Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for August 2008
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
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August 1 - 3, 2008
Spirit of the Sea Festival, BMO Bank of Montreal.  Enjoy a weekend full of free family fun on White Rock beach, August 1-3, 2008. Listen to dozens of talented musicians of all genres on the Main Stage on the beach. Sit back and relax in the sun, while listening to some great music.  White Rock, www.spiritofthesea.ca


August 1 - 31, 2008
BC Cultural Crawl.  This August, over 70 communities from around the province will participate in this FREE self-guided exploration of their unique arts, culture and heritage. The Crawl includes many community-initiated events: musical, theatrical and dance performances, visual arts displays, festivals, museum and heritage exhibitions, culinary and winery experiences, art-walks, and more. Visit www.art-bc.com to view all of the participating communities and Crawl itineraries!


August 2, 2008
Celebrate BC150 at the Vancouver Farmers Market - Featuring: Bees & how to make bees wax candles.  Historical displays and demonstrations of traditional craft and agricultural practices will be on at our markets all August long! On August 2nd, Arila Apiary is bringing a demonstration bee hive to show us how bees make honey and wax. They'll also be showing us how to make bees wax candles!  Trout Lake Farmers Market, 604-879-3276.


August 2, 2008
Meet Steve Nash.  Come and meet STEVE NASH at our 1 year anniversary party!  Steve Nash Sports Club, Vancouver; For further information contact Lee on 604 682 5213.


August 2 - 4, 2008
Brigade Days, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm.  It was August 2nd, 1858 when the British Parliament passed an Act to establish the Colony of British Columbia. More than three months later the new governor came to Fort Langley to officially proclaim the Act and BC was born. Live historic dramatizations will be taking place each day. Guides and volunteers in traditional garb will demonstrate and reveal a way of life that was coming to an end as the new colony was beginning. The event runs all weekend 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, with the traditional canoe brigade arrival at the waterfront on Sunday, August 4th at 1:00 pm. Stay for the Picnic in the Park concert at 7:00 pm on Monday. 604-513-4777, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley, www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley


August 2 - 9, 2008
World Ultimate & Guts Championships. Over 1800 athletes from more than 20 countries, such as Australia , Mexico , India and Ireland will converge in Vancouver for the World Ultimate & Guts Championships from August 2-9, 2008 . Surrounded by the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the spectacular Coast Mountains, all games will be played on lush fields at the University of British Columbia. Come and experience this fast paced, athletic sport at its highest level.! www.wugc2008.com


August 3, 2008
After a 21 year siesta, we are proud to announce the 2008 White Rock Sandcastle Competition is happening August 03, 2008.  This is an open sandcastle competition – we welcome the world to join in the competition, regardless of skill level. For more information: www.wrsandcastle.com


August 4, 2008
BC DAY FESTIVAL. Come and celebrate BC's 150th birthday where it all began at the birthplace of BC. This is a big year for BC and the Village of Fort Langley will have lots of fun festivities planned to commemorate the milestone. For more information please visit www.fortlangley.com.


August 4, 2008
Celebrate FREE Yoga Day with Shiamak's Yoga - Inner Dance MovementA unique vision of SHIAMAK DAVAR combining elements of Yoga, breathing techniques and Shiamak’s indo jazz dance movement. SHIAMAK’S INNER DANCE MOVEMENT class takes you on a journey of self-discovery. Yoga is a timeless technique which has been tried and tested through the ages. Yoga brings about Harmony and Integration of being, with Dance-an Expression of the Soul. Both of these potent arts combine to get your BODY, MIND AND SPRIT working in Alignment. Connecting Your Sole to Soul Like never before! Monday, August 4, 20088:45pm - 9:45pmNorth Shore Acadamy Of Dancing Suite 108 - 275 Fell Avenue, North Vancouver, BC; 604-722-5724


August 4, 2008
bc day—salute to our veterans.  A tribute to three significant historical anniversaries: the 55th anniversary of the Korean ceasefire, the 90th anniversary of the First World War Armistice and the 150th anniversary of the founding of the crown colony of British Columbia. Free admission.  Burnaby Village Museum, 604-293-6501, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


August 5, 2008
Feist.  Leslie Feist is a Juno Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Canadian singer-songwriter. She performs as a solo artist under the name Feist and as a member of the indie rock supergroup Broken Social Scene. At the 2008 Juno Awards on April 6, 2008 in Calgary, Alberta, she was the top winner with five awards, including Songwriter, Artist, Pop Album, Album and Single of the Year.  Deer Lake Park, 6430 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby; www.ticketmaster.ca


August 5 - 19, 2007
Festival Vancouver.  A summer music festival featuring national and international artists performing orchestral, choral, world and chamber music, jazz and opera in over 50 concerts. Various venues. 604.688.1152, www.festivalvancouver.bc.ca


August 6, 2008
Cheese Rolling Festival. Cheese Rolling in Canada, eh? Come to the Vancouver Art Gallery at 12 noon on Wednesday, August 6th and see what cheese rolling is all about. Check out ‘Foodies’ vs. ‘Jocks’ - a head-to-head competition between local sports and food media personalities in support of Acts of Kindness, and enjoy free cheese samples. Go to www.canadiancheeserolling.ca for more details.


August 8, 2008
Movie Under the Stars. Bring your family and Friends to this unique outdoor event!  There will be face painting, kids play area, live entertainment and outdoor volleyball courts.  See the movie on our huge screen with amazing sound!  The event starts at 6:00pm with the movie beginning at dusk.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair, outside food welcome and concession will be available. Call the Fraser Heights Recreation Centre in Surrey for more information.free! 604-592-6919, msdavies@surrey.ca


August 8 - 10, 2008
Abbotsford International Airshow.  The Abbotsford International Airshow is annual summer time event for locals and tourists alike. The airshow includes both military and civilian performances, including the world famous sensational Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Feel free to spend an enjoyable day on the airshow grounds, or spend the entire weekend! www.abbotsfordairshow.com


August 9, 2008
Gordon Neighbourhood House is holding its 10th annual West End Summer Block Party on Saturday August 9th, 2008 from 11 am - 2 pm on the 1000 block of Broughton Street (between Comox and Nelson).  This is a free event with live street entertainment featuring Eve Smith, Tropical Heat Steel Drum Band, a clown, and much more!!! There will also be a huge children's carnival with games and prizes, face painting and tattoo booths, 25 cent hot dogs, seniors' tea and tarts, and a youth corner! Come join the fun!! Everyone is welcome! For info, contact Agata at 604-683-2554.


August 9, 2008
Maple Ridge Jazz and Blues Festival.  Last year the Maple Ridge Jazz and Blues festival saw Sonny Rhodes play, this year plans to be even bigger. The 12th annual Maple Ridge Jazz and Blues festival is held at the Memorial Peace Park, at 119th Avenue at 224th Street in lovely Maple Ridge BC, just a 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.  This event promotes the Jazz, Blues, Roots Music and Musicians from Maple Ridge, the lower mainland and international; 604-466-9808, www.jazzblues.ca


August 9, 2008
Multifest.  This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the East Richmond Community Association's Multifest. The Festival is an opportunity to celebrate East Richmond's cultural diversity through performances, activities, food vendors and visual displays. We invite you and your family to take part in this exciting event and take away a new understanding of the value diverse cultures contribute to a vibrant and exciting East Richmond. King George Park.


August 9, 2008
Picnic in the Park - Kitsilano Community Centre's Annual Community Fair. Location: Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, Vancouver.  Celebrate the Kitsilano community by attending our Old Fashioned Fair this summer! Some of the festivities will be carnival rides and games, live entertainment, bouncy castle, life size checkers and jenga, potato sack races and relays, face painting and henna art. Tickets to the Old Fashioned Picnic in the Park are $2.00. 604-257-6976


August 9, 2008
Slow Food Vancouver presents the 2nd Annual Slow Food Cycle Tour Agassiz on Saturday, August 9th. Abandon your fast life for one day of S L O W and join SLOW FOOD CYCLE TOURS. Come to Agassiz (120km east of Vancouver) on Saturday, August 9th to participate in a self-guided bicycle ride following the popular Circle Farm Tour. Agassiz, right next door to the popular Harrison Hot Springs, is where you'll embark on a leisurely cycle and learn more about local food production. Riding your bicycle, you will get to experience and taste local food products produced close to home, while getting to know and supporting your local farmers. SLOW FOOD Vancouver and the farmers of Agassiz are hosting this culinary adventure that will explore ten farms. Some farms will be open to the public for this day only. For example, you will have a rare glimpse of a large commercial dairy farm, and visit a sustainable land-based salmon farm. Many stops will feature special events, guided tours around specialty farms, and gourmet foods prepared with crops from Agassiz producers to sample and purchase. You can enjoy a swim in Harrison Lake after the tour and then finish the day off with the soothing sounds of John Gilliat's classical and latin guitar in a free concert on the beach between 4 - 7 pm, weather permitting. There are two new farms on the tour this year, Swift Aquaculture and Cordine Farm, and harpist Mary Murphy will serenade you at The Back Porch, a small acre farm that grows 25 varieties of garlic and roasts coffee using a circa 1919 Flame Roaster. For more information and registration go to: www.slowfoodvancouver.com/index.php/AgassizTour


August 9, 2008
West End Summer Block Party.  Gordon Neighbourhood House is holding its 10th annual West End Summer Block Party on Saturday August 9th, 2008 from 11 am - 2 pm on the 1000 block of Broughton Street. This is a free event with live street entertainment featuring Eve Smith, Tropical Heat, a clown, and much more!!! There will also be a huge children’s carnival with games and prizes, face painting and tattoo booths, 25 cent hot dogs, seniors’ tea and tarts, and a youth corner! Come join the fun!! Everyone is welcome!  For info, contact 604-683-2554.


August 9 - 10, 2008
2008 Olympic & Paralympic Games Celebration.  Location: Keefer Street between Carrall Street and Columbia Street, next to the Vancouver Chinatown Festival.  The free two-day 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games Celebration will take place alongside the 9th Annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival and re-create the thrill of the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the heart of Vancouver. Let's show our support for Canada's team. Please come and celebrate with us at the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games Celebration. 2008 Olympic & Paralympic Games Celebration (http://celebration.vancouver.ca/html/whats-on.html)


August 9 - 10, 2008
JOIN US at the Annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival, is the largest multicultural summer celebration in the neighbourhood with an attendance of over 48,000 locals and tourists last year. It is organized by the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association (VCBIA) and highlights include the Green Theme Exhibition, Youth Talent Showdown, Chinatown Heritage and Food Tasting Walking Tour, Chinese Folk Art demonstrations, multicultural stage performers, open air market and childrens' activities.  604-632-3808, www.vancouver-chinatown.com


August 10, 2008
2008 RONA Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour: Vancouver Scenic City Tour.  Take part in one of the most beautiful and inspiring rides around fabulous Vancouver this summer: join in the 2008 RONA Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour: Vancouver Scenic City Tour. Be one of over 10,000 people riding and fundraising in 22 different RONA MS Bike Tours across Canada! Start off at Creekside Park by Science World, then bike 30 or 60 kilometres around our wonderful scenic city to the hottest BBQ this summer, sponsored by the Terminal City Club. Better yet, join a TeamMS or form your own, and multiply the fun while raising more money than you thought you ever could! All funds raised go to support the dual mission of the MS Society of Canada: to find a cure and to enhance quality of life for those affected by this life-changing neurological disease. For more information or to register today, please call 1.800.268.7582 or visit www.msbiketours.com.


August 10, 2008
35th Year Vancouver Chariot Festival.  Come one Come all and Join our 35th Anniversary Celebration of Chariot Festival. This is thousands of years old Festival that are celebrated around the world. We start by pulling three gigantic cart on giant wheels along Beach Avenue and end on Second Beach. At the end of the Parade on Second Beach you will enjoy Free Vegetarian Feast, Drama, Cultural Dance, Music, Dancing, Face painting, Clowns and lots of fun for the whole Family. Admission is Free. And Free Shuttle Bus along Beach Avenue. Hope we see you there and have lots of FUN. For more detail info visit: http://vanchariotfestival.com


August 10, 2008
9th Annual Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival.  The Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival is the Greater Vancouver's premiere blues and roots music event featuring prominent artists from around the globe. Children will love to visit "Art's Home" from 3-8pm where they can participate in hands-on arts activities. This ambitious and rapidly growing festival is held in Burnaby's picturesque Deer Lake Park; www.burnabybluesfestival.com


August 10, 2008
August Fun Fly East Beach, White Rock; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca


August 10, 2008
Copper & Fire Celebrating Mining & the Arts.  Celebrating Mining & the Arts. The BC Museum's signature event will showcase dynamic earth's treasures through interactive exhibits art demonstrations including copper sculpting, glass shaping, pottery, jewelry making, blacksmithing. All activities requiring fire or metal to create fine treasures.  British Columbia Museum Of Mining, Hwy 99, Britannia Beach; http://www.bcmuseumofmining.org


August 10, 24, September 7, 2008
Ladner Village Market.  With 140 B.C. artisans, local merchants and outstanding free entertainment, historic Ladner Village is transformed into a bustling European-style street market and festival. Artisans make, bake or grow wares. Rain or shine. Free. www.ladnervillagemarket.com


August 14 - 17, 2008
26th Annual Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts.  Join Canada's longest running summer gathering of Canadian writers and readers, featuring established literary stars and exciting, new voices... with opportunities for writers and readers to mingle amidst Rockwood's heritage gardens.  The format for the event is individual hour and forty five minute showcase for each writer, combined with a Saturday noon-time panel discussion. This year they have already confirmed 18 writers; visit the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts' website to view the list of confirmed writers.  604-885-9631 or 1-800-565-9631, www.writersfestival.ca


August 15, 2008
The Watershed Ride. Forest exploration and games combined with a bus ride through the valley! Educators will lead a number of games and activities at stops throughout the Seymour valley to help us understand what a watershed is and how we use it for our drinking water. Along the way we will experience the many unique features of the LSCR including plant and animal life, scenic views, history of resource use in the area, and water utility infrastructure. Please bring a bag lunch, and don’t forget your camera! Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve in North Vancouver; 604-451-6506.


August 15 - 17, 2008
Richmond Maritime Festival.  Britannia Shipyard is the place to be for a celebration of our maritime heritage. With a floating exhibition of boats for your viewing pleasure, this year's festival is expected to be the best yet!  Maritime displays, boat restoration, maritime demonstrations, ships, food, free kids' activities, live entertainment, and maritime music. Folksinger Tom Lewis will be singing sea shanties and tales of a sailor’s life. Bring the whole family for lots of family fun. Get involved! Join the Richmond Maritime Festival Volunteer Crew. Training provided. Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond; 604-718-8050 www.richmond.ca/britannia


August 16, 2008
15th Annual ArtsAlive! Festival.  If visual and performing arts are your pleasure, Downtown Langley is the place to be on Saturday, August 16, 2008, between 10 am and 5 pm. The streets of Downtown Langley come alive with over 100 participants including the fine arts, artisans and crafters, a multicultural venue, a first nations display and an exciting children’s activity area. See artists demonstrate their techniques and talented musicians being featured on three entertainment stages. This “free, fun for the whole family event” is a great way to spend your day. Fraser Highway between 204th and 206th.  Call 604-539-0133 or visit www.downtownlangley.com for information.


August 16, 2008
5th Annual Cloverdale Blueberry Festival.  Surrey's Blueberry Festival, held in Cloverdale's historic town centre, is a unique event the whole family can enjoy. Every year, the festival features top-notch entertainment, food and a chance to learn about this antioxidant enriched fruit. Don't miss out on the "buskers" competition, where you can watch local street performers compete for prizes. After all, in the words of the festival organizers, "the best way to beat the summer blues is by eating them!".  www.cloverdalebia.com


August 16, 2008
Hippie Daze: The Summer of Love.  It's a Happening! Far out, man!! There's dancin' in the streets to live 60's music at 2 stages, macrame, 60's car show & shine, kid zone entertainment, sidewalk sales, patio parties ... and a little peace and love, baby!  West 4th Avenue between Balsam and Fir; info@kitsilano4thavenue.com


August 16 to September 1, 2008
The Fair at the PNE.  Come and experience B.C.'s largest event. With more than 800 shows, exhibits, amusement rides, daily parade, concerts and more, there's something for everyone. PNE Fair Grounds, Vancouver; 604.253.2311, pne.ca


August 17, 2008
Fraser River SafariRiver Tour & Children’s Festival. No one says you have to be a kid to enjoy this soft eco-adventure on this special Fraser River Expedition. Join the crew and explore for seals, deer & bear while learning about the incredible history and culture of the area. At the half way point wander to a 100 year old site where you can discover your inner child thru music, crafts, sports and theatre. Located in Mission B.C. Only a 1 hour drive from Vancouver.  Adults $106 Seniors $80 Children $63 and Family Pack $276 call 1-866-348-6877 or visit www.fraserriversafari.com (http://www.fraserriversafari.com/) for more information.


August 17, 2008
Latin Summer Fest 2008.  Vancouver's greatest party in the summer! Family event, market, food fair, live music, kids zone. Visit our website for more information.  Trout Lake Park, 604-533-4380, www.latinsummerfest.com


August 17, 2008
Northshore Auto Mall Family Day.  The Northshore Auto Mall annual Family Day features over 20 community partners hosting safety and informational booths, demonstrations, displays, shows, a petting zoo, amusement rides and entertainment. Free for the entire family, this event takes place at the Northshore Auto Mall, with food and refreshment proceeds going to the Family Services of the North Shore and the Rotary Club of Lions Gate.  Family Day provides a fun environment where families can learn about what services the North Shore and the Lower Mainland have to offer. Northshore Auto Mall, located south on Fell off Marine Drive in North Vancouver.  For more information visit us at www.northshoreautomall.com or call 604- 982-0370.


August 17, 2008
Teddy Bear Day.  Everything is coming up Fuzzy. Teddy Bears, some with their owners and makers, are everywhere throughout the Burnaby Village Museum. Have fun completing the Teddy Bear Scavenger Hunt and be part of the Teddy Bear Parade. www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


August 19, 2008
ALS Society of BC presents the Third Annual Tribute to Lou Gehrig at Vancouver Canadians game. Re-enactment of Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech starring Steve Darling of Global BC as Mel Allen the announcer.  Nat Bailey Stadium; For tickets: Call Lisa Hercus @ 604-685-0737 or email lisa@alsbc.ca


August 19 - 24, 2008
Blackberry Festival.  This weeklong celebration honours the scrumptious blackberry. An open-air market, games for the kids, and a street party are just some of the activitties. Local restaurants as well as special venues feature an abundance of delicious blackberry treats that are too good to resist. The Blackberry Festival is held yearly in August. Highlights of the festival, are the popular "Street Party" featuring musicians, arts and crafts, and of course food! There's also a competition for the best homemade blackberry wine.  Powell River, 604-485-6467, www.discoverpowellriver.com


August 20, 2008
DEMONSTRATION GARDEN OPEN HOUSE - BLACKBERRY BAKE-OFF & BBQ. Come join us for the annual blackberry bake-off and BBQ. Beef and veggie burgers, live music, samples of blackberry baking and children's crafts. Langley Demonstration Garden - 4900 Block of 221 Street. Cost: FREE. 11:00am - 3:00pm. To register: 604-532-3521.


August 20 - 24, 2008
Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival.  Come visit the beautiful Sunshine Coast and Gibsons for the Gibsons Landing Fibre Arts Festival. Whether you're an experienced fibre artist, keen novice or just appreciate high quality art and crafts, the Festival has lots of offer you, with workshops, exhibits, demonstrations and entertainment. There is plenty to see and do, workshops, juried exhibit and sale, merchant mall, juried artisan market, entertainment, demonstrations, tours, and more; 604-740-1229, www.gibsonslandingfibrearts.com


August 21, 2008
21st annual Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival at Granville Island.  Afloat and ashore a good gathering of vessels to celebrate our maritime heritage. Kid's boatbuilding, family boatbuilding, shanties, aritsans and more. www.vancouverwoodenboat.com


August 23, 2008
LANGLEY'S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL.  This year's International Festival - is to celebrate our Multicultural Canada - to recognize our diversity and create unity.  We invite people from all nations to participate and showcase their ethnicity through performing and visual arts, international foods, fashion show and marketplace.  This is a free community event - fun for the whole family.  There is a Kids Zone, Youth & Sports Areas and a Senior's Chalet on Saturday, August 23rd. from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm at Douglas Park - 20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley, BC. For more information or to find out how to become a participant or sponsor at the festival, please contact Shar Dubas, Coordinator at 604-530-4661 or visit our website atwww.internationalfestival.ca


August 23, 2008
Children's Festival.  Richmond's only festival just for kids. This FREE event is for families and children of all ages. A variety of entertainment including: bouncy castles, kids only swap meet, facepainting, storytelling, crafts, entertainers and much more. Free Family Fun; full of excitement and surprises all day! Minoru Park Plaza.  Please contact City Centre Community Centre at 604-233-8910.


August 23, 2008
LANGLEY'S INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL.  This event is to celebrate 'diversity' and inspire 'unity' through Performing and Visual Arts, Ethnic Foods, International Fashion Show and Marketplace, Children's Zone, Youth/Sports and Senior's Chalet. There is something for everyone. This is a free community event from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm. For more information please visit www.internationalfestival.ca. Email info@internationalfestival.ca. Phone: 604.530.4661.


August 23, 2008
Run for the Ferry. 10 km & 5 km • Bowfest parade • all day festival • scenic ferry ride.  Bowen Island; www.runfortheferry.ca


August 23 - 24, 2008
7th ANNUAL BURNABY LAKE ANTIQUES FAIR.  In its 7th year, this major annual antiques extravaganza features over 270 tables and booths of antiques and vintage collectibles under one roof! This show has become a much-anticipated mecca for seasoned and novice collectors, designers and antiques enthusiasts alike, and features 60 select vendors from far and wide with a huge array of collectible items including vintage kitchenalia, antique & estate jewelry, period furniture, postcards & advertising, old-world collectibles, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, mid-century Modernist design, antiquarian books, hand-made linens & lace, rustic country collectibles, shabby & boho chic decor, chintz, old dolls & toys, machine-age classics, paintings & prints. ephemera, decorative art pottery & glass, timepieces, boudoir & vanity items, garden wares, 50's kitsch, and much more...PLUS DROP-IN APPRAISALS BOTH DAYS! Call or Visit Website for Full Details - General Admission $6 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking.  Burnaby Lake Sports Centre, 3676 Kensington Avenue at Sprott Street, Burnaby; http://www.21cpromotions.com/burnaby_lake/index.html


August 24, 2008
Ismaili Walk for Women 2008.  The Ismaili Muslim Community is partnering with BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation to help raise awareness and funds for the Women's Health Research Institute.  Even if you aren’t able to participate in the Walk, come along on the 24th of August for a great afternoon of family activities and live entertainment.  Lumberman's Arch in Stanley Park, 604 875-2270, www.ismailiwalk.org


August 24, 2008
Kiss of Africa - Dance and Fashion show.  The evening opens up with a fashion show by “Kiss of Africa,” Kesseke Yeo’s brand name. The fashion show will be followed by an electrifying dance and music show with West Meets West and storytelling by Jean-Pierre Makosso. Finally dance away the rest of the evening with a special guests Pendomoja and DJ Marc Fournier. Throughout the event you will also be able to sample some delicious West African cuisine.  Grandview Legion (2205 Commercial Dr.), yeokesseke@yahoo.ca


August 24 to September 28, 2008
Rivermania. Festivity planning is in full swing as British Columbia gears up to celebrate its 150th year, and the year's not-to-be-missed event - BC150 Years: Rivermania. The celebrations will begin in Prince George on August 24, and will follow the Fraser River to its end on BC River's Day in Steveston (Richmond) on September 28, 2008. BC150 Years: Rivermania is designed as a symbolic journey to mark the 200th anniversary of Simon Fraser's exploration of the Fraser River, and will celebrate all Peoples who have contributed to the economic growth of the region.  Participants will have the opportunity to ride segments of the Fraser River along with flotilla of boats as part of the great explorer's journey. Communities along the river route have festivities planned including overnight stays, activities, and excurions for visitors. Using a community celebration and reconciliation focus, BC150 Years: Rivermania is designed to spotlight the Fraser River as the cradle of British Columbia and the Peoples along the river as the creators of the history and culture of British Columbia.  Participating communities of BC150 Years: Rivermania include Prince George, Quesnel, Soda Creek/Williams Lake, Lillooet, Lytton, the Hope region, Misson, Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz, Stó:lo, Abbotsford, Fort Langley, Surrey, New Westminster, North Delta, Ladner, Tsawwassen, and Steveston in Richmond; (http://bcrivermania.com/)


August 29, 2008
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)


August 29 - 30, 2008
BC Renaissance Festival 2008. Step back to 1510 and enter the village of Steller's Grove. Witness Pirates and Royalty! Shop the marketplace and enjoy fine foods! Thrill to the spectacle of the Joust! Enjoy a day with our villagers! More to see! More to do! Check the website for details. Our 2nd Annual Renfest promises to be a joy for all ages! Live the Revelry!.  At our new location of Aldor Acres in Fort Langley we will be bringing back the joust, continuing the storyline and providing vendors, entertainers and food influenced by The English Renaissance.  For more information please visit: http://www.bcrenfest.com


August 31, 2008
2nd Annual North Vancouver“Party-at-the-Pier” Celebrating Our Maritime Community.  The Lower Lonsdale Business Association is excited to announce that they will be presenting North Vancouver’s Party-at-the-Pier, Celebrating Our Maritime Community, at the foot of Lonsdale Avenue and the adjacent piers on Sunday, August 31 from 11am to 3pm. Everyone is invited to participate and most of the events are Free! Party-at-the-Pier will host numerous marine-themed activities and displays, along with entertainment on the Burrard Drydock and St. Roch Piers Stages, offering something for all musical tastes and ages. The 2008 event features some of the lower mainland’s best musical talent and we are thrilled that it includes four of North Shore’s own; Jay Knutson & The Draycott Swamp Devils, August (Rae Armour, Beverley Elliott, Meg Tennant, Linda Kidder), family entertainers Beverley Elliott and the Billionaires and comedic juggling expert and M.C. Mike Battie. Rounding out the diverse line-up is the Sweetpea Swing Band, Uzume Taiko and family favourites Bobs & Lolo, who continue to inspire their audiences with an appreciation for the natural world through music, movement and make-believe. Look out for the roving performers on site, including an amazing stilt walker, fantastic face painters and Mt. Flowers, who will be making balloon creations, amusing young and old alike. www.lowerlonsdalebusinessassociation.com


Ongoing to August 12, 2008
Jesus Christ Superstar.  Andrew Lloyd Webber's hippie rock opera is his most enduring show, perfect for the young performers of Theatre Under the Stars. Screamin' Judas upstages wimpy Jesus.  Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, (604) 684-2787, www.tuts.ca

Ongoing to August 15, 2008
Annie Get your Gun.  Great Irving Berlin musical loosely base don the life of Annie Oakley has some of the best Broadway tunes ever, such as "There's No Business Like Show Business."  Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, (604) 684-2787, www.tuts.ca.


Ongoing to August 24, 2008
Summer Sunday Concerts at Rocky Point Park.  Slap on the sunscreen and lug down the lawn chair to Rocky Point Park in Port Moody for the second annual Summer Sunday Concert series. Local musicians belt out jazz, folk and soul every Sunday afternoon in July and August for free at the park's open air gazebo. After tapping your toe at these free performances, make sure to check out the spray park, hiking trails and excellent ice cream. Rocky Point Park is located in the 2800 block of Murrary Street, Port Moody.  www.cityofthearts.ca

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Ongoing to August 31, 2008
ALL OVER THE MAP. Outdoor dance and music series at Ron Basford Park, GranvilleIslandSundays at 2pm. Free. 604.893.8875, www.newworks.ca   July 6: World Dance and Music - Silk Road Music and Friends, July 13: African Dance and Music - Miyanda and Kunaka, July 20: Polynesian Dance and Music - Langley Ukulele Ensemble and Kauhane Polynesian Dancers, July 27: Hip Hop - SOULdiers’ Dance, August 17: Flamenco - Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre, August 24: First Nations Dance and Music - Dancers of Damelahamid


Ongoing to August 31, 2008
IQ Puzzles and Brain Fitness for Children.  A summer special program for children age 6 to 12 to have a brain fitness program including fun packed IQ puzzles, mathematical chess puzzles, Frankho Chess Mazes, and word problems. Kerrisdale.  Details, please visit www.mathandchess.com


Ongoing to August 5, 2008
Japanese Canadian National Museumand Pangaea Arts present The Life of Paper.  An interactive exhibition of origami featuring the work of world-renowned origami artist Joseph Wu.  National Nikkei Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby. www.jcnm.ca


September 12 - 14, 2008
EAT! Fraser Valley is the largest consumer food, beverage and cooking festival in suburban Vancouver , taking place at Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford BC on September 12-14, 2008. The food show features food, beverage and kitchen goods exhibitors along with wineries, breweries, restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese seminars, cookbook authors, chef competitions and barbecue and chili cook-offs. 604.689.8651.


September 13, 2008
The seventh annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House takes place on Saturday September 13, 12 noon - 5pm. From contemporary and ballet to hip hop and flamenco, this event is a great opportunity to see and try a wide range of dance, with open classes, studio showings and workshops. Highlights this year include a studio showing by award-winning contemporary dance company Wen Wei Dance; classes with 605 Collective, Spanish Passion Productions and Lava Bellydance; and a studio performance by Ballet British Columbia . At Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street , Vancouver . Info: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca


September 14, 2008
Flea Market at Trout Lake Community Centre, Vancouver; 10AM-2PM, 604-257-6955.


September 21, 2008
DANCE ALLSORTS: 605 COLLECTIVE URBAN, HIP HOP DANCE at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre; The 605 Collective is a young, fresh, interdisciplinary group of Vancouver-based dancers committed to exploring and creating a new movement inspired by urban, hip-hop and contemporary dance. By using one another as the canvas for their creative ideas and visions, collaborating and pulling from their diverse training backgrounds, the artists of the 605 Collective are pushing the limits of dance. For more information please call (604) 893 8875.


Ongoing to September 7, 2008
Vancouver Chinatown Night Market.  Spend the summer nights at the Chinatown Night Market - the first of its kind in North America! A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts & tempt your taste buds with ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before-on every Fri., Sat. & Sun.  100 block of Keefer Street. 604-682-8998, vcma@shawcable.com


Ongoing until September 17, 2008
Free Outdoor Yoga at Canada Place.  Canada Place and My Yoga Online proudly welcome Free Outdoor Yoga every Wednesday at 6:00pm.  Yoga participants can relax, de-stress, and meditate while experiencing true Vancouver under the brilliant white sails. This unique evening experience is open to all levels. Classes are free however donations are greatly accepted benefiting Doctor’s Without Borders and the Strathcona Community Center.  http://www.myyogaonline.com/canada_place.html


Ongoing to September 21, 2008
Bard On the Beach.  Vancouver's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company that stages four productions in repertory every June through September. Performances are staged in open-ended tents on the waterfront in Vanier Park, against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline.  Bard on the Beach's 19th season runs May 29th through September 21st, 2008 featuring the comedy/tragedy pairings of the TWELFTH NIGHT and KING LEAR in the Mainstage tent and THE TEMPEST and TITUS ANDRONICUS in the Studio Stage tent.  Vanier Park, Kits Point, Vancouver; 604-739-0559, www.bardonthebeach.org


Ongoing to September 27, 2008
Schick Xtreme3 Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race.  A Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race is a one day event aimed at challenging the bodies and minds of adventure enthusiasts. Test your limits on a scenic 40 – 50 km of mountain biking, navigation, trail running, kayaking and mystery challenges. Race solo, or in a team of 2 or 4. MOMAR after-parties are legendary – well deserved celebrations after a gruelling race day! Come out to race or volunteer and experience a weekend to remember for years to come. 1-866-912-3331, www.mindovermountain.com


Ongoing to September 28, 2008
Playland. Playland features over 35 exhilarating rides, unique attractions and fun midway games and is also home to Kids Playce, a special zone filled with soft-play areas and rides for children aged 2-8. 604.253.2311, www.pne.ca


Ongoing until September 28, 2008
Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market.  The Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market is really new, opening just this spring. It's held every Sunday until the end of September, 11am - 4pm, next to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. With over 50 vendors, the market has become a great success in just a few weeks. There are people selling jewelry, homemade fudge, art and photography, as well as fresh produce, flowers and plants, and health food. There are also local restaurant owners giving food prep demos and a stage area for live music performances. This is a great day out and once you're finished at the market there's always Steveston Village to check out, with jazz bands and dance groups performing on the docks. www.stevestonivillage.com


Ongoing to September 30, 2008
Agassiz – Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour. This is where it all began! Agassiz – Harrison Mills started the Mighty Fraser Country Circle Farm Tour in 2003. This tour is packed with history, fabulous gourmet food products, and lots of interesting venues for the kids to explore. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca


Ongoing until September 30, 2008
Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. Take a drive in the beautiful countryside, experience something new and connect with our friendly people and their agricultural roots on the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. The Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour has something that will appeal to everyone...young and old. Maybe you will enjoy sampling some of the best ice cream you will ever taste, or how about learning the inner secrets of growing award winning perrenials. For the more action oriented you can pick the best halloween jack-o-lantern out of a real pumpkin patch and best of all you can end your tour with some fine cold climate wines and dinner made from products grown on local farms. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca


Ongoing to September 30, 2008
Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour. From an award winning storybook farm to pro rodeo, there a lot of “buzz” about this tour! Learn all about bees, shop for many different honey products, fill up on artisan bread and fresh cheese, pick your own apples, visit a potter’s studio, and see spectacular show gardens! In late summer, early fall, the corn is a-maze-ing! http://www.circlefarmtour.ca


Ongoing to September 30, 2008
Langley Circle Farm Tour. Come visit some of what Langley’s farm community has to offer you … Take an interactive tour on a dairy farm; sample award-winning wines; eat at a bistro; taste home-grown exotic herbs and tomatoes; see rare alcapas; choose from the largest selection of plant specimens and rare trees in the area; visit the largest equestrian centre on the West Coast; sample luscious berries; buy your free-range turkey for that special occasion.  http://www.circlefarmtour.ca


Ongoing to September 30, 2008
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Circle Farm Tour. This is an adventure packed tour that includes sky diving, horseback riding and canoeing. You can also learn all about bees and how they make honey, wind your way through a corn maze, and of course, find some wonderful fresh eats!  http://www.circlefarmtour.ca


Ongoing to September 30, 2008
Mission Circle Farm Tour.  Celebrate the legacy of our fore fathers on the Mission tour as you explore a 100 year old working heritage farm, nose around Canada’s largest dahlia nursery founded in 1920, and catch a Rainbow at the oldest and largest trout farm in BC. Pick up some of grandma’s favourite elixir, Apple Cider Vinegar, and sample succulent Heirloom apples. Enjoy the drive through a majestic forest of West Coast Cedar to find exotic cattle, llamas, and alpacas. Get free landscaping ideas from a tree and shrub expert, and shop for fresh produce, preserves, baked goodies, crafts and local art at the farmers’ market. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca


Ongoing until October 16, 2008
Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation offers guided tours of the world famous architect's garden.  Tours every Thursday at 5:00 PM from April 17 to mid-October (or at other times for group of 4 or more by special arrangement). Cost is $10/person. Reserve at 604-738-4195 or by e-mail at aegarden@telus.net. The compact garden set on 2 residential lots reflects Erickson's passion for Japanese gardens. For more information visit our website at www.ericksongarden.org


Ongoing to December 31, 2008
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art: Gallery Opening.  The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art will open its doors to the public on May 10, 2008, with the opening exhibition Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art. Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art runs through 2008, featuring highly interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. Permanent installations include: The Raven's Trove: Gold Masterworks by Bill Reid; the monumental bronze sculpture Mythic Messengers, Reid's masterful composition of eleven intertwined figures recounting traditional Haida myths; a monumental cedar tribute pole carved by Haida Chief 7idansuu (Jim Hart) honouring Reid, who died in 1998. Two of the exhibition spaces feature rotating exhibitions of Northwest Coast art, cultural performances and lectures. Although the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is just steps away from one of Vancouver's busiest intersections, Georgia and Burrard, visitors find it amazingly secluded by the cloister-like setting of the courtyard.


Ongoing
For the last 12 years I've been running a non-profit organization in Delta called Air Time Canada.  We offer a free Aviation Camp where kids (and adults) learn how to co-pilot an airplane and get a chance to try it out for real.  It's completely free, in that we cover the cost of the ground school, food, flights, fuel, instructors, etc.  Participants do have to pay for their own classroom supplies.  You can find out a lot more at: http://www.airfun.org  David Black, Director, Air Time Canada;


Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $6.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2008.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.


Ongoing
Totems - Silent Messengers of the West Coast.  Visit the largest and most diverse collection of totem poles Vancouver has seen and pay homage to this ancient icon in Pacific Northwest Coast native culture, known as the silent messenger. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts, 1024 Mainland St., Vancouver; 604.685.9248, http://www.coastalpeoples.com


Ongoing
Vancouver Public Library presents OPEN MIKE FOR TEENS.  Are you tired of singing in the shower or reading poetry to your cat? We are too and we're here to do something about it! On the first Monday of every month between October and June, teens are invited to come on stage in the Peter Kaye room at Central Library and do their thing!  Anything goes, from stories to poetry to songs. It can be your own material or someone else's. It doesn't matter who wrote it, we wanna hear it.  Library Square, 604.331.3691.









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