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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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"Hey Loser!" at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery

  • Friday, July 19, 2013 - Saturday, August 03, 2013 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: Noon - 5:00PM
  • Location: Hot Art Wet City Gallery
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"Hey Loser!" is a collaborative mixed media exhibition exploring the work of artists who are inspired by the lame and unsophisticated; who celebrate the crafty and un-cool. Featuring art and illustration from local Vancouver artists Alison Bruce, Brandon Cotter, Hamish Olding, Daniel Tatterton, Tylor Macmillan, and Victoria Sieczka. With musical guest Spun Suns. Hey Loser! July 17-Aug... 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

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

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

Brigade Days at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Visit with a large encampment of historic re-enactors as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills such as musket firing and open fire cooking. The weekend features the “Arrival of the Fur Brigades” canoe re-enactment at 1 pm Monday. Regular admission, free for annual pass holders. Complete the weekend with a free concert featuring Tiller’s Folly at 7 pm on ... Visit Website

Celebration of Light VIP Dinner - Cactus Club Cafe, English Bay

Escape the crowds and enjoy the Celebration of Light with Cactus Club Cafe English Bay’s VIP dinners. This event sold out last year and offers a one-of-kind dining experience with a four course menu chosen by Executive Chef Rob Feenie (alcohol sold separately). Rob Feenie will be on location mingling with guests. Saturdays, July 27-31, 2013 Note: There are no tickets available for Wedn... 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

FIRST-EVER BARBIE® NORTH AMERICAN MOBILE TOUR GIVES VANCOUVER AN ALL-ACCESS PASS TO BARBIE®’S WORLD!

  • Friday, August 02, 2013 - Sunday, August 04, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: PNE Forum
  • Time: 10:00 AM -7:00 PM
  • Location: PNE
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Packed up and on the move, Barbie® is touring North America to find inspiration as she searches for the perfect new home. Making a stop at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) from August 2-4, the pink-tastic mobile tour will give young fans an all-access pass to experience the best of Barbie®. Barbie® fans will have a chance to: Play dress-up and walk the doll-tastic runwa... 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

Hot Wheels 2013 Summer Road Trip Makes A Pit Stop In Coquitlam

  • Saturday, August 03, 2013 - Saturday, August 03, 2013
  • Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Location: Toys R Us
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Hot Wheels is blazing across Canada again this summer with the 2013 Hot Wheels Road Trip. With more than 55 stops across Canada, kids and Hot Wheels fans will get an introduction to the latest Hot Wheels toys and have a chance to win some sweet Hot Wheels prizes. With a stop at the Toys "R" Us on Lougheed Hwy, kids will be receiving a free Mega Bloks Hot Wheels toy (while quantities ... 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

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

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

TIBET FEST VANCOUVER

The largest Tibetan cultural festival in the city, Tibet Fest Vancouver marks its fourth year with an exciting array of Tibetan cultural performances, art, music, cuisine, dharma-related activities, specialty vendors and events for the whole family! Event Highlights: Traditional musical performances by Tsering Lodoe, Karjam Saeji, and the Tibetan Children’s Music Ensemble Traditional sty... 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

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