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

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Special Events for July 2008
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July 1, 2008
63rd Annual Steveston Salmon Festival.  The day begins at 10am with a parade through historic Steveston village, which features over 100 entries including floats, marching bands, celebrities, politicians, community groups, vintage vehicles and more. The official festival kick-off is on the Main Stage at 12:30pm with dignitaries, speeches, and the singing of O Canada. After, the stage features great entertainment all aftenoon until 5pm. Some of the festival highlights include attractions such as the Japanese Cultural Show, Craft Fair, Trade Show, a Children's Festival, Carnival rides and Midway, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Belt Sander Drag Races, Youth Festival, multi-ethnic Food Fair, Art Show and Exhibit. The main attraction is the famous salmon barbecue, where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. 604-718-8094, www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca

July 1, 2008
Golden Spike Days Festival.  Fun-filled weekend for the entire family with great entertainment, special events and activities, can can dancers, as well as great food! June 28th is the kick off of the festival with concerts in the evening and back by popular demand; The Port Moody Idol Contest. Visitors can enjoy family-focused events, live shows, family entertainment, sporting events, and children’s rides. Admission by donation. Rocky Point Park , Port Moody.  Check the website regularly for updates on what's planned for this year’s festival http://www.goldenspike.ca

July 1, 2008
CANADA DAY. Celebrate Canada Day at the birthplace of BC! Get a slice of the action with barrel races, tug-of-war contests, and cake, of course. Will you strike it rich? Try gold panning and see what you find. See the blacksmith bend steel, or try your hand at assembling a barrel. Watch our new live theatre presentation BC 150 Years! Celebrate Canada with Canadians new and established, young and experienced! It’s free fun for the entire family, so come spend the day with us! For more information please visit www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley.

July 1, 2008
Canada Day Fun Fly at Garry Point Park & White Rock;  British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca

July 1, 2008
Canada Day at Canada Place.  The biggest Canada Day party on the West Coast, is being held at Canada Place at the heart of downtown Vancouver. Non-stop entertainment and activities capped off with evening fireworks display.  www.canadaplace.ca

July 1, 2008
Canada Day, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm. Celebrate Canada Day at the birthplace of BC! Get a slice of the action with barrel races, tug-of-war contests, and cake, of course. Will you strike it rich? Try gold panning and see what you find. See the blacksmith bend steel, or try your hand at assembling a barrel. Watch our new live theatre presentation - BC 150 Years! Celebrate Canada with Canadians new and established, young and … experienced! It's free fun for the entire family, so come spend the day with us! 604-513-4777, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley; www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

July 1, 2008
Dominion Day.  It's a Party! The Burnaby Village Museum setting of the 1920s provides the perfect backdrop for this old-style celebration of Canada's Birthday. Come for games, entertainment, displays and of course, cake. Admission is FREE!  www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca 

July 1, 2008
Haywood Yaletown Grand Prix.  Vancouver's fastest Canada Day party returns with a full day of high-speed bike racing through historic Yaletown.  Up to 400 racers will compete in different categories as part of the BC Cup Championship Series. With great places and patios to watch from, this is a must-see Canada Day spectacular. www.yaletowngrandprix.com

July 1, 2008
Langley Canada Day Celerbations has grown to be the biggest two day event in the Langley's and one of the largest Canada Day celebrations in the province. Its family oriented theme includes two days of a continuous stage show, children's rides and games, clowns and a petting zoo, aircraft static displays, Crafter's Alley, Vendors' marketplace, special community exhibits by gymnasts, firefighters, merchants and specil community groups as well as live musical entertainment. Located at McLeod Athletic Park - 56th Ave at 216 Street.

July 1, 2008
North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations.  With over 15,000 participants, the North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations is a popular family event catering to people of all ages. At this year's event we are celebrating our great country's diversity with the recognition of British Columbia's 150 anniversary and Quebec City's 400 anniversary. Various community groups and local performers will be joining us to celebrate these milestone anniversaries. Some new editions to our celebrations include Acadian music, folk dancing lessons, and French cuisine. The Lions Gate Rotary Club, a non-profit organization is dedicated to the betterment of local and international communities. Waterfront Park, North Vancouver; http://northvancanadaday.com/

July 1, 2008
Shriners to put salmon on BBQ in their 39th annual fundraiser. Popular event set for next Sunday afternoon at Ladner Harbour Park.  The Tsawwassen Shrine Club is hosting its 39th annual Salmon Barbecue next weekend at Ladner Harbour Park. Set for Sunday, June 1, the barbecue will run from noon to 5:30 p.m. or until the supply of salmon runs out. It will take place rain or shine. The barbecue consists of a generous portion of salmon, coleslaw, French fries, bun, butter, coffee or juice; 604-943-3548.

July 1 - 5, 2008
International Choral Kathaumixw.  The International Choral Kathaumixw is a global gathering of choirs and conductors, featuring international concerts, choral and vocal solo competitions, common song singing, conductors round tables, concert tours, social events, workshops, and seminars.  This event, which is only held ever second year, attracts more than 30 choirs from all over the world.. don't miss your opportunity this year.  Powell River, 604-485-9633, www.kathaumixw.org

July 1 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

July 3 - 27, 2008
Monty Python's Spamalot.  One of Broadway's biggest hits finally arrives here. Tony-winning musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Directed by Mick Nichols, features the Pythons' trademark nuttiness. Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts, (604) 280-4444.

July 5, 2008
Sunrise Summer Kickoff.  Come celebrate Hastings and kickoff the summer at this years 7th Annual Sunrise Summer Kickoff on Saturday, July 5th. Sunrise Square Parking Lot will come alive from 10am to 3pm with street hockey, music, entertainment and tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy! There will be special guest appearances throughout the day from the Vancouver Giants, an RBC Paralympian as well as members from the Vancouver Police Department. Several opportunities to win some great door prizes will also be available. The Street Hockey Tournament is open to local elementary school children, however, registration is limited. 160 spots are waiting to be filled (80 for kindergarten to grade 3 and 80 for grades 4 to 7), so be sure to register early. Registration forms are available at the local schools as well as the BIA office. Completed forms should be returned to the BIA office. On-line registration is now available and can be found at www.hastingssunrise.ca under Events/Sunrise Summer Kickoff.

July 5 - 6, 2008
2nd Annual Lavender Festival.  We invite you to come out to our lavender farm and celebrate all things lavender. Fun for the entire family.  2926-248th Street, Langley; www.fullbloomfarm.ca

July 5 - 6, 2008
Welcome to the 7th annual Erikson's Daylily Gardens Peak Bloom Open House Event! This year the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 5th and 6th, 2008, from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Once again the VanDusen Master Gardeners Clinic will be on hand, along with displays from other local nurseries, crafts and the Aldergrove Daylily Society Bake Sale and Chinese Auction! This is always lots of fun! As always for this event, admission is by donation at the gate - with proceeds to the DW Poppy High School Music Department, whose students have been entertaining the public during this weekend for seven years! We look forward to seeing everyone there again. Please note that these are private gardens, and unfortunately are not wheelchair or stroller accessible.  http://www.plantlovers.com/erikson

July 5 - 13, 2008
Harrison Festival of the Arts.  The Harrison Festival of the Arts in July is celebrating their 30th Anniversary. This is a celebration of Music, Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts. Last year included evening concerts in the Hall, music on the beach, an art market and exhibition, and the opportunity for children to have hands on with arts and crafts. This is a great event for children of all age, from 3 to 103.  604-796-3664, www.harrisonfestival.com

July 6 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

July 9 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.

July 10 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.

July 11 - 13, 2008
21st Annual Squamish Nation Youth Powwow.  Aborignal dance competition, arts & crafts, salmon bbq, open to the public. $5 admission fee, but FREE for 65 and over, 12 and under, or elders.  100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver; 778-228-6501, snpowwow@hotmail.com

July 11 - 13, 2008
Tour de Delta.  Tour de Delta features professional racers from around the world competing for a $25,000 purse making Delta the richest event in Canadian cycling. Tour de Delta is proud to partners with Tour de White Rock, Tour de Gastown, and Giro di Burnaby to give you 8 great days of cycling.  This is a great opportunity to soak up some great summer weather while watching cyclists from Canada, the United States and New Zealand compete on the challenging courses.  www.tourdedetla.com/tourindex.html

July 12 , 2008
Wreck Beach Day (clothing optional).  9 am – 4 pm,  Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Celebrate Wreck Beach and the naturist life style that ties in with the Naturist Society’s International Nude Week! Activities include a sandcastle competition, kite flying, body painting a

July 12, 2008
Annual Vintage Car show. Watch classic and vintage cars as they cruise onto the heritage grounds. Chat with collectors and discuss their restoration projects. Enjoy the live music. Vehicle registration is only $10 contact us for more information.  Kilby Historic Site, 604-796-9576, www.kilby.ca

July 12, 2008
City Centre Celebration at Minoru Park Oval, Richmond; 604-233-8910, www.richmond.ca

July 12, 2008
flea market, 9:30am-2:00pm, Confederation Centre, Burnaby. Clean out your cupboards or find yourself a bargain! More than 50 tables of pre-loved items are on display to comb through. Note to vendors: Please register in person at Confederation Centre (maximum one table per person plus one table for a friend). Free admission

July 12, 2008
outdoor flea market, 10:00am-2:00pm, Willingdon Centre, Burnaby; Clean out your garage, home, attic and come on down! Sell your household items such as dishes, figurines, books, clothes,toys, jewellery, lamps, small furniture and odds and ends. One person’s junk is another’s treasure! Free admission for buyers.

July 12, July 26, 2008
The Arts in Mill Lake Park ~ Presented by the Abbotsford Arts Council.  Features visual and performing artists:  buy some art, catch a concert, see artists at work  - On the grounds surrounding Kariton Gallery, 2387 Ware Street, Abbotsford;  Free Admission, 604-852-9358 | www.abbotsfordartscouncil.org

July 12 - 13, 2008
Caribbean Street Festival.  Live Caribbean Bands, colourful costumes, dancing, arts and crafts, and delicious food! Draw prize- trip to the Caribbean! Celebrate in the Sun on 224th Street, in Maple Ridge.

July 12 - 13, 2008
Whistler Children's Art Festival.  Join us for our 25th anniversary with a magical fun-filled weekend for the entire family in Whistler's Creekside featuring a multitude of hands-on workshops led by professional artists for kids and families in fine arts, crafts, theatre, multi-media, dance and music. The festival comes alive with lots of free activities and entertainment by roving musicians, zany characters and popular children's performers on the main stage.  604-938-9221, www.whistlerartscouncil.com

July 13, 2008
20th annual symphony in the park: vancouver symphony orchestra. Presented by the City of Burnaby and Kinder Morgan Inc. 7:30-9:30pm, Deer Lake Park. Free admission

July 13, 2008
6th Annual Classic Car Show.  Featuring rare and unique automobiles from days gone by, with great musical entertainment in a beautiful garden setting.  Minter Gardens, 1-888-MINTERS, http://www.mintergardens.com

July 13, 2008
Lion's Club Big "M" Car Show, at Steveston Community Centre, 604-718-8080.

July 13, 2008
The Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Society and the Downtown businesses invite you to participate in the 8th Annual Royal City Show and Shine. Thousands of people enjoyed the event last year. We average over 400 official entries every year. This year we expect to draw car enthusiasts and families from throughout the Lower Mainland, the BC Interior, Vancouver Island, and the United States. http://www.newwestbia.com

July 13, 27, 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

July 14, 2008
Champlain Heights Summer Country Fair at Champlain Heights Community Centre - 3350 Maquinna Drive, Vancouver;  Dust off your cowboy hat and catch all the action at this fun filled annual family event. Activities will include pony rides, swing and train rides, giant slide and much more. The community favorite Los Memories Band is returning and a special appearance of Co Co the clown headline our entertainment. There will also be community display and information booths, food and a few more surprises!! So mark your calendar and help us celebrate our 27th annual Country Fair!!  For more information, please call 604-718-6575.

July 16, 2008
Tour de Gastown, www.tourdegastown.com

July 16 - 20, 2008
2008 Squamish Mountain Festival.  The 2008 Squamish Mountain Festival (SQUMF) is getting ready to thrill locals and visitors again this summer with an exciting mix of films, clinics, competitions and guest speakers. The festival takes place at various locations around Squamish, BC from July 16th to 20th, 2008. The focus of the festival is climbing and there will be opportunities to take part no matter what your ability or interest. The guest speakers this year represent the past and present, the locals and the international, the dirtbags and the pros. Films will be feature adventures from around the globe.  604-603-2917, www.squamishmountainfestival.com

July 18, 2008
James Taylor at GM Place.  http://www.ticketmaster.ca

July 18 - 20, 2008
Fusion Festival in Surrey.  The Fusion Festival is a three day event which is held at the brand new Holland Park. This celebration of diversity will bring together the wide variety of distinct cultural heritages which are represented in the City of Surrey. The festival will feature pavillions representing the music, food, costumes and dance of our diverse communities and will promote cross-cultural sharing and awareness throughout Surrey and other cities. www.surrey.ca

July 18 - 20, 2008
Tour de White Rock.  The Tour de White Rock is now in its 29th year and has become a world-class event for professional cycling teams, fans and the media. Over 150 elite cyclists compete on this grueling course for over $15,000 in prize money.  www.tourdewhiterock.ca

July 18 - 20, 2008
Vancouver Folk Music Festival. The 31st Annual Festival is a celebration of music from around the corner and around the world. Over 50 folk, world, reggae, blues and dub artists on 7 stages including Ozomatli, T-Model Ford, Harry Manx and Kevin Breit, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Dubblestandart, Jason Collett, Aimee Mann and much more. The festival takes place at beautiful Jericho Beach with food, crafts and children's activities on-site. Children 12 and under free. Day or weekend passes available.  Jericho Beach Park, www.thefestival.bc.ca or call 604-602-9798.

July 19, 2008
Creatures of the Not-So-Deep.  Join Metro Vancouver and Belcarra Beachkeeper volunteers to learn about the creatures exposed at low tide and living in the ocean nearby. Search for sea life on a beach walk, play a seashore game, see subtidal creatures at the pool on the wharf, and make an ocean creature craft to take home. Wear footwear that you can get wet and dirty. No bare feet.Free.  10 am – 2 pm, Belcarra Regional Park.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

July 19, 2008
Dragon Boat Festival.  This year, the Dragon Boat Festival will occur Saturday, July 19th, 2008. It will be held at the John M.S. Lecky Boathouse and is an event the whole family will enjoy. Come and be entertained by the boat races and other events being held around the area to celebrate the Chinese Cultural Heritage which is alive and vibrant among the Chinese in Canada. 604-247-2627, www.ubcboathouse.com/dragonboat.html

July 19, 2008
Origami talk by Joseph Wu, 'Origami: The State of the Art', 3pm. For adults and teens. Free. Origami artist Joseph Wu discusses the recent development of origami from children's pastime into fine art. Examples of modern origami art will be shown. National Nikkei Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby. www.jcnm.ca

July 19, 2008
Storigami/Origami Time Workshop. 1-2pm. For families ages 6 to adult. Free. Pre-registration is advised. Email museum@nikkeiplace.orgor call 604.777.7000 ext.109. Come and learn to create origami pieces step-by-step and through STORIGAMI, a form of storytelling that uses paper folding. Featuring origami storyteller Yukiko Tosa and origami artist Lisa David, members of PALM (Paperfolders Around the Lower Mainland).  National Nikkei Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby. www.jcnm.ca

July 19 - 20, 2008
Fraser Fest.  Celebrate the Fraser River at the New Westminster Hyack Festival Association’s presentation of Fraser Fest. This annual family event brings together the public, community groups, cultural organizations, businesses, and a flotilla of working and historic vessels. Visit Metro Vancouver’s tent that will feature hourly shows about the Fraser River. Free, Westminster Quay.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

July 19 - 20, 2008
Maple Ridge Country Fest.  An outstanding event with an award-winning standard of excellence, the Maple Ridge Country Fest includes free admission, a Logging Show, 4-H Shows, activities for children, and headline stage entertainment, all at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds in Albion!

July 20, 2008
24th annual discovery day festival, 10:00am-4:00pm, Deer Lake Park & Shadbolt Centre. Burnaby’s largest community festival for family fun and creativity. Free admission, 604-291-6864, www.shadboltcentre.com

July 20, 2008
Boulevard 500 Show and Shine.  The Boulevard 500 Show and Shine is a community event held in the parking lot of Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam, 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. It's a fun filled day of excitement starting with a pancake breakfast, live entertainment and a sizzling BBQ lunch. There are over 100 Hot Rods and Harley's to see at the event. Exciting prizes are given away throughout the day. The admission is FREE and all proceeds raised from the "by donation" breakfast and silent auction is donated to the Societe Maillardville. www.blvdcasino.com

July 20, 2008
Burnaby's beautiful garden tour. 10:00am-4:00pm, rain or shine Hosted by the Burnaby Rhododendron and Gardens Society with sponsorship by the City of Burnaby. This is a self-guided tour of seven unique, private gardens located throughout Burnaby. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at Burnaby City Hall, Bonsor, Edmonds, Cameron and Confederation community centres. Each ticket includes a map and a brief description of the gardens. Master gardeners are in attendance at each location along with the owners and volunteer hosts. They will be glad to answer questions and identify plants of interest. BRAGS is a non-profit society and proceeds will benefit the citizens of Burnaby. For more information visit our website at www.brags.ca , contact us at info@brags.ca or call Faye at 604-434-5921

July 20, 2008
RETRO DESIGN & ANTIQUES FAIR.  175 tables and booths of fun, fabulous finds for you and your eclectic abode! Mid-century Modernist decor, vintage & estate jewelry, pop culture classics, boho & shabby chic accents, French country collectibles, old toys & dolls, retro glam accessories, decorative art pottery & glass, funky 50's kitsch, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, ephemera, paintings & prints, antiquarian books, textiles & linens, memorabilia, period lighting & fixtures, and much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day -- Call 604-980-3159 or Visit www.21cpromotions.com for Full Details - General Admission $4 at Door - Children Under 13 Free with Adult Admission - Free Parking - On-Site Cafe/Snack Bar.  Croatian Cultural Centre.

July 21, 2008
THE GLEN MILLER ORCHESTRA.  The World Famous, Glenn Miller Orchestra, is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.  Orpheum Theatre, Tickets 604-280-4444 Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.ca/) Glen Miller Orchestra (http://www.glennmillerorchestra.com/)

July 21 - 22, 2008
16th Annual Chilliwack Flight Fest.  16th Annual BBQ and Hanger Dance Plus Spectacular Noght Show Tickets- $25.00/person, call John Bergsma @604-858-7419 Sun. July 22 8:00 am - Pancake Breakfast Sun. July 22 11:00 am - Pre Show Sun. July 22 1:00 pm - Official Airshow Opening.  Chilliwack Airport; http://www.chilliwackairshow.ca

July 23, 26, 30, August 2, 2008
HSBC Celebration of Light.  The HSBC Celebration of Lights is a Vancouver annual event. This spectacular fireworks competition takes place in English Bay for four days in the summer every year. This year with Canada, USA and China competing on three separate nights, it is sure to be another amazing competition.  Each country will showcase their latest pyro-musical techniques and the most innovative fireworks materials to awe the judges and the public.  www.celebration-of-light.com

July 24 - 27, 2008
The Pacific Andalusian Show & Fiesta. Fun for the whole family, retail artisan booths, Free Admission. Donations gratefully accepted on behalf of the Children's Wish Foundation.  Chilliwack Heritage Park, 604-886-9600, http://www,paalh.com

July 25 - 27, 2008
Aldergrove Fair Days. This is Aldergrove's annual weekend Fair and Festival. Our theme will be "Old Time Aldergrove" - Bringing History to Life. We will be featuring "Sesqui Sunday" with a special performance by Tiller's Folly. Please check our website regularly, as the event planning continues.  http://www.aldergrovefestivaldays.com 

July 25, 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/)

July 25, 2008
Old Growth and River Trail Walk,10 am – 2 pm, Interpreters will lead a leisurely walk through the forest and stream ecosystems located along the beautifully unique Seymour River floodplain. You will be shuttled to and from this limited access site and will hear about some of the plant and animal species found in this area. Bring a bagged lunch and camera too, as we will stop for a picnic by the river before continuing on through the old growth forest. Trail type: flat gravel and boardwalk may include a cobblestone riverbed.  Sponsored by the GVRD, 604-432-6359 or http://www.gvrd.bc.ca

July 26, 2008
Old-Fashioned Sports Day.  Join in an afternoon of fun, games and outdoor pioneer pastimes on the Museum’s lawn. From well-known classics like marbles, jacks and hopscotch, to the forgotten fun of hoops and sticks, sack races and spinning tops, there’ll be fun for everyone!  Surrey Museum, 17710 - 56A Avenue; 604-592-6956.

July 26, 2008
17th Annual International Bog Days.  Want to walk your dog? Sit on a log, or see a frog? Then come down to the Bog! International Bog Days are a great opportunity to tour the Bog, enjoy local performances, and check out interactive exhibits. On Saturday, July 26th, there will be tours of Burns Bog from 10:00am-3:00pm. On Sunday, July 27th from 10:00am-4:00pm, enjoy live entertainment, a kid’s’ adventure tent, snacks, exhibits, and additional bog tours at this free community festival. For more info: www.burnsbog.org or call (604)572-0373.

July 26, 2008
Bees & Blueberries Festival.  A Hive of Activity awaits you! A fun and educational weekend that includes everything from Taekwondo demonstrations, bake-offs, magic show, pie eating and more!  Honeyland Canada, 17617 Ford Rd, Pitt Meadows; http://www.HoneylandCanada.com

July 27, 2008
6th Annual Classic Car Show at A&W Restaurant 1355 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam; More information: www.galaxieclub.ca or 604-540-8531

July 27, 2008
6th Annual Classic Car Show at A&W Restaurant 1355 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam; www.galaxieclub.ca or 604-540-8531

July 31 to August 3, 2008
2008 Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival.  Bring your friends and family and join us for one of the biggest events in the Sea to Sky Corridor. From Thursday, July 31st through Sunday, August 3rd its non-stop entertainment at the 51st Annual Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival! This community festival has something for everyone and is a great way to enjoy the BC Day Long weekend. There are music events, children's activities, a parade, wacky bed races, a 10 km run, pancake breakfast and two world class Loggers Sports Shows with competitors from all around the world.  This event showcases not only Squamish’s rich heritage, but also it’s strong and vibrant community spirit. We look forward to seeing you this summer! Visit us online at www.squamishdays.ca for a complete list of the weekend’s events.

July - August, 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

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 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 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 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 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 29 - 30, 2008
BC Renaissance Festival 2008.  The BC Renfest is a go for 2008.  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

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.

Ongoing to July 6, 2008
Corteo - Cirque du Soleil.  Corteo, which means "cortege" in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth. 1.800.678.2119 ext 7291, www.cirquedusoleil.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

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 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 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 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 teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $6.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner requierd.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2008.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venabes Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca 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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