Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

What To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

This mid-November weekend is full of outdoor and indoor events in Vancouver. From arts & crafts, skating, ballet, movies & short films, theatre, winter market, whisky tasting, and innovator speakers – everyone will find something to enjoy! Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!


Friday, November 15

Robson Square Ice Rink Opening Day today 9am-11pm @ Robson Square
Free skating if you have your own skates; rentals are $4
The fun outdoor skating rink at Robson Square opens for another winter season until February 28, 2014. The ice rink is open 7 days a week: Sunday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-11pm. Helmets are mandatory for children 12 years and under. There are skate and helment rentals, and a concession booth on site. Cash only.  Skate rentals end 30minutes before closing. Dress warmly!

Photo Credit: Vancity Buzz

Photo Credit: Vancity Buzz

4th Annual Vancouver Short Film Festival starting at 6pm @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street).
$13 or $55 pass; other pricing in effect.
No minors (under 19) on the premesis.
This year there is a line up of 21 short films and 4 web series episodes showcasing established and emerging local BC filmmaking talent. The festival will take place on Friday & Saturday. The feature films are comedy, drama, classical animation, spokenword, narrative fiction, sci-fi, action, adventure, horror, and documentary. Opening Night Reception at 9pm is free with proof of purchase. Online Box Office closes Thursday (Nov. 14) at midnight – buy online and save! Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Metre parking is available surrounding the venue, but you are encouraged to take transit. The Vancity Theatre is two blocks away from the Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain Skytrain station on the Canada Line.

Ballet BC Presents Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy 8pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theare (630 Hamilton St.)
$40-$98.50
Following Alberta Ballet’s triumphant tributes to the music of Canadian legend Joni Mitchell and England’s international superstars Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy features the music of Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. This Grammy, Juno and Gemini Award-winning artist, who has sold more than 40 million recordings worldwide and raised more than $7 million for charities, is the perfect continuation to the company’s exciting series of portraits of living music icons. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy “…shimmers in beauty…” says the Globe and Mail and traces the deeply spiritual odyssey of a woman’s life from first romantic encounter to mature love.

Photo Credit: Ballet BC

Photo Credit: Ballet BC

Firehall Arts Centre Presents People Like Us 8pm @ Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street)
$30; other pricing in effect
World Premiere – A military policeman returns to Canada following the Gulf War a changed man. His fiercely determined wife fights to restore her husband’s health in the wake of war. Along the way she becomes an advocate for powerless veterans battling for support. As she prepares for her daughter’s wedding, she reflects on her own marriage – the powerful love that drew their family together and the war that changed their lives forever. A powerful and moving new Canadian play about love, war and searching for peace by Salt Spring Island poet and playwright Sandi Johnson.

Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me 8-10pm @ Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main St.)
$5; other pricing in effect
Come draw with Alicia and laugh your rain pants right off your body and reveal those muscular legs of yours (please wear underpants under your pants to all of my shows for this reason). This month’s super special show features the brilliant musical stylings of the handsome and also superb Emmett Hall, be dazzled by comedians Kyle Bottom, Erica Sigurdson, and Graham Clark who are all attractive and funny. Come draw with Alicia and laugh and hug each other with your eyes. Buy drinks and giggle! Limited seating so advance tickets are recommended.

Alexander Karpeyev 7:30pm @ West Point Grey United Church (4595 West 8 Ave.)
$20; other pricing in effect
The prize-winning Russian pianist, Alexander Karpeyev, is coming from London to give the debut recital for Müzewest Concerts first season!

Photo Credit: Leeds Concert Season

Photo Credit: Leeds Concert Season

Exit 22 Production Pesents Pride and Prejudice 8pm @ Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts located in the Birch Building at Capilano University (2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver)
$22; other pricing in effect
“Sometimes the last person on earth you want to be with is the one person you can’t be without.” Exit 22 is thrilled to announce the second show of it’s 2013/2014 theatre season with a classic love story: “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, adapted by Janet Munsil and directed by Stuart Aikins. A staple for all romantics – see the wonderful adventures of the Bennet family, and the wild ride of Elizabeth and Darcy’s courtship, a couple who just hate to love each other. Laugh, cry and re-experience this classic love story. Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Adapted by Janet Munsil Directed by Stuart Aikins.

Pi Theatre presents Except in the Unlikely Event of War Preview 8pm @ The Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews)
$16
Pi Theatre and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre present the world premiere of the bold political satire “Except in the Unlikely Event of War” from November 15 to 30, 2013 at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, Yaletown. The darkly comic, distinctly Canadian work is a probing exploration of art, politics, and war – and the messy areas where they become indistinguishable.

18th Annual Hopscotch Festival various times @ various venues
Free & ticketed events
Last day of Vancouver’s Premium Whisky, Beer and Spirit Festival. Ticket includes whisky samples. An amazing festival brought to Vancouver via the famous Grand Tasting Hall, Satellite Dinners, and Master Classes. Hundreds of products including Whisky (Scotch, Bourbon, and all others), Beer, Tequila, Vodka, Gin, etc will be available to sip, taste, and learn about.


Saturday, November 16th

4th Annual Vancouver Short Film Festival starting at 3pm @ Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street).
$13 or $55 pass; other pricing in effect.
No minors (under 19) on the premesis.
This year there is a line up of 21 short films and 4 web series episodes showcasing established and emerging local BC filmmaking talent. The festival will take place on Friday & Saturday. The feature films are comedy, drama, classical animation, spokenword, narrative fiction, sci-fi, action, adventure, horror, and documentary. Opening Night Reception at 9pm is free with proof of purchase. Online Box Office closes Thursday (Nov. 14) at midnight – buy online and save! Tickets can be purchased at the door. Metre parking is available surrounding the venue, but you are encouraged to take transit. The Vancity Theatre is two blocks away from the Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain Skytrain station on the Canada Line.

Photo Credit: Vancouver Short Film Festival

Photo Credit: Vancouver Short Film Festival

Ballet BC Presents Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy 8pm @ Queen Elizabeth Theare (630 Hamilton St.)
$40-$98.50
Following Alberta Ballet’s triumphant tributes to the music of Canadian legend Joni Mitchell and England’s international superstars Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy features the music of Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. This Grammy, Juno and Gemini Award-winning artist, who has sold more than 40 million recordings worldwide and raised more than $7 million for charities, is the perfect continuation to the company’s exciting series of portraits of living music icons. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy “…shimmers in beauty…” says the Globe and Mail and traces the deeply spiritual odyssey of a woman’s life from first romantic encounter to mature love.

Cineplex Theatres Community Day  9am @ Scotiabank Theatre (900 Burrard St.) and International Village Cinemas (88 West Pender St.)
Free
Join on the morning of Saturday November 16 at all Cineplex Entertainment theatres for Community Day in support of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Doors open at 8:30 am with a great selection of free movies beginning at 9:00am. Plus, enjoy a regular popcorn, regular fountain drink and selected candy for only $2 each with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Canadian Olympic Foundation!
Movie lineup:
9:00 – Men in Black 3
9:15 – The Pirates! Band of Misfits
9:30 – The Smurfs
9:45 – The Amazing Spider-Man
10:00 – Hotel Transylvania (3D)

17th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl 11am-6pm @ area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront.
Free
Vancouver’s 3-day visual arts, design and crafts festival. This event involves more than 15,000 people visiting artists who have opened their studios in the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue in Vancouver. The event has over 300 artists who are painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.

Photo Credit: Strathcona Residents' Association

Photo Credit: Strathcona Residents’ Association

Firehall Arts Centre Presents People Like Us 5pm & 9pm @ Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street)
$30; other pricing in effect
World Premiere – A military policeman returns to Canada following the Gulf War a changed man. His fiercely determined wife fights to restore her husband’s health in the wake of war. Along the way she becomes an advocate for powerless veterans battling for support. As she prepares for her daughter’s wedding, she reflects on her own marriage – the powerful love that drew their family together and the war that changed their lives forever. A powerful and moving new Canadian play about love, war and searching for peace by Salt Spring Island poet and playwright Sandi Johnson.

Weekly Winter’s Farmer Market at Nat Bailey 10am-2pm @ Nat Bailey Stadium (30th & Ontario Street)
Free
60-75 different vendors and up to 10 food vendors in the east parking lot of Nat Bailey Stadium. Please bring your own shopping or reusable bag!

13th Annual Nikkei Place Craft & Bake Fair 11am-4pm @ Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby)
Free
Celebrate Christmas with a Japanese flair! From gorgeous traditional textiles to fun and funky contemporary items as well as home baking and other delicious snacks, the always popular Craft Fair has something to suit every taste. Perfect for holiday shopping! There is limited underground and street parking available – please consider taking public transit.

Photo Credit: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Photo Credit: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

Pi Theatre presents Except in the Unlikely Event of War 8pm @ The Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews)
$25
Pi Theatre and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre present the world premiere of the bold political satire “Except in the Unlikely Event of War” from November 15 to 30, 2013 at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, Yaletown. The darkly comic, distinctly Canadian work is a probing exploration of art, politics, and war – and the messy areas where they become indistinguishable.

18th Annual Hopscotch Festival various times @ various venues
Free & ticketed events
Vancouver’s Premium Whisky, Beer and Spirit Festival. Ticket includes whisky samples. An amazing festival brought to Vancouver via the famous Grand Tasting Hall, Satellite Dinners, and Master Classes. Hundreds of products including Whisky (Scotch, Bourbon, and all others), Beer, Tequila, Vodka, Gin, etc will be available to sip, taste, and learn about.


Sunday, November 17th

17th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl 11am-6pm @ area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront.
Free
Vancouver’s 3-day visual arts, design and crafts festival. This event involves more than 15,000 people visiting artists who have opened their studios in the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue in Vancouver. The event has over 300 artists who are painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, glassblowers; from emerging artists to those internationally established.

Innovators Speaker Series: Chris Hadfield and Ryan Holmes 6:30-7:45pm @ Science World OMNIMAX® Theatre
$35 Satellite Supporter & $85 Mission Control Supporter; other pricing in effect.
This inaugural event will be the first for Science World’s Innovators Speaker Series. Be part of an engaging discussion in Science World’s OMNIMAX® Theatre, between the most famous astronaut of this decade—Colonel Chris Hadfield and social media giant, Hootsuite’s CEO, Ryan Holmes. They will discuss leadership, technology, space exploration and the power that both music and social media have on our collective consciousness. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to support Science World’s mission and delivery of science education programs across the province of BC!

Photo Credit: Science World

Photo Credit: Science World

13th Annual Nikkei Place Craft & Bake Fair 11am-4pm @ Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Crescent)
Free
Celebrate Christmas with a Japanese flair! From gorgeous traditional textiles to fun and funky contemporary items as well as home baking and other delicious snacks, the always popular Craft Fair has something to suit every taste. Perfect for holiday shopping! There is limited underground and street parking available – please consider taking public transit.

Pi Theatre presents Except in the Unlikely Event of War 4pm @ The Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews)
$16
Pi Theatre and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre present the world premiere of the bold political satire “Except in the Unlikely Event of War” from November 15 to 30, 2013 at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, Yaletown. The darkly comic, distinctly Canadian work is a probing exploration of art, politics, and war – and the messy areas where they become indistinguishable.

18th Annual Hopscotch Festival various times @ various venues
Free & ticketed events
Last day of Vancouver’s Premium Whisky, Beer and Spirit Festival. Ticket includes whisky samples. An amazing festival brought to Vancouver via the famous Grand Tasting Hall, Satellite Dinners, and Master Classes. Hundreds of products including Whisky (Scotch, Bourbon, and all others), Beer, Tequila, Vodka, Gin, etc will be available to sip, taste, and learn about.

Hopscotch Festival | Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo Credit – Hopscotch Festival


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