Before we turn our attention toward holiday light installations and Christmas markets, we’ve got several different big events coming up this week to share. Namely, the Eastside Culture Crawl, which is returning for its 26th year, and the first-ever IndieFest. And for those who want to learn a bit more about astronomy or check out a retro-themed bar this week, we’ve got you covered too. Without further ado, here are 10 of the best things to do around Vancouver this week (November 14-18).

Eastside Culture Crawl

The 26th annual Eastside Culture Crawl is almost here! Starting Thursday, November 17th, the crawl will take place across 80 different buildings in East Van with more than 500 local artists showcasing their work. Explore the open studios, peruse unique jewelry and home goods, and connect with the artists themselves. Oh, and did we mention this event is completely free?

When: Thursday, November 17 to Sunday, November 20th
Where: See link above

IndieFest 2022

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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 16th to 27th. With 14 in-person events to choose from, we’re sure this year’s program will achieve its goal of inspiring collective healing and a new generation of storytelling.

When: November 16th to November 27th
Where: Multiple locations

Take a journey through the cosmos at H.R. Macmillan Space Centre (Adults only)

Take a journey through the universe during H.R. MacMillan Space Centre’s Quantum Cosmology event and dive into hot topics in astronomy and space exploration in this fun evening of science and socializing. Enjoy a custom planetarium show, guest lecturer, drinks, and science demonstrations at this 19+ event.

Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver
When: Thursday, November, 17th, 2022; 6:30 PM – 10 PM
Cost: $25+ taxes for in-person and $8+ taxes for Zoom

Vancouver Giants


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Switching gears a bit, the Vancouver Giants have a home game coming up against the Blazers on Friday, November 18th. Grab a $20 ticket while you can and head to the Arena Bowl at the Langley Events Centre for the action. You can view the full list of home games scheduled for this season here.

When: Several dates in November
Where: 7888 200 Street Langley
Cost: $23.70+

The Day I Became a Woman + The House is Black  at The Polygon

This Thursday, November 17th, The Polygon in North Van is screening two feminist films from Iran: The Day I Became a Woman and The House is Black (dir. Marzieh Meshkini). Note that both films are in Persian, but will include English subtitles. Admission is by donation, and all screenings begin at 7 pm.

When: Every Thursday in November
Where: 101 Carrie Cates Court
Cost: By donation

Cannibal Corpse

Let’s just say that Cannibal Corpse is not rated PG. The Buffalo-formed death metal band with over 15 albums has had several lineup changes over the years, but that hasn’t made their live performances any less interesting or jaw-dropping. Definitely a top pick for fans of horror-inspired music.

When: Thursday, November 17th and Friday, November 18th
Where: 254 East Hastings
Cost: $57.25+

Pop-up Latin dance classes 

This week, Vancouver Civic Theatres is hosting a series of $10 pop-up Latin dance classes at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Salons. If you’ve been looking to connect with other dance enthusiasts or learn some new steps, this is a great opportunity to do both.

When: November 18th
Where: 630 Hamilton Street
Cost: $10

Plan a romantic date


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Even when it’s raining (or snowing), it’s not hard to have some date-night fun around this city. And if you need some inspiration, we’ve got you covered with some romantic date ideas for all kinds of weather – just to be prepared. From checking out a new Italian restaurant to hanging out on a heated patio, here are 15 ideas to get you started.

Where: See our picks above

Go on a fall hike

This glorious week of sunshine is the perfect time to get in a fall hike before the majority of the leaves have fallen from the trees. Explore our beautiful province, get your steps in for the month, and soak in all those changing colours while you can.

Where: Check out our picks above

Hit up a retro-themed bar

While there are many themed bars in Vancouver, spanning tropical-inspired to speakeasy-esque, we have to say there’s something special about retro-themed bars. Luckily for Vancouverites, the only problem you’ll have is choosing one (or a couple) for a fun night out with your person. From this 60s/70s-inspired spot in Mount Pleasant to Glitch Retro Arcade, here are our top picks.

Where: Check out our picks above

And that’s a wrap on this week, Vancouver! We hope it’s a great one!