28 things to do in Vancouver this week: November 4 to 10

Nov 4 2019, 1:00 pm

Welcome to the first week of November. Here are 28 fun things to do in Vancouver from November 4 to November 7, including Eat! Vancouver, TechPong, and more!

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

Monday, November 4

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival 2019

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What: The annual festival, now in its 18th year, is one of Canada’s “most anticipated premium world-class culinary festivals,” and it supports the BC Breast Cancer Foundation. This year’s events include signature events like EAT! Harvest, the EAT! Dinner Series, and the new EAT! Pastry Day along with exciting chef collaborations.

When: November 4 until November 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Bishop Briggs

What: British singer songwriter Bishop Briggs brings her Champions Headline Tour to Vancouver with guests Miya Folick and Jax Anderson.

When: November 4, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

For the Love of Podcasts: Trivia Night

What: DOKA hosts a trivia night fundraiser for Vancouver Podcast Festival. Co-hosted by Hannah McGregor (Secret Feminist Agenda, Witch, Please) and Lisa Christiansen and Andrea Warner (Pop This! Podcast), For The Love of Podcasts will feature theme rounds and prizes. Solo players and teams are welcome.

When: November 4, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, quiz 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Princeton Pub — 1901 Powell St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Chutzpah! Festival

What: The Chutzpah! Festival celebrates all aspects of Jewish culture, with Canadian and international artists performing theatre, comedy, dance, music, and more at venues around Vancouver.

When: Now until November 24, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Transits and Returns at Vancouver Art Gallery

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What: Transits and Returns is Vancouver Art Gallery’s newest exhibition and showcases local First Nations artists and those from communities throughout the Pacific region. Transits and Returns explores wide-ranging experiences that are inclusive of both global connections and ancestral knowledges.

Participating artists include Edith Amituanai, Christopher Ando, Natalie Ball, BC Collective with Louisa Afoa, Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick with Nāpali Aluli Souza, Hannah Brontë, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Mariquita Davis, Chantal Fraser, Maureen Gruben, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Taloi Havini, Lisa Hilli, Carol McGregor, Marianne Nicolson, Ahilapalapa Rands, Debra Sparrow, and T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss.

When: Now until February 23, 2020
Time: Daily 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesdays until 9 pm, and the first Friday of each month until 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery – 750 Hornby St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Winter Gift Gallery Opening Reception

What: The opening reception of Seymour Art Gallery’s Winter Gift Gallery features artists on-site and homemade holiday baking to enjoy while shopping. There will be a variety of locally made arts to purchase, including paintings, scarves, pottery and more.

When: November 4, 2019. Winter Gift Gallery runs Tuesdays to Sunday, November 5 to 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

Little Farm Cheese Tasting

What: Les amis du FROMAGE hosts an evening of wines from Little Farm Winery paired with cheese, charcuterie and accompaniments.

When: November 4, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: les amis du FROMAGE — 843 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Tuesday, November 5

Vancouver Canucks vs St. Louis Blues

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What: Vancouver Canucks take on the reigning Stanley Cup Champions at Rogers Arena on November 5, which is also the 1970s night.

When: November 5, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

16th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival

What: Check out over 1000 artists at over 100 Heart of the city Festival events at over 50 locations in the Downtown Eastside. The 16th annual event has the theme of Holding the Light, and includes theatre, dance, storytelling, workshops, exhibits and more.

When: Now until November 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler

What: True Pulse Theatre Co. presents their first show: Hedda Gabler by Norwegian realist Henrik Ibsen. The psychological drama explores truth in emotion, and aims to showcase human behaviour and mental illness in authenticity. Directed by Emilio Merritt.

When: November 5, November 15, November 22, November 29, December 6, December 7, December 13, December 14, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 7:30 pm
Where: Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre — 7646 Prince Albert, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Everywhere From Here: New works by David Wilson

What: Vancouver painter David Wilson has had his work collected nationally and internationally with an extensive history of solo and group exhibitions. His latest exhibition, Everywhere From Here, is being shown at a pop-up gallery on Granville Island.

When: Now until November 5, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm daily or by appointment
Where: 1387 Railspur Alley, Granville Island, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Cats and Dogs

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What: Presented by White Spot, and created by La Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, in partnership with Le Musée de la civilization, the Cats & Dogs exhibition is the first “large-scale” exhibition dedicated to these animals, according to officials. Visitors will learn about the cognitive and sensory world of cats and dogs, in what’s described as an “immersive environment” that is meant to show people how their pets have a “completely different perception” of the world around them.

When: Now until January 5, 2020
What: Various times
Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

About Love – Short Play Festival

What: Tomo Suro Players presents a short play festival all About Love. Enjoy eight short plays directed by local directors, with the plays chosen from 100 submitted from around the world.

When: November 5 until November 10, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Swine Out 2019

What: Swine Out Vancouver showcases local chefs pairing their artisan charcuterie with local craft beer. Attendees will enjoy eight different porcine preparations along with six different beer samples. Part of EAT! Vancouver and organized by Chefs’ Table Society of BC in collaboration with Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association.

When: November 5, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
Where: Heritage Hall 3102 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Wednesday, November 6

Rufus Wainwright with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

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What: Rufus Wainwright performs a mix of greatest hits and new songs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on November 6.

When: November 6, 2019
Time: Doors 6:45 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Orpheum — 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Bear Creek Park Lights

What: Explore illuminated trees and light displays throughout the water park and playground at Bear Creek Park. On opening and closing night, guests will be treated to family-friendly activities at a kids zone, food trucks, and roving performers. Visitors on November 9 will also enjoy music, performers, and food presented by RED FM.

When: Now until November 15, 2019 (closed November 11)
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Bear Creek Park – 13750 88 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Women in Leadership 4.0: Panel & Luncheon

What: Richmond Chamber of Commerce hosts Women in Leadership 4.0, featuring panellists Dr. Amiee Chan, President & CEO, Norsat International Inc.; Debra Hewson, President & CEO, Odlum Brown Limited; and Suzanne Gill, VP of Government Relations and Public Affairs, Digital Technology Supercluster. Moderated by Cybele Negris, CEO & Co-Founder, Webnames.ca.

When: November 6, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm
Where: Pacific Gateway Hotel — 3500 Cessna Dr, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna

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What: For the first time in Western Canada, Egyptian artist Wael Shawky will be showing a collection of his latest work with Al Araba Al MadfunaShawky’s contemporary artwork gives visitors the chance to see how history and mythology blur together, or become interchanged as we search for meaning and narrative in real life.

Check out screenings of the multilayered film productions Al Araba Al Madfuna I and Al Araba Al Madfuna II, which will take place during the run of the exhibition on select days. Each explores how mythologies are recorded alongside our current narratives of uncertainty and change.

When: Tuesdays to Sundays from now until January 12, 2020 (closed Mondays)
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The Polygon Gallery — 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver
Price: By donation

The Gumboot Kids

What: The Gumboot Kids celebrate their new nature mystery book series for young readers. Attendees can enjoy a singalong and storytime with Scout and Daisy, along with award-winning singer Jessie Farrell. There will also be a book signing with Tara Hungerford and Eric Hogan, authors and co-creators of CBC Kids’ Scout & The Gumboot Kids, plus a chance to get your photo taken with Scout & Daisy.

When: November 6, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: West Point Grey United Church — 4595 8 Ave W Vancouver
Tickets: Online


What: The world premiere of Kuroko by Tetsuro Shigematsu, the creator behind Empire of the Son and 1 Hour Photo. The play follows Maya, an extreme recluse known as a hikikomoriwho meets a stranger online who challenges her to save her own father’s life. Directed by Amiel Gladstone, director and co-creator of the musical Onegin.

When: Various dates from November 6 to November 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables St, 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 (closed Remembrance Day)
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

Thursday, November 7

Vancouver Podcast Festival

What: Vancouver Podcast Festival highlights the “power of podcasting” as a non-fiction media. Presented by DOXA, the festival features four days of panels, hands-on workshops, and live podcast presentations and tapings. The live shows feature some of the most recognized names in podcasting as they perform and talk about their creative process. Live shows will be taking place at the Rio Theatre, Vancouver Public Library, and SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

When: November 7 to November 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Rio Theatre, Vancouver Public Library, and SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Tickets: Available online

TechPong 2019

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What: TechPong, hosted by CHIMP (Charitable Impact), is an epic, one-night event hosted at Science World to bring together the tech community in the name of charity. On November 7, Vancouver’s tech community will rally together, with over 1,000 attendees from local start-ups and global companies expected to join in on the fun, with the event looking to collectively raise $100,000 for a number of great causes.

This year, TechPong 2019 will have a Fun Fair theme, to include a floor full of carnival games to raise additional money for charity, as well as music and entertainment, and a bar run by Parallel 49 Brewing Company. Attendees are welcomed to register a team, or just stop by and watch the fun unfold.

When: November 7, 2019
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: Science World — 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver
Tickets: $30, available online

Circle Craft Christmas Market

What: The 47th annual Circle Craft Christmas Market hosts more than 300 different artisans and vendors from across Canada and features everything from pottery and fashion to craft distilleries.

When: November 7 to November 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
More Info: Online

Reverse 7-Eleven Day

What: Not even a cold snap could stop true Slurpee fans from missing this one-day promotion! The Canada-wide chain of convenience stores is celebrating Reverse 7-Eleven Day by giving away free medium-sized Slurpees. There’s just one catch: to take advantage of this free giveaway, Slurpee fans have to dress backwards.

When: November 7, 2019
Time: While quantities last
Where: 7-Eleven locations across Canada
Price: Free medium Slurpee when dressed backwards

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: November 7, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage — 2750 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

What: Comedian, TV personality, and New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Handler is coming to Vancouver on her Life Will Be the Death of Me stand-up tour. The trip across the continent follows the success of her recent memoir, Life Will Be the Death of Me, which made its debut at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

When: November 7, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Tickets: Online

Smoke Show Cabaret YVR

What: The Smoke Show features a cast of nine women, and it combines humour and seduction in the form of an interactive dance cabaret. Inspired by modern and classic genres, expect to see influences from Motown, Fosse, Jazz, Rock, and Burlesque.

When: November 7, November 17, December 5, December 15, December 19, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Central Studios  856 Seymour St, Vancouver
 Available online $30, show is 19+

And here’s another great event to schedule in your calendar for Saturday, November 9:

Movember Undie Run 2019

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What: Movember Foundation and SAXX Underwear are hosting their second Movember Undie Run in Vancouver on Saturday, November 9. The event starts at 12 pm at Brewhall in Olympic Village, and with the weather getting cold, you must be a brave one to run 2 km in your underwear. All funds raised through ticket sales will go directly to Movember and help support programs and research for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health and suicide prevention.

Tickets will include a swag bag with a complimentary pair of SAXX underwear, MO perks, and access to the after-party with a complementary drink and snacks. The first 200 people will also receive a limited-edition Movember toque in their swag bag.

When: November 9, 2019
Time: Undie Run starts at 12 pm
Where: Brewhall — 97 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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