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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dine Out Vancouver 2015 - Cork & Fin Restaurant

My first Dine Out this year was at Cork & Fin in Gastown. This was a place that I had meant to visit in past years but never worked out. This year, I finally went with some coworker friends.

I love the rustic brick interior! We got seated upstairs in the corner where there was the least amount of light so the pictures aren't really good plus I was using my phone camera hahah.

Cork & Fin doesn't have the normal three course menu that other restaurants offer - it is a three savory course dinner; instead of dessert, we get two appetizers!

I started with the Lobster Bisque. It was pretty good - a bit on the salty side but had good flavour.

Photo by Bruce
The boys went with the oysters. They opted for the full dozen so that we could share. I'd get 6, and they each get 9. Worked out as our other friend Michelle, doesn't like them. I stole (with permission) Bruce's pretty photo of the oysters to post here heheh.

For the second appetizer, the majority of us chose the octopus & chorizo. I liked it, especially the octopus.

Bryan chose the smoked ricotta croquetter but was not impressed - it was pretty bland tasting.


For the main course, I was the odd man out this time - I had the wild mushroom cavatelli while everyone had the arctic char. I was told the char was good. Looking back I probably should have ordered that too. The cavatelli looked pretty but didn't have nearly enough wild mushroom in it - there were maybe only two tiny pieces of mushroom...so disappointing.

Overall, the dinner was underwhelming. The dishes were a mixture of hit and misses.  =/



Cork & Fin Restaurant
Dine Out Menu Price: $28

APPETIZER 

FRESH SHUCKED OYSTERS (3pc)
half dzn (+$8) full dzn (+$14) 
or 
 LOBSTER BISQUE
brandied apples, charred scallions 
or 
ARUGULA & PARMESAN SALAD
poached quail egg, tomato, sherry vinaigrette 


ENTREE (Mid Course)

PATE BRETON
bacon, fig, mushroom, apple gastrique 
or 
OCTOPUS & CHORIZO
toasted brioche, salsa rojo 
or 
SMOKED RICOTTA CROQUETTE
spiced tomato jam, leeks, potato 


DESSERT (Main Course)

WILD MUSHROOM CAVATELLI
chanterelle mushrooms, miso cream 
or
SOUS VIDE FLANK STEAK (+$2)
confit potato, cauliflower, braised purple cabbage 
or 
ARCTIC CHAR
gnocchi, edamame, beurre blanc



Cork & Fin on Urbanspoon

Aotoya Blue Door Japanese Restaurant


It's not often my family find a restaurant near our neighbourhood that we'd go back over and over again. We got wind of Aotoya from a Japanese friend who goes there often. She said that if you want authentic Japanese food on Victoria Drive, that's the place to go.


It's a family run restaurant, the chef is kindly old man. They aren't known for their sushi but their special teishoku combo, which includes  a main dish you choose, miso soup, rice, and two daily side dishes and pickled radishes.


Simmered Mackerel Teishoku
Grilled Mackerel Teishoku




We went there relatively late so we were the last ones in the restaurant when it was closing. The chef told us not to rush and was very friendly and told us about the history of his restaurant. He asked if we tried the Uni. He says sources them fresh and cracks them open at the restaurant and likes to use the best ingredients. He told us that his restaurant used to be in the West side but rent increased and because he refused to compromise the quality of the ingredients, he was forced to move to the East side. It was pretty interesting to hear his story.

For dessert we had black sesame mochi with red bean inside,



and green tea pudding. They both tasted so yummy!

They have special deals like 20% off or free dessert with $20 order. The price is decent and the food was very good. Looking forward to visiting again.


Aotoya Blue Door Japanese Restaurant 青戶家 on Urbanspoon

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vancouver Weekend Events (Jan 16 - 18, 2015)



Friday, January 16, 2015

Dine Out Vancouver Festival
JAN 16 - FEB 1, 2015  
Canada's largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences. Choose from $18, $28, $38 menus at various restaurants.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
January 17 - February 14, 2015
Various Participating Cafes (check website)
The VANCOUVER HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL is back for its fifth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine!

Dine Out Vancouver Festival
JAN 16 - FEB 1, 2015  
Canada's largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences. Choose from $18, $28, $38 menus at various restaurants.

Divers' Weekend
January 17 & 18, 2015 10 a.m - 5 p.m. 
Vancouver Aquarium 
This 16th annual celebration of diving will engage divers and non-divers alike. Featuring compelling diving demonstrations, exhibits and conversations, Divers’ Weekend will inspire visitors to further explore the oceans, exchange ideas and expand their horizons. Seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, and activities. Included with general admission to the Aquarium.  Certified divers receive 50 percent off admission or 10 percent off Aquarium membership with a valid certification card. Membership offer not available online – please purchase in person at membership services.

Non-GMO Show - $15
January 17-18, 2015, 10:00 - 5:00  
Vancouver Convention Center - East (999 Canada Place) 
$15 at the door, or $12 online if purchased in advance. Free for children 10 and under.
The Non-GMO show is dedicated to helping the community discover, sample and save on verified Non-GMO products, while learning from leading experts!

Gluten Free Expo - $15
January 17-18, 2015, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Center, East @ 999 Canada Place  
$15 at the door, or $12 online if purchased in advance. Free for children 10 and under.
Gluten Free Expo is Canada’s largest gluten free event. Discover, Sample, and Save on hundred’s of Gluten Free Products while learning from leading experts.

Wreck Beach Clean Up and Social
Saturday, 17 January 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Wreck Beach (Top of Wreck Beach Stairs, Trail 6) Northwest Marine Drive Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Beach cleanups are a fun and easy way to get involved and keep your beaches and oceans clean. Help keep our beach cleanups totally zero waste.

New Year Tea Gathering - $12, $10 (member)
Saturday, January 17, 2015 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm (4 sessions available) 
6688 Southoaks Crescent Burnaby BC V5E 4M7
Tea and Sweets included Children under 12 years old : Free (must be accompanied by an adult) No prior knowledge of tea ceremony or Japanese language is required. Attire: No jeans, miniskirt. Please bring a pair of white socks.

SpongeBob SquarePants visits VMM
Saturday January 17, 1.30 - 2.30pm  
Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3
This weekend, the Vancouver Maritime Museum will be joined by a very special visitor.  For the first time, SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet, in his new 3D movie, “THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER”, which hits theatre screens on February 6. As part of his campaign to promote the highly anticipated new 3D movie, SpongeBob SquarePants himself will be live at the Vancouver Maritime Museum this Saturday. Families who visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum will have an opportunity to meet the new Superhero SpongeBob and take photos with the famous character. Mini movie posters will also be available, while quantities last.

One Night Stand at the Shop Theatre - $10 
Jan 17, 2015 8:00 PM
195 East 2nd Street Vancouver, BC V5T 1B4
For one night only, the Shop Theatre hosts a hilarious stand up comedy show with comedians seen on Stand Up NBC, Bite TV, XM Radio, Hulu, and Comedy Time TV.  Line up includes Vanessa Woznow, Joey Commisso (Stand up NBC), Damian Johnson, Hans Kim (Tri-City Joke Off Competition Winner), and Ed Hill (Bite TV, XM Radio, Hulu, Comedy Time TV).    Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are only $10 in advance!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
January 17 - February 14, 2015
Various Participating Cafes (check website)
The VANCOUVER HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL is back for its fifth year, and this time, even more chocolate makers have come together to spike their hot chocolate drinks with the wildest, most delicious flavours you can imagine!

Dine Out Vancouver Festival
JAN 16 - FEB 1, 2015  
Canada's largest food and drink festival dishes up unlimited ways to enjoy the flavours of the city. Choose from a 17-day calendar of culinary events and experiences, hundreds of restaurants throughout the city and dozens of hotel options to create delicious dining experiences. Choose from $18, $28, $38 menus at various restaurants.

Divers' Weekend
January 17 & 18, 2015 10 a.m - 5 p.m. 
Vancouver Aquarium 
This 16th annual celebration of diving will engage divers and non-divers alike. Featuring compelling diving demonstrations, exhibits and conversations, Divers’ Weekend will inspire visitors to further explore the oceans, exchange ideas and expand their horizons. Seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, and activities. Included with general admission to the Aquarium.  Certified divers receive 50 percent off admission or 10 percent off Aquarium membership with a valid certification card. Membership offer not available online – please purchase in person at membership services.  

Non-GMO Show - $15
January 17-18, 2015, 10:00 - 5:00  
Vancouver Convention Center - East (999 Canada Place) 
$15 at the door, or $12 online if purchased in advance. Free for children 10 and under.
 The Non-GMO show is dedicated to helping the community discover, sample and save on verified Non-GMO products, while learning from leading experts!

Gluten Free Expo - $15
January 17-18, 2015, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Vancouver Convention Center, East @ 999 Canada Place  
$15 at the door, or $12 online if purchased in advance. Free for children 10 and under.
 Gluten Free Expo is Canada’s largest gluten free event. Discover, Sample, and Save on hundred’s of Gluten Free Products while learning from leading experts.

Vancouver Resource Investment Conference
January 18-19, 2015 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West 1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3 Canada 
Pre-register online for free admission or pay $20 at the door.
The Vancouver Resource Investment Conference is the world's largest resource investment conference dedicated on resource exploration and the largest of all annual trade shows held in Vancouver, Canada. Hear from investment thought leaders and wealth influencers. Speak one-on-one with executive members from companies covering every corner of the mineral exploration sector along with metals dealers, oil & gas, renewable energy, media and financial services companies. This is a must-see for investors and stakeholders in the global mining industry.   

A Day for the Birds
Sunday, January 18 Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Richmond Nature Park
Drop in and join a tour of this park's wildlife garden and learn how to make a garden habitat for birds. This event takes an ecosystems approach and highlights responsible feeding practices.

 

Farmers Markets:

10:00am - 2:00pm every Saturday until April 25
30th and Ontario Street in the East Parking lot and Plaza of Nat Bailey Stadium
Fresh, local, organic foods & crafts. 60+ vendors, hot food, music! Rain or Shine! 



Monday, December 08, 2014

Upcoming: Got Craft? Holiday Edition Dec 13-14, 2014


Got Craft? Celebrates Sweet Sixteen! The holiday spirit is in the air! Vancouver's largest indie craft fair, Got Craft?, is celebrating its 16th show at the Maritime Labour Centre from December 13-14, 2014.


"The holiday show includes 25% new vendors," says Andrea Tong-Tucker, one half of the husband-wife production team. "As well, there are new free DIY workshops by Delish General Store, Small Wonder, and Spool of Thread." D.I.Y. workshops will be on making gift tags, ornaments, and sewing projects.


Rogue Florist


New to the show this year is local-minded, wildflower inspired Rogue Florist, ethically fashionable Heidi the Artist, and Make More Happy, which features beautiful, locally designed, knit clothing.


Heidi the Artist




Make More Happy


As well, there will be local food carts to enjoy!

Got Craft? showcases independent, local vendors with a wide variety of curated handmade goods ranging from jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationary, housewares, plush toys, local artists, and more. Check out returning favourites like Mellifera Bees and Love My Local. In addition, vendors like The Beautiful Project greeting cards and Cabin + Cub jewelry are exclusive to Got Craft? this year. Got Craft? has partnered with West Elm and West Elm Market, which will hold samplings of five Got Craft? vendors at their stores on November 29th and December 6th, 2014.

The first 50 people through the door each day will receive a swag bag full of goodies from vendors and sponsors. Got Craft? is happening Saturday and Sunday December 13 and 14, 2014 between 10am-5pm at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street in Vancouver, B.C. Admission is $3 at the door.

Facebook: Facebook.com/GotCraft
Twitter: @LFieldsShoppe
Instagram: Instagram.com/lfieldsshoppe

For more information visit www.gotcraft.com 
 
 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Book of Mormon Vancouver Pre-sale Dec 4th!


Broadway Across Canada is bringing the musical that won of nine Tony Awards, THE BOOK OF MORMON, to Vancouver and you have a chance to get tickets prior to the general public. Pre-sale tickets for THE BOOK OF MORMON starts tomorrow, December 4th at 10am. Use this link to access pre-sale tickets:

http://www.ticketmaster.ca/venueartist/139293/1732682?brand=bac (Password: HELLO)
(Note: that the link won't work until tomorrow 10am.)



Read the press release here:

WINNER! TONY AWARD – BEST MUSICAL 
WINNER! NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD – BEST MUSICAL 
WINNER! DRAMA DESK AWARD – BEST MUSICAL 
WINNER! OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD – BEST MUSICAL 
WINNER! DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD – BEST MUSICAL 
WINNER! GRAMMY AWARD – BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM   

“THE BEST MUSICAL OF THIS CENTURY. Heaven on Broadway!  A celebration of the privilege of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.”
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES


Performances begin April 7 - 12, 2015 at the  
Queen Elizabeth Theatre  
Public On Sale, Monday, Dec 8th

The producers of the national tour of THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, and Broadway Across Canada announced today that single tickets will go on sale Monday, December 8th at 10am. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting www.ticketmaster.ca,  or by calling toll-free 1-855-985-5000. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 1-800-889-8457.  

Performances run Tuesday through Saturday Evenings at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2pm, and Sunday evening at 7:30pm

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q.  The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone) and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan.  Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus.  Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.


CONTAINS EXPLICITY LANGUAGE

BROADWAY ACROSS CANADA and Broadway Across America is part of the Key Brand Entertainment family of companies which includes Broadway.com and is operated by John Gore (Owner & CEO).  BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets.  As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre.  Current/upcoming productions include Beautiful, Betrayal, Bullets Over Broadway, Little Miss Sunshine, Million Dollar Quartet and Pippin. Past productions include Hairspray, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Memphis, Promises, Promises, The Producers and War Horse. Broadway.com is the premier theater website for news, exclusive content and ticket sales. For more information please visit BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca and Broadway.com.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Vancouver Weekend Events (Nov 28 - 30, 2014)


Friday, November 28, 2012

102nd Grey Cup Festival
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Canada Place Way, Vancouver
The 102nd Grey Cup Festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best Grey Cup Festival Vancouver has ever hosted! This year’s Festival kicks-off on Wednesday, November 26th and runs right through the weekend to the 102nd Grey Cup Championship on Sunday, November 30th.

Black Friday Photo Expo
Friday, November 28th and Saturday, 29th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Lansdowne Centre in Richmond, BC.
An exciting two days with all the major photographic brands in one place including Nikon, Canon, Leica, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax, Fujifilm, Manfrotto, Lowepro, and many, many more! Join us on November 28th and 29th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at Lansdowne Centre in Richmond, BC. And most importantly, Free Admission! Brand Representatives will be there to assist you with any questions you may have and to give demonstrations of their products.  With Seminars by Photographic Professionals and Industry Experts, Lucky Draws for some amazing prizes such as a Leica C (light gold), Fujifilm S8600, and more.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park - $11 max
November 27 – December 18 
on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance
During the holiday season, Stanley Park sparkles with two million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Make the Bright Nights Train part of your holiday tradition. Ride the train, watch animated displays, listen to holiday classics, sip warm cocoa, and feast on fresh popcorn or roasted nuts. Enjoy the sight of young eyes dazzled by the display of lights and the excitement of the holidays. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. Adult $11, Matinee $6. Entrance to the plaza is by donation (you don't need to purchase train tickets to see the lights). Donations will be accepted at the front gate. Suggested $4 minimum donation.

Saturday, November 29, 2012

UBC Engineering Open House
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 9am to 3pm.  
2332 Main Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC
Did you know engineers do more than build bridges and design fast cars? Engineers help prevent disease, reduce poverty and create solutions to protect people and our planet.    There’ll be cool demonstrations, fascinating lab tours, informative presentations. Talk to advisors, professors and current students about all your options. Learn how engineering can make a world of difference. Bring your friends and family to explore – we suggest you plan to attend the whole day, as there are activities happening throughout the day.

Strathcona Winter Craft Fair - $2
Saturday, Nov 29, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Strathcona Community Centre - 601 Keefer Street. Vancouver BC 
2nd annual Strathcona Winter Craft Fair. All proceeds from Strathcona Winter Craft Fair go towards our affordable and accessible childcare programs, such as preschool and out of school care.

11:00am - 3:00pm (Saturdays, Nov 22, 29, Dec 6 )
Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver
If you're in Vancouver for the holiday season, what's better than a Christmas craft fair, holiday market, winter artisan market, community centre craft show, holiday bake sale or a local church Xmas craft fair? You'll find beautifully decorated Xmas cookies, cupcakes, French macarons, croissants, breads, scones, toffees, chocolates, marshmallows, gluten-free, organic, vegan baked goods and much more!

Portobello West Holiday Market - $2
Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 5pm 
Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver B.C.
Portobello West is back at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre in Vancouver’s Olympic Village for our 8th Annual Holiday Market! Join us from 11am-5pm on November 29th & 30th for some great local holiday shopping! Swag Bags will be given out to the first 30 shoppers on both Saturday & Sunday!

Got Craft? Pop-Up at West Elm
Saturday, November 29th, 2014 AND Saturday, December 6th, 2014 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
West Elm Market (2915 Granville Street, Vancouver) and West Elm (2947 Granville Street, Vancouver)
West Elm and West Elm Market will be featuring five Got Craft? holiday vendors at their stores on Saturday, November 29th and Saturday, December 6th!  Here’s the list of participating makers:  Saturday, November 29th: District Dogs Designs, Locomotive Clothing, Make More Happy, Belevedere Gents, and Little Wren Designs.  Saturday, December 6th: Rogue Florist, LanaBetty Designs, Quirky Paper Co, Roxypop, and type b.  Each vendor will bring a selection of handmade goods including homewares, florals, knit and crochet accessories, jewelry, and paper goods. This is the perfect opportunity to say hello to some of your favourite makers and get a preview of the upcoming holiday show. See you there!

Christmas on the Drive 2014
Saturday, 1pm - 5pm
Grandview Park, Vancouver BC
FREE family fun event goes from 1pm and is hosted by the Commercial Drive Business Society. Join in the FREE festive activities: horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa, musical performances, kids crafts, face pairing, local merchant retail & food carts, plus the tree lighting at 5 pm!

Collingwood Winter Carnival + Tree Lighting
Saturday, 4pm - 8pm
Safeway Parking Lot (Kingsway & Tyne), Vancouver
Free holiday treats, Santa photos, magic snow, movie, balloon artist, carolers & more! Bring food bank donation & win prizes! 

102nd Grey Cup Festival
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Canada Place Way, Vancouver
The 102nd Grey Cup Festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best Grey Cup Festival Vancouver has ever hosted! This year’s Festival kicks-off on Wednesday, November 26th and runs right through the weekend to the 102nd Grey Cup Championship on Sunday, November 30th.
Shop The Neighbourhood
On Saturday November 29, 2014 Canadians nationwide are encouraged to support their communities’ small businesses by making a local purchase and taking advantage of exclusive event day deals offered in their neighbourhood.

Bright Nights at Stanley Park - $11 max
November 27 – December 18 
on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance
During the holiday season, Stanley Park sparkles with two million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Make the Bright Nights Train part of your holiday tradition. Ride the train, watch animated displays, listen to holiday classics, sip warm cocoa, and feast on fresh popcorn or roasted nuts. Enjoy the sight of young eyes dazzled by the display of lights and the excitement of the holidays. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. Adult $11, Matinee $6. Entrance to the plaza is by donation (you don't need to purchase train tickets to see the lights). Donations will be accepted at the front gate. Suggested $4 minimum donation..

Sunday, November 30, 2012

Portobello West Holiday Market - $2
Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 5pm 
Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver B.C.
Portobello West is back at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre in Vancouver’s Olympic Village for our 8th Annual Holiday Market! Join us from 11am-5pm on November 29th & 30th for some great local holiday shopping! Swag Bags will be given out to the first 30 shoppers on both Saturday & Sunday!

102nd Grey Cup Festival
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Canada Place Way, Vancouver
The 102nd Grey Cup Festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best Grey Cup Festival Vancouver has ever hosted! This year’s Festival kicks-off on Wednesday, November 26th and runs right through the weekend to the 102nd Grey Cup Championship on Sunday, November 30th.  

Bright Nights at Stanley Park - $11 max
November 27 – December 18 
on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park, via the West Georgia Street park entrance
During the holiday season, Stanley Park sparkles with two million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year. Make the Bright Nights Train part of your holiday tradition. Ride the train, watch animated displays, listen to holiday classics, sip warm cocoa, and feast on fresh popcorn or roasted nuts. Enjoy the sight of young eyes dazzled by the display of lights and the excitement of the holidays. Partial proceeds from the sale of Bright Nights tickets go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund. Adult $11, Matinee $6. Entrance to the plaza is by donation (you don't need to purchase train tickets to see the lights). Donations will be accepted at the front gate. Suggested $4 minimum donation.

Reoccurring

Vancouver Christmas Market - $7
November 22 to December 24 11:00am - 9:00pm
Just outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 649 Cambie Street  Vancouver, BC
The Vancouver Christmas Market is back from November 22 to December 24, 2012 on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza! This authentic German Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family and take in a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment events.  During your visits to the Christmas Market you’ll experience our mix of traditional food and beverage, as well as our selection of authentic wood carvings and toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery and other unique gifts. Stop off at our special children’s area, the Kid’s Market, to make Christmas gifts and ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel. For every paid admission you will receive a free Unlimited Entry Season's Pass!

Vancouver Festival of Trees
November 20, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (791 W. Georgia St.),
upper level of Pacific Centre Mall (650 W. Georgia St.)
For the past 27 years, Festival of Trees has transformed the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel and the corridors of Pacific Centre Mall into a vision of beautifully decorated trees with the goal of raising much-needed funds for BC Children's Hospital Foundation.  The Festival continues to bring together a vast array of generous sponsors both business and individual from Vancouver in what has become a much anticipated holiday tradition and the unofficial beginning of Christmas in the Vancouver. Every year, local businesses, organizations and individuals, sponsor and decorate their trees in a wacky, creative, unique, and always beautiful fashion.

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
1:00pm - 5:30pm November 22 - December 12
6501 Deer Lake Avenue  Burnaby, BC
The Village is illuminated this festive season with spectacular displays of lights that are sure to put you and your family into the holiday spirit! Lights in our parking lot are a teaser of what's to see inside. Delight in the shimmering Winter Wonderland near the Love Farmhouse, an Angel-Crossing at the bridge, a Holiday Lane and be wowed by the gigantic multi-coloured Christmas tree sparkling near the carousel.



Farmers Markets:

10:00am - 2:00pm every Saturday until April 25
30th and Ontario Street in the East Parking lot and Plaza of Nat Bailey Stadium
Fresh, local, organic foods & crafts. 60+ vendors, hot food, music! Rain or Shine! 

Hastings Park Winter Market
Sundays, Oct 5 - Nov 30, 10am - 2pm
Hastings Skatepark, Vancouver, BC V5K 4A6