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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

Art for Impact presents: Eye to I

  • Friday, June 08, 2012 - Saturday, June 09, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 8pm
  • Location: Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre
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Two dynamic evenings of dance, music and theatre celebrating art for social change. All proceeds will go to LEAP, an organization providing educational opportunities to Palestinian refugee youth in Lebanon. Featuring work by Heather Laura Gray, Anne Cooper, Cast, Resounding Scream Theatre, Mr. Fantastik, and more! Free goodies/appetizers will be on hand, and drinks available to purchase.  Th... 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

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

HSBC City of Bhangra: Ambassadors of Bhangra

  • Saturday, June 09, 2012 - Saturday, June 09, 2012
  • Location: W2 Media Arts Café Basement
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Ambassadors of Bhangra $15 (19+ No minors) Saturday, June 9th, 9:00 pm to late - W2 Media Café, Woodward's Bhangra parties are renowned for their raucous energy and infectious rhythms. Bhangra fans and dance enthusiasts alike will be delighted to know that we will be hosting a night of great music and dance at the W2 Media Café in the Woodward's Heritage Building. Originally a... Visit Website

HSBC City of Bhangra: Downtown Bhangra I

  • Saturday, June 09, 2012 - Saturday, June 09, 2012
  • Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Location: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
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  Downtown Bhangra I Free Saturday, June 9th, 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza THE OPENING OF OUR DOWNTOWN EVENT WILL BE INAUGURATED BY LIVE DHOL DRUM TROUPES AND ELECTRIFYING BHANGRA BANDS. Seek a blessing from the stage-it's what Bhangra performers do right before they begin a performance, exploding into a symphony of sound and colour. Downtown Bhangra's first nigh... 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

Marianne Ignace on Revitalization of the Xaad Kil Language

Aboriginal Culture

As part of our featured exhibition That Which Makes Us Haida - the Haida Language, join Marianne Ignace as she speaks about her research and experience with the Haida language. How Xaad Kil "works" as a language: the fascinating ways in which the language encodes knowledge, organizes experience and embeds social and "on the land" experience in ways of speaking.  How Xaad ... 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

Occhio Pinocchio!

  • Saturday, June 09, 2012 - Saturday, June 09, 2012
  • Time: 6:00PM
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The children and teens of our Italian Language School will revisit the classical tale of Pinocchio, showcasing their acting flare and the fluency in Italian they acquired at the ICC Italian School! At 6:00pm in the Ballroom. Admission is free! For more information visit

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

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at the Royal BC Museum. This special exhibition of nearly 100 portraits by royal photographer, Cecil Beaton (1904-80) depicts Elizabeth in her roles as princess, monarch and mother, and will include a number of rarely-seen photographs alongside extracts from Beaton’s personal diaries and letters. Beaton’s royal portraits were among the most... 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

SONGFIRE Festival of Song 2012

  • Sunday, June 03, 2012 - Sunday, June 24, 2012
  • Location: Various locations
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The SONGFIRE Festival of Song will present over 20 concerts and theatrical presentations of Art Song. Performed by our internationally acclaimed VISI Faculty, talented emerging artists, and special guests, these concerts are sure to entertain and inspire. For more information or to buy tickets please click on the titles below: Friday, June 8 @ The Orpheum Annex  Playing With Fire ... 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

The 19th Vancouver International Storytelling Festival

The power of story comes from everything that makes us feel wonderfully human: the (he)art of telling, the (he)art of listening, and the (he)art of sharing. Communities come together this year from June 8 – 10 to celebrate storytelling, with the opening gala hosted at the Garden on the evening of Friday June 8. In the Sun Yat-Sen Garden’s Hall of a Hundred Rivers, we invite you to re... Visit Website

The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections Series 2011/2012

  • Thursday, June 07, 2012 - Saturday, June 09, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Scotiabank Dance Centre
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The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series Barbara Bourget A Simple Way World premiere Thursday-Saturday June 7-9, 8pm Post-show artist talkback June 8 Co-presented with Kokoro Dance in partnership with The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program A major presence on the Vancouver dance scene, Kokoro Dance's Artistic Director, Barbara Bourget, brings fifty year... Visit Website

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 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