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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
  • 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
  • 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 Thursday, July 24 Friday, July 25 Saturday, July 26 Sunday, July 27 HOURS Thursday 11am - 7pm ... 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

A Surprising Amount of Nudity

The social history of English Bay beach in the 1890s and early 20th century. Vancouver in its early years was a frontier town, where not everyone had regard for Victorian morals. The beach was one place where the attitudes of local men and women were laid bare. Join historian Neil Whaley as he presents his original research -- an informative peek at a part of Vancouver not well known. Thursday,... Visit Website

A Tour of Historic Chinatown

  • Sunday, July 27, 2014 - Sunday, July 27, 2014
  • Time: 10:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Location: Tour begins at the Millennium Gate, junction of Pender & Taylor Street
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Join Larry Wong, who was born and raised in Chinatown, as he takes you on an intimate tour of Chinatown. Find out how the World’s Narrowest Building came to be, visit the original site of the CPR Roundhouse before it was moved to Yaletown and find out the history of several heritage buildings. Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:00AM to 12:00PM Tour begins at the Millennium Gate (junction of Pende... Visit Website

After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium

Come celebrate our biggest expansion ever at the next After Hours, our adults-only evening where you can experience special programming and shows, interact with animals up close in our Wet Lab, and enjoy a beer or glass of wine – all against a stunning aquatic backdrop of an additional 55,000 square feet of expansive new spaces. Avoid disappointment by purchasing your tickets early at vanaq... Visit Website

Alien Sex: A Gala(xy) Fundraiser

"Tentacles wrestle the sexual status quo; secret identity exposes itself; and the Empire is challenged by authentic expression in a work that mixes whimsy, savage poetry, heartbreaking vulnerability and B-movie joy. Get your alien on in this transdisciplinary gala fundraiser for the Queer Arts Festival, featuring the work-in-progress presentation of Alien Sex. Come dressed in an outfit repre... Visit Website

ART ATTACK! Studio East Summer Art Program for Kids

  • Monday, July 07, 2014 - Friday, July 25, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Time: July 7 - 25 (weekdays) 9:00AM - 12:00PM & 12:30PM -3:30PM
  • Location: Studio East
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Need some summer artventures and messy fun for your kids this July? Join us at Art Attack! (ages 5-8 & 8-11). We have an engaging variety of artful activities to inspire the artist in your child this summer. For more info about Art Attack! please contact Stephanie at 604-220-6093, Anita at 604-715-5608 or artattack@studio-east.ca :) Registration: eastvanart.ca www.facebook.com/events/14087964... Visit Website

Art Party! Queer Arts Festival Opening Night

Proudly sponsored by the Health Initiative for Men. How gay can it get? Join in for the Queer Arts Festival's ART PARTY! One of Vancouver’s hottest pride season events. This spectacular gala event features lavish live performance, ravishing refreshments, amazing artwork and queer conviviality, hosted by the fabulous Barb Snelgrove. ART PARTY! celebrates the opening night of QAF’s ... 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

July 2 to September 19 Directed by Michael Shamata 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 ... 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

BLUE MONDAYS

The legendary Blue Mondays live blues show has moved from the Jazz Cellar to the gorgeous and centrally located Vancouver FanClub from 7-9pm on Mondays. Enjoy a delicious meal while listening to some of Vancouver's Blues greats including: soul singer Nadine States, multi-Grammy-award-winning guitarist Ken R. Emmerson, harmonica player Harpdog Brown and of course, Rob Montgomery and Friends.

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
  • 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

CBC Musical Nooners Free Concerts

  • Friday, July 04, 2014 - Friday, August 22, 2014 (Recurring every week day)
  • Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Location: CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre
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The sounds of summer are here: the CBC Musical Nooners return for their fifth year! These free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson). Grab your lunch, your friends, and your co-workers and join us Monday to Friday from 12:00PM - 1:00PM. This year we will host even more incredible local and international art... 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

Colin Tilney Celebrates LXXX

A giant among the first generation of musicians who brought the idea of historically informed performance to the general concertgoer, world-renowned keyboardist Colin Tilney turned 80 this year. Join us as we celebrate his legacy with a solo harpsichord recital. Tilney's wide repertoire stretches from the English virginalists through Mozart to Louis Andriessen. He plays the fortepiano and clavich... Visit Website

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