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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 The Color Run Canada

  • Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Saturday, September 14, 2013
  • Venue: PNE Forum
  • Time: 9:00AM
  • Location: PNE Forum
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The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer... Visit Website

2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival

Theatre for Everyone! The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of every kind of theatre imaginable. Produced annually by the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society over 11 days in September, with over 600 volunteers supporting 800 performances and attracting over 30,000 attendees, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is consistently voted Vancouver's Best Arts Festival by Georgia Straight readers. T... 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

Artist Talk: "Lyle Wilson’s Lost Essay in the British Museum"

Don't miss Haisla artist Lyle Wilson in this final program of his solo exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery. Lyle, one of the foremost artists working today, will show some of the most interesting, and beautiful examples of Pacific Northwest Coast art in the collection of the British Museum and talk about the evolution of Pacific Northwest Coast painting and design. About the Exhibition The fir... 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

Awaken The Dreamer-Be The Change Symposium Registration

  • Saturday, September 14, 2013 - Saturday, September 14, 2013
  • Time: 12:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Location: Mount Pleasant Community Centre
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Building on the foundation of the Pachamama Alliance's "Awakening The Dreamer initiative", the Awaken and Change Symposium is a thought-provoking, challenging, and deeply moving multimedia presentation that features the combined wisdom of such international luminaries as Julia Butterfly Hill, Paul Hawken, Brian Swimme, Maude Barlowe, Van Jones and Desmond Tutu. Through a powerful combin... 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

Best Catch Sustainable Seafood Festival

The second annual "Best Catch" Sustainable Seafood Festival will be held in Steveston at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on Saturday, September 14 from Noon to 4:00 pm. Best Catch will help you discover which seafood choices are best for the planet and demonstrations by top chefs like Karen Barnaby and Ian Lai will show you what is tastiest for the plate! The cooki... 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

Off The Eaten Track presents Urban Gardens & The Local Food Movement Culinary Walking Tour

Urban Gardens & The Local Food Movement Culinary Tour Curious about urban gardening? Passionate about local food? Vancouver has an abundance of both and this tour is a delicious opportunity to explore the growing urban gardening movement while sipping and tasting culinary treats from local restaurants. Let Off The Eaten Track take you behind the scenes at two of the most interesting... 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

Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House

From ballet and bhangra to contemporary and flamenco, the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House offers the chance to sample a host of dance styles in a day of open classes, studio showings and events, culminating in an evening performance of a new work by award-winning tap dancer Danny Nielsen. Participating companies include dumb instrument Dance/Ziyian Kwan, Kinesis Dance somatheatro, Ka... Visit Website

Storms and Bright Skies: Three Centuries of Dutch Landscapes

  • Saturday, September 07, 2013 - Sunday, November 10, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Burnaby Art Gallery
  • Time: Mon - Fri 10am-4:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 12noon-5pm, Closed Mondays
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Both harbinger of danger and symbol of pride, the Dutch landscape and its typical motifs, such as the canals that criss-cross the country and the windmill, have been a source of infinite inspiration for the Dutch artists who have captured their essence and character over the centuries. With over sixty works on paper from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada,Storms and Bright Skies: Th... Visit Website

Summer Salsa Cruise Series

  • Saturday, September 07, 2013 - Saturday, September 14, 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 Dance Centre presents Danny Nielsen

LOVE.BE.BEST.FREE Premiere Saturday September 14, 8pm Scotiabank Dance Centre 677 Davie St Vancouver www.thedancecentre.ca Danny Nielsen is one of Canada's brightest young tap talents and a rising star on the international scene, known for his astonishing technical prowess, musical flair and innovative approach. LOVE.BE.BEST.FREE is his first full-evening tap creation: it follows a man's ques... 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

Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art - "Al Fresco" Exhibition, September 2013

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2013 - Saturday, September 28, 2013 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (or by appointment)
  • Location: Uno Langmann Limited Fine Art
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September 2013 Al Fresco With growth related to industrialization, paintings in the 19th century began to reflect a changing relationship between people and their natural surroundings. This exhibition captures figures enjoying a tranquil escape in lush, scenic landscapes removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Included are works by Hendrik F. van Lint, Maxime Etienne Vallee, Frederik J.A.... Visit Website

Vancouver Fringe Festival – Whistling Fish Productions Presents: Claret and Amber

An imagined encounter at a railway hotel in 1941 between two Canadian icons: artist Emily Carr and author Lucy Maud Montgomery. They come head to head over drinks in the garden, discovering irreconcilable differences in their artistic vision, while both reveal their personal struggles in coming to terms with their turbulent private lives.  Show Premiere at Vancouver Fringe 2013.  Abridg... Visit Website

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