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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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"Where Do We Stop And They Begin?" at Audain Gallery

Come explore and question the idea of machine creativity. Stemming from a long tradition of generative and process-based art, "Where do we stop and they begin?" presents audio, video, robotics, interactive installation and print pieces by a selection of Vancouver-based artists for which machines were part of the creative process. Featuring works by: Chris Anderson, Jim Andrews, Jim a... Visit Website

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

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Xanadu

Xanadu Book by Douglas Carter Beane Music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar You have to believe it's magic! Take a magical ride to a world where fantasy, romance, and shiny satin jumpsuits reign! A beautiful Greek muse descends from Mount Olympus in an impenetrable disguise of leg warmers and an Aussie accent to help mortal Sonny realize the greatest artistic achievement of all time: ... Visit Website

BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival

  • Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Saturday, June 23, 2012
  • Time: 8:30am - 6pm
  • Location: Percy Perry Stadium
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The biggest Highland Games in British Columbia, featuring world pipe band champions, highland dancing, heavy events, British cars, whisky tasting, beer gardens, children's events, main stage entertainment and much more. Opening ceremonies at 12 noon. Massed bands at 5pm. Check out more info at

BC Lung Association's RUSH: Race and Urban Scavenger Hunt

  • Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Saturday, June 23, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: BC Lung Association
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Who: You and a teammate When: Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Where: All over Metro Vancouver!! How it works: Teams of 2 will scour Metro Vancouver on foot and by public transit to complete 10 Checkpoint Challenges within a 6 hour time limit. Teams must decipher clues to find the checkpoints and plot their route. Each Checkpoint Challenge tests teams’ limits both mentally a... Visit Website

Journeying into Form: The Mountain Goat Wool Project at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

Aboriginal Culture

Following the groundbreaking exhibition Time Warp: Contemporary Textiles of the Northwest Coast presented by the Bill Reid Gallery in 2010-11, the Gallery is please to introduce Kwakwaka'wakw-Haida textile artist Meghann O'Brien and her first solo international exhibition: Journeying Into Form: The Mountain Goat Wool Project. Curated by the artist under the guidance of Martine Reid, Bill Re... 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!

Klahowya Village back for 2012

Aboriginal Culture

Enjoy the warmth of our Aboriginal Summer Village and join the excitement in 2012. Klahowya Village in Vancouver's Stanley Park is an authentic Aboriginal tourism experience like no other you've seen. We welcome you to visit, celebrate and experience our vibrant culture through song, dance, art and cuisine! More information will be available soon at Visit Website

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

Make, Shake & Take: 20th Annual Little Mountain & Riley Park Community Festival

  • Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Saturday, June 23, 2012
  • Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Location: Riley Park
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Mark your calendar for this FREE, all-age, intercultural community arts, music & culture festival at Riley Park (across from Nat Bailey Stadium) on Saturday, June 23 11am-3pm! This year’s festival features live music, dance, food carts, arts/crafts, community mural painting, bike and gardening workshops, children’s activities, a mini carnival, and seniors’ tea among others. ...

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

Point Grey Fiesta

  • Friday, June 22, 2012 - Sunday, June 24, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 8am-10pm
  • Location: Trimble Park
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The Point Grey Fiesta for families is happening Jun 22-24, 2012! Starting with carnival rides on Friday, Saturday begins with a parade on West 10th avenue, and the celebration continues in Trimble Park (2250 Trimble Street @ W 8th Avenue) with stage performances, silent auction, activities and exhibitors. Carnival rides in Trimble Park operate from Friday to Sunday. With the exception of... Visit Website

Reading the Riot Boards: Mini Exhibition of the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot boards at Museum of Vancouver

Following the riot on June 15, 2011 after the Vancouver Canucks lost game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, broken windows on downtown businesses were hastily boarded up with sheets of plywood. The day after the riot fans and others met to clean up the city and began to leave messages on the boards - condemning the violence and looting, professing their love for the city, and stating “this i... 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

St. John Ambulance Regional CPR-A-THON

On Saturday, June 23rd, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 7 different local malls (Haney Place Mall, Coquitlam Centre, Lougheed Mall, Brentwood Mall, Pacific Centre, Lansdowne Mall and Parker Place), members of the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley Area St. John Ambulance Cadet Divisions will be displaying their skills during the 1st Annual Regional CPR-A-THON. This is an event designed to both demonstr...

Strawberry Festival at Barclay Heritage Square

  • Saturday, June 23, 2012 - Saturday, June 23, 2012
  • Time: 1-4pm
  • Location: Barclay Manor/Barclay Heritage Square
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Celebrate the beginning of summer with craft sales, live music, unique vendors, kids’ games and of course, strawberries! With the help of WESN members, the festival offers delicious baked goods, famous strawberry shortcake and a chance to win prizes from the Spring Raffle. Check out for more information.

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 Cultch presents William Shakespeare's The Tempest

Warning! This play contains partial nudity, dirty jokes, lewd behavior and plenty of thunder! Lost sons, devious courtiers and bumbling servants find themselves the playthings of the banished Duke and his mischievous spirit. Plots and secrets will be revealed in this fun-filled comedic romp! For more information visit

Their There Headlines at The Cultch with Behind Sapphire & Dogwood and Dahlia

Alt/rock band Their There perform all songs from their debut album Familiar Skin this Saturday June 23 at 7:30 PM at The Cultch Behind Sapphire and Dogwood and Dahlia are special guests. Their There has been described by as ‘Fun and classy … A night out on indie town with a bottle of wine.’ Their sound is reminiscent of the Dave Matthews Band&rsqu... 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

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