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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 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

4th annual Autumn Shift Festival on Main Street

  • Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013
  • Time: 12:00PM-6:00PM
  • Location: Main Street (between Broadway & 7th Ave)
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Join us for the 4th annual Autumn Shift Festival on Main Street! This family friendly event celebrates sustainability, urban gardening, healthy living and community in Vancouver. The festival will feature a community market, three stages, free popcorn & cotton candy, an artist area, vendors and plenty of FREE children’s activities! There will also be a smoking sausage BBQ cook-off... 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

An Afternoon of Music at the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum

Enjoy an afternoon of Sea Shanties and Traditional Fiddle Music at the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum from 1pm to 4pm. Admission by Donation. For more information please visit http://www.hastings-mill-museum.ca/

Auditions: Seniors Have Talent!

  • Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013
  • Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM & 4:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Location: Sapperton Pensioners' Hall
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New Westminster Lions Club & Sapperton Pensioners invite you to audition for "Seniors Have Talent!" Various performing arts - sing, dance, musician, magician, storyteller, poetry and more. > Must be over 55 yrs. of age. > Max. of 4 in group. > Max. of 4.5 minutes. Seniors Have Talent Auditions September 15, 2013 1:00-3:00 &4:00 -6:00PM 318 Keary St. New Wes... 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

Experiments in Arab Cinema: The Traveling Program

UBC's Museum of Anthropology - Experiments in Arab Cinema: The Traveling Program With a thrilling lineup of works by internationally renowned Arabic media artists and filmmakers, Experiments in Arab Cinema: The Traveling Program is MOA's final curatorial offering around its wildly successful Safar/Voyage exhibition. Sunday, September 15, 2013 @ 2:30pm MOA’s Michael M. Ames Theatr... 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

Kitsilano Farmers Market

  • Sunday, May 12, 2013 - Sunday, October 20, 2013 (Every Sunday)
  • Time: 10:00AM to 2:00PM
  • Location: Kitsilano Community Centre
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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

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

Southlands Country Fair

  • Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013
  • Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Location: Southlands Riding Club
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"Enjoy a day in the country without leaving this city"! The Southlands Riding Club will host the 12th annual Southlands Country Fair. The Fair runs from 10:00-4:00 RAIN or SHINE (most events will be moved under cover if it rains). The Fair features pony rides, petting farm, old fashioned games, spectacular equestrian entertainment by Southlands Riding Club members, a Silent Auction... 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

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 Columbia presents Sunday Blues Revue

  • Sunday, February 03, 2013 (Every Sunday)
  • Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
  • Location: The Columbia
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Enjoy the New Orleans style venue, newly-renovated, for some blues by some of the finest musicians in this vintage show lounge every Sunday night for Sunday Blues Revue. Date: Every Sunday evening starting February 3, 2013 Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM Location: The Columbia, 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster Visit the website at http://www.thecolumbia.ca for more information.

The Food Cart Fest

  • Sunday, June 23, 2013 - Sunday, September 22, 2013 (Every Sunday)
  • Time: 12:00PM — 5:00PM
  • Location: False Creek
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A weekly gathering of Vancouver's top Food Carts complimented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, and more. Food Cart Fest was created to highlight the diverse and delicious culture of Streetfood in Vancouver (recently named one the top three cities for food carts in North America by Travel+Escape Magazine).

Vancouver Farmers Markets' Tomato Festival

  • Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013
  • Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
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Celebrate the "Love Apple" with tastings, beautiful and informative displays and recipes to make with those delectable heirlooms you just found at the market. This year we'll have two festivals for twice the tomatoey goodness!

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

Vancouver Fringe Festival presents Changing Minds

  • Saturday, September 07, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Vancouver Fringe Festival
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
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Hilarious Canadian premiere musical at the Vancouver Fringe! Two high school seniors are popularity polar opposites: a laid back surfer boy and a nerdy bookworm girl. They’re sworn enemies until they wake up in a strange place – EACH OTHER’S BODIES!! It’s a gender bender ‘Freaky Friday’! Hilarity and confusion ensues set to the beat of high-energy pop roc... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Rookie Night

Vancouver TheatreSports® League’s Rookie Night puts our up and coming Improvisers to the test in front of a hungry crowd. Don't let the name fool you, these are the future stars of tomorrow. Vancouver TheatreSports® League has a history of fostering some of the funniest minds of our time. Many of our rookies have moved on to be the next big thing in the North American entertainment ... Visit Website