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Vancouver's Celebration Season: July - September

It’s getting hot out here! Summer has arrived and our ocean-side city is ready with long days of sunbathing on the beach and with shady tree-lined paths and hideaways. Grab a bicycle and spend an entire day along the water, sampling boisterous patios of fresh international cuisine, icy cocktails, and chilled craft beer. Stop to sit on some driftwood with your feet in the ocean, or hit up a park – there’s bound to be a live show going on in at least one of them.

Vancouver's Celebration Season Sweepstakes

Enter by September 30 and you could win a Celebration Season jaunt in Vancouver, including a two-night stay at The Loden Boutique Hotel, passage for two on a Prince of Whales Ocean Magic Adventure and brunch for two at Tableau Bar & Bistro.
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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival | June 3 – September 24

What do you say to watching a live production of Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet or Pericles in a custom-built tent on the beach while sipping wine, beer, and munching on a picnic lunch themed to the play? Yes! Right? After 27 years, this festival has hit a stride of near perfection (and don’t even get us started on the amazing costumes.) Learn more.
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The Seriousness of Play | April 20 – October 2

Haida Manga is a contemporary art form that offers a playful way of viewing and engaging with social issues as it seeks participation, dialogue, reflection and action. Influenced by both the tradition of Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas has created an artistic practice celebrated for its vitality and originality by an international audience engaged in issues of ethnicity, identity and relationships. Learn more.
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Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceeded Territories | May 10 – October 16

Vancouver artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent, is showcased in this provocative exhibition of works that confront the colonialist suppression of First Nations peoples and the ongoing struggle for Indigenous rights to lands, resources, and sovereignty. Learn more.
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Richmond Night Market | May 15 – October 12

Touted as the largest night market in North America since 2000, find all kinds of foods, trinkets, entertainment and more all weekend. Learn more.
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Picasso and his Muses | June 11 – October 2

Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of great art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881—1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. This exhibit explores six women: Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque, who were all principal figures in Picasso’s personal life and strongly influenced the development of his career. Learn more.
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Bakersville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery | September 8 – October 9

Five actors play over 40 comical characters, filling the stage with suspects, allies, and heirs in this zany whodunit based on the Arthur Conan Doyle classic. When the wealthy Henry Baskerville is threatened by the fable of a bloodthirsty hound on the moors, Holmes and Watson are on the case to sniff out the culprit. Learn more.
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A Good Way Out | September 23 – October 15

Joey is a hardworking mechanic who operates as the front man for a biker gang. He joined for protection, but a few bad decisions have him looking for an escape that may not exist. The world premiere of a fierce, compelling look into the precarious world of crime and compromise. Learn more.
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The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses | September 23

Re-live 30 years of Legend of Zelda video gaming history as the music is played by a live symphony. Learn more.
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VSO Season Opening: The Rite of Spring | September 24 – 26

The 2016/2017 Season opens with a bang, starting with award-winning Composer-in-Residence Jocelyn Morlock’s first VSO commission. Maestro Tovey and the VSO welcome back Vancouver favourite Alexander Gavrylyuk to perform the most famous piece in the piano repertoire, and the concert wraps with the wild, exciting orchestral showpiece that is Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Learn more.
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Echo & the Bunnymen | September 24

Straight from the puffy-haired 80s, this pop-gothy group is responsible for The Killing Moon and Lips Like Sugar. Learn more.
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A Night with Janis Joplin | September 26 - 27

Conceived, written, and directed by Randy Johnson, the rock musical features choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical direction by Tyler Evans. The show is a musical journey celebrating Janis Joplin and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, all of whom inspired Joplin to become one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. Learn more.
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Peaches | September 28

Hard edged, thumping, grinding, electronic and full of attitude – Peaches is known to put on a killer show that is all of the above. Learn more.
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Vancouver International Film Festival | September 29 – October 14

The 35th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will once again welcome some of the world's finest films to one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. In 2015, VIFF had over 140,000 admissions, presented 370 films from 70 countries and hosted guests from around the world. Learn more.
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The Flick | September 29 – October 29

Set in a run-down movie theatre, this Pulitzer Prize–winning comic drama follows three underpaid ushers who’ll do anything to keep the beloved and endangered local landmark running. As they share their hidden hopes for the future, an intimacy forms among these outsiders who at first glance have only one thing in common. .
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Psychic TV | September 30

Fronted by 80s industrial band Throbbing Gristle’s founder, Psychic TV is particularly known for its intense and visceral live performances and for a creative lineage that includes cultural luminaries such as William S. Burroughs, Derek Jarman, and Timothy Leary. Learn more.
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