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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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"Kinabukasan" 20th Anniversary!

  • Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Sunday, June 16, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Playhouse
  • Location: Vancouver Playhouse
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Through a captivating display of authentic folk dance and music, Kababayang Pilipino ("KP"), will celebrate the rich and diverse culture of the Philippines with its special 20th anniversary presentation, "Kinabukasan" (New Horizons), as a nod to the future. "Kinabukasan", literally translated as "tomorrow" will give its audience a fresh look at the belove... Visit Website

A Marco Polo Bridge Exhibition

A MARCO POLO BRIDGE: IAIN BAXTER : VENICE / SUZHOU / VANCOUVER As the first European to have visited Suzhou (in 1276), Marco Polo was positioned to make the first "Occidental" report concerning the now world-famous classical Chinese garden traditions in that city. From June 1 to November 30, 2013, as a link to crucially important Venice/Suzhou cross-cultural conjunctions, the Sun Y... 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

Bard on the Beach presents Hamlet

Hamlet Directed by Kim Collier • BMO Mainstage A ruler's ghost cries out for revenge and a towering tragedy is set in motion. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is confronted by betrayal and murder. On the verge of giving up all hope, he's still driven by an insatiable quest for truth. His struggle for answers ultimately spares no one, triggering a shocking chain of events. The production unfolds i... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach presents Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night Directed by Dennis Garnhum • BMO Mainstage • June 12 - September 14 Spirits are lifted, hearts are mended, and love is sought and won at the What You Will Hotel and Spa. It's 1913 and in the pampered world of a fine European spa, everyone is falling in love with someone who is not exactly who they seem. Feste, the lobby lounge singer, entertains, Toby Belch and Andrew Ague... Visit Website

Broadway Across Canada presents Les Miserables

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - Sunday, June 23, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Broadway Across Canada
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg's legendary musical, Les Misérables, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls t... Visit Website

Historical Gardens of Stanley Park Walking Tour

Historical Gardens of Stanley Park Walking Tour Stroll the remarkable gardens of Stanley Park. Hear their history and discover their hidden stories. Includes: The Lost Rock Garden, the formal Pavilion Garden, the Kiwanis Club's Rose Garden, Shakespeare's Garden and the Women's Auxiliary of the Air Force's Garden of Remembrance. Also hear stories of the park's early resident's family gardens. In... 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

Made in China(town) Exhibition by Vancouver Design Bureau

Made in China(town) By Vancouver Design Bureau The Made in China(town) exhibition brings together 15 local designers responding to the urban renewal of historic Chinatown in Vancouver, British Columbia. The majority of the participating designers have practices situated in Chinatown, implicating them as stakeholders in the changing face of this neighbourhood. The project aims to display, discu... Visit Website

Nature Play Day in Stanley Park!

  • Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Saturday, June 15, 2013
  • Time: 12PM-4PM
  • Location: Third Beach (just to the right of the concession), Stanley Park
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Celebrate Nature Play Day in Stanley Park! Events include: - Free geocaching scavenger hunt - Fun outdoor activities! - Small nature trail loop - Info booths - Food tent and more! Saturday, June 15th 12:00-4:00 pm Third Beach (just to the right of the concession), Stanley Park Free for the whole family! RSVP encouraged at eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/6923818327#  

Style, history, and culture come together in a summer event at Vancouver's beautifully restored Roedde House Museum, historic Victorian home of Gustav and Matilda Roedde. Join for an unforgettable fashion show, followed by afternoon tea and treats, in company of Vancouver's own Ivan Sayers. Ivan Sayers, Vancouver's foremost fashion historian and consummate host, returns to Roedde House to pres... Visit Website

Sanctuary: Re-examining the Nest

  • Friday, June 14, 2013 - Saturday, July 20, 2013 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: CityScape Community Art Space
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Sanctuary, Re-Examining the Nest The nest as both symbol and metaphor is found in the art and literature of cultures worldwide dating back to biblical times before. Visually it creates an immediate association with nature and traditionally is used to reference or symbolize the home with implied qualities of refuge, comfort and peace. This exhibition features three established North Vancouver... Visit Website

Seek The Peak 2013

Grouse Mountain’s Seek The Peak relay is going strong after 10 years with 16 kilometers of fitness bragging rights and a challenge that is guaranteed to leave participants breathless. Face the 16 kilometer course alone or tackle the race with a team of four splitting up the legs including the famous Grouse Grind.

Stanley Park Bike Tours

Vancouver's urban forest holds a complex history of destroyed First Nations villages and squatters' cabins, military unrest and forgotten burial places, British enclaves, sports and cultural venues, and of course, renowned natural endowments, some more recent than you might think. Due to its natural popularity, Stanley Park has become an engineered landscape, with many tourist draws such as the ... 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 Nano-Gigantic Drawing Experiment at ArtStarts : A Vancouver Draw Down Event

  • Saturday, June 15, 2013 - Saturday, June 15, 2013
  • Time: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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Most everything in nature has a habit of starting out at a microscopic level and then, all of sudden BANG! Even an idea starts small before it erupts into something huge and amazing! Come to ArtStarts and explore the Nano-Gigantic Drawing Experiment! Create animal and botanical-inspired art using minuscule and humongous formats. Celebrate the big and the small things in nature! Admission is fr... 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 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