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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.

Remember that things do change, so be sure to confirm dates and times before making travel plans.

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2012 Special Events at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Vive les voyageurs Winter Festival January 28-29 Historic Boot Camp & Historic Half Marathon February 18-19 Spring Break March 10-25 Easter Egg Hunt April 8; Easter Egg Hunt 1 pm Victoria Day May 21 Learn to Camp Weekend June 16 (pre-registration required) Aboriginal Day at Fort Langley June 23 Canada Day July 1 Parks Day July 21 The 2012 Prospera Valley Granfondo July 22 Ride into History Jul... Visit Website

Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe

Aboriginal Culture

Bill Reid was in awe of the elegant traditional Northern-style sea-going canoe and what it represents visually, symbolically, and culturally. To him, the canoe was more than a means of transportation; it was art. Reid, who called himself “a maker of things”, was convinced that the canoe played a generic role in the evolution of Northwest Coast art. In his words, “Western art sta... Visit Website

Courses & Lectures at UBC Botanical Gardens, February-June 2012

For more information, please visit Nearly a Century -- BC Native Plants Education and Research at UBC Botanical Garden Monday, February 13, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Center, 6804 SW Marine Drive $5 at the door (free for UBC students)   Botanical Watercolour Course Friday & Saturday, March 3 & 4, 201... Visit Website

Craft Council of BC: The Life and Times of Abigail Tackle by Mariko McCrae

  • Thursday, February 16, 2012 - Friday, March 30, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: The CCBC Gallery
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The Life and times of Abigail Tackle chronicles the artistic dreams and aspirations of a fictitious elderly woman from the Prairies. Gabriola Island ceramist Mariko McCrae merges Abigail's dreams of one day visiting the oceans wide with her handbuilt ceramic efforts that are often anchored to historical examples. The result is a booty of work lifted from the annals of Christie's and Sotheby's au... Visit Website

Events at the Fairview - Mar 02 - 31, 2012

Events at the Fairview Pub, March 02-31, 2012 For more information, check out the website at MARCH 2012 @ THE FAIRVIEW WEDNESDAYS @  9 pm - Acoustic Open Mic Night - Host Patrick Jacobson   THURSDAYS 6 to 9 pm - Live Swing Jazz with "The John Nolan Trio"    THURSDAYS @ 10 pm -  Live original funky R&B with "BRICKHOUSE&quo... Visit Website

Festival du Bois

  • Saturday, March 03, 2012 - Sunday, March 04, 2012
  • Location: Mackin Park
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Maillardville's Music Festival featuring Quebecois, Acadian, Celtic, and World Music, with storytelling, great food, and much more. Extended Sat. Hours Experience Festival du Bois all day & into the evening on Saturday, March 3. Come any time during the day, stay for dinner and thrill to the music of Tanga and La Ligue du Bonheur until 8pm - all for one low day-long admission!  Pleas... Visit Website

Mexico Fest 2012

  • Sunday, September 05, 2010 - Sunday, September 16, 2012
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Various
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Mexico Fest 2012 encompasses 11days of art exhibit, music, culinary celebration, a gala dinner, a golf tournament and the 5th edition of the Fiesta Mexico Independencia. This year's focus will be on the beautiful Banderas Bay and the preferred tourist destinations of Western Canadians: Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. The Fiesta Mexico Independence will be on Saturday September 8th from 12:... Visit Website

Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver [Special Exhibition]

Visitors will get a glimpse of Vancouver's big city lights of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s in this exhibition of the MOV's neon sign collection. The remarkable signs, some lit for the first time since they were rescued from the junk yard, are accompanied by the tale of how the city went through a war of aesthetics that resulted in a transition of the very way Vancouver imagines itself. In this ... Visit Website

Rogers Arena Tours

  • Wednesday, May 04, 2011 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Rogers Arena
  • Location: Rogers Arena
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For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's a... Visit Website

Talking Stick Festival 2012

  • Monday, February 20, 2012 - Sunday, March 04, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Various venues
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Aboriginal Culture

TALKING STICK FESTIVAL 2012  Festival Flex Pass The TSF Flex Pass enables you to mix and match whatever shows you want and when you want. Come to six different shows - or bring 5 friends to one show! The choice is yours! It also includes unlimited access to the Artist Talks, Workshops and all Pay What You Can programming For full festival programming go to P... Visit Website

The Cultch presents Ignorance

Ignorance By The Old Trout Puppet Workshop with Anonymous Contributors  “Mind-blowing originality... [The Trouts] are boldly reshaping puppet theatre into sophisticated adult entertainment.” - Fast Forward Magazine “Pure joy. Great, great theatre” - CBC Radio Ignorance is a puppet documentary about prehistoric humanity – about the time when we lived in ca... Visit Website

VAG: Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Culture

Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture February 25 to June 3, 2012 Using hip hop and other forms of popular music and culture, this new generation of artists break with traditional representations of Aboriginal identity to create surprising new cultural hybrids-in painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video. Check out more info at

VAG: Family Fuse Weekend: Through The Lens

FAMILY FUSE WEEKEND: Through the Lens March 3 and 4, 2012 ,10 am - 5pm Make! Move! Discover!  Step into the Vancouver Art Gallery and see another point of view  "through the lens" at the spring Family FUSE Weekend. Change the angle, look again, and shift the focus in a series of inspired, creative and fun performances, workshops, tours and hands-on activities for families. A... Visit Website

VAG: Lights Out!: Canadian Painting from the 1960s

Lights Out!: Canadian Painting from the 1960s February 18 to April 29, 2012 The Vancouver Art Gallery holds a rich collection of paintings from the 1960s that reflect the diversity and strength of this tumultuous era. Works range from the colour-field works of Jack Bush and bold optical images of Claude Tousignant, to the haunting figurative works of Jack Chambers and Jean-Paul Lemieux. Check... Visit Website

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

  • Monday, February 27, 2012 - Sunday, March 04, 2012
  • Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre West
  • Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West
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The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Canada's premier wine show, will run from February 27th to March 4th, 2012. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. In 2012, the Theme Region will be Chile and the Global Focus, Cabernet(s). The Festival features a week of special events including the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, win... Visit Website

Vancouver Recital Society presents Steven Osborne

  • Sunday, March 04, 2012 - Sunday, March 04, 2012
  • Time: 3:00pm
  • Location: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
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British pianist Steven Osborne returns to the Vancouver Recital Society (VRS) for a performance at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Osborne has become one of Britain's foremost musicians, renowned for his idiomatic approach to a wide variety of repertoire from the mainstream classical works of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms to the rarefied worlds of Messiaen, Tippett and Britten. He is ... Visit Website

Vancouver Recital Society presents Steven Osborne, piano

  • Sunday, March 04, 2012 - Sunday, March 04, 2012
  • Location: Chan Centre at UBC
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Steven Osborne piano Sunday, March 04, 2012 3:00 PM Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC It’s been a few years since Steven Osborne dazzled our audience with his performance of Messiaen’s “Vingt Regards”. “I thought the roof would come off yesterday at the eruption of applause from the capacity audience after the first half of Stephen Osborne’s recit... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Rookie Night

Vancouver TheatreSports® League’s Rookie Night puts our young improvisers to the test in front of a hungry crowd. They may just be the future stars of tomorrow. This hour-and-a-half of improv will showcase the talent of these new players and prepare them for the bright lights of mainstage. Vancouver TheatreSports® League has a history of fostering some of the funniest minds of our... Visit Website