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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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2014 City of Bhangra Festival

10th Anniversary City of Bhangra Festival May 29 to June 7, 2014 Every spring, VIBC presents the City of Bhangra Festival, an ten-day all-out dance party and music-fest showcasing the music and dance of the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan. On indoor and outdoor stages, in parks, in clubs, and even right smack downtown in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Festival features hundr... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Monty Python's Spamalot

MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT Book and lyrics by Eric Idle Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle A New Musical Lovingly Ripped Off from the Motion Picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail Whether or not you've seen the movie that inspired it, Spamalot will make you laughalot. Favourites old and new-the Knights Who Say "Ni!" and the Laker Girls among them-appear in this highly irreverent and ir... Visit Website

Broadway Across Canada presents WICKED

  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Sunday, June 29, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Broadway Across Canada
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Academy Award®-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething"), WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, is directed by two-time Tony® Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Love! Valour! Compassion!, The... Visit Website

Cirque du Soleil presents TOTEM

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 - Sunday, July 06, 2014 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Live Nation Canada
  • Location: Under the Big Top at Concord Pacific Place
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TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and... Visit Website

Dream Invaders: John Sabourin Solo Exhibition

May 16 - June 6 Opening 10 am, Friday, May 16 Dream Invaders marks the third exhibition by Fort Smith artist JohnSabourin that the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver has had the pleasure to present. His work is always eagerly anticipated here at the gallery and by his legion of fans. John explores his Dehcho-Dene First Nation heritage and that tradition continues with this current body of work. The v... Visit Website

ESF Midtown Pop-Up Shop!

  • Monday, May 26, 2014 - Sunday, June 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 11:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Location: Midtown Experiment
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For the last week of May, the Eastside Flea will be filling the bright space at 585 E. Broadway with a beautiful display of 35+ ESF vendors in an inviting setting alternate to our usual markets! With nighttime workshops, fun Summer Launch party, cool lounge area, record listening station & more, come check out & stick around this week-long neighbourhood hangout! FREE entrance for all... Visit Website

Firehall Arts Centre presents The Art of Stealing

The Art of Stealing May 28th - 31st, 2014 Amber Funk Barton's the response premieres a new work based on the action of stealing. A Firehall Arts Centre presentation.

Forbidden Vancouver presents Prohibition City Walking Tour

  • Saturday, April 05, 2014 - Saturday, November 15, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: Forbidden Vancouver
  • Time: 6:30PM
  • Location: departs from Cathedral Square, Opposite Holy Rosary Cathedral
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Experience Vancouver's dirty history In 1917, Prohibition hit Vancouver harder than a slug of bathtub gin, knocking the city to its knees. Saloon doors swung closed for good, forcing law-abiding citizens into an underground world of bootlegged spirits and illicit activity. These ain't the kinda stories you'll hear on tour buses, nor the kind you'll read in guide books. Throw yourself at the mercy... Visit Website

Gu Xiong: a journey exposed

  • Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 12:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art
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May 7 - August 23, 2014 Opening Reception: Friday, May 9 @ 7PM - 9:00PM International Artists' Panel: Saturday, May 10 @ 2PM - 4PM The 2nd Summer exhibition of the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art opens. Entitled “Gu Xiong: a journey exposed”, the show, curated by Astrid Heyerdahl, will showcase the work of Gu Xiong, a transcultural artist with a strong sense of global interco... Visit Website

Impressions Jazz Orchestra Featuring Miles Black Performs the Kansas City Suite

  • Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Saturday, May 31, 2014
  • Time: 2:00PM - 3:30PM
  • Location: Vancouver Public Library, Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
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Impressions Jazz Orchestra Featuring Miles Black Performs the Kansas City Suite The Impressions Big Band returns to the Vancouver Public Library with guest pianist Miles Black to perform the entire Count Basie Kansas City Suite. Come to experience the music and learn about the historical and musicological significance of this great work. Saturday 31 May, 2014 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Alice MacKa... Visit Website

Microscapes - Agates Up Close at Britannia Mine Museum

Microscapes are back again with more stunning full-colour photos of agates. This exhibit in the Machine Shop will showcase how beautiful and artistic rocks can look up close. This year we look at the beauty of agates. Explore Britannia Museum's new exhibit Microscapes - Agates Up Close, with beautiful and artistic views of rocks and minerals.   On display in our Machine Shop from May 9 to ... Visit Website

Miniature Train at Stanley Park

  • Saturday, May 03, 2014 - Sunday, June 29, 2014
  • Venue: Stanley Park Miniature Train
  • Time: 10:30AM - 4:00PM (weather permitting)
  • Location: Stanley Park Miniature Train
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The Miniature Train winds along 2 km of track through Stanley Park, and is one of the more relaxing ways to enjoy the park. Travel over trestles and through tunnels on your journey through the forest. The Miniature Train has become one of Vancouver's most popular attractions and carries over 200,000 passengers per year. Ride on the miniature train and enjoy a different theme each sea... Visit Website

Museum of Vancouver presents Rewilding Vancouver

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014
  • Venue: Museum of Vancouver
  • Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM (Thursdays until 8:00PM)
  • Location: Museum of Vancouver
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Rewilding Vancouver Remember. Reconnect. Rewild. February 27, 2014 - September 1, 2014 The first major exhibition in Canada to explore our relationship with nature through the lens of historical ecology, Rewilding Vancouver brings this new way of exploring the past to the forefront using Vancouver as the subject. The exhibition is comprised of taxidermy specimens, 3D models, soundscapes, vide... Visit Website

Pacific Theatre presents Espresso

  • Friday, May 16, 2014 - Saturday, June 14, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Pacific Theatre
  • Location: Pacific Theatre
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ESPRESSO by Lucia Frangione May 16-June 14 Three fiery women - Vito's estranged daughter, his pit-bull of a second wife, and the family's wrinkled matriarch - find humour and grace in the aftermath of a violent car crash that threatens to take from them the one man they all love. "The espresso - she's life. Quick, black, bitter in the mouth. Don't expect sweet."

Raise the Sails & Ring the Bell for Family Fun at the Maritime Museum

Raise the Sails for Family Fun at the Maritime Museum Celebrate the Re-Opening of the St. Roch National Historic Site Get ship shape and ready for summer at Raise the Sails & Ring the Bell. Get your photo taken with a real life Mountie and his dog, board an RCMP Patrol Boat, watch the once-in-a-lifetime hoisting of the main sail of the St. Roch, get an airbrushed sailor tattoo, and much m... Visit Website

Richmond Summer Night Market

  • Friday, May 16, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 7:00PM - 12:00AM (midnight)
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May 16 - October 13, 2014 The Richmond Summer Night Market gets quite busy on the weekend, with the lineup for hurricane potatoes stretching across the park. It's a good idea to get there early or late if you want to avoid the crowds. This night market also offers rides, live entertainment, and tons of booths to shop from. Hours or Operation Friday - Saturday @ 7:00PM - 12:00AM(midnight) Su... Visit Website

Rosemary Burden 'Butterfly Factory' Gallery

  • Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - Monday, July 07, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: North Vancouver City Hall - Atrium Gallery
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Rosemary Burden has deconstructed pages of Shakespearean writings to create a 30-foot wide ‘Butterfly Factory’ . This installation addresses the idea of repetition, art versus craft, and the oft-discussed possibility of the disappearance of the printed paper book in light of the emerging use of electronic books. It also speaks to the plight of the monarch butterflies whose habitat ... Visit Website

Science World presents "Journey to the South Pacific - OMNIMAX® Film"

Journey to the South Pacific Take an adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua and join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes you on encounters with whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth, highlighting the importance of liv... Visit Website

Sins of the City walking tour

Experience the world of a cop in the 1920s when Vancouver was a seething hub of sex, drugs, booze and organized crime. Your 90-minute walking tour takes you through the streets and alleys of Chinatown on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This is a must-see tour for anyone looking for the edgier side of this great city! Sins of the City tours leave pro... Visit Website

Swan Lake

  • Saturday, May 31, 2014 - Sunday, June 01, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: May 31st 7pm, June 1st 3pm
  • Location: Vancouver Playhouse
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This spring Karen Flamenco will take on the classic love story of mistaken identity and vengeance in Swan Lake. The company will place their flamenco stamp on this romantic tale with long ruffled skirts instead of tutu’s. Tchaikovsky’s instantly recognizable music will have an addition of flamenco guitar to give it a Spanish flare. This timeless story of good against evil lends itself ... Visit Website

The Cultch presents DVote: Lust, Madness, and Mayhem

At first glance dance artists Noam Gagnon and Nova Bhattacharya seem to come from completely different worlds, but a closer look reveals their shared passion for mining personal experience to create revealing and transcendent performances. DVote is their investigation into the dichotomies that separate devotion and submission, the profound and the profane, and sexuality and spirituality. Intimate,... Visit Website

The International Summer Night Market

  • Friday, May 09, 2014 - Sunday, September 14, 2014 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
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May 9 - September 14, 2014 The International Summer Night Market (iSNM) is an annual tradition that has built its reputation as a truly diverse event over the past five years and is now recognized as a world class landmark attraction in Richmond, BC, Canada. The Night Market presents multiple types of attractions suitable for all ages! Excite your taste buds with exotic mouth-watering delig... Visit Website

Trout Lake Farmers Market

  • Saturday, May 10, 2014 - Saturday, October 18, 2014 (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 Farm... Visit Website

Ts'msyen Transforming: Morgan Green

Ts'msyen Transforming: Morgan Green April 30 to September 14, 2014 Morgan Green introduces breathtaking examples of hollow-form jewelry in her solo exhibition Ts'msyen Transforming. The exhibition reveals sophisticated works of art and personal adornment, in which Green honours the values, classical art and design of the Ts'mysen people, while using classic European gold smithing, bronze casti... Visit Website

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