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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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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

ArtStarts on Saturdays presents Kellie Haines: Free Weekend ART Workshop

  • Sunday, July 28, 2013 - Sunday, July 28, 2013
  • Time: 11:00AM and 1:00PM (2 Sessions)
  • Location: River Market at Westminster Quay
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Free Weekend Workshops Looking for free things to do in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland with kids? ArtStarts is pleased to offer free arts-based weekend activities and workshops for kids and families. These events feature  45-minute, multidisciplinary, culturally  diverse workshops with  some of the best children's artists.      Kellie Haines Dur... 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

Circle Craft presents SUMMER MARKET

  • Thursday, July 25, 2013 - Sunday, July 28, 2013
  • Venue: Canada Place
  • Time: 9:00AM - 9:00PM (Sun 9AM-5PM)
  • Location: Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza
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The Craft Council of British Columbia and Circle Craft are pleased to announce an outdoor summer market. Admission is FREE! What a great way to celebrate our shared 40th anniversary!!!!!   Circle Craft is Western Canada's largest artisan show, the winter show is known across Canada.Combined with CCBC's long list of talented artisans this will be the best place in Vancouver to admire true cra... Visit Website

Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii

Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, Exhibition July 20, 2013 to March 9, 2014 Emily Carr in Haida Gwaii, designed to complement both the James Hart: The Dance Screen and Charles Edenshaw exhibitions, presents some of the important oil paintings which resulted from Carr's trips to Haida Gwaii. Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 2H7 Info Line: 604.662.4719 Administration: 604.66... 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

Music in the Park: Busker Sundays

  • Sunday, July 07, 2013 - Sunday, August 25, 2013
  • Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Location: Capilano River Regional Park
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Music in the Park: A Free Family Event Featuring Live Music and Art  Join for a musical day of live performances at  Music in the Park, a partnership with Metro Vancouver and the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. Bring a  picnic and be inspired by visual art displays and demonstrations while  enjoying live jazz, folk, blues, rock, gypsy  and Celtic swing,&nbs... Visit Website

Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC presents an insider’s perspective to the diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands with its animated new exhibition Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific on display from July 24 to September 29, 2013. Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific The exhibition features works by artists from Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, ... Visit Website

Queer Arts Festival: TransgressionNow

  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - Friday, August 09, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • Location: Roundhouse Community Centre
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TransgressionNow: Queer Arts Festival, July 24 - August 9, 2013 The Queer Arts Festival is Canada’s professional three-week multidisciplinary arts festival held in Vancouver, celebrating queer art and artists, featuring a curated visual arts exhibition, provocative new live performances and inspiring workshops. Don’t miss Canada’s first lesbian opera, When the Sun Comes Ou... 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

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).

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

Velopalooza - A Festival of Bike Fun in Vancouver

  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 - Sunday, August 11, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Various
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Velopalooza promotes fun bike rides & events in Vancouver and surrounding areas. We throw a big festival in June, and provide a year-round community calendar of bike rides and events. July 27 - August 11, 2013 Various Locations   For a full calendar of VELOPALOOZA events please visit http://velopalooza.ca/

VIVA Vancouver - Summer 2013

  • Saturday, July 06, 2013 - Sunday, September 01, 2013 (Every Sunday, Saturday)
  • Location: Various locations across Vancouver city
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Imagine if you transformed Vancouver streets into unique and interesting public spaces that attracted people to spend more time on the street! That is Viva Vancouver! Every weekend through Labour Day, Granville St. from Smithe to Hastings is dedicated to pedestrians only as part of the joint DVBIA-City of Vancouver Viva Vancouver program. Enjoy street festivals of latin culture, busker festiva... Visit Website