78 things to do in Metro Vancouver on Saturday, November 16

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      Looking for something to do on Saturday? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 78 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, November 16.




      Americana-folk band Birds of Chicago, led by the husband-and-wife duo of JT Nero and Allison Russell, plays Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

      Iowa dance-pop singer-songwriter Julia Michaels plays the Vogue Theatre.

      Sweet Home Chicago is a celebration of the blues at the Railway Stage and Beer Café featuring Wailin' Al Walker, Angie Brinton, Dameian Walsh, and Rob Montgomery & his All-Star Band.

      Eagles tribute band Hotel California plays the Clarke Theatre in Mission.

      Montreal power-pop quartet Dany Laj and The Looks plays Pat's Pub and Brewhouse.

      The Jen Hodge Quintet performs at a swing-dance event at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.

      Orquesta Akokán has Cuban rhythms channeling the fiery 1940s and '50s heyday of old Havana at the Chan Centre.

      Pushback on Petro is a fundraiser benefiting Pull Together for First Nations-led court cases against Trans Mountain, featuring Estíqw, Karmella Cen Benedito De Barros and Lexi, Jillian Christmas, Jazz Groove Masters, and Brejera (full Brazilian samba ensemble).

      Dock Side Drive performs music of the swing era at the Surrey Arts Centre.

      The three-day WestCoast Big Band Festival at the Croatian Cultural Centre showcases big bands from the Lower Mainland.



      The Crofton House School Winter Bazaar raises funds for KidSafe, a local non-profit that serves Vancouver's most vulnerable children by providing a safe space, nutrition, programs, and services when school is not in session.

      Groove & Give
 fundraiser at the Seymour Art Gallery features the handmade work of over 60 local artists.

      Winterfest Market at Burnaby's Parkcrest Elementary School is a fundraiser for the kids featuring 40 artisan and vendor tables, silent auction, concession, and bake sale.




      The Vancouver Skateboard Coalition presents All Aboard, a two-day celebration of skateboard community and culture on Granville Island.

      City Shred at the Richmond Olympic Oval is a group-training experience that challenges participants to push their limits, work as a team, and break a sweat, together.

      The two-day Fall For Local Holiday Market at the Pipe Shop is a curated, modern pop-up featuring independent brands.

      The Union Show at Heritage Hall offers couples an intimate wedding show experience with exhibitors who are LGBTQ2+ or community allies.

      New West Craft at New Westminster's River Market offers a welcoming environment for crafters, artisans, and makers to share their work with the community.

      The two-day Swedish Christmas Fair at Burnaby's Scandinavian Community Centre features over 30 vendors offering traditional Swedish goods and items for family, home, celebration, and gift-giving.

      Christmas Craft Fair at Richmond's South Arm Community Centre features hand-crafted items by more than 60 vendors.


      FOOD & DRINK

      The Riley Park Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey Stadium features produce from over 80 local farms, craft beverage producers, artisanal food makers, and food and coffee trucks.

      The two-day Perogy Lunch Weekend at the Ukrainian Hall features homemade perogies, cabbage rolls, borshch, and kolbasa.



      The West End Community Pinata Workshop at Gordon Neighbourhood House offers all the supplies you need to make the perfect pinata, plus snacks and music.

      Filmmaker Sanjay Kak speaks of Kashmiri photographers as witness at SFU Harbour Centre.



      Holiday Family-Fun-Fest at Surrey's Central City features face-painting, balloon-twisting, crafts, games, story time, music, and prizes, with free goodie bags for the first 400 kids.

      At Shadow Puppets: Create & Play at Coquitlam's Mackin House kids ages three-and-up can create their own puppets to try out in the parlour, watch a puppet show, and then take their creations home.




      The Vancouver Canucks take on the Colorado Avalanche in National Hockey League action at Rogers Arena.



      Vancouver comedian Gavin Matts performs a standup show presented by JFL NorthWest at Biltmore Cabaret.

      More Ducking Comedy at the Projection Room features host Alannah Brittany and headliner Nina Wilder.

      The Comic Strip at Tyrant Studios features standup comedy by headliner Yumi Nagashima.

      Addictive Comedy Showcase at White Rock's Elks Club Hall features standup comedy smashing the stigma surrounding addiction, mental illness, trauma, and loss. 




      The Eastside Culture Crawl is four-day celebration of visual arts, design, and crafts, featuring works by 500 artists in studios throughout Vancouver’s Eastside.

      Cirque du Soleil presents a performance of Luzia under the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at Concord Pacific Place.

      The Chutzpah Festival features performances of comedy, theatre, dance, and music at multiple venues across Vancouver until November 24.

      Louis Riel Day at the Fort Langley National Historic Site features Métis cultural activities such as fiddle playing, storytelling, jigging, and archery.

      Eclectic Fest at Eclectic47 Studio is an art showcase and sale that features local artists new to the gallery scene, focusing on hand-made products and pieces.

      The West Coast Tagore Festival at Richmond's Gateway Theatre features performances by the Genesis Trio, the Richmond Academy of Dance, and the Mandala Arts & Culture Society.

      The North Shore Artists' Guild Winter Art Sale at the Memorial Community Rec Centre features 270 paintings by 90 guild artists.


      American dance troupe UNA Projects performs its show Coloring at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, with opening guests Vanessa Goodman and Belinda McGuire, as part of the Chutzpah Festival.

      A mixed program of contemporary dance at the Orpheum Annex features new creations by local choreographers Olivia Shaffer and Kelly McInnes.



      Conversation with Arundhati Roy at Performance Works to launch her new book My Seditious Heart.



      The Rolston String Quartet performs a program of works by Mendelssohn, Astapov, and Schubert at West Vancouver United Church.

      Students and faculty members perform together at the Richmond Music School Society.

      Opera Mariposa presents Puccini's one-act opera Gianni Schicchi presented alongside fully staged excerpts from other Italian operas at St. Faith Anglican Church.

      Alexander Weimann and Chloe Meyers perform a mixed program of chamber music for violin and harpsichord at Saint Anselm's Anglican Church.

      South Korean cellist and improviser Okkyung Lee collaborates with local electronic musicians at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre.




      Performance at the Historic Theatre of Kuroko, about an extreme recluse who has spent the last six years in her bedroom exploring virtual reality.

      Western Gold Theatre presents a performance of Escaped Alone, Caryl Churchill’s new play which unleashes an acutely female view of the apocalypse.

      Performance at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage of the romantic musical The Sound of Music.

      Performance at Metro Theatre of A Bunch of Amateurs, a comedy about an aging Hollywood action hero playing King Lear in an amateur dramatic society.

      UBC Theatre and Film presents Timothy Findlay's World War I drama The Wars, adapted by Dennis Garnhum, at Frederic Wood Theatre.

      Performance at Presentation House Theatre of Jake's Gift, a drama about a Canadian WWII veteran’s reluctant return to Normandy, France.

      The 2019-2020 CapU Theatre Series opens with Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies, at the BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts.

      Performance at Richmond's Gateway Theatre of The Double Axe Murders, a psychological thriller steeped in Newfoundland folklore.



      Cindy Sherman at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the development of Sherman’s work from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s to the present day, with selections from each of her major series, including new and rarely seen works.

      Transits and Returns at the Vancouver Art Gallery explores the dynamic between place and movement in the work of twenty-one Indigenous artists from around the Pacific.

      Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty at the Vancouver Art Gallery features photography, sculpture, collage, and installation, including new massive murals created in 2019.

      Robert Rauschenberg 1965-1980 at the Vancouver Art Gallery features rarely seen prints, drawings, collages, sculptural works, and large-scale works from one of the most experimental periods in the artist's career.

      Views of the Collection: The Street at the Vancouver Art Gallery focuses on the street as a source of inspiration and site for the production and enactment of culture, with works by Roy Arden, Kati Campbell, Robert Capa, Robert Frank, Fred Herzog, Hong Chan Park, Judy Radul, Jack Shadbolt, Danny Singer, and Ian Wallace.



      There is Truth Here at the Museum of Vancouver focuses on rare surviving artworks created by children who attended the Inkameep Day School (Okanagan), St. Michael’s Indian Residential School (Alert Bay); the Alberni Indian Residential School (Vancouver Island); and Mackay Indian Residential School (Manitoba).

      In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC features more than 110 historical Indigenous artworks and explores what we can learn from these works and how they relate to Indigenous peoples’ relationships to their lands.

      Haida Now: A Visual Feast of Innovation and Tradition at the Museum of Vancouver is guest-curated by Kwiaahwah Jones and features more than 450 works by carvers, weavers, photographers, and printmakers, collected as early as the 1890s.



      North Vancouver's Grouse Mountain features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

      The 22-hectare VanDusen Botanical Garden features over 255,000 plants from around the world and almost two dozen sculptures.

      Parq Vancouver is a 24-hour casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games, eight restaurants and lounges, and the sixth-floor outdoor Parq.

      Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits in five permanent galleries, live science demonstrations and workshops, and giant movies in the Omnimax Theatre.

      At the Bloedel Conservatory you can take in more than 200 free-flying exotic birds and 500 exotic plants and flowers.

      Capilano Suspension Bridge features seven cable bridges suspended in trees, the Living Forest exhibit, totem-pole collection, Cliffwalk, and Treetop Adventure. 

      The B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and Museum features permanent galleries devoted to Terry Fox and Rick Hansen, a rock-climbing wall, a virtual sports simulator, and history galleries.

      Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition that reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty.

      The Vancouver Aquarium features almost 800 animal species in galleries ranging from Canada's Arctic to the Amazon rainforest.

      The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition features more than 250 privately-owned bikes from around the world.

      Stanley Park features 400 hectares of trails, with scenic walking and biking along the 8.8-kilometre seawall and totem park featuring eight poles by First Nations artists.

      Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese garden located at the University of British Columbia with waterfalls, stone lanterns, audio guides and tours, and a ceremonial teahouse.



      Screening at Vancity Theatre of Martin Scorsese's new gangster flick The Irishman, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa.

      Free relaxed screening (lower volume, dimmed lights) at the Vancity Theatre of the animated Santa Claus origin story Klaus.

      Sex expert Dan Savage hosts the final day of the four-day HUMP! Film Festival at the Rio Theatre.

      Screenings at the Cinematheque of the documentaries Hope Frozen and Cavebirds as part of the Crave Hot Docs Showcase.


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