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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

75 Cent Productions presents Birth

July 19-21 & 26 - 28, 8pm Firehall Arts Centre Tickets $30/$25 student & senior Buy tickets Directed by Rebecca Ryan BIRTH is a funny, touching and eye opening look at the midwives, doctors and mothers who have shaped the way we give birth today. Based on historical figures and modern day testimonials BIRTH celebrates the shocking and many times hilarious characters who have built... 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


  • Saturday, July 28, 2012 - Saturday, July 28, 2012
  • Venue: Orpheum Theatre
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Location: Orpheum Theatre
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Beirut is an American band which was originally the solo musical project of Santa Fe native Zachary Francis Condon, and later expanded into a band. The band's first performances were in New York, in May 2006, to support the release of their debut album, Gulag Orkestar. Beirut's music combines elements of indie-rock and world music.

Fiji Festival 2012 at Swangard Stadium

  • Saturday, July 28, 2012 - Saturday, July 28, 2012
  • Time: 10 am - 8 pm
  • Location: Swangard Stadium
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Fiji Festival 2012 at Swangard Stadium on Saturday July 28, 2012, 10AM-8PM A free event with entertainment, soccer tournaments, kids zone, fashion show and many more local talents. Enjoy the day the Fijian Way Held by Bula! Fiji Association of BC and Jai Fiji TV Productions. For more info check out

Fireworks Dinner Cruise with Pride of Vancouver Charters

Watch the Celebration of Light Fireworks from the sea! Celebrate the spectacular fireworks show, the Celebration of Light, aboard the luxurious Pride of Vancouver or by private charter aboard the new yacht, the Star of Vancouver. Enjoy fine dining, dancing and a grandstand view of the fireworks display. During this memorable cruise, delight in a gourmet buffet prepared to perfection by a skillful... Visit Website

For the Love of Brahms - Liebeslieder Waltzes

  • Saturday, July 28, 2012 - Sunday, July 29, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: July 28 8 pm St Mary's Kerrisdale, July 29 3 pm Shadbolt Centre
  • Location: St Mary's Kerrisdale and Shadbolt Centre
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A recital of Brahms Liebeslider and Neue Liebeslieder Song-Waltzes JULY 28 @ 8 pm, St Mary's Kerrisdale, Vancouver (Larch & 37 Avenue) JULY 29 @ 3 pm, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby - Studio 103 An evening of Romantic music with 4 stunning soloists and 2 dazzling pianists. Beautiful melodies that will touch your heart. Experience the intimacy, expressive nuance, warmth and captivating ... Visit Website

Hardline Productions presents COERCION at The Cultch

"The truth will set you free - but whose version?" Hardline Productions presents its original play COERCION as part of the Neanderthal Arts Festival, July 18th - 29th at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. For tickets and information on the festival visit

International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition & Exhibition

  • Saturday, July 28, 2012 - Saturday, July 28, 2012
  • Time: 1pm-5pm
  • Location: University of British Columbia
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Come watch the races and check out the robotics exhibition! Autonomous robots built by university teams from all over will be put to the test! The organizing committee, a collaborative effort between the UBC faculties of Commerce and Engineering, invites the community to come watch the races and explore the world of robotics on Saturday July 28th at UBC. Celebrate innovation in the autonomo... 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

Kitsilano Showboat

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - Friday, August 17, 2012 (Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: Kitsilano Showboat at Kits Pool
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Kitsilano Showboat is a live performing arts theatre located on the shores of Kitsilano Beach. Every Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat at 7pm until August 17, 2012. Weather Permitting. Celebrating 77 years of entertainment. Check out for more information.

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

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

NBA 3X in Vancouver's Sunset Beach

  • Saturday, July 28, 2012 - Sunday, July 29, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: July 28: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. July 29: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Location: Sunset Beach
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NBA 3X in Vancouver The NBA 3X tour will make a stop at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on July 28-29 as part of events surrounding the Celebration of Light festival. NBA3X is a free, interactive fan experience, including a 3on3 tournament, slam-dunk competitions and three-point contests.  As an added treat for basketball fans, the Vancouver stop will feature an appearance by NBA player Eric Gordo... Visit Website

Neanderthal Arts Festival

Featuring new cutting edge work by emerging and established artists, the Festival will offer four distinctive lines of programming: National Mainstage, Local Mainstage, Site Specifc Performance, and readings of new works. For more information check out

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

Ride into History at Fort Langley

Ride into History July 27, 28, 29! Families, individuals and motorcycling enthusiasts alike will enjoy the 3-day festival in support of the Salvation Army’s Gateway of Hope.  July 27 at 7 pm kicks the event off with an Elvis/Johnny Cash concert at Fort Langley National Historic Site, by donation.  On July 28, registered bikers can participate in the 3-hour ride followed by a salmo... 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

Sculptors’ Society of British Columbia Exhibition and Sale

For the last four years, the Sculptors’ Society of British Columbia has held their summer show in the open air, surrounded by the natural beauty of the garden. The experience of walking through the various shapes and forms presented in stone, wood, clay, mixed media and bronze, makes one realize that though history mankind has created objects for pleasure and also to pass on ideas, beliefs a... Visit Website

SHOREfest 2012

  • Saturday, July 28, 2012 - Wednesday, August 01, 2012 (Recurring every 4 days)
  • Time: 2pm-12am
  • Location: English Bay
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SHOREfest represents the best Vancouver summer's have to offer - free live music, incredible fireworks displays, a vendor village and spending all day (and night) with ocean views and sand between your toes. It's the perfect day out! This year's return of SHOREfest's free concert series at the Honda Celebration of Light will not disappoint, as the most outstanding Canadian bands will be playing ... Visit Website

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