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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 Sailor's Life for Me - Bill Roedde and the Story of Carita" Exhibition

Roedde House Museum's new exhibition: "A Sailor's Life for Me - Bill Roedde and the Story of Carita". Featuring original racing trophies, hand-drawn architectural plans of the Roedde Class sloops, and one-of-a-kind photos of Bill Roedde and of his beloved Carita, this intimate portrait of a sailor and Vancouverite is not to be missed. The exhibition will run at the museum from Augu... 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

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

Children's Festival

  • Saturday, August 24, 2013 - Saturday, August 24, 2013
  • Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Shipbuiders' Square
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City of North Vancouver presents Shaw Children’s Festival on Saturday August 24th, 2013 at Shipbuilders’ Square at the Foot of Lonsdale. This first time family event runs from 11:00am – 5:00pm featuring the wildly popular Toopy and Binoo! To give all the kids a fair chance to meet the duo, a limited number of free passes will be released for each Meet n’ Starting at... Visit Website

City Chase Vancouver 2013

The City Chase is a unique urban adventure that requires participants to exhibit teamwork, resourcefulness, determination and the ability to make decisions on the fly as they search for ChasePoints scattered in unknown locations throughout the city.  ChasePoints are designed to test teams with a variety of physical, intellectual, adventurous and humorous challenges. To conquer this 2-6 hou... 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

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

Mnemonic Theatre Presents Romeo and Juliet at Sunset Beach

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - Thursday, August 29, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Time: 7:00pm / 2:00PM
  • Location: Sunset Beach
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Mnemonic Theatre is proud to present a free production of the most famous love story every told in one of the most romantic places on earth!   Set on the sand beneath a beautiful blue sky. Bring your towel and snuggle buddy and watch this free interpretation of Romeo and Juliet, the like of which has never been told before. Romeo and Juliet, both played by women, as women in a story t... 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

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

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

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival marks 25 years of celebrating queer lives this August 15-25. Featuring over 70 films from 20 countries, Vancouver's second largest film festival invites audiences to participate at their 25th anniversary fest. Watch films that showcase queer stories over 11 days at six venues around Vancouver - from Hollywood to Bollywood, from drama to documentary, and from indi... Visit Website

Vancouver Queer Film Festival presents Bwakaw

A gently wry film showcasing the many acting talents of veteran Philippines superstar Eddie Garcia, Bwakaw introduces Rene-a curmudgeon whose affections rest exclusively with his devoted dog, Bwakaw-who comes to understand his sexuality late in life. In his village outside Manila, Rene insists on continuing to perform his janitorial duties at the post office even after retirement,despite app... Visit Website

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

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

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