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

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Special Events for September 2008
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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September 3 - 21 , 2008
Vancouver International Fringe Festival.  The 24th annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival, BC's largest theatre festival, features over 500 performances by more than 68 different groups over 11 days making it one of Vancouver's most diverse & eclectic sources of entertainment. All mainstage Fringe venues are centered around Granville Island, at performance spaces including the Granville Island Stage, Performance Works and the Waterfront Theatre. Tickets for this year's performances are $14 in advance or $12 at the door with a new weekday discount of $2 off per show. New for 2008: ALL tickets will be available for sale in advance. Keeping with the spirit of the Festival, audience members are encouraged to sample from our wide variety of offerings. Check out show descriptions at www.vancouverfringe.com or pick up a program guide at all Blenz outlets.

September 4 - 7, 2008
Hope International Chainsaw Carving Competition.  Hope- the "Chainsaw Carving Capital", hosts carvers from near & far as they compete to create the best their art form can achieve.  http://www.hopechamber.bc.ca

September 4, 11, 18, 25, 2008
WalkFit at Canada Place.  Meet Theresa Blask, Gold Medalist Aerobic Champion at 12:15pm every Thursday in September for a 45 minute lunch hour walking program that will take you through a warm up, cool down, and offer lifestyle fit tips. All you need is a pair of good walking shoes and enthusiasm to get outdoors. So come on out, enjoy the great fresh air and views and get fit walking the Canada Place Promenades. For more event information, please visit http://www.canadaplace.ca/cpc/events/Canada_Place_Events/index.php

September 5, 2008
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2008.  VLAFF is a non-profit cultural promoter that strives to entertain audiences, provide insight into Latin American social issues, and celebrate the rich traditions of these diverse countries. This annual, non-competitive festival promotes dialogue between cultures and explores historical and social issues through the eyes of filmmakers.Since 2003, VLAFF has continued to provide audiences with the unique opportunity of experiencing Latin American cinema in Vancouver.  www.vlaff.org

September 6, 2008
5th Annual Davie Day.  Davie Village, the heart of Vancouver's vibrant West End, is celebrating its grand historical past and rich cultural diversity in a day-long, free community street festival, with loads of fun for the whole family. 604.682.6300.

September 6, 2008
Celtic Music Festival on the Pier.  Bowen Island, just 20 minute ferry ride from Vancouver, BC,  is celebrating their 4th Annual music festival, Celtic Music Festival on the Pier (http://www.bowen-island.com). This all day event, noon till 5:00 features Celtic musicians and the Eire Born Dancers. This is the first time there will be musicians from all over the mainland and Bowen Island. The Eire Born Dancers are a well known dance group that have performed in Vancouver and surrounding areas. This is a great family fun event. www.bowen-island.com

September 6, 2008
Gibsons Landing Salmon Festival.  Exciting, eccentric, and environmental, the Gibsons Landing Salmon Festival is a community art and education event that embodies the spirit of the Sunshine Coast. Over 150 professionals and amateurs from age 6 to 80 create works of art from 4 foot plywood salmon, complete with hilarious names and stories. Place a bid on your favourite pieces (fantastic deals!), enjoy the outdoor market, peruse the educational booths, or dine on local restaurant specials. If you haven't already fallen in love with the Sunshine Coast, the Gibsons Landing Salmon Festival just might do the trick. www.gibsonslandingbc.com

September 6, 2008
Jericho Park Bird Walk.  Join local birder Adrian Grant Duff for a half-day birding walk around Jericho Park. Look for fall migrants such as Black-headed Grosbeak and warblers. Free Event. www.naturevancouver.ca

September 6, 2008
Langley Good Times Cruise-in.  The Langley Good Time Cruise-in is one of the premier car shows in North America, featuring approximately 2,000 vintage, classic and custom vehicles of all makes and sizes. The weekend includes the Car show and swap meet.   Visit www.langleycruise-in.com for more information.

September 6, 2008
Toy Wooden Boat Race. Come and join the Tri-City Men's Resource Centre at our 1st Annual Toy Wooden Boat Race at Lion's Park on Saturday September 6, 2008 from 11:00AM - 5:00PM.  We will have great prizes to give away!  In addition to the Boat Race we will also be having the 1st Annual Coquitlam River/Lions Park Hullabaloo - which is a extraordinary clean-up of Lions Park and the river.  Trophies and Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. Boats will be available on race day at Lions Park however the maximum number of boats that will be available will be 250.  The boats can be purchased online for a $10 donation by clicking the donation button below.  We will reserve your boat for you and you can pick it up on race day. www.tcmrc.net

September 6, 2008
Free Mandarin Monopoly Fest for Kids.  Parents! If you’ve ever thought about getting your kids into Chinese, we have the perfect introduction. Kids! Play Monopoly. Learn Some Mandarin Chinese. For Free.The Crocodile Mandarin School is sponsoring a Monopoly Afternoon at the Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society, Saturday, September 6, 2:00-4:00 pm. We’re inviting kids (ages 4-10) and their parents (16-130) to play one of several Parker Brother’s Monopoly Games under the patient direction of a Mandarin teacher. (Candyland will be available for younger kids.) Some healthy snacks and beverages provided. No previous Chinese experience needed. Great for learning counting and simple phrases in Chinese. A great way to get your kids toes wet in the language. And who knows? They may want to plunge in later.  Only twenty spaces available. Reserve early by e-mailing David Spaulding at spauldo44@hotmail.com.

September 6 - 7, 2008
Nibbles & Bites of Richmond.  Since 1992, local restaurants have offered "nibble and bite" - sized samples of their cuisine to the public in a festive setting that includes free entertainment, a children's carnival, volleyball tournaments, a craft and exhibitors fair and a beverage garden.  2005 saw 16,000 visitors to the 14th annual event.  We order sunny weather for your enjoyment, but we also book tents so we can go ahead rain or shine! To find out how to enter your restaurant, become an exhibiter, volunteer, enter a tournament, or to be a 2006 entertainer please visit www.nibblesandbites.com . To join the fun at Nibbles and Bites, call Thompson Community Centre at 604-718-8422 for more information.

September 7, 2008
Coho Walk along the Capilano River, West Vancouver, 10am - noon.  Journey into a world that integrates salmon, forests, rivers and community. Take a shuttle bus to the Cleveland Dam (between 10am – 2pm) and enjoy the 8.5 km walk down past the Capilano Suspension Bridge, through cool forest air, discovering stations along the trail finally winding up at the beach front at Ambleside.  A shorter walk is also available. www.cohofestival.com

September 7, 2008
Ladner Village Market.  With 140 B.C. artisans, local merchants and outstanding free entertainment, historic Ladner Village is transformed into a bustling European-style street market and festival. Artisans make, bake or grow wares. Rain or shine. Free. www.ladnervillagemarket.com

September 7, 2008
Langley By-Pass BBQ.  Well Seasoned, Langley’s gourmet food destination, is pleased announce their 3rd annual BBQ on the Bypass on September 7th, 2008. BOTB is an all-skill-levels-welcome competition that attracts award-winning competitors from all over the Pacific Northwest. Taking place at Well Seasoned a gourmet food store, 302c-20771 Langley Bypass. www.bbqonthebypass.com

September 7, 2008
Motorcycle Show 'n Shine.  Join us for our first Show 'n Shine, with 15 classes of motorcycles on site with live classic Rock 'n Roll. The restaurant will feature a wonderful Baron of Beef, fresh Fraser Valley corn on the cob and salad buffet. Kilby Historic Site, www.kilby.ca

September 7, 2008
The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra would like to invite you and your family to join us at our Sidth Annual Chamber Concert on September 7, 2008 at Michael J. Fox Theatre. This year, Conductor Ken Hsieh will lead the orchestra in a performance that features Daniel Bae, Chieh-Fan Yiu, 13-yr. old pianist Carol Zhang, and the Pro Arte Dance Company. In addition to a number of classical pieces, we will also be featuring music by our Composer-in-Residence, Mr. Michael Conway Baker.  Tickets are $20 General Admission and are now available at Tom Lee Music (Richmond). You can also reserve your tickets online at info@vmocanada.com or call us at 604-876-9397.

September 11, 2008
Burnaby Village Museum Fall Fair.  Free carousel rides during Fall Fair Fun. Games, contests, musicians, and a vaudeville theatre are on hand to entertain the whole family! A fantastic opportunity to get out and enjoy the change in the seasons in beautiful Burnaby.  Other activities include Train Gang, Stride Studio Exhibit, Footlight Theatre's Vaudeville Varieties, Pacific Quilters, a Vintage Car display and many other activities.  www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

September 11 - 12, 2008
Annual Indoor Plant Sale.  A well-known annual event that attracts both students wishing to decorate their dormitories and indoor plant enthusiasts seeking to support the garden while purchasing plants they admire. The sale has a wide selection of indoor plants at friendly prices including:  Kitchen herbs, cacti and other succulents, hanging plants, flowering pot plants and orchids. UBC Botanical Garden.  6804 South West Marine Drive, Vancouver.

September 11 - 12, 2008
Volkswagen Ultimate Golf Shoot Out at Canada Place.  This fun filled golf competition allows individual players and teams to compete in a skills competition for the grand prize of a new Volkswagen vehicle or golfing vacation. A regulation-sized floating green designed and constructed by Washington Marine Group will be placed approximately 175 yards from the tee-off box on the west side of Canada Place. The rules are simple: stay green stay in, get wet get out! For event information, please visit http://www.ultimateshootout.ca/

September 12 - 13, 2008
Agassiz Fall Fair.  Coming to the fair is the perfect way to end the summer. It’s a place to meet friends, relax, enjoy good food and entertainment, exhibit your talents and learn about agriculture. 604-796-3246, www.agassizfallfair.ca

September 12 - 14, 2008
EAT! Fraser Valley.  Celebrating 150 years bountiful Fraser Valley harvests and food processing! This event is the largest consumer food, beverage and cooking festival in the suburb of Vancouver, Abbotsford. This show will feature food, beverages, kitchen goods and also wineries, breweries, restaurnats, cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese seminars, cookbook authors, chef competitions and barbecue and chilli cook-offs. www.eat-fraservalley.com & www.eat-bc.com

September 12 - 14, 2008
Feeling Alive Christian Music Festival.  Feeling Alive Christian Music Festival. This festival is a weekend to celebrate Feeling Alive in God's creation. It's a time for worship, prayer and friendships. Feeling Alive! Features several great Christian bands, one day rafting, volleyball, basketball, disc golf, swimming and a worship service Saturday night. www.kumsheen.com/feelingalive

September 13, 2008
Living Waters (Vanccouver Aquarium) at the Meadows Corn Maze.  Joining us is THE VANCOUVER AQUARIUM. Along with our theme this year of "Under Our Coastal Waters". Dynamic AquaVan educators deliver award-winning aquatic programs, featuring live animals, props and activities, throughout British Columbia. You will have the opportunity to touch a sea star, understand how a barnacle feeds, observe a hermit crab up close and discover the connections among animals, environments and ourselves. http://www.meadowsmaze.com

September 13, 2008
Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. The sixth annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival takes place on Saturday, September 13th to celebrate the full moon, harvest and our rich multicultural community and to honour the environment. The festival begins with a harvest fair at Slocan Park followed by a twilight lantern procession to Renfrew Park Community Centre, where there will be entertainment and fireworks. To prepare for the festival, the community is invited to join professional artists in late August for dance, costume-making and music workshops and in early September for lantern-making workshops. www.moonfestival.net

September 13, 2008
Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House.  From contemporary and ballet to flamenco and hip hop, the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House offers the chance to sample a host of dance styles in a day of open classes, studio showings and events. Highlights include an intimate studio performance by Ballet British Columbia introduced by Artistic Director John Alleyne; a studio preview of Alcan Award-winner Wen Wei Dances new work in progress; open classes in hip hop, flamenco, bellydance, street dance, Afro-Cuban, yoga, Pilates and more, with 605 Collective, Spanish Passion Productions, Lava Bellydance, SVS Style, Latidos Productions, and others; and an evening performance of LuminUs, a new work choreographed by Chengxin Wei for his company Moving Dragon, presented through the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award. (LuminUs also runs on Friday September 12.) For the full schedule of events visit www.thedancecentre.ca

September 13, 2008
The seventh annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House takes place on Saturday September 13, 12 noon - 5pm. From contemporary and ballet to hip hop and flamenco, this event is a great opportunity to see and try a wide range of dance, with open classes, studio showings and workshops. Highlights this year include a studio showing by award-winning contemporary dance company Wen Wei Dance; classes with 605 Collective, Spanish Passion Productions and Lava Bellydance; and a studio performance by Ballet British Columbia . At Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street , Vancouver . Info: 604 606 6400 www.thedancecentre.ca .

September 13, 2008
Winds of Change, Fall Migration. 10am - noon. Maplewood’s checklist boasts over 246 species. Many bird species migrate through here on their journey to neo-tropical wintering grounds, including warblers, vireos and flycatchers. Hope for a migrant “fallout”. The Conservation Area at Maplewood is located at 2645 Dollarton Highway – 2km east of the Second Narrows Iron Workers Memorial Bridge – parking on north side of highway – please walk in. 604-538-8774

September 13 - 14, 2008
Campbell Valley Country Celebration, Township of Langley. Experience the charm of an old-fashioned fall fair. There will be plenty to see and do: meet all kinds of hoofed, wooly, furry and fuzzy creatures; milk a cow at the mobile dairy classroom; stroll and shop for crafts, preserves, and home baking; tap you toes to live musical entertainment; win great prizes donated by vendors and exhibitors! Campbell Valley Regional Park, entrance off 8th Ave., east of 200th Street Langley. 604-432-6359, www.metrovancouver.org/countrycelebration

September 13 - 19, 2008
Grand Opening JD Farms.  JD Farms, the finest quality turkey products available anywhere, is having their grand opening of their new store. Come on out for a BBQ, demonstrations, and kids activities. Everything is by donation, and will be given to the Terry For Foundation. 24726 52 Ave., Langley. www.jdfarms.net

September 14, 2008
2nd Annual Surrey Scrapbook Fair.  Browse over 30 tables of scrapbook or card making related items for sale. Take part in a make & take or watch a demonstration to get some new ideas. Entertainment for the kids will be provided by Joseph The Magician and lunch will be available to purchase from a food vendor. This year we will be holding a layout contest as well as a handmade card contest with the finalists voted on and announced at the Fair. Submission deadline for the contest is September 6th, 2008.  Sullivan Hall, Surrey. scrapbookfair@hotmail.com or 604 374-4031

September 14, 2008
7th Annual Southlands Country Fair 2008.  Come enjoy a day in the country without leaving the city! Plenty of fun for children and adults alike, in celebration of the unique equestrian neighbourhood of Southlands. Pony rides, horse entertainment, petting farm, old-fashioned games and amusements, hay rides, vendor's market, live music, picnic area, thrift and book sales, kids baking contest, and much more! Entry by donation. Rain or shine. Lots of FREE parking. Southlands Riding Club is a registered non-profit organization. Money raised goes partially to support the Southlands Country Fair Summer Riding Program, giving disadvantaged children the opportunity to learn to ride and experience the joys horses bring to one's life. For more information, go to www.southlandsridingclub.com

September 14, 2008
City of Coquitlam’s Children’s Fall Swap Meet. Join Coquitlam Leisure and Parks Services and take advantage of all the great deals as they once again host a sold out 75 vendor Children’s Swap Meet on Sunday September 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier Street. This is the place to pick up much needed items for your children.  Parents and children have been busy cleaning out their closets for this always popular event, which features slightly used clothing, toys, books and baby accessories. This event will take place in 3 rooms at the Poirier Community Centre and in the Dogwood Pavilion - Mike Butler Room which is located behind the community centre.

September 14, 2008
FIESTA MEXICO 2008.  his is an event where Mexican, Canadians and everybody will be enjoying Mexican food, products, and of course, music and dance. This event has something for all family members including the children. We will have a mariachi, Mexican folk dancers and singers and other entertainers and performances at the downstairs rooms and from 5 PM at the promanade of the VPL.  Vancouver Public Library Downtown Branch, helpingmexycansociety@shaw.ca

September 14, 2008
Flea Market at Trout Lake Community Centre, Vancouver; 10AM-2PM, 604-257-6955.

September 14, 2008
The 28th Annual Terry Fox Run - Maple Ridge.  Please join us for this year's Terry Fox Run and help to keep Terry's dream of finding a cure for Cancer alive. Everyone is welcome to participate in this non-competitive single day fundraiser for Cancer research. Walk, run, wheelchair or bike in support of Terry Fox's legendary 'Marathon of Hope'. No registration fee, however donations are graciously accepted. Hope to see you there! For more run locations around the province visit www.terryfoxrun.org.

September 15, 2008
Nancy Whitney-Reiter. A talk by the author of "Unplugged: How to Disconnect from the Rat Race, Have an Existential Crisis, and Find Meaning and Fullfillment." After surviving 9/11 in New York City, Nancy Whitner-Reiter left her job at a Fortune 500 Company to embark on a year long international travel sabbatical. She explains why career breaks are necessary in our modern, technologically-driven society. (Free admission).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia St., 604-331-4044.

September 15, 2008
Stephen Hammond: Is Human Rights History?  Human Rights author and speaker, Stephen Hammond, asks if Canada is moving backwards, or forwards, from its impressive commitment to human rights. He will discuss research from his new book, "Steps in the Rights Direction: 365 Human Rights Celebrations and Tragedies that Inspired Canada and the World." (Free admission. Co-sponsored by the BC Civil Liberties Association).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia St., 604-331-4044.

September 17, 2008
Kluane "lake with many fish", a national treasure in the Yukon.  Kluane National Park and Reserve, located in southwest Yukon, is home to the highest mountains in Canada, breathtaking valley glaciers, numerous wildlife, and the Southern Tutchone people that have lived on this land for generations. See and learn the incredible story from Parks Canada interpreter Emma Hansen, who has worked and played here since 2004. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Parks Canada).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia St., 604-331-4044.

September 19, 2008
Night of 2008 Lights Lantern Festival.  The City of Burnaby, in association with Public Dreams Society, presents the Night of 2008 Lights Lantern Festival. In the tradition of Public Dreams' Illuminares evemt held each year at Trout Lake, a magical community lantern procession winds its way around Deer Lake Park. Led by African djembe drummers, participants encounter whimsical performances and magnificent illuminated lantern installations along the route. A spectacular fire show on the upper terrace concludes this magical evening. 604-291-6864, www.shadboltcentre.com

September 19 - 21, 2008
Pender Harbour Jazz Festival.  The 12th Annual Pender Harbour Jazz Festival is continuing its tradition of providing outstanding jazz music in the paradise setting of Pender Harbour, on the Sunshine Coast. A sample of the lineup to play this year are: Phil Dwyer, Brickhouse, Cory Weeds, Graham Ord and many more. 604-741-5272, www.phjazz.ca

September 20, 2008
"Kid's Day" at the Meadows Corn Maze.  Mad  Science is the world's leading science enrichment provider. They deliver unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational. Mad Science is proud to introduce millions of children to a world of discovery while sparking their imagination. Mad Science encourages scientific literacy in children in an age when science is as vital as reading, writing and arithmetic. Joining us the ever popular Yukon Dan.  Dan Moore was the silver medalist for Canada'a National Team at the 1998 World Gold Panning Championships held in Coloma California.  Dan, better known as "Yukon Dan" is a professional gold panner who brings his hands-on presentation.  Ridge Raptors offers an unforgettable experience giving you the opportunity to discover the wonderful world of Birds of Prey.  Get up close and personal with these beautiful birds and have your picture taken (5.00). The WSPCR which stands for Westcoast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles is a non profit society for people interested in reptiles.  It is based in the Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island areas of BC http://www.meadowsmaze.com

September 20, 2008
Walk 4 Mercy.  Join us for our 4th annual Walk 4 Mercy! Your decision to Walk/Run will help us to create awareness for young women struggling with eating disorders, self-harm, abuse. All proceeds go towards our home! When: Saturday, September 20, 2008. Where: Stanley Park @ Second Beach. Time: 10:00am-1:00pm (Registration begins at 9:00am). Cost: $20 Adults $10 Youth (children 12 & under free). Lunch is included in the registration (kids meals will be available for $5)! Bring your family and friends for a fun day! There will also be balloon sculpting and face painting for kids. Register before July 31 and you'll be entered to win dinner for 8 catered in your home! (Valued at $600). For more information: www.mercyministries.ca

September 20 - 21, 2008
Steamfest at West Coast Railway Heritage Park.  This unique 2-day event will feature 'steaming equipment' from mini-trains to Stanley Steamers, the Royal Hudson to Steam Cranes, and is sure to please the whole family.  West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish; http://www.wcra.org.

September 20 - 21, 2008
The ArtWalk.  ArtWalk -Annual Studio and Gallery Tour - September 20 and 21 (third weekend of each September), 11 - 5:00 Sat and Sun. VISUALS, Squamish Valley Artists annual showcase event where artists open their studios to the public. Take a self-guided tour through galleries, studios and shops in the heart of Squamish and surrounding areas. Pick up your guide at the Squamish Adventure Centre. www.squamishart.com

September 21, 2008
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET.  Boho chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Retro furnishings, books, antiques, dolls & toys, jewelry, country stuff, china & glass, records, mid-century Modern, linens & lace, postcards, garden accessories, lamps & shades, sports items, silverware, paintings & prints, advertising, collectibles & much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day - Call or Visit www.21cpromotions.com for Full Details - General Admission $3 at Door - Children Under 13 Free - Free Parking - On-Site Snack Bar

September 21, 2008
Aboriginal Festival BC150.  This day long free celebration at the Xa:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre will offer the First Nations people and the community an opportunity to come together to honour our rich past and to look together for a wonderful future that celebrates and respects its diversity. We plan to provide an interactive enriching event where everyone feels welcome and proud to share our rich cultures in the Province. This event will be planned by the Sto:lo and the community at large and help build on partnerships. www.xaytem.ca

September 21, 2008
DANCE ALLSORTS: 605 COLLECTIVE URBAN, HIP HOP DANCE at Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre; The 605 Collective is a young, fresh, interdisciplinary group of Vancouver-based dancers committed to exploring and creating a new movement inspired by urban, hip-hop and contemporary dance. By using one another as the canvas for their creative ideas and visions, collaborating and pulling from their diverse training backgrounds, the artists of the 605 Collective are pushing the limits of dance. For more information please call (604) 893 8875.

September 21, 2008
Jog for the Bog Trail Run (5km & 10km). 8am - noon. This is a fund and fundraiser for the Burns Bog Conservation Society. Participants can walk, run, stroll and bring pets on leashes. The 10 km goes through part of the Delta Nature Reserve. Westview Park (6500 Westview Drive, Delta; www.burnsbog.org

September 24, 2008
Evelyn Lau.  Join Evelyn Lau as she reads a selection of her poetry, including from her recent book, "Treble." A Vancouver writer who has published nine books, Evelyn Lau's "Oedipal Dreams" was nominated for a Governor-Generals Award; "Runaway" was made into a CBC movie starring Sandra Oh. Evelyns work in magazines has won several Western Magazine Awards and a National Magazine Award for Poetry. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education).  Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia St., 604-331-4044.

September 24, 2008
Sustainable SFU is hosting its 2nd annual SFU Sustainability Festival on September 24th, 2008. The event will be held at the Simon Fraser University's Burnaby Campus, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  The Festival is a student organized, volunteer-run event. Our purpose is to promote sustainable lifestyle practices to an audience of SFU students and staff, as well as members of the neighboring communities. The event will include live entertainment of local musicians, an eco-fashion show, a locally based beverage garden and more. We are also very proud to be presenting Boyd Cohen of 3rd Whale.com who will be announcing the winner of his international competition for the greenest person on the planet? at the festival (which may need a separate event posting all to itself!) www.susfest.ca

September 24 - 25, 2008
Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge will celebrate the B.C Rivermania flotilla of boats' overnight visit to our communities with celebrations that showcase our unique heritage and local artists, musicians,historians, actors and storytellers.  Watch for more details about special events happening at Brickwood Park from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and Memorial Peace Park throughout the evening on September 24; and at Bonson's Landing from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in Pitt Meadows on September 25.

September 25 to October 10, 2008
27th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).  Critically acclaimed as "an unspoiled celebration of world cinema," the 27th Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) brings you films from 60 countries. More information visit: www.viff.org

September 25, 2008 to February 15, 2009
The Unnatural History of Stanley Park.  We interfered with, altered, and rearranged Stanley Park's forests, creatures and people to make nature more 'natural'. With "The Unnatural History of Stanley Park" exhibit, the Vancouver Musuem sheds some light on puzzling blind spots in our romance with this national treasure, which turns 120 this year.  The exhibit showcases souvenirs collected by park visitors over 120 years, behind-the-scenes stories of the park's plants, animals, people and landmarks, and a selection of proposals to 'improve" Stanley Park - a list that includes the bizarre, amazing, and scary, as well as the sublime. Vancouver Musuem, 604-736-4431, www.vanmuseum.bc.ca

September 26, 2008
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)

September 26, 2008
Earthsave Canada Taste of Health Food & Lifestyle Festival.  The 10th annual Earthsave Canada Taste of Health Food Festival includes exhibits, workshops, presentations, a veggie food court, and cooking demonstrations, all designed to showcase plant-based foods.  Croatian Cultural Centre, www.earthsave.ca

September 26 - 28, 2008
Earthsave Canada Taste of Health Food & Lifestyle Festival.  The 10th annual Earthsave Canada Taste of Health Food Festival includes exhibits, workshops, presentations, a veggie food court, and cooking demonstrations, all designed to showcase plant-based foods.  Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive;

September 26 - 28, 2008
RIVERMANIA.  In celebration of B.C's 150th Birthday and the 200th Anniversary of Simon Fraser's exploration of the Mighty Fraser River we are hosting RIVERMANIA. A highlight of this event will be Delta's symbolic historical reenactment of the 1858 journey of the Ladner Brothers being guided into Delta by the First Nations. Enjoy horse & buggy rides, live entertainment, historical tours, theatrical productions and a "Moonlight" village market. Visit www.deltarivermania.com or the provincial site of www.bcrivermania.com for more information.

September 27, 2008
Light The Night.  Light The Night is a 5km twilight walk along the seawall to raise money and awareness for blood cancer research in Canada. The event is an annual fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. All participants receive a twinkling balloon. White balloons are for cancer patients and survivors, gold balloons are for those walking in memory of a loved one, and red balloons are for supporters. You will enjoy a night of music, entertainment, food & drinks, children's activities and much more. Help us find a cure today. Ceperley Park in Stanley Park.  Register online at www.lightthenight.ca

September 28, 2008
Whonnock Lake Day.  Whonnock Lake Day takes place at Whonnock Lake and Whonnock Lake Centre at 27871 - 113 Avenue in Maple Ridge.  The annual event is a full day of family fun that includes a pancake breakfast, music, crafts, and community displays.  This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the joys of country living in a lovely lake-side park setting.  Admission is free.

September 29, 2008
Now is the time to plant bulbs for a great spring show of colour. Come and learn how to plant, feed and force bulbs with greater knowledge for a successful spring garden. Roy Jonsson has worked as an instructor for the North Shore Continuing Education Department for twenty-eight years, offering a wide variety of landscaping and gardening programs for both homeowners and commercial gardeners.  He has also taught many courses for VanDusen Botanical Gardens, including sections of their popular Master Gardeners Program. Roy has conducted horticulture classes for the BCLNA and for a variety of public and private housing organizations. He has written a regular garden column “Sow it Grows” for the North Shore News for the past fifteen years, helping North Shore residents develop and maintain their gardens. In 2007 he published his new garden book “Garden Sense – Secrets of an Experienced Gardener”. When Roy is not writing or teaching he works as a horticultural and composting consultant, serving both commercial and residential clients. Since 2000 he has done five international assignments (Hungary, China, Philippines and Honduras) with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO). This organization is financed primarily by CIDA and provides assistance to developing countries around the world. At the Botanical Garden Reception Centre.  6804 South West Marine Drive, Vancouver.

October 2 - 4, 2008
The sophisticated allure of ballroom dance and the classic music of Frank Sinatra will fill The Centre for the Performing Arts October 2 to 4, 2008 when Ballet BC opens their 2008/2009  season with the timeless and elegant Nine Sinatra Songs. An exploration of 1950s social dance, Nine Sinatra Songs will be accompanied by special presentations of John Alleyne’s Schubert and Dominique Dumais’ Petrouchka. October 2-4, 2008 at 8 pm, with a tea matinee on Saturday, October 4 at 2 pm. Tickets from $35.75 at www.balletbc.com , or 604-732-5003, ext. 207.

Ongoing to September 7, 2008
Vancouver Chinatown Night Market.  Spend the summer nights at the Chinatown Night Market - the first of its kind in North America! A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts & tempt your taste buds with ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before-on every Fri., Sat. & Sun.  100 block of Keefer Street. 604-682-8998, vcma@shawcable.com

Ongoing to September 21, 2008
Bard On the Beach.  Vancouver's Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company that stages four productions in repertory every June through September. Performances are staged in open-ended tents on the waterfront in Vanier Park, against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline.  Bard on the Beach's 19th season runs May 29th through September 21st, 2008 featuring the comedy/tragedy pairings of the TWELFTH NIGHT and KING LEAR in the Mainstage tent and THE TEMPEST and TITUS ANDRONICUS in the Studio Stage tent.  Vanier Park, Kits Point, Vancouver; 604-739-0559, www.bardonthebeach.org

Ongoing to September 27, 2008
Schick Xtreme3 Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race.  A Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race is a one day event aimed at challenging the bodies and minds of adventure enthusiasts. Test your limits on a scenic 40 – 50 km of mountain biking, navigation, trail running, kayaking and mystery challenges. Race solo, or in a team of 2 or 4. MOMAR after-parties are legendary – well deserved celebrations after a gruelling race day! Come out to race or volunteer and experience a weekend to remember for years to come. 1-866-912-3331, www.mindovermountain.com

Ongoing to September 28, 2008
Playland. Playland features over 35 exhilarating rides, unique attractions and fun midway games and is also home to Kids Playce, a special zone filled with soft-play areas and rides for children aged 2-8. 604.253.2311, www.pne.ca

Ongoing to September 28, 2008
Rivermania. Festivity planning is in full swing as British Columbia gears up to celebrate its 150th year, and the year's not-to-be-missed event - BC150 Years: Rivermania. The celebrations will begin in Prince George on August 24, and will follow the Fraser River to its end on BC River's Day in Steveston (Richmond) on September 28, 2008. BC150 Years: Rivermania is designed as a symbolic journey to mark the 200th anniversary of Simon Fraser's exploration of the Fraser River, and will celebrate all Peoples who have contributed to the economic growth of the region.  Participants will have the opportunity to ride segments of the Fraser River along with flotilla of boats as part of the great explorer's journey. Communities along the river route have festivities planned including overnight stays, activities, and excurions for visitors. Using a community celebration and reconciliation focus, BC150 Years: Rivermania is designed to spotlight the Fraser River as the cradle of British Columbia and the Peoples along the river as the creators of the history and culture of British Columbia.  Participating communities of BC150 Years: Rivermania include Prince George, Quesnel, Soda Creek/Williams Lake, Lillooet, Lytton, the Hope region, Misson, Harrison Hot Springs, Agassiz, Stó:lo, Abbotsford, Fort Langley, Surrey, New Westminster, North Delta, Ladner, Tsawwassen, and Steveston in Richmond; bcrivermania.com (http://bcrivermania.com/)

Ongoing to September 30, 2008
Agassiz – Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour. This is where it all began! Agassiz – Harrison Mills started the Mighty Fraser Country Circle Farm Tour in 2003. This tour is packed with history, fabulous gourmet food products, and lots of interesting venues for the kids to explore. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing to September 30, 2008
Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour. From an award winning storybook farm to pro rodeo, there a lot of “buzz” about this tour! Learn all about bees, shop for many different honey products, fill up on artisan bread and fresh cheese, pick your own apples, visit a potter’s studio, and see spectacular show gardens! In late summer, early fall, the corn is a-maze-ing! http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing to September 30, 2008
Langley Circle Farm Tour. Come visit some of what Langley’s farm community has to offer you … Take an interactive tour on a dairy farm; sample award-winning wines; eat at a bistro; taste home-grown exotic herbs and tomatoes; see rare alcapas; choose from the largest selection of plant specimens and rare trees in the area; visit the largest equestrian centre on the West Coast; sample luscious berries; buy your free-range turkey for that special occasion.  http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing to September 30, 2008
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Circle Farm Tour. This is an adventure packed tour that includes sky diving, horseback riding and canoeing. You can also learn all about bees and how they make honey, wind your way through a corn maze, and of course, find some wonderful fresh eats!  http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing to September 30, 2008
Mission Circle Farm Tour.  Celebrate the legacy of our fore fathers on the Mission tour as you explore a 100 year old working heritage farm, nose around Canada’s largest dahlia nursery founded in 1920, and catch a Rainbow at the oldest and largest trout farm in BC. Pick up some of grandma’s favourite elixir, Apple Cider Vinegar, and sample succulent Heirloom apples. Enjoy the drive through a majestic forest of West Coast Cedar to find exotic cattle, llamas, and alpacas. Get free landscaping ideas from a tree and shrub expert, and shop for fresh produce, preserves, baked goodies, crafts and local art at the farmers’ market. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing until October 1, 2008
Sins of the City Guided Walking Tours.  This two hour walking tour takes participants through the oldest parts of Vancouver, exploring the early (and roguish) history of our city. Covering ten city blocks, the tour visits numerous locations, including the site of one of Vancouver’s oldest brothel districts, the location of the city’s first saloon as well as the first police station (and jail). More information visit: www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca

Ongoing until October 16, 2008
Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation offers guided tours of the world famous architect's garden.  Tours every Thursday at 5:00 PM from April 17 to mid-October (or at other times for group of 4 or more by special arrangement). Cost is $10/person. Reserve at 604-738-4195 or by e-mail at aegarden@telus.net. The compact garden set on 2 residential lots reflects Erickson's passion for Japanese gardens. For more information visit our website at www.ericksongarden.org

Ongoing until September 17, 2008
Free Outdoor Yoga at Canada Place.  Canada Place and My Yoga Online proudly welcome Free Outdoor Yoga every Wednesday at 6:00pm.  Yoga participants can relax, de-stress, and meditate while experiencing true Vancouver under the brilliant white sails. This unique evening experience is open to all levels. Classes are free however donations are greatly accepted benefiting Doctor’s Without Borders and the Strathcona Community Center.  http://www.myyogaonline.com/canada_place.html

Ongoing until September 28, 2008
Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market.  The Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market is really new, opening just this spring. It's held every Sunday until the end of September, 11am - 4pm, next to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. With over 50 vendors, the market has become a great success in just a few weeks. There are people selling jewelry, homemade fudge, art and photography, as well as fresh produce, flowers and plants, and health food. There are also local restaurant owners giving food prep demos and a stage area for live music performances. This is a great day out and once you're finished at the market there's always Steveston Village to check out, with jazz bands and dance groups performing on the docks. www.stevestonivillage.com

Ongoing until September 30, 2008
Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. Take a drive in the beautiful countryside, experience something new and connect with our friendly people and their agricultural roots on the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. The Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour has something that will appeal to everyone...young and old. Maybe you will enjoy sampling some of the best ice cream you will ever taste, or how about learning the inner secrets of growing award winning perrenials. For the more action oriented you can pick the best halloween jack-o-lantern out of a real pumpkin patch and best of all you can end your tour with some fine cold climate wines and dinner made from products grown on local farms. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

Ongoing to December 31, 2008
Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art: Gallery Opening.  The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art will open its doors to the public on May 10, 2008, with the opening exhibition Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art. Bill Reid: Master of Haida Art runs through 2008, featuring highly interactive exhibits that appeal to all ages. Permanent installations include: The Raven's Trove: Gold Masterworks by Bill Reid; the monumental bronze sculpture Mythic Messengers, Reid's masterful composition of eleven intertwined figures recounting traditional Haida myths; a monumental cedar tribute pole carved by Haida Chief 7idansuu (Jim Hart) honouring Reid, who died in 1998. Two of the exhibition spaces feature rotating exhibitions of Northwest Coast art, cultural performances and lectures. Although the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is just steps away from one of Vancouver's busiest intersections, Georgia and Burrard, visitors find it amazingly secluded by the cloister-like setting of the courtyard.

Ongoing
For the last 12 years I've been running a non-profit organization in Delta called Air Time Canada.  We offer a free Aviation Camp where kids (and adults) learn how to co-pilot an airplane and get a chance to try it out for real.  It's completely free, in that we cover the cost of the ground school, food, flights, fuel, instructors, etc.  Participants do have to pay for their own classroom supplies.  You can find out a lot more at: http://www.airfun.org  David Black, Director, Air Time Canada;

Ongoing
MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $6.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2008.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit www.MrDance.ca or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.

Ongoing
Totems - Silent Messengers of the West Coast.  Visit the largest and most diverse collection of totem poles Vancouver has seen and pay homage to this ancient icon in Pacific Northwest Coast native culture, known as the silent messenger. Coastal Peoples Fine Arts, 1024 Mainland St., Vancouver; 604.685.9248, http://www.coastalpeoples.com

Ongoing
Vancouver Public Library presents OPEN MIKE FOR TEENS.  Are you tired of singing in the shower or reading poetry to your cat? We are too and we're here to do something about it! On the first Monday of every month between October and June, teens are invited to come on stage in the Peter Kaye room at Central Library and do their thing!  Anything goes, from stories to poetry to songs. It can be your own material or someone else's. It doesn't matter who wrote it, we wanna hear it.  Library Square, 604.331.3691.










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