Vancouver Weekender: November 8 through 11, 2012

It’s looking like we might just escape having to endure yet another soggy weekend on the coast – so with that in mind, we’ve kept this weekender fully stocked with stuff to do to get you out and about exploring the city. Read on and learn about what’s happening and find new spots to grab a bite while you watch the games and get groovy, Bond-style.

Shake things up on Thursday night and head over to Shangri-La’s XiShi Lounge to check out their Bond-themed party, From Shangri-La with Love. There are still $50 tickets for the event available here – and plenty of reasons to don your best Bond-inspired look. There will be prizes for best-dressed femme fatales, spa treatments to be won, live music, dancing and martinis galore. Party starts at 8pm and goes until late.

If you find yourself suffering from a bit of a hangover courtesy of Thursday evening’s festivities, might we suggest that you give your liver a (slight) breather on Friday and head to the Vancouver Art Gallery for their FUSE event that mixes mingling, music and art together for a great night of culture…perfect for young professionals looking to beef up their rolodex. 

Alternatively, head out of town post-work Friday and cruise up to Whistler’s annual wine festival not to be missed. Cornucopia returns for another year fuelled by a plethora of food and wine events – and there are great last-minute hotel deals, tickets to tastings, galas and more on the menu.

If you opted to stick around the city, start things off Saturday morning by taking advantage of the sunshine that’s in the forecast and make the most of a day outdoors. Whether it’s a trek to the North Shore trails, a scoot around the Seawall, or simply a stroll out for brunch, the day is not to be wasted on the couch.  

Looking to add to (or rather, start your) collection of vinyl, or perhaps looking to trade in that massive box you inherited? Pop by the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair taking place all afternoon on Saturday at the Cabrian Hall (215 E. 17th) and pick up some croon-worthy gems.

Stay in the shop-happy state of mind and head over to get a head start on a bit of (dare we say) holiday shopping at the Circle Craft Christmas Market (1055 Canada Place). There will be hundreds of vendors showcasing their works – sculptors, artists, jewellery designers, glassblowers and plenty more. You’ll have the chance to score unique finds for home (right down to soaps, candles and artisanal foods), as well as add to your Christmas decor.

Sunday is Remembrance Day across Canada and all truly Notable young professionals ought to ensure they grab their java to go and head out early to observe the sacrifices made by generations of soldiers before us to ensure our freedom today. There are several noteworthy gatherings happening in the downtown core starting with the Lighting of the Torch at Jack Poole Plaza and Ceremony at Victory Square. For more info and to view all listings, click here.

Come afternoon, it’s all about catching a bit of a breather (and some obligatory football action).  Whether it’s the CFL (check out Edmonton take on Toronto, or Calgary go head-to-head with Saskatchewan), or perhaps you’re into the NFL (too many games to list), park yourself at one of our noted spots to watch. Topping our list: The Local is a no-brainer. They’ve nailed it with their great game-day vibe, fun service staff and a truly noshable menu (not to mention endless beer on tap). Other options we recommend are the Yaletown Brewing Company, The Ticket Kitchen & Bar (a spacious spot next to BC Place to really get you in the football mood), or pop down to Joey’s Bentall or The Mill Marine Bistro for prime viewing. 

Photo courtesy Mill Marine Bistro