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

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Special Events for September 2012
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 1, 2012
Crescent Beach Invitational Concours d'Elegance.  At Blackie Spit Park, Crescent Beach, September 1st, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm there will be a selection of 83 superlative collector cars & motorcycles selected by an experienced sourcing team. The collection encompasses a wide range of styles and makes, many entries rare and seldom seen by the public. This is an invitational event with cars coming from the Lower Mainland, Washington State and the BC Interior. The event has a seaside setting and is close to nature trails and within a lovely community. No charge to the public but we will be encouraging a donation to Children's Hospital. http://www.crescentbeachinvitational.com

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September 1, 2012
Kilby Kid's Festival. Load up the kids and get out of the house for one last hurrah this summer. The Kilby Kid's Fest is a full day of entertainment for the kids including music, dance and audience participation with a Pinata Party. Face painting, several fun craft stations, Fraser Valley Mascots and a few other surprises are bound to get them all tuckered out for a quiet car ride home. Bring your blanket and picnic in the Orchard, or enjoy traditional children's features in the restaurant. Beach just down the road at Kilby Park. http://www.kilby.ca

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September 1 - 2, 2012
Chilliwack Bluegrass Festival.  Bluegrass music fills Chilliwack Heritage Park for 3 fun-filled days of music, picking & corn. Also featuring open mic, beginner jams, corn shuckin' contests, free workshops & children's activities. Pay camping available. Check website for fees & performers schedule. No alcohol or pets. Chilliwack Heritage Park. http://www.chilliwackartscouncil.com

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September 1 - 2, 2012
Bands on the Beach.  We are not going to let the summer slip away without a major celebration... Local country singing sensation Todd Richard is just one of the performers who will help us rock our last summer long weekend with an incredible afternoon of entertainment on the beach. Harrison Hot Springs. http://www.tourismharrison.com

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September 1 - 3, 2012
Lytton River Festival. The Annual Lytton River Festival, which attracts hundreds of locals and visitors, celebrates Lytton's natural surroundings, vibrant community and First Nations culture. Family and friends return every year to participate in free activities throughout the Labour Day weekend. Spend a day or two to enjoy the festival atmosphere, live performances, Farmers' Market vendors and the River Fest Pow Wow on Sunday. Artists who have performed on the main stage include Gerald Charlie & the Black Owl Blues Band, Black Dog Blue, Flat Busted and Richie & the Fenderman. http://www.riverfestival.ca

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September 3, 2012
Music in the Park. Join us for a fantastic afternoon of live musical performances at Metro Vancouver's Music in the Park in partnership with the North Vancouver Community Arts Council.  Bring a picnic and be inspired by visual art displays and demonstrations while enjoying live jazz, folk, acoustic guitar, vocals and contemporary harp, all amongst the stunning backdrop of the North Shore Mountains and Capilano Lake. http://nvartscouncil.ca/events/music-park

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September 5 - 23, 2012
Jersey Boys. How did four blue-collar kids become one of the greatest successes in pop music history? Find out at the runaway smash-hit, Jersey Boys. Winner of the Best Musical Award on Broadway, in London and Australia, this blockbuster phenomenon takes you up the charts, across the country and behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Experience electrifying performances of the golden greats that took these guys all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," "Dawn," "My Eyes Adored You," and more. Don't miss the international sensation that's a Broadway triumph, was named the number one show in Las Vegas and continues to break records in cities across America - bringing countless audiences to their feet. As The New York Times says, "The crowd goes wild!". Queen Elizabeth Theatre  http://www.jerseyboysinfo.com/

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September 6, 2012
Pull Focus Film School Open House. On September 6th, 2012 we are opening our doors to share what we're up to at Pull Focus Film School. The open house is a great introduction for all those interested in filmmaking and who want to get involved in their community. Learn about our upcoming courses, see some of our students' fantastic films and enjoy the party! http://www.pullfocusfilms.com

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September 6 - 16, 2012
Vancouver International Fringe Festival. Over 550 performances by more than 80 different groups for 11 days make the Fringe Vancouver's most diverse source of entertainment in some of Vancouver's best theatre venues. Check our website for a complete list of the 2012 lineup. http://www.vancouverfringe.com

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September 8, 2012
Vancouver Heritage Foundations: Public Art Walking Tour. Join art curator, writer, consultant and lecturer Rachel Lafo on this walk showcasing some of the amazing public art around Downtown Vancouver. This tour will offer an opportunity to visit great works such as Ken Lum at the VAG, Ron Terada at the VPL and Douglas Coupland's Terry Fox Memorial to name a few.  Hear the stories behind these public art works and their impact on the art world and Vancouver. http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org or call 604-264-9642.

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September 8, 2012
Last One Stands. Vancouver's biggest street dance competition.  Last One Stands’ first battle took place in 2010, and had successfully established a new chapter for Vancouver’s dance scene. “Last One Stands” is the first one-on-one freestyle dance competition (in locking, popping, and hip-hop) in Vancouver to attract global attention in history, featuring some of the most acclaimed street dancers and judges from around the globe. It is the first and only local dance event that has international judges for all categories and involves some of the top dancers as special foreign battle guests in the competitions. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Last-One-Stands

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September 8 - 9, 2012
Luxury & Supercar Weekend at VanDusen Botancial Garden. Vancouver's third annual Luxury Supercar & Concours d'Elegance Weekend returns to VanDusen Botanical Garden with its largest and most valuable collection of supercars and luxury brands to date, featuring cars hand-picked by the Concours d‘Elegance selection committee. Automotive enthusiasts of rare luxury supercars, vintage collectibles, electric/hybrid and concept cars will get the chance to view automobiles that are normally displayed only at select elite international automotive events.For more information visit http://www.luxurysupercar.com

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September 9, 2012
Feast of Fields - Metro Vancouver. Feast of Fields is a 4 hour (1 pm to 5 pm) gourmet wandering festival on Sunday, Sept 9th at Golden Ears Cheesecrafters in Maple Ridge, FarmFolk CityFolk's annual fundraising event. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, taste the best of BC from chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, fishers, ranchers and artisans from across the province - think of it as a 40 course meal paired with wine and beer! Feast of Fields highlights the connections between producer and chef, field and table, and farm folks and city folks. It's a gastronomic journey towards a sustainable, local food system. http://www.feastoffields.com

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September 9, 2012
The Coho Festival. The festival flagship has long been the Coho Festival which is held the second Sunday after Labour Day each year. Several thousand people attend this event to take in exhibits in our sustainability zone, to enjoy outdoor entertainment by the water in Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, to participate in children's activities and to enjoy our famous salmon barbecue (Wild Alaskan Salmon, which is in abundant supply, is served). The festival is also a venue for Coho Kids to raise funds for salmonid programs in the classroom. http://www.cohosociety.com

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September 9, 2012
Kitsilano Community Centre invites to you to our annual Open House on Sun Sept 9th from 10am to 2pm. Participate in or watch free trial classes, find out information about programs & services, meet the Board of Directors, and enjoy our BBQ! 2690 Larch St at 12th Ave. For a schedule and/or more info, please call 604-257-6980.

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September 10, 2012
An event of hope and inspiration: Portrait Elie Wiesel. Join the Jewish Federation for an extraordinary community event of hope and inspiration as we kick off the Annual Campaign with Holocaust survivor, author and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Elie Wiesel. Mr. Wiesel has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his adult life. His personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents as an author, teacher and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world. Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania, and was 15 when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perished there. He and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated. http://www.jewishvancouver.com/

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September 13, 2012
New Works presents Dance Allsorts 15th Anniversary Party. At Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, Vancouver). www.newworks.ca

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September 14, 2012
Vancouver Heritage Foundation: Art Deco Walking Tour. Join the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and guide Maurice Guibord on a walking tour that explores the fascinating Art Deco architectural style. With its origins in 1920s Paris, the Art Deco style is best embodied in Vancouver by the iconic Marine Building. Located throughout the downtown core are lesser-known examples of the style such as the Gotham Steakhouse building. See more info & buy your tickets at http://vancouverheritagefoundation.org/

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September 14 - 16, 2012
Annual Pender Harbour Jazz Festival. Welcome to the Annual Pender Harbour Jazz Festival; a great & varied line-up with 40's swing, Gypsy Jazz, sultry vocals, hothorns, mellow strings, contemporary, vintage, fusion & just about everything in-between, all offered in our unusual & intimate oceanside settings. Impromptu & planned jams, casual atmosphere & stellar performers. Check our website for updates, program at a glance, list of performers & ticket information. Park it, Bus it, Green it: park your vehicles & hop aboard the jazz shuttle. A new improved & comprehensive scheduled bus & water taxi service is available throughout the weekend. http://www.penderharbourmusic.ca

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September 14 - 16, 2012
Fraser Valley Food Show. The Fraser Valley Food Show encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking presentations and cooking related exhibits; and of course fantastic shopping opportunities. While at the Fraser Valley Food Show, visit the Bite of the Valley where local restaurants will be offering appy-size portions of their regular menu selections or enjoy some of the best wines, beers and spirits in the Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting Pavilion. The bounty of The Valley under one roof! http://www.fraservalleyfoodshow.com

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September 15, 2012
Voices in the Park. Voices in the Park is a concert to benefit the Sarah McLachlan School of Music in Vancouver. The concert will take place at the Brockton Fields in Stanley Park. Artists that will be performing are Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, Hedley, Jann Arden, Chin Injeti, The Boom Booms & Vancouver Men's Chorus. There will be a special guest appearance by former US President Bill Clinton. http://www.voicesinthepark.com

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September 15, 2012
The Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area is hosting its 3rd Annual Autumn Shift Festival on Main Street between Broadway and 12th Ave. on September 15, 2012 from noon to 6:00 pm. This annual community event is a fun, family-friendly street festival on Main Street that celebrates sustainable living, urban gardening, and active lifestyles. This year's Autumn Shift Festival will feature 70+ booths (inc. The Vancouver Aquarium, TELUS World of Science, and BC Hydro), DJ's and live music at The Beaumont Studios Stage, a fashion show at 3:30, free popcorn and cotton candy, and fun activities for all!

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September 15, 2012
The Dance Centre presents the eleventh annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House, a day of classes, workshops, performances and events featuring dance styles including ballet, contemporary, salsa, capoeira, classical East Indian, hip hop, and more. Free admission. 10.30am-7pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver. Info www.thedancecentre.ca

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8/31/2012September 15, 2012
9.45am-1pm, Harvest veggies at the Terra Nova Sharing Farm in Richmond. Event is on rain or shine, no experience necessary, tools, gloves and refreshments provided. To sign up and for more info please visit:http://www.meetup.com/

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September 15 - 16, 2012
International Talk Like a Pirate Day at Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.  Ahoy mateys, join us for a day of pirate fun at the Cannery. Kids crafts and activities, and a prize for the best pirate phrase. http://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com

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September 16, 2012
7th Annual Cops, Kids, and Commercial Drive Day on September 16th. Cops and Kids is principally a back to school safety event for children and their parents. It is also an opportunity to promote personal interaction between the public, police and other community partners. Cops & Kids includes VPD patrol officers with their emergency vehicles, the Motorcycle Squad, the Marine Squad, horses from the VPD Mounted Squad, VPD and Transit Police Dog Squads, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services with their fire truck and BC Ambulance Paramedics with an ambulance. For more event details visit http://www.gwcpc.ca/

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September 16, 2012
Go Global Expo 2012. Are you interested in studying, working, volunteering or living overseas? Check out opportunities in more than 100 countries at the 2012 Go Global Expo. This free event will showcase: Exhibitors offering opportunities in more than 100 countries. Volunteer-sending organizations, universities from around the world, jobs teaching English, non-profit groups, international jobs and internships, travel operators and lots more! http://www.letsgoglobal.com

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September 16, 2012
Lower Lonsdale Fall Festival. Join the celebration of the Lower Lonsdale Fall Festival. The Festival will host a variety of activities, showcase local businesses and community organizations, along with continuous stage & street entertainment. http://www.lowerlonsdalebusinessassociation.com

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8/31/2012September 16, 2012
9.45am-1pm– Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up at Porteau Cove Provincial Park. Event is on rain or shine, no experience necessary, tools, gloves and refreshments provided. To sign up and for more info please visit:http://www.meetup.com

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September 17 - 23, 2012
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. www.vancouverflamencofestival.org

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September 19, 2012
Speakers Series: Dekasegi, Emigration to Canada from Meiji Japan. By Dr. Audrey Kobayashi. Dr. Kobayashi will talk about the conditions in Japan, and the impact of emigration on Japanese villages, and also about conditions in early Vancouver. FREE admission, www.nikkeiplace.org

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September 20 to October 6, 2012
The Duchess: a.k.a. Wallis Simpson. An extravagant and inspired epic, The Duchess takes us into a wonderland where Kings and Queens dance the Black Bottom, Faerie creatures demand blood, and Empires are given up for love. The play tells the story of the woman for whom Edward Vlll abdicated his throne, Wallis Simpson. It travels into the emotional centre of a plain, brash, sexual woman, who collapsed only when the cocktails ran out - a woman destined to become the Yoko Ono of her time. Irreverent and ribald, this mostly true drama combines straightforward narrative with magic realism. Telus Studio Theatre. For more information please contact: 604-822-2678

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September 21 to October 27, 2012
Pacific Theatre presents THE SPITFIRE GRILL music and lyrics by James Valcq, lyrics and book by Fred Alley. A musical breath of fresh, mountain air. Pacific Theatre launches its 2012-2013 season with a taste of home in Midnight Theatre Collective’s guest production of The Spitfire Grill, a soaring bluegrass musical with music and lyrics by James Valcq, lyrics and book by Fred Alley. With only a photo of some autumnal trees to guide her, Percy chooses the sleepy mountain town of Gilead to start her life over after being released from prison. The downside to starting over in a town just large enough to hold one diner? Well, when everyone knows everything about you it can make the whole "fresh start" idea a little trickier. andrea@pacifictheatre.org | 604.731.5483

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September 22, 2012
Grouse Grind Mountain Run 2012. The 22nd Annual Grouse Grind Mountain Run® returns Saturday, September 22, 2012. This Vancouver classic is the true test of your season's training. Whether you are coming out to beat the current course record, to just enjoy the trail, or to raise funds, this is an excellent celebration of the end of the summer hiking season. http://www.grousemountain.com

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September 22, 2012
9.45am-1pm, Remove Broom & Himalayan Blackberry & replant with native plants in South Surrey. Event is on rain or shine, no experience necessary, tools, gloves and refreshments provided. To sign up and for more info please visit: http://www.meetup.com

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8/31/2012September 22, 2012
9.45am-1pm, Remove Broom & Himalayan Blackberry & replant with native plants in South Surrey. Event is on rain or shine, no experience necessary, tools, gloves and refreshments provided. To sign up and for more info please visit: http://www.meetup.com

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8/31/2012September 23, 2012
9.45am-1pm, Plant native plants at Kanaka Creek Regional Park in Maple Ridge. Event is on rain or shine, no experience necessary, tools, gloves and refreshments provided. To sign up and for more info please visit:http://www.meetup.com

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September 24, 2012
Storm Chaser Ingrid Backstrom. Ingrid Backstrom is one of professional freeskiing’s most consistent competitors, winning or placing high whenever she competes. She has starred in ski films like the acclaimed 2007 film Steep, and she was the sole female on Powder Magazine’s list of Future Big Mountain Heroes. Her quest to ski has taken her around the globe, and she’s tried adventure sports from climbing to BASE jumping. http://www.thenorthface.com/en_US/

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September 24, 2012
VSO Presents: Arrival from Sweden Play the Music of ABBA! Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Special: ABBA is back! International sensation Arrival from Sweden is the world's top ABBA tribute band playing to sold-out houses everywhere they go. Arrival from Sweden is the only band with exclusive rights to the ABBA name, costumes and original music, including hits like Mamma Mia, Chiquitita, Take a Chance on Me, Waterloo and many more. Arrival from Sweden also includes original ABBA band members Finn Sjöberg on guitar and Roger Palm on drums. Live on stage with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Tickets: 604-876-3434 Vancouver Symphony

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September 27, 2012
The Dance Centre presents Aeriosa as part of the Discover Dance! noon hour series. Aeriosa’s spectacular aerial dance shows bring together the athleticism of rock climbing and the grace and artistry of dance. Using rope rigging systems, the company creates three-dimensional performances that re-interpret gravity and delight and inspire audiences. Choreographer Julia Taffe presents a program of theatre-based work and provides revealing insights into a unique dance genre. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver. Tickets $12/$10 students, seniors and children. Info www.thedancecentre.ca

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September 28, 2012
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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September 28 - 30, 2012
Culture Days at Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Discover the inner workings of the Cannery during Culture Days, celebrated at public institutions across Canada. This event raises awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. http://www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com

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September 28 to November 3, 2012
Firehall Arts Centre presents Chelsea Hotel. Leonard Cohen's powerful and inspirational music and lyrics are the heartbeat for Chelsea Hotel, an illusory world full of enchantment, desire, passion and love. Haunted by memories of his tumultuous love life, a Writer checks into New York's infamous Chelsea Hotel desperate to find the words and inspiration for his next song. Wading through past relationships, he reluctantly comes face to face with the love of the present, a love he wishes he could not just forget, but erase from his memory. http://firehallartscentre.ca

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September 29, 2012
5 Peaks Trail Running Series - Buntzen Lake Race. Half marathon and Enduro courses offered at scenic Buntzen Lake in Anmore. 604-988-2320, http://www.5peaks.com

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September 29, 2012
Join us on September 29th from 11am-4pm for the 18th Annual Harvest Festival & Block Party ! Enjoy local music, food and art, outdoors on Prince Albert’s Street, as well as a variety of activities inside Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House like games, silent auction, workshops and raffles. Admission is free and all ages are welcome! For more information visit http://www.mpnh.org/harvest_festival

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8/31/2012September 29, 2012
9.45am-1pm, Ivy removal and planting at Stoney Creek in Burnaby. Event is on rain or shine, no experience necessary, tools, gloves and refreshments provided. To sign up and for more info please visit: http://www.meetup.com

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September 30, 2012
South Burnaby Neighbourhood House Car Rally. The car rally is for participants to have fun as well as to raise money for South Burnaby Neighbourhood House. A specific route will be designed and car rally teams will be given their directions in a sealed envelope on the morning of the event. The rally will be a true test of driving and navigation skills. By following directions, teams will navigate their way from a starting point through a number of checkpoints to the finish line, throughout Greater Vancouver. The end of the Rally will be celebrated with a luncheon and awards ceremony. 604-431-0400, http://www.sbnh.ca

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8/31/2012September 30, 2012
9.45am-1pm, Remove English Ivy at Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam. Event is on rain or shine, no experience necessary, tools, gloves and refreshments provided. To sign up and for more info please visit:http://www.meetup.com

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October 6, 2012
Fort Langley Cranberry Festival. Pick up some fresh cranberries for your Thanksgiving feast and browse over 100 vendors in the village of Fort Langley's biggest event of the year! At Fort Langley National Historic Site, watch a barrel-making demonstration, try cranberry bannock, play the cranberry toss, and more. 604-888-8835, http://www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

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October 25, 2012
The Dance Centre presents Ballet BC as part of the Discover Dance! noon hour series. Bold and innovative, Ballet BC has developed a distinctive and highly acclaimed style, presenting a varied repertoire of contemporary ballets by Canadian and international choreographers which combine the rigour of classical technique with a cutting-edge approach. Introduced by Artistic Director Emily Molnar, the company’s superb dancers will perform excerpts from a brand new work by American choreographer Nicolo Fonte, which is scheduled to premiere in November. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver. Tickets $12/$10 students, seniors and children. Info www.thedancecentre.ca

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November 29, 2012
The Dance Centre presents South Asian Arts as part of the Discover Dance! noon hour series. Join South Asian Arts, Uzume Taiko and Sambata for an explosive performance of bhangra, and more! Originally a folk dance celebrating the harvest, bhangra has now surged in popularity worldwide, both in its traditional form and as a fusion with hip-hop, house, and reggae. This special presentation also brings together the percussive sounds of Japanese taiko, Brazil and Cuba. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver. Tickets $12/$10 students, seniors and children. Info www.thedancecentre.ca

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September 13, 2012
New Works presents Dance Allsorts 15th Anniversary Party. Featuring performances from the response. (Artistic Director Amber Funk Barton) and other great guests, with a community dance party to follow. At Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, Vancouver). www.newworks.ca

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September 15, 2012
Place des Arts Family Open House. Discover Place des Arts! Enjoy fun arts activities, take a tour of the centre, participate in hands-on teacher demos, win fabulous door prizes and get a discount on class registration during the event (one per family). Programmers and teachers will be available to answer questions.  Place des Arts | www.placedesarts.ca

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September 16, 2012
GO GLOBAL EXPO 2012. Are you interested in studying, working, volunteering or living
overseas? Check out opportunities in more than 100 countries at the
2012 Go Global Expo (www.letsgoglobal.ca). Taking place September 16
at the Vancouver Olympic Village Creekside Community Recreation

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September 30, 2012
Family Day at PdA: Part of Canada Culture Days. Gather up the family and celebrate! Enjoy exquisite photography by members of the Artists in our Midst photography group. Discover the talents of Place des Arts’ teachers and staff and the annual Art Feats show. Then participate in several all-ages, drop-in style workshops and create your own masterpiece! Don’t be intimidated by art, get engaged in it! Admission is by donation. Call 604.664.1636 to reserve your spot. Place des Arts | www.placedesarts.ca

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Ongoing until September 2, 2012
Journeying into Form: The Mountain Goat Wool Project at Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Following the groundbreaking exhibition Time Warp: Contemporary Textiles of the Northwest Coast presented by the Bill Reid Gallery in 2010-11, the Gallery is please to introduce Kwakwaka'wakw-Haida textile artist Meghann O'Brien and her first solo international exhibition: Journeying Into Form: The Mountain Goat Wool Project. Curated by the artist under the guidance of Martine Reid, Bill Reid Gallery's Director of Content and Research. For more information visit http://www.billreidgallery.ca/

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Ongoing to September 2, 2012
SUMMERFEST 2012 at Lonsdale Quay Market will run from Saturday June 30th, to Sunday September 2nd. Join us every weekend, as we celebrate local talent with some of BC’s hottest musicians and dancers. Dance demos and lessons, concerts featuring local artists, holiday weekend festivities, and children’s activities, make SummerFest an event you won’t want to miss! Lonsdale Quay Market’s SummerFest event has always been a supporter of local talent, and proud to showcase artists from within our community. This year we are very excited to partner with 100.5 The PEAK, to bring a lineup of musicians to the SummerFest stage that are all BC-bred alumni from The PEAK Performance Project!

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Ongoing to September 9, 2012
That which makes us Haida: the Haida language. This exhibition documents the last remaining fluent speakers of the Haida language and explores the three remaining dialects found in Alaska, Old Massett and Skidegate through portraits taken by Vancouver-based photographer Farah Nosh over the last eight years and interviews with the last fluent speakers in these communities.These men and women (the youngest is now 65 years old) who grew up with active, fluent speakers in their homes, are dedicating their time to save this linguistic isolate from extinction by teaching in schools, creating a written orthography and orally documenting all the vocabulary they know. They speak of how the language has influenced their relationship to the land and the sea, and shaped their ability to feel and understand their relationship to the earth and all beings through respect for all things. A full-colour catalogue, with a foreward by renowned anthropologist Wade Davis, and a CD accompanies the exhibition (Haida Gwaii Museum Press). Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

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Ongoing to September 9, 2012
The 17th 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 18 to September 9, 2012. Takes place in Vancouver's Chinatown, 100 & 200 block of Keefer Street (between Gore, Main & Columbia Street). 604-682-8998, http://www.vcma.shawbiz.ca

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Ongoing to September 9, 2012
Ladner Village Market - Delta. Located in historic Ladner Village, this 3 block long, open-air market runs rain or shine and has over 140 vendors from all over the southern province. As the vendors vary each Sunday the market is never the same twice! Shop 'til you drop as you peruse the fresh produce, plants and garden accessories, hand-made jewellery, soaps, crafts, and so many more original creations. 48th Ave Between Delta & Elliot St.

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Ongoing to September 16, 2012
The Summer Night Market. 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

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Ongoing to September 16, 2012
Free watershed tours. Want to find out where our water comes from? Take a tour and see what makes our water mountain fresh and world class. Metro Vancouver manages three closed watersheds to provide 2.3 million residents with a clean, reliable supply of drinking water. Every summer, we open the Capilano and Coquitlam Watersheds to the public by hosting watershed bus and walking tours. Advanced registration required, call 604-432-6430 or email toursreg@metrovancouver.org. http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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Ongoing to September 16, 2012
Klahowya Village back for 2012. Enjoy the warmth of our Aboriginal Summer Village and join the excitement in 2012. Klahowya Village in Vancouver's Stanley Park is an authentic Aboriginal tourism experience like no other you've seen. We welcome you to visit, celebrate and experience our vibrant culture through song, dance, art and cuisine!  More information will be available soon at http://www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village/

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Ongoing until September 23, 2012
Reading the Riot Boards: Mini Exhibition of the 2011 Stanley Cup Riot boards at Museum of Vancouver. Following the riot on June 15, 2011 after the Vancouver Canucks lost game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, broken windows on downtown businesses were hastily boarded up with sheets of plywood. The day after the riot fans and others met to clean up the city and began to leave messages on the boards - condemning the violence and looting, professing their love for the city, and stating “this is not the real Vancouver”.  The MOV received 86 of the boards for its permanent collection. http://museumofvancouver.ca

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Ongoing to September 27, 2012
Westside Community Food Market! Once a week this summer, a stretch of sidewalk in Kitsilano will be transformed into a community food market. The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation and Kitsilano Neighbourhood House are inviting sponsors,vendors, volunteers, visitors, workshop leaders, musicians, and customers to the market! Buy fresh produce from regional farmers and tasty treats from neighbourhood chefs. The market will take place on Thursday evenings, from 4-7pm, at 8th avenue and Vine St.; 604-736-7732

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Ongoing to September 27, 2012
Port Coquitlam Farmers' Market - Port Coquitlam. A busy and colourful downtown Farmers' Market with fresh produce picked that morning, fruits when in season, seafood, sausage, pickles, jams, jellies, conserves, eggs, fresh baked bread and cookies, fair trade coffee, fine art, fibre art, woodworking and so much more. A children's craft and lively entertainment will encourage you to stay and relax awhile. Thursday, 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam;

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Ongoing to September 29, 2012
Mission City Farmers' Market - Mission. Mission City Farmers' Market has been in existence since 1996. For our outdoor markets, we provide a small town ambiance in the midst of shade-offering trees and the calming flow of Lane Creek. We offer a variety of in season products as well as some talented local artisans and entertainers. Mission City Farmers Market has an atmosphere that will make you smile and take you back to a quieter time. Come visit us and see for yourself. We look forward to welcoming you!  Saturdays, Lane Creek Park, Mission

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
Playland Amusement Park. Get ready for another season full of fun as Playland opens for the 2012 season! This year you'll get a full season of ATMOSFEAR as well as all your favourite rides like the classic wooden roller coaster, the Corkscrew, Revelation, Hellevator and Drop Zone. And don't miss all the midway games and your favourite foods like cotton candy and mini-donuts. If you don't have your season pass yet, visit www.pne.ca now! Located just 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver on Hastings St at Cassiar.

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
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

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
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

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
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

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
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

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
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

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
Steveston Farmers' & Artisans' Market - Steveston. The Steveston Farmers' and Artisans' Market will open May 20 and operate every Sunday bi-weekly until September 30 (Except July 1). This popular market, now in its 5th year, includes fresh local produce, organic sausages, beef, turkey and chicken, artisan breads and baked goods, cheese, honey, jams and jellies, artisan salts, plants, natural soaps, body cream, unique art and so much more. Come for the day and enjoy the music, children's activities and delicious food like organic beef burgers, sausages, chili, waffles, fresh juices and much more and the Chef in the Market demos too. Rain or shine. 3rd Ave & Moncton St

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Ongoing until September 30, 2012
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

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October 13 - 14, 2012
UBC Botanical Garden Apple Festival. A family-friendly celebration of apples! Sample uncommon apple varieties, including organic and heritage, and purchase bagged apples and trees. The festival includes crafts, food, demonstrations, and children's activities. We are pleased to announce that this year's Apple Festival will be hosting the naming ceremony for the very popular SPA 493 apple! Please join us on Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 p.m. on the great lawn to be one of the first to find out the name of Canada's newest apple. More info: http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/events

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October 24 to November 4, 2012
The 9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival. Over 80 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside. With a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside, the ninth annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists who thrive in the heart of Vancouver. The festival features twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks, and a diverse array of artist showcases. Tickets and Info: www.heartofthecityfestival.com

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Ongoing to October 3, 2012
Langley Community Farmers' Market - Langley. The Langley Community Farmers' Market invites residents of the Langleys to come discover a traditional "make it, bake it, grow it" market where the people selling their products have had a direct hand in growing and producing them. Join over 30 vendors offering an amazing array of in-season produce and fruit, processed foods and quality arts and crafts. 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley

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Ongoing to October 3, 2012
Main Street Station Farmers' Market - Vancouver. Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal. 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. Expect to find a great selection of vendors at this market - everything from produce, meat and cheese, baking and more!  Every Wednesday.

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Ongoing to October 8, 2012
The Richmond Night Market. The Richmond Night Market 2012 event is located at No. 3 Road & River Road, Richmond, just one block from Bridgeport SkyTrain Station. It runs from May 18 to Oct 08 on every weekend starting at 7:00 pm. This outdoor event offers 88 food booths (the largest international food court ever), over 200 merchants & corporate sponsor booths, more than 1,700 on-site parking stalls, free admission, free live entertainment nightly on a top-notch performing stage, games, contests and hundreds of give-away prizes. Come and spend your summer in this fun-filled shopping and eating paradise with us! http://www.richmondnightmarket.com

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Ongoing to October 13, 2012
Abbotsford Farm & Country Market. The Market remains a premier shopping experience offering an array of fresh produce, processed foods, garden plants, arts & crafts. The selection changes from week to week as fresh produce, fruit, plants & other agricultural products come into season. Montrose Ave & North Of George Ferguson Way, 604-996-1542,
http://www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com

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Ongoing to October 27, 2012
Burnaby Farmers' Market - Burnaby. Every Saturday from May through October, Burnaby Farmers' Market has a large variety of farmers selling organic & non-organic produce, fruits, berries, plants, fish, cheese & meats, as well as prepared food vendors selling breads, honey, jams, sauces, pickles, pastas, pita bread, dips, salsas, ethnic foods, baking & pet treats. Our crafters sell jewelry, pottery, furniture, iron work, natural cosmetics, photography, baby wear, herbal skin care, knitting & much, much more. Burnaby Village Museum

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Ongoing to October 27, 2012
Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market - North Vancouver. 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.

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Ongoing to October 28, 2012
DONT EAT THE WHALE MEAT. Recently, curator Patricia Owen stumbled upon a curious assortment of memorabilia: intricately crafted ships-in-bottles, travel postcards, itineraries from the heyday of CP Steamships, lithographed labels from over 100 different salmon cans dating back to the 19th century... and 50 cans of whale meat. The Vancouver Maritime Museum is thrilled to explore the rarely seen, sentimental, and kitschy objects in its collection with Dont Eat The Whale Meat. Vancouver Maritime Museum, 604-257-8300, jen@vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

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Ongoing to October 28, 2012
Ambleside Farmers' Market - West Vancouver. Every Sunday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm May through October, Ambleside Farmers' Market has a great location by the water at the entrance to Ambleside Park. We have a good selection of organic & conventional farmers selling produce, fruits & berries, plus prepared food vendors with breads, fish, jams, beef, honey, vinegars, pickles, salsas, pastas & baking, as well as a great variety of crafters selling jewelry, pottery, artwork, skin care & much more.

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Ongoing to October 28, 2012
Coquitlam Farmers' Market - Coquitlam. The Coquitlam Farmers' began in 1997 as a small summer market with a few vendors, and has grown to boast a weekly Sunday market from Mother's Day to Halloween; and a twice a month Winter market from November to March. Each week you will find a diverse mix of vendors, kids crafts, local entertainment, and strong involvement by community groups who provide education to the public on local programs and services. A variety of events, such as our Salmon BBQ, are held monthly, focusing on eating and supporting local! Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot. Coquitlam;

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Ongoing until November 12, 2012
Exhibit Opening “Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia”  The Port Moody Station Museum is proud to present the exhibit Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia from May 14th to November 16th, 2012.  This traveling display was created by the Revelstoke Museum & Archive in partnership with the Revelstoke Railway Museum and portrays the history of the Chinese labourers who contributed to the building of the CPR between Port Moody and Craigellachie, BC.  In order to celebrate the arrival of this exhibit, the Museum will be hosting weekly family days every Sunday in July and August starting Canada Day weekend. The exhibit recounts the difficulties that faced the some 15,000 Chinese workers between 1880 and 1885 and includes a diorama of a typical Chinese worker’s campsite, artefacts such as opium pipes, coins, incense burners, as well as a slide show of historical photos.  It is estimated that between 600 and 2,200 workers lost their lives due to malnutrition, dangerous working conditions, and disease during this time. Discrimination was a daily reality for these workers, who would be paid half the salary of the white workers and were forced to do the most dangerous work in the camps. Port Moody Station Museum, www.portmoodymuseum.org

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Ongoing to January 30, 2013
Oak Street Farmers' Market. The Oak Street Farmers' Market is the only in Vancouver to offer all organic produce, eggs and meat. We are excited to be starting our second season with an expanded list of local organic farmers, bakers and prepared food vendors. Live entertainment every week.  Every Wednesday, Oak St & W 49 Ave (Unitarian Church); 778 869 4060










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