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Free November Events in Vancouver

Free November Activities

There are lots of free things in Vancouver in November 2017 including Remembrance Day events, Christmas craft markets and autumn activities.

Free November Activities 2017

For a list of some of the best things to do in November, including activities that aren’t free, check out the November Events Calendar. For a list of the best FREE (or almost free) special events this month, see below.

(Note: Event locations, times, prices and other details are subject to change. Check with each event’s website for the most up-to-date information.)

Wednesday, November 1st

Thursday, November 2nd

Friday, November 3rd

  • Rotary Used Book Sale – day one of a nine-day used book sale at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Books are just $2 each and funds raised go to both local and international causes.
  • Variety Week Street Festival – live music and other activities at Robson Square between 3:00 and 7:00 pm. Feature performers include Todd Richard and the TR Band, Jazz musician Eli Bennet, 11-year-old singer Ty Waters and other bands.
  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission to the Northwest Coast First Nations art gallery between 2:00 and 5:00 pm (because it’s the first Friday of the month).

Saturday, November 4th

  • Fall Artisan Market – a large Christmas craft fair at the West Vancouver Community Centre from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.
  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at North Vancouver’s Capilano Mall. Funds raised benefit both local and international causes.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the film The Nut Job 2 costs just $2.99 at many (but not all) Cineplex theatres around the Lower Mainland at 11 am. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Vancouver Health Show – a health-themed show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Tickets are $10-$15, but the first 100 people and children under 12 are free.
  • Markets

Best Places in Autumn

Sunday, November 5th

  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at North Vancouver’s Capilano Mall. Books are just $2 each and funds raised go to both local and international causes.
  • Fall Artisan Market – a large Christmas craft fair at the West Vancouver Community Centre from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Note: there is also another craft fair right next door at the Seniors’ Activity Centre at the same time.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4 to 5 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out!
  • Vancouver Health Show – a health-themed show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Tickets are $10-$15, but the first 100 people and children under 12 are free.
  • Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – at Hastings Skatepark at Renfrew by Pandora between 10 am and 2 pm. Parking at the PNE is also free for market attendees.

Monday, November 6th

  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at North Vancouver’s Capilano Mall. Books are just $2 each and funds raised go to both local and international causes.
  • If good weather, check out the fall colours at one of Metro Vancouver’s best parks and places in nature.
  • If poor weather, then check out one of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day.
  • Fort Langley – admission is free to the historic site all this year (but only until December 31, 2017).
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery – admission at the historic site in Steveston Village is also free throughout 2017.

Tuesday, November 7th

  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at North Vancouver’s Capilano Mall. Books are just $2 each and funds raised go to both local and international causes.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night at most movie theatres around town. So the shows aren’t free, but they are extra cheap!

Wednesday, November 8th

  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at North Vancouver’s Capilano Mall. Books are just $2 each and funds raised go to both local and international causes.
  • Garden Light Festival – a free community event at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park featuring illuminations and live entertainment between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.
  • UBC’s Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden both offer admission by donation this time of year.

Thursday, November 9th

  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at North Vancouver’s Capilano Mall. Funds raised benefit both local and international causes. Books are just $2 each.
  • Garden Light Festival – a free community event at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park featuring illuminations and live entertainment between 5:00 and 8:00 pm.

Friday, November 10th

  • Rotary Used Book Sale – a used book sale at North Vancouver’s Capilano Mall. Funds raised benefit both local and international causes. Books are just $2 each.
  • Fort Langley – admission is free to the historic site all this year (but only until December 31, 2017).
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery – admission at the historic site in Steveston Village is also free throughout 2017.

Remembrance Day Weekend Activities

Saturday, November 11th

  • Remembrance Day – Remembrance Day parades and ceremonies at various locations throughout Metro Vancouver (and all of Canada).
  • Rotary Used Book Sale – final day of the annual used book sale at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver. Books are just $2 each (but possibly lower as it’s the last day).
  • Family Favourites Movies – the film Masha and the Bear costs just $2.99 at many (but not all) Cineplex theatres around the Lower Mainland at 11 am. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium near Queen Elizabeth Park.
  • Abbotsford Farmers Market – a farmers and artisan market in downtown Abbotsford between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Sunday, November 12th

  • Jazz Vespers – from 4 to 5 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out!
  • Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – at Hastings Skatepark at Renfrew by Pandora between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Parking at the PNE is also free for market attendees.
  • Cannery Farmers Market – in Steveston Village at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
  • Fort Langley – admission is free to the historic site all this year (but only until December 31, 2017).

Monday, November 13th

Tuesday, November 14th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • UBC’s Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden both offer admission by donation this time of year.
  • Cheap night at most movie theatres around town. So the shows aren’t free, but they are extra cheap!

Wednesday, November 15th

Thursday, November 16th

Christmas Craft Fairs

Friday, November 17th

Saturday, November 18th

Sunday, November 19th

  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – activities and viewing stations along the Harrison River.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4 to 5 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out!
  • Craft Fairs & Farmers Markets
    • NV Holiday Bazaar a large Christmas craft fair at North Vancouver’s Carson Graham School at 2145 Jones Avenue between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Cost is $3 but free for the first 100 people.
    • Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – at Hastings Skatepark at Renfrew by Pandora between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Parking at the PNE is also free for market attendees.

Monday, November 20th

Tuesday, November 21st

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night at most movie theatres around town. So the shows aren’t free, but they are extra cheap!
  • Fort Langley – admission is free to the historic site all this year (but only until December 31, 2017).
  • Gulf of Georgia Cannery – admission at the historic site in Steveston Village is also free throughout 2017.

Autumn Activities

Wednesday, November 22nd

Thursday, November 23rd

  • Christmas at Canada Place – first day of the season for the holiday lights and decorations at Canada Place. To celebrate, free coffee and hot chocolate are available today and entertainment is provided by Christmas carolers. Also, from 6 to 7 pm the band The Showstoppers performs.
  • If good weather, check out the fall colours at one of Metro Vancouver’s best parks and places in nature.
  • If poor weather, then check out one of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day.

Friday, November 24th

  • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a Christmas artisan market at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Free parking and admission.
  • Mercato: Italian Market – an indoor holiday market at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street (cost to be confirmed).
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights and decorations at Canada Place from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Saturday, November 25th

  • Candytown – a free outdoor Christmas street party and holiday market along Yaletown’s Mainland Street between 12:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – first day of the holiday season for the Christmas light displays at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam. Special celebrations run from 2:30 until 5:30 pm and include choir performances, a Christmas market and various family-friendly activities. After that and until 11:00 pm nightly until mid-January the park’s annual Christmas light displays can be admired all around the lake.
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – free family-friendly holiday celebrations and lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Surrey’s City Hall Plaza at 13450-104th Avenue.
  • Heritage Christmas – opening day of the holiday season for the lights and Christmas activities at Burnaby Village. Open between 1:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Edmonds Festival of Light – a small event at the Edmonds Community Centre at 7433 Edmonds Street in Burnaby from 2:30 until 5:30 pm. Activities include live entertainment, light refreshments, crafts, an appearance by Santa and various child-friendly activities.
  • Family Favourites Movies – the family-friendly comedy Home Alone costs just $2.99 at many (but not all) Cineplex theatres around the Lower Mainland at 11 am. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights and decorations at Canada Place from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm.
  • Christmas Craft & Farmers Markets
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a Christmas artisan market at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Free parking and admission.
    • West End Holiday Craft Fair – at 870 Denman Street at the West End Community Centre from 10 am until 4 pm.
    • A Country Christmas – an artisan craft fair featuring 70+ vendors at the Tzeachten Hall at 45855 Promontory Road in Chilliwack between 10 am and 5 pm. Admission by donation benefiting 93.7 JRfm’s Basics for Babies.
    • Nat Bailey Winter Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium near Queen Elizabeth Park.
    • Abbotsford Farmers Market – a farmers and artisan market in downtown Abbotsford between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Sunday, November 26th

  • Vancouver Oratorio Choir – performing for free with the VOS Chorus & Orchestra at Richmond’s Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church at 11295 Mellis Drive at 7:30 pm.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4 to 5 pm at St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church at 1022 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission is by donation. Even if you aren’t “church-y,” if you like Jazz and beautiful buildings it’s worth checking out!
  • Heritage Christmas – free Christmas lights and family-friendly activities at Burnaby Village from 1:00 until 9:00 pm. Free cookies are available at the Farmhouse between 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas light displays at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam from 4:30 to 11:00 pm.
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights and decorations at Canada Place from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm.
  • Christmas Craft & Farmers Markets
    • West End Holiday Craft Fair – at 870 Denman Street at the West End Community Centre from 10 am until 4 pm.
    • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a Christmas artisan market at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Free parking and admission.
    • Bling – a wearable glass art show featuring handmade glass products made by over 20 Canadian artists at Vancouver’s Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street between 11:00 am 5:00 pm.
    • Cannery Farmers Market – in Steveston Village at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.
    • Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – at Hastings Skatepark at Renfrew by Pandora between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Parking at the PNE is also free for market attendees.

Christmas Activities

Monday, November 27th

Tuesday, November 28th

  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap night at most movie theatres around town. So the shows aren’t free, but they are extra cheap!
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas light displays at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam from 4:30 to 11:00 pm.
  • Heritage Christmas – Christmas decorations to admire at Burnaby Village from 1:00 until 5:30 pm.
  • Bright Nights at Stanley Park – first day of the holiday season for the Christmas light displays and miniature train rides at Stanley Park. Admission is by donation.
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights and decorations at Canada Place from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm.

Wednesday, November 29th

Thursday, November 30th

  • Museum of Vancouver – admission is by donation from 5:00 until 8:00 pm (because it’s the last Thursday of the month).
  • Heritage Christmas – Christmas decorations to admire at Burnaby Village from 1:00 until 5:30 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – Christmas light displays at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam from 4:30 to 11:00 pm.
  • Bright Nights at Stanley Park – amazing Christmas light displays and miniature train rides. Admission is by donation.
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights and decorations at Canada Place from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm.

For a list of both free and not free events this month in the Lower Mainland, click November Calendar.

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