27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: November 15 to 17

Nov 14 2019, 1:05 pm

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We’re already halfway through November! Keep the good times going with these 27 Vancouver events on Friday, November 15, Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17. Highstreet Christmas Festival, Eastside Culture Crawl, and more.

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

Friday, November 15

Christmas at Hycroft

Vancouver’s longest-running Christmas fair takes place at a festive Edwardian mansion. It features unique boutiques, crafters, and over 24 local artisans. In the courtyard enjoy mulled wine and hot chocolate or a meal from the food vendors and a holiday tune too.

When: Now to November 17, 2019
Time: November 14 to 16 from 11 am to 9 pm; November 17 from 11 am to 6 pm
Where: University Women’s Club of Vancouver At Hycroft – 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $15 for adults; buy online (kids under 12 are free)

Jann Arden

Image: Jann Arden / Facebook

What: Canadian icon Jann Arden is a singer, songwriter, best-selling author and star of the CTV comedy Jann.

When: November 15, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: River Rock Casino Resort — 8811 River Rd, Richmond
Tickets: Online

Bear Creek Park Lights

What: Explore illuminated trees and light displays throughout the water park and playground at Bear Creek Park. On Saturday’s closing night, guests will be treated to family-friendly activities at a kids zone, food trucks, and roving performers.

When: November 15, 2019
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Bear Creek Park – 13750 88 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Comedy Night in Canada

What: Rick Mercer hosts the Just For Laughs Comedy Night in Canada at Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on November 15, and at Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey on November 17. Featuring performances by Ivan Decker, Sophie Buddle, Debra DiGiovanni, and Ali Hassan.

When: November 15 and November 17 2019
Time: 7 pm (Friday), 8 pm (Sunday)
Where: Orpheum Theatre — 601 Smithe St, Vancouver; Bell Performing Arts Centre – 6250 144 St, Surrey
Tickets: Online

The Double Axe Murders

What: The Double Axe Murders by Berni Stapleton is a psychological thriller, steeped in Newfoundland folklore, that is based on true events. Directed by Tamara McCarthy and produced by Rusticate Theatre.

When: Now until November 23, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Gateway Theatre — 6500 Gilbert Rd, Richmond
Tickets: Online

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 15, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Performance Works — 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Refresh Winter Market

What: The Refresh Market is known as one of British Columbia’s largest indie marketplaces, with more than 95 makers and pop-ups offering handmade and locally designed wares. The first 50 guests to attend will receive Refresh Market swag bags filled with goodies and free items.

When: November 15 and 16, 2019
Time: November 15 from 4 to 9 pm; November 16 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park – 39645 Government Road, Squamish
Tickets: $3–$30; buy online

Saturday, November 16

Fall for Local Holiday Market 

What: In addition to being able to shop from more than 90 different brands, visitors can take part in a number of free DIY workshops, as well as indulge in a number of food trucks. The first 50 guests will receive a free canvas tote bag filled with local goodies.

When: November 16 and 17, 2019
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: The Pipe Shop at the Shipyards – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Tickets: $3–$5; buy online

Vancouver Canucks vs Colorado Avalanche

Vancouver Canucks / Twitter

What: Vancouver Canucks face off with Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena.

When: November 16, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

CBD Tea Ceremony + Meditation

What: FLEURS Tea presents an afternoon of deep relaxation with organic herbs and hemp CBD tea, followed by meditation and breathwork.

When: November 16, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 5 pm
Where: Unity Yoga – 622 Mt Pleasant Rd, 2nd Floor
Tickets: Register at [email protected]

Mann Farms Christmas Market 2019

What: Now in its fifth year, the Maan Farms Christmas Market features local vendors, goat selfies, mulled wine in the tasting room, food samples, visits with the Grinch, and more. There will be breakfast by donation to the BC Children’s Hospital each day of the market from 8 am to 10 am.

When: November 15 and 16. November 22 and 23, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm. Breakfast from 8 am to 10 am.
Where: Maan Farms – 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford
Admission: Free

JFL NorthWest presents Gavin Matts

What: Vancouver’s own Gavin Matts performs at the Biltmore on November 16. Since winning the SiriusXM Top Comic Competition in 2017, Matts has moved to LA, made his late-night TV debut on Conan, and was a writer on this past season of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Matts was hand-picked by comedian Bill Burr to record a set for his new stand-up showcase Bill Burr Presents, coming to Comedy Central this January. He has also already dropped a comedy album with 604 Records called Premature, available on all streaming services.

When: November 16, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Biltmore Cabaret – 2755 Prince Edward St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online via Eventbrite

Vancouver Giants vs Prince George Cougars

What: Vancouver Giants take on the Portland Winterhawks in WHL action at Langley Events Centre. Tonight’s promotional theme is JRFM Country Night.

When: November 16, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 St, Langley
Tickets: Online

19th Annual Craft & Bake Fair

What: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre’s 19th annual Craft & Bake Fair showcases local artists, bakers, and artisans with a variety of products for sale. There will also be crafts for children, door prizes, and photos with Santa.

When: November 16 and November 17, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Cres, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

Magkasama (together) A Modern Filipino Market

What: Brought to you by Filipino food truck Shameless Buns and Layunin, this event will feature Filipino entrepreneurs and shine a spotlight on what their modern culture is all about. Attendees can expect 25 vendors serving up food, drinks like Filipino-inspired cocktails and Filipino-inspired beer, musical and dance performances, DJ sets, apparel, barber demos, art displays, tattoo consultations, and more.

When: November 16, 2019
Time: 1 to 9 pm
Where: The Pace — 520 Alexander St, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Highstreet Christmas Festival


Highstreet Holiday Market

What: Taking place in Abbotsford and kicking off on Saturday, November 16, the annual festival includes the lighting of a 65-foot Christmas tree — one of the tallest in Canada — the arrival of Santa Claus, Rudolf, Frosty, and “Spandy Andy” the dancing elf, a 40-piece marching band, a team of festive dancers, and live music. Holiday shows run every Saturday, from 5 to 5:30 pm with pre-show festivities starting at 4:30 pm, until December 14th. The shows feature a multi-media light display, which utilizes 6,000 tri-color LED bulbs set to holiday musical favourites. There will also be photos with Santa, Santa’s Mailbox, and gift wrapping and personal shopping.

When: Every Saturday from November 16 until December 14, 2019
Time: 5 pm start
Where: Highstreet Shopping Centre – 3122 Mt Lehman Road, Abbotsford
Admission: Free

More Ducking Comedy

What: A night of stand-up comedy in The Projection Room of Fox Cabaret. Featuring performances by Rae Lynn Carson, Heather Escaravage, Kalyn Miles, Lisa Ovies, Ambika Vas, MC Alannah Brittany, and headliner Nina Wilder.

When: November 16, 2019
Time: 8 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Projection Room — 2321 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunday, November 17

West Coast Christmas Show

What: Entering its 11th year, the West Coast Christmas Show is a three-day event that boasts more than 200 vendors and live presentations. Visitors can also find live entertainment through local bands, choirs, and carollers, and a massive model train setup.

When: November 15 to 17, 2019
Time: November 15 from 1 to 9 pm; November 16 from 9 am to 5 pm; November 17 from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: TRADEX Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre – 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford
Admission: $10 (free for ages 16 and under); buy online

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: Now 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 Giants vs Lethbridge Hurricanes

What: Vancouver Giants face off with the Lethbridge Hurricanes at Langley Events Centre. This afternoon’s promotional theme is Princesses & Superheroes Night + Save on Foods Family Sunday.

When: November 17, 2019
Time: 4 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 St, Langley
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 until November 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Cultch Historic Theatre – 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper

What: The Burnaby Art Gallery presents Saints, Sinners and Souvenirs: Italian Masterworks on Paper. The exhibition showcases Italian Master prints and drawings from Vancouver-area public and private collections, from the Renaissance to the late 18th century.

When: Now until November 17, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4:30 pm (Tuesday to Friday), 12 to 5 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Admission: Suggested donation $5

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: Now until November 17, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Admission: Free

Smoke Show Cabaret YVR


The Smoke Show / Richie Lubaton Photography

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

Native Bee Society of BC – Inaugural AGM 2019

What: The Native Bee Society of British Columbia hosts their Inaugural AGM event, and everyone is welcome. The event will include speakers delivering Native Bee Talks, locally grown tea and homemade snacks, along with informative displays, a pollinator corridor walk led by Brian Campbell, and the AGM.

When: November 17, 2019
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: The Red Barn at Terra Nova Park (hosted by the Sharing Farm Society) — 2631 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Tickets: Online, Free

20th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

What: All ages are invited to observe salmon up close and learn about their life cycle through educational displays and exhibits, salmon dissections, and in-stream demonstrations. There will also be guided nature walks, a live eagle presentation, food trucks, children’s activities, and more.

When: November 17, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre — 1379 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam; Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery — 3636 Coast Meridian Rd, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Hawksley Workman

What: Two-time JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Hawksley Workman performs with his full band, The Wolves, at Imperial on November 17.

When: November 17, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Imperial — 319 Main St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online