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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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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

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

Fort Farm Fest

Fort Farm Fest August 31 – September 1, 10 am – 5 pm Explore the heritage garden and feed the farm animals at this authentic Hudson’s Bay Company fort. Built in 1827, Fort Langley’s workers operated a 2000-acre farm. Watch our cooper make a barrel, the container of choice for exporting butter and potatoes. Compete in the farm relay and watch farm-related demos. August 31... Visit Website

Guided Visit in Mandarin with Olivia Qiu

A guided visit of the exhibitions on display in Mandarin led by artist Olivia Qiu. Guided visits are open to the public, providing free opportunities to engage with exhibitions and develop new skills for interpreting contemporary art.   Sunday, August 31, 2014 @ 3:00PM Contemporary Art Gallery 555 Nelson Street Vancouver, BC Admission: FREE   For more information, please vi... 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

Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

  • Sunday, June 15, 2014 - Sunday, October 12, 2014
  • Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
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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

Neon Marquee Art Exhibition

Neon Marquee Art Exhibition by Keith McKellar Opening Reception: Saturday August 2nd, 2014 @ 2PM-4PM with the artist present Hall of One Hundred Rivers (Carrall St. entrance)   Artist Keith McKellar's obsessive romance as a Vancouver nighttime cabbie in the 1970s informed his eccentric and colourful view of people and inspired him to record the old neon signages of vintage Vancouver th... Visit Website

Nighthawk Arts Festival

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Monday, September 01, 2014
  • Time: Varies
  • Location: Varies
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Nighthawk Arts Festival is an Indigenous arts festival based in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Thursday, August 28 - Monday, September 1, 2014 Times & locations vary throughtout the downtown eastside Admission: varies For ticketed events, tickets may be purchased on-site, unless otherwise specified For more information, please visit https://www... Visit Website

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre presents Ghostown

  • Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Time: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Location: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
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An installation by Steven Nunoda June 14 – August 31, 2014 Ghostown recalls and memorializes a pivotal event in Steven Nunoda’s family history, the internment of 22,000 persons of Japanese descent during the Second World War. Combining 200 miniature tarpaper models with audio and video, the exhibit provides a focus for community remembrance. The work comments on immigrant experiences,... Visit Website

On Stage: Recent Acquisitions

On Stage: Recent Acquisitions June 28 to October 19, 2014 This exhibition comprises recent acquisitions to the Vancouver Art Gallery's permanent collection. Featured works present the figure as an actor staged within a landscape steeped in cultural significance. Ranging from historic to contemporary, On Stage includes work by Kati Cambell, Angela Grossman, Ken Lum, Michael Morris, Lawrence Pau... 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

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

Squamish Nation PowWow - 27th Annual

  • Friday, August 29, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Location: Capilano Reserve Park
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27th Annual Squamish Nation PowWow At the beginning of each day the Grand Entry has the Squamish Nation leading in, with full regalia, with all the dancers from all over the parade in a big circle. Don't miss the multiple dance competitions and traditional food served all day. Lots to see with crafts and games for kids. Friday August 29 - Sunday August 31, 2014 ** new dates Capilano Reserve P... Visit Website

SummerFest 2014 at Lonsdale Quay Market

June 27 -  August 31, 2014 Lonsdale Quay Market is proud to present our annual summer festival - SummerFest! The artists at A-Star Art Parlour, with their magical face painting and intriguing balloon designs will be returning this year. They will also be offering Mehndi and Henna tattoos for people of all ages on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays.   Feel-Good Fridays - Op... Visit Website

TAIWANfest

Hey Vancouver, TAIWANfest is returning to Granville Street on August 30th till September 1st ! For the movie buffs and classical music fans, don't miss the Symphony of Movies conducted by Maestro Ken Hsieh as we celebrate Taiwanese film makers including the likes of Ang Lee. If you are interested in indie music, Music for Taiwan will feature three indie groups and celebrate various social movem... Visit Website

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