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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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"The Show... Gotta Get It" presented by The Source Dance Company

  • Thursday, June 27, 2013 - Saturday, June 29, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre
  • Time: 8:00PM
  • Location: Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre
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Highly acclaimed Vancouver dance company, The SOURCE, presents "The Show... Gotta Get It" - an original production inspired by "A Chorus Line" and NBC's hit TV show "SMASH" Jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance combine for knock-out performances and a heartfelt "behind the scenes" storyline. Shows @ 8:00PM nightly (Lobby @ 7:00PM, Doors @ 7:30PM) 
 Thur... Visit Website

2013 Saturday Night Fireworks at The Butchart Gardens

Experience: Only in the Summer, on Saturday nights All ten summer Saturday nights feature a jaw-dropping, dazzling Firework show with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to show tunes. Since 1977, one of The Gardens' most popular draws. Show times and dates vary from year to year, so please check below for the detailed schedule. The same show happens each Saturday but changes f... Visit Website

2013 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

With 1800 artists, 300 concerts and 35 venues, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is Vancouver's signature festival and British Columbia's biggest music and arts presentation. Over eleven days—June 21 - July 1, 2013—the world's best jazz, funk, Latin, fusion, and world music artists perform at venues big and small, indoor and outdoor across the city. There are many fre... Visit Website

78th Kitsilano Showboat Festival of Live Performing Arts & Theatre

  • Monday, June 24, 2013 - Saturday, August 17, 2013 (Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 7:00PM
  • Location: Kitsilano Showboat
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Kitsilano Showboat is a live performing arts theatre on the shores of Kits Beach. Join for a  fabulous entertainment ranging from children's dance schools to the Kitsilano Boys' Band Reunion, and much more! A Vancouver tradition since 1935. June 24 - August 17, 2013 (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) Showtime: 7:00 PM Kitsilano Showboat - Live Performing Arts Theatre Admis... 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

Bamboo Festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Experience the Garden transformed with over 30 beautiful, rare and unique bamboo plants on display. Meet with Bamboo Botanicals owner Matt Lang to learn all about how to plant and grow your own bamboo garden! You will have the opportunity to purchase your own bamboo plants and hear the beautiful music of the traditional bamboo flute played by musician Larry Yan.   All day, Saturday, Jun... 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

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

Places That Matter: The First Gas Station Plaque Presentation

Join VHF in celebrating people, places and events that matter!     First Gas Station celebration will be held on Saturday June 29th @ 10am. There will be 1907 cars on display from Vintage Car Club of Canada on Cambie and Smith (entrance of Pacific Landmark Condo). You can even come in 1900s attire! Love hats? Goorin Bros’ and Yaletown BIA are giving a classic hat a... 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

Ships to Shore Steveston, presented by the City of Richmond

  • Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Monday, July 01, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Imperial Landing
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From the majestic, century-old schooner Adventuress, the world’s “greenest” tall ship to the crowd-favourite mini-brigs with their pop gun cannons, a flotilla of classic ships is making sail for Ships to Shore Steveston on the Canada Day weekend. From Saturday, June 29 to Monday, July 1, visitors can relive the days when Richmond’s Steveston Village was a major port-of-ca... 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 FanClub presents Crystal Shawanda “Under the Influence Sessions”

Crystal Shawanda "Under the Influence Sessions" Saturday, June 29, 2013 Doors: 7pm / Show: 8pm Crystal Shawanda pays tribute to her favourite artists of the past including Etta James, Patsy Cline, Aretha Aretha Franklin, and Roy Orbison. Born on Canada's Wikwemikong Native Reservation, Shawanda's country roots run deep. The 2009 Canadian Country Music Association winner for FEMALE A... Visit Website

Vancouver FanClub presents Rocky Mountain Rebel Music and DJ Jamie Van Goulden

Rocky Mountain Rebel Music and DJ Jamie Van Goulden Saturday, June 29, 2013 Show: 11:59pm-4am (LATE CLOSE) Charged by reggae, rock, funk, dub, dancehall, punk, and world rhythms, Rocky Mountain Rebel Music delivers an original sound that defies comparison. Shredding guitars, bubbling keys, smooth horns, hand percussion, drums, and heavy bass form the unique sound of this eight-member band fro... Visit Website

Vancouver International Busker Festival

  • Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Monday, July 01, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: June 29 - July 1
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Award-winning street performers from all over the world converge on Granville Street for three days of music, magic, acrobatics and comedy. See one-of-a-kind shows held right in front of you for the low, low price of nothing! No tickets - it's free and open to everyone. Bring tips!

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