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Free November Events in Vancouver

Free November Activities

There are lots of free things in Vancouver in November 2018 including Remembrance Day events, Christmas craft markets and autumn activities.

Free November Activities 2018

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.)

Thursday, November 1st

Friday, November 2nd

  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of Christmas illuminations at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza.
  • Bill Reid Gallery – free admission to the First Nations art gallery between 2:00 and 5:00 pm (because it’s the first Friday of the month).

Saturday, November 3rd

  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of Christmas illuminations at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza, plus live entertainment on Davie Street at Jim Deva Plaza from 5:00 until 10:30 pm.
  • Fall Artisan Market – a craft market at the West Vancouver Community Centre between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • Cheap Cineplex MoviesPuppy Star Christmas is showing in the morning for just $2.99 at select theatres in the Lower Mainland. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Abbotsford Farm & Country Market – between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm in downtown Abbotsford.
  • Riley Park Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • New Westminster Farmers Market – on Belmont Street between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Autumn Activities

Sunday, November 4th

  • Garden Light Festival – a free community event at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park featuring illuminations and live entertainment between 6:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – Christmas-y illuminated art installations at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza
  • Secrets to Outstanding Photography – a free workshop for adults wanting tips on how to take great photos. Runs from 2:00 until 3:00 pm at the Roundhouse Community Centre. (Click the link and then scroll down to “Secrets to Outstanding Photography” with Paul Fremers.)
  • Hastings Winter Farmers Market – near 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. (This is a great day to visit the historic site because during market hours admission is free!)
  • Fall Artisan Market – a craft market at the West Vancouver Community Centre between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • Bling! Wearable Glass Art Show – a wearable glass art show featuring handmade glass products made by Canadian artists at Vancouver’s Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street between 11:00 am 5:00 pm.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 to 5:00 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!
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Monday, November 5th

Tuesday, November 6th

  • Garden Light Festival – a free community event at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park featuring pretty lights and live entertainment between 6:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).

Wednesday, November 7th

  • Garden Light Festival – a free community event at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park featuring pretty lights and illuminations between 6:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Free Afternoon Movies – the film Storks shows at Wesbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm. Free popcorn too!
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Thursday, November 8th

Friday, November 9th

Remembrance Day Weekend Activities

Saturday, November 10th

Sunday, November 11th

  • Remembrance Day – Remembrance Day parades and ceremonies at various locations throughout Metro Vancouver (and all of Canada).
  • Hastings 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.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 to 5:00 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!
  • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Monday, November 12th

Best Places in Autumn

Tuesday, November 13th

Wednesday, November 14th

  • Free Afternoon Movies – the film Asterix and Obelix – Mansion of the Gods shows at Wesbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm. Free popcorn too!
  • If good weather, check out Metro Vancouver’s best parks and places in nature.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Thursday, November 15th

Friday, November 16th

Saturday, November 17th

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday, November 18th

  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – activities and viewing stations along the Harrison River.
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – a visual art festival showcasing the creations of hundreds of artists at various venues in Vancouver.
  • Hastings 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. (This is a great day to visit the historic site because during market hours admission is free!)
  • Fort Langley Christmas Market a craft fair with around 30 vendors between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm at the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road. Admission is by donation ($2 minimum), so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Swedish Christmas Fair – at Burnaby’s Scandinavian Community Centre between 11:00 am and 4:00 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.
  • Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar – between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm at Coquitlam’s Glen Pine Pavilion at 1200 Glen Pine Court.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.
  • A Celebration of Faith – a free concert with the VOS Chorus, Youth Singers and Chamber Orchestra at Richmond’s Fraserview Mennonite Brethren Church.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 to 5:00 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!

Monday, November 19th

Tuesday, November 20th

Wednesday, November 21st

  • Free Afternoon Movies – the film Ella Enchanted shows at Wesbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall at UBC starting at 4:30 pm. Free popcorn too!
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if good weather, various parks and places in nature are “best places” to be!
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Thursday, November 22nd

Friday, November 23rd

Saturday, November 24th

  • Candytown – a free outdoor Christmas-themed street party and holiday market along Yaletown’s Mainland Street between 12:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Heritage Christmas – first day of the holiday season for the lights and Christmas activities at Burnaby Village. Open between 1:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – first night of the season for the winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • 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.
  • Cheap Cineplex Movies – a family-friendly film is showing for just $2.99 at select theatres in the Lower Mainland. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap! (To be confirmed.)
  • Abbotsford Farm & Country Market – between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm in downtown Abbotsford.
  • Riley Park Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Steveston Village Craft Fair – a large Christmas-themed craft market at the Steveston Community Centre. Admission is likely by donation of cash or non-perishable food (but details are to be confirmed).
  • Silver Harbour Christmas Market – handmade products and baked goods at the Silver Harbour Centre at 144 East 22nd Street in North Vancouver between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Sunday, November 25th

  • West End Holiday Craft Fair – a large Christmas craft fair at Vancouver’s West End Community Centre on Denman Street.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 to 5:00 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!
  • Jazz Vespers in Surrey – at 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.
  • Hastings 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.
  • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas decorations and things to see at Burnaby’s outdoor museum between 1:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – a giant market with primarily (but not exclusively) second-hand goods between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm in Surrey. Admission is $1.50, but free for kids ages 12 and under.

Monday, November 26th

Tuesday, November 27th

Rainy Day Activities

Wednesday, November 28th

Thursday, November 29th

Friday, November 30th

  • City of Vancouver Xmas Tree Lighting – in the plaza at the Vancouver Art Gallery between 5:00 and 7:00 pm (2018 details to be confirmed.)
  • St. Paul’s Labyrinth – live music and labyrinth walking at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Anglican Church at 1130 Jervis Street from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. Tonight features Soul and Gospel singer Dawn Pemberton.
  • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street.
  • Lights at Lafarge – winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas light displays at Stanley Park. Admission is by donation (although train rides are extra).
  • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – holiday decorations and things to see at Burnaby’s outdoor museum between 1:00 and 5:30 pm.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.

Best Christmas Activities


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.