40 things to do in Vancouver in November

Dec 19 2017, 6:17 pm

Winter is on the horizon, but despite the worsening weather there is still plenty to do in and around the city.

Here are 40 things to check out in Vancouver in November 2015.

Cirque du Soleil presents KOOZA

What: KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor.

Where: Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

When: Thursday, October 29 to Sunday, December 27; various times


What: The annual South Asian arts and culture festival takes place throughout the month of November and features cooking demonstrations, music and dance performances, an Indian bazaar, a room-sized rangoli,and more.

Where: Various locations

When: Tuesday, November 3 to Sunday, November 15

LOTUS Awards

What: Since 1989, the LOTUS Awards have honoured the creative excellence and innovation that goes into making B.C. generated communications the best in Canada. Fully re-imagined with updated awards categories, world-class judges and a new B.C.-inspired trophy design; it’s sure to be the province’s marketing event of the year.

Where: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 West Georgia Street

When: Thursday, November 5

ManTalks Intensive

What: ManTalks is well known in Vancouver for finding exceptional men who are making a difference in the world, and providing the space for them to share their message to inspire, educate and transform your life, business and relationships.

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

When: Saturday, November 7; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Death Row Dog Adoption

What: 100 dogs will be arriving in Vancouver from various kill shelters in California and will all be up for adoption during this one-day event. The majority of the pooches are Chihuahuas, small terrier and terrier mixes, beagles and straight-up mutts. Interested pet parents must fill out an online application on the rescue’s website by November 5, and undergo a quick home visit.

Where: Landmark Aviation – South Terminal, Vancouver International Airport

When: Saturday, November 7; 11 a.m.


What: TEDx is a locally produced version of the larger TED Talk series. The idea is to promote discussion on various topics through well thought-out speeches and presentations. This year’s theme is ID – who am I? What am I?

Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver

When: Saturday, November 14; all day

Eastside Culture Crawl

What: Explore East Vancouver through culture, arts, design and crafts. The event is focused on the area inside Main Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and the Waterfront and last year received over 25,000 visitors.

Where: Various shops inbetween Main Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and the Waterfront, East Vancouver

When: Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 22

Music & Entertainment

Leon Bridges

What: American gospel/soul singer Leon Bridges is on fire – his debut album “Coming Home topped Billboard’s R&B Album chart in June and its title track was featured in an iPhone 6 commercial before becoming a “Top 10 Most Viral Track” on Spotify.

Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver

When: Tuesday, November 3; 8 p.m.

Russell Peters

What: Canadian comedian Russell Peters brings his racially-charged comedy tour to the Hard Rock Casino and River Rock Casino for multiple shows this month.

Where: Hard Rock Casino – 2080 United Blvd,  Coquitlam

When: Wednesday, November 4 to 9; 8 p.m.

Mac Miller

What: With a number one album and a handful of hit singles under his belt, American rapper Mac Miller is poised to become a major starExpect to hear hits like “100 Grandkids” and “Break The Law” in addition to material from Miller’s critically-adored mixtapes.

Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver

When: Sunday, November 8; 8 p.m.

A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator

What: Co-headliners A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator hit Rogers Arena this month for a pitstop on their North American tour, also featuring Danny Brown and Vince Staples.

Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver

When: Tuesday, November 10; 7 p.m.

Jerry Seinfeld

What: World-renowned comedian, Jerry Seinfeld brings his stand-up comedy routine to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for four shows over two days.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver

When: Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. shows

Once – A New Musical

What: Broadway Across Canada presents Once, an eight-time Tony Award-winning musical about a Dublin street musician and the love of his life.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver

When: Tuesday, November 17 to Sunday, November 22; 8 p.m. & matinee dates

Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe Christmas Show

What: Beloved Canadian comedian and author, Stuart McLean returns with his Vinyl Cafe Christmas Show just in time for the holidays.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 649 Cambie Street, Vancouver

When: Saturday, November 28; 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 29; 2:30 p.m.

Food & Drink

Coast to Coast dinner series at Edible Canada

What: Edible Canada kicks off New Brunswick Month with a dinner prepared by Chef Chris Aerni of Rossmount Inn. Guests who attend this east coast-inspired feast will enjoy a range of foods and rich hearty flavours affiliated with Canada’s Atlantic province.

Where: Edible Canada, 212 – 1551 Johnston Street

When: Monday, November 2; 7 to 10 p.m.

Provence-Inspired Cooking Class

What: Led by the talented Valentine Kitamura, owner of Tartine & Maple and baker at The Uncommon Café, the Provence-inspired cooking class entails creating a complete menu (starter, main and dessert). With fresh produce and comforting flavours the meals prepared are sure to warm participants up.

Where: The Uncommon Café – 477 Powell Street

When: Wednesday, November 4 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


What: Whistler’s ultimate food and drink festival, Cornucopia (presented by BlueShore Financial) returns to the majestic resort town for its 19th year, and brings with it a spectacular line-up of local chefs, creative culinary offerings, regional wines, and more. The fall festival will play host to luncheons, winemakers dinners, interactive seminars, gala wine tastings and electric after parties.

Where: Various locations

When: Thursday, November 5 through Sunday, November 15

Joe Fortes Anniversary Gala

What: This November Joe Fortes turns 30. To celebrate Vancouver’s beloved seafood and chop house is throwing an anniversary gala. Guests are encouraged to don their finest cocktail attire and join in the celebration. Highlights of the evening include fresh oysters, gourmet canapes, local wine and beer, entertainment, and a live auction.

Where: Joe Fortes, 777 Thurlow Street

When: Tuesday, November 10; 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Hopscotch Festival

What: This festival is all about beer, whiskey and spirits and will provide plenty of tastings, learning events and food pairings. Some tickets are already sold out, so get yours quick.

Where: Grand Tasting, PNE Forum and events/classes at multiple locations

When: Monday, November 16 to Sunday, November 22

50 Years. 50 Chefs.

What: To mark their 50th anniversary, Vancouver Community College will host a celebratory gala. The event, which brings together 50 chefs (all with a connection to VCC), will boast an array of successful alumni and dedicated chef instructors who have made their mark on the Vancouver food scene.

Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell Street

When: Tuesday, November 17;  7 to 11 p.m.

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

What: Vancouver’s Top Ocean Wise chefs will compete head-to-head for the title of 2015 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Attendees to the event will have the opportunity to sample 14 original chowders paired with local craft beer.

Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way

When: Wednesday, November 18; 7 to 10 p.m.

MERCATO Italian Market

What: The people of Vancouver are invited to shop for a vibrant assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables, handmade products from local artisans and delicious food prepared by Il Centro’s chef.

Where: Italian Cultural Centre – 3075 Slocan Street

When: Friday, November 20; 4 to 8 p.m.

Farmers’ Markets

Winter Market at Nat Bailey Stadium

What: Now in its 9th year, this weekly market offers visitors locally-grown fruit and vege, meat, and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.

Where: Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street

When: Saturdays, November 7 to April 23, 2016 (excluding December 26); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hastings Park Farmers’ Market

What: The farmers’ market, which will be operating for the entire winter season, will feature a diverse selection of local produce, including fish, poultry, meat, dairy and nursery items.

Where: Hastings Skatepark – Renfrew Street

When: Sundays, November 8 to May 1, 2016 (excluding December 27); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Granville Island Public Market

What: Open year-long, the Public Market at Granville Island is a favourite destination for locals and tourists alike. There are several produce vendors, along with local food and craft artisans, prepared foods, and much more to see and do.

Where: 1661 Duranleau Street – Granville Island

When: 7 days a week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Vancouver Canucks v.s. Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver

When: Monday, November 2; 7 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver

When: Wednesday, November 4; 7 p.m.

SnowBall Classic

What: Ballroom dancing has never been this amazing in Vancouver. The 2015 SnowBall Classic will include the WDSF World Cup Ten Dance Championship as well as the WDSF World U21 Standard Championship and WDSF International Open Adult Standard and Latin competition. Some of the world’s best dancers will be competing.

Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel – 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

When: Friday, November 6 to Sunday, November 8

B.C. Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders

Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

When: Saturday, November 7; 4 p.m.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC  Western Conference Semi-Final Match vs. Portland Timbers

Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

When: Sunday, November 8; 7 p.m.

Canada Men’s National Team v.s. Honduras – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

When: Friday, November 13; 7 p.m.

UBC Fall Classic

What: Run a half marathon, 10K or 5K for the last big run of the season, taking place on the beautiful UBC campus. Or just head out to cheer on the runners.

Where: University of British Columbia, Vancouver

When: Sunday, November 15

Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver

When: Saturday, November 21; 7 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. New Jersey Devils 

Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver

When: Sunday, November 22; 7 p.m.

Christmas events

Circle Craft Christmas Market

What: The 42nd Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market will showcase jewellers, wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and many more artisan artists, just in time for Christmas shopping.

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

When: Wednesday, November 11 to Sunday, November 15

Eastside Flea Holiday Market

What: Shop local this holiday season at Eastside Flea Market where they’ll be featuring over 50 local vendors selling new, used, vintage and handmade items.

Where: The Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street

When: Saturday, November 14 to Sunday, November 15; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CandyTown at Yaletown

What: The free outdoor Christmas festival will transform Mainland Street into a winter wonderland, complete with live music, street performers, local artisans and of course, holiday shopping, plus more.

Where: Mainland Street, Yaletown, Vancouver

When: Saturday, November 21; noon to 7 p.m.

Vancouver Christmas Market

What: Back once again on Queen Elizabeth Plaza, this bustling temporary alpine village will boast unique eats, handcrafted goods, and lots of fun for kids young and young-at-heart alike. The Vancouver Christmas Market will run from November 21 to December 24, and play host to more than 50 vendors selling gift-able treats from holiday ornaments to handmade toys.

Where: Queen Elizabeth Plaza – 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

When: November 21 to December 24, 2015, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 24)

The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain

What: Grouse Mountain’s annual Christmas celebrations return this year when the mountain top turns into the North Pole. Events include a new sliding zone, photo station, Christmas light walk, meeting Santa, live reindeer and classic holiday movies.

Where: Grouse Mountain – 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver

When: Friday, November 27 to January 4

Bright Nights Train at Stanley Park

What: Over three million dazzling lights decorate acres of the dark forest, reaching as high as the forest canopy. The attraction is also accompanied by musics, snacks, entertainment and even visits with Santa and his elves.

Where: Miniature railway area at Stanley Park, Vancouver

When: Thursday, November 26 to January 2

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