5 Things to Do in Vancouver This Week (October 18-24)

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

Read on for this week’s lineup.

Credit: Rubberband, photo by Marie-Noëlle Pilon

1. Watch a Capoeira-Hip Hop Dance Show

October 21 to 23

Montreal-based Rubberband dance company’s 2020 show was the first Dancehouse cancelled because of the pandemic, so it’s fitting that it’s also the first one they’re bringing back to live audiences. Ever So Slightly combines “capoeira and b-boy style;” it’s a high-energy performance you’ll want to ooh and ahh over.

When: Thursday October 21 to Saturday October 23, shows at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Playhouse
Cost: From $35
More Info: dancehouse.ca

Credit: Arty Guava

2. Get Bookish at the Vancouver Writers Fest

October 18 to 24

The Vancouver Writers Fest is back in hybrid form with workshops, panels and readings from authors from here and beyond. You can find packed lineup here: for some local literary stars, check out the Power of Comics panel with Hiromi Goto, Gord Hill and Aminder Dhaliwal and the Home Truths panel with Jen Sookfong Lee and Lois Peterson.

When: Monday October 18 to Sunday October 24
Where: Various locations in-person and online
Cost: Varies
More Info: writersfest.bc.ca

Credit: L’Atelier Wildbirds

3. Shop Local at the Coho Maker’s Market

October 23

After successful summer collabs with other local restaurants, Coho Coffee is putting on an event that’s not just about eating (although there will be food trucks present, don’t worry). The first maker’s market is this Saturday, and features women-led jewellery and home goods brands including Seluna Creative, Paige Dress, Feminine Statement, Enso Herbals, Liv Homewares and L’Atelier Wildbirds (pictured above).

When: Saturday October 23, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Coho Coffee
Cost: Free entry
More Info: coho.coffee

Credit: Hand Tooled (4 Ellen), Dana Claxton

4. Buy Art (and Support the Kids) at the Arts Umbrella’s Splash Gala and Auction

October 23

The Arts Umbrella’s annual art auction and gala is this weekend, and online tickets are still available. For a remote experience, it’s pretty sweet—a livestream of the event, home catering delivery with cocktails, dedicated phone bidding, and an invitation to a Pendulum Gallery private tour. There’s work from almost 100 local and international artists (including the piece by Dana Claxton pictured above) available. The event proceeds benefit youth arts education across Metro Vancouver.

When: Saturday October 23, 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and online
Cost: From $400
More Info: artsumbrella.com

Credit: Once a Tree Furniture

5. Visit Once a Tree’s Pop Up Shop

Through November 30

It’s cozy season, and if you’re looking to update your linens (and not play a guessing game of is-this-actually-comfy while shopping online) you can head over to Once a Tree—they’re hosting a pop-up with Au Lit Fine Linens until the end of November. They’re the only retailer in Canada carrying an exclusive collection, so this is your only change to touch before buying.

When: All October
Where: Once a Tree Furniture showroom
Cost: Free entry
More Info: aulitfinelinens.com