10 Awesome Events Happening in Vancouver November 2017

More haunted houses, improv battles and rugby games to keep the fun going this fall.

October 31, 2017

By Jessica Wallin


Celebrate Canadian Women

November 2

Join the National Arts Centre Orchestra as they perform multi-media musical portraits of four incredible Canadian woman in Life Reflected. Roberta Bondar, Rita Joe, Alice Munro, and Amanda Todd serve as the muses for works created by female Canadian composers, accompanied by projections, photography and graphic design. Life Reflected is the first performance of the International Society for Contemporary Music’s festival, World Music Days 2017 (November 2 to 8).

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Centre, 777 Homer St.
Cost: $19 to $50
Tickets: VSO


Party at Batman’s House

November 3

Keep the spooky spirit going by attending A Costume Ball at Wayne Manor put on by the Geekenders. Here is your chance to meet all manner of Gotham villains as you attend the Gotham City Policemens’ Masquerade Ball in an immersive theatrical experience. Costumed guests have a chance to explore the manor for hidden scenes, clues to a mystery, talk to performers one-on-one and dance the night away. Tickets include champagne!

When: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Brock House Restaurant, 3875 Point Grey Rd.
Cost: $75 to $250
Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets


Cheer on your Rugby Heroes

November 3

Rugby fans and the rugby curious alike can rejoice as New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks play against Canada’s rugby team for the first time ever in Vancouver. Come for the rugby, stay for the performance of the haka (a dance from the Maori, the indigenous peoples of New Zealand) that the Maori All Blacks perform before every match.

When: 7 p.m.
Where: B.C. Place, 777 Pacific Blvd.
Cost: $20 and up
Tickets: B.C. Place


Dance It Up after a Show

November 4

Screening as part of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (Nov 2 to 5) is the award winning film Gook, directed and written by Justin Chon. Gook follows two Korean American brothers and an 11-year-old African American girl as they navigate family and personal dreams after the Rodney King verdict and subsequent riots. After the film, join the after-party at Sai Woo for specialty drinks and a 90s Hip Hop dance party.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cineplex Odeon, 88 West Pender St and Sai Woo, 158 East Pender Street
Cost: $25
Tickets: VAFF


Meet the Morgue Ghosts

November 4

Ever wondered if ghosts and spirits haunt the morgue at the Vancouver Police Museum? Lucky for you the Northern Paranormal Investigation team has been conducting tests over the past few years in the old police morgue where autopsies used to take place. Paranormal Discoveries at the Police Museum will feature their findings as well as give VIP ticket holders a chance to stay after hours for their own eerie adventure!

When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Vancouver Police Museum, 240 East Cordova St.
Cost: $15 to $45
Tickets: Vancouver Police Museum


Discover VHS Gems

November 13

Satanic panic videos from the 80s, on-air bloopers from North Dakota news, a Desert Storm Parade sponsored by Taco Bell… what do these all have in common? They are all featured videos as part of The Found Footage Festival! Hosted and curated by Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher of The Onion and Late Night with David Letterman fame, the festival screens VHS treasures found in thrift stores from across the country.

When: 8 p.m.
Where: The Rio, 166 East Broadway
Cost: $15 to $18
Tickets: The Rio


Grow a Green Thumb

November 14

Now that your fourth cactus has finally bit the dust (they were supposed to be easy to take care of!), it’s time to learn how to keep your leafy green pals alive for longer than a month. East Van Arts & Culture Society in partnership with Foliosa are offering Indoor Plant Care 101, a crash course in taking care of indoor plants of all shapes and sizes. Students will receive a tiny plant and a beautifully handmade pot to try out their new nurturing skills at home.

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: East Van Arts & Culture Society, 1024 Main St.
Cost: $125
Tickets: Foliosa


Explore the Studios of Vancouver Artists

November 16 to 19

Get inside the minds and studios of over 500 Vancouver artists! The Eastside Culture Crawl is a four day visual arts, design and crafts festival where sculptors, painters, furniture makers and all manner of art creators open up their studios for visitors to discover their art and art making process. All locations are in the East Side of Vancouver so you can stroll to multiple over the course of an evening or use the festivals free studio shuttle.

When: November 16 to 19
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free
More info (including map): Culture Crawl


Pick a Side

November 18

Bloodfeud: Sweater Weather pits two camps of comedy, stand-up and improv, against each other for one bristling night of laughter. Both groups will vie for the love and admiration of the audience as material performed by stand-up comedians is then used for a long-form improv set. You choose who wins in this rivalry as old as comedy itself.

When: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Little Mountain Gallery, East 26th Ave.
Cost: $10
Tickets: Eventbrite

Feel the Coffee Buzz

November 26

Beanstock Coffee Festival is a one day festival for fans of well-crafted caffeine. Based on the idea of Third Wave Coffee, a movement where coffee is seen as an artisanal product rather than a commodity, the festival will feature 25 independent micro-roasters, tastings, demos, a curated market , live music and more.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Beanstock Coffee Festival, 298 Alexander St.
Cost: $15 to $45
Tickets: Beanstock

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