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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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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

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

Circle Craft 40 Years and Beyond

  • Monday, August 05, 2013 - Friday, August 23, 2013
  • Location: Pendulum Gallery, HSBC Building
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"Circle Craft 40 Years and Beyond" A group exhibition at the Pendulum Gallery featuring Circle Craft members. The hallmark of Circle Craft members is excellence - taking their medium forward into new territory through their skill and the breadth of their imagination.  Forty years ago Circle Craft Cooperative was formed to support the viability and growth of craft in Britis... 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

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

Nooner Yoga by Lululemon at Canada Place - Jack Poole Plaza

  • Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - Wednesday, August 28, 2013 (Every Wednesday)
  • Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Location: Burrard Landing on Jack Poole Plaza
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Take a break from the daily grind and join us for a complimentary midday flow. Please bring your own mat and arrive early to ensure your spot. Every Wednesday in July and August @ 12PM (noon) take a break from the daily grind and join the rest of Vancouver for a midday flow near the Olympic Cauldron at Burrard Landing.  Each week features a unique practice! Weekly Yoga Instructors:... 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

Process Colour at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - Friday, August 30, 2013 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Hot Art Wet City Gallery
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An exhibition of local independent comic creators and their [artistic/production] processes, demonstrating a variety of approaches to taking a story from initial concept to finished artwork. Features Tony Cliff, Rebecca Dart, Simon Roy, and Brandon Graham. August 14-30, 2013 Wednesday through Saturday @ 12:00PM-5:00PM Hot Art Wet City 2206 Main (@ 6th street), Vancouver   For more in... Visit Website

RBCM Base Camp

  • Monday, August 12, 2013 - Friday, August 23, 2013 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Venue: Royal BC Museum
  • Time: 9am - 4pm
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Budding adventurers will discover their inner explorer in these week long summer camp at the Royal BC Museum. In addition to learning about Race to the End of the Earth’s Scott and Amundsen’s famous expeditions, participants will also learn about modern science taking place at the pole. Campers will spend lots of time in our feature exhibition as well as getting outdoors. Secure your s... Visit Website

Riverview High: The Musical

The hit of the 2012 Vancouver International Fringe Festival is BACK! It's the classic story of a love triangle: a sweet blonde, a sexy brunette, and an ever-so-confused redhead. Set in 1996, the musical begins with Alex accidentally asking both Cathy and Erica to prom. When the girls find out, they demand he choose which one he wants to embark on his future with - girl-next-door Cathy or soph... 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

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

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