Vancouver Weekender: November 20 through 23, 2014

Ok, so it’s getting cold and rainy again.

But just because it’s cold it doesn’t mean we all have to be stiffs.

There’s a whole slew of stuff to keep you warm, well fed, and happy this weekend and realistically, what’s time off in December without a good stretch of time on in November.

Just stick with us, Vancouver and you’ll be all right.

The weekend starts now…

THURSDAY

Oh em gee. Like, for real.

The OMG Social Media Conference, (the acronym actually stands for Online Media Generation for anyone who quickly disregarded this due to valley girl speak), will bring together speakers from Hootsuite, Whole Foods, CityTV, Lululemon and more. The key goal? Make sure small businesses and those still grasping on to this ‘Facebook thing’ walk away with an actual understanding of social media. While having some fun…duh. If you don’t believe us, just peep the pre-party action by searching this hashtag: #OMGHootup.

If you have a dorky side that likes to watch the big blockbuster movies before the massive weekend rush – catch Thursday evening shows of the Hunger Games Mocking Jay Part 1. No longer restricted to midnight, there is now an 8pm addition. When co-workers quiz you on your lack of attention span on Friday morning, we just saved you from admitting: “uh, I was up until 3am watching the new Hunger Games”.  

As Movember winds down, there are a few more parties to squeeze in. Bare Essentials Skin Bar invites you to Show Off That Mo. Scotch tastings, giveaways, networking, and of course, necessary ‘mo grooming. It’s almost essential to attend – especially if your ‘mo is starting to hit that awkward stage.

FRIDAY

It’s the last Mercato: Italian Night Market of the year. We know. Just reading that probably got your mouth watering. Locally grown produce, handmade products from artisans in the community, Italian music and food from the chef at Il Centro – okay, we’ll stop making you drool now.

The Lords of Gastown guys will get on their Harleys and take off to Central America on December 1st for a greater cause: fresh, clean water for those in villages without easy access. The Clean Water Crusade is their biggest journey yet in partnership with Waves for Water. But, they wouldn’t leave without throwing a party first. The Freedom Is A Full Tank night will feature a pop-up shop and tattoo booth.

Sure to be even bigger than any year before it – Black Friday is really taking over. As much as it’s full on consumer mayhem, who are we to say no to some seriously good deals.

But not only will almost every shopping ‘hood have something happening, the bars and restaurants will also feature special deals so you can take a break from all the cardio and fuel up for another round. Remember: elbows up.

SATURDAY

Candytown takes over Yaletown again this year for all ages with horse drawn carriage rides, Santa photo ops, a Lindt piñata, and the All I Want For Christmas market. Did we mention it’s free? Yeah. One day only. Ignite the sweet Christmas spirit. 

Catch your favourite team in action at the annual Canucks Open Practice. The boys will be preparing to take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night – and this is your chance to get up close with Burrows, Sedins, and the whole roster for free. 

This might just be the best young professional party in the city until New Years. Throw on your best evening attire and tuxes for the James Bond 007 Jet Set Party at Vancouver Club.

SUNDAY

Learn and gain insight from five top branding experts at the This Is Branding event taking place at CoLab Communities in Coal Harbour. A full jam-packed agenda for the day will help you take your brand and business to another level.

The Christmas Market is back. Just remember, first things first: pause in front of the carousel for the perfect wintertime wonderland Instagram shot. (Yes, selfies are permissible.) Next, continue on to discover all the amazing eats. From fresh sausages to chocolate fondue, the Christmas Market serves as the perfect spot to start your holiday cooking inspiration and make a couple good buys for the number of gatherings that will fill your calendar in the next few weeks.

It’s the last day of the Hopscotch Festival. With the entire event almost fully sold out, there are still a few tickets available for access to one of the best whiskey, beer, and spirits events that comes to the city. And one damn good party.

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Cover photo courtesy Vancouver Club