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

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Special Events for July 2009
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July 1, 2009
1st Annual Canada Day Parade. Don't miss the 1st Annual Canada Day Parade! Come celebrate our special bond of living in the great country of Canada. The 1st Annual Canada Day Parade is presented by the Burrard Inlet Fireworks Society in partnership with Canada Place and with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and Celebrate Canada Committee for BC. The parade starts at 7:00pm on the corner of West Georgia and Broughton Streets, moving eastbound, left onto Thurlow Street and ending at West Pender Street. www.canadaplace.ca


July 1, 2009
Canada Day Celebrations at Canada Place. Non-stop entertainment on three stages. The three outdoor stages - Canada Place Corporation Plaza Stage, Celebrate Canada Stage & the Coast Capital Savings Mountain View Stage will keep you busy celebrating Canada Day from start to finish. www.canadaplace.ca/canadaday


July 1, 2009
Canada Day Fun Fly Garry Point Park, Richmond & White Rock; British Columbia Kitefliers Association, http://www.bcka.bc.ca/  info@bcka.bc.ca


July 1, 2009
Canada Day cupcakes, “Hands Up Canada” crafts, face painting, caricature art, and entertainment by Korki and Scruffles. The highlight will be a meet & greet with Canadian Paralympic Athlete, Jim Armstrong, who will pose for photos and sign autographs starting at noon. Willowbrook Shopping Centre, Langley; www.shopwillowbrook.com


July 1, 2009
Langley Canada Day Celebration is so big it takes two days to celebrate.  The fun starts on Tuesday, June 30 from 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm and continues on Wednesday, July 1 from 11:00 am - 11:00 pm at McLeod Athletic Park (across from the Langley Airport, 56 Ave & 216 St).  Fireworks both nights at approx. 10:30 pm!  All day wristbands available for the kids so they can stay and play all day while parents can check out over 100 crafter, vendor and sponsor displays.  Entrance is by donation, parking is free and there are numerous free activities for the whole family to enjoy including dog shows, horse shows, ongoing stage entertainment, gymnastics demonstrations, firefighters, a car show and so much more.  For the event schedule and details visit www.langleycanadaday.ca .


July 1, 2009
O Canada ! We’ve got an afternoon’s worth of free musical performances, games for the whole family and one giant piece of cake to celebrate Canada ’s 142nd birthday. Have some fun playing horseshoes, wiffle ball and badminton at Rocky Point Park . Create a giant sidewalk chalk mural with the kids or just swing by for a grilled hotdog and some soulful blues. If it’s a toasty July 1, don’t forget the swimsuit for the spray park. Rocky Point Park , 2800 block of Murray Street, Port Moody; 604-469-4612.


July 1, 2009
Steveston Salmon Festival. Celebrate Canada in Steveston, highlights include a parade, the Japanese Cultural Show, craft fair, Childrens Festival, carnival rides, Youth Festival, food fair, art show & exhibit & more. Our famous salmon grilled over open fire pits sells out every year. http://www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca


July 1, 2009
Canada Day At Granville Island. Free fun island-wide activities for the whole family. Canada Day Parade, Official Ceremony, contests & jazz from noon to midnight. 604-666-6655.


July 1, 2009
Canada Day Celebrations At Canada Place. Non-stop entertainment on three stages. The outdoor Canada Place Corporation Plaza stage, indoor Celebrate Canada Main Stage & Inspirationally Canadian Presentation Stage will keep you busy celebrating Canada Day from start to finish. www.canadaplace.ca/canadaday


July 1, 2009
Canada Day Celebrations in West Vancouver.  Afternoon activities & fireworks at night. Live entertainment, lots of kids activities, free birthday cupcakes at 1:30 pm & fireworks at 10:30 pm. Other features: Taste of West Vancouver; Visit the Balloon Artist, make a Canada Day Kite & more. Ambleside Park And West Vancouver Waterfront, 604-925-7000.


July 1, 2009
Canada Day at Capilano Suspension Bridge.  Proudly Canadian, that's what we are! Join in all the family fun & activities as we celebrate Canada's Birthday with games, entertainment & of course, birthday cake. Regular admission rates apply. 604.985.7474, http://www.capbridge.com


July 1, 2009
Celebrate Canada Day at the birthplace of BC! Free fun for the entire family. Fort Langley National Historic Site.


July 1, 2009
The BC Farm Machinery and Agriculture Museum would like to invite you to be part of their Canada Day celebrations. Admission by donation for the day! 9131 King St., Fort Langley. 604-888-2273


July 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, 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. 604-536-3552, www.birdsonthebay.ca


July 4, 2009
The World's Largest Gathering of ALICES,  SATURDAY, July 4th at 1:30 p.m., English Bay. A World Record Challenge! If you've always wanted to be ALICE, please attend! You still have time to assemble the basic Alice costume - blue dress, white pinafore, headband, and a crinoline if you got one!  All Alices must go to the website and state your Intent to Appear. http://www.aliceinwonderlandfestival.com


July 4 - 5, 2009
Come to the Port Moody Station Museum Saturday, July 4th and Sunday July 5th between 11am and 4pm to celebrate the 123rd anniversary of the first trans-Canada passenger train.  Try out our railway handcar, send a telegram on the telegraph and see our model train display.  Kids can play a train car in our miniature railroad, create their own train craft or try to find the Golden Spike in our scavenger hunt. 604-939-1648, www.vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum


July 4 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


July 5, 2009
MEC Paddlefest. Paddlefest is an urban celebration of kayaking, canoeing, and the ocean environment in BC. Paddlefest will bring together various vendors, manufacturers, non-profits and other groups to celebrate paddling. Jericho Sailing Centre Association.  Participants can attend dry land clinics and on-water classes for free. Registration begins June 1st, please call 604.876.6221.


July 5, 2009
Seek the Peak.  Grouse Mountain Seek The Peak Relay raises funds for Rethink Breast Cancer. The challenging 16 kilometer course starts at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver, winds through North Vancouver, then up the legendary Grouse Grind® to the Peak of Vancouver. 604-984-0661, http://www.grousemountain.com/Events/


July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2009
Concerts by the Sea.  Bring your chair or blanket for this free outdoor concert series that runs Sunday evenings in July & August at 7 pm (except during the Harmony Arts Festival in August).  Ambleside Landing, West Vancouver; 604-925-5999, http://www.westvancouver.net


July 6 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


July 8, 2009
Game On For Teens! Are you a Wii champion or a PS2 pro? Challenge your friends, make new ones and try out the latest winter sports games!  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


July 9, 2009
YouthCO AIDS Society is proud to announce “Acquired Taste: A Carnival of Sensations!” This three-ringed circus arrives in Vancouver for ONE NIGHT ONLY! On July 9, 2009 at 7pm Canvas Lounge will host a spectacle comprised of games, a premiere silent auction, belly dancers, drummers, contortionists, airbrush artists, singers, Cuban salsa dancers and performances by The Underground Circus and the Vancouver Circus School. www.youthco.org 


July 9 - 12, 2009
Conservation Holiday at Glen Valley Organic Farm:  Experience a weekend in the life of an organic farm.  Conservation Holidays with TLC The Land Conservancy of BC are a great way to experience special places all over the province.  By participating in the efforts that go into caring for these sites, people will gain new knowledge and understanding about things such as: the protection of agricultural land and issues around food security, sustainable forestry practices, the restoration of salmon habitat, and much more.  For people looking for something a little different during their holiday time, this is a unique way to get outdoors, as well as a great way to meet new people. Glen Valley Organic Farm in Abbotsford; Call 1-888-738-0533 or visit www.conservationholidays.ca


July 10 - 12, 2009
Squamish Nation 22nd Annual Pow Wow. This is one of the largest & oldest Pow Wows in British Columbia, easily accessible to visitors, as it is in the metropolitan Vancouver area. Along with dancing & drumming, there are craft sales, & traditional foods such as bannock & salmon available for sampling. 100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver; 604-980-4553, http://www.squamish.net


July 10 - 12, 2009
TELETOON Get Stoked Tour. The TELETOON Get Stoked Tour is headed to Playland at the PNE July 10-12. Sticking to the surf theme of TELETOONs newest show Stoked, visitors can play teletoon.com games in the Surf Shack and win prizes by testing their knowledge of TELETOON trivia on the spin-to-win wheel. Kids can even strike a pose on the surfboard simulator, and have their picture taken against an exclusive Stoked background. For more information visit http://teletoon.com


July 10 - 12, 2009
Tour de Delta. 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.tourdedelta.com


July 10, 17, 24, 31, 2009
Enchanted Evenings Concert Series at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  Enchant your evenings with the critically acclaimed concert series set within the serene, garden beauty of one of Vancouver's most prestigious landmarks. Complete your cultural experience by following the concert with a trip to the nearby Night Market. 604-662-3207, http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com


July 11, 2009
Mountain View Cemetery is hosting an Open House on July 11th.  11am ~ 3pm. Join us for our Open House at 39th & Fraser St., Vancouver; Claudette Martin, head of Education, Programs and Tours of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, will be on hand to discuss “The Feast of Hungry Ghosts", the traditional Chinese festival honouring ancestors. Demonstrations will include folding paper money (yuen bao) and burning various incense and offerings to appease restless spirits. 604.325.2620, www.vancouver.ca/cemetery


July 11, 2009
Richmond City Centre Celebration.  A special family event with lots of activities & fun for everyone. Healthy living, community & environment focus, Walk Richmond parade, food fair, kids zone, youth stage & BMX bike zone, open air craft fairs, & much, much more. Minoru Park Oval, 7171 Granville Ave., 604-233-9010, http://www.richmond.ca


July 11, 2009
Rockin' in the Park.  Come join us for Rockin' in the Park for free entertainment and loads of family fun! This outdoor celebration will feature Chris Hamilton, a rising star in the world of childrens and family entertainment. Other activities include London Drugs Operation Family Identification, a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, face painting and a balloon man. Pack your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. This is an event you don't want to miss! Rain or Shine! Parent participation is required. Coal Harbour Community Centre, 604-718-8222, www.coalharbourcc.ca


July 11, 2009
Camp Moomba Yogathon & Blissfest. On Saturday July 11, 2009 two thousand people will participate in the Camp Moomba Yogathon & Blissfest to raise awareness and funds for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. The much needed funds raised from this event will help send a child to summer camp for an experience of a lifetime. You can help change a life of a child - register for the yogathon today (it’s just a $20 donation, your tax receipt will be emailed to you instantly)! http://www.campmoombayogathon.com/


July 11, 2009
Rockin' in the Park. This outdoor event will rock the block with music genres for everyone, arts and crats, face paiting, a bouncy castle, plus art show and sale that you won't be able to resist. Pack your lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic and umbrella (if required) cause Rockin' in the Park is going to rock - rain or shine. See you there.  Coal Harbour Community Centre, 480 Broughton Street, Vancouver; 604-718-8222


July 11 - 12, 2009
Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival.  A free family day in the park with two stages featuring eight live Caribbean bands, colourful costume street parade, dancers, authentic Caribbean foods, street vendors galore, kids entertainment, and the amazing limbo. Downtown Maple Ridge, Memorial Peace Park, 224th Street; www.caribbeanfest.ca


July 11 - 12, 2009
10th Anniversary Edition of the Annual Royal City Show and Shine. The Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Society and the Downtown businesses invite you to participate in the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Annual Royal City Show and Shine. Thousands of people enjoyed the event last year. We average over 400 official entries every year. www.newwestcarshow.com


July 11 - 19, 2009
31st Annual Harrison Festival of the Arts.  The Harrison Festival takes place over a ten day period and includes many activities at a variety of locations throughout the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. A Celebration of Music, Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts from Around the Globe. http://www.harrisonfestival.com


July 11 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


July 12, 2009
20th Annual Symphony in The Park.  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. 604-876-3434, http://www.vancouversymphony.ca


July 12, 2009
9th annual Fair in the Square in Maillardville, Coquitlam.  Celebrate the history and culture of Coquitlam by re-enacting the picnics at Booth Farm from the early days of Maillardville. Professional entertainment on two stages plus artisan displays, games, a silent auction and more will keep the whole family engaged. On Sunday, July 12, Fair in the Square is the final stop for Destination Maillardville —a bike tour, canoe trip, or walking/running tour beginning at different points in the Tri-Cities.  New this year on Saturday, July 11, Fair in the Square presents a ticketed ($20) outdoor evening concert featuring Joe Trio. (http://www.joetrio.com/) This classically trained violin-cello-piano threesome is by no means your average trio. Joe Trio strives for diversity, versatility and more than a little humour and unpredictability. The gates open at 7pm, in time to purchase a glass of wine or enjoy the serene gardens of Heritage Square , while the concert begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 604.664.1636. Visit www.fairinthesquare.ca  for more information.


July 12, 2009
Falconry Show. Experience breathtaking falconry displays in the spectacular setting of Terra Nova Rural Park in Richmond. Throughout the day majestic raptors will be on view for photographs and close-up encounters. Expert falconers from Pacific Northwest Raptors will be on hand to answer questions about the birds and to share their knowledge of this ancient sport. Flying demonstrations at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Terra Nova Rural Park, 2431 Westminster Hwy, Richmond; (604) 718-6188, www.richmond.ca/begreen


July 12, 2009
Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon.  The Subaru Vancouver Triathlon will be staged in the magnificent setting of the Spanish Banks Beaches with stunning views of the downtown Vancouver skyline & the picturesque North Shore Mountains. This event promises to be the most beautiful urban triathlon you will ever experience. 250-220-2259, http://www.triseries.ca


July 12, 2009
The 15th Annual Alice in Wonderland Festival at Trout Lake,  SUNDAY, July 12th from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Come as ANY character from Alice in Wonderland. http://www.aliceinwonderlandfestival.com


July 12, 2009 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


July 14, 2009
GOT CRAFT? Little Mountain Gallery – 195 E. 26th Avenue (at Main Street). Visit http://www.gotcraft.com for vendor bios and for more information.


July 15, 2009
Tour de Gastown.  Find yourself a place on the sidewalk. Then stand back. World-renowned cyclists are about to race right past you. Scores of them. You'll see them fly up Water Street. Then lean into the hairpin turn at Cordova Street. 604-836-9993, http://www.tourdegastown.com


July 17, 2009
Hot Friday In Yaletown. The best way to finish up a work week in the summer. From noon until 7 pm its a Friday after all! Retail promos presented by Style Spy, live music, DJ Wyatt, and other performances outdoors in the heritage district. 604-683-7473, www.yaletowninfo.com


July 17 -18, 2009
First Nations Cultural Community Celebration.  First Nations Cultural Community Celebration event is a two-day celebration that will take place at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. This event will invite the public to enjoy a variety of First Nations performances, cultural displays and food and speakers from Olympic and Paralympic athletes.Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society, 604.788.0042.


July 17 - 19, 2009
32nd Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival. A major event on the world folk and roots music circuit, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival challenges audiences to expand their understanding and appreciation of what 'folk' can mean in a global context. Bringing attention to exciting young artists who are pushing the boundaries and honouring the elders of the tradition, the Festival is an acknowledged leader in creating new ways of working with artists in developing forums and vehicles for experimentation, improvisation and education. The Festival features more than 70 hours of music on eight outdoor stages --three evenings of mainstage concerts and two full days of performances throughout the park. 604.602.9798, http://thefestival.bc.ca/


July 17 - 19, 2009
Annual Tour de White Rock: From world class cycling races to the ever-popular block party and children’s bike parade, residents, visitors and families of all ages are sure to enjoy the fun and excitement of White Rock’s annual Tour de White Rock; http://www.tourdewhiterock.ca


July 17 - 19, 2009
BC Renaissance Festival. The year is 1510 and the return of the Pirates of the Jade Dragon to Steller’s Grove could mean a death sentence for Captain Charity. With a new warrant in the hands of the Sheriff, and a surprise witness in the village, Charity’s fate seems sealed. Politics, betrayal, and treachery make for strange bedfellows as King James is left with no choice but to make privateers of Charity and her rag-tag crew. This may be his only chance to control them and keep his fleet. Come experience the 3^rd Annual BC Renaissance Festival! Shop the marketplace, enjoy the stage performers, and spend some time with the characters of Steller’s Grove. Thrill to the excitement of the Joust and join us in song at the end of the day. More to see and do for all ages. Come for the day, or visit us all three days, and immerse yourself in the 16th century! Aldor Acres Farm, 24990 84^th Ave, Langley; http://www.bcrenfest.com


July 17 - 19, 2009
30th Annual Tour de White Rock: From world class cycling races to the ever-popular block party and children’s bike parade, residents, visitors and families of all ages are sure to enjoy the fun and excitement of White Rock’s 30th annual Tour de White Rock taking place July 17 – 19, 2009.  For more information or volunteer opportunities including billeting riders, visit  www.tourdewhiterock.ca or call 604-541-2161.


July 18, 2009
Downtown Challenge. You are all invited to join in an event that is part photo scavenger hunt, part amazing race-style challenges, and all sorts of fun...The DOWNTOWN CHALLENGE! Spend a sunny summer Saturday morning with your friends and/or coworkers as teams of 4 race around the downtown core in Vancouver in search of the perfect spot for a photo or specially marked challenge locations. Whether you want to test your creativity, teamwork skills, how well you know downtown Vancouver, have loads of fun and photos to share, or just want to support me in hopes of raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, it is guaranteed to be fun-filled morning. When: Sat July 18th, 2009. Team Photo Challenge: 9:30am - 11:30am. Snacks and Review Photos: 11:30am - 12:00pm. Winning Teams announced + prizes: 12:15pm. Cost: $15 per person. To register: email downtownchallenge@gmail.com


July 18, 2009
Richmond Dragon Boat Festival. The Richmond Dragon Boat Festival is a premier summer dragon boat festival & is produced & hosted by the John MS Lecky UBC Boathouse in Richmond.  604-247-2627, http://www.ubcboathouse.com


July 18, 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. 604-293-6500, http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


July 18, 2009
Slice of Summer: A Summer Extravaganza.  The second annual Slice of Summer is back and bigger than ever! Featuring once again the mascots, information booths, crafts and lots of fun games with prizes to be won! This year features an arcade corner with a Wii and Xbox and a raffle draw with the Nintendo Wii as the grand prize.  Event Title: Slice of Summer: A Summer Extravaganza. Killarney Community Centre, killarney.yc@gmail.com


July 18, 19, 26, 26, 2009
Shakespeare's earliest and most farcical comedy is set to the sounds of the Big Band era, and filled to the brim with mystery, music and mayhem in this family friendly production. Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company Presents: The Comedy Of Errors.  Free, Queen's Park Bandshell, New Westminster; 604-515-0704 or visit www.shadowsanddreams.org


July 19, 2009
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET. Boho chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Retro furnishings, books, antiques, dolls & toys, jewelry, country stuff, china & glass, records, mid-century Modern, linens & lace, postcards, garden accessories, lamps & shades, sports items, silverware, paintings & prints, advertising, collectibles & much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day - Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com for Full Details


July 19, 2009
25th Annual Burnaby Discovery Day Festival.  Burnaby's largest community grass roots festival showcases a variety of organizations involved in arts and culture, heritage, sports and leisure. Visitors of all ages will enjoy music, live theatre, street performances and interactive visual arts activities throughout the day. Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Ave., 604-291-6864, http://www.tourismburnaby.com


July 19, 2009
7th Annual Classic Car Show.  Tired of the corporate, overpriced, overcrowded car shows? Well then mark July 19th on your calendar. Your invited to the 7th Annual Classic Car Show hosted by the Galaxie Club of Canada. Bring the family down to view all kinds of special interest vehicles. There will be from Mild to Wild and Cool to Classic. Don`t forget to help us Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Galaxie. A&W 1355 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam; 604-540-8531, www.galaxieclub.ca


July 19, 2009
Corona Open - Amateur Open.  Coed teams of 6(atleast 2 girls) $25 per player/$150 per team. Round Robin Guaranteed 4 games, 30 minutes each. Player meeting at 10:30am, First game starts 11:00am. Come hang at SENORITA VARIETYS 50/50. Prizes for top two teams. BEER GARDEN. ALL proceeds benefit Variety - The Childrens Charity. Kits Beach, Vancouver; Visit www.volleyballbc.ca to register.


July 19, 2009
Outdoor Movie Night In Yaletown.  IT'S ALL FREE! Now playing, [pssst...its still top secret, but who ya gonna call?] on the 40 x 20 BIG screen in David Lam Park. www.yaletowninfo.com


July 19, 2009
Waterfront Discovery Walk Cates Park To Deep Cove, North Vancouver. The Waterfront Discovery Walk aims to educate the public of the need for responsible stewardship of our shoreline. Start the 4.5 km walk at Cates Park. Environmental interpretive talks & shuttle bus back to the parking lot provided. Donations welcome. 604-736-0645


July 22, 25, 29, August 1, 2009
HSBC Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival. 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, South Africa, UK and China competing on 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 - 26, 2009
The 22nd Annual Mission Folk Music Festival features over 20 artists including folk music legend Tom Paxton, Faroe Islands singer Eivør, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Sardinian traditional singers Tenores di Neoneli, the Swiss alpenhorn-playing duo Stimmhorn and young Celtic music firebrands The Outside Track among others. The festival is renowned for its mix of accessibility and easy-going comfort, affordability and small-town friendliness, shaded day stages and beautiful park setting at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission. 1-866-494-FOLK (3655), www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca


July 25, 2009
Abbotsford Rugby Sevens Sport and Entertainment Festival.  Canada's First Ever International Rugby Sevens event is coming to Abbotsford, BC on July 25, 2009. What makes this festival so unique is the entertainment component. Add an international flavour with world teams ,such as the Kenyan Sevens and West Indies team and we have spectators coming from all over North America. The festival is preceded by a three day training camp, social functions, and coaching clinics, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hunger Response International's Rice Raiser Campaign. There will also be a food fare, a multi cultural exhibition dancing and drumming, and a family centre. The BC Lions Felions will perform along with the Queen of Samba and DJs Bakumba, Mose, and Peter. 604 996 5482, doug@abbotsfordsevens.com


July 25, 2009
Caribbean Days Festival. This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival & culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar with tens of thousands of attendees. Waterfront Park, Lonsdale Quay; 604-515-2400, http://www.caribbeandays.ca


July 25 - 26, 2009
18th Annual International Bog Days.  International Bog Day began in Scotland 13 years ago to celebrate the world's bogs. This day raises awareness about the benefits of bogs and the need to protect and conserve these precious ecosystems. International Bog Days are a great opportunity to tour the Bog, enjoy local performances, and check out interactive exhibits. There will also be a kid's' adventure tent, snacks, exhibits, and additional bog tours. This fun filled day is ideal for people of all ages looking to have a good time with family and friends. Visit www.burnsbog.org for more info. ***** Live Rock Music from local artists ***** When: July 25 (7:00 PM - 11:00 PM ~ Doors open at 6:30 PM) Where: Firehall Centre for the Arts (11489 84 Avenue, Delta) - Admission: $10 | ***** Bog Days Festival ***** When: July 26 (10:30 AM - 3:30 PM) Where: Great Pacific Forum - Planet Ice - 10388 Nordel Court - Admission: Free.


July 25 - 26, 2009
Honeybee Festival is a fun, annual, family-oriented summer festival! This year Honeybee Centre will host 25 local vendors and organizations each day, and well as providing carnival games and face painting for the kids, all day musical entertainment, educational beekeeping demonstrations and THRILLING bee beards. Honeybee Festival is a great place to come shop, play and learn! This year all proceeds will go to the Burns Bog Conservation Society. Come and have a sweet time! 7480 176th St., Surrey (Honeybee Centre!)  Free, vanessa@honeybeecentre.com for more info.


July 26, 2009
Koto Concert - Chikako Kanehisa, a benefit concert for the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre. Chikako Kanehisa from Japan will perform a concert to help raise funds for National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre. This will be a captivating concert of traditional as well as contemporary and improvisational music. Tickets $20 adults, $15 seniors & students, available at the National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre. For more information, call 604-777-7000 or visit www.jcnm.ca .


July 26, 2009
New Works presents All Over the Map, featuring the Thai Dance Company, a Vancouver-based company that celebrates its magnificent culture with audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Dedicated to Thai culture and tradition, this performance will showcase an array of traditional and theatrical Thai dance forms. This performance will be a visual feast for the audience and will include live percussion and elaborate and colourful costumes. Ron Basford Park, GranvilleIsland.  Free, 604-880-052.


July 30, 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/)


July 30, 2009
The Art of Taiko with Kenny Endo - lecture/demonstration. Kenny Endo will perform and speak about the traditions of taiko as well as demonstrate his original work for this ancient instrument. He’ll explain about the instruments, show how taiko is learned and performance pieces are memorized. The historical and cultural context of taiko will be discussed. The odaiko (large drum), taiko set, tsuzumi, fue (bamboo flute) and various traditional percussion instruments will be featured. Minimum donation of $10 per person. Please register by phone 604.777.7000 or email info@nikkeiplace.org

July 31 to August 2, 2009
Spirit of the Sea Festival, White Rock; 604-536-4958, www.spiritofthesea.ca


July 31 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


July 31 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


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 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 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.


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 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 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 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 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
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 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
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
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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