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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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11th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival!

  • Friday, August 08, 2014 - Sunday, August 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: All Day
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The Richmond Maritime Festival is taking over the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site from August 8-10, 2014. Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage with great food, music, artists, storytellers, and meet all manner of unexpected characters. But whatever you do, don’t forget to visit the bounty of beautiful boats and ships moored at the 190-metre (600-ft) dock. Free an... Visit Website

14th Annual TD Chinatown Festival 2014

  • Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Sunday, August 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 12:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Location: Keefer St and Columbia St
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The annual 2014 TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival is one of the biggest multicultural, family-friendly events in Vancouver. This year’s Chinatown Festival theme will revolve around the healthy and sporty choices to reflect the active and athletic lifestyle of Vancouverites. In addition to fun-filled activities related to this year’s theme, the festival also includes a myriad of fun f... Visit Website

2014 Greater Vancouver Chinese-Canadian Artists Invitational Exhibition

  • Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Thursday, August 28, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM, closed on Mondays
  • Location: Chinese Cultural Centre Museum
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The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver is now entering its 41st year. In an attempt to bring together the artworks of Greater Vancouver’s renowned Chinese-Canadian artists, we will be hosting its first annual Greater Vancouver Chinese-Canadian Artists Invitational Exhibition. The purpose of this exhibition is to provide the public an opportunity to enjoy the artworks and to promot... Visit Website

AKOS: Corey Bulpitt

AKOS presents the monumental works of spray can art by Haida artist, Corey Bulpitt. This solo exhibition is a remarkable, natural fusion between Hip Hop and Haida cultures. AKOS is Corey Bulpitt's graffiti tag. Taakeet Gaaya, his Haida name, translates to "Gifted Carver". Both names reveal two art forms that have successfully come together through this exhibition. For over 20 years, Bul... Visit Website

All Aboard!

  • Saturday, August 09, 2014 - Saturday, August 09, 2014
  • Time: 12:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Location: Steveston Interurban Tram Building
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All Aboard! Travel from the past to the present for All Aboard! with special installations, guest experts, vintage music and free children's crafts. Explore the 102 year old 1220 Tramcar and have your photo taken on a vintage speeder in front of the Interurban Tram Building and beside the traffic signal temporarily installed inside the building. Free crafts include creating tramcar magne... Visit Website

Art Deco - Walking Tour with Maurice Guibord

Art Deco - Walking Tour with Maurice Guibord The Art Deco style exploded worldwide after the First World War, as a lively and joyful counter to the previous years of constraint and conflict. Impacting fashion, marketing and publishing, its most vivacious implementation was in the world of architecture and design, and Vancouver jumped right into the fray. Come enjoy some of the fine examples of ... Visit Website

Art Deco Walking Tour

The Art Deco style exploded worldwide after the First World War, as a lively and joyful counter to the previous years of constraint and conflict. Impacting fashion, marketing and publishing, its most vivacious implementation was in the world of architecture and design, and Vancouver jumped right into the fray. Come enjoy some of the fine examples of this impressive style in the downtown core, end... 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

Canadian Masters

This exhibition showcases the variety of disciplines and subject matter being executed and exhibited across Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries. From genre scenes, to first nation's communities to local and international climates, the viewer will be treated to the Canadian story that goes beyond the mountainous landscape. Included will be works by F.M. Bell-Smith, John Hammond, Frank Hans Johns... 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

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

Harmony Arts Festival

  • Friday, August 01, 2014 - Sunday, August 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: Various times throughout the 10 day festival (August 1-10, 2014)
  • Location: West Vancouver's waterfront
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The Harmony Arts Festival draws crowds from across the lower mainland to celebrate a harmonious balance of visual and performing arts on the spectacular West Vancouver waterfront.  The 10 day festival attracts some 80,000 visitors, features the work of more than 400 visual artists and 150 performing artists showcased in 55 performances on two stages. Most Harmony events are free and there is... Visit Website

Hastings Racecourse

Few sports offer as much excitement or international appeal as thoroughbred racing. That's one reason Hastings Racecourse has been capturing the imagination of Vancouverites and visitors alike since 1889. Featuring live thoroughbred racing and simulcast racing from many of the world's most prestigious tracks, Hastings is a legendary location with spectacular mountain and waterfront racing views. ... Visit Website

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