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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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7th Annual BC Renaissance Festival

  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 - Sunday, July 21, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 9am to 9pm
  • Location: Pacific Country Stables
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The BC Renaissance Festival returns this July for its 7th glorious year, now at Pacific Country Stables 21852 16th Ave Langley, BC V2Z 1K5 July 18, 3pm-9pm July 19-21, 9am-9pm Come relive the 16th Century with our beloved cast of characters! Enjoy our fabulous marketplace and come join us in song at the Frog & Fiddle. Take in one of our many stage shows, and thrill to the spectacle... 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

Bard on the Beach presents Elizabeth Rex

Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley Directed by Rachel Ditor • Studio Stage "I require distraction," declares Queen Elizabeth I, when she suddenly appears in a barn where Shakespeare and his acting company are lodged overnight. She's quite serious: a former lover of hers, the Earl of Essex, is jailed in the Tower of London for treason and will die by her order at dawn. As the hour ... 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 Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure Directed by John Murphy • Studio Stage In 1900s New Orleans, the powerful Duke Vincentio mysteriously leaves town. He appoints a harsh replacement, Angelo, who decides to enforce dormant laws that punish lechery and prostitution. Claudio's fiancée is pregnant, and given the newly-enforced law, Claudio is to be put to death. His sister Isabella begs Angelo to show m... 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

CBC Musical Nooners Free Concerts

  • Friday, July 05, 2013 - Friday, August 23, 2013 (Recurring every week day)
  • Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Location: CBC Vancouver Plaza
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The sounds of summer are here: the CBC Musical Nooners return for their fourth year! These free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson). Featuring a mix of incredible local and international artists, each show is exciting and different.            July 5 - August... Visit Website

Creekside Summer Events present Thursday Movie & Music Nights on the Plaza

  • Thursday, July 04, 2013 - Thursday, August 29, 2013
  • Location: Creekside Community Recreation Centre
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Thursday Nights on the Plaza Bands & Dancing: 6-8pm, Movie Nights: Dusk Enjoy an eclectic series of musicians, dancers, and movies! Bring your chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner onto the plaza for an amazing night of entertainment. Listen, watch, and join in. Weather permitting. All ages, Free!   CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTRE 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1 Jul... 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

Forbidden Vancouver presents Prohibition City Walking Tour

  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 - Thursday, October 10, 2013 (Every Thursday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Forbidden Vancouver
  • Time: 6pm-7:30pm or 7pm-8:30pm
  • Location: departs from Cathedral Square, Opposite Holy Rosary Cathedral
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Experience Vancouver's dirty history Be an undercover newspaper reporter on a mission to explore prohibition-era Vancouver. You will tackle the mysteries of our city's greatest buildings like the Sun Tower and the Dominion Building. Learn true Vancouver stories of speakeasies, showgirls, corrupt mayors and mobsters. And do battle against your fellow reporters to be crowned ‘top newshound',... 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

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

the Comedy MIX presents Headliner: Toby Hargrave

The new millennium not only saw out the age of the Mullet hairstyle, but also welcomed Toby Hargrave into he world of stand up comedy. Since, he has gone on to perform at such notable festivals as the Vancouver Comedy Festival, Whistler Comedy Festival, Atomic Comedy Festival in Washington State and The Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. He was voted the ‘Funniest Comedian in Vancouver' ... 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

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 Nikki Hill Band

Thursday, July 18, 2013 Doors: 7pm / Show: 9pm The Nikki Hill Band is guaranteed to transport audiences to the early days of rock and roll record when they play Vancouver FanClub on Thursday, July 18. Nikki Hill (www.nikkihillmusic.com) draws on vintage female rhythm and blues influences such as LaVern Baker, Etta James and Ruth Brown, as well as iconic male vocalists Otis Redding and Solomon B... 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 The Amazing Improv Race

Vancouver TheatreSportsTM League presents The Amazing Improv Race, where teams of veteran improvisers go global in a bid for ultimate glory. With roadblocks, detours, and speed-bumps, this journey won't need passports, and won't be easy. These teams of two with eccentric back stories take on your suggestions and new cities each night. 90 minutes of high-octane competition where one misstep or a u... Visit Website

Waterfront Productions-Shipyard Tours!

  • Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - Saturday, August 31, 2013 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 1:30PM & 3:00PM
  • Location: North Vancouver Museum & Archives
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The North Vancouver Museum and Archives is offering FREE historical walking tours of the Burrard Dry Dock shipyard Site. Costumed interpreters from the Museum are dressed as 1940s shipyard workers and talk about what it was like to build 10,000 tonne Victory Ships during WWII.  This is a very lively and theatrical performance with songs, poetry, puppets and costume changes! These are FRE... Visit Website

Waterfront Yoga at Canada Place

Come down to one of Vancouver's most stunning locations and find your inner peace with Waterfont Yoga. Canada Place with support from Lululemon Robson Street is presenting the 6th annual Waterfront Yoga program every Tuesday and Thursday through the summer. Certified Yoga Instructors will teach a variety of classes with styles ranging from Hatha to Flow to Power to Yin. Admission and mat rental i... Visit Website