34 things to do in Vancouver this weekend: November 8 to 11

Nov 8 2019, 5:00 am

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Another long weekend filled with great events to enjoy! Here are 34 things to do in Vancouver on Friday, November 8, Saturday, November 9, Sunday, November 10, and Monday, November 11. Jason Mraz, Remembrance Day, and more.

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

Friday, November 8

PetSmart National Pet Adoption Weekend

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What: From November 8 to 10, hundreds of Canadian animal welfare organizations will bring adorable, adoptable pets, including dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, guinea pigs, and rabbits into nearly every one of PetSmart’s 140 stores across the country. Regardless of which type of pet you choose to adopt, or where you adopted from, all new pet owners will receive a free adoption kit that provides important content that helps to integrate a new pet into the family.

When: November 8 to 10, 2019
Time: Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 9 pm (local time), Sunday 10 am to 6 pm (local time)
Where: Select PetSmart locations across Canada (Check website for full list of participating locations)

Vancouver Giants vs Portland Winterhawks

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

When: November 8, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Langley Events Centre – 7888 200 St, Langley
Tickets: Online

The 23nd Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival

What: Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) celebrates Asian culture and diversity in film. This year’s theme is “NO LIMITASIANS,” and the festival includes screenings, panels, a special performance by composer/ conductor Tan Dun and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Where: Now to November 10, 2019
Time: Various times
When: Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas – 88 West Pender St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Awkward Hug

What: Award-winning actor, writer, and storytelling champion Cory Thibert embodies his 19-year-old self as he uncovers the truth behind what sets his family apart in this coming of-age story with a twist.

When: November 8, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave, Surrey
Tickets: Online

Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz/Live Nation

What: Grammy award-winner Jason Mraz is performing in Vancouver on his new North American tour. The two-month tour, titled “Ladies and Gentleman, an Evening with Jason Mraz & Raining Jain,” will see him perform 19 shows. He’ll be joined by longtime collaborators, Raining Jane, and will be performing songs from his sixth studio album, Know, which released in August of 2019.

When: November 8, 2019
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm; Show starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Bruce McCulloch

What: Bruce McCulloch, Kids in the Hall alum and director of Stealing Harvard and Superstar, brings his one-man show, Tales of Bravery and Stupidity, to Shadbolt Centre on November 8.

When: November 8, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
Tickets: Online

The Price

What: United Players of Vancouver presents Arthur Miller’s The Price. The play tells the story of a New York cop and his rich, estranged surgeon brother meeting for the first time in 18 years to sell off their parents’ furniture. Along the way, they discover the consequences of past decisions.

When: November 8 to December 1, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Jericho Arts Centre — 1675 Discovery St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Saturday, November 9

Movember Undie Run 2019

Undie Run,

Undie Run, Vancouver (VYVE)

What: Movember Foundation and SAXX Underwear are hosting their second Movember Undie Run in Vancouver on Saturday, November 9. 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 2 km in your underwear. All funds raised through ticket sales will go directly to Movember and help support programs and research for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s mental health and suicide prevention.

Tickets will include a swag bag with a complimentary pair of SAXX underwear, MO perks, and access to the after-party with a complementary drink and snacks. The first 200 people will also receive a limited-edition Movember toque in their swag bag.

When: November 9, 2018
Time: Undie Run starts at 12 pm
Where: Brewhall — 97 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival 2019

What: The annual festival, now in its 18th year, is one of Canada’s “most anticipated premium world-class culinary festivals,” and it supports the BC Breast Cancer Foundation. This year’s events include signature events like EAT! Harvest, the EAT! Dinner Series, and the new EAT! Pastry Day along with exciting chef collaborations.

When: Now until November 9, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Online

Burnaby Artisan Farmers’ Market

What: Launched in June 2008, this open-air market, situated in the North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall, offers visitors an assortment of food and craft stalls to peruse on Saturday mornings every Saturday until “at least Christmas” and possibly longer.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: North Parking Lot of Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way at Deer Lake Pkwy)
Admission: Free

Bear Creek Park Lights

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

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

What: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker tells the classic holiday tale with over 200 stunning costumes, dazzling sets, soaring birds, and towering puppets.

When: November 9, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Tickets: Online

City and Colour

What: City and Colour is swinging by Vancouver during a cross-continent tour this fall. City and Colour has seven platinum-certified albums and three gold-certified albums in Canada. His latest studio release, I Should Go Before You, hit number one on the Top 200 Soundscan, and marked his third consecutive chart-topping album in the country. He’s also made some waves outside of the Canadian music scene, hitting number 16 on the US Billboard 200 Chart and worked with P!nk on a duet that debuted number one in Canada, number two in Australia, and number four in the US.

When: November 9, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Pacific Coliseum — 100 N Renfrew St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online — all-ages show

The Christmas Store at Potters

What: Potters Nursery has made its annual transformation into the 28,000-sq-ft Christmas Store at Potters. Themed areas include a 3,000-sq-ft “Dark Room,” illuminated by themed tree lights, Petland, and the Nutcracker Room, to name a few. New this year is the store’s very own Whoville, a space dedicated to a wide variety of Grinch-themed items, such as teddy bears, ornaments, mugs, and snow globes.

In addition over 50,000 themed ornaments, toys, games, and stocking stuffers for both kids, adults, and pets, the store will offer food demos and live music on weekends to liven up the Christmas atmosphere.

Time: Various times
Where: 19158 48th Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes

Brittany Howard/Live Nation

What: Brittany Howard, the frontwoman and guitarist for Alabama Shakes, is performing a solo concert at the Commodore Ballroom with guests. Leading the four-time Grammy Award-winning group, Howard has performed everywhere from the Obama White House to the main stage at Lollapalooza, where she sang with Paul McCartney.

When: November 9, 2019
Time: Doors open 7 pm, show starts 8 pm
Where: Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville St, Vancouver
Price: Starting at $62.50 (including GST) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Cannabinoid Chemistry & Legislation 

What: Learn about the cannabis plant and the history and trajectory of regulations in Canada from chartered chemist and university instructor Thomas Ulanowski. This interactive class will also examine the evolution and botany of cannabis.

When: November  9, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5151 Oak St
Tickets: $31.50 to $35 available here

Out of Concealment – Female Supernatural Beings of Haida Gwaii

What: Bill Reid Gallery presents the Vancouver premiere of Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson’s solo exhibition, Out of Concealment. Williams-Davidson honours Indigenous feminine power by re-imagining supernatural figures from Haida tradition. Her vivid portraits — which feature Williams-Davidson herself — use creative design, photographic collage, and subtle integration of designs by celebrated Haida artist Robert Davidson.

When: Now until April 5, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art – 639 Hornby St, Vancouver
Admission Info: Online

Sunday, November 10

Japan Market Vancouver Christmas Fair

Japan Market


What: The Christmas Fair will heavily focus on artisan crafts and Japanese merchandise. Market-goers can expect approximately 70 vendors, Japanese cultural workshops, and live performances. In addition, the event will have a wide selection of freshly made food, and sweets and treats to take home.

A new feature for the Christmas Fair is the introduction of VIP shopping — early-access tickets will be available to let eager shoppers enter the fair from 10 to 11 am before it opens to the rest of the public.

When: November 10, 2019
Time: 11 am to 6 pm (10 am for VIP shoppers)
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson St, Vancouver
Cost: VIP tickets available online, otherwise, admission by donation

Vancouver Canucks vs New Jersey Devils

What: Vancouver Canucks take on New Jersey Devils at Rogers Arena. Tonight’s promotional theme is Hockey Fights Cancer.

When: November 10, 2019
Time: 1 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Jay Park

What: Jay Park is a Korean-American rapper, singer, and songwriter, among many other things. He brings his Sexy 4 Eva World Tour to the Orpheum on November 10.

When: November 10, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Orpheum — 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

16th Annual DTES Heart of the City Festival

What: Check out over 1000 artists at over 100 Heart of the city Festival events at over 50 locations in the Downtown Eastside. The 16th annual event has the theme of Holding the Light, and it includes theatre, dance, storytelling, workshops, exhibits, and more.

When: Now until November 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Circle Craft Christmas Market

What: The 47th annual Circle Craft Christmas Market hosts more than 300 different artisans and vendors from across Canada and features everything from pottery and fashion to craft distilleries.

When: Now to November 11, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
More Info: Online

About Love – Short Play Festival

What: Tomo Suro Players presents a short play festival all About Love. Enjoy eight short plays directed by local directors, with the plays chosen from 100 submitted from around the world.

When: Now until November 10, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancouver Podcast Festival

Vancouver podcast festival


What: Vancouver Podcast Festival highlights the “power of podcasting” as a non-fiction media. Presented by DOXA, the festival features panels, hands-on workshops, and live podcast presentations, and tapings.

When: Now until November 10, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various locations
Tickets: Available online

Wine & Whiskers – Tri-Cities

What: The BC SPCA Tri-Cities Branch hosts its sixth annual Wine & Whiskers fundraiser at Vancouver Golf Club, with wine, vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, games, an auction, and more. All proceeds support BC SPCA Tri-Cities Education & Adoption Centre.

When: November 10, 2019
Times: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Vancouver Golf Club — 771 Austin Ave, Coquitlam
Tickets: Online

Wild, Edible, Medicinal Plant Walk with Lori Snyder

What: Metis herbalist, educator, mother, and storyteller Lori Snyder leads a wild, edible, medicinal plant walk at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

When: November 10, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12 pm
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden — 5251 Oak St, Vancouver
Register: Online

Ancora Caviar Festival

What: Ancora’s fifth annual Caviar Festival will take place at its Ambleside and False Creek locations from now until November 30. Dishes are available both à la carte and as part of a tasting menu for $69 per person.

When: Now until November 30, 2019
Where: Ancora Ambleside – 1351 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver; Ancora False Creek – 1600 Howe St #2, Vancouver
Price: $69 per person

Monday, November 11

Victory Square Cenotaph


What: In honour of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of Canada, the City of Vancouver is holding its annual Remembrance Day ceremony and parade at Victory Square. Over 15,000 participants and citizens attend the oldest continuing annual ceremony in Vancouver each year.

When: November 11, 2019
Time: Starts at 10 am
Where: Victory Square – 200
Admission: Free

Port Moody Remembrance Day Ceremonies & Parade

What: Events start with a non-denominational service at Kyle Centre. Then the parade goes around the block to Port Moody Arts Centre for a two-minute silence, act of remembrance, and laying of wreaths at Port Moody Arts Centre Monument. Ceremony finishes with a 21-Gun Cannon Salute at Seymour Artillery.

When: November 11, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 11 am
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns St, Port Moody
Admission: Free

Surrey Remembers

What: Take in the Remembrance Day service at the Cloverdale Cenotaph in Veterans Square at 10:25 am on November 11. Then check out the family-friendly activities at the Museum of Surrey and Surrey Archives.

When: November 11, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Where: Veterans Square — 17710 56A Ave, Surrey
Admission: Free

Richmond Remembrance Day Ceremony

What: The City of Richmond invites the public to observe and participate in the annual Remembrance Day ceremony. The parade starts at 10:20 am, and official ceremonies at the City Hall Cenotaph will follow at 10:40 am. Two minutes of silence will take place at 11 am followed by wreath-laying.

When: November 11, 2019
Time: 10:20 to 11:30 am
Where: Richmond City Hall – 6911 No. 3 Rd, Richmond
Admission: Free

West Vancouver Remembrance Day Ceremony

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day poppies (Sergii Votit/Shutterstock)

What: Led by The Royal Canadian Legion – West Vancouver Branch #60, the West Vancouver Remembrance Day Ceremony features a parade starting at 10:45 am and a service starting at 10:55 am.

When: November 11, 2019
Time: 10:45 to 11:30 am
Where: Memorial Arch in Memorial Park – Marine Drive between 19th St and 20th St
Admission: Free

Port Coquitlam Remembrance Day

What: Port Coquitlam’s Remembrance Day begins with the Wilson Centre Service. Then veterans and members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #133, will lead a parade from the Wilson Centre along Wilson Avenue to Shaughnessy Street to the Cenotaph services at Veterans Park.

When: November 11, 2019
Time: 9:30 to 10:30 am (Wilson Centre Service), 11 am (Cenotaph Remembrance Service)
Where: Wilson Centre – 2150 Wilson Ave, Port Coquitlam, Veterans Park – 2580 Shaughnessy St, Port Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony

What: Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #148 – North Burnaby. The parade begins at 10:45 am from Safeway parking lot, 4440 Hastings Street. Ceremony will be held at the Cenotaph in Confederation Park.

When: November 11, 2019
Time: 10:45 am to 12 pm
Where: North Burnaby Cenotaph, Confederation Park – Willingdon Ave and Penzance Dr, Burnaby
Admission: Free