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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

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

EuroCup Breakfast

Come and cheer for the Azzurri battling the Spain in the European Cup Championship on our big screens in the Ballroom (Spain vs Italy) live at 9:00am, enjoy a delicious breakfast with your family and then let’s all head to Commercial Drive for Italian Day on the Drive at 12:00pm! Breakfast tickets are $16 ($8 for children under 12). For information or tickets, please call 604 430 3337. A... Visit Website

HSBC City of Bhangra: Closing Gala

  • Sunday, June 10, 2012 - Sunday, June 10, 2012
  • Location: HSBC Pendulum Gallery
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 Closing Gala/Wrap Party $35 Sunday, June 10th, 8:00 pm to midnight - HSBC Pendulum Gallery THE FINAL CURTAIN CALL FOR THE CITY OF BHANGRA FESTIVAL, OUR WRAP PARTY IS A BIG APPRECIATION  EVENT FOR THE VOLUNTEERS AND PERFORMERS WHO BRING THE CITY TO LIFE THROUGH BHANGRA. With an open-mic format, our closing event invites all festival performers to jam together, one last time. Attende... Visit Website

HSBC City of Bhangra: Downtown Bhangra II

  • Sunday, June 10, 2012 - Sunday, June 10, 2012
  • Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Location: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
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Downtown Bhangra II Free Sunday, June 10th, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza IN A NEW, OPEN AIR FORMAT, THE SECOND DAY OF OUR DOWNTOWN STAGE IS SURE TO TAKE THE CITY OF BHANGRA'S ENERGY LEVEL TO NEW HEIGHTS. As the largest Bhangra festival in North America, thousands have packed the seats at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre for VIBC's International Bhangra Competition... Visit Website

Italian Day on the Drive

  • Sunday, June 10, 2012 - Sunday, June 10, 2012
  • Time: 12:00 PM--8:00 PM
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Come celebrate all that is Italian on Commercial Drive, Vancouver's original Little Italy. From 12:00pm until 8:00pm, “La Dolce Vita” will hit the street with food, entertainment, fashion and much more! Visit “Little Italy”, the ICC children’s area! Share the spirit, pride and tradition as we pay tribute to the Italian community and the contributions made to this cit... Visit Website

Ivan Sayers Fashion Show at Roedde House Museum

A Fashion Show presented by renowned Fashion Historian Ivan Sayers. Frocks and Tea Dresses from 1893 - 1925 suitable for both formal and informal receptions. Tea Party to follow show. Admission: $25.00; reservations recommended. For more information and for reservations, check out

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

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

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

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

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

Walmart Walk For Miracles

  • Sunday, June 10, 2012 - Sunday, June 10, 2012
  • Venue: Stanley Park
  • Time: Pledge Drop off and Registration Open – 8:00 am
  • Location: Stanley Park - Second Beach
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Join thousands of people across the country and raise crucial funds for Children's Miracle Network® member hospitals in the 9th Annual Walmart Walk For Miracles, on June 10th. Last year, over 15 thousand people of all ages took part in Walk-related activities, raising a record $5 million. This year, with your help, there's no limit to what we can achieve! Take part in a 1 km or 5 km walk aro... Visit Website