With fall dissolving into cooler temperatures, intermittent rain, and shorter days, you might be thinking of hunkering down inside this month. But with plenty of cool Richmond happenings on the menu in November, there are many great reasons to don your jacket and head out. From live music and craft beer nights to mushroom shows and Christmas crafts (yes, it’s that time again!), you’ll be spoiled for choice over the next few weeks. Whatever you end up doing, though, keep your camera handy and let us know what you find via our #RichmondMoments social media hashtag.
November 3 (6:00pm to 10:00pm)
Move fast and you’ll still be able to snag tickets for this unique evening at the Richmond Olympic Oval’s ever-popular Olympic Museum. Celebrating Richmond’s recent addition to the BC Ale Trail, this taste-tripping party night of regional craft beer and perfectly-paired food—all included with your ticket price—features celebrated libations from five breweries (three of them from Richmond). There’s also live music and the chance to check out the museum’s cool artifacts and high-tech sports simulators. Want to stay overnight? The Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel is offering a special rate. Learn more and book your tickets here.
Night at the Museum: BC Ale Trail Edition is on November 3. | Photo: BC Ale Trail
November 4 (11:00am to 4:00pm)
Admission by donation
Curious about all those white-speckled red mushrooms or fan-patterned brown fungi that seem to pop up almost overnight around the city at this time of year? Now’s your big chance to dive deeply into the fascinating world of these alien-like but ecologically essential lifeforms. An all-ages event staged by the Vancouver Mycological Society, you’re encouraged to bring along any mystery mushrooms from your own garden that you’d like to have identified.
Discover mushrooms at the Richmond Nature Park. | Photo: Crystal Solberg
November 8 (8:00pm)
Tickets from $38
Now in its 19th year, locally based Chinese language radio station CHMB AM1320 hosts the spectacular gala finale of its 2018 search for the very best in local singing talent. The 10 young finalists have already been put through their paces—undergoing intensive training and preparations for this evening’s big show—and this is your chance to see (and hear) them all in action. Who will win the audience’s heart and who, like some previous participants, might go on to a recording contract in Taiwan or Hong Kong?
Remembrance Day Ceremony at City Hall
November 11 (from 10:20am)
It has been 100 years since the end of Word War I, adding a deeper level of poignancy to the city’s official Remembrance Day event in 2018. Starting at 10:20am with a parade of hundreds of marchers—including veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and representatives of cadet organizations and public safety agencies—the ceremony at the cenotaph (on the east side of Richmond City Hall) begins at 10:40am. A two-minute silence is observed at 11:00am, followed by the laying of multiple wreaths.
November 15 (7:30pm)
Tickets $10 at the door
The Steveston Folk Guild presents its penultimate concert of the year inside the richly historic Chinese Bunkhouse building—located towards the end of the boardwalk at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. A celebrated ‘wandering minstrel’ for over 45 years, expect a delightfully evocative evening of songs, storytelling, and beautiful melodies from Boudreau, a great BC-based singer-songwriter who is dedicated to taking his audiences on a heartfelt emotional journey.
Catch Ivan Boudreau at the Britannia Shipyards on November 15. | Photo: Dale Leung
November 16 & 17 (every 30 minutes from 11:00am to 4:00pm)
Free (registration required)
The artist-in-residence program at Branscombe House hosts one of November’s most intriguing Richmond happenings: an immersive one-hour audio walk—created by artist Keely O’Brien—that invites audiences to don headphones and move through the property listening to recorded stories. Exploring the themes of loss, longing, and hope often associated with leaving a home, participants hear memories en route—including stories from locals sharing their experiences of moving from homes they were connected to. Suitable for adults, participation is free but requires registration.
Saturdays & Sundays from November 17 to December 23 (noon to 5:00pm)
$15 per person
Kick off the festive season in delicious style at the charming, antique-lined tearoom inside Richmond’s historic farmhouse attraction. The perfect way to treat all the nice people on your Christmas list, expect a sugar-dusted array of special holiday-themed cakes and goodies to arrive at your table. While you’re here, don’t miss the chance to buy some last-minute Christmas gifts in the onsite shop—jars of house-made jam and packages of special London Lady Tea are recommended. The tearoom has limited space, so book ahead here.
Jingle Bell Tea at London Heritage Farm. | Photo: London Heritage Farm Society
November 22 (5:00pm to 9:00pm)
Free (aside from the shopping!)
Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a pain—especially if you gather a group of like-minded girlfriends together and head over to the charming streets of Steveston Village for this party-like evening out. A special night of late-opening stores—many with dedicated deals and discounts for the event—we suggest kicking-off with an early dinner and some festive cocktails at one of Steveston great restaurants before exploring the village’s enticing array of independent shops for some great gift ideas.
November 24 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
Admission by donation
If there are still some stubborn holdouts on your present list (or you haven’t even started yet), check out this huge—and hugely popular—holiday craft fair in Steveston. With more than 160 vendors to peruse, you’ll find a festive cornucopia of cool crafts, unique jewelry, foodie treats, and much more. Alternatively, make your own Yuletide items via the family-friendly Winter Crafts activities at the Steveston Interurban Tram or the Wooden Ornament Decorating tables at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site (both free; running daily from November 20).