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Vancouver's Indulgence Season

January to March

Winter hibernation isn’t Vancouver’s style. Leave it to the bears to sleep through the season where you can hit the slopes in the morning, go kayaking into the sunset, and still have time for a dinner and a show. Arts and culture are alive this season, alongside culinary events where you can truly indulge in everything the city and surroundings have to offer.


Vancouver's Indulgence Season Sweepstakes

Enter by March 31 and you could win an Indulgence Season experience in Vancouver, including two nights accommodation at the Carmana Plaza, four tickets, best available seating, to a concert in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's 2016/2017 season and a gift certificate to The Keg on Alberni where you can enjoy dinner for two.
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Events Going On Now

Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures | November 17 – April 9

From birth to death, humans are wrapped in cloth worn for survival, but more importantly, wear clothing as an external expression of their spiritual belief system, social status and political identity. This stunning exhibition will explore clothing’s inherent evidence of human ingenuity, creativity and skill, drawing from MOA’s textile collection. Learn more.
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Flight of the Dragon | January 12 – February 26

For a limited time, guests will get to experience Flight of the Dragon and FlyOver Canada back-to-back for the regular admission price. Follow a mythical dragon as you soar over some of China’s most spectacular landscapes and scenery including the Great Wall of China, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the city of Shanghai and more. Then, stay seated and take off again to experience a thrilling flight ride that takes you from east to west across Canada. Learn more.
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Haroon Mirza | January 13 – March 19

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by British artist Haroon Mirza. Learn more.
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The Audience | January 26 – February 26

From Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher, through Tony Blair and right up to David Cameron, the Queen has held a weekly meeting, or “audience,” with each of her twelve prime ministers. Peter Morgan’s imaginary glimpses into these tête-à-têtes provide a droll and fascinating portrayal of a lioness of history—one who, over the span of six decades, transforms from an uncertain young monarch into the revered figurehead of today. Learn more.
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Unsung Heroes Festival | February 1 - 28

A month-long event to bring awareness to local and unique seafoods and to avoid species that are over-fished or harvested in ways that can damage ocean beds. In prior years, the menu has consisted of dishes such as whelk paella, steamed gooseneck barnacles and sustainably-raised sturgeon liver mousse. Learn more.
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Cavalia Presents Odyesso | February 1 - March 5

Odysseo, Cavalia's new adventure, has been touring under the world's largest big top since fall 2011. Odysseo is a veritable revolution in live performance. Known as the world's largest touring production, Odysseo marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. This larger-than-life show sends hearts racing, but it is also a feast for the eyes that succeeds in delivering the spectacular with soul.

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Corleone The Shakespearean Godfather | February 3 – 25

A classic tale of power, destiny, betrayal and honour: what if Shakespeare had written The Godfather? This brilliant comic premise takes on surprising dramatic power as Coppola’s movie masterpiece shows itself to be true Elizabethan tragedy. Learn more.
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The Men in White | February 9 – March 11

When Abdul’s cricket team decides to take action to end their losing streak, they talk of recruiting Abdul’s brother, Hasan, who is an expert at the sport. But bringing Hasan from India to Canada will take more than just a plane ticket, and not all members of the team agree with the high cost. Learn more.
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Talking Stick Festival | February 16 - 25

Celebrating Aboriginal culture, this festival showcases the new evolving contemporary work of today's artists. All areas of the performing arts are represented from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, visual arts and multimedia performance. Learn more.
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Chutzpah! Festival | February 16 – March 13

This multi-disciplinary performing arts festivalwelcomes outstanding internationally-celebrated dance, music, comedy and theatre artists from as far afield as Mexico, Germany, Cuba, Italy, USA and Israel as well as some of Canada’s finest. Expect anything from stand-up comedy to theatrical drama to rich global music to explosive and elegant dance. Learn more.
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JFL Northwest Comedy Festival | February 16 – 25

NorthWest Comedy Fest and Just for Laughs have joined forces to present JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s comedy festival presenting some of the best in stand-up, sketch, and improv. This year’s headliners include Sarah Silverman, Trevor Noah, and Game Grumps. Learn more.
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am a | February 21 – March 4

am a explores identity through the lens of neuroplasticity, a science that examines the brain’s capacity for change. But how do we change our brains? And if we can change, how far can we go? Using personal text, scientific writings, dance, song, and frivolity to explore personal confrontation, am a is a celebration of being human. Learn more.
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BC Home and Garden Show | February 22 – 26

An event for home owners, renovators, and anyone looking to get ideas to improve their home or garden. Learn more.
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Elbow Room Café | March 1 - 12

A candid look inside Vancouver’s most iconic eatery: home of raucous service, celebrity sightings, and hearts of gold. Dave Deveau and Anton Lipovetsky sink their teeth into the whimsy and heart of real life café owners Patrice and Bryan and explore how we age together in a Technicolour world. Learn more.
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First Nations Dance Festival | March 3 – 4

The Dancers of Damelahamid produce the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival in partnership with the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. The Festival is a celebration of the stories, songs and dances of the Indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of North America. Learn more.
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Festival du Bois | March 3 – 5

The largest francophone festival on Canada’s west coast honours French Canadian traditions and culture. Don your best plaid and head over to Coquitlam to enjoy authentic food, arts, activities, and various entertainment such as a fiddle jam session with a veteran, master traditional fiddler. Learn more.
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Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver | March 4 – May 28

June 2017 marks the 20-year anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty from the United Kingdom to mainland China. In the lead up to the handover, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents immigrated to Canada, many choosing to settle in Vancouver, and among them were a significant number of artists. Pacific Crossings presents works from well-known Hong Kong artists created after their relocation to Vancouver throughout the 1960-90s. Learn more.
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Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt | March 6

Two legendary American musicians on tour together with classic country, blues, and rock sensibilities. Learn more.
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Amazonia: The Rights of Nature | March 9 – January 28, 2018

MOA will showcase its Amazonian collections in a significant exploration of socially and environmentally-conscious notions intrinsic to indigenous South American cultures, which have recently become innovations in International Law. These are foundational to the notions of Rights of Nature, and they have been consolidating in the nine countries that share responsibilities over the Amazonian basin. Learn more.
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CelticFest Vancouver | March 10-18

Vancouver streets, concert halls, and pubs will resound with the sights, sounds, and vibrant spirit of Celtic culture at western Canada’s largest Celtic celebration. Expect the best of traditional and contemporary Celtic culture in all its diversity and vitality –everyone is invited to come along. Learn more.
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HSBC Canada Sevens | March 11 – 12

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series features the dynamism of sevens rugby, paired with a spectacle of entertainment and fan engagement. Learn more.
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Ballet BC Program 2 | March 16 – 18

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada, four unique voices in contemporary dance in Vancouver will honour this special occasion with a BC-inspired evening of works in collaboration with local designers and artists. The program features world premieres by choreographers Wen Wei Wang, Company 605, Lesley Telford, and the return of critically acclaimed Solo Echo by Crystal Pite. Learn more.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers | March 18

The 90s alterna-funk sensation continues from Under the Bridge to Californication and Scar Tissue. They are now touring in support of their newest album released in June 2016, The Getaway. Learn more.
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The Daisy Theatre | March 21 – April 9

Each performance will be different, daring, ridiculous, and on the edge of the hands of renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett and his resident company of over 40 marionettes. No two performances will be the same, making this a performance to see more than once. Learn more.
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Angels in America | March 23 – April 23

A tale of companionship and abandonment that takes place when the personal became political. Set in New York City at the height of the Reagan era, Tony Kushner’s modern masterpiece contrasts the lives of five individuals struggling with identity issues alongside the crippling effects of stereotypes and an incurable diagnosis. Learn more.
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Ariana Grande | March 24

Nickelodeon child star, now known for her perfect ponytail and pop music is on tour in support of her new album, Dangerous Woman. Learn more.
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Valley Song | March 24 – April 8

Torn between the hope of the new South Africa and the familiarity of all he has known, Abraam “Buks” Jonkers tills land he will never own while his granddaughter dreams of the Johannesburg stage. A heartfelt story of tradition, change, and the resilience of the human spirit. Learn more.
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Vancouver International Auto Show | March 28 – April 2

Leading global manufacturers will be onsite showcasing the hottest designs and newest technology to hit the market this year at the most important event for the auto industry in British Columbia and the largest automotive event in Western Canada. Learn more.
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