets: Through Ticketmaster

Celebrate Craft…Beer!

  • What: This charitable fundraiser celebrates the seasonal craft beer of 18 BC breweries, alongside a curated market of local artists. The funds raised will support the ongoing delivery of the Craft Council of BC’s ‘Craft, Heritage & Me’ program for under-served youth.
  • Where: Performance Works, Granville Island– 1218 Cartwright St., Vancouver
  • When: Saturday, November 5 from 7:30 to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $37

Sunday, November 6

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: Eventbrite, $20

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 St., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 6, from 5 to 8 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $25

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: On Eventbrite, $25

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: 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 St., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 6 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 6 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $8-$10

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 Ave., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 6 from 10:30 am to 12 pm
  • Admission: Free, register on Eventbrite 

DIY Reclaimed Wood Table

  • What: Embrace your inner woodworker and build your own table at this Wood Shop Session.
  • Where: The Wood Shop – 251 Southern St., Vancouver
  • When:  Sunday, November 6 from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Tickets: on Eventbrite, $160

SheHacks Vancouver

  • What: A jam-packed 12-hour hackathon with education, inspiration, networking, and prototyping. Start the day with an idea and at the end of the day, you’ll have 90 seconds to pitch your idea in front of investors, developers, product people, and more.
  • Where: Telus Innovation Center– 510 W. Georgia St., Vancouver (5th floor)
  • When: Sunday, November 6 from 9:30 am to 10 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $50-$80

Bingo & Bubbles

  • What: Need something to do after Sunday brunch? Indulge in some bubbly and bingo. Prizes will be up for grabs!
  • Where:  JOEY Bentall– 507 Burrard St., Vancouver
  • When: Sunday, November 6 from 3 to 5 pm
  • Tickets: On Eventbrite, $10
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