25 More Things to Do in Vancouver This Fall

#CantStopWontStop having fun in Vancouver.

November 10, 2017

By Jessie Blair, Alicia Neptune, Vincent Plana, and Stephanie Mitchell

Call us obsessed (we already gave you a Fall Arts Preview), but there are so many ways to fill your social calendars. From food and fashion to concerts and craft shows (and everything in between), these are the activities and events you’re going to want to find some time for. No Fun City? Not if we can help it!

1. Vancouver Farmers’ Markets

Fall and winter farmers’ markets are aplenty, offering a one-stop-shop for organic produce and unique art objects. Some of our faves include the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Farmers’ Market (November 12 and 26; December 3, 10 and 17), Nat Bailey (Saturdays, now through December 23), Hastings Park (Sundays, now through December 17) and the New Westminster Farmers Market (November 18; December 2 and 16).

When: Weekends, November and December

2. John Mulaney

Established SNL writer and stand-up comedian John Mulaney delivers his schoolboy charm and polished comedy routine in well-tailored suit this November at Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

When: November 10
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street
Price: $40

3. Improv Wars: The Laugh Jedi

In this improvised parody from the Vancouver TheatreSports League, your favourite Star Wars characters (and a few obscure ones) compete to become the “Laugh Jedi” to bring humour back to the galaxy.

When: November 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18
Where: The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street
Price: From $11
Vancouver Theatre Sports

4. Eat! Pastry

EAT! Pastry is the sweetest new addition to this year’s Eat! Vancouver festival. Held at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, 15 of Canada’s best pastry chefs (including the local chefs behind Thomas HaasBeta5 and Thierry—as well as two guest pastry chefs from Montreal and Toronto) will be serving samples of their signature desserts to guests.

When: November 11
Where: Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 W Hastings Street
Price: $79
Tickets: Eat! Vancouver

5. Halsey: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

Halsey’s collaboration with The Chainsmokers on the hit single “Closer” made her 2016’s It Girl; her heartfelt lyrics paired with her electro-pop backdrop will have you dancing the night away.

When: November 11
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way
Prices: From $34
Tickets: Ticketmaster

6. Sensory Cinema: Lost in Translation

As part of Whistler’s CornucopiaSensory Cinema is teaming up with Harajuku to present Sophia Coppola’s Lost in Translation. A tasting menu, paired with Japanese whiskies, will be served during the film for an immersive cinematic experience that celebrates the sights, sounds and flavours of Japan.

When: November 12
Where: Whistler Conference Centre, 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler
Price: $80

7. Name of Love Bridesmaid Trunk Show

Attention brides! Gastown bridal boutique Rituals of Love will be previewing the Name of Love bridesmaid collection—and offering a sneak peak of their 2018 bridal styles. Meet the designers and enjoy a class of bubbly while you check out the goods (don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a bridal party prize pack).

When: November 12
Where: Rituals of Love, 309 W Cordova Street
Price: Free
Register: Eventbrite

8. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

Presented by the Vancouver Jewish Film Centre, this year’s festival features 38 contemporary Jewish films from nine countries around the world. Among this year’s entries are Bird on a Wire, a documentary following Leonard Cohen on his 1972 European tour, and the Tribecca Film Festival award-winning Keep the Change, a romantic comedy featuring two autistic adults.

When: Now through November 12
Where: Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 W 41st Avenue
Price: $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors
Tickets: VJFF

9. Pre-Loved Clothing and Artisan Pop-up Market

Update your fall wardrobe and shop for artisan crafts at this pop-up market hosted by the Bazaar Closet. The clothing sale includes cult-fave brands like Aritzia, H&M and Lululemon.

When: November 12
Where: Beaumont Studios, 326 W 5th Avenue
Price: $2 at the door; donations welcome (contributions will support the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre)
Register: Eventbrite

10. BC Iconic Red Wines Tasting Competition

BC Iconic Reds will be hosting their 10th annual tasting competition at the Sutton Place Hotel; it’s a chance for you to sip (and judge!) some of the the province’s best Bordeaux-style wines while munching on a selection of specialty cheeses, charcuterie and other accoutrements.

When: November 16
Where: Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street
Price: $89
Tickets: Eventbrite

11. Feel the Vibe: Jamaican Pop-Up Experience

Escape the blustery days of fall and transport yourself to Jamaica at this four-day pop-up experience in Yaletown. Complete with an indoor beach (remember what it’s like to feel the sand between your toes!), each night boasts an after-work “Patty Hour” featuring the city’s best patties, plus Jamaican cocktails and beer.

When: November 16 to 19
Where: 1263 Homer Street

(Photo: Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Facebook.)

12. Reflections Winter Pop-Up

Returning for its second year, the ultra-luxe Rosewood Hotel Georgia will transform their summer patio into a cozy winter wonderland. Featuring bright lights, warm drinks and a holiday-inspired menu, it’s a good place to find some cheer during the cold months.

When: November 16 to December 31
Where: Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 W Georgia Street

(Photo: Jodie Ponto.)

13. Eastside Culture Crawl

This four-day visual arts fest is back for another year—and this time more than 500 artists are participating. Visit the artists in their studio, learn about their work and look for a unique object to take home.

When: November 16 to 19
Where: Various venues

14. White Truffle Dinners and Yew Seafood and Bar

For only a short time each year, white truffles—a prized ingredient hailing from a small region of Italy—are harvested and coveted for consumption. Yew Seafood and Bar will be celebrating with a five-course truffle-centric meal (read: chestnut cappuccino with white truffles and chicken liver cremeaux; lobster with parsnip foam and Jerusalem artichokes; Dungeness crab ravioli with parmesan flakes).

When: November 16, 22 and 30
Where: Yew Seafood and Bar, 791 W Georgia Street
Price: $250
Tickets: Eventbrite

15. Silver Belle

You officially have an excuse to make the drive out to Fort Langley: Krause Berry Farms has teamed up with Little White House for an evening of canapés, wine, private shopping, fashion shows and make up stations (it’s a pretty good place to kick off your holiday celebrations).

When: November 17
Where: Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery, 6179 248th Street, Langley
Price: $38
Tickets: Eventbrite

16. Eastside Flea Market

Every weekend, more than 50 local vendors and artisans show up to the Eastside Flea Market (there are food trucks and other fun activities, too!). Meet up with friends, grab a bite to eat and browse through the booths set up in an Edwardian-era building—you might just find that one-of-a-kind item you’ve been searching for.

When: Weekends, November 17 to December 17
Where: The Ellis Building, 1024 Main Street
Price: $3 for a single day; $5 for the whole weekend

17. Brewery vs. Winery Dinner

The age-old question of beer or wine will once again be put to the test at Craft Beer Market‘s annual event. Brewmaster Evan Doan from Doan’s Craft Brewing and Sommelier Brent Hayman from Blasted Church Vineyards will be competing throughout the duration of a four-course menu to see who pairs their respective beverages the best. The judges for the night? The diners of course!

When: November 21
Where: 85 W 1st Avenue
Price: $60
Tickets: Eventbrite

18. Seafood Chowder Chowdown

The Seafood Chowder Chowdown at the Vancouver Aquarium shines a light on what must be the creamiest, most comforting way to warm up on a fall day. Complimented with beer, wine and spirits, more than 10 chowders—made by all-star chefs (Ned Bell, Karen SuriRoger Ma)—will be up for sampling, but only one will be named the winner; to celebrate the competition’s 10th anniversary, all participating chefs are past winners (a.k.a. it’ll be a can’t miss battle royal!).

When: November 22
Where: Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avision Way
Price: $75
Vancouver Aquarium

19. European Union Film Festival

The Cinematheque hosts this diverse showcase of new cinema from the European Union, with films ranging from a biopic about Marie Curie to an Estonian action-comedy set in the 1980s. This year’s festival, celebrating it’s 20th anniversary, features entries from 25 EU members including France, Sweden, and Belgium.

When: November 25 to December 4
Where: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street
Price: $11 single bill; $16 double bill
Tickets: The Cinemateque

20. Ancora’s Caviar Festival

Ancora will be presenting an array of dishes at their their second annual caviar festival, all of which stay true to their restaurant’s Peruvian-Japanese style (to wit: sea urchin nigiri with Siberian caviar and a salmon tartare taco with trout caviar). Diners can also taste a selection of caviar varieties—paired with potato blinis and crème fraiche, of course.

When: Now through November 28
Where: 1600 Howe Street
Not required; reservations are encouraged

21. Angus and Julia Stone: Snow US Tour

Australian folk group Angus and Julia Stone returns to Vancouver after three years. The brother-sister duo have been collaborating for over a decade now and released their forth studio album together in September. Catch them at Vogue Theatre later this month.

When: November 28
Where: Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street
Price: $33
Tickets: Ticketmaster

22. Make It! Vancouver

With more than 260 vendors, the conglomerate of handcrafters, artisans and designers returns to Vancouver for its ninth year. Relax with friends at the beer garden when you need to take a break from shopping for handmade sweets and savouries (a.k.a. stocking stuffers), cute homewares, quirky paper goods, jewellery and more.

When: December 7  to 10
Where: PNE Forum, 2901 E Hastings Street
Price: $8 at the door
Tickets: Make It!

23. Jay Z: 4:44 Tour

The highly anticipated new album from Jay Z gives details of his extremely private relationship with Beyoncé and his feud with Kanye West. Jay Z kicks off his 4:44 tour this fall in Anaheim, California and will make his way to Vancouver on December 11. We’ve got our fingers crossed for a Beyoncé cameo!

When: December 11
Where: Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way
Price: From $45

Repousse Hummingbird Broach, Aaron Nelson-Moody.

24. Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art

Come and explore Indigenous art at this Audain Foundation-sponsored event. Six contemporary Coast Salish artists—Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta Puebla), Aaron Nelson-Moody (Squamish), lessLIE (Cowichan, Penalakut and Esquimalt), Tracy Williams (Squamish), Ronnie Dean-Harris (Sto:lo, St’at’imc), Roxanne Charles (Semiahmoo)—will have their finest pieces on display.

When: Now through December 10
Where: Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Hornby Street
Price: From $6 (Pro tip: Admission is free on the first Friday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m.)

25. True Nordic: How the Scandinavian Influenced Canadian Design

Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery to discover how Scandinavian designers and artists (Niels Bendtsen, Thor Hansen and many more) have influenced Canadian design—and how their legacy continues to influence artisans today. (Pro tip: Admission is by donation Tuesday nights.)

When: Now through January 28
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street
Price: From $6.50
Tickets: Vancouver Art Gallery

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