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Free November Events in Vancouver

Free November Activities

There are lots of free things in Vancouver in November 2021 including Remembrance Day events, Christmas craft markets and autumn activities.

There aren’t as many free things going on as there are in years without global pandemics, but there is still a good selection.

Below is a list of free events and activities that you can do in the fall of 2021. Conditions and details may change, however, so see official websites for exact details about specific events.

 

Free November Activities 2021

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

 

Monday, November 1st (2021)

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year there are both live and online events.
  • LAHM Events & Activities – in celebration of Latin American Heritage Month, various events take place both online and at Granville Island.
  • Videomapping “Día de los Muertos” – a short video projection narrates the history of the Dia de los Muertos and its traditions on Granville Island. It runs on a continuous cycle between 6:00 and 10:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good. There are also lots of eagles along the Harrison River in the Fraser Valley.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

 

Best Places in Autumn

 

Tuesday, November 2nd (2021)

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year there are both live and online events.
  • LAHM Events & Activities – last day of the celebrations of Latin American Heritage Month in Vancouver.
  • Diwali Fest Downtown Vancouver – the South Asian arts and culture festival takes place online starting at 6:00 pm.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good. There are also lots of eagles along the Harrison River in the Fraser Valley.

 

Wednesday, November 3rd (2021)

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year there are both live and online events.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good. There are also lots of eagles along the Harrison River in the Fraser Valley.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

 

Thursday, November 4th (2021)

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year there are both live and online events.
  • New West Farmers Market – final day of the season for the outdoor market at Tipperary Park at 315 Queens Avenue between 3:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good. There are also lots of eagles along the Harrison River in the Fraser Valley.

 

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Friday, November 5th (2021)

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year there are both live and online events.
  • 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).
  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good. There are also lots of eagles along the Harrison River in the Fraser Valley.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

 

Saturday, November 6th (2021)

  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year there are both live and online events.
  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Riley Park Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good. There are also lots of eagles along the Harrison River in the Fraser Valley.

 

Sunday, November 7th (2021)

  • Daylight Savings Day – don’t forget to set your clocks to “fall back” an hour the night before!
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a series of arts performances and workshops in downtown Vancouver. This year there are both live and online events.
  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Hastings Park 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.
  • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – a winter market at the Port Moody Rec Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
  • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good. There are also lots of eagles along the Harrison River in the Fraser Valley.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the sanctuary at St. Andrews-Wesley United at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission by donation. Today features music with Angela Verbrugge.

 

Monday, November 8th (2021)

  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • If good weather, check out the fall colours at one of Metro Vancouver’s best parks and places in nature. There are also lots of eagles along the Harrison River in the Fraser Valley.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

 

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Tuesday, November 9th (2021)

  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good. There are also lots of eagles along the Harrison River in the Fraser Valley.

 

Wednesday, November 10th (2021)

  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

 

Remembrance Day Weekend Activities

 

Thursday, November 11th (2021)

 

Friday, November 12th (2021)

  • Eastside Culture Crawl – a multi-day art festival showcasing Vancouver-based artists and their art in East Vancouver.
  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of art installation light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

 

Saturday, November 13th (2021)

  • Eastside Culture Crawl – a multi-day art festival showcasing Vancouver-based artists and their art in East Vancouver.
  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of art installation light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.
  • Riley Park Farmers Market – from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.

 

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Sunday, November 14th (2021)

  • Eastside Culture Crawl – a multi-day art festival showcasing Vancouver-based artists and their art in East Vancouver.
  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of art installation light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.
  • Hastings Park 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.
  • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – a winter market at the Port Moody Rec Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
  • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.

 

Monday, November 15th (2021)

  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of art installation light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

 


Ways to Save on Adult Refreshments!

Did you know that there are nine parks and plazas on Vancouver’s North Shore where you can drink alcohol in public? You can buy your beverages at the liquor store and enjoy them with your friends at some fabulous places. See our article about North Shore Alcohol-Friendly Parks for details.


 

Tuesday, November 16th (2021)

  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Vancouver Art Gallery – admission from 5:00 to 9:00 pm is by donation (because it’s Tuesday).
  • Cheap Movie Night – at various movie theatres throughout Metro Vancouver (so although not free, it is less expensive than usual).
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of art installation light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.

 

Wednesday, November 17th (2021)

  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of art installation light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

 

Free Events in December

 

Thursday, November 18th (2021)

  • Lights of Hope – the Christmas lights get turned on outside St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver tonight.
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – a visual art festival showcasing the creations of hundreds of artists at various venues in Vancouver.
  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of art installation light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.
  • If poor weather, then check out our list of the Lower Mainland’s best places on a rainy day (although most aren’t free) or go shopping at an indoor mall.

 

Friday, November 19th (2021)

  • Eastside Culture Crawl – a visual art festival showcasing the creations of hundreds of artists at various venues in Vancouver.
  • Bear Creek Park Lights – the Surrey park is lit up at night between 4:30 and 9:30 pm. It’s a free event, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of art installation light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – if it’s nice out, then enjoy the outdoors in one of the region’s best parks and places in nature.

 

Stay Safe and Be Responsible

 

Saturday, November 20th (2021)

 

Sunday, November 21st (2021)

  • Eastside Culture Crawl – a visual art festival showcasing the creations of hundreds of artists at various venues in Vancouver.
  • Hastings Park 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.
  • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – a winter market at the Port Moody Rec Centre at 300 Ioco Road from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market at 703 Terminal Avenue in Vancouver. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
  • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Harrison’s Lights by the Lake – beautiful Christmas light displays with a Sasquatch theme from dusk until 11:00 pm at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a collection of art installation light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.
  • Holiday Lights at Granville Island – the world-famous shopping, restaurant and entertainment district is decorated with Christmas lights at night. While there, consider seeing a show at the Granville Island Stage or Vancouver TheatreSports at the Improv Centre. The shows aren’t free, but they are terrific fun!
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the sanctuary at St. Andrews-Wesley United at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission by donation. Today features music with the Bill Runge Quintet.

 

Monday, November 22nd (2021)

 

Rainy Day Activities

 

Tuesday, November 23rd (2021)

 

Wednesday, November 24th (2021)

 

Thursday, November 25th (2021)

 

Friday, November 26th (2021)

  • Black Friday – first official day of the Christmas shopping season, and a time of special deals at retailers all over North America.
  • Bright Nights at Stanley Park – the park is decorated with beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. (Note: Admission is usually by donation benefiting the BC Firefighters’ Burn Fund. In 2021, however, only people who buy tickets for the train can go in.)
  • Harrison’s Lights by the Lake – beautiful Christmas light displays with a Sasquatch theme from dusk until 11:00 pm at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Holiday Lights at Granville Island – the world-famous shopping, restaurant and entertainment district is decorated with Christmas lights at night. While there, consider seeing a show at the Granville Island Stage or Vancouver TheatreSports at the Improv Centre. The shows aren’t free, but they are terrific fun!
  • Christmas Tree Lighting – live entertainment takes place to celebrate the lighting of the City of Vancouver’s official Christmas tree in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Admission to the event is free, as is a cup of hot chocolate.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of art installation light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.
  • Glow Maple Ridge – a handful of light installations are set up in Memorial Peace Park.

 

Saturday, November 27th (2021)

 

Best Christmas Activities

 

Sunday, November 28th (2021)

  • Silver Harbour Craft Market – a Christmas craft fair at North Vancouver’s Silver Harbour Senior’s Activity Centre.
  • Chanukah (Festival of Lights) Market – market vendors, food trucks, entertainment and family-friendly activities outside the Jewish Community Centre. Free admission with a donation to the Jewish Food Bank.
  • Hastings Park Farmers Market – near Hastings Skatepark at Renfrew by Pandora between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
  • Port Moody Winter Farmers Market – a winter market at the Port Moody Rec Centre from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Vancouver Flea Market – an indoor flea market. Admission ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 depending on the day’s event, so it’s not free, but it is pretty cheap.
  • Cloverdale Flea Market – between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm at Surrey’s Cloverdale Fairgrounds. Admission is $1.50, but free for children ages 12 and under.
  • Abbotsford Flea Market – a giant market in Abbotsford from 6:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Harrison’s Lights by the Lake – beautiful Christmas light displays with a Sasquatch theme from dusk until 11:00 pm at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Holiday Lights at Granville Island – the neighbourhood is decorated with Christmas lights at night.
  • Heritage Christmas – holiday decorations at Burnaby’s outdoor museum between 1:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of light displays at English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza on Davie Street.
  • Glow Maple Ridge – a handful of light installations are set up in Memorial Peace Park.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the sanctuary at St. Andrews-Wesley in Vancouver. Today features music with the Bill Runge Quintet.

 

Monday, November 29th (2021)

 

Tuesday, November 30th (2021)

 


 

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.