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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

Winter Farmer Markets In East Van

14 Nov

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Summer weather may have left us, but farmer markets continue which help support our local growers and makers.  In East Van, you have 2 options to choose from depending on your location, or the day that works best for you.

Riley Park Farmers Market – Every Saturday  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Riley Park Farmers Market is now a year round market happening every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 30th & Ontario.  This is a great space located next to a community garden with ample parking and located on a bike route.

Hastings Park Farmers Market – Every Sunday From  Nov. 3 – April 26, 2020

The Hastings Park Farmers Market runs every Sunday now until April 26th in the New Year.  The market is located on the Centre Grounds of the PNE.

Whichever market you choose, stop by and support your local growers and makers.

PNE Pumpkin Promenade November 1 At Hastings Park: Food Waste Diversion Project

29 Oct

PNEPumpkinPromenadeWhat do you do with your pumpkin after Halloween? There is of course composting, a very good option, but there is another option this year. The PNE is doing something very cool that reduces waste, does something positive for the environment and animals and is fun. On Friday, November 1st between 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm you are invited to bring your pumpkin(s) to a FREE PNE PUMPKIN PROMENADE at the Hastings Park Sports Court. All the pumpkins will be lit up and put on display. After the event, volunteers for Pumpkins For Pigs will round up all the pumpkins which will be delivered to local farms and made into treats for animals as part of a Food Waste Diversion Project. Tim Horton’s Kaslo will have hot chocolate and snacks on hand, but you are asked to bring your own cup.

NOTE: Pumpkins should not have black markings. If they do, you are asked to remove it with rubbing alcohol. All candles and dripped waxed must be removed prior to the event. Organizers will provide flameless candles.

What’s On East Van: April 19th Edition

19 Apr

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

Make It! – PNE Forum – April 19th to 21st 

Make It! Vancouver is at the PNE Forum Friday to Sunday with over 200 makers.  Lots of great vendors including some local favs East Van Light, East Van Jam, Sarah Mulder Jewellery, Mameyo with beautiful handcrafted leather goods and Royal City Donuts, I mean honestly who doesn’t love donuts? Admission is $6.00 for adults, children 12 and under are free.  Purchase your advance ticket online and save 50%.  To purchase your  ticket, visit Eventbrite.

Easter Family Event – Britannia Community Centre – April 20th 

Britannia Community Centre is hosting a free Easter Family Event in Gym D from Noon to 2:00 pm.  There will be a bouncy castle, games, crafts and of course treats for the kids.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – Rio Theatre April 20th 

A classic movie is playing at the Rio Theatre this Saturday Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. This is Gene Wilder at his best in his role as emperor of the world’s great candy empire. This is an all ages show that gets under way at 3:15 pm. To get your advance tickets, visit The Rio Theatre

Eggstravaganza – Hastings Park – April 21st

The Vancouver Farmers Market has teamed up with local egg producers to bring Eggstravaganza to Hastings Parking this Sunday.  They will have live chickens on hand, a heirloom egg display and free natural egg dyeing. Hastings Park Farmers Market happens from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Britannia Ice Rink – Free Skate – April 22nd

Britannia Ice Rink hosting a FREE public skate from 1:00 – 3:30 pm.  Skate rental included.

Earth Day – Everett Crowley Park – April 27th (NOTE CORRECTED DATE)

A great group of volunteers gather every year to plant trees in Everett Crowley Park in SE Vancouver. Everett Crowley Park is a 38-hectare large forested park and if you don’t know, was once a garbage dump. It is now Vancouver’s 5th largest park.  Saturday, April 27th, you can help plant one of a 1,000 trees from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will also be face painting for the kids and the opportunity to make your own chia pet courtesy of the folks at River District.

Documentary ‘Free Solo’ – Rio Theatre – April 22nd

Final screening of the documentary Free Solo happens at the Rio Theatre this Monday.  FREE SOLO is an Oscar nominated production that showcases the stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber who prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock, the 3,000 foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. This is an edge-of-your seat thriller.  Free Solo shows Monday at 3:30 pm. For tickets, visit the Rio Theatre.

LIVE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT & COMEDY

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

What’s On East Van: March 22nd Edition

22 Mar

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

Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show – PNE Forum – March 21st – 23rd

The Vancouver Gem & Mineral Show kicks off at 1:00 pm on Friday and runs till the end of the weekend. There is a long list of exhibitors with a beautiful array of items.  Bonus is children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

Hot Honey Brown – The Cultch – To March 30th 

Hot Honey Brown continues this weekend The Cultch. Don’t miss this wild ride from Australia that brings six sassy women on stage who are here to make some noise and smash some stereotypes.  Tickets start at $22 and are available online at The Cultch.

Jesus Christ: The Lost Years – Havana Theatre – March 22nd and 23rd

If you ever wondered what Jesus might have been up to between the ages of 13 and 30 well this weekend’s your chance.  Monster Theatre brings Jesus Christ: The Lost Years to Havana Theatre for a couple more nights this Friday and Saturday.  Tickets are available online $15-$20 through Showpass.

Musical Intergenerational Event – Trout Lake Community Centre – March 23rd

This Saturday morning, Trout Lake Community Centre is hosting a Musical Intergenerational Event for the whole family.  You are invited to come and dance and sing along to the music from 10:30 am to 11:45 am. This is an all ages event and cost is $1.00 per person.

East End History Walk With James Johnstone – 696 East Hastings St. – March 23rd

James Johnstone is back offering his East End History Walk this Saturday, March 23rd.  Tour starts at The Heatley, 696 East Hastings at 10:00 am and runs for 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Cost is $20 per person.  To reserve your spot, email James at historywalks@gmail.com.

Screaming Chickens Theatrical Society Monthly Taboo Revue – Wise Hall – March 23rd

The Screaming Chickens Theatrical Society are hosting their monthly burlesque variety show at the Wise Hall this Saturday night. This is a 19+ show.  Show gets under way at 9:00 pm.

Movie ‘A Star is Born’ – Rio Theatre – March 23rd

If you haven’t yet managed to see A Star Is Born, you get your chance this Saturday night at the Rio Theatre. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga blend their talents for this passionate story. Movie kicks off at 8:30 pm.  If you can’t make it Saturday, it shows again on Monday at 8:45 pm at the Rio.

Comedy, Entertainment & Live Music

Looking for more live music, did you know The Heatley in Strathcona regularly features live music?  Every Sunday they offer bluegrass music with brunch 11 am – 3 pm.

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market 10 am – 2 pm. Sunday is Hastings Park Farmers Market also 10 am – 2 pm.  To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Winter Farmer Markets In East Vancouver

30 Oct

FarmersMarketProduceRiley Park Farmers Market – Every Saturday

In case you missed the news, Riley Park Farmers Market is now a year round market happening every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at 30th & Ontario.   This is a great space located next to a community garden with ample parking and located on a bike route.

Hastings Park Farmers Market – Sundays Nov. 4 – April 28, 2019

The Hastings Park Farmers Market kicks off Sunday, November 4th at Hastings Park and happens weekly every Sunday until April 28, 2019 except for Sunday, December 30th. The market is located on the PNE grounds by the Hastings Skatepark.

Whichever market you choose, stop by and support your local makers!

Winter Farmer Markets Are Back At Nat Bailey Stadium & Hastings Park

31 Oct

ProduceEricUrquhartVancouver Farmers Market hosts two winter farmer markets this year. Both kick off this weekend. Nat Bailey Stadium kicks off this Saturday, November 4th and Hastings Park happens Sunday, November 5th. These markets happen rain or shine and continue into April.  So if they can be out there in all the elements, so can we to support our local growers and makers.

Nat Bailey Stadium – November 4 to April 21 / 10 – 2

The biggest Winter Farmers Market is at Nat Bailey Stadium, 4601 Ontario Street on Saturday November 4th and runs each Saturday until April 22nd, 2018 save for December 30th.  The market runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Hastings Park – November 5 to April 29 / 10 – 2

If you prefer heading to the farmers market on a Sunday, then be sure to check out the now popular market at Hastings Park.  This farmers market will run every Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until April 30, 2018 save for December 24th and December 31st.  The market is located on the Centregrounds.

Photo Credit: Eric Urquhart

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