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From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to the Festival of Lights in late December, festivals and other exciting events are happening all the time in Vancouver.

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37th ANNUAL VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE

37th ANNUAL VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE Join us for one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events! Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ+ events in the world. Come prepare... Visit Website

39th Annual Powell Street Festival

  • Saturday, August 01, 2015 - Sunday, August 02, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: August 1, 2015 - August 2, 2015 - 11:30AM - 7:00PM
  • Location: Various Locations
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39th Annual Powell Street Festival The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian Festival in the country and the longest running community celebration in Vancouver! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese performances and demonstrations, including taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana, folk and modern dance, alternative pop/rock/urban music, visual a... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Les Misérables

LES MISERABLES  The Musical Phenomenon Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg Original lyrics by Alain Boublil Based on the novel by Victor Hugo "This show has it all: gorgeous songs, a moving historical plot, and epic sets and costumes" -The Georgia Straight Come hear the people sing in this epic saga of love and redemption. The spectacular musical that has swept the world f... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Presents King Lear

  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Sunday, September 20, 2015 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
  • Time: Various Times
  • Location: Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival - Vanier Park
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Bard on the Beach Presents King Lear Shakespeare's magnificent tragedy tells the story of an aging king who divides his kingdom between two daughters but leaves out the third, failing to understand that she loves him most of all. His mistake triggers a chain of lies and betrayal - and dooms him to madness. June 18, 2015 - September 20, 2015  Vanier Park 1695 Whyte Avenue Vancouver, BC ... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Presents Love's Labour's Lost

Bard on the Beach Presents Love's Labour's Lost It's the Jazz Age, the music is live and the party is in full swing. But a rum-running kingpin and his pals have chosen to turn their backs on liquor and the ladies to follow a simpler, scholarly life. Will their plan hold fast against the temptations of three winsome and witty women? This adaptation of the play is set in 1920s Chicago and is high... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Presents Shakespeare's Rebel by C.C. Humphreys

Bard on the Beach Presents Shakespeare's Rebel by C.C. Humphreys Master swordsman John Lawley just wants to be a good father, win back his true love and arrange the fights for William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. But when he gets caught up in a deadly royal power play, he can’t escape the fight of his life. And he may be the only man who can save England… July 02 , 2015 - S... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach presents The Comedy of Errors

Double trouble has never been more delightful! Two sets of long-lost twins meet up unexpectedly, creating hilarious confusion for their friends, loved ones - and most of all themselves. June 4, 2015 - September 26, 2014  Vanier Park 1695 Whyte Avenue Vancouver BC V6J 5C3  Tickets: Various prices. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit: www.bardonthebea... Visit Website

cesna?em, the city before the city

  • Sunday, January 25, 2015 - Wednesday, December 30, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Museum of Anthropology, Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre, Museum of Vancouver
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cesna?em, the city before the city Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), and the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) partner on a transformative journey to explore an ancient landscape and living culture that can be found right underneath Vancouver's nose. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, opening on January 25, 2015, is a series of three unified exhibitions that connect Vancouverit... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Frost/Nixon

FROST/NIXON July 17 - August 7, 2015 Previews July 8 - 14 Pride goeth before destruction. Set in 1977, Frost/Nixon is a riveting portrayal of British talk show host David Frost's groundbreaking interviews with disgraced former US president Richard Nixon. A study in contradictions, Nixon was a consummate and brilliant politician whose mercurial rise to power was followed by a highly public ... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Children's Hour

THE CHILDREN'S HOUR July 16 - August 6, 2015 Previews July7 - 13 Thou shall not bear false witness. Revolving around a scandal at a girls' boarding school, Lillian Hellman's 1934 breakout hit play The Children's Hour is a heart-wrenching cautionary tale. Karen and Martha run a private girls' school in a converted farmhouse in New England. When a young student spreads a fabricated story, ... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents tis Pity She's a Whore

'Tis Pity She's A Whore July 18 - August 8, 2015 Previews July 6 - 15 Cursed is he who lies with his sister. At its heart, ‘Tis Pity She's A Whore is a complex tragedy brimming with passion, deception, intrigue and revenge. John Ford's most famous drama is re-imagined in 1930's Italy-a dark and unnerving story of moral corruption within a mafia family. Condemned by critics over the y... Visit Website

Harmony Arts Festival

  • Friday, July 31, 2015 - Sunday, August 09, 2015
  • Time: Various times throughout the 10 day festival (August 1-10, 2014)
  • Location: West Vancouver's waterfront
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The Harmony Arts Festival presented by Odlum Brown Limited July 31 - August 9, 2015 For more than two decades the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver has been one of the North Shore's best loved community events. The Festival draws crowds from all over the Lower Mainland to celebrate a harmonious balance of visual, culinary, and performing arts on the spectacular West Vancouver waterfront... Visit Website

Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - Monday, October 12, 2015 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Museum of Anthropology
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Heaven, Hell & Somewhere In Between: Portuguese Popular Art UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) presents an extraordinary collection of Portuguese popular art — the largest of its kind in North America. It includes an eclectic mix of graffiti and mural paintings, puppets, figurines, carnival masks, and more. Displays reflect the national identity, history, and creativity of Portuga... Visit Website

Instant Theatre presents STREETFIGHT

  • Sunday, June 21, 2015 (Every Sunday)
  • Venue: Havana Theatre
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • Location: Havana Theatre
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STREETFIGHT - an Improv Battle Royal Join us for an evening of hilarious improv comedy from 10 of Vancouver's top Improvisers! Round by gut busting round your votes will determine who who is the funniest on Commercial drive! Short scenes and lots of audience involvement keep this show running hot! Join us!   Every Sunday @ 7:30PM Havana Theatre 1212 Commercial Drive Tickets: $8 at t... Visit Website

Instant Theatre presents THE LATESHOW

  • Sunday, August 02, 2015
  • Venue: Havana Theatre
  • Time: 9:00PM
  • Location: Havana Theatre
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Instant Theatre Company presents THE LATESHOW You've seen very structured and methodical improv, where groups have worked together for weeks and months to put on a show. Now, we're going to break all of those rules. Come watch as 4 BRAND NEW improv duos will be created ON THE SPOT from 8 names drawn randomly from a bowl! No preparation, no safety net, just SPONTANEOUS IMPROV FUN!   Ev... Visit Website

New Exhibition: Mungo Thomson 'Time, People, Money, Crickets'

  • Friday, July 10, 2015 - Sunday, August 30, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Time: Noon-6:00PM
  • Location: Contemporary Art Gallery
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New Exhibition:  Mungo Thomson  'Time, People, Money, Crickets' New Exhibition Mungo Thomson 'Time, People, Money, Crickets' July 10 to August 30, 2015 B.C. Binning, Alvin Balkind Galleries and gallery façade Opening: Friday, July 10, 7-10pm Live Performance Mungo Thomson – 'Cricket Solos for Clarinet, Piccolo, Percussion, and Violin' Presented in partnership with Vancouv... Visit Website

Pride Festival @ Sunset Beach

SUNSET BEACH FESTIVAL Celebrate Pride in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful waterfront parks! Browse through over one hundred exhibitors in our Pride Market, including local artisans, supporters and community organizations. A variety of bands, drag performers and speakers will be featured on the main stage, with DJs spinning in the beer garden throughout the day. Sunset Beach, like all o... Visit Website

Queer Arts Festival presents Sister Mary’s a Dyke?!

Sister Mary's a Dyke?!  July 21 - August 2, 2015 @7:30pm Roundhouse Exhibition Hall 181 Roundhouse Mews  Sister Mary's a Dyke?! is a new play by Toronto-based playwright Flerida Peña. It follows Abby, a Catholic school girl who discovers that not everything is at it seems at Crown of Thorns Academy. After falling in love for the first time, Abby is sent on a thrilling miss... Visit Website

Richmond Night Market 2015

  • Friday, May 15, 2015 - Sunday, October 11, 2015 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 7:00PM-11PM
  • Location: RIchmond Night Market
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Richmond Night Market 2015 The market provides Metro Vancouverites with a North American take on the massive street markets found in Asian cities featuring merchandise booths,food vendors serving Asian street food and desserts and diverse family-friendly entertainment. The night market has become an annual tradition and one of the flagship spring/summertime events of the region. May 15, 2015 ... Visit Website

Tea Zen by Don Wong, Lam Wong & Bryan Mulvihill

Tea Zen by Don Wong, Lam Wong & Bryan Mulvihill Tea is the world’s most popular drink. Tea has specific symbolic qualities that relate to the view of Asian philosophical traditions. Tea Zen exhibition gives a glimpse of how this fascinating drink captures the human spirit and relates to Zen. The exhibit showcases Lam Wong’s documentary in which he interviews tea farmers, te... Visit Website

Theatre Under the Stars presents Oliver!

OLIVER! A Beloved Classic for All Time Music, Lyrics and Book by       Lionel Bart  Charles Dickens' ever-popular novel, Oliver Twist, springs to life in this heartwarming magnificent musical about the boy who asked for more. Join everyone's favourite orphan and a cast of unforgettable characters on a dramatic adventure through the underbelly of Victorian Lo... Visit Website

Vancouver Foodie Tour presents Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour

  • Friday, April 24, 2015 (Every Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 1:45 pm
  • Location: Kirin Restaurant
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Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour 5 Courses, 12 Tastings, 8 Stories, 3 Hours of Pure Bliss Treat your discerning taste buds to a slice of heaven. The Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour showcases the best of Vancouver Cuisine! You will be tempted with gourmets worth selling your soul for! Enough food will be served ensuring that your taste buds will have the energy to savor each stop of the tour. Che... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Rookie Night

Vancouver TheatreSports® League’s Rookie Night puts our up and coming Improvisers to the test in front of a hungry crowd. Don't let the name fool you, these are the future stars of tomorrow. Vancouver TheatreSports® League has a history of fostering some of the funniest minds of our time. Many of our rookies have moved on to be the next big thing in the North American entertainment ... Visit Website

Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast

Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast The Vancouver Maritime Museum invites you to explore the Royal Canadian Navy, from its inception in 1910 to today. Western Waters: The Royal Canadian Navy On Our Coast is a journey through the individual stories, strategic operations and accomplishments of our local RCN during the wars of the 20th century. Thrusday, November 27, 2014 - Spr... Visit Website