27 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: November 2 to 4

Oct 31 2018, 10:39 pm

The first weekend of November has arrived! Start the new month with these 27 events happening in Vancouver on Friday, November 2, Saturday, November 3, and Sunday, November 4. Check out Lumière YVR, Vancouver Tea Festival, and more.

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

Friday, November 2, 2018

Lumière YVR 2018

The Heart of Davie Village


What: Lighting up Vancouver’s English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza, and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square, formerly known as the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Lumiere is a series of light art installations, performances and community building initiatives. This year, Lumiere will feature 17 public artworks created by local and international artists.

When: Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza, and šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square, formerly known as the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Admission: Free

Vin Van Pop-up Wine Dinner

This multi-course long table dinner is focused on the wonderful wines of Canada. The dinner will take place in a unique warehouse space in Mount Pleasant and will showcase Canadian wines paired with Canadian-inspired dishes created by Vancouver chefs Michael Varga and Eugene Cheng. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, four courses, and all wine pairings.

When: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 7 to 10:30 pm
Where: 7 East 7 Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $90; buy online

Vancouver Canucks vs Colorado Avalanche

What: The Vancouver Canucks hit the ice vs the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena.

When: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Ardbeg Distillery Dinner at Hawksworth

Hawksworth Restaurant is offering patrons and one of a kind five-course menu inspired by flavours of Islay and Ardbeg cocktail pairings.

When: Friday, November 2, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Hawksworth Restaurant – 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $200, rsvp online

The 22nd Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival

What: The highly-anticipated, four-day event celebrates Asian culture and diversity in film. This year’s theme is “Infusian,” putting the spotlight upon artists, agitators, thinkers, and innovators who help change the lives of contemporary Canadians. The VAFF lineup boasts 13 film programs and three industry panels, including the public premiere of the “We Heart Canada + Japan 90” film project, as well as 35 feature-length and short films of all genres. 12 Canadian premieres, five world premieres, and six local premieres are included in the wide range of movies.

Where: Now to Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: Various times
When: Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas – 88 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Admission:$12 for regular screenings; $15 for VAFF Industry Insight Panels

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (With Geekenders Shadowcast)

What: Get ready to do the Time Warp with The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Rio Theatre. The film follows two young lovers, Brad and Janet, who set out to visit their old teacher. On the way there, their car breaks down and they’re forced to walk to a creepy castle up the road to find a phone. Instead of finding a phone, they find a mad scientist/”sweet transvestite from Transylvania,” who has chosen to bring his own creation to life. What’s going to make the event even better is that members of Vancouver’s Geekenders will be on hand to guide the audience through this live show.

Time: 11:00 pm,  Event starts at 11:45 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre — 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: $22 online, $26 at the door, subject to availability.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

What: Align Entertainment presents the delightful and hilarious holiday sensation, A Christmas Story: The Musical, based on the popular 1983 film of the same name. Nominated for three Tony Awards in 2013, the musical is a classic and heartfelt tale featuring a tuneful score from Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (creators of La La Land and The Greatest Showman).

When: Friday, November 2 to Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: Various times
Where: Michael J Fox Theatre – 7373 Macpherson Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Aubrey and The Three Amigos Tour



What: Canada’s very own Drake is on the road for his “Aubrey and The Three Amigos Tour.” His 2018 massive tour will be joined by “Walk It Talk It” collaborators Migos.

When: Saturday, November 3 to Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

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

Vancouver Giants vs Kamloops Blazers

What: Vancouver Giants take on the Kamloops Blazers at Langley Events Centre.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 7 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 Street, Langley
Tickets: Online

Riley Park and Nat Bailey Stadium Farmers Market

What: Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal crafts.

When: Every Saturday from November 3, 2018, to April 27, 2019 (except December 30)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Riley Park Plaza – 50E. 30th Ave., Vancouver, Nat Bailey Stadium – 4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Those Guys Fall Comedy Show

What: Veteran comedians Those Guys (Alex Parra and Andrew Job)present a night of improvised music and comedy. Arrive early to get a complimentary signature cocktail and listen to the DJ stylings of Brendan Kelly, who will also be the improvised master of lights and sound.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 7:30 to 9 pm
Where: Westside Grand – 1928 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10

TEDxSFU 2018

What: Learn, inspire, and engage at TEDxSFU. Attend the event and connect with thought-leaders who are making notable shifts within our community and also to discuss the things you would like to shift in terms of ideas, philosophies, and environments. This year’s event theme is Uncharted.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Granville Island Stage – 1585 Johnston Street
Price: Tickets available via Picatic

Vancouver Tea Festival 2018

yang teashop


What: Dive into the world of the planet’s most consumed beverage (other than water, of course). Attendees of this weekend-long event can expect a marketplace, presentations, and tastings galore. Featuring leading exhibitors from Canada, the United States, China, and Sri Lanka, this event will also boast exhibitors featuring tea spirits (19+ ID required)

When: Saturday, November 3 to Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (Saturday), 11 am to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver – 50 East Pender Street, Vancouver; Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $44; buy online

Murders and Mobbings

What:  Watch crows stream to their evening roost and learn about these interesting and intelligent birds. Ages 13+

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Price: $8.50 per adult, $4.50 per child/youth/adult 65+. Registration required. Bardcode 7474

Save-On-Foods Kerrisdale Grand Opening

What: Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood is getting a new major grocery store. Save-On-Foods is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, November 3 at the new 6455 West Boulevard location, on the corner of West Boulevard and 49th Avenue. Check out the first ever Save-On-Foods Fresh Bar, the bakery, and the new health and wellness services.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 7 am
Where: 6455 West Boulevard, Vancouver (corner of West Boulevard and 49th Avenue)

Night at the Museum: BC Ale Trail Edition

What: Sports. Beer. Food. Music. The Olympic Experience Museum is turning down the lights, and turning up the music for a night of craft beer and beer-inspired food. All beer and food samples are included with your ticket, as is Hopping Mad Cider. Explore over 400 artifacts, digital archives, and a dozen sports simulators and challenges at Canada’s first Olympic Museum at this unique adults-only night. Must be 19+ to enter.

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval – 6111 River Road, Richmond
Price: $59; buy online

Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Light Festival

light festival

City of Surrey

What: The City of Surrey and Telus are inviting everyone to the Light Festival at Bear Creek Park this fall. Visitors can experience a mesmerizing show of illuminated trees, eye-catching displays, and sparkling lights throughout an ever-changing garden of colour. On opening and closing night, guests will be treated to family-friendly activities at a kid’s zone, food trucks, and roving performers. Tuesday, November 6 will feature Diwali-inspired music, food, and performers, as well as a chance to make your own lanterns at the Surrey Art Gallery. Anyone attending is reminded to bring a flashlight and dress for the weather, as the event will run rain or shine.

When: Sunday, November 4 to Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 6 to 9 pm daily
Where: Bear Creek Park – 13750 88 Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Hastings Park Farmers’ Market

What: Find a great selection of local produce, fish, meat, dairy, artisan prepared foods, baked goods, local crafts, craft alcohol producers, and food trucks. There is free parking for market shoppers at Gate 2 off of Renfrew St.

When: Every Sunday from November 4 to April 28 (except December 30)
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Hastings Park Centregrounds – 2901 East Hastings Street
Admission: Free

Diwali Dhamaka

What: Celebrate Diwali with RED FM with this free family event. Enjoy face painting, balloon twisting, and musical performances from Geeta Zaildar, Gurlez Akhtar, Sony Dhugga, DSP and Reet Kaur.

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 1 to 6 pm
Where: Surrey Civic Plaza and Atrium – 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free

Movember Undie Run 2018

What: Movember Foundation and SAXX Underwear are hosting their first Movember Undie Run in Vancouver on Sunday, November 4. 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 2km in your underwear. All runners will receive a pair of SAXX underwear, one drink ticket, complimentary food and more.

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: Undie Run – 12 pm; Run Party – 2 pm
Where: Brewhall — 97 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, Undie Run $50; Run Party $20

Richard Lett in “One NUT Only”

What: Yuk Yuks Vancouver presents Richard Lett’s One Man Show featuring music, spoken word and stand-up comedy to tell the story of Lett’s experience surviving testicular cancer, while raising awareness of men’s health and raising funds for the Movember Foundation.

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $19.05 plus tax

Mushroom Show

What: Discover the fungus among us as the Vancouver Mycological Society presents a show of local autumn fungi. Bring mystery mushrooms for identification. This event is for all ages.

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Richmond Nature Park – 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
Admission: By donation

Port Moody Winter Farmers’ Market

What: Established in 2008, the Port Moody Winter Farmers Market began as a biweekly 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 4, 2018 to April 28, 2019
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Port Moody Recreation Complex – 300 Ioco Rd, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Diwali in Kits


Diwali Fest/ Facebook

What: Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu celebration of light at the Kitsilano Community Centre. Activities include Bollywood dancing, henna tattoos, diya painting, saree draping, Chai from Trudy Ann, refreshments from Jolly’s and All India Restaurant, as well as Panago Pizza.

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Kitsilano Community Centre – 2690 Larch St, Vancouver
Admission: $10, register online

Japan Market Vancouver – Christmas Fair

What: Vendors and crafters will be putting their work on display, with a unique selection of Japanese crafts and products available. Items like jewellery, soap, notebooks, ceramics, kimonos, charms, and hair accessories will be available, just to name a few. Visitors can expect treats like baked goods, chocolates, puddings, and traditional teas this time around. Onsite services like body and hand massages, as well as aromatherapy, will also be available.

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: UBC Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Admission: Entrance by donation

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 vinyl deejays, pinball, outdoor courtyard, and other fun things to check out.

When: Saturday, November 3 to Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Eastside Studios – 550 Malkin Ave, Vancouver
Price: $3 admission, $5 for a weekend pass

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