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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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17th Annual Chinatown Night Market

  • Friday, May 18, 2012 - Sunday, September 09, 2012 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 6:30PM-11PM; every Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Location: 100 block Keefer Street
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A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicrafts and fashionable gifts.  Tempt your taste buds with ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before. The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic handicrafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD, VCD, DVD, and deliciou... Visit Website

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

Arts Club Theatre Company presents High Society

  • Thursday, May 10, 2012 - Sunday, June 24, 2012 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Arts Club Theatre Company - Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
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High Society Music and lyrics by Cole Porter Book by Arthur Kopit The swellegant screwball musical Snappy dialogue and Cole Porter tunes—such as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and “True Love”—abound in this sparklingly funny musical, based on The Philadelphia Story. Wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is planning a lavish second wedding, but which man will she ... Visit Website

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC presents Race for Kids

  • Saturday, June 02, 2012 - Saturday, June 02, 2012
  • Venue: Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Time: Registration begins at 1:30 pm. Race begins at 3:00 pm, sharp!
  • Location: After-party at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium
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Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC (BGC) has a brand-new event: Race for Kids! This event is the perfect combination between The Amazing Race and Minute to Win It!  Get your team of five together, and start racing on June 2nd at stunning Queen Elizabeth Park Registration is at 1:30pm.  Race begins at 3:00pm, sharp! Go to for more information, online regi... Visit Website

Britanna Mine Museum presents Microscapes: Minerals Beyond the Naked Eye

When rocks are sliced into thin sections - thinner than a human hair - they show some amazing colours under polarized light. This exhibit with beautiful close-up photographs will explore the little known world of rock thin sections. A stunning display for rock and art enthusiasts!

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

Firehall Arts Centre presents Shelter from the Storm

  • Thursday, May 31, 2012 - Friday, June 08, 2012 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
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Shelter from the Storm May 31-June 9, 2012 This piece questions our notion of courage and cowardice in this story of a Vietnam draft dodger who takes in a traumatized young American soldier who has deserted his post in Iraq. A Touchstone Theatre, the Playwrights Theatre Centre and Firehall Arts Centre Co-Production Written by Peter Boychuk Directed by Katrina Dunn Dramaturgy by Martin K... Visit Website

Goh Ballet presents Coppelia

  • Friday, June 01, 2012 - Saturday, June 02, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
  • Location: Vancouver Playhouse
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June 1 - 2, 2012 7:00 pm A playful fairy-tale revealing a comedic test of true love. This full-length classical ballet in three acts is a delight for the entire family. Featuring award winning dancers from international ballet competitions and festivals! Choreography by Goh Ballet faculty after Marius Petipa. Tickets: $52.25 ($45.00 + $2.50 FF + $4.75 s/c) Order By Phone: 604.684-2787 Ad... Visit Website

HSBC City of Bhangra: Celebrate the Harvest

  • Saturday, June 02, 2012 - Saturday, June 02, 2012
  • Location: Central City Plaza
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Celebrate the Harvest Free Saturday, June 2nd, 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Central City Plaza, Surrey THE FESTIVAL'S ANNUAL BHANGRA COMPETITION TAKES ON A YOUTH FOCUS AND SITUATES ITSELF IN AN EXCITING NEW AREA TO ENTHRALL AUDIENCES FOR 2012 Ranked as the one of the top three most prominent competitive Bhangra events in North America, VIBC's Bhangra Competition has long been touted as a destina... Visit Website

June 2012 Italian Heritage Month

  • Friday, June 01, 2012 - Saturday, June 30, 2012 (Recurring daily)
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The Italian Cultural Centre, in parnership with other organization such as the Consulate General of Italy, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West and Friends of Ferrari, will present many events and celebrations!

Lotus in Motion, The Colour of Life

An outdoor installation by Gordon Halloran Exhibition: June 1 - July 31 Opening: Saturday, June 16, 2:30 pm (Artist in attendance) The Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden is pleased to host a new outdoor art installation Lotus In Motion, The Colour of Life by Gordon Halloran. The artist has created multiple paintings of various sizes in the shape of a lily pad, whose bold, colourful patte... 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

MS Fraser Valley Grape Escape Bike Tour

  • Saturday, June 02, 2012 - Sunday, June 03, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Registration, 8 a.m. - Start 10 a.m.
  • Location: Sandman Hotel, Langley
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The MS Fraser Valley Grape Escape Bike Tour is a non-competitive fundraising event and is part of the largest charity bike event in Canada. Participants will spend 2 days cycling through the scenic Fraser Valley with visits to great local wineries. Money raised supports research and vital services for those living with MS. Check out for more information.

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

Playland Amusement Park

Get ready for another season full of fun as Playland opens for the 2012 season! This year you'll get a full season of ATMOSFEAR as well as all your favourite rides like the classic wooden roller coaster, the Corkscrew, Revelation, Hellevator and Drop Zone. And don't miss all the midway games and your favourite foods like cotton candy and mini-donuts. If you don't have your season pass yet, visit ... 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

That which makes us Haida: the Haida language

Aboriginal Culture

This exhibition documents the last remaining fluent speakers of the Haida language and explores the three remaining dialects found in Alaska, Old Massett and Skidegate through portraits taken by Vancouver-based photographer Farah Nosh over the last eight years and interviews with the last fluent speakers in these communities. These men and women (the youngest is now 65 years old) who grew up w... 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

Vancouver Farmers Markets at Trout Lake

  • Saturday, May 12, 2012 - Saturday, October 20, 2012 (Every Saturday)
  • Time: Saturdays from 10am - 2pm
  • Location: North parking lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake (between Templeton and Lakewood, south of the 13th Avenue alley
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Calling all local food enthusiasts! Support local produce by stopping by Vancouver Farmers Markets.  Find delicious locally made food and enjoy knowing where your food comes from and who cultivates it. Vancouver Farmers Markets Date: Saturdays Time: 10am - 2pm Cost: Free Location: North parking lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake (between Templeton and Lakewood, south of the 13th Ave... Visit Website

Vancouver International Children's Festival 2012

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - Sunday, June 03, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Granville Island
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Vancouver International Children's Festival May 29 to June 3, 2012 Granville Island   A world-renowned festival of performing arts for young audiences, the Vancouver International Children's Festival has been educating, entertaining and inspiring young audiences since 1978. Regular tickets go on sale April 2. TICKET PRICE INCLUDES the SHOW & ALL SITE ACTIVITIES! PLEASE N... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Dragons' Improv Tank

It's trial by fire and the stakes have never been higher, as Vancouver TheatreSports presents its hot new parody, Dragons' Improv Tank. This hilarious parody features a fire-and-brimstone panel of Improv Dragons, hardened veterans of the improv world. They're here for one reason, and one reason alone: to find the next big improv game. Improv Inventors who think they've got what it takes pitch... Visit Website

VIBC presents HSBC City of Bhangra 2012

  • Thursday, May 31, 2012 - Sunday, June 10, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Metro Vancouver
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 Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society presents HSBC CITY OF BHANGRA 2012 For a complete listing and updates, check out the HSBC City of Bhangra website Festival Pass $80 $150 Value! In addition to access to five ticketed events and all eight free events, you receive some great perks! Festival Pass Benefits: • Priority access to all venues - no reservati... Visit Website