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

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Special Events for August 2009
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, 2009
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site-Salmon Stomp.  The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is the site of a day-long community celebration featuring great music, barn dancing & a fine foot-stomping time. A parade of local artists will take the stage from noon to 9:00 pm. There will be crafts for the kids that will engage them with the Steveston fishing history as well as educate them about the precious resource of our fisheries. http://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com


August 1, 2009
Terra Nova Nature Walk.  A 3 km nature walks through Terra Nova natural area and Terra Nova Rural Park. Meet at the Community Gardens at the west end of Westminster Highway. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit www.richmond.ca/begreen


August 1 - 31, 2009
8th Annual BC Cultural Crawl. Join a self-guided tour of community-initiated events including msuic, theatre and dance performances, visual arts, festivals, museaum and heritage exibitions, culinary arts, art-walks, studio tours and more. Your journey begins with the Arts & Cultural Guide to BC and continues on www.art-bc.com, where you can view our virtual guide and additional participating communities. You can download itineraries, maps and find all of the resources to help you plan your crawl! Communities and www.art-bc.com will provide the resources for residents and visitors to create their own art-ful exploration of our supercultural province! 


August 2, 2009
Japanese Canadian National Museum and Carnegie Community Centre present Fourth Annual Powell Grounds Ball Game at Woodland Park, 10:30am.  WOODLAND PARK at 700 Woodland Drive (baseball diamond at southwest corner of McLean Drive and Adanac St)  Asahi fans and baseball enthusiasts have a chance to play a fun ball game as a tribute to the Vancouver Asahi. Sign up to play, or come watch the game. Youth, adults, seniors and families are all welcome to attend this free public event. Contact Nichola Ogiwara at jcnm@nikkeiplace.org , 604.777.7000 ext.109, www.nikkeiplace.org


August 2, 2009
Blueberry Tea and Ponies in the Park.Savour the best blueberry pie in town or purchase fresh scrumptious blueberries to take home. The proceeds of this popular event support the Richmond Nature Park Society. While at the Nature Park children ages 3-12 years old may enjoy a pony ride through the forest. (604)718-6188. Richmond Nature Park, 11851 Westminster Hwy


August 2, 2009
Vancouver Pride Day.  Mayor and Council recognize and celebrate this day each year. Vancouver has an annual Gay Pride Festival Week, as well as Parade that draws 500,000 spectators. For more information about Pride Festival Week and the annual Pride Parade and Day, visit www.vancouverpride.ca.


August 2 - 16, 2009
MusicFest Vancouver. Explore extraordinary music. MusicFest! Vancouver brings you its annual feast of classical, jazz & world music presentations from August 2-16, 2009. Two weeks, 50 events, & diverse musical repertoire that spans both the centuries & the planet. This year's focus German musicians includes international cabaret star Ute Lemper on August 3. http://www.musicfestvancouver.ca/home/index.php?


August 2 to September 27, 2009
1st Annual Gastown Farmers Market. The Gastown Business Improvement Society and the Vancouver Farmers Market are pleased to introduce for the first time this summer The Gastown Farmers Market! The market will be open every Sunday from 11AM to 3PM starting Sunday August 2nd until Sunday September 27th 2009. For more information contact the Gastown Business Improvement Society at gastown.org (http://www.gastown.org/) or at (604) 683-5650.


August 3, 2009
Fort Langley BC Day Festival.  Admission to the Fort Langley National Historical Site is free all day, and they've got a Free Pancake Breakfast and "bouncy inflatables, miniature golf, face painting, and entertainment all day!" There are a bunch of other activities happening as well, including Brigade Days throughout the day until 9pm; www.fortlangley.com


August 5, 2009
Vancouver Heritage Walking Tour: Chinatown Then and Now.  Join Larry Wong as he takes you on an intimate tour of his Chinatown neighbourhood. You'll hear intriguing stories of the buildings and people who lived in one of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods. Tour: $15, Heritage Vancouver members $10. Reserve early, as tour is limited to 30 people. 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, 604-331-8430, www.heritagevancouver.org


August 5, 6, 8, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 2009
Beach Heroes Guided Walks  Meet at White Rock Pier in WR or Beecher Place at Crescent Beach, S. Surrey.  Learn about the small –scale world that is right under your feet on the beach. Watch hermit and shore crabs scurry as their rock roof is carefully moved. Whole colonies of periwinkles, snails, and maybe a sea star, hide under there when the tide is out. Hear about how we can walk gently on our neighbors on the shore. No registration required. Walks can also be booked for private groups.  Friends of Semiahmoo Bay; www.birdsonthebay.ca, 604-536-3552


August 7, 2009
B.C. Lions vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at (604) 280-4400, www.ticketmaster.ca, or at the door. For more information visit www.bclions.com or call (604) 589-ROAR.


August 7, 8, 9, 2009
DOUBLE FEATURE "LIVE" FAMILY COMEDY SHOW:  MIMIC ME & iROBOTIC.  MIMIC ME is a variety style comedy show featuring sign language. iROBITIC starring "Max-i-mime" is a futuristic story of a lonely Robot who likes to dance and move to the music. Havana Theatre - 1212 Commercial Dr. Vancouver; 604-687-0425, mimicbaby.com


August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2009
"Groovin' at the Grove". Free music in Maple Grove park on Fridays from 6:30-7:30pm. AUGUST 7: Will Stroet— Everyone’s favorite children’s performer. A must see for all kids! AUGUST 14: Paul Talbot and Friends You’ll have to be there to see the surprise guests. AUGUST 21 & 28 (TBA). www.vancouver.ca/


August 8, 2009
Bugs, Birds and their bushes - The meaning of habitat.  What are the best native trees and shrubs to plant for birds? Learn about Maplewood’s plant nursery where wildlife friendly trees and shrubs are available for a donation. Walks go rain or shine. The Conservation Area at Maplewood is located at 2645 Dollarton Highway – 2km east of the Second Narrows Iron Workers Memorial Bridge – parking on north side of highway – please walk in. Wild Bird Trust of BC, 604-538-8774.


August 8, 2009
TRIUMF's 40th Anniversary Open House. Come explore and celebrate 40 years of TRIUMF, home of the worlds largest cyclotron and one of Canada's largest particle and nuclear physics research facilities, on Saturday, August 8th, 2009. There will be fun, free food, and of course physics for the whole family! For more information, please visit: www.triumf.ca/40years


August 8, 2009
West End Cultural Festival. West End Cultural Festival will be geared towards West End Community members of all ages. It will include a youth corner, childrens carnival, and seniors corner. The purpose of the project is to gather the West Ends multi-ethnic and diverse community towards a Cultural Celebration during the summer to introduce some BC athletes from different ethnic backgrounds to share their stories with the community. We are looking to have some sport simulators to bring the 2010 Olympic spirit and motivate youth towards the winter sports. The Winter Olympic mascots will also be invited to entertain at the childrens carnival. Multi-ethnic food will represent the diversity in cultures of the West End. 604-683-2554, Gordon Neighbourhood House.


August 8, 2009
Gordon Neighbourhood House proudly presents the West End Cultural Celebration, formerly the Block Party, on Saturday August 8th, 2009 from 11 am - 3 pm on the 1000 block of Broughton Street. This is a free event with live street entertainment including Aboriginal dancers, Guatemalan marimba, Olympic mascots, Taiko Drummers, CJ a new Canadian pop artist, a sports simulator, 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 Anna at 604-683-2554.


August 8 - 9, 2009
Art In The Garden. Organized by the Friends of UBC Botanical Garden in collaboration with Janet Planet Designs, Art In The Garden runs August 8 and 9, 2009 from 10 am to 5 pm at the UBC Botanical Garden located at 6804 SW Marine Drive at the intersection of Marine Drive and 16th Avenue on the University of British Columbia campus. Art In The Garden will showcase the work of 20 B.C. artists featuring art from the garden, art for the garden, art inspired by the garden, and of course all displayed in the garden from garden fountains to bird feeders, jewellery to ceramics, works in glass to works in wood and metal, large and small sculptures, and a variety of photography and painting styles. 604 222-8372, www.artinthegarden.ca


August 8 - 9, 2009
Chinatown Festival. The largest multicultural summer celebration in the neighbourhood. Highlights include the Youth Talent Showdown Dance Edition, Chinatown Heritage & Food Tasting Walking Tour, Chinese Folk Art demonstrations, multicultural stage performers ranging from Chinese Dance, Korean Dance to Indian Dance, open air market & children's activities. It's an event for all ages! http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com/ 


August 8 - 9, 2009
THE WORLD COMES TO LANGLEY - COME CELEBRATE LANGLEY'S 8TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL. A multi-cultural event that happens every year in August. Our purpose is to unite people from all cultures. This is our 8th year in celebrating diversity in Langley. Come join us on the following dates to enjoy the following spectacular activities: Sat August 8th, 2009 - Langley's Internatioanl Festival Main Day event. Festival starts at 10 -6pm. Festival highlights include: International Stage and Dance Performances, Parade of Nations, International Marketplace, International Dog Show, International Food Showcase - Iron Chef, Senior and Youth Chalets, Diversity Health Fair, Diversity Employment Fair and many more. Latin Dance Party starts from 6-7:30pm. Venue at Douglas Park, Langley BC. FREE ADMISSION. Sunday August 9th, 2009 - Music and Theatre in the Park. Have a picnic in Douglas Park with ongoing Classical music entertainment at Spirit Square from 12-4pm and Live Theatre Entertainment of Romeo and Juliet playing from 7-930pm at the same location. FREE ADMISSION. www.internationalfestival.ca


August 8 - 9, 2009
VMM - 50th Anniversary Maritime Festival Celebrations.  It will be a spectacular weekend of maritime festivities with entertainment and activities that everyone can enjoy. Activities include face painting, balloon creations, storytelling and crafts. Two very special performances by Bobs & Lolo on Saturday as well as the Caitlan Read Duo, fiddler Tyler Carson, Celtic maritimer Mark Downey. Heritage Harbour will be brimming with heritage vessels and there will be a display by the Vancouver Fire Boat. And of course, birthday cake! Sundays activities will include boats in Heritage Harbour, maritime crafts for kids, tours of Meltdown! exhibit, performances by comedic juggler Mike Battie and much more. Special admission rates for everyone - $1.95 for kids, adults, seniors. (604) 257-8300, info@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com


August 9, 2009
10th Annual Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival. Presenting the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s annual free concert at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby. The VSO, under conductor Evan Mitchell, will perform popular classics in one of the Lower Mainland’s most beautiful outdoor concert venues. Come early & roll out your picnic blanket. Program details to be announced shortly. The performance takes place on the grass behind the Shadbolt Centre in Deer Lake Park. http://www.burnabybluesfestival.com/


August 9, 2009
10th annual burnaby blues + roots festival, www.burnabybluesfestival.com


August 9, 2009
August Fun Fly at Centennial Beach, Tsawwasen; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca


August 9, 2009
Bubble Bash.  Come join hordes of people in gathering on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery armed with bubble guns, bubble wands, bubble machines, and bubble soap! Come ready to make bubble art or get into a bubble battle with friends and strangers, and maybe turn some strangers into friends. The awesome sight of millions of small and large bubbles emanating from the steps of the VAG will be secondary compared to how magical it will feel to be right in the middle of all of those bubbles! 1pm.


August 9, 2009
Give the Gift of Life Walk - Kidney Foundation - BC Branch. On Sunday, August 9, 2009 at Trout Lake Park, at 10:30am, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch will host the 2nd annual Give the Gift of Life Walk. The Vancouver Walk Give the Gift of Life is one of fourteen walks held across British Columbia where participants and volunteers will join the community to raise funds for research, patient programs, services and organ donation awareness. This year's Walk is honouring the Dragon Boat Team, O2P - Paddle to Wellness, comprised of kidney transplant recipients, doctors, nurses, dialysis patients and families.There will be entertainment, prizes, snacks and more. To participate in the walk please go to www.kidney.bc.ca/walk and click on the Vancouver walk. Come out and walk, create a team or just enjoy Trout Lake Park with friends and family, and support the work of the Kidney Foundation! Visit www.kidney.bc.ca/walk and click on the Vancouver Walk to register today!


August 9, 2009
North Vancouver Under the Volcano Festival of Art & Social Change. 0 + artists 4 stages rain or shine in Cates Park, North Van, Whey-Ah-Wichen, Tsleil-Waututh- Nation. Festival of Art & Social change that includes music, art, speakers & workshops. Check our website for line-up information. No pets, No Alcohol. http://www.volcano.resist.ca/


August 9, 2009
Northshore Auto Mall Family Day 2009.  Enjoy free family fun at the annual Northshore Auto Mall Family Day, Sunday August 9th from noon to 4 p.m., which features loads of entertainment and activities for everyone. Take in the amusement rides, a hands-on farm animal display, magician act, interactive crafts, giant slides, jumping castle and live entertainment. www.northshoreautomall.com


August 9, 2009
RONA MS Vancouver Scenic City Bike Tour.  Whether you're a dedicated cyclist or looking for a bit of recreation, pedaling in the RONA MS Bike Tours means you will be a part of an extraordinary group of Canadians who are getting outside to raise money in the fight against MS. Enjoy a leisurely cycle of 30 or 60 km route through one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cyclists are treated to the best BBQ of the summer generously sponsored by the Terminal City Club and served by their terrific staff and volunteers. See Visit: www.mssociety.ca/bc/bike_van.htm for more details.


August 9, 2009
The 8th annual “Chefs to the Field” on Sunday August 9th, 2009 (11 am to 4 pm) at the Terra Nova Rural Park located at 2631 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC. With funds raised at this event, we run programs to connect children in Richmond with the earth, their food and their community. New at this year's event: 2 Green Cuisine Competitions (Student/Profesional). Free event includes live entertainment, childrens' activities, silent auction & food samples for sale. http://www.kidsinthegarden.org/Home.html


August 9, 16, 23, 2009
Copper& Fire 2009: This year is a summer series! Three Sundays of fun filled arts and entertainment for you to enjoy! Live demonstrations of metal artists, potters jewelry makers and more!n This year, Copper & Fire is sure to be a smash hit! We have got a great lineup of Musicians to keep you moving from 3PM TO 6 PM on our final Sunday in the series! BC Museum of Mining, www.bcmuseumofmining.org


August 9, 23, 2009
Walking Tours of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve.  Enjoy a walk through a coastal forest once used by First Nations and pioneers of our province. Learn about the forest environment, historical resource use, current water management activities, and the future needs of a growing population. Short stops will give insightful looks into wildlife habitat, pioneering activities, logging history, water utility projects, and recreational opportunities. Approximately 2km of walking and a short shuttle ride to view water infrastructure. 604.451.6506.


August 9 to September 6, 2009
Artful Sundays.  Artful Sundays is an outdoor, multimedia, visual arts market featuring the work of local artists, live music, artist demonstrations and workshops and more! For 5 Sundays starting Aug 9, 2009 www.britanniacentre.org In Napier Square (Napier at Commercial Drive)


August 10 - 14, 2009
Canadian Book Camp.  This unique day Camp lets 11-16 year old youth with a passion for reading and writing connect with well-known authors and illustrators. For a registration form and more information, check out our website: www.vpl.ca/events/details/canadian_book_camp or contact Shannon, the Book Camp Coordinator, at 604-331-4093 or bookcamp@vpl.ca SPACE IS LIMITED. Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch


August 11, 2009
Carnival At Renfrew Park.  Come and join us for a fun filled afternoon. There will be games, box hockey tournament, slip slide, BBQ, relays, water games and lots of crafts. Renfrew Park Community Centre, 604-257-8388


August 11, 2009
Day Camp: Bird Buzz with Wildlife Rescue Association (Ages 6-8).  Learn about local wildlife through fun and interactive day camps with Wildlife Rescue Association on Burnaby Lake. A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Rehabilitator: Experience what its like to rescue wildlife and how to help the critters around us. Ages 6-8: July 7, ages 9-12: July 9. Habitat Habits: Explore local wildlife habitats and find the signs that many animals leave behind. Ages 6-8: July 21, ages 9-12: July 23. Bird Buzz: Discover local birdcalls, feathers, and more! Ages 6-8: August 11, ages 9-12: August 13. Mammal Madness: Find out about mammal characteristics and scope out a Burnaby Lake beaver lodge. Ages 6-8: August 25, ages 9-12: August 27. All camps are from 9 am to 3 pm at our location on Burnaby Lake: 5216 Glencarin Dr.; 604-526-2747


August 12 to September 13, 2009
Community Garden Walking & Cycling Tours. This set of walking/cycling tours introduces eight different "pods" of community gardens. Take a guided or self-guided walking tour with 44 gardens to see. On the second Sunday of every month from now until September, take a guided walking tour of the city's community gardens at select sites, between 11 am and 1 pm. Each tour is less than three km one-way, and lets you visit three to six gardens, all with their own unique characters. Please check our website for a complete description and maps of Garden Tours. Community Garden Tour brochures available. http://vancouver.ca/


August 13, 2009
Day Camp: Bird Buzz with Wildlife Rescue Association (ages 9-12). Learn about local wildlife through fun and interactive day camps with Wildlife Rescue Association on Burnaby Lake. A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Rehabilitator: Experience what its like to rescue wildlife and how to help the critters around us. Ages 6-8: July 7, ages 9-12: July 9. Habitat Habits: Explore local wildlife habitats and find the signs that many animals leave behind. Ages 6-8: July 21, ages 9-12: July 23. Bird Buzz: Discover local birdcalls, feathers, and more! Ages 6-8: August 11, ages 9-12: August 13. Mammal Madness: Find out about mammal characteristics and scope out a Burnaby Lake beaver lodge. Ages 6-8: August 25, ages 9-12: August 27. All camps are from 9 am to 3 pm at our location on Burnaby Lake: 5216 Glencarin Dr.; 604-526-2747


August 14, 2009
The Watershed Ride.  Educators will lead a number of games and activities at stops throughout the Seymour Valley to help you understand what a watershed is and how we use it to collect and store our tap water. Along the way we will experience the many unique features of the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, including plant and animal life, scenic views, history of resource use in the area, and water utility infrastructure. Bring a lunch and your camera! $7.50/adult; $4.00/child/youth/senior; $20/family; 604-451-6506.


August 14 - 15, 2009
The Canadian Islamic Cultural Expo.  The Canadian Islamic Cultural Expo (CICE) marks its fifth annual exposition showcasing Islamic culture, history, innovation and civilization, while building bridges within various local communities. The Expo delivers an accurate, informed perspective of Islamic culture for both Muslims and people of other faiths alike. In 2008, approximately 7,000 visitors enjoyed the fourth edition of this event. The Attractions include 20 country-based exhibitions by local Muslim communities. The Expo also features theme pavilions taking visitors on a discovery of Islam and the contribution of Muslims in the areas of science and technology, art and calligraphy and Canadian society, as well as examining the role of women in Islam. The event is free and open to the public, 11am to 7pm on Friday August 14th and Saturday August 15th at the corner of Georgia and Howe on the lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery. 604.527.2047


August 15, 2009
Ice Breaker: The Coolest Celebration in Kits.  Ice Breaker promotes community spirit and 2010 Winter Games awareness through fun, enjoyable activities for the entire family. Take the opportunity to participate in winter sporting events and competitions such as a 3 on 3 Cosom Hockey Tournament, Sledge Hockey Puck Shoot Out and Jam Pail Curling. The event line-up also includes a figure skating demonstration by the Kitsilano Figure Skating Club and a speed skating demonstration by the Vancouver Velocity Speed Skating Club.  604.257.6995


August 15, 2009
Aerosmith & ZZ Top Concert.  Tickets are on sale May 16th through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca or (604) 280-4444. Go to www.keystonemusic.ca for more information.


August 15, 2009
MEC GREAT RIDES \.  Blueberries, bees and biking the Fraser River dikes. Taste local honey or see a bee beard at the Honeyland Blueberries and Bees festival. Bike by farmland surrounded by mountains and along the dikes beside the Fraser and Pitt Rivers. Pre register online for $15.00 or register on the day for $20.00  children ride for free! www.greatrides.ca 


August 15, 2009
SkyTrain Explorer Series Walking Tours. Join us for 4 Saturdays as we explore the history & heritage of the area around 4 Burnaby SkyTrain stations and the original BCER Interurban Line. Author & historian John Atkin leads these walks based on his popular book SkyTrain Explorer: Heritage Walks from Every Station. We meet at the respective SkyTrain stations for these tours (May 9 - Patterson; June 20 - Metrotown; July 18 - Royal Oak & August 15 - Edmonds). John brings insight into urban planning & development & a love of architecture to all his walking tours. These tours are coordinated by the Burnaby Village Museum. Wear comfortable shoes. http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/


August 15, 2009
The Second Canadian Annual Cheese Rolling Festival will be held on August 15th, beginning at 12:00 noon in Whistler, British Columbia , with an afternoon of cheese rolling races and other fun activities for the whole family. To pre-register or to learn more about the Second Annual Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival visit www.canadiancheeserolling.ca


August 16, 2009
Latin Summer Fest - Trout Lake Park. Join us for family fun in the sun Latino style:  Live music, food court, ethnic market place and more. www.latinsummerfest.com


August 16, 2009
Gastown's 5th Annual Motorcycle Show & Shine. Come out to see some of the finest machines this August 16th, 2009. See www.bccom-bc.com for more.


August 16, 2009
Latin Summer Fest 9.  Celebrate our 9th annual Festival at Trout Lake! Transportation via Nanaimo skytrain strongly recommended. Market, Music, Food fair, kids and more, Free family fun in the sun. Check site for show times. www.latinsummerfest.com


August 16, 2009
Tslei-Waututh Nation Cultural Festival. A celebration of Aboriginal culture through the arts with a particular focus on the people of the Tsleil-Waututh. Event includes performance groups, cultural village area with artists & traditional skills workers & a family stage. Food & art vendors on-site. http://www.twnation.ca/


August 21, 2009
Crescent Beach Sunset Paddle.  Paddle the Crescent Beach waterfront where Boundary Bay merges into Semiahmoo Bay. This area is one of the best bird viewing areas in British Columbia with spectacular sunsets. Common sightings include harbour seals, eagles, herons and many species of waterfowl. 6pm - 9pm. $49.00 plus gst. 604-535-7985 or email nwcakayak@explornet.com


August 21 - 23, 2009
6th Annual Richmond Maritime Festival.  This family event at Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site will give you the opportunity to see a variety of maritime exhibits, such as knot tying, rope making, model boat building, and net mending. The whole family can enjoy live entertainment (sea songs and shanties) and participate in hands-on demonstrations. The waterfont will showcase a floating exhibition of boats for your viewing pleasure. Many boats will be at the docks of the shipyard, including a 1930's rum-runner, historic fishing boats and classic power and sail boats. http://www.richmond.ca/britannia 


August 21 - 23, 2009
Celebrate LOCAL Canadian designers. Fashion trend event showcasing Canadian independent designers. Be a savvy, socially conscious shopper and scurry over to the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street) to stock your closet with exclusive Canadian fall fashions on August 21 (5-9pm), 22 (10am-7pm) and 23 (11am-6pm). There is something for everyone with top local designers like Catalyst Reaction, Davie and Chiyo, Filou Designs, Nate Organics, Togs, and Two of Hearts. The first 25 shoppers through the door each day receive a swag bag full of great stuff! And don't miss out on Friday night. There will be music and a fashion installation show. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more details, visit www.spendontrend.com.


August 21 - 23, 2009
Richmond Maritime Festival.  Ahoy, landlubbers and old salts. Celebrate Richmond's traditional connections with the sea at the Annual Richmond Maritime Festival. This free family event will give you the opportunity to see a variety of maritime exhibits, enjoy live entertainment, view boats & participate in hands-on demonstrations. On the water, there will be a floating exhibition of boats for your viewing pleasure. Many boats will be at the docks of the shipyard, including historic fishing boats and classic power and sail boats. Britannia Heritage Shipyard National Historic Site, www.richmond.ca


August 22, 2009
Richmond City Centre Children's Festival. Richmond's only festival just for kids. This free event is for families & children of all ages. A variety of entertainment including; bouncy castles, kids swap meet, face painting, storytelling, crafts, entertainers & more. Full of excitement & surprises. Minoru Park Plaza, www.richmond.ca


August 22 - 23, 2009
Slow Food Vancouver Summer Cycle Tours.  The leisurely, self-guided Slow Food Cycle Tours provide an educational and culinary experience exploring many farms, some that are open to the public on these days only. These tours give a rare chance to meet the farmers, sample their wares, and learn about agriculture in the Fraser Valley. The routes are about 25-kilometers long and follow flat, quiet country roads that are perfect for the whole family. Tour cost is $10/tour or $15/both days. For more info and to register online, please visit www.slowfoodvancouver.com


August 22 to September 7, 2009
Fair at the PNE.  Come and experience BC’s largest summer event. This 17 day annual tradition features over 800 performances, such as nightly concerts, kids shows, daily parade, cultural programming, Superdogs, & several great new attractions. Not to mention, over 50 amusement park rides. Don’t forget to pick up your Mini Donuts & enjoy the fun. www.pne.ca


August 23, 2009
Wheel to Heal Ride. Money raised will go towards providing Eagle Ridge Hospital. ide starts in Coquitlam at LaFarge Lake (near Coquitlam Town Centre Stadium). 3 courses to choose from 10km, 40km, 80km (maps of routes are available at www.wheeltoheal.ca  Registration is $30. Register before August 1, 2009 and receive $5 off your registration.


August 27, 2009
Mammal Madness with Wildlife Rescue Association of BC (ages 9-12).  Learn about local wildlife through fun and interactive day camps with Wildlife Rescue Association on Burnaby Lake. A Day in the Life of a Wildlife Rehabilitator: Experience what its like to rescue wildlife and how to help the critters around us. Ages 6-8: July 7, ages 9-12: July 9. Habitat Habits: Explore local wildlife habitats and find the signs that many animals leave behind. Ages 6-8: July 21, ages 9-12: July 23. Bird Buzz: Discover local birdcalls, feathers, and more! Ages 6-8: August 11, ages 9-12: August 13. Mammal Madness: Find out about mammal characteristics and scope out a Burnaby Lake beaver lodge. Ages 6-8: August 25, ages 9-12: August 27. All camps are from 9 am to 3 pm at our location on Burnaby Lake: 5216 Glencarin Dr.; 604-526-2747.


August 27 - 29, 2009
Kerrisdale Days.  Fabulous end-of-season sidewalk sales and free entertainment for the whole family. Live music. Horse & Carriage Rides. Annual Kerrisdale Idol Contest with $1000 first prize (sign up at 8 am at West 41st and Yew St. north to participate). www.kerrisdalevillage.com


August 28, 2009
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, 2009
AC/DC Black Ice World Tour Concert.  Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.ca or (604) 280-4444.


August 30, 2009
Bird Walk in Stanley Park.  Join renowned birder Cathy Aitchison for a 2 hour birding walk in Stanley Park to identify migratory and resident birds and to brush up on your birding skills. 9-11am, Lost Lagoon Nature House, 604-681-9453.


August 30, 2009
Deep Cove Daze.  Enjoy this annual festival complete with midway rides, face painters, kids entertainers, local artisans, a main stage full of entertainment, kid's stage with a variety of events, beer gardens & much, much more. Admission by donation, check website for details.  North Vancouver, http://www.musart.ca/


September 5, 6, 2009
3rd 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 Saturday & Sunday, September 5 & 6, 2009 (Labour Day Weekend). Everyone is invited to participate and most of the events are free! For more Event Details please visit www.lowerlonsdalebusinessassociation.com


September 13, 2009
29th Annual Terry Fox Run. Since Terry Fox's 1980 Marathon of Hope for cancer research, the annual Terry Fox Run has continued his goal of fund raising in an effort to find a cure for cancer and raised over $400 million. At least 87 cents of every dollar raised is donated to cancer research. Pledge sheets can be found at www.terryfoxrun.org.


September 14, 2009
Vancouver English Centre is proud to present our Fall Education Fair! Over 25 schools will be in attendance. Great opportunity to discuss educational plans with representatives from schools throughout North America. Admission is FREE! Guest Speakers / Seminars! Door prizes and Scholarship Opportunities! To view poster please visit:  http://www.vec.ca/pub/VEC.09-07.Fall_Fair_Registration_Form.pdf


September 19 - 20, 2009
You’re invited to the International Village Gifts & Craft Fair from September 19-20, 2009 12:00 noon to 5:00pm! The purpose of the event is to showcase local, multicultural artists with hand-made and original work. There will also be a workshop on stage where artists are invited to share some secrets of how their work is produced, with live demonstrations. It will be an indoor event with ample parking. The website is being developed but please feel free to call us for questions. We look forward to having you there! Free admission! http://www.henderson-development.ca/theinternationalvillage/home.php


September 20, 2009
SOULdiers . The SOULdiers company, under the direction of Kim Sato, hope to inspire people in their community through hip hop culture. This Dance Allsorts performance will consist of various street styles of dance including hip hop, locking, popping, street jazz, house/waacking and dancehall. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 604.893.8875, www.newworks.ca   


September 20, 2009
3rd Annual Surrey Scrapbook Fair. Browse over 30 tables of scrapbook or card making related items for sale. Take part in a make & take or watch a demonstration to get some new ideas. Entertainment for the kids will be provided by Joseph The Magician and lunch will be available to purchase from a food vendor. 604 374-4031, www.scrapbookfair.blogspot.com


Ongoing to August 2, 2009
Spirit of the Sea Festival, White Rock; 604-536-4958, www.spiritofthesea.ca


Ongoing to August 9, 2009
2009 World Police & Fire Games.  Come & see what all the excitement is about! Beginning July 31 the spectacular 2009 World Police & Fire Games touches down in Burnaby, British Columbia. This exciting sporting event will bring together approximately 12,000 police officers, firefighters, customs and correction officers from around the world in an opportunity to showcase their athletic excellence. Tens days, over 67 sporting events in 40 venues. Please see our website for the official Sporting Schedule. The three designated legacy organizations for the 2009 World Police & Fire Games are: Kidsport, The Burn Fund & the Law Enforcement Torch Run. Admission is free. 604-659-2009, http://www.2009wpfg.ca


Ongoing to August 9, 2009
West Vancouver Harmony Arts Festival. The North Shore's premier summer event celebrates its 18th year. Visit the various seaside venues to experience first hand all the sights, sounds & sensations of this award winning 10 day festival. Everyone is welcome & everything is free. 604-925-7268, http://www.harmonyarts.ca


Ongoing to August 15, 2009
Concerts in the Cove.  Join us for the Concerts in the Cove Concert Series on Friday evenings mid-July to mid-August, 7-9 pm.  Deep Cove, North Vancouver; 604-987-7529, http://www.northvanrec.com


Ongoing to August 28, 2009
Burns Bog Summer Day Camps - for kids ages 6 - 12 years.  Children aged 6-12 are invited to spend a week exploring the Delta Nature Reserve, the only part of Burns Bog that is open to the public. Visit www.burnsbog.org for more info or call our office at 604.572.0373


Ongoing to August 29, 2009
Cates Park Concert Series.  Bring a picnic & listen to original, local bands & artists. Saturdays throughout July and August. Cates Park, North Vancouver.  http://www.musart.ca


Ongoing to August 30, 2009
Seven Tyrants Theatre and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden present The China Tea Deal  Seven Tyrants Theatre and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden proudly present the exciting sequel to last summer’s outdoor roving theatrical hit! http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com


Ongoing to September 6, 2009
The 14th Vancouver Chinatown Night Market.  There is no shortage of atmosphere at this shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts & ethnic snacks that will tempt your taste buds. A shopping experience like never before - on every Fri, Sat & Sun.  604-682-8998, http://www.vcma.shawbiz.ca/


Ongoing until September 7, 2009
Vancouver Museum presents VeloCity: Vancouver and the Bicycle Revolution.  Vancouver’s human-powered revolution that is changing the way people experience and relate to the City, its neighborhoods, and to their own bodies. 604.736.443, http://www.vanmuseum.bc.ca


Ongoing to September 16, 2009
Free Outdoor Yoga at Canada Place every Wednesday at 5pm.  Overlooking Stanley Park, the Burrard Inlet, and the North Shore Mountains, yoga participants can relax, de-stress, and meditate while practicing yoga beneath Canada Place’s brilliant white sails.  This unique evening experience is open to all levels. Classes are free; however, donations are greatly appreciated and benefit Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children program. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat, water and a friend! 604.775.8100.


Ongoing until September 19, 2009
Vancouver Art Gallery presents Vermeer, Rembrandt, and the Golden Age of Dutch Art.  Touring for the first time in North America, "Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam" will present the extraordinary works of art made by Dutch masters of the seventeenth-century, a period known as the Golden Age of the Netherlands. The exhibition will feature major paintings and drawings by all of the celebrated masters of the period, including Cuyp, Dou, Hals, Rembrandt, van Ruisdael, ter Borch and Vermeer. Also included will be an extraordinary selection of decorative arts, including furniture, silver, glassware, porcelain and textiles. 604.662.4719,http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca


Ongoing to September 20, 2009
Dinosaurs Unearthed at Metropolis at Metrotown. Dinosaurs having taken over BC’s largest shopping destination. Standing 24 feet tall, the awe-inspiring animatronic model of an adult Tyrannosaurs rex is scientifically accurate. And for the first time in Canada, the animatronic model of a young feathered Tyrannosaurs rex will be on display. 604.438.4700, www.metropolisatmetrotown.com


Ongoing until September 26, 2009
Bard On The Beach 2009 - 20th Anniversary Season.  Every May through September, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s great plays. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core. Staged in two open-ended performance tents, the productions are set against a spectacular natural backdrop of mountains, sea, and city skyline. 604.739.0559, http://www.bardonthebeach.org/


Ongoing until September 30, 2009
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, 2009
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 to September 30, 2009
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, 2009
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, 2009
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, 2009
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 to October 12, 2009
What's Afloat: Boats on the Fraser River.  A new exhibit opening at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery NHS. If you've wondered about the myriad of different boats on the river, and what they all do, this exhibit will answer your questions. Visitors will also have a chance to buy the boat spotter's guide that goes along with the exhibit. In addition the Cannery will be alive this summer as Joe Kovacs, along with interpreters & volunteers, builds an all-wood lapstrake skiff. This is a summer long, major project that will introduce all visitors to traditional techniques that were used in Steveston's wooden fish boat building industry. http://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com


Ongoing until October 29, 2009
Arthur Erickson Garden Tours.  Guided tours of the Japanese-inspired West Coast garden of Canada's celebrated architect every Thursday. Admission $10. Reservations required 24 hours in advance. 604-738-4195, aegarden@telus.net


Ongoing
Beat Street Community Drum Circle.  Enjoy call-and-response songs from around the world, rhythm games and hand drumming with the freedom to try out a huge selection of percussion instruments and toys.Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Ave.; Every Sunday 3-5 pm, www.lylepovah.com, 604 736-6487


Ongoing
Community Lunch.  A free lunch of soup and sandwiches is offered weekly in North Vancouver in a safe, friendly, wheelchair accessible place where you can share a free meal with children, youth and adults. All are welcomed!  St. Andrew's United Church, 1044 St. Georges, North Vancouver; 604-985-0408, www.st-andrews-united.ca1


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
The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition is now presenting the “End of Empire”. This shows the rise and fall of the British motorcycle industry and what caused it. There are 60 antique and vintage motorcycle on display in an exhibition setting. It is open seven days a week. The hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Tours are available on request. Admission is by donation. The Exhibition is located at 1875 Boundary Road and 2nd Avenue in Vancouver BC . For more information call 604 293 2221. www.deeleymotorcycleexhibition.ca


Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $8.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2009.  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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