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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 Celebration of Light Viewing Party at Cactus Club Engish Bay

Located right on English Bay Beach with panoramic views of the fireworks, we offer a one-of-a-kind VIP dining and viewing experience. Tickets include: Admission to the exclusive venue offering unobstructed, secured viewing of the fireworks Glass of champagne Delectable hors d'oeuvres and food stations created by Executive Chef Rob Feenie served throughout the night. Live DJ and fireworks audio ... Visit Website

2014 Pride Week

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 - Sunday, August 03, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: various venues, see event details
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Any doubts about Vancouver's progressive and diversity-friendly attitude will sincerely be put to rest by the Vancouver Pride Parade celebrations. What started as a courageous and peaceful protest in 1978 has become one of the most grandiose, spirited and outspoken celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride ever. Last year's Pride included more than 650,000 participants from... Visit Website

2014 Summer Craft Market

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Sunday, July 27, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver Convention Centre West
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In partnership with The Craft Council of BC, we are pleased to present our second annual Summer craft Market. Come face to face with 88 fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work: wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy-makers, and many more. DATES & TIMES Thursday, July 24: 11am - 7pm Friday, July 25: 9am - 7pm Saturday, July 26: 9am - ... Visit Website

5 Peaks Trail Running Race - Cypress Mountain

Trail running races on top of Cypress Mountain - 2 courses available, as well as kids runs - fun for the whole family! We offer a free 1K kids run, a timed 3K kids race, and 2 adults courses - 6K that's perfect for beginners on nicely groomed trails, and an 11K that's challenging but rewarding, with amazing views! Something for everyone!   Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 9:00AM   Cyp... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Red Rock Diner

RED ROCK DINER By Dean Regan Vancouver's Rock ‘n' Roll Musical ARTS CLUB CLASSIC Vancouver, 1957. Five teens come of age while DJ Red Robinson plays the the biggest hits of the time- from the raucous "Great Balls of Fire" and "Jailhouse Rock" to ballads like "Diana" and "Crying." This infectious musical captures the excitement and innocence of the c... Visit Website

ArtStarts on Saturdays presents Story Fabrics with Ewa Sniatycka

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 - Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Time: 11:00AM and 1:00PM (2 sessions)
  • Location: ArtStarts Gallery
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Join Infusion Teaching Artist Ewa Sniatycka in an exploration of shapes and stories. Natural and geometric shapes are found in the world around us and can be used to tell our stories. Find inspiration in the current exhibition or in the natural and built environments to stimulate your senses and engage your powers of observation, imagination and memory to tell a story of your own! Experiment with... Visit Website

Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014 - Sunday, November 02, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Time: Monday to Sunday: 10:00AM - 5:00PM, Thursday: 5:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Location: Vancouver Maritime Museum
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From swimming costumes to bikinis, bathing suits styles have fluctuated from the modest to the more revealing, all in a desire to make us fashionable by the water’s edge. As a city surrounded by water, going to the beach and owning a swimsuit is an essential part of both our wardrobe and our Vancouver identity. Drawing primarily on the collections of fashion historian Ivan Sayers, the Mari... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2014

Celebrating its 25th Season in 2014, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver's Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. For a full informaion about te show and more i... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's beloved comedy returns to Bard! Oberon, King of the Fairies, is upset with Queen Titania. He commands his servant Puck to produce a magical nectar that will cause love at first sight. The mischievous sprite arranges for Queen Titania to fall for Bottom, a simple weaver (now transformed into an ass) while hilariously misdirecting the affections of four runaway lovers. This producti... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents Cymbeline

July 4 to September 17 Directed by Anita Rochon All is not as it appears after Imogen defies her father, King Cymbeline, to secretly marry Posthumus. The enthralling story that follows is driven by love, jealousy, betrayal and redemption and features a host of memorable characters, including one of Shakespeare's most finely-etched female leads. This season's fast-paced physical adaptation fe... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents Equivocation by Bill Cain

Palace intrigue and backstage humour share the spotlight in this entertaining ode to art, politics and the dangers of negotiating both! King James' Prime Minister has charged Shag (William Shakespeare) with writing the "true history" of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The playwright struggles to figure out where fiction stops and the facts may lead - without losing his head in t... Visit Website

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents The Tempest

Prospero, a magician and exiled Duke, is stranded on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and the slave Caliban. He conjures up a storm that shipwrecks his enemies on the island's shores. As Prospero and Ariel weave a magical web, murder plots are hatched, unlikely alliances form and romance blooms between Miranda and the son of Prospero's deepest enemy. Meg Roe, who... Visit Website

Caribbean Days Festival

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 - Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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July 26 - 27, 2014    Caribbean Days Festival features an amazing outdoor music festival. Each year, our main sound stage plays host to a lineup of bands playing Soca, Reggae, Calypso, Latin, African and other international sounds to a large crowd. Singers, dancers and other performers entertain with sights and sounds from a wide range of cultures. Festival-goers are welc... Visit Website

Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program presents Love’s Labour’s Lost

  • Friday, July 25, 2014 - Saturday, August 09, 2014
  • Venue: Performance Works
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • Location: Performance Works
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Love's Labour's Lost By William Shakespeare CTYP's teen actors explore the wit and romance of Shakespeare's comedy Love's Labour's Lost. The King of Navarre and his three lords swear an oath to scholarship, vowing to adhere to a strict regimen of reading, writing, fasting, and the avoidance of women for three years. But the arrival of the Princess of France and her party has the men scrambling ... Visit Website

Cates Park FREE Summer Concerts

  • Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Saturday, August 23, 2014 (Every Saturday)
  • Time: 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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Cates Park Summer Concerts When: Saturdays 4-7pm from July 12 to August 23, 2014 Where: Cates Park, North Vancouver The Cates Park Concerts are free outdoor concerts, held each summer in picturesque Cates Park, North Vancouver. This concert series showcases local bands, featuring talented young artists performing on the outdoor stage from 4-7pm on Saturdays in July and August. Each concert fe... Visit Website

Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth

  • Sunday, June 01, 2014 - Sunday, January 04, 2015 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Venue: UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • Location: UBC Museum of Anthropology, O'Brian Gallery
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Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth looks at the diverse ways urban Aboriginal youth are asserting their identity and affirming their relationship to both urban spaces and ancestral territories. Unfiltered and unapologetic, over 20 young artists from across Canada, the US, and around the world define what it really means to be an urban Aboriginal youth today. In doing so they challen... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Cripple of Inishmaan

The CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Previews July 7, Opening July 11, 2014 A dark comedy set in a small island community off the coast of Ireland in 1934. Young "Cripple Billy" Claven is desperate to escape the poverty and boredom of Inishmaan and when a Hollywood film crew arrives on a neighbouring island to film the documentary "Man of Aran", he may have his chance. By Martin McDon... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi Previews July 8, Opening July 12, 2014 Against the wishes of her two brothers, the widowed young Duchess secretly marries her steward, Antonio. When the brothers' spy, Bosola, discovers her secret, they enact a terrible and macabre revenge. Webster's Jacobean masterpiece of jealousy, madness and murder. Jericho Arts Centre 1675 Discovery St Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5 Tick... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company presents The Normal Heart

The NORMAL HEART Previews July 14, Opening July 18, 2014 A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man's lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Fighting an apathetic government and a conflicted community, author and gay activist Ned Weeks struggles to spread awareness of an unknown and terrifying disease killing hundreds of gay men, in this large... Visit Website

Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory

Ensemble Theatre Company brings you three more compelling plays that hold a mirror up to the dark heart and shining soul of the human condition. The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh and The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer. The CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Previews July 7, Opening July 11, 2014 A dark comedy set in a small island community off the coast of Irel... Visit Website

ExtraOrdinary

  • Friday, June 27, 2014 - Saturday, July 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Cityscape Community Art Space
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ExtraOrdinaryimage by Nicola Tibbetts June 27 - July 26, 2014 Opening Reception: Thursday, June 26, 7:00-9:00pm Artist Demo: Mould Making, Saturday, July 5, 3:00-5:00pm This exhibition of painting, sculpture and ceramic work focuses on bringing common everyday objects into an unfamiliar and mysterious realm. Ying-Yueh Chuang, Ben Lee and Nicola Tibbetts are all Capilano University art in... Visit Website

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

Free Writing Workshop: Nikkei Names

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014 - Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Location: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
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Presented by Discover Nikkei: What’s in a name? Explore the origins of Nikkei names and write about the meaning of your own name. This can include family names, given names, and even nicknames! Reservations recommended as seating is limited. For RSVP or questions, please contact Editor@DiscoverNikkei.org --- This event is co-sponsored & co-hosted by the Nikkei National Museum & Cult... 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

Guided Visit in Spanish with Avelina Crespo

Join us for a tour of current exhibitions on display in Spanish led by artist Avelina Crespo. Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art.   Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 3:00PM - 4:00PM   Contemporary Art Gallery 555 Nelson Street Vancouver, BC   Admission: FREE ... Visit Website

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