Whiskey, Celtic carols, and Indigenous drag queens – there’s a lot to celebrate.
(Photo Credit: The Hopscotch Festival.)
Despite its cutesy name, the Hopscotch Festival isn’t a celebration of sidewalk chalk and pigtails (shocking, we know). In fact, it’s a far more mature event – a festival of beer, whiskey and spirits. Thousands of craft and premium beers, international spirits, and select wines and foods will be available in the Grand Tasting Hall. Now’s the time to become the superior connoisseur you were born to be. When: Monday, November 19 – Sunday, November 25 Where: PNE Forum and various Vancouver restaurants Cost: From $40 More Info: hopscotchfestival.com (Photo Credit: Tuc Craft Kitchen.)
Sip on curated creations from the Okanagan’s best small-batch, boutique wineries at Tuc Craft Kitchen’s Taste of BC Terroir Dinner. This five-course fillup showcases chef Roy Flemming’s comfort food and two wines per dish (yes, that’s ten wines, you mathematician, you). Treat yo’ self with coconut chili bisque, cured elk, chocolate ginger budino, and of course, a small waterfall’s worth of wines. When: Tuesday, November 20 6:00 p.m. Where: Tuc Craft Kitchen Cost: $95 More Info: tuccraftkitchen.com (Photo Credit: The Barra MacNeils.)
Get in the holiday spirit with Canada’s “first family of Celtic music,” the Barra MacNeils. This band of siblings croons tunes spanning Celtic and North American folk, country, and pop, and features unique instruments like the mandolin, tin whistle, and bouzouki (a stringed instrument with a sharp metallic sound – but you totally knew that). When: Thursday, November 22 7:30 p.m. Where: Centennial Theatre Cost: From $48 More Info: nvrc.ca/centennial-theatre (Photo Credit: Indigenous International Film Festival.)
Glue gun duels, lip-synch battles, and photoshoots with crocodiles: Indigenous drag queens aren’t messing around. Take an intimate dive into the world of the Australian Indigenous Drag Queen pageant in the feature film Black Divaz, part of Vancouver’s first ever Indigenous International Film Festival. This two-day fest runs all day Friday and Saturday, and includes screenings and panels from some of the world’s best established and up-and-coming indigenous storytellers, filmmakers and performers. When: Friday, November 23 3:30 p.m. Where: Vancity Theatre Cost: From $11 More Info: indigenousinternationalfilmfestival.com (Photo Credit: Homes for the Holidays.)
Tour of Tidings
Get some major holiday décor inspo at Homes for the Holidays, a tour through some of West Vancouver’s most decked-out halls. The tour is led by local homeowners, designers and retailers and features six houses, each decorated with a unique holiday flair. Proceeds benefit Kids Help Phone, and the style tips benefit anyone who wants to be known as the Santa Claus of home décor. When: Saturday, November 24 – Sunday, November 25 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: West Vancouver Cost: From $50 More Info: kidshelpphone.com