Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of community block parties and music events this Friday through Sunday!  Start planning with our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend… and aye, don’t forget it’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day on Friday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Etsy Canada to host offline pop-up market at Robson Square

Love My Local will be selling their province-themed cheeseboards at Etsy: Made in Canada

Love My Local will be selling their province-themed cheeseboards at Etsy: Made in Canada

When it comes to online shopping for homemade, vintage and offbeat goodies Etsy has the internet market cornered.

Part virtual craft fair, part uber-searchable catalogue, Etsy the internet home to artists, crafters, collectors and artisans around the globe, including Canada.

Founded in 2005 and calls Brooklyn, NY home. Etsy has over 1 million active shops, 26 million items listed and had $1.35 billion in sales in 2013. If you search for ‘Made in Canada’, Etsy says there are 17,072 items labelled such. Small batch crafts, it seems, are a big deal.

On September 27, Etsy vendors from the Vancouver area will go offline at the Etsy: Made in Canada pop-up. The event takes place at Robson Square from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The pop-up marketplace is part of a cross-Canada celebration of the Canuck Etsy community. Similar markets are popping up in 23 cities from Quebec to B.C. More than 65 vendors are selling everything from honey to jewellery to kids clothes  at the Robson Square ice skating rink September 27.   Continue reading:
Etsy Canada to host offline pop-up market at Robson Square

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Crossing fingers for another gorgeous autumn/early winter weekend, especially on Remembrance Day on Monday.  Don’t miss this weekend’s special ceremonies, live music and performances, craft, and dance related events.  Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Holiday Craft Market Preview

Photo credit: Pip & Pin cowls, available at Make It!

‘Tis the season for crafts.

Over the next two months, Vancouver will be blessed with nearly a half-dozen holiday craft markets, from heavy hitter Circle Craft to more intimate indie affairs. In fact, with so many talented artisans from across the country and around the world converging on the city, you might be able to avoid holiday mall madness altogether this year.   Wares on offer range from one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and home accessories to bath and body products, artwork, ceramics and even holiday foods.

Here’s a quick preview of what’s in store:

Circle Craft Christmas Market, Nov. 7-11The grandaddy of Vancouver holiday markets is back for its 39th year.  More than 300 artisans will pack the Vancouver Convention Centre with jewelry, fashions, home decor, bath products and even seasonal foods.  This year, Circle Craft will also host their inaugural fashion show featuring eco-friendly garments from 50 designers.  Check out Taraneh’s blog post for more details. 

Make It!, Nov. 8-11: The runaway favourite among hipster shoppers, Make It! combines arts and crafts with a uniquely club vibe.  To get everyone into the holiday spirit, local musicians – including Alas, the Ocean and Elisa Thorn – serenade shoppers with live tunes, and alcohol is available for purchase.  The market is held in the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive and is apparently “25 percent more awesome” this year owing to an expanded roster of vendors.   Continue reading:
Vancouver Holiday Craft Market Preview

Top 5 Holiday Craft Markets in Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market

Believe it or not, even though there are still lots of Jack-o-lanterns from Halloween on the streets, holiday season is almost upon us.  With Christmas less than two months away, thoughts are already turning to gift giving.  And one of the best ways to score one-of-a-kind gifts in Vancouver is by shopping one of the city’s holiday craft markets.

Now, pretty much everybody knows about the big Circle Craft market, which takes over the Vancouver Convention Centre for a whole week from Nov. 9-13.  But there are plenty of other choices: big or small; whether you’re looking for fine art or dirt cheap, handmade decorations.

I’ve listed 5 markets below, but I want to hear from you:  Do you have a favourite holiday craft market in Vancouver?  Please let us know below.