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Aurora Winter Festival At Hastings Park/PNE November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020

19 Nov

Looking for something fun and seasonal to do?  Canada’s largest winter festival comes to Hastings Park and the PNE with the Aurora Winter Festival.  The festival will have a wide array of events to keep the whole family entertained.  There will be both indoor and outdoor activities. You can wander the Luminous Gardens, Whimsical Forest, Polar Passage and the Land of Giants.  Or stop by and meet Santa Claus at the North Pole which will have a crafty section for kids.  While there you can write a letter to Santa which we hear gets delivered to the North Pole.  There will also be an outdoor skating rink as well as amazing light display. For shopping, expect to find a Christmas Market. If you get hungry, there will be food gardens. For fun, there will also be a tube park along with other amusement rides.  Tickets for the event are available from TicketLeader. Tickets are purchased by the hour you arrive ie. 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 3:00 – 4:00 pm and most ticket prices are approximately $20 adults, $15 for children and a family pass for $62, but note if you wish to get their earlier in the day, there is a $2 discount per ticket for those that wish to get an early start on the experience.

UPDATE ON HOURS: For those wishing to attend the Aurora Winter Festival during the week, organizers have advised they are realigning their hours and will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the following dates: December 3, 4, 10 and 11).

Photo Credit: Aurora Winter Festival

What’s On East Van: November 23rd Edition

23 Nov


Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming week.  Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Holiday Market – Italian Cultural Centre – November 23rd

The Italian Cultural Centre is hosting their annual Holiday Market this Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. You can expect to find some traditional Italian food products including olive oil, panettone and Christmas cookies in amongst 40 local vendors featuring wine, pottery, jewellery, chocolates and a host of gift ideas.  Admission is free and as always, there will be some delish food available for purchase and likely a few food trucks at the ready as well. For those with young ones, there will be a Kids Corner from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm featuring free photos (with your camera) with Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

The Dark Eighties Fall Ball – Eastside Studios – November 23rd

Looking to relive some of the hair, music and clothes of the 80s?  You may wish to check out The Dark Eighties Fall Ball happening Friday night at Eastside Studios. Tickets are $12 at the door.  Fun begins at 9:00 pm.  For more information, visit Eventbrite.

Maker Market At The Ellis – 1024 Main Street – November 23rd

Maker Market at the Ellis 2.0 is happening this Friday night from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. You are invited to come shop and support some of Vancouver’s local makers whilst enjoying a happy hour cocktail featuring some of their products. Food trucks will be on hand for those that get hungry. Entry is free. Everyone welcome. This is a family and dog friendly event.

20th Annual West Coast Guitar Night – The Cultch – November 24th

This Saturday, The Cultch plays host to the 20th Annual West Coast Guitar Night. The evening features acoustic jazz, classical, folk, world, flamenco and more.  This should be a spectacular musical evening. Tickets are $34 and available at The Cultch.

Christmas On The Drive – Grandview Park – November 24th

The Commercial Drive BIA is hosting Christmas On The Drive this Saturday at Grandview Park between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. The event features free pictures with Santa, a horse-drawn carriage rides down Commercial Drive a tree lighting at 5:00 pm.  There will be some live music on the main stage in Grandview Park along with lots of activities for the kids including face painting, balloon twisting and caricatures.  Hot chocolate and cider will be available to keep you warm.

Movie ‘Sharkwater Extinction – Rio Theatre November 24th

An important movie ‘Sharkwater Extinction’ by activist and filmmaker Rob Stewart shows at the Rio Theatre this Saturday afternoon.  Rob Stewart shows how sharks are being hunted to extinction, and with that comes the destruction of our life support system. The filmmaker’s aim is to help stop the slaughter. In the movie, he follow sharks and the money  into the elusive pirate fishing industry.  Movie shows at 1:45 pm Saturday. If you can’t make it then, it will be shown again Sunday at 5:10 pm.

The Enemy – Firehall Arts Centre – Until December 1st

A contemporary political drama continues this weekend at the Firehall Arts Centre. The Enemy is an interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, a female Dr. Stockman discovers contamination in the community’s water source and is branded an enemy and accused of destroying the local economy. For tickets, visit Firehall Arts Centre.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

If it’s comedy you are after, Graham Clark’s Laugh Gallery happens at Havana Theatre every Monday night.  For live music, this Friday  Café Deux Soleils hosts Quinn Pickering’s album release ‘Baby Blue’ featuring live music by the artist along with guests at 9 pm.  Also, the Libra Room on The Drive has a regular line up of music. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm, no cover.

Two winter farmer markets happen this weekend. Saturday it’s the Riley Park Farmers Market from a0:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, the Hastings Park Farmers Market also happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter 

Christmas Market At The Italian Cultural Centre November 20

18 Nov

ItalianNightMarketXmasThe Italian Cultural Centre invites you to their first Christmas Market on Friday, November 20th. They have a great line up of vendors for this market. Some you will recognize from their outdoor markets this summer like Bob Ali that makes the most amazing hummus and Orazio’s Olive Oil.  There will be lots of new vendors on hand for those that wish to make a start on their Christmas shopping such as Umbrella Bird Jewellery, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, Birch & Balsam, Thirsty Wale Elixirs, Albert’s Jams, The Little Art Room, Odd Society Spirits and Marc Simpson Wines. For those that get a little hungry while shopping, there will be a few food trucks on hand including Reel Mac & Cheese Food Truck, Cannoli King Food Truck and Cheeses Crust Food Truck.  The Italian Cultural Centre is located at 3075 Slocan Street (at Grandview Highway). The Christmas Market will run from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm  We expect this will be another great market. See you there!

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