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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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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 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

Curious - Royal BC Musuem at Wing Sang in Vancouver

  • Sunday, July 01, 2012 - Saturday, September 01, 2012 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Time: 10 am - 6pm
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Royal BC Museum at Wing Sang displays world-class exhibitions transported to Vancouver from the museum in Victoria. Experience the Royal BC Museum in the heart of Chinatown and enjoy the rich human and natural history of BC, displayed for the first time in Vancouver’s historic Wing Sang building. The modern galleries of the Royal BC Museum at Wing Sang are the perfect setting for visitors to... Visit Website

Dine Above the Stars, presented by Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites and Blasted Church Vineyards

Dine Above the Stars Presented by: Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites and Blasted Church Vineyards Enjoy a delicious five-course dinner prepared by Coast Plaza Hotel executive chef Kim Thai with wine pairings provided by Blasted Church Vineyards.  Silent auction and Vancouver's best view of the 2012 Fireworks Celebration of Light. Date: Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 @ 6pm Master of Ceremonies: Fr... Visit Website

Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries

  • Sunday, July 01, 2012 - Saturday, September 01, 2012 (Recurring monthly on the 1st)
  • Venue: Royal BC Museum
  • Time: Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The blockbuster exhibition of the year! Imagine the thrill of discovering something new about a creature that lived millions of years ago. Since the first dinosaur fossil was identified almost 200 years ago, people have wondered how these fascinating animals lived, moved and behaved. Dinosaurs explores how paleontologists today use modern technologies, along with new discoveries and ideas, to inv... Visit Website

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens presents Misao Miriam Batts: Beyond the Horizon

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden is excited to present Misao Miriam Batts' solo exhibition during August, 2012. Miriam is a well-known artist across Canada. Her masterpieces range from magnificent mountain paintings to adorable doll creations. With a passion for Chinese brush paintings and for nature, Miriam produces paintings with a natural peacefulness, featuring landscape elements suc... 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

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

Museum of Vancouver: special 2-for-1 deal for August!

This August, bring your out-of-town guest to the MOV and you'll get in for free. It's a 2-for-1!  Show your ID with your local address (anywhere in Greater Vancouver) and your guest's out of town ID, and one of you gets in for free.   You get to be a great host, while picking up on local history tidbits to impress future guests with. For more information contact MOV at 604.736.4... 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

Places That Matter Presentation to Strathcona Community Gardens

  • Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - Wednesday, August 01, 2012
  • Time: 6:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Strathcona Community Gardens
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The Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Strathcona Community Gardeners, Theatre on Earth Collective, and Environmental Youth Alliance invite you to the Connect the Plots celebration, where the VHF will present a Places That Matter plaque to the Strathcona Community Gardens, corner of Hawks Ave. and Prior Street. Check out this free event on August 1st, from 6:30-8:30PM (plaque presentation at 6:45PM).... 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

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

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 Tempest - Carousel Theatre's Teen Shakespeare Program

  • Friday, July 27, 2012 - Saturday, August 11, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm, with 2:00pm matinees on Saturdays
  • Location: Performance Works Outdoor Stage
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FREE for the whole family! This summer, young castaways brave the forces of nature and enchantment! Carousel Theatre’s Teen Shakespeare Program conjures up a classic tale of fate, magic and imagination in The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Duke Prospero and his daughter Miranda are exiled to a remote island. With the aid of his slave Caliban and the sprite Ariel, Prospero summons a tempest... Visit Website

The Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society presents Honda Celebration of Light

  • Saturday, July 28, 2012 - Saturday, August 04, 2012 (Every Wednesday, Saturday)
  • Location: English Bay
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Thanks to the ongoing support of our sponsors and the City of Vancouver the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society is pleased to announce the Celebration of Light will be back in 2012 on the following nights: Saturday July 28th Vietnam Wednesday August 1st Brazil Saturday August 4th Italy Now is your chance to start planning your trip to Vancouver for 2012 or plan some special occasions around... 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   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 Encore!

ENCORE! A Musical Improv Series will have you singing the praises of improvisational comedy. New and original music-based formats will be presented every week. New genres, themes and formats will tantalize your improv ear drums, so be repared to hear your favourite musical genres re-invented in a way you’ve never heard before. Whatever the genre of music or theme of the night, this show ... Visit Website