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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

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

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

Cos & Effect 2012

  • Friday, August 24, 2012 - Sunday, August 26, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Friday 5pm-1am, Saturday 9am-1am, Sunday 9am-5pm
  • Location: University of British Columbia, Student Union Building
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Cos & Effect is an annual Costume, Cosplay, and Alternative Fashion convention that takes place in Vancouver. The convention’s content is targeted towards people 16-30 years old, although most content is appropriate for all ages. All 18+ ot 19+ content is clearly marked, and IDs will be checked before entry. The goal is to provide a fun and creativity fueled convention, featuring tons o... 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

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

Categories:
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

Categories:
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

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

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

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

Categories:
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

The Fair at the PNE 2012

The Fair at the PNE features live shows for kids and families, daily concerts, cultural programming, the beloved Superdogs, mini donuts and Crazy Dogs, the PNE Prize Home and unique international and local shopping at the Marketplace. Come experience the best part of summer at the Fair at the PNE!  Located just 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver at Hastings and Renfrew.  Open daily.&nb... Visit Website

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

  • Thursday, August 16, 2012 - Sunday, August 26, 2012 (Recurring daily)
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For 11 days each August, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival brings the very best in queer independent cinema from around the world to Vancouver. As the city's second largest film festival, we privilege creative innovation and audience experience. Each summer, this celebrated event brings people together to watch incredible films, talk to filmmakers and artists, engage in scintillating discussions... Visit Website