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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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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

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

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

Kitsilano Farmers Market

  • Sunday, May 12, 2013 - Sunday, October 20, 2013 (Every Sunday)
  • Time: 10:00AM to 2:00PM
  • Location: Kitsilano Community Centre
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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

Shangri-La Farmers Market

Join us in the plaza between the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver and Urban Fare for the Shangri-La Farmers Market. Sample fresh local produce and products every second Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Live cooking demos at 12 noon by Executive Chef Wayne Harris. Fun for the whole family! After you have finished shopping join us at MARKET by Jean-Georges Restaurant for a special Farmers Market Brunch inspired b... 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

The Columbia presents Sunday Blues Revue

  • Sunday, February 03, 2013 (Every Sunday)
  • Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Location: The Columbia
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Enjoy the New Orleans style venue, newly-renovated, for some blues by some of the finest musicians in this vintage show lounge every Sunday night for Sunday Blues Revue. Date: Every Sunday evening starting February 3, 2013 Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM Location: The Columbia, 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster Visit the website at http://www.thecolumbia.ca for more information.

The Food Cart Fest

  • Sunday, June 23, 2013 - Sunday, September 22, 2013 (Every Sunday)
  • Time: 12:00PM — 5:00PM
  • Location: False Creek
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A weekly gathering of Vancouver's top Food Carts complimented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, and more. Food Cart Fest was created to highlight the diverse and delicious culture of Streetfood in Vancouver (recently named one the top three cities for food carts in North America by Travel+Escape Magazine).

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 Canada Day Party

Canada Day Party with Brickhouse, Residential Bear and DJ Jamie Van Goulden Sunday, June 30, 2013 Doors: 7pm / Show: 9pm-3am (LATE CLOSE) Dubbed as "Vancouver's busiest band," Brickhouse performs over 200 shows a year. The six-piece ensemble is well respected among musicians for making a difference where ‘song' is the focus, accompanied by individual inspiration. With a list o... 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!