There are two main “events” happening in November in Vancouver that may affect your plans. One, daylight savings is on the 5th but it’s okay it’s the one that everybody likes, we turn the clocks back one hour (we get one more hour of sleep). Two, on Saturday the 11th, it is Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day is very special to Canadians, as it is the day we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives to protect this country and keeping it the True North, Strong and Free.
Now back to the list. Make no mistake, there is a LOT to do in Vancouver in November. BUT if you’re only here for the month, then we think you should try to check these events out!
Cirque Du Soleil – Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities – All Month
Cirque Du Soleil is not from Vancouver but is as Canadian as it gets. This Montreal based international entertainment company has made Vancouver home for the month of November. This time around Cirque Du Soleil presents their “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities”. This act follows a scientist from the late 19th century defy the laws of time, space and dimension. With steampunk elements and characters from different dimensions, Kurios proves to be another Cirque classic. You can’t miss their blue and yellow spiral tents by False Creek. Make sure you get your tickets online.
Concord Pacific Place – 88 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver
Vancouver Tea Festival – November 4-5
This weekend the Vancouver Tea Festival is back for its 4th annual celebration. If you love tea or know somebody who does, this is the perfect event for you. Due to its popularity, for the first ever the festival will run for two days! If you want to explore the world of tea and learn more from other enthusiasts, then you should make your way to the Chinese Cultural Center of Greater Vancouver and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (they’re super close to each other) this weekend! Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Chinese Cultural Center of Greater Vancouver – 50 E Pender St, Vancouver
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall St, Vancouver
Women’s Soccer: Canada Vs. USA – Nov 9
Labelled the most fierce rivalry in women’s sports comes back to Vancouver. Watch as the National Women’s Soccer Team take on the U.S. at B.C. Place. Tickets are still available for this Thursday matchup.
B.C. Place – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
Fan Expo Vancouver 2017 – Nov 10-12
Attention all comic book, sci-fi and gaming fans, Fan Expo Vancouver is almost here! Spend part of your long weekend immersed in pop culture fandom. From anime to TV shows (airing and not) Fan Expo Vancouver 2017 has something for everyone. There will be a few special guests from famous shows, such as the Flash and Bones. Two of the original Power Rangers will be there also. Not enough of a throwback for you? The Fonz will be there too! Come for the environment, because the super fans of Vancouver will come in cosplay that will surely impress. Tickets are still available!
Vancouver Convention Centre East Building – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Remembrance Day – Nov 11
Remembrance Day is really special to Canadians. A day to honor those who serve our country and remember those who died doing so. There will be many ceremonies in different areas in the lower mainland but one of the most iconic locations will be the Victory Square Cenotaph. This will be a solemn and inspiring celebration.
Victory Square – 200 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Circle Craft Market – Nov 8-12
Circle Craft is back for their 44th annual Market just in time to spark gift ideas for the holidays. The Market will have over 300 unique artists and vendors from all over Canada. Expect to find everything from pottery to fashion in the market. This event is going to be in the Vancouver Convention Center at Canada Place. Check online for the different price options for tickets.
Vancouver Convention Centre West Building – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Vancouver Christmas Market – Nov 22-December
Let’s face it for most of us we see November as the month getting between us and the holidays. Thankfully, the Vancouver Christmas Market will be back for the 8th year in a row to get us into the holiday spirit early. This is one event you don’t want to miss, so be sure to grab your tickets as soon as possible. Enjoy traditional foods from Canada and other European countries while you browse vendors showcasing many unique crafts that can be potential gift ideas. This event welcomes the whole family, with a lot of kid activities and a chance to ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas carousel. The Market is at Jack Poole Plaza, home of the Olympic Cauldron.
Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Canyon Lights – Nov 23-January 2018
Canyon Lights is a Winter Festival that stretches from November 23, 2017 to January 28, 2018. Hold on to that feeling of excitement that the holidays deliver and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights that cover the entire park. Don’t believe how magical this place is, check these images out! If you are interested, you can get tickets now to skip the line once you get to the park!
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver
Candytown – Nov 25
This downtown Vancouver’s only free winter festival. Candytown will transform Mainland Street into a winter wonderland. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down the street. Local merchants and other vendors invite holiday shoppers to start their seasonal gift buying in Yaletown. You’ll also find the street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music. There will be an ice carving demonstration and candy-making tutorials among other activities.
There are so many things to do in Vancouver, don’t be afraid to venture out of the city limits and explore the rest of the Lower Mainland. Remember, November is the last month of Fall so expect either rain or snow so dress appropriately. Sprott Shaw Language College encourages students to explore the city they are in by holding many activities that let them exercise their English skills. If you are interested in taking an English program and want to study in Vancouver we highly suggest you go to our website.