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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

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

Canada Day at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Happy Birthday Canada! Watch the Citizenship ceremony and wish Canada a Happy 146th Birthday with multicultural music, cake at noon, and family activities. Free admission. More fun family activities from 11 am – 3 pm across the street at the Langley Centennial Museum & Farm Machinery Museum. Monday, July 1st, 2013 @ 10:00AM - 5:00PM Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada Th... Visit Website

Canada Day Fireworks presented by Port Metro Vancouver 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm ● ● ● General Admission Viewing Zone, Lower Promenade Site opens at 8:30 pm Adults $10.00 Children 6 and under $0 All guests must have a ticket to enter the event. This includes children 6 and under. ● ● ● FlyOver Canada Viewing Zone, Upper Promenade The FlyOver Canada attraction will be operational from 8pm until 10pm. Please arrive early to guarantee a ride.... Visit Website

Canada Day Old-Time Penny Carnival

Celebrate Canada day with the Royal BC Museum. Bring your pennies and step right up to try your hand at an egg-on-spoon race, fishing pond and other surprises. Taking place on the grounds surrounding Helmcken House and St. Ann’s, you can also step inside these historic buildings for more activities. Free with Membership or Admission

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

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebration!

  • Monday, July 01, 2013 - Monday, July 01, 2013
  • Time: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Location: Waterfront Park
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The Rotary Club of Lions Gate will be hosting the North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations on July 1 at Waterfront Park. This fun, free event takes place from 12:00 – 4:00 pm and includes a variety of activities, games and entertainment for all ages! From live multicultural performances to interactive crafts and activities, there is sure to be something for everyone in the family! Monda... 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

Theatre Under the Stars presents How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

  • Monday, July 01, 2013 - Tuesday, August 20, 2013
  • Venue: Malkin Bowl
  • Location: Malkin Bowl
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by Frank Loesser How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying filters the era of "Mad Men" through a wonderfully comic lens, and features some of the best songs ever written for the musical theatre. Recent revivals on Broadway have featured Matthew Broderick, Daniel Radcliffe and Nick Jonas. The creative team for HOW TO SUCCEED w... Visit Website

Theatre Under the Stars presents Legally Blonde: The Musical

  • Monday, July 01, 2013 - Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Malkin Bowl
  • Location: Malkin Bowl
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Legally Blonde: The Musical by Heather Hach, Laurence O'Keefe and Neil Benjamin An exhilarating re-imagining of the hit film about sorority girl Elle Woods, her little dog Bruiser and other favourite characters who take Harvard Law School by storm, learning a few things about love and life along the way. LEGALLY BLONDE will mark the TUTS directorial debut of the very talented Valerie Easton, ... 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!