Cosplay your favourite character, eat food created by some of Canada's top chefs, explore Vancouver's local art scene, and celebrate everything whisky, beer and wine. Vancouver's fall and winter season offers no shortage of cultural festivals to attend.  

Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival | November 6-11, 2017

In their 15th year, Eat! Vancouver welcomes 37 all-star chefs for 15 events in support of Project CHEF from November 6-11, 2017. At Eat! Harvest 18 acclaimed chefs (from Maenam's Angus An to Burdock & Co's Andrea Carlson) create exclusive dishes for each guest to celebrate autumn flavours, which are partnered with California wines and special desserts from Nadège Patisserie. Indulge in creations by 16 of Canada's best pastry chefs and chocolatiers at Eat! Pastry, such as Hass Chocolates' Thomass Hass, Cadeaux Bakery's Eleanor Chow, and 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters' Aaron Surman. Visit the website for more information on this year's festival, the wildly popular 2017 Dinner Series, and learn the fundamentals and interact with the best chefs around during their Expert Classes. 

Fan Expo | November 10-12, 2017 

With over 500 exhibitors and over 30,000 fans in attendance each year, the Vancouver Fan Expo is one of the city's biggest events. Fans from all over the world don their best cosplay for a weekend packed with celebrity Q&As, photo and autograph sessions, workshops and seminars, and many other events. While more celebrity guests are being added to the impressive roster every day, confirmed guests include actors, comic artists, animators, and cosplayers from around the globe—from Famke Janssen (X-Men) to T.J. Thyne and Michaela Conlin (Bones) to Patrick Broderick (Marvel's Micronauts, DC's Batman), among many others. Visit the website for celebrity guest announcements, the Expo schedule, and attraction details. 

Eastside Culture Crawl | November 16-19, 2017

The Eastside Culture Crawl began in 1997 with 45 artists and has since blossomed into a 4-day visual arts mainstay in Vancouver's cultural scene with over 350 members of the artistic community in attendance and an audience of 30,000 each year. The event takes place in the downtown core (in the area surrounded by Columbia St., 1st Ave., Victoria Dr., and Waterfront), and features artists from Vancouver's East Side ranging from painters to weavers to glassblowers. Visit the website to learn more about the event, and how to support the artists. 

Hopscotch | November 20-26, 2017

The 22nd Annual Hopscotch Festival is a celebration of all things whisky, beer, and spirits. This year, the festival will take place in its new location at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) (2901 E Hastings St.) with various satellite events throughout the city. Check out the festival's themed sections, including the BC Craft Beer Pavillion, Beers from Around the World, Whisky Corner, The Rose Garden, Spirits of the Globe, and Craft Cocktails. At The Boardwalk you can enjoy pool table and ping pong, among other games, and musical guests at the Music Lounge (lineup to be announced soon). Visit the website for full details and ticket pricing.