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

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Special Events for September 2013
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September 1, 2013
St. Andrew's Wesley - Jazz Vespers - Vancouver
Where Jazz meets the Spirit! Spend an hour listening to the area's finest jazz musicians, plus a chance to reflect on life's mysteries and beauties through spoken word. Admission is free. Upcoming performers include: Van Django, Jim Byrnes & Joani Taylor, Marcus Mosely Chorale, Olad de Shield, Michelle Richard. Check website for more upcoming artitsts. 1022 Nelson Street, http://www.standrewswesleychurchbc.ca

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September 1 - 2, 2013
TELUS Taiwan Fest
This Labour Day weekend - August 31 through September 2 - TELUS Taiwan Fest returns to downtown Vancouver. Celebrate great culinary traditions with Vancouver's only street banquet featuring top chefs from Taiwan. Don't miss the first music symphony in downtown Vancouver conducted by Ken Hsieh. While at the festival, experience the magic of Chinese medicine through a free consultation. Other programs include the Chatime Bubble Tea Garden, a performance by the Amis KaKeng Musical Group, the Roman Warship and Chinese Emperor's Cruise Ship, and lots more! 500 to 800 block Granville Street and Vancouver Art Galley. 604-263-9311

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September 2, 2013
Old & New Day at BC Farm Museum - Fort Langley
On Monday, September 2nd 2013 - the BC Farm Museum in Fort Langley will be holding their annual "Old & New Day". There will be plenty of things going on. On display will be "old & new" tractors, trucks, phones, cameras, books, lamps and many other interesting comparisons. See how things have changed in the past 100 years. http://www.bcfma.com

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September 3, 2013
Wiggles - Taking Off!
The world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, in Taking Off! appear at the Queen Elizabeth Sept 3 at 2:30 and 6:30 pm. 1.855.985.5000 Ticketmaster

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September 4 to Ocober 29, 2013
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Miyuki Shinkai and Jeff Wilson.  District Foyer Gallery.
Jeff is a self-taught realist acrylic painter exploring a range of Canadian & Scottish urban & rural narratives.  Typical subjects include heavy machinery, signage, utility poles and alleyways, interspersed with rural themes, such as the coastlines, forests & mountains. Subjects are characteristically cropped, to give dynamic & asymmetric compositions.  Canvases are rendered in a harmonious but distinctive, commonly vivid palette.  This combination of composition and colour reflects a confluence of visual techniques pioneered by the Scottish Colourists & Group of Seven.
3D Miyuki Shinkai: Glass installation
Miyuki has been working in blown glass for over twenty years.  Her main interest is narrative expression in installation style which incorporates glass and other media such as wood, painting, paper, and found object.  Through her work she wishes to share her excitement of visual art and hopes to inspire the audience to seek curiosity and beauty in life.  Miyuki lives on the Sunshine Coast and owns and operates Mellonglass studio with her husband.
604.988.6844 / exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca / www.nvartscouncil.ca

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September 5 - 15, 2013
Vancouver International Fringe Festival - Vancouver
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. Various Venues. http://www.vancouverfringe.com

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September 6, 2013
2nd Annual Kerrisdale Community Celebration
Bring the whole family down to Kerrisdale Arena and join us for an afternoon of fun! We will have live entertainment, a climbing wall, henna painting, arts & crafts, carnival games, and much much more. In the event of rain, the location will be switch to Kerrisdale Community Centre (5851 West Bouelvard). This event is sponsored by the Kerrisdale Community Centre Society. 604 257 8100

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September 6 - 8, 2013
Hope Brigade Days - Hope
Hope's largest annual event kicks off with the International Wood Carving Competition. Brigade Days features family funtime events including fireworks, a parade, demolition derby, pancake breakfast, bingo, street dance, Briggie Ball, pet show, Survivor competition & more. http://www.hopebrigadedays.com

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September 7, 2013
West End Fest 60's Flashback!
By West End Community Centre Association. https://www.facebook.com/events/364398217022955/

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September 7, 2013
A Day at the Farm 2013 - Ladner
Come to "Day at the Farm" and visit a real working farm to learn about agriculture's role in our communities. Join us and experience livestock, farm equipment, draft horse ploughing, haywagon farm tours, live music and local food! Explore the many facets of farming in your community. Westham Island Herb Farm http://www.westhamislandherb.ca

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September 7, 2013
Luminary Festival - Delta
The Corporation of Delta, Delsom Estates and Polygon are hosting Delta's first ever Luminary Festival in Sunstone Park. This magical evening is an event for the entire family. Children's games and crafts, luminary making workshops, food vendors, entertainers, a parade of lights - the park will come alive with activities and light! Bring your own luminary or make one onsite!  Please bring a blanket. http://www.corp.delta.bc.ca/luminary_festival.html

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September 7, 2013
The awesome power of CELTIC THUNDER will be taken to the next level as the group returns to Canadian stages across the country with the MYTHOLOGY North American Tour, backed by the release of the new album and television special, MYTHOLOGY. The tour will travel to 65 cities across Canada and the United States, showcasing their perfect blend of entertainment, ideology, and Gaelic spirituality, providing a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling tradition.
Tickets: $75.00, $55.00
Groups of 10+ can save $5 per ticket! Contact groupsales@abbotsfordcentre.ca or 604-743-5030
Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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September 7, 2013
RBC GranFondo Whistler - Vancouver
RBC GranFondo Whistler is back for a fourth year. Join Canada's signature GranFondo and ride with thousands of passionate cyclists from Vancouver to Whistler along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Riders are fully supported with five fully stocked Rest Stops with nutrition, hydration, toilets, mechanical and medical assistance. End your epic 122 km achievement with a party in Whistler Olympic Plaza with a free beer, massage and party into the night. What sets this GranFondo apart is that GranFondo Canada offers a fully-supported, dedicated cycling lane from start to finish, so cyclists can focus on the ride. http://www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com

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September 7, 2013
The bustling boulevards of Wesbrook Village will be alive with family-friendly activities during the community’s third annual community festival on September 7. With the sights and sounds of fall, this special event promises fun for students, adults, and young families alike. Buskers will bring their beats to the streets, and musicians will take to the main stage with tunes that will appeal to all music lovers. Performers include Dr. Strangelove, Will Stroet and the UBC Opera. Shoppers can enjoy a sidewalk sale where local retailers will showcase their products with interactive games and contests. Festival goers will enjoy a free BBQ lunch and the tasty samples from local eats including Jugo Juice, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Blenz Coffee also promise to treat the taste buds. For the young at heart, the festival also features a kids zone, complete with face-painting fun, crafts tables, bouncy castles and rock wall climb. Parking at Wesbrook Village is free and the community is on the number 41 bus route. www.discoverwesbrook.com

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September 7 - 8, 2013
Langley Good Times Cruise - In - Langley
The 16th Annual Langley Good Times Cruise-in is expected to draw in crowds of over 100,000 people throughout the day and has become one of the largest mixed car shows in North America. This year it will feature the usual 1700-1800 show vehicles on the Fraser Hwy, Douglas Crescent, in Douglas Park and in the Cascades Casino parking lot. Downtown Langley. http://www.langleycruise-in.com

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September 8, 2013
Mountain View Cemetery bike tour
Join local historian and author John Atkin for a guided history tour of Vancouver's Mountain View Cemetery. $10 per person (cash only please).  604-325-2646

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September 8, 2013
Feast of Fields - Metro Vancouver - Langley
A gourmet wandering harvest festival annual fundraising event. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you can taste the very best of BC from chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, fishers, ranchers and food artisans from across the province. Feast of Fields is a gastronomic journey towards a sustainable, local food system. Tickets on sale now. Krause Berry Farms. http://www.feastoffields.com

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September 8, 2013
Pemberton Country Fair - Pemberton
Sponsored by the Pemberton Women's Institute, the Pemberton Country Fair features vendors & live music throughout the day. View items for sale including local arts, crafts, baking & garden produce. Free admission. http://www.pembertonchamber.com

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September 8, 2013
The Coho Festival - West Vancouver
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. Ambleside Park. http://www.cohosociety.com

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September 8, 2013
Pop Up Show: Art Afloat
A celebration of creativity on a floating home: Sept 8th, from 3pm to 7pm at #13, 3473 River Road West, Ladner. Please join us for this one-day event featuring painting, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Free - All Welcome! Participating artists: Lesley Anderson, Kitty Blandy, Zoe Cope, Katie Dey, Dana Fetherstonhaugh, David Friederich, Susan Gransby, Val Metz, Lisa MacLean, Brigitte Potter-Mael, Laurel Nelsen, Catherine Stewart.
Venue: The Wes Del Marina is just south of the Westham Island Bridge on the mainland side. The house is on the north wharf at #13. Please park on the road or in the visitors’ parking spaces. (Be aware that if you gps the address, it will likely send you to Richmond. It is better to gps the Westham Island Bridge.) Phone 778-434-2833. All purchases cash or cheques only please. 778-434-2833, danafanshaw@hotmail.com

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September 8, 2013
15th Annual Rhythm of Life: The Run and Walk for Everyone
Burnaby Lake Sports Complex East
3760 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5B 4X5
Rhythm of Life is celebrating its 15th annual community run and walk, raising much needed funds and support for Burnaby Hospital’s most urgent equipment needs. Join us for a run or walk through the trails of Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Afterwards, stay energized with refreshments, live entertainment and family fun activities. Whether you’re young or golden, the event has something for everyone! All proceeds support the Healthy Heart Program and help purchase critical equipment at Burnaby Hospital. For details and to register, visit www.bhfoundation.ca or call 604.431.2881.

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September 10, 2013
Federation Annual Campaign Opening
Portrait of Jason Alexander.  Join us for a uniquely interactive evening of entertainment and Jewish discussion featuring Jason Alexander from Seinfeld. The persona of George Costanza on NBC’s Seinfeld garnered him six Emmy and four Golden Globe nominations, an American Television Award and two American Comedy Awards. The Screen Actors Guild knighted him “Best Actor in a Comedy Series" and TV Guide readers voted him among the ten greatest television characters of all time. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, http://www.jewishvancouver.com/page.aspx?id=263213

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September 13 - 14, 2013
Agassiz Fall Fair & Corn Festival - Agassiz
The best small town fair in BC. This annual event includes a parade, midway, exhibits, music, animal shows and demos, antique tractor pull, logger sports and good ol' country fun. http://www.agassizfallfair.ca

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September 13 to October 5, 2013
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents: Art Rental Show
Need some inspiration at home or work? Buy or Rent artwork right off the gallery walls. Visit CityScape Community Art Space for the semi-annual salon-style exhibition of the Art Rental collection. The Art Rental Show features more than 400 pieces of original artwork created by local artists. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy original art in your home or office. Art Rental is a convenient and affordable way to enhance any space. Artworks rent for as little as $10 to $40 a month. Works are varied in subject and style; created in watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, photography and mixed media – something for everyone.
CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2G3
exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca / www.nvartscouncil.ca / 604.988.6844

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September 14, 2013
Butterfly Lovers
Maria Mimie Ho Foundation presents: Poetry in Motion a spectacular evening of Chinese culture and performing arts featuring "Butterfly Lovers," award winning choreography by Xing Bang Fu, performed by Vancouver Academy of Dance Youth Company. Proceeds go to the Maria Mimie Ho Foundation Endowment. Vancouver Playhouse, 601 Hamilton Street at Dunsmuir; 1.877.840.0457 Tickets Tonight

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September 14, 2013
Burnaby RCMP's Open House! - Burnaby
You are invited to Burnaby RCMP's Open House! Come join us for a free, fun action packed event. Learn more about police, public safety and crime prevention. Visit Police exhibits - Explosives Disposal Unit; Emergency Command Vehicle; traffic safety, police vehicles & motorcycle; meet safety bear & E-Comm's mascot, Ali the Moose; great live music by Freedom95, and information about the city's main crime prevention programs. At the Burnaby RCMP Main Detachment, upper parking lot, on Saturday September 14th from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. http://www.burnaby.ca/things-to-do/calendar-of-events.html

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September 14, 2013
The second annual "Best Catch" Sustainable Seafood Festival will be held in Steveston at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on Saturday, September 14 from Noon to 4:00 pm. Best Catch will help you discover which seafood choices are best for the planet and demonstrations by top chefs like Karen Barnaby and Ian Lai will show you what is tastiest for the plate! The cooking demonstrations will take place at the top of each hour, and there will be performances from Rio Samay and The Swagmen.  After visiting “Best Catch” stroll down to the public wharf and pick up some fresh seafood and try one of the demonstration recipes when you get home. Kids won't be left out of the fun, there will be carnival games and children's crafts and admission to the Cannery will be Free. 604-664-9282, gog.info@pc.gc.cahttp://www.bestcatchfestival.org.

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September 14, 2013
The annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House offers a fun day of free workshops, classes, performances and events featuring a host of different dance styles - contemporary, bhangra, flamenco, classical Indian dance, yoga, Pilates, and more! 11am-5pm at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver.
Info 604.606.6400 www.thedancecentre.ca.

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September 14 - 15, 2013
Great Canadian Craft Proudly Presents: Fall into Craft!  A one of a kind showcase by unique, independent artisans. Come visit the lower mainlands finest showcase of independent artisans. From handcrafted jewelry to delectable chocolate and everything in-between! What a fantastic way to enjoy unique handmade creations this fall! Come help support local makers and artisans! The Cloverdale Agriplex. www.greatcanadiancraft.com

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September 14, 29, 2013
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.
Family Day at PdA: Part of Canada Culture Days
Sunday, September 29, 1:30 – 3:30PM
Place des Arts is proud to offer our September Family Day as part of Culture Days, a free national grassroots arts and culture event that is being celebrated in every province and territory in Canada this September.Place des Arts | www.placedesarts.ca

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September 15, 2013
Terry Fox Run - Port Coquitlam
The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive event where individuals, families & groups get together to raise money for cancer research. Terry was a Canadian cancer activist who, in 1980, with one leg amputated, embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money & awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days & 5,373 km & ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. This annual run, first held in 1981, now involves millions of participants in over 60 countries & is the world's largest one-day cancer research fundraiser. http://www.terryfoxrun.org. Various Locations Throughout BC

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September 15, 2013
“Enjoy a day in the country without leaving this city”
On Sunday September 15th 2013, the Southlands Riding Club will host the 12th annual Southlands Country Fair. The Country Fair has become a popular annual tradition where citizens of the lower mainland are invited to come enjoy “a day in the country without leaving the city”. The Fair runs from 10:00-4:00 RAIN or SHINE (most events will be moved under cover if it rains).he Fair features pony rides, petting farm, old fashioned games, spectacular equestrian entertainment by Southlands Riding Club members, a Silent Auction, a local arts and crafts market, farmers market, music, book sale, face painting, hay piles, bouncy horses, delicious food enjoyed outdoors, and much more! This year we are also featuring a live performance by the Lollipop Girls, as well as a visit from a few of the Housewives of Vancouver!
The Fair is a place where young and old alike can experience the charm and magic of our unique corner of the city. Entry is by donation, parking is free, some activities cost $1.00-$5.00, while many others are free.
Each year, partial proceeds from the Fair are donated to Charity with a focus on bringing together underprivileged children, and horses. southlandscountryfair@gmail.com, 604-263-4817, www.southlandsridingclub.com

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September 15, 2013
Join us for the 4th Annual Autumn Shift Festival on Main Street – a Mount Pleasant, family friendly event that celebrates sustainability, urban gardening, healthy living and community in Vancouver. The festival will feature a local farmer’s market and nursery at Main Street and 7th Ave, three stages including the main stage at Main Street and Broadway, free popcorn & cotton candy at Main Street and 8th Ave, a Hot Art Wet City artist area, various vendors and plenty of FREE children’s activities! There will also be a smoking sausage BBQ cook-off at 2PM (a fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank) at Main Street and 7th Ave and a BLIM fashion show with Liveable Laneways at 4PM. www.mpbia.ca

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September 17, 2013
Discover a significant piece of First Nations' culture
Traditional cedar dugout canoe.  Watch as beautiful cedar dugout canoes paddle False Creek from Kits Point to Science World and are welcomed in a traditional ceremony to the Coast Salish lands. Reconciliation Canada’s All Nations Canoe Gathering is unlike any event Vancouver has seen and will be an amazing opening to the Week of Reconciliation. All Nations Canoe Gathering.  noon to 2:00 p.m.

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September 17, 2013
Reconciliation Canada is hosting a people-powered crafts will join traditional canoes in a welcome ceremony to Coast Salish lands from Kits point to Science World. Free.  1499 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC, www.reconciliationcanada.ca, 604-770- 4434

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September 18, 2013
On September 18th join Cynthia Flood as the Journey Prize-winning Vancouver writer launches Red Girl Rat Boy, her fourth and latest short fiction collection. With a vision that Nancy Richler calls "bracing, passionate and entirely lacking in sentimentality," Red Girl Rat Boy draws together a gallimaufry of subjects, from wild cats to sibling spats—but running throughout them is the inimitable prose, the chronological nimbleness, and the resonant sense for traumatic moments that characterizes the best of Cynthia Flood's work. Come join the author who is "in every respect … among our great North American fiction writers" (Betsy Warland).  Admission is freehttps://www.facebook.com/events/207371769427822/

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September 18 to November 5, 2013
North Vancouver Community Arts Council presents Christine Breakell-Lee at the District Library Gallery
Vancouver based artist Christine Breakell-Lee received her degree in Fine Arts and Communication from SFU. Since her solo show Mixed Media in 2010, she has established a strong presence among private collectors and designers. Christine's paintings evoke a spectrum of emotion, often pulling from personal experience that she realizes through her process of abstraction, spontaneity and contrast. It is through this process of adding and layering paint beneath the resin that her work evolves. Christine is represented in Vancouver by Art Works and Buckland Southerst Gallery and in Toronto by Art Interiors. Her studio is located at 1000 Parker Street where she spends time painting each day. Lynn Valley Main Library, 604.988.6844  exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca  www.nvartscouncil.ca

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September 20, 2013
Fraser Valley Cork & Keg - Wine & Beer Festival - Langley
Now in our 3rd year, the Fraser Valley Cork and Keg Festival is a showcase of local and international wines, craft and premium beer, Fraser Valley delicacies including local producers, restaurants and culinary artisans. Guests to our event can expect over 300 different types of wine, beer and spirits - truly providing a little something for everyone. Highlights of the festival include: Oyster Bar, presented by 1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market and live entertainment. http://www.corkandkeg.ca

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September 21, 2013
Mt. Lehman Fall Fair - Abbotsford
The Mt. Lehman Fall Fair is an annual event held at the Mt. Lehman Community Hall and Mt. Lehman Elementary School at the corner of Mt. Lehman and Taylor Road. It begins with a pancake breakfast and continues all day ending with a BBQ chicken dinner. Good family fun, pet parade, kids zone, preschool activities, petting zoo, exhibits, history room, contests, raffle, Bessie Bingo, lively entertainment, tea room, snack shack and burger bus. http://www.mtlehanfallfair.com

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September 21, 2013
Are you interested in teaching your children about nature? Would you like to attend a Family Event for FREE on a weekend? Trail Troupers hosts nature walks on the third Saturday of every month at Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Meet us at 10am for a fun hour-long walk. Our walks are intended for families with children aged 3-12 years old. Dress warm, bring your kids, and be prepared to learn about discovering the park. For more information or to be added to our Parent Mailing List, email us at pspyouth@gmail.com

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September 21, 2013
BC Legends Day at Kilby Historic Site
Come explore local folklore with presentations BC Legends.  Experts in fields of interest will be on site to give information and listen to your stories!
Event is free with admission.
Kilby Historic Site
215 Kilby RD, Harrison Mills
www.kilby.ca
604-796- 9576

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September 24 - 26, 2013
War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship between a young boy, Albert and his beloved horse Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France, Albert embarks on an extraordinary journey to find him and bring him home. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton Street at Georgia; http://vancouver.broadway.com/shows/war-horse-baa/

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September 26 to October 11, 2013
Vancouver International Film Festival - Vancouver
One of the most popular film festivals in North America and one of the largest cultural events in Vancouver. More than 150,000 people attend approximately 575 screenings of 350 films from 50+ countries. Check website for the 2012 Schedule of Films. Various Locations. http://www.viff.org/

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September 27, 2013
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)

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September 27 - 28, 2013
RiverFest: Inspired by the Fraser - New Westminster
On Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, 2013 we will celebrate BC and World Rivers Day with a festival that honours the Fraser River, the province's most magnificent river. Inspired by the river, RiverFest will be presented free to the public and will consist of art exhibits, interactive activities from conservation organizations and community groups that build upon the river and environmental themes. Live music and entertainment will complete the weekend offerings for an exciting, family-friendly festival atmosphere. 788 Quayside Drive, http://www.fraserriverdiscovery.org

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September 27 and 28, 2013
The Fraser River Discovery Centre invites you to join us in celebration of BC and World Rivers Day. In honour of the Fraser River, RiverFest will be held on the Westminster Quay boardwalk in New Westminster. The festival will consist of live entertainment; artists and artisans; community, environmental, and conservation organizations; and crafts and activities for children and their parents. This event is free to the public, so come celebrate with us on Friday, September 27 from 4-9PM and Saturday, September 28 from 11AM-6PM. We guarantee there will be something for everyone!
Phone: 604-521-8401, events@fraserriverdiscovery.org, www.fraserriverdiscovery.org/RiverFest

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September 28, 2013
ArtStarts on Saturdays presents Boris Sichon and his ‘Musical Pets’
Saturday, September 28, 2013 at ArtStarts Gallery, 808 Richards Street, Vancouver, V6B 3A7
When musician Boris Sichon was a boy, he didn’t have a pet... But one day, a friend gave him a xylophone for his birthday, and it became his first “musical pet”. Now, Boris has over 300 in his collection! Join multi-instrumentalist Boris Sichon to explore the love, joy and fun that music can bring. Free! No pre-registration necessary. Ideal for kids aged 3-12, but all are welcome! ArtStarts on Saturdays is a free workshop series for families at the ArtStarts Gallery in downtown Vancouver, featuring free, fun, 45-minute, culturally diverse workshops with some of the best children’s artists. For more information, visit http://artstarts.com/free-weekend-workshops or call 604-336-0626.

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September 28, 2013
Rose Gellert Concerts- Season Opener
Paul Marleyn, cello & Mauro Bertoli, piano
Cellist Paul Marleyn, who tours regularly in North America, Europe and Asia teams up with Italian born pianist Mauro Bertoli, winner of twenty-four National and International competitions. The duo will present a dazzling programme with Beethoven’s Sonata in A major and the impressive Rachmaninov Sonata. Also included on the programme are Glazounov’s Chant du Menestrel and Canadian composer Chan Ka Nin’s Soulmate, for solo cello.
7:30pm – 9:30pm , Rose Gellert Hall, Langley Community Music School. 4899 207 Street, Langley. Adult $22, Senior $20, Student $16, LCMS Student $10
www.langleymusic.com

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September 29, 2013
Allco Park/Ridge Meadows Rivers Day - Maple Ridge
Come celebrate World Rivers Day at this FREE event in Maple Ridge. Great for the family with lots of activities for kids. Live entertainment, BBQ, children's fishing pond, environmental displays, nature tours, and much, much more! 24959 Alouette Road, http://www.alouetteriver.org/events

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September 29, 2013
ArtStarts at River Market presents Boris Sichon and his ‘Musical Pets’
Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 11am and 1pm (2 sessions)
River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
When musician Boris Sichon was a boy, he didn’t have a pet... But one day, a friend gave him a xylophone for his birthday, and it became his first “musical pet”. Now, Boris has over 300 in his collection! Join multi-instrumentalist Boris Sichon to explore the love, joy and fun that music can bring. Free! No pre-registration necessary. Ideal for kids aged 3-12, but all are welcome!  ArtStarts at River Market is a free workshop series featuring free, fun, 45-minute, culturally diverse workshops with some of the best children’s artists. For more information, visit http://artstarts.com/free-weekend-workshops or call 604-336-0626.

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September 29, 2013
Trolley Dances. Enjoy a unique trolley ride, explore the North Shore and experience surprise dance performances! The Trolleys will transport guests to four secret outdoor locations, where audiences will be entertained by four unique, cultural dance performances chosen specifically for each location. Trolley audiences will only discover the locations as the trolley arrives, adding intrigue and excitement to the event. Audiences get the opportunity to discover sites across the North Shore that they might not have been exposed to before. They will also be entertained by Tour Guides on the trolleys, with stories and anecdotes along the route and about the performance sites. The trolleys, provided by the Vancouver Trolley Company, will depart from CityScape Community Art Space starting at 12pm. Only 128 tickets are available and last year’s event sold out – get your tickets now!  To purchase tickets or for more information: Online at http://nvartscouncil.ca/events/trolley-dances
In-person at CityScape Community Art Space, located at 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.
By phone at 604-988-6844

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Ongoing to September 7, 2013
Bard on the Beach presents Elizabeth Rex
"I require distraction," declares Queen Elizabeth I, when she suddenly appears in a barn where Shakespeare and his acting company are lodged overnight. She's quite serious: a former lover of hers, the Earl of Essex, is jailed in the Tower of London for treason and will die by her order at dawn. As the hour of his execution draws closer, the Queen must reconcile her responsibilities as a leader with her feelings as a woman. Charismatic actor Ned Lowenscroft, renowned for his portrayals of Shakespeare's women, becomes the Queen's sparring partner in Findley's fierce examination of devotion, power and identity. The Studio Stage provides an intimate setting for this poignant study of a sovereign in love. Vanier Park, Vancouver; http://www.bardonthebeach.org/

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Ongoing to September 14, 2013
Coquitlam Watershed Tours - Thursdays & Saturdays.  This tour showcase everything from drinking water infrastructure to giant old-growth Western redcedar and Douglas-fir. Catch a glimpse of the past as you visit the 1913 water intake tower. Enjoy panoramic views of the watershed, Coquitlam Island and Coquitlam Lake. Participants should be capable of getting off the bus 4-5 times and walking for approx. 100m on rough,unsurfaced trail at one of the stops.  Tours are 3 hours long. Free. 604-432-6430, toursreg@metrovancouver.org, www.metrovancouver.org

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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
Capilano Watershed tours - Fridays & Sundays.  Every summer we offer tours of our 3 protected watersheds to let you discover the pristine source of your tap water. Take in the spectacular views of the Coast Mountains, Capilano River and alpine storage lakes. Tour includes multiple  points of interest, 3 of which require participants to get off the bus for a short walk (~100m). Tours are 4 hours long. Free. 604-432-6430, toursreg@metrovancouver.org, www.metrovancouver.org

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Ongoing to September 7, 2013
Family Fun Watershed Tour of the Lower Seymour Valley. Select Saturdays & Sundays.
Take a ride on our magic school bus to the Seymour Falls Dam. Discover the  salmon hatchery, explore the old growth
forest along the Seymour River.   Learn about where your water comes through games and interactivities that are fun for the whole family. This tour includes a 1 to 2 km walk on a rough, flat, unsurfaced trail. This tour is for families only. Tours are 3 hours long. Free. 604-432-6430, toursreg@metrovancouver.org, www.metrovancouver.org

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Ongoing to September 5, 2013
Dundarave Farmers' Market - North Vancouver
Dundarave Village
As we try to reduce our carbon footprint, we offer fresh, locally grown or homemade products as they become available during the season. We offer fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers perennials, herbs, baked goods, pickled items and much more. Our farmers market also takes pride in supporting local crafters with their homemade items: jewellery, ceramics, wooden toys, silk handbags and more. Saturdays, http://www.dundaravevillage.ca

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

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Ongoing until September 8, 2013
Ladner Village Market - Delta
Located in historic Ladner Village, this 3 block long, open-air market runs rain or shine and has over 150 vendors from all over the southern province. Visitors will have a variety of fresh produce, meat, plants, garden art, handmade jewelry, soaps, furniture and crafts. They can also sample an array of food and beverages from restaurants and market vendors. Market is open 2 Sundays per month - check website for updates. http://www.ladnervillagemarket.com

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

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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
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 until September 15, 2013
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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Ongoing to September 15, 2013
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 15, 2013
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 15, 2013
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 15, 2013
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 22, 2013
Squamish Artcrawl 2013 - Squamish
Visuals - Squamish Valley Artists, will be hosting an event called Squamish Artcrawl, from August 3rd to September 22nd, 2013. Local venues and businesses will be transformed into galleries, hosting local artists for the duration of the event. The first and last weekend will feature studio tours. http://www.squamishart.com

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Ongoing until September 22, 2013
Shangri-La Farmers Market
Join us in the plaza between the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver and Urban Fare for the Shangri-La Farmers Market. Sample fresh local produce and products every second Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Live cooking demos at 12 noon by Executive Chef Wayne Harris. Fun for the whole family! After you have finished shopping join us at MARKET by Jean-Georges Restaurant for a special Farmers Market Brunch inspired by products straight from the Farmers Market! Parking is available under Urban Fare. http://www.marketbyjgvancouver.com/

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Ongoing until September 22, 2013
The Food Cart Fest
A weekly gathering of Vancouver's top Food Carts complimented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, and more. Food Cart Fest was created to highlight the diverse and delicious culture of Streetfood in Vancouver (recently named one the top three cities for food carts in North America by Travel+Escape Magazine). False Creek, 12:00PM — 5:00PM, (Every Sunday), http://www.foodcartfest.com/

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October 4, 2013
Christian hit maker Steven Curtis Chapman will be making a stop in Surrey for "The Glorious Unfolding" tour, also featuring Laura Story & Jason Gray. The tour to support Steven's new release, "The Glorious Unfolding", makes a stop at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium on Friday, October 4th.
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October 5, 2013
Cirque Musica features top circus performers from around the world performing in an over-the-top arena spectacular. The show features the "clown of clowns" David Larible, who has headlined circus' in arenas and theatres across Europe, and is making his triumpant return to North America where he previously was the headliner for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. In addition to David Larible, Cirque Musica will feature the world famous Wallenda Highwire Duo, the thrilling España Family, and a cast of world-renowned performers. Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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October 6, 2013
MercyMe - Multi GMA Dove Award winning group, MercyMe, brings their fall tour to the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports centre on Sunday, October 6th. Named "Christian Artists of the Decade" by Billboard Magazine, MercyMe has sold over 6 million records, scored 22 number-one singles on the biggest gospel charts, and have performed for over 5 million people. Along with this group's great success they have the incredibly strong ability to move and inspire all who see them. Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre, 33800 King Rd, Abbotsford. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/LMGConcerts.

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October 6, 2013
Lace up your shoes to raise FUNDS and join us for our 5th annual Walk-a-Thon “Walk on the Wild Side”. Help change lives for the better - beginning right where you live, for the animals who can’t speak for themselves. Let gather together and raise funds and awareness for Critter Care Wildlife Society, and their mission to help injured and orphaned mammals from BC. Mark your calendars and we are looking forward to see you and all your friends, family members and K9-conpanion (welcome on leash). Choose between a 4k walk and a 2k walk & stroll through the peaceful paths of the park. Lots of goodies & prizes and fun for all! Check out all our treasures for sale including beautiful handmade jewelry. Enjoy a light BBQ after the walk (pre-registration is required) and visit our guest exhibitors to learn about other local organizations.
Location: Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley, (South Entrance, off 8th Ave)
For registration and more information please contact Cathy under 604–202–5697 or claycath@telus.net!
Check out our website for more information: http://www.crittercarewildlife.org and register online!

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October 10, 2013
REBA with Special Guest Gord Bamford
One of the most successful female recording artists in history, REBA, is returning to the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre this fall on October 10th. Reba, who has sold over 56 million albums worldwide and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame will be joined by Canadian country music singer Gord Bamford. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, August 23rd at 10am. Tickets may be purchased online at abbotsfordcentre.ca, by phone at 1-866-977-2372, or in person at the AESC Box Office, the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, Matsqui Recreation Centre and Whatcom Wine & Spirits ticket outlets. info@abbotsfordcentre.ca

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Ongoing until October 2, 2013
Main Street Station Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Thornton Park (Main & Terminal), every Wednesday
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! http://www.eatlocal.org

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

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Ongoing until October 10, 2013
Granville Island Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Across From The Public Market In Triangle Square, every Thursday
Celebrating over 20 years of all things fresh straight from the farm, this is the most established market of its kind in Vancouver. Throughout the summer and early autumn months, it's the go-to place to get the freshest produce from local farmers - from the field to your table in hours. This year, bring your reusable bag to the Farmers' Market new location: Triangle Square (conveniently in between Net Loft and Public Market). It's cash only, but there are ATMs nearby. And remember, if you can, make sure to bike, walk, take transit, or the Aquabus and False Creek Ferry. http://www.granvilleisland.com

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Ongoing to October 10, 2013
Royal City Farmers' Market - New Westminster
Summer Market is set in gorgeous Tipperary Park, Royal City Farmers Market offers amazing fresh foods and handmade goods, as well as music, kids' entertainment, eat-on-site treats, and a beautiful setting to shop and picnic. Royal City Farmers' Market: Real food. Real fun. http://www.rcfm.ca

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Ongoing until October 11, 2013
THE SHIPYARDS - NIGHT MARKET
Shipbuilders Square, in the newly developed Shipyards in Lower Lonsdale, are home to what is to become the largest gathering of Food Trucks in the Lower Mainland. Fun and festivities, Live music showcasing talent from all over BC, Over 50 tents filled with local products, showcasing BC's artisans, bakers and farmers.  Friday Night Markets, http://www.northshoregreenmarket.com

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Ongoing until October 12, 2013
Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market - Vancouver
Vancouver Farmers Markets returns to Kerrisdale Village this season for 14 weeks of local food fun in the heart of one of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhoods. In the shadow of Point Grey High School and just up the street from Kerrisdale Arena, the farmers market will feature over 40 vendors selling farm produce, prepared foods and craft items from across BC. The market is situated on East Boulevard between 37th and 41st Avenues and there is ample street parking and close access to bus nearby. Saturdays,http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing to October 19, 2013
East Vancouver Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Trout Lake Community Centre Parking Lot
More than a market - a community institution! This market was established in 1995 and features a great selection of organic and conventionally grown produce, nursery items as well as meat, cheese, seafood and prepared foods of all sorts. High quality local craft is available and perfect for gifts.Enjoy entertainment by acoustic musicians and kids can have their face painted or get a balloon animal from our resident balloon sculptor. On-site hot food available. Make a day of it and visit the beautiful Trout Lake park complete with an off-leash dog park and beach with picnic area.  Saturday, http://www.bcfarmersmarket.org

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Ongoing to October 20, 2013
Kitsilano Farmers' Market - Vancouver
Each week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.  Sunday, http://www.eatlocal.org

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Ongoing to October 26, 2013
Burnaby Farmers' Market - Burnaby
Burnaby Village Museum
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. http://www.artisanmarkets.ca

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Ongoing to October 26, 2013
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. http://www.artisanmarkets.ca

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Ongoing to October 31, 2013
Seabreeze Adventures is a locally owned and operated whale watching company located in Steveston. Whale watching begins in April and runs through to October 31st. We have a fleet of three, 40-foot semi-covered vessels accommodating groups of 23 passengers.  Our boats have comfortable seating inside and unrestricted outside viewing. Our vessels are coastguard certified and our captains have extensive BC and Vancouver whale watching experience.  A certified naturalist/interpreter is on board for every trip. We also offer a free round trip shuttle service for hotel guests. http://www.seabreezeadventures.ca

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Ongoing to to October 31, 2013
Downtown Food Cart Walking Tour
Explore the popular food cart scene in the downtown core that is the largest in Canada! From Gastown to Granville Street, the tour will take you to the best street eating this city has to offer. In the mood for some traditional Indian naan? How about some Hong Kong dim sum? Or authentic Australian Pies? This tour is a fantastic way to sample 6 different food carts with an array of flavours. Tuesday to Friday, Meeting Place: Corner of Abbot and Water; http://offtheeatentracktours.ca/vancouver/

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November 9 - 10, 2013
The Main Street Vinyl Record Fair 8 - feat. Johnny de Courcy LIVE!
Buy, sell, trade - new and used vinyl. Discover gems and stock up on
cheap classics! 2 DAYS with A DIFFERENT GROUP OF VENDORS EACH DAY!
Thousands and thousands and thousands of vinyl records... plus a selection of turntables and gear. Over 45 dealers with a number of personal collections up for sale!  The Cambrian Hall (215 East 17th Ave, Vancouver). http://www.vinylrecordfair.com/

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December 14 - 15, 2013
Sesame Street Live "Elmo Makes Music" is coming to Abbotsford!
When the new music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more come to the rescue and discover instruments they never knew existed. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together! “Elmo Makes Music” features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with, such as “C Is For Cookie” and “The Alphabet Song”. www.abbotsfordcentre.ca

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Ongoing until January 5, 2014
Foncie's Fotos - Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver presents an exhibit of the works of Foncie Pulice, the last man standing from Vancouver's great era of post-war street photography. Creator of about 15 million images over his lifetime, Foncie captured Vancouverites in action as they strode the city streets. His photographs trigger vivid memories for long-time residents who recall the particular day, the hour, their companions, the circumstances. http://www.museumofvancouver.ca







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