Celebrate Oktoberfest at Vancouver’s 3rd Annual Harvest Haus

Harvest Haus 12 (Photo Credit Jonathan Evans, jonnypicture.com)

Ready for some autumn fun? Tickets go on sale today for Harvest Haus, running September 29 – October 1 and October 7 – 9.

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Celebrate Oktoberfest at Vancouver’s 3rd Annual Harvest Haus

Circle Craft Christmas Market Returns, Nov. 7-11

Gift-giving is an art. As the Christmas buildup gets underway, it’s time to put on your (elfin) thinking cap and start making lists. One Vancouver Christmas event sure to inspire is the annual Circle Craft Christmas Market that takes place at the harbourfront Vancouver Convention Centre, Nov. 7-11.

Long before Etsy, back in 1973, Circle Craft Co-operative debuted their first Christmas Market in East Van, where many smaller Vancouver craft markets still take place today.  38 markets later, Circle Craft Christmas Market is the largest Christmas Market in Western Canada.

Circle Craft is a draw for both Vancouverites and visitors. For many locals, it’s an absolute must-attend for shopping for festive, hand-made holiday decor and presents. For visitors, it’s a rare chance to peruse a gigantic array of B.C. artisans and their Canada-made goods in one place. Continue reading:
Circle Craft Christmas Market Returns, Nov. 7-11

5 Vancouver Film Festivals in November 2011

A scene from Mobul ("The Flood"), screening at the 2011 Vancouver Jewish Film Festival

Rain got you down? Get out of the cold and into a theatre! Fall is the season for Vancouver film festivals, and even though the Vancouver Asian Film Festival just ended, there are five more film fests coming up in November 2011, bringing an eclectic array of films from around the world to a cinema near you.

5 Vancouver Film Festivals in November / December 2011

1. Vancouver Serbian Film Festival November 9 – 12, 2011
Now in its fourth year, the VSFF showcases some of Serbia’s most talked-about movies. Featuring four films and three documentaries, this short fest happens at Denman Cinemas at 1770 Comox Street, Vancouver.

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5 Vancouver Film Festivals in November 2011

Circle Craft Christmas Market Returns November 9

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Sometimes it can be hard to get in the Christmas spirit when you’re still eating leftover Halloween candy. On November 2, I was at Metropolis at Metrotown and noticed they already had Christmas decorations up!

But if there’s one Vancouver tradition that has the power to start your Christmas gift-giving engine running, it’s the 38th annual Circle Craft Christmas Market, the largest craft fair in Western Canada, and it returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre on November 9.

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Circle Craft Christmas Market Returns November 9

Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2011 Starts November 3

Back for its 15th year, the annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) opens this Thursday, November 3. A showcase for independent North American Asian filmmakers, VAFF is a rare opportunity to see a wide-range of works—from dramas and comedies to documentaries—that, while incredibly diverse, share one thing in common: an Asian-North American point-of-view that is often overlooked in mainstream cinema.

Highlights of the 2011 VAFF include the comedy Almost Perfect, starring X-Men 2‘s Kelly Hu and Hong Kong star Edison Chen, the documentary Big In Bollywood, which follows the journey of Indo-American actor Omi Vaidya from Hollywood unknown to Bollywood celebrity, and the drama Ashes, featuring Ajay Naidu, Faran Tahir and Piper Perabo.

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Vancouver Asian Film Festival 2011 Starts November 3

VIFF 2011 – Vancouver International Film Festival Starts September 29

The mother of all Vancouver film festivals is back for 2011: the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) starts this Thursday, September 29.

One of the five largest film festivals in North America, VIFF is renowned as one of the biggest showcases for Canadian film in the world and for screening the largest selection of East Asian films outside of that region. Over its two-week span, VIFF will screen 360 films from 80 countries, spanning subjects from Canadian Images, Arts & Letters, and Cinema of Our Time to Dragons & Tigers and Nonfiction Features.

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VIFF 2011 – Vancouver International Film Festival Starts September 29

‘All-In Autumn’ Events at Granville Island

Granville Island's 2nd Annual Pie Contest is part of its Fall Festival on September 29, 2011. Photo: Granville Island

Fall gets its official start in 2011 on September 23, and Granville Island is welcoming the season with a roster of fun-filled, all-ages events in late-September and October.

To celebrate the season of harvest, Granville Island brings out the warm, autumn-inspired comfort foods for its annual Fall Festival on September 29: the festival includes the Granville Island Farmers Market Second Annual Pie Contest—where you can enter your own pie and sample the competition with free pie tastings—as well as cooking demonstrations, the Granville Island Farmers Market, “Weird and Wonderful Garden Items,” and a Kids Corner with free kids’ activities.

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‘All-In Autumn’ Events at Granville Island