20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in November 2012

Hopscotch, Canada’s premier Scotch, whisky, beer, and spirits festival comes to Vancouver Nov. 12-19. Photo credit: Flickr user Lan Bui

Still raining? No biggie. The fun has moved inside. November brings Vancouver an onslaught of irresistible events, including Hopscotch, Canada’s premier Scotch and whisky festival, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, the record-setting Yoga Vancouver Show,  Cirque du Soleil’s dazzling Amaluna and Circle Craft’s annual Christmas Market.

Yes, I said it. And I’ll say it again: Christmas. You may still have zombie face paint on and a bowlful of Halloween candy leftovers, but it’s time to break out the seasonal cheer.

Other Christmas events starting in November include the German-style Vancouver Christmas Market, twinkly Bright Nights at Stanley Park and the Amacon Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at Jack Poole Plaza.

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 20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in November 2012

1) FOOD & DRINK | Festa del Fungo at CinCin | Nov. 1-30
Vancouver diners are going wild for wild mushrooms, and there’s nowhere better to sample them than at CinCin during their 8th annual mushroom festival. “Among the rarities on hand are spicy and aromatic matsutakes, golden and bluefoot chanterelles and lobster, trumpet, oyster and cauliflower mushrooms… But for true fungus snobs, the real highlight of the festival are the truffles,” blogged Remy. Read more here.

2) ENTERTAINMENT | 2012 Vancouver Asian Film Festival |  Nov. 1-4
Vancouver International Film Fest is over, but VAFF picks up where they left off. Focusing on an incredibly relevant demographic for Van audiences, VAFF screens films by independent North American Asian filmmakers. Expect cameos by well-known talent Sang Kang (The Dark Knight), plus Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) and Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga). Films screen at Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas (88 West Pender).

3) EVENT | Movember | Nov. 1-30
The annual grow and show returns. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the moustaches you’ll spot on thousands of men’s faces around town. With their mo’s, men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.

4) EVENT | Daylight Savings Time ends | Nov. 4
Take note, folks, or risk missing your Monday morning appointment. On Sunday, at 2am, the clocks turn back one hour. You’re losing an hour of daylight or gaining an hour of sleep, depending on how you look at it.

5) SHOP | Circle Craft Christmas Market |  Nov. 7-11
Maybe you still have Halloween candy left (that’s okay; keep eating), but it’s already time to ponder Christmas shopping. The largest craft market in Canada takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre featuring 300 artisans and crafters. You’ll find everything from kids’ clothes and toys to holiday decorations and housewares. Tix are $10 online and $12 at the door. Don’t miss the daily fashion shows and workshops, such as blowing your own glass ornament.

6) SPORTS | The Vancouver Yoga Show | Nov. 9-11
You don’t have to bend over backwards to find a yoga event in Vancouver, but the annual Yoga Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre is by far the largest. With over 8,000 anticipated yoga buffs attending and 150 workshops and classes in the Yoga Garden, this event is the ultimate bendy experience. Admission is $15.

7) EVENT | Main Street Vinyl Record Fair | Nov. 10
This one goes out to all the vinyl-collectors: head over to Cambrian Hall ( 215 East 17th Ave.) from 11am to 4pm to peruse crates and crates of new and used vinyl records. Vancouver’s favourite record dealers are all participating: Zulu, Neptoon, High Life, Redcat, Zoo Shop, Dandelion and more. Admission is $2.

8) EVENT | Remembrance Day | Nov. 11
Don a red poppy and honour Canadian veterans at the annual Vancouver Remembrance Day ceremonies happening around the city on this public holiday. The largest event is the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony at Victory Square Park (West Hastings and Cambie), which starts at 10:15am. Victory Square is home to a granite cenotaph that memorializes Vancouverites who lost their lives in World War I.

9) FOOD & DRINK | Hopscotch Festival | Nov. 12-18
Blended whiskies. Single malts. Craft beer. Toss your hoity toity wine vocab out the window and practice using descriptors including: peaty, hoppy, oily and briny. The 16th annual Hopscotch Festival presents more tasting opps than ever. And take notes – mixing two such potent drinks, memory may be an issue. Most of the fun goes down at the new, larger-than ever venue: The PNE Forum (2901 East Hastings St.)


10) SHOP | Mason Martin Margiela x H&M collaboration launches at Pacific Centre| Nov. 15
Avante garde French fashion house Mason Martin Margiela launches their special collection of menswear and womenswear at the Pacific Centre H&M. Like all of H&M’s recent designer collaborations, this event will surely draw a line up of Vancouver’s fashion conscious, so head over early.

11) EVENT | Eastside Culture Crawl | Nov. 16-18
The East Side Culture Crawl is among the most-anticipated events on the November agenda, and it’s also free. Celebrate East Van’s community of creatives by visiting artists’ studios. You’ve got 3 days to meet 400. Here’s the map. Ready, set….

12) ENTERTAINMENT | Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil | Nov. 23-Dec. 30
The world’s most in-demand circus troupe comes to town with their latest show, Amaluna – a love story illustrated with Cirque du Soleil’s signature incredible acrobatics, shimmer, colour and ‘tude. The show takes place under the big top at Concord Pacific Place.

13) FOOD & DRINK | Vancouver Aquarium’s 2012 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown | Nov. 21
Vancouverites clam-our for Chowder Chowdown tickets ($50) every year.  Act fast to taste sustainable comfort food by 12 of Vancouver’s top Ocean Wise chefs. After sampling each one-of-a-kind chowder, which will be paired with a craft beer, guests get to vote for the winner. All proceeds go to support Ocean Wise – a conservation program created to educate consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.

14) FOOD & DRINK | American Thanksgiving at Yew Restaurant & Bar | Nov. 22-25
For American expats and Canadians who’d like a rerun of Nov. 8, Yew has an enticing Thanksgiving dinner menu. Stuff your face with Martha Stewart-exceeding delicacies such as slow-cooked, free-range turkey and buttermilk mashed potatoes. The grand finale is pumpkin pie adorned with Nutella ice cream and salted caramel popcorn. It’s $41 for 3 courses.

15) ENTERTAINMENT | Pecha Kucha Night at Vogue Theatre | Nov. 23
Pecha Kucha, which means “chit chat” in Japanese, is an idea-generating event by creatives for creatives. Speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds each. The format was invented in Tokyo in 2003. Today, there are over 534 cities participating. This is a fast-paced cool-a-thon designed to inspire.

16) EVENT | Vancouver Christmas Market | Nov. 24-Dec. 24
The German-style Christmas Market is an uber festive Vancouver Christmas tradition that takes place at the Plaza at Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Georgia Street in the heart of downtown. Enjoy live entertainment, kids’ activities, shopping and treats ranging from sweet gingerbread and stollen, to brats, raclette, weissbeir and gluehwein (mulled wine.)  Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for kids (7-12) with additional discounts on weekdays during the day.

17) EVENT | The Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain | Nov 24- Dec 24
You can’t top The Peak of Christmas – an opportunity to Visit the North Pole just 30 minutes outside of downtown Vancouver. The Peak experience includes the chance to meet Santa in his workshop, visit real reindeer, ride in a sleigh and watch classic family Christmas films on the big screen.

18) SPORTS | The 100th Grey Cup | Nov. 25
The 100th Grey Cup game goes down Sunday, Nov. 25. It may not be in Vancouver this time, but we’ve got a lot of great sports bars for enthused viewers. Check out our Best Sports Bar picks.

19) EVENT | Bright Nights in Stanley Park 2012 | Nov. 28-Jan. 2
It’s impossible not to fall in love with the view of millions of twinkling lights illuminating Stanley Park, while cruisin’ through on the Stanley Park miniature train. Bright Nights at Stanley Park also includes animated holiday displays and classic holiday tunes. Finish with hot cocoa at the Railway Café. Tix are $10 for adults and $7 for kids (3-17).

20) EVENT | The Annual Amacon Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration | Nov. 29
When it comes to Christmas trees, perhaps bigger is better and more is more. The 50 ft. Amacon tree is Vancouver’s version of NYC’s Rockefeller Centre Christmas icon. Kick off the holiday season at Jack Poole Plaza from 5:30 to 7:30pm for the annual tree lighting.

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