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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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Arts Club Theatre Company presents Dreamgirls

Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, the musical Dreamgirls tells the rags-to-riches tale of a 1960s girl group, loosely based on The Supremes. Young, black, and with talent to burn, the hopeful divas Effie, Deena, and Lorrell fantasize about playing the Apollo Theater. After getting their big break, The Dreamettes seem unstoppable-until rivalry and betrayal enter the group. Share their elatio... Visit Website

IIEC presents Discover the Shines of Equatorial Emerald

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013 - Thursday, May 16, 2013
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Thursday, May 16, 2013, 7:00 pm Queen Elizabeth Theatre Discover the rich, vibrant culture of Indonesia in this magnificent performance of traditional Indonesian music and dance. Featuring Indonesian secondary school students, this FREE live performance will delight and entertain with a glimpse into the folk dances, martial arts and traditional songs of various regions and ethnic groups in Indon... 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

Jelly Invasion at the Vancouver Aquarium

This summer, thousands of jellyfishes are invading the Vancouver Aquarium. With over 15 different species of jellyfishes from all over the globe on exhibit, plus new shows, activities and interactive displays, there's a lot of new and exciting things to see and do. Come and see several jellyfish species rarely on display at the Aquarium! Daily, May 16, 2013 - November 12, 2013 Vancouver Aquariu... Visit Website

Kereshmeh Ensemble featuring Hossein Behroozinia

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013 - Thursday, May 16, 2013
  • Venue: Museum of Anthropology
  • Location: Museum of Anthropology
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A performance by Kereshmeh Ensemble, one of the world's leading Persian classical music ensembles. All of the members of Kereshmeh Ensembles are experienced musicians with their unique technique that has been developed over years of performing. Kereshmeh Ensemble is based in Vancouver and have performed in numerous concerts within Canada and throughout USA and has appeared in variety of festiv... Visit Website

May LaForge Be With You - A Tribute Show to Star Wars and Star Trek

  • Thursday, May 09, 2013 - Saturday, June 01, 2013 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: noon-5pm
  • Location: HOT ART WET CITY Gallery
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A group art show featuring work inspired by Star Wars and Star Trek! Thursday May 9, 2013 - Saturday June 1, 2013 Weekly, Wed-Sat @  12:00PM-5:00PM OPENING RECEPTION: Friday May 10, 2013 @ 7:00 PM Tickets: FREE Admission 2206 Main Street, Vancouver (@6th Ave) For more information please visit http://hotartwetcity.com/star-wars-trek/   Note: Gallery will be CLOSED on Saturday, Ma... Visit Website

Pacific Theatre presents How to Write a New Book for the Bible

  • Friday, April 26, 2013 - Saturday, May 25, 2013 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Pacific Theatre
  • Location: Pacific Theatre
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Heartfelt and hilarious, the story of an aging mother's peculiarities and a son's flawed devotion. A celebration of what holds a family together, suffused with subtle theatrical magic. Canadian Premiere.

Race to the End of the Earth Feature Presentation

Join Dr Ross MacPhee, curator of Race to The End of the Earth, American Museum of Natural History, as he recounts a gripping tale of Antarctic adventure and tragedy. Just 100 years ago one British team and one Norwegian team set out to claim the South Pole, earth’s last great geographical prize, but only one team returned.

Railtown Culinary Tour by Off The Eaten Track Tours

  • Friday, April 19, 2013 - Friday, May 17, 2013 (Every Thursday, Friday)
  • Time: 1:30PM - 3:30PM
  • Location: H.A.V.E Café (374 Powell Street)
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Never heard of Railtown before? Well you will soon. Railtown, the unofficial name for the area just east of Gastown, is an up-and-coming neighbourhood that is quickly becoming a hot spot in the city for amazing restaurants. Gritty, historic, and teeming with artist lofts, design shops, and tech companies, this neighbourhood is an interesting mix of new and old. Come to taste and learn all about ... Visit Website

ReMix This: A Copyright Cabaret

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013 - Thursday, May 16, 2013
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Location: The Wise Hall
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ReMix This: a Copyright Cabaret gives you the opportunity to engage in conversation with other passionate individuals to rethink copyright for the future of the arts, intellectual property and the open internet. So join and bring your friends! Share your ideas in a community conversation designed to reimagine copyright at this pivotal moment.   Dance Party to follow! Thursday May 16, 2013 ... 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

UBC MOA presents Safar/Voyage: Contemporary Works by Arab, Iranian, and Turkish Artists

  • Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • Time: Tuesdays 10AM-9PM; Wednesdays-Sundays 10AM-5PM; Closed Mondays
  • Location: UBC Museum of Anthropology
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Following the universal theme of voyage, the first major Canadian group exhibition of contemporary artists from the Middle Eastern region arrives at MOA in Spring of 2013. Guest curated by Fereshteh Daftari, Safar/Voyage’s scope takes viewers from the planet earth, down to maps, and further to specific cities such as Tehran and Cairo, after which it proceeds to reveal internal and meditativ... 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 Food Tour presents Your Vancouver Brewery Experience

Ever wondered what really goes on inside that mysterious building located at the base of the Burrard Street bridge?  Now it's your chance to join Vancouver Food Tour and Molson Coors Canada and explore Western Canada's largest and most recognized brewery. Whether you're a visitor, a curious local, or simply a beer enthusiast, join us behind the scenes to get a look at this iconic Vancouver l... Visit Website

Vancouver Theatresports League presents Pants on Fire

Vancouver TheatreSportsTM League presents PANTS ON FIRE, a hilarious new show where local celebrities hope to outwit a cast of veteran improvisers. Throughout the night our host will get outrageous stories and anecdotes from the esteemed guests life...but whether those stories are factual or not is up for debate. Along with your help, this award-winning cast will decide if the guest is telling th... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Ultimate Improv Championships

UIC is Vancouver's most dangerous improv and pits two blood-thirsty teams of improvisers against each other in a non-stop timed challenge. At the end of each performance the audience votes who will be the Ultimate Improv Champion, with the winning team returning the following week to defend their title. “Ultimate Improvisers” are among the best-trained and well-conditioned athletes in... Visit Website