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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.

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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

35th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival

  • Friday, July 13, 2012 - Sunday, July 15, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Jericho Beach Park
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Musicians, dancers, poets and songwriters from around the world and across the street will gather July 13-15 2012 at beautiful Jericho Beach Park for Vancouver's 35th annual celebration of traditional and contemporary folk and roots music. A major event on the world folk and roots music circuit, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival challenges audiences to expand their understanding and appreciation ... Visit Website

A Festival of Arts & Ideas

Indian Summer is a meteorological phenomenon referring to an unexpectedly sunny period, and consistently above normal temperatures. The term can also be used metaphorically to mean a renaissance, or revival. Indian Summer Arts Society and Teamwork Productions are the proud producers of the 2nd annual Indian Summer Festival, an international festival of arts and ideas, July 5-15, 2012 in Vancouver,... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Altar Boyz

  • Thursday, July 05, 2012 - Saturday, September 01, 2012
  • Venue: Revue Theatre
  • Location: Revue Theatre
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Book by Kevin Del Aguila Music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker Conceived by Marc Kessler and Ken Davenport BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The sinfully funny musical The Altar Boyz are bringing their Raise the Praise tour back to Vancouver in the summer of 2012! Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham can sing and dance with the best of them, and these heartthrobs want to praise... 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

CBC Music's Musical Nooners

  • Friday, July 06, 2012 - Friday, August 24, 2012 (Recurring every week day)
  • Time: 12:00pm- 1:00pm
  • Location: CBC Vancouver Broadcasting Centre
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CBC Music’s free summer concert series, Musical Nooners, returns to the outdoor stage at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre on Friday, July 6th with a performance from The Be Good Tanyas. This year, CBC Music has partnered with some of the hottest music festivals in town for an amazing lineup of performers. McDonald’s® Restaurants of Canada Limited has also joined as a partner to s... Visit Website

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens Enchanted Evenings presents Van Django

Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada's most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels. Van Django's music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by the 193... Visit Website

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

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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

Klahowya Village back for 2012

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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 http://www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village/&... 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

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

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

Steamship Days on Bowen Island

Celebrate the days when the Union Steamships plied the waters of Howe Sound and brought thousands of visitors to Bowen Island. 9 days of dances (culminating with Dal Richards & his Orchestra on July 14), music, fashion shows, art shows, wooden boat show, antique cars, races, buskers and food, food and more food! Check out http://www.steamshipdays.com/calendar.html for a listing of daily even... Visit Website

Summer TheatreSports®

  • Thursday, July 05, 2012 - Saturday, September 01, 2012 (Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Vancouver TheatreSports League
  • Time: Thurs. 7:30 pm, Fri & Sat. at 8 pm, 10 pm
  • Location: Vancouver TheatreSports League
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This summer, Olympians won’t be the only gold medalists: at Summer TheatreSports®, the audience chooses a new improv comedy champion at every show! Teams of Vancouver’s hottest improvisers compete for laughs from the audience at this summer-themed improv show -- you’ll see why The Improv Centre carries the torch as Vancouver’s most popular improv comedy venue. Put on ... Visit Website

TEA FOR TWO AT THE VANDUSEN GARDENS

Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden is now serving a ‘proper' Afternoon Tea complete with three-tier tray of goodies, ceramic tea pots and cups, organic and private label teas. Afternoon Tea in the Garden is offered for $35.00 for 2 OR $60.00 for 4 and includes: Choice of daily sandwich Freshly made scone Large croissant Coconut macaroons and shortbread cookies ... Visit Website

That which makes us Haida: the Haida language

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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 #PopUpPatio at The Westin Grand, Vancouver

The Vancouver rooftop #PopUpPatio is perched above the bustling intersection of Homer and Robson Streets, on the sun-drenched poolside terrace of The Westin Grand. Every Thursday and Friday this summer, the space will be transformed into the #PopUpPatio, a bustling Vancouver patio lounge.  Unwind with happy hour after a hard day of work in this relaxed atmosphere with soft seating, green gar... Visit Website

Theatre Under the Stars 2012

Theatre Under the Stars presents its 66th season:  two award-winning family musicals, performed at Malkin Bowl in beautiful Stanley Park! For full details visit http://www.tuts.ca/.   TITANIC: A NEW MUSICAL Book by Peter Stone and Music by Maury Yeston Directed and Choreographed by MAX REIMER Music Direction by KEVIN MICHAEL CRIPPS AND THE MUSIC MAN  ... 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