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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

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

Chariot Fest of India 2014

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014 - Sunday, August 10, 2014
  • Venue: Stanley Park
  • Time: 11:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Location: Second Beach, Stanley Park
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The 41st annual Chariot Festival of India also known Jagannath Rath Yatra taking place in Downtown Vancouver. This colourful and fun-filled Cultural Parade starts at 11:30AM from Beach Avenue at Howe Street (under the Granville Street Bridge) and travelling along Beach Avenue culminates at Stanley Park 2nd Beach 1:00PM. Featuring: Entertainment on 2 Stages; Music & Dance; Live Theatre; Mendi ... 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

Dancing in the Street #3 with Air Mail Special

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014 - Sunday, August 10, 2014
  • Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
  • Location: Granville Street @ Robson (on the street)
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Learn to swing dance & enjoy live music for FREE! Dancing in the Street offers two free drop-in beginner swing dance lessons (1-1:30pm & 2:30-3pm), with 2 hours of social dancing to small group swing music by AIR MAIL SPECIAL in between (1:30-2:30 & 3-4pm). No partner & no previous dance experience is necessary! All are welcome! Dancing in the Street is presented by the Va... 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

Guided Visit in French with Kay Slater

Join us for a guided visit of the exhibitions on display in French led by CAG volunteer Kay Slater. Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art.   Sunday, August 10, 2014 @ 3PM - 4:00PM   Contemporary Art Gallery 555 Nelson Street Vancouver, BC   Admission: FRE... 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

Ilze Bebris Archipelago’

  • Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - Monday, September 08, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Time: 8:30AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: City Atrium Gallery
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North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Ilze Bebris ‘Archipelago’ City Atrium Gallery July 8 - September 8, 2014 Artist Talk: Tuesday, July 15, 12:15PM - 12:45PM North Vancouver City Hall - Atrium, 141 West 14th Street, North Vancouver Please join Ilze Bebris as she discusses the inspiration and process behind her work. July 8, 2014 - September 8, 2014 8:30AM ... Visit Website

Karaoke World Championships Canada

Karaoke World Championships is the world's biggest karaoke event. It brings together singers from all over the world, regardless of race, nation or religion. KWC is the opportunity for aspiring singers to become stars. Prizes: The Men's and Ladies BC provincial champion win airfare to Red Deer, Alberta to compete at the National Final Oct. 25th & 26th, 2014. Sunday, August 17, 24, 31 &... Visit Website

Kelly Richardson - Legion

NEW EXHIBITION Kelly Richardson - Legion Opening Thursday July 10, 7-10pm The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Vancouver of Canadian artist Kelly Richardson. This survey includes a selection of recent major projects and photographic works reflecting what Richardson is best known for; her immersive projection works which create environments prompting questions of o... Visit Website

Kitsilano Farmers Market

  • Sunday, May 11, 2014 - Sunday, October 19, 2014 (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

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