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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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16th Annual European Festival!

  • Saturday, May 25, 2013 - Sunday, May 26, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 10:30AM
  • Location: Swangard Stadium
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On May 25th and 26th Swangard Stadium will host the 16th Annual European Festival - which offers the perfect way to celebrate and enjoy Europe without the dreadful jetlag and airport security checks. This year's festival brings together some 30 countries in this weekend cultural festival of food, fun and performances. From 10:30am to 11:00pm on May 25th, 10:30am to 6pm May 26th, the European Fe... Visit Website

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

Astrolabe Musik Theatre & Britannia Mine Museum present - NEWmatica

Co-produced by Astrolabe Musik Theatre and the Britannia Mine: NEWmatica is a riveting, site-specific, and interdisciplinary concert of new music and modern tap dance, where the venue itself is played as a musical instrument. Held in the towering 26-storey Mill at the Britannia Mine Museum (a National Historic Site), NEWmatica celebrates the power of percussion. Vancouver-based musicians Frin... Visit Website

A traditional flamenco showcase featuring internationally acclaimed flamenco artists from Spain and France. Antonio Arrebola, born in Malaga, Spain with a Madrid-style of dance will be joined by 2 singers (Cristo Cortes and Pirouz de Caspio) and one flamenco guitarist (Ricardo Diaz) for an intense showcase of flamenco rarely seen in Vancouver! The Annual International Jondo Flamenco Festiva... Visit Website

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

  • Friday, May 24, 2013 - Sunday, May 26, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: BC Place
  • Location: BC Place
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EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is the ultimate Consumer Food Expo! Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world will come together for a three day public extravaganza at BC Place Stadium. The 11th annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Coooking festival encompasses unique f... Visit Website

George Noory and Friends-Live in Vancouver!

If you're a fan of the nightly radio program Coast to Coast AM, you won't want to miss the live stage show George Noory & Friends Live at the River Rock! But here's an even greater opportunity to get close-up and personal with George, Dr. John Gray - best selling author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Catherine Austin Fitts - Economist/Investmest Advisor, R. Gary Patterson - Rock ... 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

Marpole Museum & Historical Society present Antique, Collectible and Plant Sale

  • Saturday, May 25, 2013 - Saturday, May 25, 2013
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Location: Colbourne House (Marpole)
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Marpole Museum & Historical Society is having its annual Antique, Collectable, and Plant Sale! This is a FREE local public event! Saturday,  May 25, 2013  @ 10:00AM - 2:00PM For more info please visit www.marpolehistorical.ca

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.

Portobello West presents Fashion + Art Summer Market

  • Saturday, May 25, 2013 - Sunday, May 26, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Creekside Community Recreation Centre
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Portobello West's Summer Market! Stop by between 11:00am-5:00pm and shop from up to 50 amazing Canadian and Pacific Northwest designers, artists, and producers! There’s something for everyone including fashion, accessories, jewellery, art, sweets, and baby + kids items.   For more information please visit http://www.portobellowest.com/   Saturday May 25th + Sunday Ma... 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

Trout Lake Farmers Market

  • Saturday, May 11, 2013 - Saturday, October 19, 2013 (Every Saturday)
  • Time: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
  • Location: North Parking Lot of John Hendry Park
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Vancouver Farmers Markets are always in season! Join us at the markets this summer to find delicious locally made food. Enjoy knowing where your food comes from and who cultivates it. Vancouver Farmers Markets (otherwise known as Your Local Farmers Market Society) is about people who love fresh food at festive gatherings. With the initial goal in 1995 to create the fun and value of weekly Farme... 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 Heritage Foundation presents Nellie Yip Quong House Celebration

Celebrate Asian History Month at the former home of Charlie and Nellie Yip Quong with the current owners, family members, UBC’s Chinese Canadian Stories film crew and Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC. Nellie Towers of St. John, NB met Charlie Yip Quong while teaching in New York. Married in 1900, the couple moved into the Yip Sang family compound in Chinatown in 1904. A feminist... Visit Website

Vancouver Symphony Tiny Tots: Musical Zoo for Me and You!

Children's classics perfectly partnered with "Carnival of the Animals" and other move-along, sing-along favourites, with music played by a clarinet, trombone, and string bass. May 24: 10:00 and 11:30am- Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver May 25: 10:00 and 11:30am- Terry Fox Theatre, Port Coquitlam Visit www.vancouversymphony.ca for details and tickets

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 Scared Scriptless

Scared Scriptless is sixty-minutes of cutting edge improv! Using audience suggestions, our performers challenge themselves and the "rules" of the game. These multi-talented improvisers take familiar styles and games and push them to their limits. This is a night of improv where anything can happen…and usually does! *Last Friday of the Month is the Naughty Improv Musical Show Sc... Visit Website

VHF Bike Tours

Take a ride through our bike friendly city and learn some history while you’re at it! On May 25 join John Atkin on a bike tour of Places That Matter sites to see and hear about plaques that have been installed around the city. We’ll be making a special stop midway to take in the Nellie Yip Quong plaque presentation live! The tour starts at Canada Place.1-3pm.

VHF's Places That Matter Bike Tours

Join historian John Atkin on a bike tour of Vancouver Heritage Foundations's Places That Matter plaque sites and learn the community history that made these sites matter to Vancouverites. Visit plaques that have been installed around the city, and then make a special stop midway to take in the Nellie Yip Quong plaque presentation live! The tour starts at Canada Place and will utilize Vancouve... Visit Website