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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

3rd Annual Nikkei Fall Harvest Fair

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Saturday, September 28, 2013
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
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Come celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Third Annual Nikkei Fall Harvest Fair! Join for a lively “O-matsuri” festival with loads of exciting demos and performances, a popular farmer’s market selling hard-to-find Japanese produce, mouth-watering food stands by various local vendors including Zakkushi and Japadog, an activity-packed kids zone, and even professional kimono dr... Visit Website

A Call for Justice Exhibit Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - Sunday, December 29, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
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Fighting for Japanese Canadian Redress (1977-1988) September 22 – December 29, 2013 (closed December 23-28) A Call for Justice tells a story of human rights and the enduring perseverance of the Japanese Canadian community who suffered so much from 1942-1949. In honour of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Redress Agreement with the Government of Canada in 1988, the Nikkei Nation... 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

Artists for Conservation Festival

  • Friday, September 27, 2013 - Sunday, October 06, 2013
  • Location: Grouse Mountain
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The third annual Artists for Conservation Festival presented by RE/MAX is an art and environmental education event, featuring the world-top conservation themed art exhibit and sale with leading nature and wildlife artists and naturalists. The event also includes guest lectures, workshops for youth and adults, documentary films, live painting demos, music and cultural performances. Opening cele... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Other Desert Cities

OTHER DESERT CITIES By Jon Robin Baitz A Sizzling Comedy of Family Secrets The Wyeths have wealth, fame, and a political legacy-and they preside over it all from their desert perch in Palm Springs. They also have a daughter, Brooke, who knows how to push their buttons. Home for Christmas, she reveals that she's written a tell-all memoir, which dredges up a pivotal family event that changed thei... Visit Website

ArtStarts on Saturdays presents Boris Sichon and his ‘Musical Pets’

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Saturday, September 28, 2013
  • Time: 11am and 1pm (2 sessions)
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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When musician Boris Sichon was a boy, he didn’t have a pet... But one day, a friend gave him a xylophone for his birthday, and it became his first “musical pet”. Now, Boris has over 300 in his collection! Join multi-instrumentalist Boris Sichon to explore the love, joy and fun that music can bring. Free! No pre-registration necessary. Ideal for kids aged 3-12, but all are wel... Visit Website

Bill Reid Gallery presents - Sky Blanket exhibition

Sky Blanket features the work of Haida-Kwakwaka'wakw-Irish textile artist, Meghann O'Brien. Meghann explores the emergence of the human spirit face in Raven's Tail textiles, evoking memory and the importance of objects in constructing the past, present, and future. Inspired by her ancestors' works, ideas about gifts from the spirit world and lineage, and the mountainous landscape of sky and sno... Visit Website

Broadway Across Canada presents War Horse

A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. England, 1914. As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough t... Visit Website

Culture Days 2013

  • Friday, September 27, 2013 - Sunday, September 29, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: various venues
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Normal 0 false false false EN-CA X-NONE X-NONE Please note this is a partial list of events in downtown Vancouver only - for a complete and current list, please visit culturedays.ca   Culture Days Weekend 2013 - create participate celebrate Friday, September 27, 2013 to Sunday, September 29, 2013 Culture Days on Granville Island Culture Days on Granville Island features world-renown... 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

Firehall Arts Centre presents You Should Have Stayed Home

  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - Saturday, October 05, 2013 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Firehall Arts Centre
  • Location: Firehall Arts Centre
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A G20 Romp! In 2010, Toronto actor Tommy Taylor went to observe the G20 protests and unwittingly became part of the largest mass arrest in Canadian history. This provocative award-winning piece of theatre that started out as a viral facebook post is Taylor's deeply personal and absurdly humorous account of 48 hours he will never forget. A must see for every Canadian who believes in freedom of s... 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

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2013

Shoreline litter poses a threat to our waterways, and the communities and wildlife that depend on them – but there is something you can do to be part of the solution. Join for the 20th anniversary of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup by organizing or participating in a shoreline cleanup in your community from September 21-29, 2013. Register today at ShorelineCleanup.ca or call 1-87... 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

North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Christine Breakell-Lee (Exhibition)

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 (Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: District Library Gallery
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September 18 - November 12, 2013 Opening Reception: Sat, September 21, 2:00-4:00pm District Library Gallery Lynn Valley Main Library 1277 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12-4pm Christine Breakell-Lee Christine's paintings evoke a spectrum of emotion, often pulling from personal experience that she realizes through her process of abstraction, spontaneity a... Visit Website

Pacific Theatre presents The Foreigner

  • Friday, September 20, 2013 - Saturday, October 12, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Pacific Theatre
  • Location: Pacific Theatre
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THE FOREIGNER by Larry Shue Sept 20-Oct 12 Charlie is visiting from England, painfully shy and very much in need of rest. His friend has the perfect solution - he leaves him at a rural fishing lodge, telling his hosts that Charlie is from an exotic foreign land and speaks no English. All is well until Charlie overhears more than he should.

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

RezErect: Native Erotica

The Bill Reid Gallery presents Rez Erect: Native Erotica, a fresh, playful, provocative insight into sensuality and sexuality. The exhibition features works by 27 mid-career and internationally recognized First Nations artists from the Northwest Coast and central Canada. Co-curated by Haida Artist Gwaai Edenshaw and Curator/Programmer, Kwiaahwah Jones, this exhibition celebrates that essenti... Visit Website

RiverFest: Inspired by the Fraser

  • Friday, September 27, 2013 - Saturday, September 28, 2013 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Fraser River Discovery Centre
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The Fraser River Discovery Centre invites you to join in celebration of BC and World Rivers Day. In honour of the Fraser River, RiverFest will be held on the Westminster Quay boardwalk in New Westminster. The festival will consist of live entertainment; artists and artisans; community, environmental, and conservation organizations; and crafts and activities for children and their parents! Fr... Visit Website

Sound Play at the ArtStarts Gallery

  • Saturday, September 28, 2013 - Saturday, March 15, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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When is a bike also a musical instrument? What sound does a Qarkabeb make? How can you make sound visible? Visit the ArtStarts Gallery and be immersed in an exciting sonic experience. Sound Play is an interactive exhibition exploring music, acoustics, composition and sound-making, featuring installations and artwork by students from across BC and by professional artists working with young peopl... Visit Website

Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael's Residential School

Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael's Residential School grew out of a unique opportunity to present the personal experiences of First Nations children who attended St. Michael's Indian Residential School at Alert Bay, British Columbia. During the late 1930s, one student at the school had a camera and photographed many of her friends and classmates there. She recently donated t... 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

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