27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: November 1 to 3

Oct 31 2019, 12:00 pm

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The first weekend of November is here! Kick things off with these 27 events in Vancouver on Friday, November 1, Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3. Lumière YVR, Vancouver Giants, and more.

And for more things happening around town, be sure to check out our events section.

Friday, November 1

Lumière YVR 2019

Stanley the heron / Lumiere

Stanley the heron / Lumiere

What: Lighting up English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza, Lot 19, and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square, formerly known as the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Lumière is a series of light art installations, performances, and community-building initiatives.

When: November 1 to 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza, Lot 19, and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square, formerly known as the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Admission: Free

Katie-Ellen Humphries Comedy Album Taping

What: Katie-Ellen is a founding member of The Lady Show and has been featured at JFL NorthWest Festival, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. She has appeared on Ha!ifax Comedy Festival and Winnipeg Comedy Fest Galas, and regularly appears on CBC Radio’s The Debaters. She records her first standup album, for release by comedy record label 800 Pound Gorilla on November 1 and 2.

When: November 1 and 2, 2019
Time: 8 pm (Friday), 7 and 9:30 pm (Saturday)
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sustainable Production Forum 2019

What: The Sustainable Production Forum (SPF) will be returning to Vancouver with workshops, panels, and notable keynote speakers. The two-day event focuses on sustainability within the motion picture and entertainment industry. It’s also a chance to connect with industry professionals, learn about sustainable production practices, and find environmentally friendly approaches in the industry.

Notable attendees include Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC, Glenn Gainor, president of Sony Innovation Studios, and Pete Mitchell, of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association. The second day of the event includes a film screening of Leonardo DiCaprio and Leila Conners’ hit HBO documentary, Ice on Fire, as well as a networking social.

Where: Emily Carr University and Centre for Digital Media – 520 E 1st Ave, Vancouver
Time: 9 am to 5 pm on Friday; 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday
When: Friday, November 1 to Saturday, November 2, 2019
Admission: One-day tickets start at $45 for students and $90 for the general public, available online

Pop-up roller rink — Halloween Skate Party

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Rollerskate Vancouver and Rolla Skate Club

What: Rollerskate Vancouver and Rolla Skate Club are throwing a Halloween roller skating party at the Shipyards’ 12,000-sq-ft event space. The Halloween roller skating party takes place on Friday, November 1 and will have two shifts, an early skate from 5 to 7 pm and a later skate that runs from 7:30 to 10 pm. Both shifts are open to all ages. Admission to the event is $15 for adults. Skate rentals will also be available on-site ($2 for the early shift; $10 for the late shift), although sizes are limited.

When: November 1, 2019
Time: 5 to 7 pm and 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: The Shipyards – 125 Victory Way, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15 for adults, rentals available on site

Rascal Flatts

What: Country superstars Rascal Flatts bring their Forever Summer Playlist Tour to Abbotsford Centre on November 1. Featuring special guests Aaron Goodvin and Steven Lee Olsen.

When: November 1, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Abbotsford Centre — 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford
Tickets: Online

SIS NE’ BI-YÏZ: Mother Bear Speaks

What: SIS NE’ BI-YÏZ: Mother Bear Speaks is created and performed by Taninli Wright and is inspired by the true story of the Wet’suwet’en artist who walked 1,600 km across British Columbia to give voice to First Nations children and other marginalized youth. Developed in collaboration with Laura Barron, Jason Clift, Julie McIsaac, and Jessica Schacht.

When: November 1, November 2, and November 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Firehall Arts Centre — 280 East Cordova St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

VR/AR Global Summit Vancouver 2018

What: The VR/AR Global Summit 2019 will take place this November at the Parq Vancouver. The summit brings together the VR/AR/MR industry from around the world to discuss an array of topics including education, entertainment, enterprise, healthcare, retail, training, blockchain, and more. Over the course of two days, there will be a number of keynote addresses, engaging panels, educational workshops, networking opportunities, demos, exhibits, films, production launches, and parties.

When: November 1 to 2, 2019
Where: Parq Vancouver – 39 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $399 – $499

Saturday, November 2

Beanstock Coffee Festival Vancouver 2019

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What: Beanstock Coffee Festival, Canada’s leading independent festival of third-wave coffee, will take place at Performance Works on Granville Island on November 2 and 3. The two-day fest will feature 30 independent micro-roasters, including Agro Coffee Roasters, Luna Coffee, Prototype Coffee, Pallet Coffee Roasters, and Rooftop Coffee Roasters to name a few.

Coffee lovers can expect unlimited coffee, a free ceramic mug, local food, drinks, music, and more. General admission tickets include two tokens that can be exchanged for 100-gram samples of roasted coffee. Folks can buy for a specific session — 9 am to 11:30 am, noon to 2:30 pm, or 3 to 5:30 pm — on either day of the festival.

When: November 2 and 3, 2019
Time: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Performance Works on Granville Island – 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Price: $25–$75; buy online

BC Lions vs Calgary Stampeders

What: The BC Lions wrap up their CFL season on November 2 with a matchup against Calgary Stampeders at BC Place.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: BC Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Curatorial Tour at Richmond Art Gallery

What: Exhibition curator Shaun Dacey leads an in-depth tour of Cindy Mochizuki: Cave to Dream and Jon Sasaki: We First Need a Boat for the Rising Tide to Lift Us at Richmond Art Gallery.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: 1 to 2 pm
Where: Richmond Art Gallery at Richmond Cultural Centre — 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond
Admission: Free

Free Public Skate

What: Sport Surrey presents a free public skate at North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex on November 2. Learn about community resources, watch off-ice equipment demos, and enjoy complimentary warm drinks. Free gloves will be given away to the first 100 children.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex — 10950 126A St, Surrey
Admission: Free

Harvest Festival Grand Finale Carnival

What: An autumn celebration in Leigh Square featuring live music from local performers, a beverage garden and BBQ, vendors, family photo booth by donation to Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity, games and prizes, and more.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Lumière Block Party 2019

What: Public Disco will transform Davie and Bute Street into a tented pop-up venue, packed with art, live music, dance performances, and drag shows. Saturday will have several different DJs performing from 3 pm onwards and dance performances between 4 pm and 10 pm. On Sunday, Bye Felicia will host an afternoon T-Dance with music and drag, as well as the party’s final drag show at 4 pm, featuring Amy Grindhouse, Coco, and Eva Scarlett.

Organizers say that the pop-up will also include a fully licensed bar, featuring Stanley Park Beer, Lonetree Cider, and Nude Vodka Soda.

When: November 2 to November 3, 2019
Time: Starting times vary based on date
Where: Bute and Davie St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

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

Parade of Lost Souls 2019

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What: The 2019 Parade of Lost Souls, hosted by the Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret, features parades beginning on the hour, at 7, 8, and 9 pm, with the earliest time being designated for young children. Each parade begins at Napier Street and Commercial Drive and finishes near the centre’s tennis courts. Naturally, costumes are encouraged for the event.

The festival also includes a handful of artist-led community workshops, including flash mobs, do-it-yourself jellyfish umbrellas, and a giant puppet workshop. The event also includes an after-party that will be held at The Wise Hall from 9 pm to 1 am.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: Parade runs from 7 to 10 pm; after-party from 9 pm to 1 am
Where: Event begins at the Brittania Library – 1661 Napier St, Vancouver
Admission: Entry by donation, after-party tickets available online for $25 to $35

Eastside Flea

What: Each event hosts over 50 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade independent maker wares to vintage clothing, collectibles, plants, artisan food, and more. You’ll also find food trucks, live entertainment, and more to check out.

When: November 2 and 3, November 16 and 17, November 30 and December 1, December 7 and 8, December 14 and 15. 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Eastside Studios – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
Price: $3 admission, no one turned away for lack of funds

Comedypants: Anniversary

What: Comedypants, hosted by Alistair Ogden, is celebrating its one-year anniversary at The Avant Garden. Stand-up comics on the bill include Charlie Demers, Emily Bilton, Aaron Read, and more.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: 8 and 10 pm
Where: Avant Garden — 729 Gore Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunday, November 3

Bear Creek Park Lights

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City of Surrey

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

2019 Cascadia Wedding Show

What: Vancouver’s first wedding show on the North Shore features a panel discussion with industry experts, two fashion shows with local sustainable designers, workshops, wedding vendors, and more. Each ticket includes one drink.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 1 to 6 pm
Where: The Pipe Shop – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Giants vs Medicine Hat Tigers

What: Vancouver Giants take on the Medicine Hat Tigers in WHL action at Langley Events Centre.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 St, Langley
Tickets: Online

Cost of Living

What: A 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about relationships and living with physical disabilities, and filled with surprise humour. The play tells the story of a wealthy student being cared for by a young down-on-her-luck woman, and a man who rebuilds an old connection by providing assistance to his ex-wife.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre — 203 – 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Port Moody Winter Farmers’ Market

What: Established in 2008, the Port Moody Winter Farmers’ Market began as a bi-weekly market in the lobby and courtyard of the Port Moody Rec Centre. Now a weekly market, shoppers can stop by every Sunday for local BC produce, artisan crafts, and delicious baked goods.

When: Every Sunday from November 3, 2019 to April 26, 2020
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Port Moody Recreation Complex – 300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody
Admission: Free

RILS Comedy Fundraiser

What: A stand-up comedy fundraiser for Residences for Independent Living Society, an organization that has provided accommodations to adults living with disabilities in Vancouver for nearly 50 years. Featuring Jenny Russel, Maddy Kelly, Andrew Vallance, and John Cullen, with Jo Dworschak as MC and Katie Ellen Humphries as the headliner.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

​Scales, Talons, and Claws

What: ​Look for salmon navigating home to spawn as well as the animals that catch them on their travels. Learn about these creatures and how to keep them wild and safe. Presented with Kanaka Education & Environmental Partnership Society, drop by anytime.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Kanaka Creek Regional Park — meet at fish fence — 23900 Kanaka Creek Rd, Maple Ridge
Admission: Free

Mushroom Show

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What: Vancouver Mycological Society helps attendees learn about the mushrooms around us with a show of local autumn fungi. Everyone is welcome to bring mystery mushrooms for identification. Presented in collaboration with the TD Parks People.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Admission: By donation

Diwali in Kits

What: Celebrate the Hindu celebration of light at Kitsilano Community Centre. Diwali in Kits includes a Bollywood dance workshop, henna tattoos refreshments, photo booths and more. Free admission for ages 3 years and under.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre — 2690 Larch St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Orchestra From Planet X

What: A family friendly sci-fi thriller with a variety of North American composers and music, including Aurora Fanfare by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Frederick Schipizky.

When: November 3, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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