21 things to do in Vancouver this week: November 12 to 14

Nov 12 2019, 5:00 am

Shortened work weeks are some of the best weeks! Check out these 21 great events in Vancouver from November 12 to November 14, including Waitress, Eastside Culture Crawl, and more!

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

Tuesday, November 12

Broadway Across Canada – Waitress

Lucie Jones from the London Production of Waitress – Photo by Rene Cervantes

What: Broadway Across Canada presents the Tony-award nominated Waitress. Brought to the stage by an all-female creative team, Waitress features original music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles, a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson, and original direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

When: November 12 until November 17, 2019
Time: 8 pm (plus 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Canucks vs Nashville Predators

What: Vancouver Canucks face off with Nashville Predators at Rogers Arena.

When: November 12, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Winter Treasures

What: The 5th Annual Winter Treasures features handcrafted gifts, fine crafts, art, and décor by local artisans. The Winter Treasures Artisan Market is held in conjunction with Blackberry Gift Shop’s annual Christmas Marketplace.

When: November 12 to December 18, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Admission: Free

CHON and Between the Buried and Me

What: Proggy math rockers CHON and prog-metallers Between the Buried and Me co-headline the Commodore on November 12 with special guests Intervals.

When: November 12, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Piper Spit Bird Count

What: Get to know the birds in your backyard and keep an eye out for rare ones at Piper Spit Bird Count. Bring binoculars and join a park interpreter to see seasonal changes in birds at Burnaby Lake. Ages 15+ only.

When: November 12, 2019
Time: 9 am to 11 pm
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park – Meet at Burnaby Lake Nature House, 4519 Piper Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Winter Parka Sample Sale

Winter parka/Shutterstock

What: There’s a massive winter parka sale taking over the Executive Hotel in Richmond. Save up to 70% on brands including Mackage, Vegan Jackets, Rudsak, Parajumpers, Fred Perry, Soia & Kyo, Save the Duck, Arctic North, Laundry, Versace Scarves, and more. There’s going to be more than 10,000 parka coats on sale, with all sizes available in womenswear, menswear, and kids’ styles.

When: Now until November 13, 2019
Time: 11 am to midnight (Tuesday), 11 am to 8 pm (Wednesday)
Where: Executive Hotel — 7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond
 FREE — Sign up and get a 10% discount coupon

Whistler Cornucopia 2019

What: Cornucopia, Whistler’s epic 10-day food and beverage celebration, offers attendees a stellar selection of tastings, dinners, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Events like Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Bubbles And Brunch, drink seminars like “Wine & Junk Food Reloaded,” and Scandinave Spa’s Bubble Bath party are just a few of the things that await Cornucopia-goers.

When: Now until November 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Venues around Whistler
Price: Ticket prices vary

Wednesday, November 13

FEAST: Asian Dining Festival 2019

FEAST: Asian Dining Festival 2019

Hotpot Palace (@stephhhnguyen/Instagram)

What: This year’s FEAST: Asian Dining Festival runs through November 18. Urging diners to broaden their horizons and try a variety of Richmond restaurants – old and new – FEAST allows diners to indulge family-style.

Participants can expect curated menus when they dine in groups of four to 10 people, and some signature dishes, specialty items, and recommended FEAST menu options at a special price during the festival.

When: Now until November 18, 2019
Time: Various hours of operation
Where: Participating restaurants in Richmond
More Info: Online

Ease In & Align Yoga

What: Ordinarily Honest Yoga is hosting a cannabis-friendly yoga class designed to slow things down before the start of another work week. Guests are asked to arrive early if they wish to elevate before hitting the mat.

When: November 13, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Where: University of British Columbia McLeod Building – room 242 – 2329 West Mall, Vancouver
Tickets: $15-$20, available here

Winter Gift Gallery

What: Seymour Art Gallery’s Winter Gift Gallery features a variety of locally made arts to purchase throughout the holidays, including paintings, scarves, pottery and more.

When: Tuesdays to Sunday until December 24, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm. Open until 8:30 pm on Thursdays in December
Where: Seymour Art Gallery — 4360 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver
Admission: Free

Wednesday Wanderings: Winter Waterfowl

What: Learn why ​some birds make our region their winter destination at Wednesday Wanderings.

When: November 13, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Minnekhada Regional Park
Register: Required, barcode 7852. 604-432-6359 $3 per person, per session

Fierce Adventures — One-Year Anniversary

What: A live, all-ages Dungeons & Dragons show featuring Vancouver drag entertainers. Starring Shay Dior, Adam Zapple, and more performers, plus The GM Tim as the Dungeon Master.

When: November 13, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: $10 at the door

Roller Coaster

TJ Dawe

What: Jessie Award winner and Vancouver Fringe veteran TJ Dawe presents Roller Coaster, a monologue that explores why we go to war, Donald Trump’s presidency, the end of the world, and more.

When: November 13 to November 15, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Dixon Craft Fair 2019

What: The Dixon Craft Fair features items for sale from local artists and creators, as well as a cake walk, face painting for children, tree decorating, and more. There will also be a wines-around-the-world auction, silent auction and 50/50 draw, and raffle prizes. Proceeds go to Dixon PAC.

When: November 13, 2019
Time: 6 to 8:30 pm
Where: Dixon Elementary School – 9331 Diamond Rd, Richmond
Admission: Free

Thursday, November 14

Eastside Culture Crawl 2019

What: A four-day visual arts, design and crafts festival showcasing over 450 artists in 68 buildings throughout Vancouver’s Eastside. Meet emerging and internationally established artists working in a variety of disciplines, including painting, photography, sculpture, glassblowing, and more.

When: November 14 to November 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

Afro-Latin Mix Night at the Orpheum


What: Afro-Latin Mix Night gives concert-goers a taste of Latin American rhythms and different kinds of music from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, and Peru. The special performer of the night will be Celso Machado, a Brazilian-born and Gibsons-based musician who has won a Leo Award for Best Score for Documentary and a Canadian Folk Music Award for World Solo Artist of the Year.

Afro-Latin Mix Night will also include a number of bands such as Breaking Boundaries from Colombia, Brejera from Brazil, PeruVan from Peru, Kutupira from Cuba, and Grupo America, who will be representing Latin America with dances.

When: November 14, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: The Orpheum, 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online via Eventbrite

CF Pacific Centre Christmas tree Lighting

What: On Thursday, November 14, CF Pacific Centre will celebrate its annual Christmas tree lighting at Rotunda Plaza. According to CF Pacific Centre, attendees will be given a special gift and be able to enjoy live musical performances by Top Line Vocal Collective Choir, DJ Raven Landry, and Kiss Radio personality Tara Jean. New holiday decor is also being introduced at the shopping centre this season.

The mall will also be offering “exclusive promotions with select retailers.” Not to mention, the 42-foot-tall Christmas tree is one of the tallest in Vancouver.

When: November 14, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: CF Pacific Centre – 701 W Georgia St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Vancouver Canucks vs Dallas Stars

What: Vancouver Canucks hit the ice versus Dallas Stars at Rogers Arena. Tonight’s promotional theme is Canadian Forces Appreciation.

When: November 14, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Lights of Hope 2019 Fireworks & Display Launch

What: St. Paul’s Foundation marks the launch of its seasonal hospital lights display with a free event at the intersection of Burrard Street and Helmcken Street that includes a fireworks display from the hospital rooftop. There will also be food trucks and carollers to add to the festivities. The lighting ceremony will see the building glow with over 100,000 bright lights, and more than 200 shining stars. New to the display this year is the Living Light, an interactive art piece that gives everyone the opportunity to light a star themselves.

The community celebration Thursday marks the beginning of the Lights of Hope campaign, which raises funds to support the greatest needs of patients, residents and caregivers at St. Paul’s Hospital, Mount Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Providence Health Care’s seniors care homes.

When: November 14, 2019
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm

  • Lighting of the display and fireworks: Arrive early. The ~5-minute fireworks show and display lighting begins at approximately 6:30 pm
  • Festivities: 6 pm to 8 pm

Where: St. Paul’s Hospital Burrard entrance – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

McArthurGlen Vancouver Sparkle All The Way


Sparkle Brighter at McArthurGlen

What: A massive Christmas tree will light up McArthurGlen as the outlet mall hosts its biggest-ever Sparkle All The Way event. Along with a 52-foot Christmas tree (one of the tallest in Metro Vancouver) and 275,000 LED lights, the outlet mall will be decked out in a variety of holiday decorations and ornaments.

The free event will include a number of family-friendly activities such as live carolling, letters to Santa, a performance from The Showstoppers, and the lighting of the Christmas tree with the help of Santa himself. There will also be exclusive sales for one night only from brands like Adidas, Coach, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and more. McArtherGlen Outlet notes that the event will take place rain or shine.

When: November 14, 2019
Time: 4 to 9 pm
Where: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport — 1000-7899 Templeton Station Rd, Richmon
Admission: Free

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series

What: Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) Fall Series presents films celebrating skiing, climbing, and mountain biking. Check out Ski Show 1 with Cody Townsend (November 14), Reel Rock 14 (November 15, 17, and 19), Mountain Bike Adventures (November 16), and Ski Show 2 presented by Arc’teryx (November 18).

When: November 14 to November 19, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Centennial Theatre and Rio Theatre
Tickets: Online