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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 Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival at Whistler Blackcomb

The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival returns to Whistler’s Blackcomb Mountain for its 6th year on Saturday, August 17th at 11AM. At noon, an 11-pound wheel of Canadian cheese will be tossed down the mountain to be pursued by hordes of cheese enthusiasts and daredevils.  Everyone is invited out to see who will capture the coveted cheese wheel and earn the title of Cheese Rolling Champi... 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

6th Annual Glotman Simpson Cypress Challenge

  • Saturday, August 17, 2013 - Saturday, August 17, 2013
  • Time: Sign in 7:30AM / Start 9:00AM
  • Location: Cypress Mountain
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On Saturday, August 17th hundreds of cyclists will challenge themselves to climb Cypress Mountain for pancreatic cancer research. Are you ready to ride up Cypress Mountain? Is this your first hill climb? Or will you help by pushing yourself to a personal best on the climb? The choice is yours. All you need is the determination to pedal to the top for the Cypress Mountain Challenge. Choose eit... 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

Anime Revolution 2013

Check out Vancouver's most talked about 3 day animation convention, Anime Revolution! Experience the Culture of Japan with Anime Revolution: spectacular artwork, costume play also known as “Cosplays”, comics, exhibits, guest panels, musical performances, gaming and much more.  More than 5,000 attendees in August 2012 , the convention will return to the Vancouver Convention C... 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

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

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

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

Geekenders: The Final Frontier

Boldly go where no geek has gone before. This geeky burlesque has something for everyone: crazy costumes, sexy strip tease, and fabulous performances.   August 17, 2013 @ 6:00PM - 3:00AM The Cellar, 1006 Granville Street Tickets: $10.00 Dress Code: in costume!   For more information please visit http://www.cellarvan.com/clubnights_detail.php?id=459  

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

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

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

Stanley Park Bike Tours

Vancouver's urban forest holds a complex history of destroyed First Nations villages and squatters' cabins, military unrest and forgotten burial places, British enclaves, sports and cultural venues, and of course, renowned natural endowments, some more recent than you might think. Due to its natural popularity, Stanley Park has become an engineered landscape, with many tourist draws such as the ... Visit Website

Starry Night at the Deas Island Regional Park

  • Saturday, August 17, 2013 - Saturday, August 17, 2013
  • Time: 7:30pm-10:00pm
  • Location: Deas Island Regional Park
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We’ve all heard them – the creatures that hoot, howl and squeak in the night. But this Saturday, you can get a closer look at owls, coyotes, bats and more at the annual Starry Night event at Deas Island Regional Park in Delta. Usually, the park is closed after dark, but once a year, this beautiful riverside park is opened up for a magical exploration of the night. Visitors can walk ...

Summer Salsa Cruise Series

  • Saturday, August 10, 2013 - Saturday, August 24, 2013 (Every Saturday)
  • Time: 8:30PM - 12:30AM
  • Location: MV Britannia
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Get ready to celebrate another anticipated season of the Summer Salsa Cruise Series!  July 6th & 13th August 10th, 17th, 24th Sept 7th & 14th Aboard the MV Britannia: 3 levels, 3 Djs, a complimentary salsa lesson and a dance show taught by some of Vancouver's top instructors.  Take part in the excitement or sit back and watch the view either way this will be a ... 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 Eastside Flea Market

  • Saturday, August 17, 2013 - Saturday, August 17, 2013
  • Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Location: The Wise Hall
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The Eastside Flea is a fresh new monthly flea market in East Vancouver featuring a diverse array of vendors from handmade goods, vintage clothing & antiques, art, craftsmen items, garage sale, and more! Admission into the market is by donation, and is all ages! Market Dates: Saturday June 8th 10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday July 13th 10:00am - 4:00pm Saturday August 17th 10:00am - 4:00pm ... Visit Website

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