October and the pumpkin season is over, the winter is not entirely here yet. But is November just something in between that? Definitely not when you are in Vancouver! This month is packed with exciting events from the Festival of Lights to the many Christmas markets all over the city that will give you a chance to buy the presents well before the last minute shopping madness starts! Take a look at our Top 10 of the upcoming events in November.
November 3rd to November 10th
Diwali, (sometimes also known as the Festival of Lights) is a week-long festival in Hindu, Sikh and Jainism religions celebrated between mid-October and mid-November. The festival is a celebration of light and symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, as Diwali means ‘row of lighted lamps’. People celebrate by setting off fireworks, lighting diyas, dancing, enjoying music and exchanging sweets as presents.
Now in its 9th season, the organizers of the festival bring colourful Diwali to Vancouver, with a focus on embracing multiculturalism in their programming.
“For us, the festival really is about multiculturalism and about inclusiveness and we try to reflect that as much as we can in our programming, in our marketing, who we try to bring in, and so forth,” Sean Devine, festival producer said for the Straight.
Vancouver celebrates Diwali is packed with events – visitors can enjoy musical and dance performances, delicious food tastings, craft vendors, visual art exhibits, menhdi tattooing, diya painting, face painting and much more. Some of the most anticipated performers include Babukishan Das Baul (who is renown is an innovator of Fusion Music in India), Kathak dancers Anita Sharma and Seema Manji (performing together with Flamenco guitarist Rod Malkin), and Juno award nominee DJ A-SLAM, who will show up with violinist Kytami.
Come experience the brightness of one of the most colourful and joyful festivals in the world in a unique multicultural atmosphere set in Downtown Vancouver. As Devin put it: "the main principle of the Diwali holiday—and that we certainly adopted for our festival—is that we celebrate the universal light that exists in everyone.”
November 3rd to March 24th
Museum of Anthropology invites visitors for a newly opened temporary exhibition that maps the long history of silverwork in Peru. The exhibition comprises everything from fascinating pre-Columbian artifacts including crowns and banners of Andean priests to some top works by contemporary artists, including several Peruvian national treasures that only rarely leave the borders of the state. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to follow the rugged history of this spectacular South American country. Admission cost is $16.75, but discounts are available for kids, seniors and family tickets.
November 7th to November 15th
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival is certainly one of the most well established festivals of its kind in North America and the longest running one in Canada. Its organizers encourage multi-cultural and multi-genre interaction and are dedicated to bringing high-quality Jewish entertainment to . Different types of programming focus on the wide audience base and visitors can choose from all kinds of films ranging from easy-watch comedies to drama and thrillers. Screenings will be held in various venues, including the Ridge Theatre, the Peretz Centre and Vancity Theatre.
November 7th to November 11th
Circle Craft Co-operative has kept the Christmas Market tradition alive for almost 40 years. Nowadays, the craft fest serves as a Christmas season opener to Vancouverites. Every year, more than 300 wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors, potters, clothing and jewelery designers (as well as top toy-makers and much more) more flock together to showcase the best of their works and offer it to visitors. The event takes place at Vancouver Convention Centre West and the admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are allowed in for free.
November 12th to November 18th
The Hopscotch festival returns for its 16th edition and this year, organizers are promising that it will be an event to remember. Over time, Hopscotch has become the biggest combined whisky and beer event in Canada that continuously manages to attract top exhibitors and products from all around the world. In its current form, the festival is widening its scope. Besides featuring best whiskies and premium and craft beers, visitors can also taste some other premium spirits including Rum, Vodka, Tequila and much more. Don’t miss your chance to learn about exclusive liquors or beers and taste some of the best samples around. Reserve your tickets in advance – last year was a sell-out!
November 16th to November 18th
The Eastside Culture Crawl is a unique opportunity for artists to bring their work closer to the public eye in Vancouver through an event that showcases their work and encourages visibility. This three-day event opens artist studios to visitors, focusing on workshops based around Main Street, 1st Avenue E, Victoria Drive and the Waterfront. The exhibitor list includes numerous painters, sculptors, writers, furniture designers, potters, weavers, musicians, photographers and much more. While some of the studios belong to internationally renowned artists, other participants are newly emerging stars on their way to becoming big shots in arts world.
The 19th annual Art for Life Fine Art Auction once again calls on guests to “unwrap their desires and indulge their passions” at the charity auction benefiting the Vancouver Friends of Life Society, which helps patients suffering from life-threating diseases. Overall, about 80 dazzling artworks have been donated by some of Vancouver’s top galleries and artists, and the collection is valued to almost $150,000. The program for the night includes a performance by Inner Ring Circus and the vocal stylings of Mary Zilba from the Real Housewives of Vancouver. Art For Life Gala tickets are available at $75 and Collectors’ Preview tickets can be purchased for $100.
November 24th to December 24th
The Vancouver Christmas Market draws on the roots of German Christmas markets that have flourished all over central Europe for centuries. Beautiful lights, festive music, artisan stalls and amazing food (and drinks) are sure to put a smile on your face in even the rainiest of Christmas Seasons. Tickets for the event are only available at the actual gates (West Georgia Street and Hamilton Street) and range from $2 to $5. The great news is that they are valid for an entire season, so you can return to the market anytime you want. Come over and get your mulled wine and gingerbread.
November 24th to November 25th
If you've never been to one of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE events, you're missing out. On select Fridays, the rooms of the gallery transform into an innovative space for art, music and live performances. Coming up in the last weekend of November, the organizers are hosting a special family edition of the FUSE, entitled Creative Crossroads. It's geared for kids, who will have an opportunity to explore and engage in creative workshops during the weekend. Regular admission rates apply; however children under 12 years can come for free when accompanied by an adult.
As usual, this year Stanley Park will host a Historic Half Marathon, 10k and 5k and relay race for sea-wall loving runners in Vancouver. Vancouver Runners love the trails and fully-paved loops of the seawall - and the views make it one of the most beautiful half-marathon routes in the world. All featured disciplines start at the same time – 9:00 AM and warm up for those interested starts 15 minutes before the run. It’s possible to register yourself online, with the prices ranging from $50 to $75, depending on the date of your registration and discipline that you choose.