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

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Special Events for May 2013
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
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May 1, 2013
Disney's Beauty & the Beast.  The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production! The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with costume design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award® winner for her work on Disney's Beauty and the Beast), lighting design by Natasha Katz, scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr. and music supervision by Michael Kosarin. 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford; http://www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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May 1 to June 9, 2013
Joe Average's Photographic Works.  Joe Average has delighted Vancouverites and the world with his bold, whimsical and exuberant paintings and prints since the 1980s. More recently Joe turned to photography, proposing new encounters with familiar Vancouver scenes and reminding us that nature and humans constantly interact with each other in the city  1100 Chestnut St, Vanier Park; 604-736-4431, http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

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May 4, 2013
2nd Annual Tri-Cities Wheel to Heal Ride. Presented by Cap's Westwood Cycle & benefiting the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation. The 4th Annual Wheel to Heal Ride is a great way to get active and have fun with family, friends, or as an individual. There are 3 courses to choose from (10 km, 40 km, 80 km) so there is something for all levels of cyclists. There are tons of awesome prizes to be won, including a $2000 bike from Cannondale and a $500 team Gift Certificate. Everyone gets a T-shirt, water bottle, and swag bag, plus it is all for a great cause. Join the ride today! http://www.wheeltoheal.ca

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May 4, 2013
Britannia Mine Museum Family Fun Day.  Visitors of all ages can enjoy family friendly activities including gold panning races, pony rides and yummy cookie mining for kids, as well as learn how mining influences our daily lives through exhibits and educational resources. A blacksmith will also be on site demonstrating his craft as he forges and shapes metal into interesting objects. http://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca

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May 5, 2013
Annual Burnaby Rhododendron Festival.  Celebrate May Day with music, entertainment, activities and much more at Burnaby's annual Rhododendron Festival. This free, fun-filled event features mini-workshops, horticultural and nature tours, commercial plant sales, and interactive arts activities - as well as a silent auction, and a variety of music and entertainment. 604-291-6864, http://www.brags.ca

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May 5, 2013
BMO Vancouver Marathon.  The BMO Vancouver Marathon is one of Canada's oldest & largest races organized & operated by the Vancouver International Marathon Society, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. On May 5, 2013, it will be celebrating its 41st year. Mostly flat scenic course. The starting line for both the Marathon and Half Marathon is located at Vancouver's famous Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in the city that was transformed from an industrial rock quarry into a 52-hectare city park and hillside garden complex. http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca

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May 5, 2013
Music in the Morning proudly presents:
Metales M5 Mexican Brass – Cinco De Mayo, 2013 2:00pm at the Vancouver Academy of Music
1270 Chestnut Street
Adults: $18, Seniors & Students: $15, Children: $10
Metales M5 is Mexico’s leading brass quintet, and now they bring their inimitable talents to the Vancouver area to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and make classical music fun for the whole family!
In 45 minutes, M5 introduces kids to the world of classical music. With short pieces, the musicians show how dissimilar the music in different époques sounds, explain what a fugue and a concerto are, prove that you can play music on a garden hose, and compare a march with a fanfare.
Kids will learn why an opera starts with an overture and where dixieland comes from.  M5 shows that melodies from any country, époque or style are beautiful. They excite kids about music and awaken interest in brass instruments….! Now you know why your kids want to play trumpet, horn, trombone or tuba!!
For tickets and information please call Music in the Morning at 604-873-4612 or visit www.musicinthemorning.org

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May 5, 2013
Maillardville’s francophone choir Les Échos du Pacifique perform : Elles s’appelaient Marie (« Their name was Marie »), a 16-movement suite by France Levasseur-Ouimet, première performance in BC. Conductor: Luke Mayba. Guest soloist: Marie-Josée Ouimet.
Elles s’appelaient Marie is more than a musical suite. It was written to acknowledge and honour the often ignored contributions of those women whose day-to-day faith and perseverance built Western Canada's francophone communities. The suite's 16 movements are diverse and their style ranges from "gigue" to lullaby, from gossipers' quarrel to Midnight Mass.
Sunday, May 5 at 2:30pm at the Jules-Verne Secondary School theatre (5445 Baillie Street, Vancouver).
Adults $12/Seniors & students $10/Free for children 12 and under. Group rates available for 10 or more.
For more information, call 604-266-4699 or 604-764-2808 or contact lmayba@sd40.bc.ca or visit our website at www.lesechosdupacifique.com

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May 8 – July 2, 2013
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Tamara Phillips and David Wagner at the District Foyer Gallery.
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 9, 6:30 - 8:30pm
2D Tamara Phillips:
Tamara's art is inspired by raw beauty of the natural world, resonating cellular life and ethereal wildness. Her detailed watercolour paintings are woven together in earth tones and play with iridescence. She draws from her subconscious and her fascination with the overlays between myth, dream, intuition, and reality and filters it through her affection for nature and her background in biology. The result is deliciously captivating ethereal paintings.
3D David Wagner: Using local hardwoods such as Maple, Birch, and Walnut, David creates one of a kind artistic pieces, vessels, bowls, and platters. David’s preference for fluid shapes and his careful selections of grain and burls within the wood, contributes to the uniqueness of the pieces by providing natural patterns, colours and depth. Recently, he has been exploring with vibrant colours, by incorporating dyes and stains. Ultimately, he allows the wood to dictate the esthetic of the finished piece, enabling the natural beauty of the grain to shine through.
District Foyer Gallery, North Vancouver District Hall, 355 West Queens Road Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm

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May 9, 2013
Speaker Series: Helen Vandenberg: Steveston Japanese Hospital. In conjunction with the Nikkei National Museum’s exhibit ‘Ryoshi: Nikkei Fishermen of the BC Coast’, we will be hosting a special lecture.  Helen Vandenberg, a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, School of Nursing, will be speaking about the history of the Japanese hospital in Steveston on May 9 at the Nikkei Centre.  With the focus of her dissertation research specifically on the history and development of health care services for Asian populations at the turn of the 20th century, her presentation is rooted in expertise and is sure to illuminate the historical importance of the Steveston Japanese hospital. http://centre.nikkeiplace.org/speaker-vandenberg/

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May 9, 2013
This year In the House is celebrating its 10th anniversary. I can hardly believe it. It has taken a great deal of passion, soul and joy, blood, sweat and tears to get there, but we did it!! Did you know that over the years, we've produced over  300 shows , hired almost 600 different local performance groups, and been hosted by over 100 homes!
Join us on May 9 to celebrate this amazing feat.
It'll be an evening of music and dance, circus and magic! See below for the list of over a dozen (and counting) incredible artists on the bill.
Time: Doors + reception @ 7 / Stage show + live auction @ 8 / Music, dancing, partying, roving performances @ 9:30!
Venue: Famee Furlane Hall, 2605 E. Pender St.
Tickets: $40 in advance / $50 at the door
(All proceeds go towards the festival!) www.inthehousefestival.com
Advance tickets are available on-line at www.inthehousefestival.brownpapertickets.com

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May 9, 2013
The BC Centre for Ability will host its Annual Dining for Dreams Dinner and Auction this year on Thursday May 9th, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver. The BC Centre for Ability is a not for profit organization that serves over 3,700 children, youth and adults with disabilities every year and has been instrumental in the development of people with disabilities and their families. I invite you to support this event with an in-kind donation that will help raise dollars in our silent or live auction during the night of the event.
Dining for Dreams explores the ability of five special Heroes of Ability to Nurture, Grow and Thrive despite physical, developmental and neurological challenges.  By making a donation you will help our Heroes of Ability answer the question: Do I have what it takes? The answer is YES – given the right supports we can all have what it takes.
604 630 3028

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May 9, 2013
Miss World® Canada.  The Miss World® Pageant is the oldest, and one of the top two pageants in the world with over two billion viewers. Miss World® has changed the lives of many children by raising over $500 million dollars globally. The Miss World® Pageant's mandate is 'Beauty with a purpose'. The pageant stresses the equal importance of inner and outer beauty. 8811 River Rd.,Richmond; http://www.missworldcanada.com/

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May 9, 2013
This year In the House is celebrating its 10th anniversary. I can hardly believe it. It has taken a great deal of passion, soul and joy, blood, sweat and tears to get there, but we did it!! Did you know that over the years, we've produced over  300 shows , hired almost 600 different local performance groups, and been hosted by over 100 homes!
Join us on May 9 to celebrate this amazing feat.
It'll be an evening of music and dance, circus and magic! See below for the list of over a dozen (and counting) incredible artists on the bill.
Time: Doors + reception @ 7 / Stage show + live auction @ 8 / Music, dancing, partying, roving performances @ 9:30!
Venue: Famee Furlane Hall, 2605 E. Pender St.
Tickets: $40 in advance / $50 at the door
(All proceeds go towards the festival!) www.inthehousefestival.com
Advance tickets are available on-line at http://inthehousefestival.brownpapertickets.com/

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May 9, 2013
Marpole Oakridge Family Place (MOFP)
35th Anniversary Celebration
Join us "Under the Big Top"
Dueck GM, 400 S.E. Marine Drive, Vancouver
tickets $25, 100% of ticket sales will go directly to supporting Marpole Oakridge Family Place
https://www.facebook.com/events/367879143327552
An evening of celebration featuring: Vancouver Circus School's "Inner Ring" Performers, Guest Speaker   - Keith Pattinson, TAPSNAP Interactive Photography, Fashion Show by local designer Nancy Perreault, 3 Great Feature Draws & prizes! Must be 19 years or older

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May 9, 2013
Want to learn how to LOVE YOUR LIVER?  The Canadian Liver Foundation’s 2013 lecture series continues with the topic “Fatty Liver Disease: facts & fiction”, followed by Q&A. 5:30–6:30 pm
Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street (Peter & Alma room)
Admission by donation
www.liver.ca / 604-707-6430

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May 9 - 12, 2013
A Circus in Wonderland at PNE Garden Auditorium.  CIRCUS IN WONDERLAND is a dynamic, theatrical Circus re-interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic, Alice in Wonderland. This performance will leave audiences entertained, dazzled and bewildered. The Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee, and Tweedle Dum are all back, displaying amazing talents of circus artistry and guiding Alice and her cohorts through the topsy, turvy circus wonderland! Witness Alice and her friends battle the giant stilted Jabberwocky, outsmart foes in a giant chess game with crafty circus ingenuity, and reach new heights in a bizarre world where up is down and front is back. http://www.circuswest.com/performance

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May 9, May 23, June 6, June 20, July 4, July 18, August 1, August 15, August 29, September 14, 2013
The Big Chop is an incredibly fun night of paddling on the waters of Vancouver harbour. Line up on the start line under the Burrard Street Bridge with the setting sun in your face and the warm summer breeze on your back. Paddle the scenic course as fast as you want and in no time you'll be crossing the finish line with a big smile on your face. Be sure to stay for a cold drink, a tasty hotdog and for your chance to win some amazing draw prizes! $10 per race.
NEW for 2013! We are moving the final race to a Saturday and we're calling it a "Super Chop" because it's just that -- SUPER! The distances will be longer and the post-race party will be killer. We'll BBQ up a storm, bring in a band, chill the beer and give away TONS of great prizes. $40
The Big Chop is open to SUP, surfskies, outriggers, kayaks and canoes.
1.866.912.3331, info@bigchop.ca, www.bigchop.ca

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May 10, 2013
Sea to Sky Regional Heritage Fair.  Hundred of students' history projects will be showcased with dozens of heritage-themed activities and performances. See Yukon Dan, the Gold panning man; the North Shore Celtic Ensemble; the Eagle Song Dancers and much more!  Community History Centre, 3203 Institute Rd, North Vancouver; 604-990-3700, http://www.district.north-van.bc.ca

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May 10 - 11, 2013
Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Fair.  A celebration of Canada's heritage in the form of student projects with a Canadian history or heritage theme. Since its beginning in 1993, the Historical Fairs Program has grown to include more than 200,000 students across Canada each year. We invite participation from individuals or small groups of students, from a whole class, or from the entire school. There are prizes to be won, demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, admission to the Burnaby Village and free rides on our 1912 CW Parker Carousel!  http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

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May 11, 2013
7th Annual BC Spot Prawn Festival.  The Chefs' Table Society of BC proudly presents the seventh annual Spot Prawn Festival, a celebration of one of the region's most prized and sustainable seafoods. Located at False Creek's Fisherman's Wharf, the festival invites visitors and locals to meet some of Vancouver's top culinary talent, observe cooking demos, soak up live entertainment and enjoy local wines and mouthwatering dishes.
False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf, http://www.chefstablesociety.com

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May 11, 2013
Great Canadian Craft Proudly Presents Spring Fling!  A one of a kind showcase by unique, independent artisans. Come visit western Canada's largest spring showcase of independent artisans. From handcrafted jewelry to delectable chocolate and everything in-between! From live music, children's' entertainment and yes, even a "Men's Section", we've got you covered! Come help support local makers and artisans! Over 500 Exhibitors, Fresh Farmers' Market, Silent Auction / Live demonstrations / Door prizes and so much more. 1055 Canada Place, http://www.greatcanadiancraft.com

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May 11, 2013
GREAT SALMON SEND-OFF
Join us in celebrating our magnificent Pacific Salmon at Stoney Creek on Saturday, May 11, 2013, 10 am to 2 pm, at the Great Salmon Send-Off, our fun-filled event for all the family. Learn about the life-cycle of B.C.'s salmon, release coho salmon smolts into the creek, and enjoy our environmental displays and activities for children and adults alike. Our theme this year is "Nature in the City". See how we measure water quality, highlighting the need to keep Burnaby streams clean for salmon and other wildlife. PLACE: 2740 Beaverbrook Crescent, Burnaby.
For more information contact: Christine Leston, 604-516-0277, www.scec.ca

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May 11, 2013
Spring Bazaar and Plant Sale
Free admission!
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
6688 Southoaks Cres., Burnaby, BC
604.777.7000
http://www.nikkeiplace.org/

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May 11, 2013
Spring is here and so is UBC Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale! A Growing Affair, the evolution of the Garden’s popular and long-running annual Perennial Plant Sale, as the name suggests, includes more than just plants for sale. Designed to inform and empower plant lovers of all ages and to engage the local community with a deeper appreciation for all things growing, the event combines informative displays and fun demonstrations for both new and experienced gardeners with an unparalleled selection of plants available for purchase. There are even activities for children to inspire the next generation of gardeners.
Plants available will include heritage strawberries and tomatoes, blueberries, fruit trees, small shrubs, native plants, grasses, popular perennials, as well as limited quantities of rare and unusual plants. The event will also feature plants from the Garden’s “From our Garden to your Garden” program. The list of plants available at the sale will be posted at botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/a-growing-affair days before the event to help customers research plants before their arrival at the sale. The Shop in the Garden will also be well stocked with garden accessories, tools, supplies, soil, the widest selection of gardening books in the city and… more plants! Don’t miss this mainstay Vancouver gardening event, there is a reason it’s been a must for local gardeners for over 20 years.
604-822-4529 Free admission & on-site parking
UBC Botanical Garden
6804 SW Marine Drive @ 16th Avenue, Vancouver
fogs@interchange.ubc.ca
www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events
NO Pets on site please

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May 12, 2013
Bring Mom out for an old-fashioned Mother’s Day at Kilby Historic Site. Fun crafts for the children & treats for Mom. Full details on our website www.kilby.ca
Mother’s Day at Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby RD, Harrison Mills

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May 12, 2013
THE SINGER
A benefit concert in support of the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation
Sunday, May 12th, 7:30 PM
Marpole United Church, 1296 W. 67th Ave, Vancouver
From Opera Mariposa, the opera company that brought you "Witches, Waifs, and Wives," a gala event that was hailed as "a stroke of genius," (Langara Voice) comes a benefit concert like no other! On May 12th, just in time for Mother's Day, join award-winning soprano and Opera Mariposa co-founder Jacqueline Ko and guests for a stunning evening of beautiful opera and Broadway songs, including favourites by Mozart and Puccini, Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz. All proceeds go to the BC Women's Hospital Foundation's new Complex Chronic Diseases Program, a breakthrough clinic specializing in the treatment of patients suffering from illnesses such as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease.
Tickets by donation; suggested donation $20
Call 778 918 9498 or email operamariposa@gmail.com to reserve tickets for will call
Visit www.operamariposa.com for more information on the company, the singers, and more on ME/CFS

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May 17 - 20, 2013
Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair.  The Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair is the largest event in British Columbia during the May long weekend. The Cloverdale Rodeo is one of the largest rodeos in Canada with an invitation format featuring the world's best competitors in Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding & Ladies Barrel Racing events. One of the longest running traditions in BC, the 123rd annual Cloverdale Country Fair features the Fraser Valley's largest midway along with a wide range of family entertainment including the Kidz Zone, Agri Zone & Art Zone, plus live outdoor entertainment all weekend. http://www.cloverdalerodeo.com

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May 17 to September 8, 2013
The 18th Vancouver Chinatown Night Market.  The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is a shopping extravaganza including Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts & tasty ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before. Open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, starting May 17 to September 8, 2013. Takes place in Vancouver's Chinatown, 100 & 200 block of Keefer Street (between Gore, Main & Columbia Street). http://www.vancouverchinatownnightmarket.com

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May 18 - 19, 2013
Buy, Sell, Trade - New and Used Vinyl Records  (and Vintage Turntables!) 2 DAYS - MAY LONG WEEKEND - VANCOUVER, BC.  Cambrian Hall - 215 East 17th Ave, Vancouver BC
2 Days- Over 40 Vendors - DIFFERENT GROUP OF VENDORS EACH DAY - with all new collections and selections of vinyl records for sale! www.VinylRecordFair.com

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May 19, 2013
This month’s River District silver screen selection is the animated film, Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift! Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.
To find out what happens next, join us for a wildly entertaining afternoon at the River District Centre on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00pm.  Feel free to get comfy and bring your pillow, sleeping bag, and stuffed animals! Buttery popcorn will also be served. This is a FREE event for all to attend.
Should you require more information, please email syoung@parklane.com or visit: http://www.riverdistrict.ca/events/1574 or call 604-431-5594

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May 20, 2013
Victoria Day Teddy Bear Picnic at Kilby Historic Site
Bring your Teddy Bear and we?l provide the picnic. Activities include our dress up Tickle Trunk, music and crafts.
Event is free with admission.
Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby RD, Harrison Mills
www.kilby.ca
604-796- 9576

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May 20, 2013
2013 Edition North Shore Spring Triathlon.  Join us for the 24th anniversary edition of the North Shore Spring Triathlon on Victoria Day, Monday, May 20, 2013. This year's race features a spectator friendly course, a new swim course. Registration can be done online at our website. There is a course for everyone: Kids 7 & under, 8-11 & 12-15; Adults. http://www.northshoretriathlon.ca

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May 20, 2013
Bradner May Day Parade.  Located just outside of Abbotsford, this annual May Day celebration is one of few left of its kind in the Lower Mainland. We start with a delicious pancake breakfast followed by an exciting parade including the Abbotsford Mayor, Councillors & MLA Mike deJong. After the parade, we host opening ceremonies with May Pole dancing by Bradner Elementary students. The rest of the afternoon is a Country Carnival with exhibits, rides & games. Visit the concession for a burger, some delicious cotton candy or enjoy some homemade desserts with tea & coffee at the May Royalty Tea Room. http://www.bradnerpac.com

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May 20, 2013
Fort Langley 91st Annual May Day Parade & Celebrations.  Don't miss a minute of the fun of the longest running May Day Parade in BC! Festivities include a pancake breakfast, May Pole Dancing, rides and vendors in Fort Langley Park, the famous Fort Langley Lions chicken BBQ at the Mary Avenue Food Court, free admission to Fort Langley National Historic Site all day, displays and activities at the BC Farm Museum all day, clothing swap and exhibits open at the Langley Centennial Museum all day. http://www.fortlangley.com

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May 20, 2013
Kilby Historic Site Victoria Day Celebrations.  Join us for our 3rd annual Teddy Bear Picnic this Victoria Day holiday. Bring your Teddy Bear and we'll provide the picnic. Activities include our dress up Tickle Trunk, music and crafts. http://www.kilby.ca

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May 20 to June 8, 2013
HSBC City of Bhangra Festival 2013.  Celebrate the raucous energy and infectious rhythms of Bhangra at the HSBC City of Bhangra Festival. The festival takes place in venues throughout downtown Vancouver and Surrey, with 10 days of free and ticketed events. Highlights this year include a free concert (located at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza), Celebrate the Harvest (an event featuring collaborations between and performances from Israeli folk dance and Punjabi folk arts), interactive workshops, demonstrations and a closing gala. Drawing international attention every year, the festival sees performances by musicians and dancers from Canada, the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark and more. http://cityofbhangra.com

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May 23 - 25, 2013
Surrey Children's Festival.  Featuring an array of talented performers including artists, storytellers, jugglers, dancers and more for the whole family. The event focuses on stimulating and enriching the minds of children through arts and culture. http://www.surrey.ca/childrenfestival/

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May 24, 2013
Vancouver International Tequila Expo.  The Vancouver International Tequila Expo aims to raise the profile of Mexico's most famous spirit with British Columbians & with all Canadians. Tequila has a Denomination of Origin just like those of Cognac, Armagnac, Champagne & so many of our other beverages of choice - with intimate connections to local culture, traditions & history in their respective regions. Guests will be invited to meet a wide array of producers - many new to BC - & taste their products at the Vancouver Hyatt Regency Hotel. http://www.vancouvertequilaexpo.com

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May 24 - 26, 2013
6th Annual Britannia Classic LongBoard Race.  Gold was never extracted but Britannia was the world's largest copper producer for many years. Today the currency is the $5000 in CASH for the top competitors of Open, Junior 17U, 35+ and Female classes. over 1000 ft of vertical in 2 km, 3 massive hairpins totalling 5 corners, 1 chicane and gravity fed speeds of 60 mph/100 kph. Live music at the Camp Siote by Dusty Bones, Banjo Man and more. Britannia Beach, http://www.britanniaclassic.com

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May 24 - 26, 2013
Ladner May Days.  Held in Memorial Park just steps away from historic Ladner Village, the Ladner Pioneer May Days Fair (est. 1896) is one of British Columbia's largest free family fairs & attracts visitors from all over the province. Featuring live bands, jugglers, magicians, balloon artists, a petting zoo, carnival rides & a beer garden for the adults, the Ladner May Days Fair offers a wide variety of entertainment & activities in a comfortable park setting.
Memorial Park, Garry St & 47th Avenue, http://www.ladnermaydays.com

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May 24 - 26, 2013
EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is Canada?s largest consumer food show!
Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world will come together for a three day public extravaganza at BC Place Stadium. EAT! Vancouver encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and culinary competitions, diverse food, beverage and cooking related exhibits; and of course fantastic shopping opportunities.  BC Place Stadium, www.eat-vancouver.com

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May 25, 2013
39th Annual Alexandra Festival.  Experience a fabulous day of non-stop entertainment on an outdoor stage, browse artisans and crafters tables for that unique gift and have lots of family fun at the 39th annual Alexandra Festival. And don't worry about parking - take our free shuttle from the Crescent Beach Legion parking lot on 128th beginning at 11 am.  There's something for everyone at this family event by the beach!  2916 McBride Ave., Surrey; http://www.alexhouse.net

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May 25, 2013
Annual European Festival 2013.
Explore 32 European countries in 2 days at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby!
New: European Arts Plaza - traditional arts & crafts with live demo.
European Talent Show with featured Country - Switzerland.
Enjoy: Music & dance performances on the Festival Stage & Arts Plaza Stage. Learn: Visit over 30 Country's cultural displays. Eat: Feast on authentic European dishes at over 14 Food booths. Shop: In the Marketplace & Trade Show, Arts & Crafts. Play: FREE games & activities for children of all ages (Mini-golf, Soccer Speed Kick, Bouncy Castle, Puppet Shows & Children's Theatre Show, Face Painting, Ukrainian Egg Painting); http://www.europeanfestival.ca

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May 25, 2013M
Music for Young Children® (MYC®) Open House
Parents interested in learning about the popular Music for Young Children® program are invited to an MYC® open house at Place des Arts. Enthusiastic teacher Cindy Sletmoen will be available to answer questions about this unique Canadian music program designed to foster and nurture musicality among youngsters. Registration for 2013-14 classes will be open this day. Music for Young Children instruction is provided to students ages 4-9 in four levels – keyboard skills, singing, ear training, rhythm, theory, sight-reading and composing – through dynamic, hands-on teaching techniques. Please note that parental participation is required in this program and a keyboard must be present at home for students to practice. Call 604.664.1636 for more information. Place des Arts | www.placedesarts.ca

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May 25 - 26, 2013
Richmond Carvers Wood Carving Show.  Richmond Carvers 24th Annual Woodcarving show will be held in the Steveston Community Centre. Come and see fine displays of wood carvings from throughout BC and the USA, see the demonstrations and stop by the various vendor booths. The Richmond Carvers Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of woodcarving as a hobby and an art form. Steveston Community Centre, http://www.richmondcarvers.ca

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May 26, 2013
Join us at Richmond Olympic Oval on Sunday May 26th, 2013 to support SOS Children's Village BC. Collect pledges and participate in the Family Walk, 5K or 10K Walk/Run to help make a difference for over 9,000 BC children and youth in foster care. The 2K is recommended for families and slow walkers. If you are interested in putting together a team or sponsoring this event, or for any other information about the Run, please contact Janet Anderson at infososrun@gmail.com. http://sosbc.org/run

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May 26, 2013
Maplewood Farm's Sheep Fair.  Maplewood Farm celebrates the Rites of Spring. Come watch sheep professionally shorn and worked by a Border Collie dog. A food concession and pony rides also available; 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Maplewood Farm, 405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver; http://www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca

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May 27 to June 2, 2013
Vancouver International Children's Festival.  Embark on A Journey of Discovery with the annual Vancouver International Children's Festival at its new home on Granville Island. Featuring acclaimed performances from Canada and around the world. Not to be missed!  http://www.childrensfestival.ca

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May 31, 2013
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/)

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May 31, 2013
Thank goodness it’s Friday Flicks at River District! Come and join us as we gear up for the weekend.
The Friday Flicks silver screen selection for the month of May is the adrenaline-pumping movie, Captain America: The First Avenger. After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into a superhero! Join us at River District Centre on Friday, May 31 at 4:00pm for an action-packed afternoon!
This is a FREE event for all to attend and fresh buttery popcorn will also be served.
Parental note: This movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
For more information, please visit http://www.riverdistrict.ca/events/1575/
or call the River District Centre front desk at 604-431-5594.

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May 31 to June 8, 2013
Vancouver Craft Beer Week.  Vancouver Craft Beer Week is back, baby! Featuring larger events, more breweries and special guests from the brewing industry (local and abroad), VCBW consists of a series of signature festival events and independently organized satellite events at numerous venues around town. Check out the Events page for ticketing information, the Specials page for walk-up events and the Official Beer page to find out more about this year's VCBW Collaboration Cascadian Dark Ale. Cheers! http://www.vancouvercraftbeerweek.com

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June 8 - 9, 2013
Play On! Vancouver is a team pre-registration event featuring recreational & competitive 4-on-4 street hockey divisions for boys, girls, men, and women of all ages and skill levels. Anyone can play! Each tournament also features a corporate division. Prizes are awarded to winning teams in every division.
Held at Coquitlam Centre, located at 2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC V3B 5R5. Price of registration ranges from $200 - $2000. Visit www.playon.ca/events/vancouver or email JMcintosh@beyondmg.ca for more details

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June 16, 2013
WESTERN FRONT OPEN HOUSE
The Western Front is 40! Our anniversary celebration will take place in and around the building. Instant Coffee will be in attendance, and Scrivener's Monthly, our "periodical that talks" will be presented inside Jacob Gleeson's Tent Shop. Our interactive music installation Sonic Playground will be on site with new projects by Publik Secrets and Leslie Ross with Square One. Fancy Dress Party, a celebratory screening of works from the Archive and beyond, evokes the history of costume at Western Front with works by Kate Craig, Spartacus Chetwynd, General Idea and many others. Plus many other special guests still to be announced. There will be food, games, activities for kids and much more. Come celebrate with us! event @ 303 E 8th Avenue. For more information check out our website www.front.bc.ca or call 604.876.9343

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June 22, 2013
Free the Children and Grouse Mountain present the Whistler Water One Climb on Saturday, June 22nd. The One Climb is an inspiring one-day event to raise money to bring clean water to over 10,000 people in Kenya.  Wear blue and join the party at the base of the Grouse Grind, then Climb with hundreds of others. The dance party continues at the top, ending with the amazing Spencer West.
Location: Grouse Mountain
6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, BC
www.oneclimb.ca

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July 18 - 21, 2013
The BC Renaissance Festival returns this July for its 7th glorious year, now at Pacific Country Stables, 21852 16th Ave, Langley. Come relive the 16th Century with our beloved cast of characters!  Enjoy our fabulous marketplace and come join us in song at the Frog & Fiddle.  Take in one of our many stage shows, and thrill to the spectacle of the Joust!  Games, rides, food and more!  Fun for all ages!
Tickets: $20 Adults, $17 Youth, $10 Kids/Seniors
Group and Weekend tickets also available.
Advance tickets available at http://bcrenfest.brownpapertickets.com
Buy now and avoid the line!

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July 27 to August 4, 2013
Odlum Brown VanOpen presented by Invesco Tennis Tournament
The Odlum Brown VanOpen presented by Invesco, is the largest professional men’s and women’s tennis tournament in Western Canada and this is your chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s top tennis stars. The tournament has hosted some of the biggest names in world tennis including Maria Sharapova, Marcos Baghdatis, Andy Murray and Milos Raonic. It also features plenty of off-court action with bands, entertainment, theme days and prizes. The Odlum Brown VanOpen presented by Invesco is a drama-packed week of exhilarating tennis and good fun off-court entertainment. There is no holding back. Over 140 professional athletes from around the world desperately want to add their name to one of the most prestigious events in Canadian tennis, and the end result is some intense rivalry and brilliant tennis. The event offers lots of fun for all the family with our Kid's Day activities as well as free admission on our qualifying weekend, July 27-28, 2013. For more information please visit
Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver, www.vanopen.com

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Ongoing to May 4, 2013
If you have a "sweet tooth", the Baker’s Market in Vancouver is the place for you. We are currently seeking enthusiastic, talented budding, professional or home bakers specializing in freshly baked gourmet cookies,
hand made chocolates, brownies, cupcakes, cake pops, scones, organic muffins, gluten-free, vegan baked goods, preserves, tarts, granola, fondant cupcake toppers and much more!
The Baker’s Market is a gathering of professional, amateur, student & Mommy bakers who get together to buy and sell their baked goods to the community. Inspired by farmers markets (no veggies please), just lots of sweet & savoury baked goodies. Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, (2 blocks east of Fraser St. at East 60th), Vancouver. The Baker's Market takes place indoors with lots of free parking too. www.bakersmarket.com

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Ongoing until June 9, 2013
Joe Average's Photographic Works. Joe Average has delighted Vancouverites and the world with his bold, whimsical and exuberant paintings and prints since the 1980s. More recently Joe turned to photography, proposing new encounters with familiar Vancouver scenes and reminding us that nature and humans constantly interact with each other in the city. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca

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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
GRAND HOTEL Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Hotels are unique venues for social interaction, cultural production, modern and contemporary design and visual culture. The first major exhibition of its kind, GRAND HOTEL will span two floors of the Gallery, charting the evolution of the hotel from an isolate and utilitarian structure to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently around the world. This exhibition is not to be missed in 2013! http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

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Ongoing to October 5, 2013
Fort Langley Village Farmers' Market.  Join us in the Garden of the Bedford House every Saturday 10 am - 3 pm, Featuring fresh local farm produce, seasonal fresh B.C. Fruits and berries, dairy cheeses, butter & eggs, baked pies & tarts, baked breads, soups, beef jerky, honey, corn brittle, preserves, local arts & crafts, jewellery, painting and photography, face painting, and much, much more. Occasionally, we hope to have local musicians and singers entertain you on the riverfront deck. See you there! http://www.fortlangleyvillagefarmersmarket.org









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