27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: November 16 to 18

Nov 7 2018, 10:03 pm

Friday just feels so good! Start your weekend with these 27 events happening in Vancouver on Friday, November 16, Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18. Lights of Hope, Hawkers Market, and more.

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

Friday, November 16, 2018

The 11th Annual West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Marketplace

West Coast Christmas Show

Artisan Christmas decorations, locally made in British Columbia.

What: Entering its 11th annual year and taking place at Tradex in Abbotsford, the event is the home of Christmas Shopping and the perfect place to find all your presents. With over 250 exhibits and 140 artisans, guests are able to find the staple goods you’d hope to find at a Christmas market, whether that be original art, crafts, woodwork, ceramics, candles, and soap.

When: Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: Friday from 2 to 9 pm; Saturday from 10 to 6 pm; Sunday from 10 to 5 pm
Where: TRADEX in Abbotsford – 190 Cornell St, Abbotsford
Admission: $10 for adults and $9 for seniors, visitors can save $1 by purchasing tickets online.

Lights of Hope 2018 Fireworks & Display Launch

What: St. Paul’s Foundation will mark the launch of its seasonal hospital lights display with a free event at the intersection of Burrard Street and Helmcken Street that includes a fireworks display from the hospital rooftop. There will also be food trucks and carollers to add to the festivities. Each year, the foundation’s Lights of Hope campaign raises millions of dollars for the hospital’s most immediate patient care and equipment needs. In 2017, the campaign raised a staggering $3.1 million for these initiatives.

When: Friday, November 16, 2918
Time: 6:30 pm (Lighting of the display and fireworks), 6:30 to 8 pm (Festivities)
Where: St. Paul’s Hospital Burrard entrance – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer

What: Vancouver-based blues duo The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer performs two shows in two nights at Fox Cabaret with guests Twin Bandits.

When: Friday, November 16 to Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Deer Lake Craft Festival

What: The 46th annual event will feature more than 60 artisans, all of whom have been juried into the show and selected for their high-quality handcrafted creations. Glass blowers, sculptors, potters, fashion and jewellery designers, woodworkers and more will be among those assembled for the show. Visitors will also be able to choose from a wide selection of foodstuffs – chocolate, spices, Christmas cakes, cookies, jams and jellies, chutneys and designer honey, to name a few.

When: Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 11 am to 7 pm (Friday), 10 am to 4 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free

Vancouver Giants vs Regina Pats

What: Vancouver Giants face off with the Regina Pats in WHL action.

When: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

We For She 2018

What: The 2018 WE FOR SHE Forum will be one of North America’s largest gatherings of changemakers, influencers, equality advocates, business leaders and young women collaborating to advance equality. This interactive day will provide thought-provoking education and will highlight best practices for business leaders. In addition, hundreds of high school students from across the province will be in attendance to take part in a variety of workshops. The afternoon will bring everyone together to create action plans for an equal future.

Where: Friday, November 16, 2018
Time: 8 am to 3:15 pm
When: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Register: Online

Andrea Superstein

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Andrea Superstein / Facebook

What: Vancouver jazz singer Andrea Superstein is holding a release party for her latest album, Worlds Apart. Produced and arranged by four-time Juno nominee, two-time Polaris prize long lister, Elizabeth Shepherd, Worlds Apart explores the notion of finding beauty and unity in a fragmented world.

Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Studio 16 – 1555 West 7th Avenue Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $20

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Hawkers Market: With Special Guests Stones Throw Records

What: Described as the “ultimate local food and indie music festival,” the market will feature over 50 Hawker food experiences including dishes from award-winning chefs like Alex Chen (Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar) and Eva Chin (Royal Dinette). For music, market attendees can listen to the stellar sounds of Peanut Butter Wolf (founder and head of Stones Throw Records) and J Rocc (one of the original turntablists who founded the Beat Junkies in 92).

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 4 pm till midnight (entry times at 4, 6, or 8 pm)
Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station – 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $135

Onesie Bar Crawl Vancouver


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What: We Love Pub Crawls is bringing a onesie bar crawl to Vancouver this fall. The crawl takes place on Saturday, November 17, and will take participants on a comfy, drink-centric crawl to more than five venues. Themed DJ parties will take over several stops, with music from the 80s, 90s, 2000s and a neon party. Perks of joining the event include having all cover charges waived, free LED memorabilia, exclusive food and drink specials at every stop, and a photographer and videographer capturing every moment of the party.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: Check in from 4 to 6 pm; crawl from 6 to 10 pm.
Where: Starting location TBA
Tickets: Online, $20-$35

Julmarknad – Swedish Christmas Market

What: Swedish Cultural Society’s 2018 Swedish Christmas Market features two days of holiday gift shopping for others and yourself. Coffee, drinks, sandwiches and pastries will be available for purchase.

When: Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Scandinavian Community Centre – 6540 Thomas St, Burnaby
Admission: Free

The Secret Life of Trees Walking Tour

What: A walking tour around Port Coquitlam’s beautiful downtown parks and gardens. Hosted by PoCo Heritage Trees and is part of the collaborative The Secret Life of Trees exhibit.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 2:30 to 4 pm
Where: PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives – 150-2248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Filipino Fest

What: See the vibrancy of Filipino culture through textiles, performances, food and a storytelling session.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Museum of Surrey – 17710 56a Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Fifth Annual Team Keian Bottle Drive

What: Team Keian will be holding a Bottle Drive at Real Canadian Superstore Langley, with all proceeds raised going to support families affected by childhood cancer. During the past four years, Team Keian has had the pleasure of bringing joy and financial relief to many incredible oncology families, as well as over 9100 toys, by way of Keian’s Holiday Wish Toy Drive to BC Children’s Hospital and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Real Canadian Superstore Langley – 19851 Willowbrook Dr, Langley
More Info and to contribute: [email protected]

Heart to Home Holiday Market

What: The Surrey Art Gallery Association invites you to embrace the holiday spirit with a complimentary cup of hot apple cider while finding gifts for your loved ones, and perhaps a few treats for yourself. With close to thirty artists and artisans from our Gift Shop, there will be plenty of one-of-a-kind, locally made items for you to browse. From artisan chocolates and jams to original fused glass and felted wool artworks.

When: Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Surrey Arts Centre – 13750 88 Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Roger Hodgson

What: Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Roger Hodgson brings his legendary voice to River Rock Casino. Hodgson co-founded the iconic rock band Supertramp, and wrote most of the band’s classic hits including “Dreamer,” “Give a Little Bit,” “The Logical Song,” “Take the Long Way Home,” and “It’s Raining Again.”

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: River Rock Casino Resort – 8811 River Road, Richmond
Tickets: Online


What: Each November the Pacific Digital Photography Club produces “Photomotion,” a compendium of members’ digital slide/sound shows. The shows include a selection of juried audio-visual presentations approximately three to four minutes in duration. Contents of the shows are up to the individual photographers but are juried for quality by a panel of CAPA judges.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 2 pm and 7 pm
Where: Inlet Theatre – 100 Newport Dr, Port Moody
Tickets: Online, $15

Vancouver Canucks vs Montreal Canadians

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Vancouver Canucks / Instagram

What: The Vancouver Canucks face off with Montreal Canadians at Rogers Arena.

When: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 4 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Sunday, November 18, 2018

FlyOver America

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What: Glide, dive, swoop and soar over some of America’s must-see destinations including Hawaii, Alaska and New York! This exhilarating 10-minute flight ride showcases 25 incredible locations in a way you’ve never seen them before.

When: Now to Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Time: FlyOver America is shown once per hour, on the 45-minute mark of the hour.
Where: 999 Canada Place
Tickets: Online

Enchanted Forest Afternoon Tea

What: Step into a real-life fairytale at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Enchanted Forest Afternoon Tea.

When: Now to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: Wednesdays to Sundays at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm
Where: Notch8 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – 900 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $59 per person; book online

Heavy Mental Jacket #2

What: Heavy Mental Jacket features host Dr. Russell Kennedy aka the Anxiety Doctor, with headlining comedian Damonde Tshritter, as well as Megan Phillips, Amber Harper Young and Melanie Rose.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver,
Tickets: $15 at the door, $10 if you bring a coat or jacket for the homeless

KT Tunstall

What: Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall brings her North American tour to Vancouver.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Imperial – 319 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $35

In the BAG Family Sundays

What: Come and make art. Get your minds humming with a visit to the gallery and then into the studio for family-friendly art projects. October’s theme is Chinese brush painting.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Burnaby Art Gallery – 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Suggested $5 donation

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

What: Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

When: Now to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St
Tickets: Online

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre 18th Annual Craft Fair

What: Located at the Nikkei Centre, the Craft Fair boasts over 85 tables of quality crafts and a bake sale plus door prizes. The craft sales offer original work handcrafted by local crafters and artists. Common handicraft sale items include Japanese-themed items, holiday decorations, baking, ceramics, jewellery, knits, one of a kind gifts and more.

When: Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Admission: $3 or free for NNMCC members and those under 12 years old

Celebrate Canada Music Day

What: The East Vancouver Community Music School hosts Celebrate Canada Music Day, a one-day festival to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Canadian music. The festival includes a workshop, student recital, and a concert with Ethos Collective.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Where: 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: Free

19th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

What: Celebrate and witness the return of thousands of salmon back to their birthplace to lay and fertilize their eggs. This free family event provides visitors of all ages the opportunity to observe salmon up close and learn about their life cycle through educational displays, salmon dissections and in-stream demonstrations. There will also be children’s activities, 50/50 draw and silent auction, tours, food trucks and more.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Hyde Creek Recreation Centre – 1379 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam; Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery – 3636 Coast Meridian Road, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

6th Annual Fort Langley Christmas Market Fundraiser

What:  The 6th Annual Christmas market in Fort Langley features over 30 vendors, with minimum $2 cash donation per person going towards sponsoring local families in need over the Christmas season.

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Fort Langley Community Hall – 9167 Glover Rd, Langley
Tickets: Minimum $2 cash donation

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