11/21/2014 21:08 EST | Updated 01/21/2015 05:59 EST

Weekend events to check out in the Lower Mainland

The forecast may indicate we're in for a rainy weekend... but that doesn't mean you should stay in your house and hibernate. 

There is plenty going on in the Lower Mainland (and even some stuff that's indoors) that will stimulate your brain — from crafts and fun fashion, to music for your soul.

So get out there! Here are a few ideas: 

1) Ladies Learning Code 

These workshops were started to encourage more women to get into coding and computer programming. This weekend the local chapter meets in Vancouver.

The workshops are beginner-friendly, and the space is all-inclusive (people of all genders are invited). You can learn about HTML, jQuery, WordPress and other programs in a “social and collaborative” environment — but this meeting will focus on Javascript.

- November 22

- HootSuite’s headquarters, 5 East 8th Avenue

2) Surrey Tree Lighting Festival 

The annual event at Surrey city hall features the big tree, of course, but also includes food vendors, ice carving demonstrations, a giant snow globe, a Ferris wheel, and trolley rides. Enjoy a full day of activities, including performances by musical artists. Bundle up and bring warm and water-proof clothes! 

- November 22 

- Surrey City Hall

3) Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[End]

This three-day event features 50 juried artists, including designers, music, drawing, painting, and film. You'll get to ooh and ahh at wearable art and the incredibly creative people who make their pieces by hand.

It's not about bringing in big names, but rather the event celebrates people who make clothes, from historical costumes to wild jewellery and upcycled garments. 

- November 21-23

- Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street

4) Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Opry - fundraiser for the Pot Luck Cafe Society 

The Juno-winning musician brings a room full of music talent to the Vogue, to raise funds for the Pot Luck Cafe Society. His annual variety show includes his son Dustin Bentall, along with Ridley Bent, Kendall Carson, and the Opry cast.

Barney Bentall hosts the evening, with stories and songs that in the past have been known to get audience members singing and dancing in the aisles. There's a reason that the event has been going for eight years and counting. 

- November 22

- Vogue Theatre

5) 43rd Annual Deer Lake Craft Festival

The craft fair season has begun in earnest, in the run-up to the Christmas holidays. In Burnaby, the Deer Lake Craft Festival is worth checking out, with live music and entertainment, and lots of B.C. artisans.

You'll see glass blowers, sculptures, pottery, wood, fashion and more. The festival's been going since 1971. 

- November 21-23

- Shadbolt Centre, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby