Kick-Off Event for Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam 2018-2019


Thursday, November 1st, 2018 — 10:23am PST
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Everyone is welcome to the kick-off event for Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam this season! On Saturday, November 24, 2018 join the City of Coquitlam and the community for an exciting evening with two entertainment hubs and the lighting of a dazzling free light displays that encircle the 1.2km Lafarge Lake loop.

Lights at Lafarge Lake

Kick-Off Event for Lights at Lafarge

Dates: Saturday, November 24, 2018 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Lafarge Lake, Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam)
Admission: FREE!

Enjoy live entertainment on two stages, food trucks, buskers, roving entertainers, family crafts and more!

The TD Community Plaza will feature entertainment from Coastal Sound Music Academy (6:00pm), Gentlemen of Fortune (6:35pm), the official opening ceremony with The Crystal Torch by NZR Productions fire & light show (7:00pm), and the Lesismore Band (7:40pm).

The West Lake Village – Busker’s Stage will have Winsome Kind (6:30pm & 7:30pm) and Ukuladies of Lulu Island (7:00pm & 8:00pm). Roving performers like Winter Jester, Lady Neige, Buddy The Elf, and Electric Clowns will add to winter festival atmosphere – and be great for photo ops!

From 5:00pm to 10:00pm grab some grub at Gordo’s Concession, Japadog, Betty’s Greek Honey Ballz, Roaming Coffee, and Trucking BBQ.

Lights at Lafarge Lake

The dazzling light displays that encircle the 1.2 km Lafarge Lake loop are designed into more than 10 zones including a winter lights entry gate, 90-foot caterpillar, woodland garden, outdoor dining table illuminated by a chandelier, fantasy forest with an elfin tree house, lighted woodland creatures, illuminated maple leafs, salmon, floating lotus flowers and giant-sized mushrooms, beehive and flowers.

Lights at Lafarge Lake

Visitor Tips

Be sure to dress for the dark and for the weather! Late November can bring us rain, wind and snow – make sure you are dressed accordingly. The event takes place entirely outside, so be sure to have warm clothing and waterproof, durable footwear.

Use the site map and entertainment schedule to help plan your time. For the Kick-Off Event, there are two entertainment hubs (TD Community Plaza and West Lake Village) so give yourself time to get to one destination or the other. Enjoy your stroll around the lake and take care to be mindful of all the other visitors.

Keep young family members safe:

  • Have a plan, spend a few moments showing your kids where the two Information Booths are for a family meeting place if you get separated;
  • Ensure your child knows your first and last name and cell number;
  • Always know what your child is wearing and consider including reflective bands on their clothing. Before leaving home, take a picture of your child with your cell phone or digital camera as it will help you remember what they are wearing and /or help staff identify your child.

Limited parking will be available during the Kick-Off Event. Guests are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or travel by SkyTrain – the Evergreen Extension’s Lafarge Lake – Douglas Station provides direct access to Town Centre Park.

Lights at Lafarge Lake

Lights at Lafarge Lake 2018-2019

After the opening ceremony and special event on November 24th, Lights at Lafarge Lake will run all season, through to January 20, 2019 with the display illuminating at dusk until 11:00pm, and past midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Miss604 is the proud social media sponsor of Lights at Lafarge

Follow Visit Coquitlam on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, November 1st, 2018 — 8:48am PST
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November is here, along with dark days and rainy nights, however that won’t stop the fun as this month is filled with markets, festivals, and holiday activities. Here’s what’s happening throughout the first weekend:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend - Autumn

Friday, November 2, 2018
VIMY at Kay Meek Arts Centre
Coquitlam Craft Beer Fest
Opening Reception: David Wilson: Water
Langley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild Artisan Sale
Young Living Canada Conference
Indian Standard Time in Concert: Don’t be Late
Music on Main’s Modulus Festival
Lumière Vancouver
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Ballet BC Program 1
DiwaliFest
DTES Heart of the City Festival

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Skyride Closure to Affect Grouse Grind in Early November


Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 — 4:03pm PST
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All Grouse Grinders know that you can Grind up but you can’t Grind down, so the Grouse Mountain Skyride is your ticket back to base. However, starting Thursday, November 1, 2018 a hike on the Grouse Grind Trail in Grouse Mountain Regional Park will take twice as long. The Skyride will be closed from November 1 to 12, along with all mountaintop facilities, including restrooms and food service.

Skyride Closure to Affect Grouse Grind in Early November

Grouse Mountain Regional park Forest Trail

During this time, the only way down the mountain will be via the BCMC Route, which adds an extra two hours of hiking time. The Grouse Grind Trail is a one-way ascent – hiking down the trail is prohibited.

Grouse mountain

Because of shorter daylight hours, and to allow enough time for the return trip, the Grouse Grind Trail gate will close at 1:00pm daily from November 1 to 12, 2018.

For more info daily, check in with Grouse Mountain Resort on Facebook and Twitter.

Indoor Trick or Treating in Vancouver


Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 — 10:19am PST
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You know you grew up in Vancouver when you always planned out how well your Halloween costume would fit under a poncho or garbage bag. If it worked with gumboots, even better. It can be pretty miserable out during the last few days of October but if your kids have their heart set on dressing up, don’t let the rain spoil the fun. There are several options for indoor trick or treating in Vancouver tonight:

Indoor Trick or Treating in Vancouver

Halloween Pumpkins

What: Halloween Trick or Treat at Capilano Mall
When: October 31, 2018 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Where: Capilano Mall (935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver)

What: Trick or Treat Parade at Willowbrook
When: October 31, 2018 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Willowbrook Shopping Centre (19705 Fraser Highway, Langley)

What: Halloween at Wesbrook Village
When: October 31, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Wesbrook Welcome Centre (3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC)

What: Trick or Treat Central City
When: October 31, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Central City (10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey)

What: Halloween at Lonsdale Quay
When: October 31, 2018 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm (with activities starting at 12:00pm)
Where: Lonsdale Quay (123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver)

BONUS: Some extra fun can be had at FlyOver Canada all day today at Canada Place.

Browse more Halloween events here.

Dumb Instrument Dance Presents Public and Private: Win Tickets


Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 — 10:07am PST
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Dumb Instrument Dance presents a new ensemble work, Public and Private, choreographed by acclaimed Vancouver dance artist Ziyian Kwan. In this full-length piece, Kwan is joined by a team of renegade collaborators who each imbue the work with poetry and verve.

Dumb Instrument Dance Presents Public and Private

When: November 13 to 24, 2018 at 8:00pm
Where: Left of Main (211 Keefer Street)
Tickets: From $25, available now online or by calling (604) 862-2912

Dumb Instrument Dance Presents Public and Private

Dancing to the metered urgency of live Taiko, a tribe of female bodied artists delves into physical relationships that express vulnerability and strength. In ways both elegant and raw, Public and Private is a decidedly feminist inquiry.

Scenes of intimacy and play are emboldened by Kwan’s penchant for sourcing what is deeply personal or imagined to question what is real. The performers travel within and in so doing, make selectively public, what was previously private. Treasures are revealed and transposed into sound, language and movement.

In Kwan’s own words, her inspiration for Public and Private: “To move forward is predictable. I want to move sideways, upside down, to slide backwards into things that don’t yet exist. I invite a team of remarkable artists into this work, so that we can mine our autonomy and in so doing, invent a microcosm of community”.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to opening night on November 13th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Follow Dumb Instrument Dance on Facebook for more info.

Update The winner is Margaret!

November Events in Metro Vancouver 2018


Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 — 3:08pm PST
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November is an important month for events, starting off with Remembrance. Following the 11th, it’s full steam ahead into the holidays beginning with craft fairs and markets for gift shopping, then the attractions and family-friendly activities open up for a season of lights, laughter, and memory-making.

November Events in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Events in November

Jump to: Thursday, November 1 to Sunday, November 4, 2018
Jump to: Monday, November 5 to Sunday, November 11, 2018
Jump to: Monday, November 12 to Sunday, November 18, 2018
Jump to: Monday, November 19 to Sunday, November 25, 2018
Jump to: Monday, November 26 to Friday, November 30, 2018

Multi-Day Events

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green. This list is updated often so send in your event listing anytime – for free – and check back often to plan your week.

Featured Holiday Events

Miss604 is proud to support these featured holiday events: Surrey Tree Lighting Festival (November 24, 2018), Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam (November 24, 2018 – January 20, 2019) and Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas (November 24, 2018 to January 4, 2019)

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Behind the Lines: A Traffic Story
Opening: Hail Discordia! 35 Years of Discorder Magazine
Doc MacLean & Albert Frost
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival Opening
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Ballet BC Program 1
DiwaliFest
DTES Heart of the City Festival

Friday, November 2, 2018
VIMY at Kay Meek Arts Centre
Coquitlam Craft Beer Fest
Opening Reception: David Wilson: Water
Langley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild Artisan Sale
Indian Standard Time in Concert: Don’t be Late
Music on Main’s Modulus Festival
Lumière Vancouver
A Christmas Story: The Musical
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Ballet BC Program 1
DiwaliFest
DTES Heart of the City Festival

Saturday, November 3, 2018
VIMY at Kay Meek Arts Centre
Girls and STEAM Symposium at Science World
Vancouver Tea Festival 2018
Ride to Remember
Fields of Gold: Tayybeh’s Second Birthday Feast
Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me
Graham Clark Presents: Ring-A-Ding-Dong-Dandy
Langley Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild Artisan Sale
Coquitlam Craft Beer Fest
Tricity International Food & Wine Fest
18th Annual 65 Roses Gala
Franchise Canada Show
Night at the Museum: BC Ale Trail Edition
Inspiration Gala
MOV Presents: Why I Design
Public Disco at Lumière
Christmas Tea and Bazaar
New West Craft Fall Market
Riley Park Winter Farmers Market
CANstruction 2018 at Lougheed
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Music on Main’s Modulus Festival
Lumière Vancouver
Ballet BC Program 1
DiwaliFest
DTES Heart of the City Festival
A Christmas Story: The Musical

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Japan Market – Christmas Fair
Vancouver Tea Festival 2018
Vancouver Art Guild Winter Salon
New Westminster Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert
Buy-Low Vintage Market & Auction
Franchise Canada Show
Cannery Farmers Market
Light Festival at Bear Creek Park
Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market
Port Moody Winter Farmers Market
Vancouver Asian Film Festival
Music on Main’s Modulus Festival
Lumière Vancouver
CANstruction 2018 at Lougheed
DiwaliFest
DTES Heart of the City Festival
A Christmas Story: The Musical

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