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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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Admission by Donation Weekend

The Royal BC Museum is your museum. This week of admission by donation (suggested $5) is our gift to you. Thank you for your support!

Beaty Biodiversity Museum presents Sea/Life, photographs by David Ellingsen

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Sunday, February 03, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • Location: Beaty Biodiversity Museum
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Sea/Life Photographs by David Ellingsen November 15, 2012 - February 3, 2013 In this portrait series of creatures from the deep, Sea/Life addresses the troubled relationship between humans and the oceans. Many specimens from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum Fish Collection are featured in this award-winning series. Also on display will be an essay by Rex Weyler, co-founder of Greenpeace Internati... Visit Website

Cirque du Soleil presents Amaluna

  • Friday, November 23, 2012 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Live Nation Canada
  • Location: Under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place
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Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young me... Visit Website

Essentia presents Monthly Photo Contest

  • Sunday, December 02, 2012 (Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday)
  • Time: 10:00AM
  • Location: Essentia
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Essentia in Kisilano is offering a monthly photo contest for a chance to win some prizes. On the first Sunday of every month, meet at Essentia for coffee at 10:00AM to discuss photography tips.  Everyone will write down a suggested subject for photos, and one will be drawn to be the focus for that month. Drop into the store to submit your digital photo file or email it to ang... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents Medicine

MEDICINE January 3 to 13 A Firehall Arts Centre Production Trying to understand ourselves and our motivations is a life-long journey. Written and performed by TJ Dawe, the playwright shares his funny, at times heartbreaking, and enlightening experience with Gabor Maté, the Amazonian psychotropic plant medicine ayahuasca, group therapy and his path to introspection.

Heritage Holiday at the Fort

Heritage Holiday at Fort Langley National Historic Site December 22 – 23, 27 – 30 and January 2-6, 10 am - 5 pm [note: closed Dec. 25, 26, and Jan 1.] Make memories with family or out-of-town guests in the traditional holiday atmosphere of the fort! Start with a guided introduction of the site where British Columbia was born at 11 am, then at 1 pm warm up with some heritage hot chocola... Visit Website

James Hart - The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), Exhibition

James Hart, Exhibition The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) November 2012 to March 9, 2014 In late 2009, artist James Hart began designing a large-scale sculpture titled The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) and began carving the work in 2010. This ambitious project brings together many of the principal animal figures from traditional Haida stories, especially creatures that depend on salmon for t... Visit Website

Lights of Hope at St. Paul's Hospital

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Thursday, January 10, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Evenings
  • Location: St. Paul's Hospital
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Join us in celebrating an annual holiday tradition, when the Lights of Hope display returns to St. Paul's Hospital for a 15th year! We will kick off this year’s campaign with a special Lighting Celebration on Nov. 15, which will culminate in fireworks and a festive outdoor community celebration for the entire family. Every year, the Lights of Hope campaign illuminates the exterior of ... Visit Website

Luminescence

Come in out of the cold and enjoy a unique experience of aquatic light that will lift those winter blues. Discover the incredible world of fluorescent and bioluminescent light that exists in the dark depths of the ocean through special exhibits and shows. Find out why and how aquatic animals like anemones, cuttlefish, jellies and corals glow in the deep. Note: Luminescence is a day time program t... Visit Website

Pleased to Meet You: Introductions by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC explores compelling new pairings of timeless treasures in Pleased to Meet You: Introductions by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott from November 3, 2012 to March 24, 2013. The internationally acclaimed potter has combed MOA's collection of artefacts and created groupings based solely on colour, form, shape, and pattern, imbuing new aesthetic perspectives by removing histor... 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

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

The Cultch presents Don Juan

The award-winning company behind 2011's smash hit Waiting for Godot brings to life the satiric tale of an irresistible rogue and defiant hedonist. Blackbird Theatre presents a daring new adaptation of Molière's most scandalous comedy.

The Cultch presents Grim & Fischer

In this acclaimed full face mask comedy from physical theatre duo Wonderheads, an aging grandmother is pit against the Grim Reaper and must confront the inevitable question that we all face: what is it to know your end is nigh? A tender telling of an absurdly epic journey; watch as one woman's fight for survival takes fantastical flight in a showdown with Death himself.

Tree Chipping for Charity

  • Sunday, January 06, 2013 - Sunday, January 06, 2013
  • Time: 10AM - 4PM
  • Location: Kingsgate Mall (370 East Broadway, lower east side parking lot)
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Tree Chipping for Charity at Kingsgate Mall – January 6, 2013 Recycle Your Tree and Raise Field Trip Funds for Mount Pleasant Elementary School Support your local community (and recycle your Christmas Tree!) through your donations to the Mount Pleasant BIA’s 4th Annual Tree Chipping for Charity event! FREE Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. ALL proceeds will go to the Mount Plea... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Damian Moppett, an offsite exhibit

Damian Moppett's artistic practice uses a wide variety of media to question ideas of mastery, craftsmanship and value. Drawing on broad references from the history of modern art, Moppett uses the mediums of sculpture, painting, photography, drawing and video, often in relationship to each other, as a meditation on the activity of making art. At the Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite location West Geo... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings

The medium of watercolour is one of the most challenging used by artists. After the pigment has been placed on paper, change is not possible and the artist must possess considerable skill to achieve his or her artistic goal. Two major artists working in British Columbia in the first half of the twentieth century used watercolour extensively: Emily Carr and Charles John Collings. At the Vancouve... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents Ian Wallce: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography

Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography is a major survey exhibition of the work of one of Canada's most significant contemporary artists. Based in Vancouver, Wallace has played a critical role in the development of contemporary art since the late 1960s. His early experiments with monochromatic painting, his production of large-scale photographic tableaux and his juxtapositio... Visit Website

Vancouver Art Gallery presents TRAFFIC: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980

  • Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Sunday, January 20, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM; Tuesdays 10:00AM-9:00PM
  • Location: Vancouver Art Gallery
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September 29th, 2012 marks the opening day of the Vancouver Art Gallery's TRAFFIC exhibition, featuring Conceptual Art in Canada from 1965-1980. For more detailed information visit http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_traffic.html

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Rookie Night

Vancouver TheatreSports® League’s Rookie Night puts our up and coming Improvisers to the test in front of a hungry crowd. Don't let the name fool you, these are the future stars of tomorrow. Vancouver TheatreSports® League has a history of fostering some of the funniest minds of our time. Many of our rookies have moved on to be the next big thing in the North American entertainment ... Visit Website