5 Festive Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (Nov. 19-25)
Whiskey, Celtic carols, and Indigenous drag queens – there’s a lot to celebrate.
November 19, 2018
Despite its cutesy name, the Hopscotch Festival isn’t a celebration of sidewalk chalk and pigtails (shocking, we know). In fact, it’s a far more mature event – a festival of beer, whiskey and spirits. Thousands of craft and premium beers, international spirits, and select wines and foods will be available in the Grand Tasting Hall. Now’s the time to become the superior connoisseur you were born to be.
Sip on curated creations from the Okanagan’s best small-batch, boutique wineries at Tuc Craft Kitchen’s Taste of BC Terroir Dinner. This five-course fillup showcases chef Roy Flemming’s comfort food and two wines per dish (yes, that’s ten wines, you mathematician, you). Treat yo’ self with coconut chili bisque, cured elk, chocolate ginger budino, and of course, a small waterfall’s worth of wines.
Get in the holiday spirit with Canada’s “first family of Celtic music,” the Barra MacNeils. This band of siblings croons tunes spanning Celtic and North American folk, country, and pop, and features unique instruments like the mandolin, tin whistle, and bouzouki (a stringed instrument with a sharp metallic sound – but you totally knew that).
Glue gun duels, lip-synch battles, and photoshoots with crocodiles: Indigenous drag queens aren’t messing around. Take an intimate dive into the world of the Australian Indigenous Drag Queen pageant in the feature film Black Divaz, part of Vancouver’s first ever Indigenous International Film Festival. This two-day fest runs all day Friday and Saturday, and includes screenings and panels from some of the world’s best established and up-and-coming indigenous storytellers, filmmakers and performers.
Tour of Tidings
Get some major holiday décor inspo at Homes for the Holidays, a tour through some of West Vancouver’s most decked-out halls. The tour is led by local homeowners, designers and retailers and features six houses, each decorated with a unique holiday flair. Proceeds benefit Kids Help Phone, and the style tips benefit anyone who wants to be known as the Santa Claus of home décor.