Enjoy discounted dines at top Vancouver restaurants, experience 24 hour comedy, explore dark energy + more
1. First Table — Ongoing
SMC CommunicationsForget happy hour! Newly launched in Vancouver, international app First Table offers 50% off dining at 22 (and counting) popular restaurants such as Ancora, Papi’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, La Pentola and Mamie Taylors. Guests book the ‘first table’ of the night for a flat fee of $10 (for two to four people) to receive the discount.
2. Big Fun — Wednesday, November 20 to Sunday, November 24
Facebook/ Big FunCurated by local comedy leaders Cameron MacLeod, Jaik Puppyteeth and Sean Devlin, Big Fun is a new week-long festival of comedy, music, art, and food that hosts more than 15 events across 10 venues in the city. Performances include world class headliners Trixie Mattel of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Eugene Mirman of Bob’s Burgers, Jena Friedman of Adult Swim, Zack Fox, Dirty Bird Records boss Claude VonStroke mixed with the best underground Vancouver comedy and cult nights.
3. iMADE’s Christmas Market — Saturday, November 23
Facebook/ iMADEShop gift ideas from 50 talented local artists, artisans and micro businesses from B.C. There will be art, baked goodies, textiles, jewelry and there will be free kids face painting between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (as well as complimentary coffee and treats).
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street; Free; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Details online
4. Eagle Watching — Saturday, November 23
Facebook/ Squamish Eagle WatchJoin Parks Canada and Active Days on a trip from Vancouver to Squamish to see the majestic eagles of Brackendale. Volunteers from the Eagle Watch program will take the group through a presentation before heading to Eagle Run Dyke by the river to see the birds in their natural habitat.
$25 to $50; Details online
5. Feminist City — Wednesday, November 27
Facbook/ ZG CommunicationsWho is the city of Vancouver built for? How does our city actively reinforce social inequalities? And, most importantly, how do we revolutionize urban life in the name of social equality and justice? Join community members for a powerful, barrier-breaking discussion on how to transform Vancouver into a more feminist, inspiring and vibrant community.
580 West Hastings Street; All welcome; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Free entry; Details online
6. Eastside Drag Derby — Thursday, November 28
Facebook/ ::Man Up::Rev your engines for the brand new Eastside Drag Derby — brought to life by the team behind the Clubhouse/Warehouse, Man Up and Queers & Beers, Rhythm of The Night and Eastside queer spaces. All levels of experience are welcome to fight for the crown with three rounds (and a final on December 12).
The Clubhouse, 238 East 1st Avenue; 7 p.m.; $10 to $15; Details online
7. Cosmic Nights: Dark Energy — Thursday, November 28
Facebook/ H.R. MacMillan Space CentreGrab a friend and head to the space centre for Cosmic Nights – Dark Energy. Explore the mysteries of the dark energy that is said to permeate all of space and accelerate the expansion of the universe. Learn more about current missions and hot topics in astronomy and space exploration in this fun evening of science and socializing. Enjoy a custom planetarium show and guest lecturer, drinks, science demonstrations and trivia at this 19+ event.
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre; 7:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. planetarium star theatre shows; $25; Details online
8. Graham Clark’s 24 Hours of Stand Up — Friday, November 29 to Saturday, November 30
Facebook/ East Van ComedyVancouver's sweetheart comedian Graham Clark will do the impossible this November. From 8 p.m. on Friday the veteran comedian will launch into a 24-hour set with only a few bathroom breaks. After the first hour the comedian will then look for inspiration from his talented team of comedians sitting in the front row feverishly writing jokes for him to read, riff and rate.
Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive; $10 to $50; Details online
9. TOQUE Craft Fair — Friday, November 29 to Sunday, December 1
Facebook/ Western FrontTOQUE is Western Front’s annual fundraiser and craft fair. Held every December in the Luxe Hall at Western Front, the event features a curated selection of talented BC-based artists, designers and artisans. Proceeds from TOQUE support the year-round art and music programs at Western Front.
303 East 8th Avenue; Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; By donation; Details online
10. Christmas in Williams Park — Friday, November 29 to December 21
Facebook/ Christmas in Williams Park SocietyLangley lights up with holiday cheer with the well-loved family tradition that brings Christmas lights to the city’s Williams Park for three weeks of twinkling fun.
Williams Park, Langley; Daily 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Free; Details online