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Vancouver in NOVEMBER 2018

November in Vancouver

Vancouver’s 2018 November events calendar features festivals and events in the Lower Mainland including Remembrance Day and early Christmas activities.


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November Events Calendar

  • Nov. 4 – Daylight Savings Time ends
  • Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day
  • Nov. 22 – American Thanksgiving (US)
  • Nov. 23 – Black Friday

November Events in Vancouver

Below is what’s happening on the different days of the month in November. Note: schedules are subject to change – check official event websites for exact details.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

  • Inspirational Latin Awards – a gala event honoring the achievements of companies and individuals from Canada’s Latin American Community at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
  • Brinkworth Dungeon – a haunted house at a residential home at 22260 48th Avenue in Langley. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 11 years of age. Non-perishable food item donations are also greatly appreciated.
  • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
  • If nice weather, a good day to enjoy the fall colours at any of the Lower Mainland’s best parks and places in nature.
  • If miserable weather, then a good day to seek refuge at one of Vancouver’s best places on a rainy day.

Friday, November 2, 2018

  • Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival – an exceptional craft beer-sampling event at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club in Coquitlam. Tickets cost around $59 and include drinks and appetizers (so no need to pay extra for each drink)!
  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Brinkworth Dungeon – a haunted house at a residential home at 22260 48th Avenue in Langley. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 11 years of age. Non-perishable food item donations are also greatly appreciated.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small multi-day festival with Christmas illuminations and live entertainment at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza.
  • Bill Reid Gallery – a Northwest Coast First Nations art gallery that offers free admission on the first Friday of the month from 2 to 5 pm.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children age 12 & under. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
    • The Rocky Horror Show – presented by Alchemy Theatre at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. (Warning: Rated 14+, parental guidance advised, adult language, partial nudity, sexual content, simulated violence, strobe lighting, and atmospheric fog & haze effects.) Tickets are $29-$49.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

  • Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival – an exceptional craft beer-sampling event at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club in Coquitlam. Tickets for the afternoon event cost around $49 and include drinks and appetizers (so no need to pay extra for each drink)!
  • TriCity International Wine Festival – a wine-tasting event at Coquitlam’s Westwood Plateau Golf Club from 7 until 9:30 pm. Admission is $69 and includes all wine and food samples.
  • Enchanted Forest of Hope – a fundraising gala benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Canada at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. Tickets are $300 and the event includes a silent and live auction, entertainment and dinner.
  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Brinkworth Dungeon – a haunted house at a residential home at 22260 48th Avenue in Langley. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 11 years of age. Non-perishable food item donations are also greatly appreciated.
  • TEDxSFU – a one-day conference that features local inspirational speakers on the Granville Island Stage.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small multi-day festival with Christmas illuminations and live entertainment at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Kamloops at the Langley Events Centre.
  • BC Lions Football – against Calgary at BC Place Stadium.
  • Fall Artisan Market – formerly known as the “Craft Market,” takes place at the West Vancouver Community Centre at 2121 Marine Drive from 10 am to 4 pm (FREE).
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Family Favourites Moviesshowing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
    • The Rocky Horror Show – presented by Alchemy Theatre at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. (Warning: Rated 14+, parental guidance advised, adult language, partial nudity, sexual content, simulated violence, strobe lighting, and atmospheric fog & haze effects.) Tickets are $29-$49.
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
  • Farmers Markets
    • Abbotsford Farm & Country Market – from 9 am until 1 pm in downtown Abbotsford.
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – formerly the Nat Bailey Winters Farmers Market, runs between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
    • New West Farmers Market – formerly known as the “Royal City Winter Farmers Market,” it takes place in the 600 block of Belmont Street in New Westminster from 11 am until 3 pm. (To be confirmed.)

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 4, 2018

  • Daylight Savings Day – don’t forget to set your clock back an hour the night before!
  • Garden Light Festival – lights, food trucks and performances at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free!
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small multi-day festival with Christmas illuminations and live entertainment at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza.
  • RMHBC Boundary Bay Marathon – a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Boston-qualifying Marathon and 4-Person Marathon Relay starting at Boundary Bay Park’s Centennial Beach.
  • Fall Classic Run – a 5K, 10K and half marathon at UBC.
  • Secrets to Outstanding Photography – a free workshop for adults wanting tips on how to take great photos. Runs from 2 until 3 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. (Click the link and then scroll down to “Secrets to Outstanding Photography” with Paul Fremers.)
  • Farmers Markets
  • Craft Fairs
    • Fall Artisan Market – formerly known as the “Craft Market,” takes place at the West Vancouver Community Centre at 2121 Marine Drive from 10 am to 4 pm (FREE).
    • Bling! Wearable Glass Art Show – an artisan market featuring beads, jewellery and other work by local glass artists at Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street from 11 am to 5 pm. Free admission.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

  • Garden Light Festival – lights, lanterns and Diwali-themed performances at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free!
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Game #1 of the CIBC Canada vs. Russia Series – hosted by the WHL’s Vancouver Giants and Hockey Canada at 7 pm.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

  • Garden Light Festival – pretty lights and illuminations at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free!
  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

  • Garden Light Festival – pretty lights and illuminations at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free!
  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.

Friday, November 9, 2018

  • Garden Light Festival – pretty lights and illuminations at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free!
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
    • Vancouver Chamber Choir – a performance of their “For Love is Strong” concert at Pacific Spirit United Church.
    • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
    • The Rocky Horror Show – presented by Alchemy Theatre at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. (Warning: Rated 14+, parental guidance advised, adult language, partial nudity, sexual content, simulated violence, strobe lighting, and atmospheric fog & haze effects.) Tickets are $29-$49.
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
  • Craft Fairs

Remembrance Day Weekend Activities

Saturday, November 10, 2018

  • Garden Light Festival – lights, food trucks and performances at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Free!
  • Vancouver Train Expo – a model train exhibition at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets are $6-$12 depending on your age, or $30 for a family.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Prince George at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir With Glowing Hearts concert featuring music and songs of remembrance at South Delta Baptist Church at 1988 56th Street in Delta. Tickets cost $15 to $30.
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • The Rocky Horror Show – presented by Alchemy Theatre at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. (Warning: Rated 14+, parental guidance advised, adult language, partial nudity, sexual content, simulated violence, strobe lighting, and atmospheric fog & haze effects.) Tickets are $29-$49.
    • Family Favourites Movies – showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
  • Farmers Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – formerly the Nat Bailey Winters Farmers Market, runs between 10 am and 2 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
    • Abbotsford Farm & Country Market – a farmers market from 9 am to 1 pm at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and George Ferguson Way in downtown Abbotsford.
  • Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 11, 2018

  • Remembrance Day – ceremonies at various parks and cenotaphs around the Lower Mainland.
  • Vancouver Train Expo – a model train exhibition at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $6-$12 depending on your age, or $30 for a family.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Prince George at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Farmers Markets and Craft Fairs
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Welsh Men’s ChoirWith Glowing Hearts concert featuring music and songs of remembrance at Massey Theatre at 735 8th Avenue in New Westminster. Tickets cost $15 to $30.
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.
    • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey from 4 to 5 pm. Admission by donation.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at most theatres throughout the Lower Mainland.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
  • If nice weather, a good day to enjoy the fall colours at any of the Lower Mainland’s best parks and places in nature.
  • If miserable weather, then a good day to seek refuge at one of Vancouver’s best places on a rainy day.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • Lights of Hope Celebration – Christmas lights lit and fireworks displays at St. Paul’s Hospital at 1081 Burrard Street. (To be confirmed.)
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
  • International Foster Awards Gala – a fundraising event for SOS Children’s Village BC at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle in downtown Vancouver.
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an art festival featuring the works of over 500 artists at multiple venues between Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and Vancouver’s waterfront between 5 and 10 pm.
  • Craft Fairs
    • Christmas at Hycroft – an annual Christmas market and fundraising event for the University Women’s Club at 1489 McRae Avenue.
  • Theatre
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).

Best Places in Autumn

Friday, November 16, 2018

  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an art festival featuring the works of over 500 artists at multiple venues between Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and Vancouver’s waterfront between 5 and 10 pm.
  • Fly High Freedom Party – an event hosted by the MT12 Church and featuring JUNO Award-nominated singer Warren D. Flandez at the Imperial Vancouver. Tickets cost $7 and proceeds benefit Stella’s Voice which helps free victims of human trafficking in Eastern Europe.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Regina at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
    • Sweat – a drama performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
  • Craft Fairs
    • Christmas at Hycroft – a popular annual Christmas market and fundraising event for the University Women’s Club at 1489 McRae Avenue.
    • Christmas Boutique – the opening reception for the market takes place from 7 to 9 pm at the Place des Arts in Coquitlam (and the market featuring local artisan products continues until December 20th).
    • Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market featuring over 175 artisans from noon until 8 pm at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way.
    • West Coast Christmas Craft Show from 2 to 9 pm at TRADEX in Abbotsford. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and free for children under 17.
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a three-day event at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue from 11 am to 7 pm.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a small festival celebrating one of the largest migratory gatherings of Bald Eagles anywhere, not far from Harrison Hot Springs along the Harrison River.
  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an art festival featuring the works of over 500 artists at multiple venues between Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and Vancouver’s waterfront between 11 am and 6 pm.
  • The Phantom Run Trail Race – 12.5K, 19.5K and 24.5K trail runs starting at North Vancouver’s Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – professional ice hockey against the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Sweat – a drama performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • Vancouver Bach Choir – A Sea Symphony with the West Coast Symphony at Christ Church Cathedral at 690 Burrard Street. Admission is by donation at the door.
    • Family Favourites Movies – showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
  • Farmers Markets
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – formerly the Nat Bailey Winters Farmers Market, runs between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
    • Abbotsford Farm & Country Market – a farmers market from 9 am to 1 pm at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and George Ferguson Way in downtown Abbotsford.
  • Craft Fairs
    • Christmas at Hycroft – a popular high-end Christmas market and fundraising event for the University Women’s Club at 1489 McRae Avenue.
    • West Coast Christmas Craft Show from 10 am to 6 pm at TRADEX in Abbotsford. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and free for children under 17.
    • Alexandra Neighbourhood House Craft Fair at 2916 McBride Avenue in Surrey’s Crescent Beach.
    • Japanese Craft & Bake Fair at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre at 6688 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby.
    • NV Holiday Bazaar at West Vancouver Community Centre (2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver) from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission. Note the Bazaar is no longer at Carson Graham Secondary in North Vancouver!
    • Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market featuring over 175 artisans from 10 am to 6 pm at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way. Admission is $4, but free for children ages 10 and under.
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a three-day event at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue from 10 am to 4 pm.

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 18, 2018

  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a festival celebrating one of the largest migratory gatherings of Bald Eagles anywhere, between Mission and Harrison Hot Springs along the Harrison River.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Victoria at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an art festival featuring the works of over 500 artists at multiple venues between Columbia Street, 1st Avenue, Victoria Drive and Vancouver’s waterfront between 11 am and 6 pm.
  • Douglas Day at Fort Langley – a small annual celebration of the day in 1858 when Sir James Douglas formally proclaimed BC a colony.
  • Farmers Markets
  • Craft Fairs
    • Christmas at Hycroft – a popular high-end Christmas market and fundraising event for the University Women’s Club at 1489 McRae Avenue.
    • NV Holiday Bazaar at West Vancouver Community Centre (2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver) from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission.
    • Japanese Craft & Bake Fair at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre at 6688 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby.
    • Fort Langley Christmas Market a small indoor craft fair with over 30 vendors at the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road. $2 minimum donation for admission.
    • Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market featuring over 175 artisans from 10 am to 5 pm at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way. Admission is $4, but free for children ages 10 and under.
    • West Coast Christmas Craft Show from 2 to 5 pm at TRADEX in Abbotsford. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and free for children under 17.
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a three-day event at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Sweat – a play performed by the Arts Club Theatre Company at the Stanley Industrial Stage (and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).
    • A Celebration of Faith Concert – a free performance by the VOS Chorus, Youth Singers and Chamber Orchestra at Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church at 11295 Mellis Drive in Richmond. Free!
    • Vancouver Bach Choir – A Sea Symphony with the West Coast Symphony at Centennial Theatre at 2300 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. Admission is by donation at the door.
    • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

  • Hopscotch Festival – an event featuring beers, scotch whisky and various other spirits and food at numerous locations throughout Vancouver.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
  • Shows & Entertainment

Autumn Activities

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – first day of the season for the European Christmas Night Market at Jack Poole Plaza. The market continues nightly until Dec. 24th.
  • Hopscotch Festival – an event featuring beers, scotch whisky and various other spirits and food at numerous locations throughout Vancouver.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

  • Glow Christmas – first day of the season for the indoor attraction in Langley that features a light maze, light tunnel, live entertainment and market.
  • Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge – first day of the Christmas season lights at the world-famous bridge. The Lights continue to shine until Jan 27th, 2019.
  • Christmas at Canada Place – possibly the opening day of the season for the Christmas lights at Canada Place on the promenade. Free coffee and hot chocolate may be available for parts of the day and live musical performances in the evening. (To be confirmed.)
  • Hopscotch Festival – an event featuring beers, scotch whisky and various other spirits and food at numerous locations throughout Vancouver.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition.
    • Lost Souls of Gastown – a guided walking tour with Forbidden Vancouver through the streets and alleys of historic Gastown.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions
  • Living Your Best Life – a panel discussion about Ideas For Unleashing Your Full Potential. Hosted by the Project Change Foundation. Tickets cost $20 to $25.

Friday, November 23, 2018

  • Hopscotch Festival – the Grand Tasting Hall event features beers, scotch whisky and various other spirits and food at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street.
  • Mercato: Italian Market – indoors at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street from 5 to 9 pm.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Friday Night Live – live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
    • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions

Saturday, November 24, 2018

  • Hopscotch Festival – the Grand Tasting Hall event features beers, scotch whisky and various other spirits and food at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Victoria at the Langley Events Centre.
  • Candytown – an outdoor Christmas market on Mainland Street in Yaletown from noon until 7 pm.
  • Aurora Winter Festival – a North-Pole-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place.
  • Heritage Christmas – first day of the season for the free Christmas festivities at Burnaby Village. The event continues until January 4, 2019.
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – it is expected that festivities take place at the Plaza at City Hall at 13450-104th Avenue in Surrey, with the official lighting of the 55-foot tree in the evening. (To be confirmed.)
  • Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays – a fundraising event where guests get to tour 6 Vancouver homes that have been professionally decorated for the Christmas season.
  • The Olde Farmhouse – a large market featuring vintage and other second-hand items at Tradex in Abbotsford from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $6 for people ages 13+ for one day, and $8 for two days.
  • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Museum in Squamish. Spaces are limited so book your tickets well in advance.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Disney’s The Little Mermaid – a musical play by the Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association at Massey Theatre at 735 Eighth Avenue in New Westminster.
    • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
    • Family Favourites Movies – showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
    • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition at 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7 pm. Tickets cost $20 and up.
  • Farmers Markets
    • Abbotsford Farm & Country Market – a farmers market from 9 am to 1 pm at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and George Ferguson Way in downtown Abbotsford.
    • Riley Park Farmers Market – formerly the Nat Bailey Winters Farmers Market, runs between 10 am and 2 pm at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium at 4601 Ontario Street.
  • Craft Fairs
    • Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair – one of Vancouver’s largest Christmas craft fairs, with over 140 vendors, from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • West End Holiday Craft Fair – 50+ vendors and free admission at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street.
    • Steveston Village Craft Fair – at the Steveston Community Centre’s Net Shed Building at 4111 Moncton Street in Richmond featuring over 160 vendors from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions

Sunday, November 25, 2018

  • Hopscotch Festival – an event featuring beers, scotch whisky and various other spirits and food at numerous locations throughout Vancouver.
  • Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays – a fundraising event where guests get to tour 6 Vancouver homes that have been professionally decorated for the Christmas season.
  • The Olde Farmhouse – a large market featuring vintage and other second-hand items at Tradex in Abbotsford from 10 to 4 pm. Admission is $6 for people ages 13+ for one day, and $8 for two days.
  • West End Holiday Craft Fair – 50+ vendors and free admission at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street.
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K, half marathon and half marathon relay around Stanley Park’s seawall.
  • Polar Express – special Christmas activities at the West Coast Railway Museum in Squamish. Spaces are limited so book your tickets well in advance.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. Tickets cost $20 and up.
    • Disney’s The Little Mermaid – a musical play by the Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association at Massey Theatre at 735 Eighth Avenue in New Westminster.
    • Jazz Vespers – at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street between 4 and 5 pm. Admission is by donation.
    • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street in Surrey from 4 to 5 pm. Admission by donation.
  • Farmers Markets
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions

Monday, November 26, 2018

  • Hopscotch Festival – the last day of the Grand Tasting Hall event featuring beers, scotch whisky and various other spirits and food at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street.
  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
  • Ongoing Christmas Attractions

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

  • Forbidden Vancouver – a choice of guided walking tours through either the streets of downtown Vancouver or the seawall and forested trails of Stanley Park.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Sounds of Christmas – a concert with the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir at Michael J. Fox Theatre at 7373 MacPherson Avenue in Burnaby. Tonight’s performance features the Burnaby Central High School Choir. Tickets cost $15 to $30.
    • Blind Date – an Arts Club Theatre romantic comedy at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – a Christmas-themed comedy by the Arts Club Theatre and showing at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29.
  • If nice weather, a good day to enjoy the fall colours at any of the Lower Mainland’s best parks and places in nature.
  • If miserable weather, then a good day to seek refuge at one of Vancouver’s best places on a rainy day.
  • Ongoing Christmas Events

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Friday, November 30, 2018

Christmas Activities

November Events in 2018

The following events are scheduled for November 2018 with details still to be confirmed:

  • Ukrainian Cathedral Craft Fair a free Christmas craft market at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral at 154 East 10th Street in Vancouver. (To be confirmed.)
  • Peak of Christmas – the season of Christmas celebrations at Grouse Mountain begin in late November.
  • Skiing at Whistler – look for the first day of the 2018/19 ski season at Whistler!
  • New West Winter Farmers Market – in the 600 block of Belmont Street in New Westminster. (Days, times and location to be confirmed.)

Top Things to Do in November

Below are some of the most popular activities to do in November in the Lower Mainland.

  1. Take part in the Remembrance Day ceremonies on November 11th at any one of various locations.
  2. Spend a weekend at Harrison Hot Springs, especially if you can afford to stay at the resort.
  3. Enjoy the last of the autumn leaves early in the month at any of Metro Vancouver’s best parks and places in nature.
  4. If it’s not raining, then enjoy the outdoors as much as possible at places like Stanley Park, any of the North Shore‘s great parks, along the seawall at False Creek or Coal Harbour, or any of Vancouver’s other best places for a walk, jog or cycle.
  5. If it’s raining (which there’s a very good chance that it will be), then partake in one of Vancouver’s top indoor activities at a nice warm, dry, indoor venue.
  6. Go Black Friday shopping in Vancouver, not south of the border due to the poor exchange rate.
  7. Take in one of Vancouver’s best places to see Christmas decorations at the end of the month before the December crowds.

Vancouver November Weather

Rainy Day Activities IconRain, rain and more rain. The only month with more rain than November (with an average of 170 mm or 6.8 inches) is December (with almost 178 mm, or just over 7 inches).

Yes, November is usually a very wet month, even by Vancouver’s soggy standards. The only people in town with wide grins on their faces because of the weather are the skiers, who know that if it’s raining in town then it’ll be snowing at the same time – or not too far in the future – up on the hills.

The average November temperatures in Vancouver are 9 degrees Celsius (48 F) in the day and 3 C at night (or 37 F), which means while people are sleeping it is usually below freezing up at the ski hills.

November competes with December for being the most dismal month of the year in the Lower Mainland weather-wise, but lacks December’s abundance of Christmas lights (which almost completely eliminates all the gloominess).

Recommended Activities

Unless it happens to be sunny and not raining, November is a good month for indoor activities. The autumn leaves are still good in the first half of the month or so though, so Stanley Park, VanDusen Garden, Queen Elizabeth Park and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden can still be good early on, but everything is looking pretty bleak and bare by the end of November.

When we say November is typically probably the gloomiest month in Vancouver, given that the trees are bare and there’s so much rain, it doesn’t mean that Vancouver isn’t still a beautiful city – it’s just one of the world’s most beautiful cities at its worst (so still much better than many places). When it’s really cloudy, you just have to use your imagination to visualize all the stunning mountains.

When it’s not raining, hiking in November is still great in many of the parks (especially where the trees are coniferous and so don’t lose their leaves and look bleak towards the end of the month). A great place for this is at almost any of the regional parks or hiking trails on the North Shore, including the Capilano River Regional Park where the salmon are likely still spawning at the salmon hatchery just a short walk or drive from the Cleveland Dam.


Click Festivals & Events for a listing of the best festivals and events, or Shows & Entertainment for the full year’s calendar of shows and performances taking place in the Lower Mainland.

To return to the top of the page, click November Calendar.

To see what’s happening next month, click December Calendar of Events.

 

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