28 things to do in Vancouver this week: November 18 to 21

Nov 17 2019, 9:00 pm

November is just zooming by! Slow down and have fun with these 28 things to do in Vancouver from November 18 to November 21. Hopscotch Festival, Vancouver Christmas Market, and more!

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

Monday, November 18

Hopscotch Festival 2019

Hopscotch Festival 2019


What: Now in its 24th year, Hopscotch Festival is Canada’s premium showcase of whisky, craft and premium beer, spirits, cider, and wine. This year, attendees of the festival’s Grand Tasting can enjoy over 450 products from 120 booths in addition to live music and delicious grub. Folks can grab some hard-to-find spirits and wine to take home at the end of Hopscotch at the onsite liquor store too.

When: November 18 to 24; Grand Tasting Hall, November 22 and 23
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues; Grand Tasting Hall at PNE Forum – 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Prices vary, available online

Golden Owl Hospitality Awards

What: The 2019 Golden Owl awards winners are back to honour for your favourite hospitality experiences in the city. For its 15th annual event, expect a night full of fun competition including an awards ceremony, live entertainment, art installations, and a secret after-party location.

When: November 18, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 8 pm, after party 10 pm
Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Frequencies: Exhibition

What: Roundhouse Artist in Residence George Rahi presents his exhibition, Frequencies, in the Great Hall throughout November. Rahi studies the functions and potentials of public sounds, getting inspiration from the historical role of church tower bells.

When: Now to November 30, 2019
Time: 9 am to 9:30 pm (Monday to Friday), 9 am to 4:30 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Admission: Free

FEAST: Asian Dining Festival 2019

What: FEAST: Asian Dining Festival kicks off on October 18 and runs through November 18, 2019, this year. 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

Francophone Book Club


What: If you appreciate literature and would like to engage in conversations about it in French, take part in the monthly Francophone book club at Le Centre hosted by Mélanie Fossourier. All levels of French are welcome, and reading the book is not mandatory; excerpts will be available at Le Centre.

When: November 18, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver – 1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

WE Day Vancouver Evening of Inspiration

What: The WE Day Vancouver Evening of Inspiration features WE Day speakers and performers, and is a sneak preview of what WE Day is all about. The family and youth-focused event celebrates the contributions of many.

When: November 18, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: JW Marriott Parq Vancouver – 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Free

Echoes of an Era

What: New Westminster Senior Concert Band and the Jazz band present their 10th annual “An Evening of Pops” concert. Echoes of an Era at Anvil Centre Theatre. The concert, titled Echoes of an Era, features the sixteen-piece Jazz Band under the direction of jazz educator Brent Taylor, along with the fifty-five-member Senior Band.

When: November 18, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Anvil Centre – 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster,
Tickets: Online

Tuesday, November 19

lululemon Guest Education Centre Hiring Fair

What: lululemon‘s Guest Education Centre (GEC) is hiring for the upcoming holiday season.The hiring fair starts with a yoga and meditation, followed by an information session with the talent acquisition team. There are over 100 full and part-time seasonal educator positions to be filled and lululemon is looking for both English and bilingual (French-speaking) educators. Make sure to bring your resume along with you and RSVP via Eventbrite.

When: November 19, 2019
Time: 1:30 to 3 pm
Where: lululemon Guest Education Centre, 1380 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free – RSVP via Eventbrite

The VSO Presents The Polar Express in Concert

Polar Express

Polar Express/IMDB

What: Watch the holiday classic The Polar Express projected on the big screen, while the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs Alan Silvestri’s scores live. Conducted by Justin Freer and also featuring the Amabilis Singers Choir.

When: November 19, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Shticks & Giggles with Chutzpah!

What: Shticks & Giggles is part of Chutzpah! Festival 2019. Featuring Dino Archie, John Cullen, Lisa Person, Yisrael Shurack, and more.

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver – 950 West 41st Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

New West Winter Farmers’ Market

What: The market features farm-fresh produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, gourmet prepared foods, community information, live entertainment, and more.

Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Belmont St, New Westminster
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 2 presented by Arc’teryx (November 18) and Reel Rock 14 (November 19).

When: Now to November 19, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: Studio 58 at Langara College presents ANON(YMOUS), an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey. The play follows a present-day teenage refugee crossing the United States to try and find his disappeared mother.

When: Now to December 1, 2019 (no shows on Monday)
Time: Various times
Where: Studio 58 at Langara College — 100 W 49th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tri-Cities Job Fair

Career Fair/Shutterstock

What: Tri-Cities Job Fair in Coquitlam on November 19, presented by the Tri-Cities WorkBC Centres, features 40 employers from retail, to construction, finance, and even dance centres. There will be more than 500 jobs up for grabs and it’s free to attend.

When: November 19, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3:30 pm (early access for people with disabilities is 10 to 11 am)
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre –1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Admission: FREE – Register via Eventbrite

Wednesday, November 20

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Markets 2019


What: The 10th annual authentic German-inspired Christmas Market features a selection of traditional food and beverages, vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment, and the opportunity to ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.

When: November 20 until December 24, 2019
Time: Open daily from 11:30 am to 9 pm (closes at 6 pm on Christmas Eve)
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance

What: Enjoy seasonal mirth and merriment at Vancouver TheatreSport’s Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance. The show’s first half takes suggestions from the audience to parody well-known holiday TV specials and films. That’s followed by a completely improvised, audience-driven rom-com parody in the second half.

When: November 20 to December 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Pet Photos with Santa

What: Bring your domestic cat or dog to get a photo with Santa on four evenings in November at Central City Mall.

When: November 20, November 21, November 27, November 28, 2019
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Central City — 10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey
More Info: Online

Run Wild Vancouver presents: Survive Outside

What: Run Wild Vancouver hosts an AdventureSmart Survive Outside classroom program, where attendees will listen and learn from seasoned trail runners.

When: November 20, 2019
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Runners Den — 239 Newport Dr, Port Moody
Tickets: Online, minimum $5 donation


What: Big Fun! is a new festival of comedy, music, art, and food, with over 15 events at 11 venues around Vancouver from November 20 to 24. See Trixie Mattel of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Eugene Mirman of Bob’s Burgers, Jena Friedman of Adult Swim, The HERO SHOW, Foxhole Comedy, Millennial Line, and more.

When: November 20 to November 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

East Van Panto: Pinocchio

What: East Van Panto returns for their seventh year with Pinocchio, created by playwright Marcus Youssef, composer Veda Hille, and director Stephen Drover. When a lonely old ice-cream seller named Gelato is given a puppet by the mysterious Beckwoman of Commercial Drive, his dreams of having a child suddenly come true. Join a locally famous cricket, an angry orca, and a dastardly fox as poor Pinocchio does his best to tell everyone the truth and become a real boy. But why are Pinocchio’s limbs always growing?

When: November 20, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

ARC Photography Conference and Workshops

ARC Photography Conference & Workshops

ARC Photography Conference & Workshops

What: The ARC Photography Conference and Workshops will be taking over Fortune Sound Club with world-class speakers, workshops, and dozens of passionate photographers. The first day of the event will see workshops with Benj Haisch and Samm Blake, two world-class speakers. The second day includes a technical conference, as well as an after-party with a live band, karaoke, and DJ.

In total, the ARC Photography Conference will have two keynote speakers, eight mini-presentations, and plenty of social and networking events including a Fujifilm after-party with live bands and DJs. The event is also open to photographers of all skill levels.

When: November 20 and November 21, 2019
Time: Wednesday from 9 am to 6 pm; Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm, party from 8 pm to 1 pm
Where: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E Pender St, Vancouver
Tickets: Conference pass available starting at $399, workshops available for $749 and $1099 ($100 off with the code DAILYHIVE)

Thursday, November 21

Christmas Glow Vancouver

What: Christmas Glow will take place inside the Harbour Convention Centre from November 21, 2019, to January 5, 2020. Visitors will be able to enjoy nearly 50,000 sq. ft. of enchanting twinkling lights and holiday activities.

This year’s theme for Vancouver is “Santa’s Lost Presents.” Guests will be able to help the elves find Santa’s lost presents. Themed light-up structures, including Santa’s sleigh and his trusty reindeer, will be set up around the venue. Adults will be able to enjoy the licensed bars, seasonal beverages, and live music while interactive activities and festive playgrounds will keep the kids busy.

When: November 21, 2019 until January 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Harbour Convention Centre — 760 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Chelsea Wolfe

Chelsea Wolfe / Vogue Theatre

What: Hailing from Sacremento, California, singer-songwriter and musician Chelsea Wolfe brings her blend of gothic rock and neo-folk to Vogue Theatre on November 21 in support of her latest album, Birth of Violence.

When: November 21, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Sound of Music

What: Arts Club Theatre brings the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to life at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Enjoy classics like “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and more with the family.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage — 2750 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Science World After Dark

Science World

Science World

What: Science World After Dark features all of your favourite activities just for adults. Watch a film on the world’s largest dome OMNIMAX screen, explore six permanent galleries, discover what’s new in the Feature Gallery, and wet your whistle with a cold beer or glass of wine. Then grab your favourite childhood dinner in Triple O’s and experience exciting live science shows at Centre Stage.

When: November 21, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: Science World – 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver
Tickets: Online

FADO – The Saddest Music In The World

What: Accomplished Portuguese-Canadian playwright Elaine Ávila’s new play is FADO, a story of love and ghosts set in back alleys and brothels of old Lisbon. FADO is described as part theatre and part concert and won the Award for Favourite Musical at Victoria Fringe in 2018.

When: November 21 to December 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre – 280 East Cordova St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Music and Arts Festival for Cancer Research

What: 25toLife hosts a music and arts festival at the Russian Hall on November 21, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. The all ages fundraiser will showcase a variety of live musicians, including rock, folk and, modern dance.  There will also be a raffle and a concession with snacks and drinks.

When: November 21, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Russian Hall – 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver


What: Olympia, Washington indie rockers Sleater-Kinney perform at the Commodore on November 21 with special guest Kaina.

When: November 21, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online