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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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30 Ways to Party (Party)

The Firehall Arts Centre celebrates 30 years of theatre, dance, and art with the 30 Ways to Party (Party) on . The evening of food, fun, and friends marks the culmination of the longstanding organization's 30th season. Featuring audience-favourite performers, including dance artists Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and Amber Funk Barton, storyteller David Adams, and musician Beth Southwell, as well a... 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 Avenue Q

Irreverently witty and outright uproarious, Avenue Q is the musical story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate who arrives in New York City looking for love, a job, and his purpose in life. The only neighbourhood he can afford is the multicultural Avenue Q, where Sesame Street-esque puppets rub shoulders with humans. Part felt, part flesh, Avenue Q is packed with songs that are surprisingl... 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

Downtown Food Cart Walking Tour

  • Friday, June 07, 2013 - Thursday, October 31, 2013 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Time: 1:00PM-3:00pm
  • Location: meet at The Juice Truck (Corner of Abbot and Water )
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Explore the popular food cart scene in the downtown core that is the largest in Canada! From Gastown to Granville Street, the tour will take you to the best street eating this city has to offer. In the mood for some traditional Indian naan? How about some Hong Kong dim sum? Or authentic Australian Pies? This tour is a fantastic way to sample 6 different food carts with an array of flavours. ... 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

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

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 #PopUpPatio at The Westin Grand

Above the bustling intersection of Homer and Robson Streets is the sun-drenched poolside terrace of The Westin Grand, Vancouver. This summer the space will be transformed into the #PopUpPatio, a bustling rooftop patio lounge open Thursday and Friday evenings. Guests can unwind and refresh after a hard day of work in this relaxed atmosphere with soft seating, green gardens and live DJ music. Ope... 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 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