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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

9th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival at Britannia Heritage Shipyard NHS

  • Friday, August 10, 2012 - Sunday, August 12, 2012
  • Location: Britannia Heritage Shipyard National Historic Site
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The 9th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival - August 10-12, 2012 - celebrates all things waterfront at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard (5180 Westwater Drive, Steveston, in Richmond). Celebrate Richmond's traditional connection with the sea at the 9th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival, a free family event at Britannia Heritage Shipyard National Historic Site. Over one evening of music (Friday, 7 t... 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

Crankworx Whistler, Aug 10 - 19

Crankworx showcases Whistler as the ultimate downhill biking playground by combining stunt sessions and speed events with the world's best mountain bikers competing for cash and prizing. The event line-up also includes an outdoor expo, pro riding demonstrations, free music and entertainment. Aug 10: Fat Tire Crit (Whistler Olympic Plaza) Aug 11: Canadian Open Enduro Aug 11: Dual Speed & Style... 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

Firehall Arts Centre presents Good Timber

GOOD TIMBER - Songs & Stories of the Western Logger August 7 to 19 A The Other Guys Theatre Production Based on the logger poetry of Robert E. Swanson, the Bard of the Woods, this amazingly talented ensemble has created a show of songs and stories played against a multi-media backdrop of rarely-seen archival imagery.

From Ship to Shore: Marine Paintings at Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art

  • Thursday, August 02, 2012 - Friday, August 31, 2012 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art
  • Time: 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
  • Location: Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art
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August Exhibition at Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art: From Ship to Shore: Marine Paintings 19th and 20th century artists set out to capture the adventure and excitement of life at sea with their detailed paintings of sailing ships on the open water and coming into port.  Marine pictures were used as records of life at sea and were often done for the captain of the ship in commemorati... 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

Movies Under the Stars: The Muppets

  • Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Saturday, August 11, 2012
  • Time: 5:00 pm
  • Location: Holland Park
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Movies Under the Stars is back this year! Join us on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Holland Park to watch a featured movie! The featured movie will be The Muppets. This is a great event for all ages, so be sure to come out and enjoy this musical comedy starring Jason Segal, Amy Adams, and of course Kermit the Frog! The best part is that the event is absolutely FREE! Fun activities start at 5pm and t... 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

MusicFest Vancouver 2012

  • Friday, August 10, 2012 - Sunday, August 19, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: various venues
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  MUSICFEST 2012 Public onsale: May 31st, 10:00 am For a complete Festival events listing, please check the MusicFest Vancouver website. Please consider making a donation to MusicFest! Please note that Tickets Tonight does not sell the following MusicFest series: CBC Plaza Series; Inside the Music Series; Early Music Series; Cellar Series. ODLUM BROWN OPENING CONCERT More info . .... 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

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

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

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 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

Will Benavides at St. James Hall

  • Saturday, August 11, 2012 - Saturday, August 11, 2012
  • Time: 8:00PM
  • Location: St. James Hall
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On August 11, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Will Benavides will be debuting new songs from his upcoming EP "Un Mar de Amor y Paz" at St. James Hall located at 3214 West 10th Avenue, as anticipated by many of his fans. Will Benavides, who has been an active musician performing and producing in Canada and Latin America including his native Colombia for the past 10 years, is coming back to the stage ... Visit Website

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