Vancouver Adventures: Our Picks For November 1 to 7

This week: Be baffled and buzzed with Magic and Martinis, enjoy an express lunch at MARKET, take a good old fashioned trip to the circus, and more

Lost Souls of Gastown – October 17 to November 2 and November 7, 8, 14, 15

Time is running out to catch the city’s most macabre tour. The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour tells the tale of scandalous bawdy houses, gristly murder and more. Discover the dark underbelly of Vancouver in this “gothic theatre adventure” and discover the secrets that line Gastown’s cobblestone streets. The terrifying tour runs on selected nights up until November 15 and you can purchase tickets online for $19 for seniors and students and $22 for adults.

Magic and Martinis – November 1

Nobody does old-school glamour and classic Vegas-style intrigue quite like Chinatown’s favourite cocktail bar, The Emerald. On November 1 they’re hosting magician Merlin Cosmos for Martinis and Magic, a night filled with, well, exactly what it sounds like. Get dolled up in your classiest cocktail attire and save $10 on tickets online or at the door. Sip a cocktail and sit back and enjoy magnificent magic and lots of laughs.

B.C. Uncorked – November 1

B.C. Uncorked is the perfect place to celebrate all the tastiest things our province has to offer. With samples from over 40 wineries from across the province and a carefully selected group of local restaurants, the event promises to tempt all your senses. Included with your ticket are a souvenir wine glass, samples and a chance to take part in their silent auction. Proceeds from the event go to supporting Ride2Survive, a charity that raises money for cancer research. 

Credit: MARKET

MARKET’s Express Lunch Menu – Monday to Friday, Ongoing

You’ve heard of a power lunch, but MARKET is putting the emphasis on speed with their new Express Lunch menu. In-a-hurry-lunchers can opt for a two-course meal for $27 or a three-course meal (because honestly, are you ever in that much of a rush that you’ll skip dessert?) for $32. And don’t think that express menu will skimp on selection, you’ll still find mouth-watering favourites like the Steelhead Sashimi on Crispy Rice with Chipotle Emulsion.

Crème De La Crème Wedding Showcase – November 2

The 10th Annual Crème De La Crème Wedding Show is the pinnacle of elegance for local brides-to-be, and this year’s show will be setting the bar even higher. Hosted by the Four Seasons Hotel, this glamorous show promises a day of pampering and inspiration for your dream wedding. Grab tickets now to get access to their haute couture fashion show and their expertly curated panel of wedding professionals. 

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Moustaches for Movember – November 4

A good moustache is more than a passing trend amongst hipsters, it’s become the designated mascot for raising awareness and funds for men’s health (check out our story on the Message Behind the Message). Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew will be home to Moustaches for Movember, a night to celebrate the moustache with drinks and a tie auction. The auction will be hosted by Breakfast TV’s Fiona Forbes, and will feature some of BCLiving’s favourite local celebs like Whitecaps’ captain Jay DeMerit, fitness guru Tommy Europe, and more. 

Communal Table Dinner at Miradoro Restaurant – Tuesdays until December 30

The Okanagan is home to Miradoro restaurant, a place where “rustic meets elegance in delicious harmony.” They’re always setting the bar high for culinary events, and now thanks to Tinhorn Creek Vinyards, every Tuesday you can join them for their Communal Table Dinner. The Communal Table brings together guests with things that everyone can get behind, like mouthwatering local food and wine and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Every week they’ll be serving up something different for their multi-course dinner. Stop by this week for a taste of their paella. 

Umbrella Launch Party at Joe Fortes – November 5

Vancouver’s rainy weather won’t be quite as miserable with an umbrella from the Vancouver Firefighters’ Umbrella Campaign. Raising money for a school snack program for impoverished kids, over 200 firefighters will be at major intersections downtown selling umbrellas. To kick off the campaign, Joe Fortes will be hosting a launch party the night before with delicious appies, drinks and entertainment. 

CircusFest Vancouver – November 6-9

Vancouver’s first-ever circus extravaganza is fun for the whole family that’s not to be missed. CircusFest runs for four days at a variety of venues across the city. The lineup includes a range of jaw-dropping shows that fuses acrobatics, theatre and more for non-stop entertainment. Get involved by dropping by some of their workshops, like a free class on “laughter yoga”, Juggling Arts, and Acrobatics for Everyone. 

Moonlight Masquerade – November 7

Don your most elaborate masquerade mask for Surrey’s Moonlight Masquerade fundraiser. Be sure to dress up in your best for a night of mystery and sophistication. Raising money for Beneath One Sky, ANCOP and SOS Children’s Village, it will be open to revelers of all ages, but still licensed. A ticket to the masquerade includes admission, one complimentary drink, appetizers and entrance in a door prize raffle.

Render: Vancouver International Music Video Festival – November 7

Video may have killed the radio star, but Render: Vancouver International Music Video Festival is making a strong case that the sacrifice was worth it. This annual event pays tribute to the art of the music video regardless of genre. Hosted by Vancity Theatre, the festival will have videos from around the world and from local gems. It’s the perfect place to spend a day immersing yourself in the most innovative, original music videos in the world.