If you’re looking for a mix of art shows, concerts, and holiday markets to check out in Vancouver, this week is your week. So don’t let the rain and early sunsets deter you – there’s plenty worth leaving your sofa for! From the return of the city’s annual Vancouver Christmas Market to the Eastside Culture Crawl, here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Vancouver this week (November 13-17).

Vancouver Christmas Market

Starting this week, Jack Poole Plaza will transform into the ultimate winter wonderland, complete with mulled wine, freshly made pretzels, and bratwurst – all thanks to this year’s Vancouver Christmas Market.

When: Thursday, November 16th to December 24th
Where: 1055 Canada Place
Cost: $14 for advanced bookings

Shania Twain 


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Dust off your dancing boots, because ‘from this moment on,’ 2023 will see you two-stepping with the queen of country! Canadian legend and fashion icon, Shania Twain is performing at Rogers Arena on November 14th.

When: Tuesday, November 14th
Where: Rogers Arena
Cost: $133.42+

Sponsored: Anything for Fame Documentary

Welcome to the wild frontier of the “attention economy” where young guns are rollin’ the dice for fame n’ fortune while climbing the online social ladder. The documentary “Anything for Fame” was spearheaded by local Vancouver director, Tyler Funk, and takes you behind the scenes of the wild west that is today’s world of social media. Stream this new movie for free and get to know a whole new breed of content creators.

When: Wednesday, November 8th, 2023
Where: nfb.ca
Cost: Free

November Chamber Players: VSO

On Wednesday, November 15th (and 19th), the VSO November Chamber Players will be performing Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 and
Enescu: Octet for Strings in C major, Op. 7. The show will commence at 8 pm at Pyatt Hall.

When: Wednesday, November 15th and 19th
Where: 843 Seymour Street
Cost: $41.90

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

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Innovation Arts and Entertainment is presenting Dr. Seuss’ beloved story, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical for seven performances at The Centre in Vancouver from November 14th to 18th. Hailed by The New York Times as “100 times better than any bedtime story,” this classic holiday musical is sure to entertain adults and children alike.

When: November 14th to 18th
Where: 777 Homer Street
Cost: $68

Eastside Culture Crawl

Now, we come to this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl, which brings over 500 presenting artists to open studios and locations across Vancouver’s Eastside. Visitors can expect to engage with the local art scene and see a variety of mediums, from paintings, sculptures, pottery, and prints to glassware, furniture, and jewelry.

When: Thursday, November 16th to 19th
Where: Venues at Columbia Street, First Avenue, Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront
Cost: Free admission


IndieFest brings together a plethora of emerging musicians and artists from all walks of life to highlight the stories and people that may have been overshadowed by history and tradition. From modern opera and Indigenous art to drag theatre, the festival has it all, taking place across several venues from November 17th to 26th.

This year’s theme is ‘Future Mythologies,’ highlighting forgotten histories, and empowering BIPOC artists to bring new stories into the world, according to the event’s website.

When: Friday, November 17th to November 26th
Where: Multiple locations

Armin Van Buuren 

In addition to music, this Dutch DJ and producer hosts a weekly radio show, which is broadcasted to nearly 40 million listeners across 100 radio stations. According to his website, he is dedicated to losing himself in his music every time he steps into a DJ booth – so you know this concert is going to be unreal this week.

When: November 17th
Where: PNE Forum
Cost: $88.50 – $118.50+

Vancouver Giants

For the hockey lovers out there, the Vancouver Giants are playing home games at the Arena Bowl at the Langley Events Centre on November 10th, 17th, 18th, and 25th. Tickets start at just over $20 a pop, and you can view the full list of home games scheduled for this season here.

When: Friday, November 17th
Where: 7888 200 Street Langley
Cost: $23.70+

Go on a fall hike 

Hiking through some of BC’s most scenic, picturesque trails is what makes seeing the changing foliage so worthwhile, in our opinion. So if you’re itching for a good hike that’s rewarding in fall scenery, check out some of the trails above.

Where: See our picks above

And that’s a wrap on the week, Vancouver!