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Free November Events in Vancouver

Free November Activities

There are lots of free things in Vancouver in November 2019 including Remembrance Day events, Christmas craft markets and autumn activities.

Free November Activities 2019

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.)

Best Places in Autumn

Friday November 1st (2019)

  • 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).
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of Christmas illuminations at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza.
  • 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 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 2nd (2019)

  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – a free family-friendly event at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of Christmas illuminations at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza.
  • Fall Artisan Market – a craft market at the West Vancouver Community Centre between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm
  • Cheap Cineplex Movies – a feature film shows for just $2.99 at select theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Parade of Lost Souls – a Halloween parade and community event around Vancouver’s Commercial Drive neighbourhood.
  • Farmers Markets
  • 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.

Sunday November 3rd (2019)

  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – a free family-friendly event at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
  • Farmers Markets
    • Hastings Park 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.
  • Flea Markets
    • 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 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission by donation.
    • With the Company B Jazz Band from 4:00 until 5:00 pm at St. Stephen’s Anglican at 885 – 22nd Street in West Vancouver.
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small collection of Christmas illuminations at English Bay, Jim Deva Plaza and the Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza.

Monday November 4th (2019)

Tuesday November 5th (2019)

Christmas Craft Fairs

Wednesday November 6th (2019)

Thursday November 7th (2019)

  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – a free family event at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
  • Circle Craft Market – a major Christmas artisan market featuring hundreds of vendors at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Adults have to pay, but it’s free for children under 13 years of age. What’s more – go after 5 pm and admission is half price (and you can go back for free on other days with the same ticket).

Friday November 8th (2019)

  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – a free family event at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
  • Circle Craft Market – a major Christmas artisan market featuring hundreds of vendors at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Adults have to pay, but it’s free for children under 13 years of age. What’s more – go after 5 pm and admission is half price (and you can go back for free on other days with the same ticket).
  • 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 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 9th (2019)

  • Bear Creek Park Light Festival – a free family event at Bear Creek Park in Surrey.
  • Circle Craft Market – a major Christmas artisan market featuring hundreds of vendors at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Adults have to pay, but it’s free for children under 13 years of age. What’s more – go after 5 pm and admission is half price (and you can go back for free on other days with the same ticket).
  • Cheap Cineplex Movies – a feature film shows for just $2.99 at select theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • 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.

Sunday November 10th (2019)

  • Circle Craft Market – a major Christmas artisan market featuring hundreds of vendors at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Adults have to pay, but it’s free for children under 13 years of age. What’s more – go after 5 pm and admission is half price (and you can go back for free on other days with the same ticket).
  • 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.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission by donation.
    • At 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.

Remembrance Day Weekend Activities

Monday November 11th (2019)

Tuesday November 12th (2019)

  • 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).

Wednesday November 13th (2019)

Thursday November 14th (2019)

  • Lights of Hope Celebration – first day of the Christmas light decorations at St. Paul’s Hospital at 1081 Burrard Street. Live music and fireworks take place between 6:30 and 8:00 pm.
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – a visual art festival showcasing the creations of hundreds of artists at various venues in Vancouver.

Friday November 15th (2019)

Saturday November 16th (2019)

  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – activities and viewing stations along the Harrison River.
  • Holy Cross Christmas Market – a Christmas craft fair at a Catholic school at 1450 Delta Avenue in North Burnaby from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Admission is free and it features 40 artisan vendors, baked goods and raffle baskets.
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – a visual art festival showcasing the creations of hundreds of artists at various venues in Vancouver.
  • Cheap Cineplex Movies – a feature film shows for just $2.99 at select theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • Farmers Markets
  • 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.

Christmas Craft Fairs

Sunday November 17th (2019)

  • Holy Cross Christmas Market – a Christmas craft fair at a Catholic school at 1450 Delta Avenue in North Burnaby from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Admission is free and it features 40 artisan vendors, baked goods and raffle baskets.
  • 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 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. (This is a great day to visit the historic site because during market hours admission is free!)
  • 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 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Jazz Vespers – from 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission by donation.

Monday November 18th (2019)

Tuesday November 19th (2019)

  • 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).

Autumn Activities

Wednesday November 20th (2019)

  • Dance in Vancouver – a keynote speaker, free workshops and performances from 4:30 until 11:00 pm at the Scotiabank Dance Centre at 677 Davie Street in Vancouver.
  • Britannia Heritage Shipyard – the historic site at Steveston Village and its buildings are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
  • Lower Mainland Parks – these are great free places to explore and admire the autumn colours if and while the weather is good.

Thursday November 21st (2019)

Friday November 22nd (2019)

  • Britannia Christmas Craft Fair – at 1661 Napier Street in Vancouver. Admission is $2 (so it isn’t free, but still pretty cheap).
  • Winter in the City – a Christmas-themed community event at Port Coquitlam’s Leigh Square.
  • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a Christmas artisan market at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Free parking and admission.

Saturday November 23rd (2019)

  • Lights by the Lake Opening Night – beautiful Christmas light displays with a Sasquatch theme from dusk until 11:00 pm at Harrison Hot Springs. This evening there is also live entertainment and free hot chocolate.
  • Surrey Christmas Tree Lighting – a free community festival with festive illuminations, live entertainment and other activities in the Plaza at Surrey City Hall.
  • Christmas on the Drive – a small winter holiday-themed community event with live music, free horse-drawn carriage rides and kid-friendly activities between 2:00 and 5:00 pm at Grandview Park on Commercial Drive.
  • Winter in the City – a Christmas-themed community event at Port Coquitlam’s Leigh Square.
  • 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.
  • Cheap Cineplex Movies – a feature film shows for just $2.99 at select theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • 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.
  • Britannia Christmas Craft Fair – at 1661 Napier Street in Vancouver. Admission is $2 (so it isn’t free, but still pretty cheap).
  • West End Holiday Craft Fair – a large Christmas craft fair at Vancouver’s West End Community Centre on Denman Street.
  • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a Christmas artisan market at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Free parking and admission.
  • NV Holiday Bazaar a Christmas craft fair at the West Vancouver Community Centre between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • Heart to Home Holiday Market – a Christmas craft fair with a small number of vendors at the Surrey Arts Centre. Admission is free.

Sunday November 24th (2019)

  • Harrison’s Lights by the Lake – beautiful Christmas light displays with a Sasquatch theme from dusk until 11:00 pm at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Jazz Vespers
    • From 4:00 until 5:00 pm in the salons at St. Andrews-Wesley United at 1018 Nelson Street in Vancouver. Admission by donation.
    • At 4:00 pm at Surrey’s Northwood United Church at 8855 156th Street.
  • Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market – from 10 am to 2 pm at Hastings Skatepark by the PNE.
  • 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 4:00 in the afternoon. Admission is just $1.00, but free for kids under 10 years of age.
  • Deer Lake Craft Festival – a Christmas artisan market at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Free parking and admission.
  • NV Holiday Bazaar a Christmas craft fair at the West Vancouver Community Centre between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  • West End Holiday Craft Fair – a large Christmas craft fair at Vancouver’s West End Community Centre on Denman Street.
  • Britannia Christmas Craft Fair – at 1661 Napier Street in Vancouver. Admission is $2.
  • Heart to Home Holiday Market – a Christmas craft fair with a small number of vendors at the Surrey Arts Centre. Admission is free.
  • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – Christmas decorations and things to see at Burnaby’s outdoor museum between 1:00 and 9:00 pm.

Monday November 25th (2019)

Rainy Day Activities

Tuesday November 26th (2019)

Wednesday November 27th (2019)

Thursday November 28th (2019)

Kickoff to Christmas Makers Market

Friday November 29th (2019)

  • Kickoff to Christmas Makers Market – a large Christmas craft fair featuring over 100 vendors in Abbotsford between 5:00 and 9:00 pm. Admission is $4 (which benefits a charity) or free with a donation of a toy or non-perishable food item. Kids under 12 years of age are free (although not for the breakfast with Santa).
  • Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting – a community event with live music and the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Mercato: Italian Market – an indoor holiday market at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street in the evening.
  • Roedde House – admission is by donation today (because it’s the final Friday of the month).
  • Harrison’s Lights by the Lake – beautiful Christmas light displays with a Sasquatch theme from dusk until 11:00 pm at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – holiday decorations and things to see at Burnaby’s outdoor museum between 1:00 and 5:30 pm.

Saturday November 30th (2019)

  • Shipyards Christmas Festival – live entertainment, artisan vendors, refreshments and outdoor skating at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver. This evening is also when the Lower Lonsdale District’s official Christmas tree gets lit up by the mayor.
  • Shipyards Christmas Market – part of the Shipyards Christmas Festival, the artisan craft fair happens in North Vancouver’s Pipe Shop at 115 Victory Ship Way (not far from the SeaBus terminal). Admission is free or by donation.
  • Kickoff to Christmas Makers Market – a large Christmas craft fair featuring over 100 vendors in Abbotsford between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Admission is $4 (which benefits a charity) or free with a donation of a toy or non-perishable food item. Kids under 12 years of age are free (although not for the breakfast with Santa).
  • Dundarave Festival of Lights – today’s Saturday event features Christmas tree decorating by local community groups plus live entertainment at West Vancouver’s Dundarave Beach.
  • Holiday Cheer at the Pier Santa, snacks and carol singing in Port Moody at Rocky Point Park.
  • Bright in Burnaby at Heritage Christmas – free Christmas things to do and see at Burnaby Village Museum from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Today also features additional special events from 5:00 until 9:00 pm including the lighting of the museum’s Christmas tree and light refreshments.
  • Christmas on the Peninsula – live entertainment, a Christmas market and family-friendly activities at various venues in downtown White Rock between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Light Up Bowen – a Christmas lantern festival on Bowen Island between 5:30 and 8:00 pm with a parade, carol singing, a Christmas play and Santa arriving by boat.
  • Cheap Cineplex Movies – a feature film shows for just $2.99 at select theatres in Vancouver, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, North Vancouver, Richmond and Surrey at 11 o’clock. It’s not free, but it is extra cheap!
  • 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.
  • Candytown – a Christmas-themed street party in Yaletown.
  • Harrison’s Lights by the Lake – beautiful Christmas light displays with a Sasquatch theme from dusk until 11:00 pm at Harrison Hot Springs.
  • Lights at Lafarge – kickoff event for the winter light displays around Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake at the corner of Guildford Way and Pinetree Way.
  • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village – holiday decorations and things to see at Burnaby’s outdoor museum between 1:00 and 9:00 pm.
  • Gingerbread Lane – Christmas gingerbread house displays at the Hyatt Regency at 655 Burrard Street (to be confirmed.)
  • Bright Nights – amazing Christmas light displays at Stanley Park. Admission is by donation (although train rides are extra).

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.