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

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Special Events for July 2011
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July 1, 2011
3rd Annual Canada Day Parade.  Celebrate Canada Day in the heart of Vancouver! On Friday July 1, 2011 at 7:00pm, the 3rd Annual Canada Day Parade in Downtown Vancouver will bring communities together to commemorate our nation’s birthday and to celebrate the greatest country in the world. The 3rd Annual Canada Day Parade runs from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The parade begins at Georgia & Broughton Streets. Heads east to Granville Street, proceeding north down Granville Street with dispersal at Hastings Street. http://www.canadaday.canadaplace.ca/Event_Info/Canada_Day_Parade


July 1, 2011
Canada Day Celebration on Granville Island.  Get your flags ready! Canada Day is on its way again and as always we’ll be throwing the best party in the city! With free jazz performances courtesy of Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, face painting, roving characters, tattoos, a parade, and more, this is a birthday bash that everyone can enjoy! http://www.granvilleisland.com/event/canada-day-celebration


July 1, 2011
Canada Day Celebrations. As Western Canada's largest Canada Day celebration, the party will include live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and a kid zone. All concerts are free, in addition to many special attractions, including amusement rides, a full range of family-oriented performers and interactive games for the kids!  176 Street & 64 Avenue, Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre, http://www.canadaday.surrey.ca


July 1, 2011
Steveston Salmon Festival. The day begins at 10:00 am with a parade through historic Steveston village. After the official opening, the stage bursts with great entertainment all afternoon. Festival highlights include attractions such as the Japanese Cultural Show, Craft Fair, Trade Show, an awesome Children's Festival, Funtastic Inflatables & Mini Midway, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Youth Rock Fest, Food Fair plus an Art Show & Exhibit. The main attraction is our famous salmon barbecue where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. http://www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca


July 1, 2011
North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations. North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations is a free family-oriented event organized by the Lions Gate Rotary Club that attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year. We coordinate live music performances and onsite entertainment, as well as activities such as rock climbing, mini golf and bouncy castles. We also have more than 32 diverse organizations and groups that have displays set up. Waterfront Park, 200 Block of West Esplanade, North Vancouver. More information is also available at www.northvancanadaday.com.


July 1 - 3, 2011
Trans-Canada Train Anniversary Celebration - The Port Moody Station Museum celebrates the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the 1st trans-Canada passenger train. The Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club will display its G Scale model trains on July 1st. On July 2nd and 3rd the Vancouver Lego Club will have a Lego train display. Costumed heritage actors will be on site all weekend to delight you with stories from 1886. The Morse Telegraph Society will demonstrate their telegraphy skills. Lots of family activities including our Golden Spike Scavenger Hunt, costume photos on our rail car, railway crafts and the opportunity to personalize your own rail tie. For more information, contact  the Port Moody Station Museum at 604-939-1648 or info@portmoodymuseum.org.


July 1, 9 - 10, 23 - 24, 2011
Summer Artisan Craft Fairs.  Come admire the talents of local crafters who display their unique, handmade items for sale. There are between 15 - 30 artisans at each craft fair, so there is a wide variety of items to choose from. Craft fairs are an excellent way to meet the people who make each item, so you can learn about the process and the materials they use. Items for sale include hand-crafted jewellery and metal work, wood carvings, home-made fudge, prints of original artwork and photographs, home décor, & more. North Vancouver, for a full list of participating artisans and more information please visit our website at www.nvartscouncil.ca/events/craft-fairs or call 604-988-6844.


July 1 to October 31, 2011
Maan Berry Farms Abbotsford.  Our local family farm offers a variety of fun events and activities throughout the summer and fall that make it perfect for day trips from the city.  For the kids, we have the friendly animals from our petting zoo, as well as the attractions of our Kidz Corral play area.  For the whole family, there are our scenic hay wagon ride tours, as well as Papa Jo’s Corn Maze and Sunflower Labyrinth in the fall.  In addition to our local strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries (available both through U-Pick and in our country market) we offer fresh garden veggies, homestyle jams, fresh baked pies, and gourmet ice cream.  We also run a day camp throughout the summer and host birthday parties.  Open Mon-Sun, 9 am to 6 pm at 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford.  604-308-2205 or www.maanfarms.com for more info.


July 2, 2011
Breakdance Battle - Filthee Feet 10 Year Anniversary (All Ages), 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Russian Hall - 600 Campbell Ave, Vancouver; Full event info at www.famouscircle.com/events.


July 2 - 9, 2011
BC Bike Race. BC Bike Race is much more than the challenge of a ride... it's about everything experienced along the way; spectacular scenery, fascinating culture, interesting people, and tantalizing tastes. The stages of BC Bike Race wind through nine beautiful west coast communities, each showcasing unique qualities and elements that make British Columbia a world-class destination for athletes, adventurers and visitors alike. Friends and spectators will have an opportunity to congratulate the riders on their accomplishment on July 9 as they cross the finish line at Whistler Olympic Plaza. http://www.bcbikerace.com


July 2, 13, 14, 15, 2011
Beach Heroes Guided Walks.  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.   Call or email to book a walk: 604-536-3552, beachhero.fosb@gmail.com, www.birdsonthebay.ca


July 2, August 6, 20, September 3, 2011
Familiar Five Series, Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Join a park interpreter for a short walk to get to know five familiar plants or animals. Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 am. June 4 Songbirds, June 18 Aquatic Insects, July 2 Berries, August 6 Animal Signs, August 20 Shrubs, September 3 Ferns. Meet at the Nature House at 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street. www.metrovancouver.org


July 2 to August 27, 2011
Cates Park Concert Series.  Original bands will be performing free concerts on Saturdays throughout July and August in Cates Park. Looking for a way to spend a great day outside in the summer? Come to Cates and spend the day with us enjoying the immense local talent that Vancouver has to offer! Bands should submit their demos to DCM by May 31, 2011. For inquiries and information please call. http://www.musart.ca


July 3, 2011
BC Corvette Show 'n Shine at Waterfront Park, North Vancouver; http://www.bccorvetteclub.ca


July 3, 2011
Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon.  With the magnificent setting of Spanish Bank Beaches and the stunning views of the Vancouver skyline and the picturesque Coastal Mountains as your backdrop, this event will be the most beautiful urban triathlon you will ever experience! One of the few triathlons in the world that takes place in a major city with stunning natural beauty. The race was named "Top 10 Urban Triathlons on the Planet" by Triathlete Magazine and has been seen by millions of Canadians on Sportsnet's national TV show. www.triseries.ca


July 3, 19, 2011
Beach Heroes White Rock Market. The ‘Friends of Semiannual Bay’ booth offers activities for kids of every age from colouring activities to the microscope that reveals many tiny features of our beach neighbours. They also offer licensing information, species identification, and will have call 604-536-3552, beachhero.fosb@gmail.com, www.birdsonthebay.ca


July 4 to August 5, 2011
Summer Fun! Art Camps for Middle School Kids at Place des Arts.  Youth ages 12 to 14 are invited to immerse themselves in a variety of visual and performing art intensives during Place des Arts’ Summer Fun! art camps. Week-long, three-hour classes designed specifically with this age group in mind allow youth to fully explore the art form. This summer features two weeks of the popular Summer Clay Intensive and one week each in Jewelry Design, Fantasy Writing, Inspired Writing, Stage Combat, Songwriting, Fibre Arts, Musical Theatre and Digital Photography. For more information and to register online, visit www.placedesarts.ca or register in person at Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam


July 4 to August 19, 2011
CircusWest Summer Camps! CircusWest Summer Camps at the Bayview Community School (2251 Collingwood St.) and the PNE Garden Auditorium. Week long camps starting July 8. Ages 7 & up. CircusWest Mini Summer Camps Aug 2-5 (4 days). Ages 5 & 6. At the Garden Auditorium at the PNE. Children will learn unicycle, juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, mini-tramp and more. Every Friday afternoon the kids will demonstrate their new skills by performing in a showcase for friends and family. Please visit www.circuswest.com/class-openings#CampsClasses to register.


July 4 – September 2, 2011
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents our Summer Camps for Kids!  Join us all summer long where students explore a different theme each week through fun art projects taught by professional art instructors.  Show your child the magic of creativity this summer! Camps take place at: Maplewood House, 399 Seymour River Pl. North Vancouver (next to Maplewood Farm). Classes are limited to 10 children per class. For a full description of each day camp, instructor bios, and registration, please visit us at www.nvartscouncil.ca or call 604.988.6844.


July 5, 2011
Seeds for Change: Organic Seed Production & Crop Variety Improvement. This workshop is designed to provide organic farmers and serious gardeners with the skills that you’ll need to grow a bountiful crop of high quality vegetable seed. This day long intensive will focus on improving and adapting your favorite vegetable varieties to your climate, your farming practices, and your specific needs. In addition to the basics of growing seed organically, we will cover how to determine if you are starting with good seed stock and how to improve and revitalize any favorite variety that “just ain’t what it used to be!” 1-250-931-5336 or programs@foxglovefarmbc.ca, www.foxglovefarmbc.ca


July 7 - 17, 2011
INDIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL.  The inaugural Indian Summer Festival brings the best of India to Vancouver, July 7 to 17, 2011, in celebration of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and the official ‘Year of India in Canada.’ The Indian arts & ideas festival will showcase top contemporary and classical Indian talent across music, dance, theatre, literature, film, visual arts, yoga and cuisine – pairing some of India’s internationally renowned artists and performers with local Vancouver counterparts. Don’t miss 10 days of exciting programming, 20+ events, workshops and more. SFU Woodward’s, downtown Vancouver, 149 W Hastings. Tickets start at just $8. Full festival line up available and tickets on sale May 30 at www.IndianSummerFestival.ca.


July 7, 2011
Tanabata Japanese Star Festival. Celebrate this traditional summer festival by making paper decorations and writing your wish onto a colourful paper streamer, and then hang the decoration on bamboo. A fun activity for all ages! National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling Ave) Burnaby; 604.777.7000, jcnm@nikkeiplace.org, www.jcnm.ca


July 8 - 10, 2011
Summer Live - Celebrating Vancouver's 125th Anniversary! Mayor Gregor Robertson invites citizens and visitors to another major celebration for Vancouver's 125th anniversary - the three-day Summer Live event to be held on July 8, 9, and 10, 2011 at Brockton Point in Stanley Park. This free event will feature outdoor music stages, family entertainment, sports activities, performing and visual arts and First Nations history and culture. Program highlights for the Summer Live event at Stanley Park include: Free performances by top Vancouver and international artists; Coast Salish storytelling and drum songs with members of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations; A diverse showcase of arts and culture including performances and workshops; Family entertainment and all-ages participatory sports events. www.CelebrateVancouver125.ca


July 8 - 17, 2011
ReVision at Creekhouse. A recycled art exhibit and festival featuring work made from used, salvaged, or scrounged materials. Visit the Creekhouse shops, courtyard and boardwalks in the heart of Granville Island to view work by our many talented artists. Final 2 days, July 16 and 17, special events include new weekend exhibits, a hands-on creation station, music, and a wearable art parade. For more information visit our website at www.revision-theartofrecycling.com.


July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011
Beaver Wetland Paddle at Burnaby Lake Regional Park. www.metrovancouver.org


July 8 - 10, 2011
The Tour de Delta is a community event held in North Delta, Ladner and Tswassen over the weekend of July 8,9 and 10 2011. New this year!  The MK Delta Land Criterium!  Dhol Nation will open this exciting new event featuring a 1.3km criterium loop around the Social Heart area of North Delta where riders travel in a pack, reaching breakneck speeds and fighting it out for cash prizes.  Spectators will experience the thrill of competition as riders reach more than 70km/hr!  This event will also feature entertainment and fun for the entire family with Purple Pirate and lots of fun and games for children in the adjacent Richardson Elementary. For more information visit us at www.tourdedelta.com


July 8 - August 19, 2011
CircusWest Summer Camps at Bayview.  Week long camps running from July 8 - August 19. Ages 7 & up. At the Bayview Community School, 2251 Collingwood St. Extended hours are available until 5:00pm at an additional cost for $15.00 per week, per student. Children will learn unicycle, juggling, acrobatics, trapeze, mini-tramp and more. Every Friday afternoon the kids will demonstrate their new skills by performing in a showcase for friends and family. http://www.circuswest.com/class-openings#CampsClasses


July 9, 2011
Discovery Day at Mountain View Cemetery.  Join us for a day of walking tours, and even a bicycle tour! Explore the history, people and events that have shaped Mountain View Cemetery as we celebrate our 125th birthday. Hear about the intrigue of our supposed first burial and what really happened to Simon Hirschberg... Bring a picnic and enjoy our 106 acres of green space and spectacular views of the city and mountains. 604.325.2646, mountain.view@vancouver.ca


July 9, 2011
Berry Beat Festival.  July heralds the height of the berry season in the Raspberry Capital of Canada. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Berry Beat Festival. Bring the whole family this year to downtown Abbotsford and sample delicious local strawberry, raspberry and blueberry products. Linger to cheer the top musicians, magicians and clowns; play bingo or mini-golf. Enjoy the 'berried' treasure hunt and the sport and art activities. Browse through local craft and market-style food stands.http://www.downtownabbotsford.com


July 9, 2011
Henry Charles: First Nations Storyteller in Residence.  Please join us for a storytelling event by Henry Charles, Vancouver Public Library's third First Nations Storyteller in Residence. Henry Charles is the last surviving member of the Musqueam Nation to have lived in the endowment lands adjacent to the University of British Columbia. "I gained a rich knowledge of my culture from the time I spent living there with my grandparents," says Mr. Charles whose Musqueam name is tecelgen which translates as porcupine. Today, Mr. Charles is a Musqueam Speaker and Aboriginal Greeter and he has welcomed numerous visitors and dignitaries to traditional Musqueam territories speaking his native language. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. This program is generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation and Vancouver Public Library Foundation). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040, www.vpl.ca


July 9, 2011
Kilby Vintage & Collector Car Show.  Join us as collector & vintage cars from all over the lower mainland roll onto our 1920s heritage site today. Our 1906 general store, museum & working heritage farm is the perfect setting for the show. Car judging is from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, with awards being presented at 3:30 pm. Vote for your favourite in the ever popular "People's Choice" award. In the Bull Pen, we will have a special exhibit of heritage motorcycles. We will have a hearty home-cooked feature in the restaurant. Register your car today. http://www.kilby.ca


July 9, 23, 2011
the Baker's Community summer market. To inspire people to purchase local, handmade food and engage the community in learning about quality baked goods, the Baker's Community is operating a summer market in central Coquitlam. Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.


July 9 - 10, 16 - 17, 2011
Arnold Mikelson Annual Festival of Arts.  One of the largest art exhibitions in the area. Over 100 new & established artists display their art. Showcasing wood sculpture, painting, pottery, glass blowing, soapstone, metal art, fabrics, jewelry & much more. 13743 16th Avenue, Surrey; 604-536-6460,http://www.mindandmatterart.com


July 9 - 10, 2011
Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival. Maple Ridges' Annual Caribbean Festival will again take place in the downtown core of Maple Ridge on 224th Street and the Peace Park. The Festival will feature 2 stages with 15 live bands from the lower mainland's Caribbean community entertaining with REGGAE,CALYSPSO,SALSA and SOCA MUSIC. Over 200 entertainers in all. 60 to 70 street vendors will be displaying their goods at the Caribbean open air market. www.caribbeanfest.ca


July 10, 2011
27th Annual Burnaby Discovery Day Festival.  Burnaby's largest community grassroots festival provides opportunities for fun and creativity for the whole family. The event promotes community pride by inviting and showcasing a variety of service and "helping" organizations and groups involved in arts and culture, heritage, sports, leisure, and the environment. Discovery Day addresses key municipal goals concerning leisure services and arts and culture, presenting a variety of music, live theatre, street performances, and interactive visual arts activities. Free! http://www.shadboltcentre.com


July 10, 2011
MEC Paddlefest Vancouver 2011.  Come make a splash! Learn new skills, demo canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, meet fellow paddlers. The event will feature: Water and dry-land clinics, tours, demo boats, fun, food and prizes. Practice basic rescue, stand-up paddling, yoga for paddlers, etc. Paddlers of all skill levels and kids are welcome. NEW this year: shop for new and used paddling gear at our Marketplace and Paddleswap. See you July 10th 2011 at Jericho Beach! Paddlefest is a series of urban paddling events developed by Mountain Equipment Co-op to support the enjoyment, growth and safe practice of paddling sports across Canada. Capacity is limited. www.mec.ca/Paddlefest. On-water classes are $5, the rest of the event is free.


July 10, 2011
Summer Sunday Concerts featuring blues, soul and funk music by top Vancouver bands. This being our 5th anniversary - Concerts are free and go from 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM every Sunday from July 10th to August 28 Held at Rocky Point Park, Port Moody.  There are prizes and giveaways with donations accepted in lieu of admission in support of Crossroads Hospice. The concert website is: www.summersundays.ca


July 10, 17, 24,  August 14, 21, 28, 2011
All Over the Map is back for its eighth year on Granville Island, bringing you the best in free, outdoor cultural events in Vancouver. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes – our lively, all-ages performances have been known to get you moving!   Sundays, 2pm performances, Ron Basford Park, Granville Island, 604.893.8875, www.newworks.ca


July 10 to August 28, 2011
Enjoy free jazz, rhythm and blues concerts... every Sunday at Rocky Point Park, Port Moody, this summer (2011). http://www.summersundays.ca/


July 11, 2011
Fun Day for Families!!! Little Aces Tennis Program Official Launch.  Tennis BC is pleased to be partnering with Tennis Canada and the City of Surrey, the Surrey School District, Hazelmere club, and many community organizations and partners to host the official launch of the Little Aces tennis pilot project for U12s in Surrey. Guildford Town Centre. For more information contact Sarah Kadi 604-737-3123 or by email at sarah@tennisbc.org


July 12, 2011
Free Public Lecture.  Dr. Amyn B. Sajoo, 2011 Iona Pacific Visiting Scholar, will speak on PUBLIC ISLAM: CITIZENSHIP, IDENTITY, ANXIETY. Free lecture, open to public. Chapel of the Epiphany, Vancouver School of Theology, 6030 Chancellor Blvd (UBC campus).  Parking: www.parking.ubc.ca/visitor.html. Inquiries: info@ionapacific.ca, 604-822-9427


July 15 - 17, 2011
Tour de White Rock. Over 150 elite cyclists compete on this grueling course for over $15,000 in prize money.  www.tourdewhiterock.ca


July 15 - 17, 2011
Vancouver Folk Music Festival.  One of Vancouver's premiere annual festivals, the 34th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival runs from Friday evening July 15 through the weekend. Presenting over 60 artists and groups from around the world, 2011 performers include Rosanne Cash, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Tinariwen, Josh Ritter, Gillian Welch, India's Nomaadic Caravan, Emmanuel Jal - and many more! There's the Little Folks Area for youngsters and a licensed area for older folks, the Artisan Market and fabulous food. Kids under 12 are free with an accompanying adult. Weekend, day, evening and group rates available at various price levels. www.thefestival.bc.ca


July 15 - 24, 2011
Kokanee Crankworx Freeride Mountain Bike Festival.  Crankworx showcases Whistler as the ultimate downhill biking playground by combining stunt sessions & speed events with the world's best mountain bikers competing for cash & prizes totalling over $30,000. Whistler Bike Park, http://www.crankworx.com


July 16, 2011
Canada Parks Day Marine Walk. Celebrate Canada Parks Day by learning about the marine life at Semiahmoo Bay on this fun beach walk! Meet at Beecher Place at Crescent Beach. 12:30pm. 604-536-3552, beachhero.fosb@gmail.com, www.birdsonthebay.ca


July 16, 2011
Tynehead East Perimeter Trail Opening.  Tynehead regional Park. Celebrate the opening of this new 5km,fully accessible bike and pedestrian trail. Join in the ribbon cutting ceremony, check out new picnic facilities and visit stations along the route as you take in the beautiful rolling hills and scenery. 604-520-6442


July 16, 2011
Yukata kitsuke workshop.  Would you like to wear your Yukata more often to the summer fireworks and festivals? This is your chance to learn step by step how to put on your Yukata and look good. Please bring a yukata, obi, 2 or 3 koshihimo, and wear a t-shirt or tank top with shorts. National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling Ave) Burnaby; 604.777.7000, jcnm@nikkeiplace.org, www.jcnm.ca


July 16 - 17, 2011
Fusion Festival.  Fusion Festival is Surrey's 2-day multicultural celebration featuring plenty of international pavilions celebrating music, food, and culture. With multiple stages featuring a variety of talented performers from around the world, the festival brings together many distinct cultural heritages. 100 Ave & King George Boulevard, Holland Park, Surrey. http://www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival


July 17, 2011
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


July 21 - 24, 2011
Mission Folk Music Festival.  Staged in one of BC's loveliest parks, overlooking the Fraser River, the Mission Folk Music Festival presents for its 24th year, a festival renowned for its mix of accessibility and easy-going comfort, affordability and small-town friendliness, shaded day stages and some of the finest folk, world, roots, blues and brilliantly "un-categorizable" music from across Canada and around the world. http://www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca


July 23 - 24, 2011
Each July, the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. This family event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver's Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining and dancing in the sunshine.  This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar, drawing tens of thousands of attendees; it is among the very largest cultural events in BC, Canada. For more information please go to www.caribbeandays.ca .


July 23 - 24, 2011
Honeybee Festival.  Learn about the bird and marine life of Semiahmoo Bay through fun activities for the family.  Also offered is licensing information, species identification, and Beach Hero walk dates. 7480 176 street Surrey; 604-536-3552, beachhero.fosb@gmail.com, www.birdsonthebay.ca


July 23, 2011
2011 Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival.  Canadian Cheese Rolling is back! Canada's favourite edible sport returns to Whistler in 2011. In case you don't know, Cheese Rolling involves an 11-pound wheel of cheese being rolled down a hill with hundreds of participants racing, tripping and falling after it, for the chance to win great prizes. The festival includes activities for the whole family, free games, a cheese Farmers' Market with cheese tastings & seminars on the different ways to enjoy Canadian cheese. Two winners of the Cheese Rolling races will get to keep the cheese they chased & leave with a pair of Whistler Blackcomb season ski passes! http://www.canadiancheeserolling.ca


July 23, 2011
2011 Harrison Dragonfest.  The 7th Annual Harrison DragonFest will be hosted by Water's Edge and the Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs, BC. This event has become one of the paramount one-day dragon boat events within the Pacific Northwest. This year we will raise the bar to bring you even more exciting races, community-sponsored attractions & festivities - all with the beautiful backdrop of stunning Harrison Lake.  http://www.harrisondragonfest.com


July 23, 2011
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; http://www.caribbeandays.ca


July 23, 2011
Rugby 7’s International Rugby Tournament- July 23 at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford. For the passion, power, speed, and celebration of Rugby culture, featuring elite international and women's divisions. You can find more information and enter the contest at www.summerplay.ca


July 23, 2011
Slow Foods Cycle Tours. Slow Food Vancouver is offering two Slow Foods Cycle Tours in the Fraser Valley, the 5th Cycle Tour Agassiz will be held on Saturday, July 23rd and the 3rd Cycle Tour Chilliwack will be held on Sunday, July 24th. Rain or Shine! Its going to be a wonderfully s-l-o-w weekend! Online registration is now open! Register online at www.slowfoodvancouver.com! Our cycle tours are increasingly popular so we encourage you to pre-register. Participation will be limited to 1000 cyclists per tour to ensure the farmers are not overwhelmed and to get the best quality experience. Cost: Agassiz - $20/person, Chilliwack - $20/person, Both Agassiz & Chilliwack - $30/person, Kids 12 & under FREE!


July 24, 2011
Jog for the Bog + International Bog Day. We are returning to our roots! The Jog for the Bog started way back in 1996 with a run through the Delta Nature Reserve. This is the part of the Jog for the Bog people like best so the 5k and 10K are in the DNR this year. This is a Fundraiser for the Burns Bog Conservation Society's education programs. It is chip timed & part of the Vancouver Sun Run series. International Bog Day immediately follows the pancake breakfast. International Bog Day celebrates bogs around the world. Entertaiment, field trips and displays are part of the celebration. Great for everyone, including children, families, etc. Come for the run. Stay for the fun. 604-572-0373, events@burnsbog.org


July 25 - 29, 2011
Add Some Wasabi to Summer Camp. Sign up your favourite nine to twelve-year-old for Japacamp, an amazing week (July 25 to 29, 9:30 to 4pm) of Japanese Canadian fun. Campers of all backgrounds will try all things Japanese, from calligraphy to karate, at thebeautiful National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre in Burnaby, for only $190 + HST. Pick up your registration package from the Nikkei Centre or download one from our web site www.jcnm.ca/special-events/japacamp


July 27, 2011
Snowbirds are coming to White Rock.  The Canadian Force Snowbirds are delighted to be performing for the people of White Rock and the surrounding region this July. We hope to see the community of White Rock and the rest of the Lower Mainland join us on July 27, 2011 for this wonderful community event and awe-inspiring demonstration. 604-536-4951, http://www.TourismWhiteRock.com


July 28 to August 1, 2011
Abbotsford Agrifair & Mighty Fraser Rodeo- July 28- August 1 at Exhibition Park in Abbotsford. The second-largest annual tourist attraction in Abbotsford. Featuring agricultural displays, family entertainment, arts and crafts, animals, midway, fireworks, music, and a professional rodeo. You can find more information and enter the contest at www.summerplay.ca


July 29, 2011
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 29, 2011
FinnWest 2011.  Whether you are Finnish, a Finnophile, or just a Finn wannabe, Vancouver is the place to be July 29 to July 31, 2011. We hosted the world during the Olympics and now we would like to host you in beautiful British Columbia. The FinnWest 2011 celebrations will provide you with a familiar anchor for your visit to the West Coast of Canada. There will be Finnish music and food, culture and sports - all delivered with a dose of good old-fashioned hospitality. http://www.finnwest2011.comf


July 29 to August 1, 2011
Spirit of the Sea Festival at White Rock.www.spiritofthesea.ca


July 29 to August 1, 2011
White Rock Spirit of the Sea Festival. The Spirit of the Sea Festival is an annual weekend-long, family oriented celebration of water, land and life in the Semiahmoo Peninsula. A variety of events span more than 2 kms along the waterfront overlooking the silver beaches of Semiahmoo Bay. Events include: Torchlight Parade, Children's Pirate Parade and Carnival, Live Entertainment, Waterfront Market, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast and so much more! http://www.spiritofthesea.ca


July 29, August 26, 2011
Artisan Market at the YARROW ECOVILLAGE from 4PM-9PM. http://www.stopandenjoyyarrow.com/yam/


July 30 to August 1, 2011
BC Renaissance Festival. The Renaissance returns this summer at the 5th Annual BC Renaissance Festival! Come join the village of Steller’s Grove for a weekend of thrills and merriment! Captain Charity’s past comes back to haunt her as the pirates return to Steller’s Grove. With the arrival of a Scottish Captain, and an unexpected visit from the King of England, Charity finds herself caught in a power struggle. 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! Live The Revelry!  Thunderbird Show Park, 24550 72nd Ave, Langley;  http://www.bcrenfest.com


July 30 to August 6, 2011
2011 Celebration of Light.  Vancouver's famous annual International Fireworks Festival entitled 'Celebration of Light' will be coming back in 2011 with an exciting new 3 night format on the following dates: Saturday, July 30, 2011; Wednesday, August 3, 2011; and Saturday, August 6, 2011! Sign up for Facebook to connect with Celebration of Light at www.facebook.com/CelebrationOfLight, or visit www.vancouverfireworks.ca for more details!


August 5 - 14, 2011
MusicFest.  The popular annual summer festival returns August 5 – 14, 2011 with forty exciting live music performances and a lineup that includes some of Canada and the world’s best classical, world music and jazz performers. Eight city venues will be filled with glorious music over the multi-genre festival’s 10-day run. Full concert details and performers’ video and audio samples are on the festival’s website at www.musicfestvancouver.ca.


August 12 - 14, 2011
Abbotsford International Airshow- August 12-14 at the Abbotsford International Airport. Our largest annual summer event! Wander through the static displays and watch the dazzling military performances, warbird flights, heritage/legacy flights, and civilian aerobatics. You can find more information and enter the contest at www.summerplay.ca


August 20 - 21, 2011
The 2nd Annual LIVE at Squamish music festival. Rock out in the outdoors!  LIVE at Squamish is back and bigger than ever.  With a line-up boasting some of the best names in music, LIVE at Squamish is slated to be this summer’s most unforgettable music experience. Hendrickson Fields & Logger Sports Ground. More information: http://www.liveatsquamish.com


August 27, September 16, 2011
Powell Street walking tours.  Walking tour fee is $10 and reservations can be made by calling 604.777.7000.  National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling Ave) Burnaby; 604.777.7000, jcnm@nikkeiplace.org, www.jcnm.ca


August 28, 2011
The 2011 'Give the Gift of Life' Vancouver Kidney Walk, now running for its 3rd year in a row, will take place this year at Athletes' Village Plaza (1 Athletes Way, adjacent to Creekside Community Centre) on False Creek on the afternoon of Sunday August 28th.  It aims to raise $40,000 for the Kidney Foundation of Canada's programs to fight kidney disease and raise awareness about organ donation.  This event will include a 2.5km walk and a 5km fun run from Athletes' Village Plaza towards Granville Island, be inclusive to handi-capable participants, and include at least two dragonboat teams racing alongside in False Creek.  There will also be live music, food, entertainment, bagpipers, a silent auction, and opportunities for participants to sign up and paddle the Walk.  We will even have dragonboats generously donated by Dragon Zone BC and chaperoned by experienced paddlers from Team O2P for individuals to try out dragonboats.  Registration for this event is 100% Free!  Join the Walk and have your family and friends sponsor you! www.VancouverKidneyWalk.ca.


September 9 - 10, 2011
An intimate evening with Canadian Music Legend Roy Forbes in Celebration of his 40th Anniversary in the biz! Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver; Tickets Available at: 604.929.9456 or online at www.FirstImpressionsTheatre.com


September 26 to October 2, 2011
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. Various Venues, www.vancouverflamencofestival.org


Ongoing until July 26, 2011
Learn to Fish programs all over the lower mainland (from Abbotsford to North Vancouver).  Over the summer we are offering programs at Rice Lake (North Van) Lafarge and Como Lake (Coquitlam) Green Timbers (Surrey), Hicks and Rolley Lake (Mission), as well as programs at our own ponds here at the Trout Hatchery!  If it's at a program we already have set up it's just by donation, and if they want to plan a new one with their family it's only 5$ a person. We provide all the materials needed (Rods, bait etc) and teach them how to fish.  (604) 504-4716, www.gofishbc.com


Ongoing to August 28, 2011
Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square.Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is an annual series of FREE, outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. The dances are open to everyone and you are welcome even if you've never danced a day in your life. Try the free lessons at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is! Event is on every Sunday afternoon in July and August! info@salsavancouver.net


Ongoing until September 4, 2011
Klahowya Village and Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park.  Stanley Park’s miniature railway plaza has been reborn as Klahowya Village and the Spirit Catcher Train. All summer long enjoy authentic Aboriginal cultural performers, carvers, artisans, storytelling, traditional cuisine and a themed miniature railroad that celebrates Aboriginal cultures from across British Columbia. Visit www.AboriginalBC.com for more information


Ongoing until September 5, 2011
Burnaby Village Museum.  Forty & free, the museum's celebrating its 40th anniversary. Joins us, gate admission is FREE. http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca


Ongoing to September 11, 2011
Chinatown Night Market. A shopping extravaganza featuring traditional Asian crafts, fashionable gifts & ethnic foods. The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic crafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD's, VCD's, DVD's, delicious snacks & ethnic food.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6:30pm to 11:00pm @ Keefer Street/Main Street.  http://www.vcma.shawbiz.ca/home_e.htm


Ongoing to September 18, 2011
Robson Square Artisan Market. Join us for Art, Crafts, Jewelry, Gifts and more starting June 4th, 2011 and running Saturdays & Sundays from 10am - 3pm through September 18th, 2011. http://www.robsonsquaremarket.com/index.html


Ongoing until September 18, 2011
Steveston Farmers' & Artisans' Market. The Steveston Farmers' and Artisans' Market will open Sunday, May 22nd and operate bi-weekly until September 18, 2011. The Market will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Parking Lot, Gulf Of Georgia Cannery; 604-729-7326, http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org


Ongoing until September 18, 2011
The Summer Night Market. The Summer Night Market is a fun place for the whole family. It will be opening from May 13th, 2011 to September 18th, 2011. Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday. Summer Night Market features more than 200 vendors. The venue includes unique merchandise from around the world and delicious foods and drinks. Plus entertainment, street performers, exhibitions, eating contest, dog show, baby crawling contest, Play Zone for kids and multicultural performances. Each night, more then 20,000 people visit The Summer Night Market. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy your summer at The Summer Night Market. 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond; http://www.summernightmarket.com


Ongoing until September 24, 2011
Bard On The Beach 2011 - 21st Anniversary Season.  Every June through September, Bard on the Beach professional 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. Vanier Park, Kitsilano; http://www.bardonthebeach.org


Ongoing until September 25, 2011
The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art. The Colour of My Dreams will mark the largest presentation of Surrealist art ever shown in Canada.  Tapping directly into dreams and the unconscious mind to explore the human psyche, the Surrealists created works in a staggeringly diverse range of media and had a profound effect on the way we imagine the world. Vancouver Art Gallery, http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca


Ongoing to September 25, 2011
Playland at the PNE.  Playland offers rides to match the most extreme thrillseeker to the slightly queasy stomach fairgoer. If it's games you seek, Playland's midway games section will keep your brain and hand/eye coordination busy. Interested in an adrenaline rush? Check out the Climbing Wall, Pacific Adventure Golf, Glass Maze or the Haunted Mansion. Need a break from all the excitement? Grab a tasty treat from any of the different food venues at Playland. There's something for everyone. Sit back and let the good times roll! http://www.pne.ca/playland


Ongoing until September 30, 2011
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 September 30, 2011
Dundarave Farmers' Market. As we try to reduce our carbon footprint, we offer fresh, locally grown or homemade products as they become available during the season. We offer fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers perennials, herbs, baked goods, pickled items and much more. Our farmers market also takes pride in supporting local crafters with their homemade items: jewellery, ceramics, wooden toys, silk handbags and more. Market runs from April to September.  Dundarave Village, West Vancouver; http://www.dundaravevillage.ca


Ongoing to September 30, 2011
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, 2011
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, 2011
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, 2011
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, 2011
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 1, 2011
Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation Tours.  Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation offer tours of his Japanese garden in Point Grey, Vancouver, every Thursday at 5 pm through October. Cost is $15 and reservations are required by phone or email. http://www.ericksongarden.org


Ongoing to October 1, 2011
The Japanese Canadian National Museum is pleased to present Monogatari Tales of Powell Street (1920-1941).  We invite you to discover the many monogatari (tales) of Powell Street - the vibrant pre-war commercial and residential district of the Japanese community in Vancouver. By 1921, most of Vancouver’s 4000 Japanese residents lived in or within walking distance of the area. The street bustled with vegetable and fish markets, businesses, traditional Japanese bath houses and food stores. It was a unique mingling of traditional Japanese culture with contemporary Canadian convenience. Labourers found inexpensive accommodations in boarding houses. Baseball fans packed Powell Grounds to watch the Asahi Baseball Team play. Families lived and worked in the area. Children walked in groups to Strathcona School and then on to the Japanese Language School in the afternoon. In 1942, due to racism, political and economic opportunism, almost 22,000 people of Japanese ancestry were uprooted from their homes in BC – almost half of those people came from the Powell Street area. Only a few Japanese Canadians ever returned to the area. National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling Ave) Burnaby; 604.777.7000, jcnm@nikkeiplace.org, www.jcnm.ca


Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Haney Farmers' Market.  This popular summer event is held every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm beginning May and ending October in Memorial Peace Park. The market features locally made, baked or grown products. Visit our website for more details. http://www.haneyfarmersmarket.org


Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market. Every Saturday from May through October, Artisan Farmer's Market is in a wonderful location right by the water, shaded by trees on the East Plaza at North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops. We have a great selection of organic & conventional produce, fruits & berries. Our prepared food vendors sell baking, jams, honey, preserves, salsas, sauces, pickles & pastas to name a few. Our crafters have jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, soaps, botanical prints, herbal skincare & much more. The Farmers' Market also features a book swap, kids play area & featured entertainment. http://www.lonsdalequay.com


Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Sins of the City Walking Tour.  Come experience the world of a cop in the 1920's. Walk the beat in Gastown and Chinatown, while on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This two hour walk takes you through the oldest parts of the city, exploring the rich history of vice in early Vancouver. This unique tour is a must-see for anyone wanting to learn about the edgier side of this great city. Price includes admission to the museum on tour day. Tour runs on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays through until October. Some additional tours may be offered; call for our current schedule. http://www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca


Ongoing October 5, 2011
Main Street Station Farmers' Market.  Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, this market will replaces the previous market located at Riley Park Community Centre. Access by bus and SkyTrain is exceptional at this central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish.  Every Wednesday. http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org


Ongoing until October 22, 2011
Trout Lake Farmers Market.  Visit the Trout Lake Farmers Market located in the parking lot of Trout Lake Community Centre on Saturdays, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. http://www.eatlocal.org


Ongoing until October 22, 2011
West End Farmers Market.  Located in the heart of Vancouver's busy West End, the West End Farmers Market looks onto beautiful newly renovated Nelson Park and community gardens. Weekly, West Enders can enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts. Hot food and coffee on-site as well. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy a market in your urban backyard!  1100 Block of Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow across from Nelson Park in Vancouver's West End. 604-879-FARM


Ongoing until October 23, 2011
Kitsilano Farmers' Market.  Each week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week. 604-879-FARM, http://www.eatlocal.org


Ongoing
ArtStarts presents:Drumming with Fana Soro.  Don't miss your chance to learn the infectious rhythms of West Africa at this hands-on workshop with master drummer and balafon player, Fana Soro. Drums will be provided. Cost: Free. No registration necessary. 808 Richards St (at Robson), http://artstarts.com


Ongoing
Arena Tours. For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's and men's hockey teams marked their moments in history during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Join their tours on Wednesdays and Fridays with tours beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon or 1:30 p.m. http://rogersarena.ca/arena-tours/about-rogers-arena-tours


Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $10 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY TUESDAYS IN APRIL - FREE DANCE LESSON & DANCE - APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 26.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.










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