5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (November 27-December 3)

Check out a culinary gala for a cause, some family-friendly gingerbread decorating and a five-year celebration for Como Taperia.

Here’s your weekly roundup of the top events in the city, including art exhibitions, local theatre, restaurant openings, concerts, film, markets and other to-dos we think you’ll love. If you have a Vancouver event you’d like to submit for consideration, send an email to kdonaldson@canadawide.com.

From Passions 2022

1. Get Saucy for a Cause at Passions 2023

November 30

Spice things up at Passions 2023, Vancouver’s culinary gala for a cause, featuring the city’s top chefs and mixologists at Granville Island’s Performance Works. It promises to be a night of gourmet delights, cocktail excellence and do-goodery as proceeds go to fund the Dr. Peter Centre’s vital programs, ensuring that people with HIV, complex health and social needs are supported.

When: November 30
Where: Performance Works
Cost: $225 (VIP $300)
More Info: can.givergy.com/Passions2023


Credit: Maggi Mei (@magmei)

2. Make Spirits Bright (and Boozy) at A Christmas Cocktail Story

December 1-23

Who says Christmas can’t come early? Certainly not the folks at Dalina in Chinatown, who are turning every Wednesday to Saturday into a festive fête with A Christmas Cocktail Story. Picture this: retro holiday decorations that scream ’gram-worthy, mouth-watering fondue and holiday treats by Chef Karl Gregg of Rosie’s BBQ, and, of course, bespoke craft cocktails with a seasonal twist by the iconic Vancouver mixologist Scotty Marshall. Whether it’s for the ’gram or the glam, this pop-up promises a dash of nostalgia and a whole lot of holiday cheer. Just remember: Santa’s watching, so maybe stick to one cocktail… or not, we’re not judging!

When: December 1-23
Where: Dalina
Cost: $40 (includes a welcome drink, fondue, and a choice of cocktail)
More Info: rosieshospitality.ca/christmas-cocktail-story


3. Feast, Shop and Enjoy Some Art Under the Stars at Vancouver Night Market Winter Edition

December 1

Bundle up and feast your eyes (and stomachs) on the Vancouver Night Market Winter Edition—where food trucks meet vintage finds and modern art gifts, all wrapped up with a traditional Lion Dance and a free holiday photo booth.

When: December 1
Where: Robson Square
Cost: Free
More Info: www.instagram.com/vancouvernightmarketyvr


4. Celebrate With Tapas and Cheers at Como Taperia’s Five-Year Fiesta

November 27

Prepare for a night of Spanish flair as Como Taperia celebrates its fifth year with cava on tap and tapas on tables. Swing by for a fiesta of flavours, fun and a potential surprise after 10 p.m. Warning: may cause spontaneous flamenco dancing!

When: November 27
Where: Como Taperia
Cost: Free (with half-priced wine all night)
More Info: comotaperia.com

5. Decorate Gingerbread Houses at Honey Salt

December 3

Nothing brings a family together quite like cookie-based architecture! From 3 to 4:30 p.m., come to Honey Salt and build your own gingerbread house. They’ll supply the kits ($29 each) and you supply the delicious design. It’s $36 for adults and $21 for kids aged 3 to 12 (preteens aren’t into edible housing, anyway!) and each ticket includes a choice from their special curated Gingerbread Lunch Menus for both adults and kids, which includes a complimentary festive drink (spiked for the adults for surviving the group activity without swearing.)

When: December 3
Where: Honey Salt
Cost: Adults $36; Kids (3-12 years): $21; Kits: $29
More Info: www.parqvancouver.com/food-drink/honey-salt/