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Things to Do in Vancouver – November 2023

October 30, 2023 |
Wendy Underwood

Vancouver’s November weather is never going to be its big draw, but that’s OK. It makes it a great time to visit the city because it keeps the crowds away, allowing you to grab a great deal, nab that elusive restaurant reservation, and yet still have a great time with all of the events happening around town. Along with the goings-on included below, don’t miss the Eastside Culture Crawl mid-month. And of course, if you’re crazy for the holidays, you’ll find lots of the annual displays and events kick-off in the second half of the month. Below are some of our favourite things to do in Vancouver in November.

Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza
Through December 31
Cirque du Soleil is back with their Grand Chapiteau (that’s “big top” to you and me), this time bringing their Kooza show to Vancouver. Kooza tells the story of a likeable but naïve clown on a journey of self-discovery under the watchful eye of an enigmatic trickster. But like all Cirque shows, the real appeal is the top-notch production values and the astounding athletic abilities of the cast. If you’re bringing the whole gang, be sure to check out their Family Offer to save a little cash.

North Shore Craft Beer Week
November 2 – 14
Vancouver’s North Shore has emerged as a real hotspot for some of the city’s best craft breweries in recent years, and so it makes absolute sense for them to have their own craft beer week. Kicking off with a launch party on November 2, North Shore Craft Beer Week brings together 10 breweries, one cidery and one distillery for 13 days of events. The opening night party featuring all of the participants (such as Beere Brewing, House of Funk and La Cerveceria-Astilleros) will be a big draw, but the nightly events throughout the festival sound just as fun – think Trivia Night at Windfall Cider, and Viking Day at Braggot Brewing.

Lumière Festival
November 2 – 6
With nightfall coming earlier every evening, the annual Lumière light festival is a most welcome event to brighten up the daily darkness. Consisting of a series of 29 interactive light displays in 12 locations throughout the West End, financial district and Yaletown, Lumière brings together works from 75 artists illuminating Vancouver’s downtown peninsula. Free and open to everyone, we’re especially excited about the displays coming to Jim Deva Plaza, just a few blocks from The Burrard. In the “Rec Room” atmosphere, check out the displays along with live LED performances and DJs.

Hopscotch Festival
November 20 – 26
Whisk(e)y lovers won’t want to miss Vancouver’s annual Hopscotch festival. While it officially includes beer and other spirits, whisk(e)y is the real draw. Now 28 years old, the event features more than 250 boozy beverages for festival-goers to sample, either as part of the Grand Tasting Hall (open on the Friday and Saturday nights) or the exclusive master classes during the week where they really pull out the good stuff!

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Photo Credits:
Feature Image: The Burrard’s courtyard: Julia Loglisci

North Shore Craft Beer Week: Vancouver’s North Shore website
The TUNNEL by Paul Magnuson: Lumière Festival Instagram account
The Glenlivet at the Hopscotch Festival: Hopscotch Festival Instagram account
Cirque du Soleil Kooza graphic: Cirque Du Soleil website