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Vancouver in NOVEMBER 2017

November in Vancouver

Vancouver’s November events calendar features dates and events in the Lower Mainland including fall, Remembrance Day and even early Christmas activities.


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November Events Calendar

  • Nov. 5 – Daylight Savings Time ends
  • Nov. 11 – Remembrance Day
  • Nov. 23 – American Thanksgiving (US)
  • Nov. 24 – 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.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

  • Rotary Used Book Sale – first day of the 9-day used book sale at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Runs from 10 am to 9 pm and books cost $2 each.
  • Variety Week Street Festival – free activities and live music at Robson Square from 3 to 7 pm. Bands include The Washboard Union, country singer Todd Richard, saxophonist Eli Bennet and more.
  • Battle of the Brush – a live painting competition at Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street from 8:30 until 11 pm. 5 to 8 teams of 2 artists each compete while attendees are entertained and enjoy beverages and vendor foods. Cost is $15 per person or $20 for two.
  • Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival – featuring over 40 breweries at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club from 7 to 9:30 pm.
  • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Kamloops at the Langley Events Centre at 7:30 pm.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

  • Craft Market – at the West Vancouver Community Centre at 2121 Marine Drive from 9 am to 4 pm (FREE).
  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Funds raised benefit a range of local and international causes (11 am to 6 pm).
  • Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival – featuring over 40 breweries at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club from 12 to 2:30 pm.
  • Tri-City International Wine Festival – from 7 to 9:30 pm at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club at 3251 Plateau Boulevard in Coquitlam.
  • Vancouver Health Show – a health product and wellness trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and available at the door. Cash only.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place at 4:30 and 8:00 pm.
    • BC Lions – pro football game against the Toronto Argonauts at 7 pm at BC Place Stadium.
    • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – Vancouver vs. Pittsburgh at Rogers Arena.
    • Family Favourites MoviesThe Nut Job 2 is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
  • Markets

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 5, 2017

  • Daylight Savings Day – don’t forget to set your clock back an hour the night before!
  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Funds raised benefit a range of local and international causes (11 am to 6 pm).
  • Tri-City International Wine Festival – from 3 to 5:30 pm at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club at 3251 Plateau Boulevard in Coquitlam.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Welshmen’s Choir – VWMC and the Band of the 15th Field Regiment present “Songs of Remembrance” at the Beth Israel Synagogue at 989 West 28th Avenue in Vancouver at 2:30 pm.
    • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • Craft Market – at the West Vancouver Community Centre at 2121 Marine Drive from 9 am to 4 pm (FREE). Note: there is also a second and related craft fair today, next door at the West Vancouver Seniors’ Activity Centre, from 9 am until 4 pm.
  • Vancouver Health Show – a health product and wellness trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and available at the door. Cash only.
  • 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.
  • MEC Vancouver Race TEN: Riverfront Park – 5K and 10K races at Vancouver’s Riverfront Park.
  • Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – from 10 am to 2 pm at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Funds raised benefit a range of local and international causes (10 am to 6 pm).
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland movie theatres.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place from 10 am to 9 pm.
  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Funds raised benefit a range of local and international causes (10 am to 6 pm).
  • Garden Light Festival – lights, lanterns and performances at Bear Creek Park in Surrey from 5 to 8 pm. Free!
  • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place from 10 am to 9 pm.
  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Funds raised benefit a range of local and international causes (10 am to 9 pm).
  • Garden Light Festival – lights, lanterns and performances at Bear Creek Park in Surrey from 5 to 8 pm. Free!
  • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.

Friday, November 10, 2017

  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place from 10 am to 9 pm.
  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Funds raised benefit a range of local and international causes (10 am to 9 pm).
  • Vancouver Fan Expo – a superhero, movie character and comic pop culture trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 2 to 8 pm.
  • 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.
  • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.

Remembrance Day Weekend Activities

Saturday, November 11, 2017

  • Remembrance Day – ceremonies at various parks and cenotaphs around the Lower Mainland.
  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place from 10 am to 7 pm.
  • Rotary Used Book Sale – final day of the annual used book sale at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Funds raised benefit a range of local and international causes (11 am to 6:00 pm).
  • Vancouver Fan Expo – a superhero, movie character and comic pop culture trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 10 am to 7 pm.
  • Vancouver Train Expo – a model train exhibition at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets are $5-$10 depending on your age, or $25 for a family.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Vancouver Welshmen’s Choir – VWMC and the Band of the 15th Field Regiment present “Songs of Remembrance” at South Delta Baptist Church at 1988 56th Street at 2:30 pm.
    • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Family Favourites MoviesMasha and the Bear is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Victoria at the Langley Events Centre at 7:00 pm.
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – 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.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

  • Circle Craft Market – at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • TEDxSFU – a one-day conference that features local inspirational speakers on the Granville Island Stage from 10 am until 5 pm. Admission is about $62.
  • TEDxVancouver – a local TEDx event at the Vancouver Playhouse from 9 to 5 pm. Tickets are $149.
  • Vancouver Fan Expo – a superhero, movie character and comic pop culture trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Vancouver Train Expo – a model train exhibition at the PNE Forum at 2901 East Hastings Street from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $5-$10 depending on your age, or $25 for a family.
  • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • Fall Classic Run – a 5K, 10K and half marathon at UBC.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Edmonton at the Langley Events Centre at 4:00 pm.
  • Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – from 10 am to 2 pm at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE.
  • Cannery Farmers Market – a winter market at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village from 10 to 3 pm.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland movie theatres.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

  • Lights of Hope Celebration – Christmas lights lit and fireworks displays at St. Paul’s Hospital at 1081 Burrard Street from 6 to 8 pm.
  • Christmas at Hycroft – an annual Christmas market and fundraising event for the University Women’s Club at 1489 McRae Avenue.
  • 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.
  • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • Vancouver Canucks Hockey – Vancouver vs. Vegas at Rogers Arena.

Best Places in Autumn

Friday, November 17, 2017

  • Skiing at Whistler – today marks the first day of the 2017/18 ski season at Whistler!
  • 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.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
    • 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.
  • Christmas Markets and Events
    • 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 22nd).
    • Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market featuring over 175 artisans from noon until 8 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 9 pm at TRADEX in Abbotsford. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children ages under 17.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
    • Vancouver Bach Choir (Toccatas children’s choir) – performs at Oakridge Centre at 2 pm as part of the arrival of Santa Claus to the mall (free).
    • Family Favourites MoviesWonder Woman is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
  • 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 – Vancouver vs. St. Louis at Rogers Arena.
  • Vancouver Giants Hockey – against Kelowna at the Langley Events Centre at 7:00 pm.
  • Christmas Markets and Events
    • 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 Carson Graham Secondary School at 2145 Jones Avenue in North Vancouver from 10 am to 4 pm. Cost is $3.
    • Japanese Craft & Bake Fair at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre at 6688 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby between 11 am and 5 pm.
    • Ukrainian Cathedral Craft Fair a free Christmas craft market at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral at 154 East 10th Street in Vancouver from 10 am to 4 pm.
    • 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.
    • Alexandra Neighbourhood House Craft Fair at 2916 McBride Avenue in Surrey’s Crescent Beach from 9 am until 3 pm. Free admission.
    • West Coast Christmas Craft Show from 10 am to 6 pm at TRADEX in Abbotsford. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children ages under 17.
  • Farmers Markets

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 19, 2017

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Craft Fairs & Farmers Markets
    • 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 Carson Graham Secondary School at 2145 Jones Avenue in North Vancouver from 10 am to 4 pm. Cost is $3.
    • Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market featuring over 175 artisans from 10 am to 4 pm at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way. Admission is $4, but free for children ages 10 and under.
    • Fort Langley Christmas Market a small indoor craft fair with over 30 vendors at the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road between 10 am and 5 pm. $2 minimum donation for admission.
    • Japanese Craft & Bake Fair at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre at 6688 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby between 11 am and 5 pm.
    • West Coast Christmas Craft Show from 10 am to 5 pm at TRADEX in Abbotsford. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children ages under 17.
    • Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – from 10 am to 2 pm at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission is by donation today between 5 and 9 pm (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • Cheap night at most Lower Mainland movie theatres.

Autumn Activities

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

  • Candytown – an outdoor Christmas market on Mainland Street in Yaletown from noon until 7 pm.
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – festivities at the Plaza at City Hall at 13450-104th Avenue in Surrey, with the official lighting of the 55-foot tree in the evening (FREE).
  • Lights at Lafarge – first day of the season for the winter light displays from 4:30 until 11 pm around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way. Just for today, special celebrations also take place around the lake and at the Evergreen Cultural Centre from 2:30 until 5:30 including free live entertainment, a holiday market and other Christmas-themed activities.
  • Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays – a fundraising event where guests get to tour 5 Vancouver homes that have been professionally decorated for the Christmas season. Tickets cost $50 plus online fees and proceeds benefit a very worthwhile charity.
  • 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 from 6 until 10:30 pm.
  • The Olde Farmhouse – a large market featuring vintage and other secondhand items at Tradex in Abbotsford from 9 to 4 pm. Admission is $6 for people ages 13+.
  • Shows & Entertainment
    • The Day Before Christmas – a play about the perfect holiday disaster showing at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
    • Family Favourites MoviesHome Alone is showing for just $2.99 at select Cineplex theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock.
    • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • Craft Fairs
  • Ongoing Christmas Activities
  • Farmers Markets

Sunday, November 26, 2017

  • 105th Grey Cup Football (on TV)
  • Cirque du SoleilKurios shows at Concord Pacific Place.
  • The Olde Farmhouse – a large market featuring vintage and other secondhand items at Tradex in Abbotsford from 10 to 4 pm. Admission is $6 for people ages 13+.
  • Christmas Craft Fairs
  • Ongoing Christmas Activities
  • Christmas Shows & Entertainment
    • The Day Before Christmas – a play about the perfect holiday disaster showing at the Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K, half marathon and half marathon relay around Stanley Park’s seawall.
  • Farmers Markets

Monday, November 27, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Christmas Activities

November Events in 2018

The following events are scheduled for November 2018:

  • BC Lions Football
    • November 3: BC Lions against the Calgary Stampeders at BC Place Stadium at 7 pm.
    • November 25: 106th Grey Cup at 3 pm PST (teams and location to be confirmed).
  • Kickoff to Kristmas Kraft Fair – at the Abbotsford Agrifair Building at 32470 Haida Drive (November 9 & 10, 2018).
  • Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival – featuring over 40 breweries at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club (November 2-3, 2018).
  • Steveston Christmas Craft Fair – from 10 am until 4 pm at the Steveston Community Centre at 4111 Moncton Street in Richmond (November 24, 2018).
  • Disney on Ice – featuring Moana, Cinderella, Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters at the Pacific National Exhibition (November 21-25, 2018).

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 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 lack’s 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.

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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