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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

2012 Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair

  • Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Sunday, September 23, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Location: UBC Robson Square
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2012 Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair 10:00am - 5:00pm Saturday September 22 & Sunday September 23 UBC Robson Square rooms C180-C150 Over 20 of BC's top booksellers featuring rare and exciting material for sale. Admission $5 Good for both days Sponsored by  

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Clybourne Park

  • Thursday, September 06, 2012 - Sunday, October 07, 2012 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Arts Club Theatre Company - Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
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The winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for best play, this biting contemporary satire skewers the conventions of political correctness in shockingly entertaining fashion. In Chicago, 1959, an African-American family moves into a house in Clybourne Park, to the mortification of its all-white residents. Fast-forward 50 years, and now the neighbourhood is predominately black. When young white newlywed... Visit Website

Jersey Boys

  How did four blue-collar kids become one of the greatest successes in pop music history? Find out at the runaway smash-hit, Jersey Boys. Winner of the Best Musical Award on Broadway, in London and Australia, this blockbuster phenomenon takes you up the charts, across the country and behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Experience electrifying performances of the golden ... Visit Website

Nervous Doll Dancing presents Eidolon at Havana Theatre

  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Saturday, September 22, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 8:30pm
  • Location: Havana Restaurant & Theatre
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Nervous Doll Dancing presents, Eidolon, a musical journey into a kaleidoscopic dreamworld; a beautiful and haunting story told through the cello, summoned to life with film, animation and illustration. This is a theatrical collaboration that plays with illusion, the poetry of rhythm and cycles of life. It is a play on fantasy and reality, dreamstate and present; a wordless and amorphous experienc... Visit Website

Olio Festival 2012

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Sunday, September 23, 2012
  • Time: Varies
  • Location: Various locations around Vancouver
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Since 2008, Olio Festival curators, veterans of their respective scenes, have orchestrated the best events for four glorious days in September, and 2012's percolations are imminent: Dozens of live music performances at Vancouver's most intimate venues; obscure, intriguing film screenings at independent theatres; up close and personal comedy to shatter your funny bone; innovative mu... Visit Website

Pacific Theatre presents The Spitfire Grill

  • Friday, September 21, 2012 - Saturday, October 27, 2012 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Pacific Theatre
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A young woman leaves prison, only to learn that a second chance isn't easy to come by. From the beloved film, an uplifting and inspiring story of personal redemption and the reawakening of a small Wisconsin town.  

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

River District Farmer's Market

  • Saturday, September 15, 2012 - Saturday, October 27, 2012 (Every Saturday)
  • Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Location: River District Centre
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The River District community is proud to present Southeast Vancouver’s first Farmers Market on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00am at the Kerr Street Plaza (located at the foot of Kerr Street and East Kent Avenue). The market will run once-a-week on Saturdays from 10:00am – 2:00pm for a 6 week period during the autumn harvest season (from September 15th - October 27th, 2012). ... 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

Study and Go Abroad Fair

Study and Go Abroad Fair, Canada's largest international university and student travel expo, is a great opportunity for students, and parents to learn about studying an undergraduate or postgraduate program overseas. Meet face-to-face with top-ranked universities from around the world to find out about scholarships, admission requirements etc. Visit our Travel Pavilion for student travel and ga... Visit Website

The Cultch presents Blind Date

One of the most daring and exhilarating undertakings in the scope of contemporary theatre. There's nothing like the thrill of a first date...anything can happen! In Blind Date, you'll experience all the excitement and awkwardness of love as Mimi, a Parisian temptress, goes on a blind date with a different man every night - plucked right out of the audience.

The Cultch presents White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

30-year-old Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour's arresting and allegorical work dissects the experience of a whole generation in this wild, original play. Each night an acclaimed Canadian actor, who has never before seen or read this play, is handed a sealed envelope. They open it and begin. Neither actor nor audience knows what lies ahead on this metaphorical journey into extreme experience.

The Missing Rice Bowl - Drawings of Chinatown & East Hastings Cafes

An exhibition of drawings - Chinatown & East Hastings Cafes, by artist Keith McKellar Opening Reception with artist in attendance Saturday, September 8, 2 - 4 pm at Hall of One Hundred Rivers Keith McKellar (Laughing Hand) has survived as an itinerant artist composing, showing, and selling his famous drawings in the street from Vancouver to California, Taiwan and Japan for thirty years. His... Visit Website

Theatre UBC presents The Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson

  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Saturday, October 06, 2012 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Telus Studio Theatre
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The Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson By Linda Griffiths, director Sarah Rodgers Telus Studio Theatre An extravagant and inspired epic, The Duchess takes us into a wonderland where Kings and Queens dance the Black Bottom, Faerie creatures demand blood, and Empires are given up for love. The play tells the story of the woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated his throne, Wallis Simpson. It travels i... Visit Website

Toxic Twins Fashion Show in support of AIDS

  • Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Saturday, September 22, 2012
  • Time: Doors open at 8pm. Fashion Show from 9 to 10pm.
  • Location: Celebrities Nightclub
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In a fashion show supporting The Vancouver AIDS Walk For Life, Nicole Guzzo and Nicole Rita Tomney will be showcasing their individual men's and women's fashion lines, as well as the premiere of their FIRST ever combined collection “Toxic Twins”. It is sure to be a memorable night full of sexy rock'n'roll, gothic and "Toxic" fashion! To purchase tickets please visit http... 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

Vancouver Heritage Foundation's 2012 Vancouver Special Tour

Check out the Vancouver Heritage Foundation's Vancouver Special House Tour on Saturday, September 22nd from 1:00-5:00PM! This year’s one-day self-guided tour of 5 houses includes some with their original floor plans and others that have had radical makeovers!  Get inside 5 special Specials.  Be inspired and change your thinking about what a Vancouver Special can be! Tickets ... Visit Website

Vancouver Special House Tour

  • Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Saturday, September 22, 2012
  • Time: 1:00-5:00pm
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Join the Vancouver Heritage Foundation at it's annual Vancouver Special House Tour. The tour is a 4 hour, self-guided event that lets you into a number of privately owned Vancouver Special houses.  Tickets $30+HST. To learn more about this event or to purchase tickets, visit: or call the Vancouver Heritage Foundatio... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports presents Galactic Showdown

Galactic Showdown "An Epic Improv Tournament"     Get ready for the biggest improv fight in the known universe! Vancouver TheatreSports League's annual GALACTIC SHOWDOWN runs September 6th through October 6th, 2012 at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. Don't miss these galactic competitors every Thursday at 7:30pm and 9:15pm, and Fridays & Satu... Visit Website

World Cerebral Palsy Challenge

  • Tuesday, September 04, 2012 - Tuesday, October 02, 2012 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: All day
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The World Cerebral Palsy Challenge is an exciting 4 week team activity that will get you active and improve your health and wellbeing. It's also a fun way to raise much needed funds to support the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia's vital work. Perfect for co-workers, school classes, and family friends. It's something everyone can enjoy! For more info on the challenge, visit http://w... Visit Website