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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 Vancouver International Film Festival

  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Friday, October 10, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Vancouver International Film Centre
  • Location: Vancouver International Film Centre
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Vancouver International Film Festival September 25 - October 10, 2014 As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF brings Vancouver audiences some of the best films from around the globe. The international line-up includes the pick of the world's top film fests and many undiscovered gems.  The last 32nd annual Vancouver International Film Festival presented 515 public s... 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

Arts Club Theatre Company presents 4000 Miles

4000 MILES An Uplifting Story of Growing Up and Growing Old By Amy Herzog   "Altogether wonderful drama...illuminates how companionship can make life meaningful" -The New York Times Nicola Cavendish stars in this touching, vividly rendered story about a sprightly 91-year-old New Yorker and her 21-year-old grandson. Leo, who has just cycled across the country, shows up un... Visit Website

Arts Club Theatre Company presents Educating Rita

EDUCATING RITA A Big-Hearted Comedy about Life Lessons   By Willy Russell   "Like watching a flower blossom in time-lapse photography" -Variety Feisty working-class hairdresser Rita is plenty street-smart but not book smart. Not yet. Determined to improve herself, she enrolls in Dr. Frank Bryant's literature course-and enters his life like a breath of fresh air. W... 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

Dressed in Drama

"Dressed in Drama", an exhibit of Peking Opera theatrical costumes, shoes, head-pieces and jewelry, last seen 10 years ago in Toronto, is Vancouver's chance to appreciate gorgeous pieces of art sewn with great consideration to design and colour. Collection of William Lau, acclaimed Chinese-Canadian artist specializing in the art of Peking Opera. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - Sunday, No... Visit Website

Jürgen Partenheimer, The Archive – The Raven Diaries

September 12 to November 9, 2014  The Archive - The Raven Diaries will be the first solo exhibition in Canada of work by acclaimed German artist Jürgen Partenheimer. Reflecting the diversity of the artist’s practice, the exhibition will comprise of works on paper, text, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, much of it produced in Vancouver in spring 2014 during his residency a... Visit Website

Main Street Station Farmers Market

  • Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - Wednesday, October 01, 2014
  • Time: 3:00PM - 7:00PM
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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

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

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

The Cultch presents Butt Kapinski

September 30 - October 11, 2014 Kapinski Enterprises (Los Angeles) Vancity Culture Lab Winner of The Cultchivating the Fringe Award 2013 "It's called eating out of her hand and we were in there gobbling it up." - The Vancouver Courier Butt KapinskiThink it's a solo show? Think again. Private eye Butt Kapinski invites you to co-star in a film noir fantasy. This filthy, funny, ful... Visit Website

The Cultch presents The Daisy Theatre

September 23 - October 12, 2014 Ronnie Burkett (Toronto) Historic Theatre Back by popular demand! Returning after a completely sold out 2013 run, don't miss your chance to see the production The Georgia Straight called "one of the best shows you'll ever see." This season's edition of The Daisy Theatre will feature new variety acts and characters in addition to existing favourites! E... Visit Website

Painted Past: A History of Canadian Painting from the Collection June 28 to October 19, 2014 The Vancouver art gallery has the most important collection of Canadian art in British Columbia. Featuring works from the Gallery's permanent collection, Painted Past traces the history of painting in both Canada and the province. The exhibition includes works by such artists as BC Binning, Emily Carr, ... Visit Website

Over the past three decades, Vancouver-based painter Landon Mackenzie has produced an impressive body of large-scale painting that addresses mechanisms of perception and the way we situate ourselves in the world. This exhibition traces correlations between different bodies of her work and the paintings of Emily Carr, an artist who has been a touchstone for Mackenzie throughout her career. Sept... Visit Website

Vancouver Foodie Tours presents World’s Best Food Truck Tour

  • Tuesday, June 03, 2014 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Time: 10:45 am
  • Location: Burrard St. @ Smithe St, beside Japadog Food Cart
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5 courses, 7 tastings, 9 stories, 2 hours of tantalizing fun. Gourmet hot dogs that'll have you panting and drooling for more. Canada Top Chef's favorite Vancouver food cart, achingly fresh seafood plucked from our waters, and chocolate chili cookies are just some of the things that will go down on this tour. Get ready to experience Vancouver street food like never before. All tastings included.... Visit Website

Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Improv Test Kitchen

The Improv Test Kitchen is an exciting platform for new and innovative improvisational comedy. Over the course of the show, you will witness the latest show concepts in the improv-comedy world – if you think you’ve seen it all, this is the show for you! This show features the newest, hottest improv shows, presented by a rotating cast of mainstage company members. Improvisers bring sho... Visit Website

Victorian Vancouver: Family Portraits

  • Monday, September 01, 2014 - Friday, November 28, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Venue: Roedde House Museum
  • Time: Various Times
  • Location: Roedde House Museum
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In its 128-year history, the city of Vancouver has seen immense change and amidst its iconic city of glass buildings, it's hard to see visible traces of an older history. Opening on Saturday August 30th at the Roedde House Museum, a new exhibit called "Victorian Vancouver: Family Portraits" will tell the story of three families from distinct cultures who were foundational pioneers in Vi... Visit Website