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Special Events for August 2015
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August 1, 2015
Davie Street Block Party
Davie Street BLOCK PARTY Take back the streets for Pride Weekend in the heart of the Davie Street Village between Burrard and Jervis! This year we’re exploding the beer garden, with the party spilling out from the Community Stage at Davie Street’s historic Rainbow Crosswalk at Bute Street, where you can pound the pavement to some of the city’s hottest talent. http://www.vancouverpride.ca/

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August 1, 2015
Electric Love Music Festival
This action packed, one-night festival will be sure to enlighten all of the senses. Nestled in Chilliwack, Electric Love offers festival-goers a lush space to dance and be free in, boasting stunning mountain and waterfall backdrops as well as the river's edge. Up and coming local talent and world renowned DJ's coupled with amazing sound will be sure to delight the ear drums and lift the spirit.  Cheam Fishing Village, 930 Appel Road, Agassiz, http://www.electriclovemusicfestival.com

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August 1 - 2, 2015
39th Annual Powell Street Festival The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian Festival in the country and the longest running community celebration in Vancouver! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese performances and demonstrations, including taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana, folk and modern dance.  http://www.powellstreetfestival.com/

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August 1 - 2, 2015
White Rock Sea Festival
An amazing celebration of our land, sea and a wonderful community that surrounds it. The White Rock Sea Festival is celebrating its 66th anniversary this year. A talented and committed group of volunteers are planning a bigger and better festival. Enjoy 3 days of fun in the sun by the sea! All day live entertainment, kids activities, food vendors, marketplace fireworks, torchlight parade, and more!  http://whiterockseafestival.ca

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August 1 - 3, 2015
Abbotsford Agrifair & Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Agrifair: It's more than you think! It is a different show every day. The pride of the valley venue will be busting at the seams again. There will be something for everyone from the ever popular Demolition Derby, Go Carts, Midway, 3-day Mighty Fraser Professional Rodeo, Main Stage: all headliners to be confirmed. Trade show both indoors & out, over 75 exhibitors. Antique farm machinery demonstrations, West Coast Lumberjacks. http://www.agrifair.ca

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August 1 - 3, 2015
Tsawwassen Sun Festival
The largest community festival in South Delta. There's fun for the whole family including a parade, music, children's midway, antique fair, marketplace, slow-pitch tournament, BMX air show, bingo, main stage entertainment, fireworks, food vendors, and much more.  http://www.sunfestival.ca

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August 1 - 3, 2015
Brigade Days Fort Langley
Join HBC workers, Aboriginal traders, and trappers as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills. The weekend features a large period encampment, and the "Arrival of the Fur Brigades" canoe re-enactment at 1:00 pm Monday. Regular admission fees apply; free for annual pass holders. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/activ/activ2015.aspx

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August 1 - 29, 2015
Get a closer look at a National Historic Site
The BC Entertainment Hall of Fame celebrates the summer season by conducting guided tours of the City of Vancouvers’ historic Orpheum Theatre. Informative and entertaining tours of this National Historic site take place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am from July 2 to August 29th. The 90 minute walking tours are open to the public with no advance booking required. Please note the tour includes stair climbing and is not recommended for children under the age of 12 years. Those interested should arrive at the Orpheum’s Granville Street entrance (884 Granville) at least 10 minutes prior to the 11 am start time.  For a guaranteed reservation call 604 665 3470.  Drop ins are welcome subject to availability. As the Orpheum is a working theatre, tours and content may vary.  604.665.3470

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August 1 - 31, 2015
TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics research, and one of our goals is to engage the general public and educate them on the research that we do. One of the ways that we share our work with Vancouverites and tourists is through our free public tours.  we host a free drop-in tour every weekday at 1pm.  Free.  604.222.7582, tours@triumf.ca

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August 1 to September 26, 2015
Art Deco Photowalk Discover the beauty and rich history of Vancouver’s Art Deco architecture on this two hour photowalk. You’ll receive expert photography coaching while you learn the stories behind the buildings you’re shooting – from the streamlined façade of the Vogue Theatre to the ornate decadence of the Marine building.  (Every Saturday).  http://forbiddenvancouver.ca/art-deco-photowalk/

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August 2, 2015
37th ANNUAL VANCOUVER PRIDE PARADE Join us for one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events! Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ+ events in the world. http://www.vancouverpride.ca/events/pride-parade

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August 2, 2015
SUNSET BEACH FESTIVAL Celebrate Pride in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful waterfront parks! Browse through over one hundred exhibitors in our Pride Market, including local artisans, supporters and community organizations. A variety of bands, drag performers and speakers will be featured on the main stage, with DJs spinning in the beer garden throughout the day. Sunset Beach, like all of Vancouver’s parks, is completely accessible.  http://www.vancouverpride.ca/

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August 2, 2015
Vancouver Pride Parade & Sunset Beach Festival
The 2015 Pride Parade travels along Robson & Denman Streets & ends at the Sunset Beach Festival site. The parade entries include colourful floats, musical marching bands, community groups & 650,000 spectators. Pride takes over the streets & rainbows fill our city at the largest one day event in Vancouver. This is the must-see event of the summer! Celebrations continue during & after the Parade at the Sunset Beach Festival. Join us in the park, listen to live music & enjoy the headliners on the Festival Stage. Parade 12:00 pm-3:00 pm. Festival 11:00 am-6:00 pm. http://www.vancouverpride.ca

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August 2, 2015
Stanley Park has an incredibly rich history. From mystery and romance to forestry, protests and play, the stories from the Park?s past will surprise you.  Join Stanley park Ecology Society for a glimpse of what has happened over the last 100+ years.
Time: 1:30-3:30PM
Location: Lost Lagoon Nature House, Foot of Alberni St.
Price: $5 SPES members / $10 non-members
Please call to pre-register.
Phone: 604-718-6522
Email: programs@stanleyparkecology.ca
Weblink: http://stanleyparkecology.ca/event/stanley-park-history-101/

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August 2 - 3, 2015
BC Day at the BC Farm Museum
BC Day: another special day with many display engines running, plus 'must see', the Garden Scale Model Trains (some steam) operating for 2 days, Sunday and Monday. http://bcfma.com

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August 3, 2015
2015 Vancouver Longtable Dinner British Columbia’s most compelling and ambitious al fresco dining experiences – the 2015 Araxi Longtable Dinner Series – will be held on Monday, August 3rd in Vancouver. This year, as a convenience to guests, the dinner will be staged on the BC Day long weekend. Bard On Beach, Vanier Park.  http://www.araxi.com/longtable/

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August 4, 2015
Historic Treasures, Tales, and Toys
Junior detectives! Uncover clues to North Vancouver's past through exciting kids' activities! Become a super sleuth by taking part in a scavenger hunt, uncover evidence of childhoods past by experimenting with old-time games and toys, and enjoy historical characters Shipyard Sam and Molly the Mountaineer. Drop from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.
209 W 4th Street, North Vancouver, http://www.nvma.ca


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August 4 - 25, 2015
Free Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park
his annual event returns every Tuesday with start times at dusk. Check sunset times as that will be your best indication of when the movie will start. This is also weather dependent, please bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs. Please keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event - smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Attendees are encouraged to walk, take transit or ride a bike to the show. There will be a bike valet service offered on site each night well. Stanley Park, Second Beach, Vancouver, http://www.freshaircinema.ca/summercinema/index.html

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August 5, 2015
Murrayville House Movie Nights in the Park are free special events showcasing family-friendly, popular films in an open-air environment. The movie Pirates of the Caribbean will begin at dusk on August 5 at Denny Ross Memorial Park (4700 Old Yale Road, Langley). From 4 p.m. onwards, there will be fun for the whole family including: temporary tattoos, face painting, glow sticks, a bouncy castle and free popcorn. For more information and to enter to win great prizes, visit: http://www.MurrayvilleHouse.com. Moviegoers are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to support The Salvation Army Gateway of Hope Meal Centre.
http://murrayvillehouse.com/movie-night.html

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August 5, 2015
Explore the Evening
BURNABY LAKE REGIONAL PARK
Find out why some animals are active at night. Meet at the Nature House, 4519 Piper Avenue off Winston Street.  7 – 8 pm
For all ages, Free.

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August 5 - 7, 19 - 21, 2015
CSI Kids Camp
Trainee Crime Scene Investigators will have the chance to get involved in a series of hands-on forensics investigations, following a trail of clues to solve exciting mysteries. Highlights of the program include learning from Museum experts, trained VPD officers, and others who follow crime clues in real life!  More details  http://vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/csikidscamp

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August 5 - 8, 2015
ONCE UPON A PRINCESS
Emily's life is a bit of a disaster. That is, until she stumbles upon a magical book in her grandpapa's library. As pages fly and stories intertwine, she must navigate the chapters and discover their true meaning in order to get all of her favourite characters back into their proper sections before the clock strikes midnight!
Join us for a sweet little hour of story and music, and a reminder of what it truly means to believe in magic.
Featuring Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Belle, Mulan, and of course...a certain Snow Queen...
Ages 3+  (all-ages show Saturday 10am)
Tickets $20
Pacific Theatre, Vancouver
Aug. 5-7 @ 6:30pm
Aug. 8 @ 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 6:30pm
www.brownpapertickets.com
info@mylittleprincess.ca

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August 5 - 15, 2015
The Faerie Play is a site specific theatrical production for children and families set on The Sharing Farm in Richmond.  An enchanting story about a child who is part of the local theatre school and is stolen by one of the farm's resident fairies.  The audience is invited to solve the mystery as they search through the farm learning the secrets of the farm, meeting puppets, stilts, masks and music.  A fun family event and a creative way to learn about farming and the food we all depend on.
Tickets -  Adults $15, students/seniors $12, children under 6 Free
tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
Takes place at The Sharing Farm, 2771 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
two shows at 3:30pm and 6:30pm
For more information visit - www.mortalcoil.bc.ca

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August 7 - 9, 2015
Abbotsford International Airshow
Abbotsford International Airshow began in 1962 when the recently formed Abbotsford Flying Club decided an airshow would be an effective way to promote flying from Abbotsford Airport. The Airshow is an aviation festival that has grown well beyond its borders over the past 5 decades. With a role from very early on as a significant stop on the 'Airshow Circuit,' Abbotsford has distinguished itself as an event on aviation excellence, aerospace advancement & community participation. The line-up includes fighter jets, experimental aircraft, cargo planes, vintage, helicopters, small corporate jets & speciality surveillance planes. http://www.abbotsfordairshow.com

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August 7 - 9, 2015
Squamish Valley Music Festival
This 3-day music festival is one of the hottest festival tickets in Western Canada, engulfing the true spirit of British Columbia. Surrounded by forests & mountains in the clean fresh air, we have multiple stages of the best & latest electronic, indie & rock music. In a relaxed tree-lined & grass environment, there is plenty to explore with art installations including live art demonstrations & multiple food & beverage options. http://www.squamishfestival.com

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August 7 - 9, 2015
Watch the Open & 4-H livestock & canine competitions, cheer your favourite cowboy at the daily BCRA rodeo & enjoy the antique tractor pulls, the logger sports show & all the free entertainment. Visit The Field Trip Building for an informative chat with the people who grow the foods we eat. Fabulous fair eats, treats & plenty of affordable or free family entertainment.  http://www.chilliwackfair.com

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August 7 - 9, 2015
KitsFest returns this summer for its fifth year at Kitsilano Beach. The three-day festival celebrates sports and healthy living through various competitive sports tournaments. We celebrate diversity and inclusiveness for all ages and walks of life at every event. This contagious positive spirit helps us in our aim to build stronger community environments and share our success by giving back to our community through legacies such as our park facility upgrades and special events. The event will include many kids activities as well. Catch the excitement at KitsFest! http://www.kitsfest.com/

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August 7 - 16, 2015
Crankworx Whistler Freeride Mountain Bike Festival
Crankworx Whistler has become the authoritative freeride mountain bike festival. A supercharged magnet for the world's best riders and the definitive domestication of dirt in the service of epic endurance, supreme flow, monster air and gravity-fuelled mountain biking. Over ten fearless days in August, the venues at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park serve as a modern day Colosseum to the world's best mountain bike athletes. Downhill, enduro, trials, pump track, whip-offs, music, art - this festival has it all.  http://www.crankworx.com

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August 8, 2015
Korean Cultural Heritage Festival
One of the Lower Mainland's largest multicultural festivals is coming to Burnaby with 50,000 expected to attend. Previous festivals have focused on Korean heritage, but this year, organizers will also highlight things the country is well known for, including K-pop, high-tech industries and impressive b-boys. There will also be a taekwondo tournament, live music, entertainment, a beer garden and food.
Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby, http://www.koreanculture.ca

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August 8, 2015
Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival
As one of Metro Vancouver's premier blues and roots music events, the annual Blues & Roots festival features renowned musicians from across North America and around the world. Some of the headlining artists at this year's festival include The Sheep Dogs, The Devin Cuddy, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Ruthie Foster, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Cha's, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Jim Byrnes & The Sojourners, Terra Lightfoot, Sibel Thraser, Harpdog Brown, Jesse Roper and Colleen Rennison. The Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival is also a family-friendly event with a variety of children's activities. http://www.burnabybluesfestival.com

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August 8 - 9, 2015
TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival
The Vancouver Chinatown BIA society will once again host this incredible festival. Activities include a day market, Historical & Food Tasting Walking Tour, kids corner, multicultural stage performances, cultural corner, talent contest, theme related activities and Streetfest. This year's theme, Flair For Fashion! We will have more elements and innovative new programs that will be a feast for the eyes in the festival!  http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com

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August 8 - 9, 2015
Richmond Maritime Festival
Saturday, 11am - 8pm & Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Britannia Shipyards, 5180 Westwater Drive Richmond BC, V7E 6P3
The Richmond Maritime Festival celebrates all things waterfront at the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site. From wooden boats to model boats, water safety to sea creatures, local lore to fishing history, the festival invites visitors to explore a spectacular heritage site and enjoy music, games, interactive exhibits, roving performers, food and much more
http://www.richmondmaritimefestival.com/, festivals@richmond.ca

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August 8 - 9, 2015
New Westminster Cultural Crawl - takes place in over 22 venues across the city showcasing local artists and artisans. Studios, galleries, local shops, events in the park etc. Family outdoor movie night - ?The Incredibles? at Port Royal Park adjacent to the Community Garden.
604-521-7887, www.newwestculturalcrawl.com

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August 9 2015
Meet your local firefighters
Fire Hall No. 14 open house, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services is hosting open houses at fire halls across Vancouver throughout the summer. Meet your local firefighters, learn what they do, discuss any fire and life safety concerns that you may have, and enjoy refreshments and demonstrations.  All ages, Free
Fire Hall No. 14, 2804 Venables Street

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August 9, 2015
Meet your local firefighters:  Fire Hall No. 18 open house.  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services is hosting open houses at fire halls across Vancouver throughout the summer. Meet your local firefighters, learn what they do, discuss any fire and life safety concerns that you may have, and enjoy refreshments and demonstrations.  Fire Hall No. 18, 1375 W 38th Avenue
All ages, Free

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August 9, 2015
Dog Days of Summer - 24th Annual on Bowen Island Calling all dogs – this one is for you! Bowen Island’s 24th annual Dog Days of Summer is a tail-wagging good time for all. A costume parade starts the event at 12 noon followed by an array of activities, demonstrations and contests, including bobbing for wieners, flyball races, agility, dog-themed entertainment, and refreshments. http://www.tourismbowenisland.com/

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August 9, 2015
Vancouver's Golden Dumpling Cook Off
Back by popular demand, Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie and Here There present this exciting event. Paired with refreshments by Red Truck Brewery, the city's hippest hotspots will plate fresh takes on the filling-and-wrapper format. An expert panel of judges will taste their way through entries from 15 restaurants battling their way to the top. The winner will claim the legendary Golden Dumpling trophy. Festival-goers won't want to miss the Dumpling Derby, when prizes are awarded to hungry competitors who duke it out for dumpling domination in a deliciously vicious eating contest.
Red Truck Brewery, 295 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, http://www.goldendumpling.ca/

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August 10, 2015
Blackberry Bake-Off and Open House
This popular annual tradition continues at the Langley Demonstration Garden. Enter a blackberry creation in the bake-off for the chance to win local fame as Langley's best blackberry chef. Enjoy a locally-sourced barbecue for just $5, visit the kids' craft corner, and groove to live music. No registration necessary unless entering a culinary creation. Event takes place from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  http://www.leps.bc.ca/action/calendar/

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August 10 - 14, 2015
Summer Camp Art Classes for Kids
Mind-Blowing Mobiles
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Natalie Moor
Explore geometry, colour and function in this fun filled camp that will take your art making to new level of interactivity. From Kandinsky to Rothko we will explore colour, the magic of shapes, and majestry of motion ! Prepare to get crafty as we build mobiles, kites and other delights!
Registration
North Vancouver Community Arts Council
335 Lonsdale Ave, North Van, BC, V7M 2G3
604.988.6844 | programmes@nvartscouncil.ca
www.nvartscouncil.ca

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August 13, 2015
Enchanted Evening Concert Series by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen
Spend your summer nights dining and dancing as you drink in the sights of Vancouver’s own urban oasis at this year’s Enchanted Evenings Concert Series by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
19+, $20 - $50; 604-662-3208 ext 208

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August 13 - 16, 2015
World Class Chainsaw Carving Competition
The Chainsaw Carving Competition in Hope draws world-class carvers from around the world. The event gives visitors a chance to watch massive blocks of cedar transformed into works of art in a single weekend. There will also be speed carving competitions, as well as live music on Saturday night.  Memorial Park, Hope, 604-869-1338

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August 13, 20, 2015
After Hours at Vancouver Aquarium The next After Hours adults-only events at Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is coming up, and will be the last chance to explore the groundbreaking exhibit Sea Monsters Revealed - without the little monsters underfoot - before it ends on September 7. http://vanaqua.org/afterhours

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August 15, 2015
Arts Alive Festival
If visual and performing arts are your pleasure, Downtown Langley is the place to be! The streets of Downtown Langley come alive with over 100 participants including the fine arts, artisans and crafters, a multicultural venue and an exciting children's activity area. See artists demonstrate their techniques and talented musicians being featured on three entertainment stages. This free, fun for the whole family event is a great way to spend your day. 10:00 am-5:00 pm.  http://artsalivefestival.com

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August 15, 2015
Lakeside Car Show
See great cars, win prizes, dance to the live music of Treble Hook. No entrance fee, no registration fee! Registration 8:00 am, Show: 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
At The Beach, Harrison Hot Springs, http://www.tourismharrison.com

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August 15, 2015
Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race
How about a day filled with 25 epic obstacles, a crazy party, and plenty of beer? Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race has you covered! Here's how it works: Sign up for the race and you'll run our 5 km (3 mile) course where you'll climb towers of shipping containers, rocket down a 15 m (50') water slide, bounce on trampolines, jump over fire, and more!  http://www.ruggedmaniac.com/events/vancouver/

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August 15, 2015
LiveWire is a free afterschool program, of Tenth Church, that serves at risk youth in Vancouver, BC.
To help keep the program free to our students, we are hosting the LiveWire RED Relay, which is a fundraiser for the program. This event is 12km team relay run around beautiful Queen Elizabeth park. The event is on August 15, 2015, and we anticipate up to 100 people to attend this event. This is a family friendly event.
For more details, please visit www.livewirevancouver.com

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August 16, 2015
The 2015 Latin Summer Fest
Mark August 16 on the Calendar ! " the Original Latin Outdoor city celebration" Latin Summer Fest 2015 - Trout Lake Park - Victoria @ 15th > MUSIC all day > Artisan Market > Latin Food   This is a free family event. Sunday, August 16, 2015 @ 11:00AM - 7:00PM Trout Lake, Vancouver, BC For more information please visit http://www.latinsummerfest.com/

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August 16, 2015
Quilt Walk & Car Show
This annual Ladner Business Association event draws thousands to the streets of Ladner Village. Hundreds of colourful quilts and vintage cars adorn 48th Ave and Delta St.  http://ladnerbusiness.com/detailofevent/2015-quilt-walk-and-car-show

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August 16, 2015
Bobs + Lolo Live at Highstreet
August 16th 1pm Central Plaza
Treehouse regulars Bobs & Lolo are coming to Highstreet's Central Plaza for their 3rd performance. And it's free!  Let Bobs & Lolo entertain, educate and inspire your kids with singing, dancing and fun.

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August 17 - 21, 2015
Summer Camp
Art Classes for Kids
Printmaking
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Maryan Cerina
Using nature as inspiration, children will explore a variety of printmaking techniques, such as organic plant prints, lift prints, glue-line/string prints, rolling pin prints and prints made from clay relief stamps. Nature Explorations
Registration
North Vancouver Community Arts Council
335 Lonsdale Ave, North Van, BC, V7M 2G3
604.988.6844 | programmes@nvartscouncil.ca
www.nvartscouncil.ca

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August 17 - 21, 2015
Science World Show + Craft
Science World will be at Highstreet with live shows and make and take crafts! Head on over to London Drugs parking lot from 12-2pm to learn about electricity, air pressure, chemistry and so much more!
London Drugs Parking Lot. For more information please contact Guest Services at 604-381-3934 or info@highstreetfv.com

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August 17 - 23, 2015
2015 CP Canadian Women's Open Golf Tournament The Canadian Pacific Women's Open, Canada's National Women's Open Championship, will be held in Coquitlam, BC at the historic Vancouver Golf Club. Often considered the "fifth" major on the LPGA Circuit this event will attract the majority of top women golfers in the world. 156 players will compete for a prize purse of $2.2M.  http://www.cpwomensopen.com/

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August 19, 2015
Wesbrook Village is excited to present a FREE out-door movie screening of the classic movie, Back to the Future!  Bring a chair, blanket, families, and friend to enjoy this amazing out-door movie experience at Wesbrook Village.
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Time: Movie starts a dusk (8:30pm)
Cost: FREE
Location: Wesbrook Village (3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC)
http://discoverwesbrook.com/

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August 22, 2015
White Rock Princess Party
Watch as your child is: enchanted by a play date with Queen Elsa & Princess Anna, greeted by a fairy godmother, explores a shiny red fire truck & shares special moments with White Rock Royalty. There will also be face painting, a hair artist, magic castle, raffle & hot dogs & juice served by Fire Fighters for a donation.  http://www.wrprincessparty.com

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August 22, 2015
TREASURE HUNTERS
This is the best outdoor shopping experience you and the entire family will have all year! There are literally thousands of items. Truly something for everyone! Following is just a brief outline of what the day will provide you, your friends and family as you stroll along the Fraser River. In its 9th year, this event continues to grow in popularity.
200 TABLES & BOOTHS |10,000+TREASURE HUNTERS|3 LIVE MUSIC STAGES|FOOD|KIDS ZONE|DOG WASH & PET CENTRE|SPECIAL DISPLAYS & ACTIVITES|CHARITY FUND-RAISING RAFFLE|COMMUNITY & CHARITY SERVICES | STREET PERFORMANCES
http://www.quaysideboard.com

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August 22, 2015
Paper Rain Performances, a Vancouver- based concert producer, will present music legend Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia in Vancouver’s Stanley Park on August 22. This concert will kick off the Urban Forest concert series - a concept based on the vision of presenting the world’s greatest artists in the world’s grandest outdoor venues. For tickets, visit www.ticketstonight.ca.

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August 22, 2015
Steveston Dragon Boat Festival
Visit the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival for a fabulous day of fun. Enjoy entertainment on the World Beat Stage, kid's arts and crafts, great vendors, food trucks, and of course, exciting dragon boat races.  The Steveston Dragon Boat Festival is held at Steveston Village, Richmond, BC and is situated from the Britannia Heritage Shipyard (at Westwater Drive and Railway Avenue) to Imperial Landing. http://www.stevestondragonboatfestival.ca

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August 22 to September 7, 2015
Summer Night Concerts at the PNE Amphitheatre
Back by popular demand this series will be a highlight of your summer! Spend an evening with Boyz II Men! Plus, returning favourites and rock n' roll legends, The Beach Boys are back! Take in the sounds of Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and sing along with Tom Cochrane with Red Rider. Don't miss Canada's own Sloan, Colin James and The New Pornographers. Come rock out to the classic sounds of Loverboy and the award-winning music of Daughtry. Plus, don't miss one of the most successful rock duos of all time, Daryl Hall and John Oates. It's a summer of great music every night at the Fair at the PNE.  http://www.pne.ca/thefair/live-shows/summer-night-concerts.html

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August 23 2015
Join Urban Safari Rescue Society for our annual Open House and Barbeque ! Urban Safari Rescue Society rescues and cares for hundreds of exotic animals and educates many thousands of people every year about exotic animals, the natural world, and conservation issues.
Aug. 23 2015 is our Open House so come down and learn about the animals we care for every day. There will also be a farm animal petting zoo, Corky the Clown, games for Kids, Silent Auction, the folks from the Honeybee Centre will be coming with thousands of bees to demonstrate bee beards, bird of prey demos, photos with animals for a donation.
It is tons of fun and a unique way to learn about animals and spend the day.
info@urbanafari.ca, www.urbansafari.ca

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August 23, 2015
Living Fossils. Journey back in time. Find living examples of ancient plants in the garden. Examine your finds more closely under a microscope, and make a cast preserving an ancient plant.
VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC
Times: 10:30 am - 12 noon or 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Cost: VanDusen Member: $15/Non-Member: $25 perfamily
email: familyprograms@vandusen.org
phone: 604-718-5898
www.vandusengarden.org

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August 23, 2015
7th Annual Garlic Festival
Get your breath mints ready, the Annual Garlic Festival is back at Richmond's Terra Nova Rural Park. Open to all ages, this free event combines organically grown artisan garlic & garlic goods with family friendly activities like: live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors & everyone's favourite, garlic ice cream.  http://www.Garlicfestival.sharingfarm.ca

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August 23, 2015
Visitor Appreciation Summer Carnival at Kilby
Back by popular demand-our old-fashioned Summer Carnival! A festive bash we throw to celebrate all our partners and supporters, this event is 'admission by donation'. There'll be live music, carnival games, market stalls, face-painting, crafts, a barbeque and loads of prizes for the kids!  http://kilby.ca/events/

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August 23, 2015
Pet-A-Palooza
With events including: 'Running of the bulls' hilarious French and English bull dog races, cool down stations, photo lounges and up to 50 of the leading pet related exhibitors your pet will never forgive you if you miss it! Oh, did we mention it's FREE!! And pet friendly, it is a festival for them after all!
1100 Mainland Street, Vancouver, http://www.petapaloozawest.com

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August 24, 2015
The Vancouver Writers Fest & Minotaur Books Present: Louise Penny in Conversation with Hal Wake
Louise Penny.  Join us as Louise Penny discusses her 11th Inspector Gamache novel, The Nature of the Beast, which centres on Laurent Lepage, a nine year old boy whose stories of alien invasions, walking trees and dinosaurs outside the village have many villagers-including Armand and Rene-Marie Gamache-doubting him. When Laurent disappears, the people of Three Pines are faced with the possibility that his tall tales might have been true. Proceeds from book sales at the event will go to Paul's Club, a social and recreational day program in Vancouver that helps those living with Early Onset Dementia. http://writersfest.bc.ca/events/louise-penny

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August 25, 2015
FREE PNE Admission Day
Playland is now open for a thrilling new season featuring a brand new ride, a returning favourite and a few other surprises for guests to discover! There will be access to over 30 rides and attractions, including our new extreme thrill ride, The Beast! For one day only, FREE gate admission for all guests. Expect long lineups if the weather cooperates. Re-entrance hand stamps will only be given after 1:00 pm.  http://www.pne.ca

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August 29, 2015
FREE CAG Family Days - art activities at the gallery!
Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver
555 Nelson Street, Vancouver
On the last Saturday of every month, the CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to our current exhibitions. For more information on our current exhibition go to www.contemporaryartgallery.ca

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August 29, 2015
Horse Council is thrilled to bring HCBC Horse Day to The Fair at the PNE! Horse Day will be a fun-filled family event that will give you the chance to see what horses have to offer. Watch our exciting Extravaganza riding demos, say hi to all the horses, and find out how you can get started in riding. Already an avid equestrian?  Bring your friends and family down to the Agrodome and show them exactly why horses are so awesome! This event is free, but you will need to purchase PNE gate passes.
http://www.hcbc.ca/Horse-Day.html

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August 30, 2015
On Sunday, August 30 from 12 pm to 4 pm, at Vanier/Haddon Park behind the Maritime Museum the Foundation will be serving up delicious pink salmon barbeque donated by Canadian Fishing Company and prepared by executive chefs including Robert Clark, Rockin Ronnie Shewchuk and Garrett Schack. All barbeque will be available by donation with proceeds supporting community-led salmon conservation projects across British Columbia.  https://www.psf.ca/event/pink-salmon-festival]

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Ongoing until August 16, 2015
Arts Club Theatre Company presents Les Misérables.  LES MISERABLES  The Musical Phenomenon Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg Original lyrics by Alain Boublil Based on the novel by Victor Hugo "This show has it all: gorgeous songs, a moving historical plot, and epic sets and costumes" -The Georgia Straight Come hear the people sing in this epic saga of love and redemption.. Visit Website http://artsclub.com/

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Ongoing until August 28, 2015
Vancouver International Airport is hosting their 6th annual Take-Off Fridays event series for locals and travellers alike.
Every Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., YVR Take–Off Fridays will feature local DJs and live musicians as well as caricaturists, balloon artists, mascots, face painting and more. Attendees can try delicious food samples and take  advantage of great deals from airport shops and restaurants. The Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, and The Vancouver Canadians will also be providing on-site activities on select days.   Aviation buffs can stop by the Public Observation Area for interactive displays, quizzes and behind the scenes videos or take a tour to learn about YVR’s history, art and operations.  For more information or to view the weekly schedule, visit www.yvr.ca

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Ongoing until August 30, 2015
Free concerts every Sunday at 2:00 pm featuring top Vancouver bands at Rocky Point Park, Port Moody.
(604)341-4813 info@summersundays.ca www.summersundays.ca

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Ongoing until August 31, 2015
Free Waterfront Zumba at Canada Place Get fit and have fun at this outdoor, Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow dance party. No dance experience or partner required for this fun fitness class. Guaranteed to have you smiling! Mondays - starting July 6, 2015 to August 31, 2015 @ 5:30PM - 6:30PM *No class on August 3. Classes will be cancelled in the case of rain. North Point 999 Canada Place Vancouver, BC Free Admission For more information, please visit: http://www.canadaplace.ca

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Ongoing until August 31, 2015
Join Shipyard Sal and Sam for Free Waterfront Tours this Summer
This July and August join the North Vancouver Museum and Archives for free, drop-in walking tours of the historical Burrard Dry Dock shipyard and the Lower Lonsdale waterfront. Join costumed guides, Shipyard Sal and Sam, for songs, stories, and theatre exploring the experiences of the men and women who worked at this significant North Shore site. Free, drop-in tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout July and August at 1:30 and 3:00pm.  Contact nvmaprograms@dnv.org or (604) 990-3700 ext. 8008 for more information or to book a group tour.

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Ongoing until August 24, 2015
Rebecca Grahamshoes by Rebecca Graham
Walking on the Land
Rebecca Graham is an artist and weaver who explores ways to be creative in connection with the land. Through artistic inspiration, Rebecca invites people to rediscover the abilities of their hands, the companionship of neighbours, and the creative potential in our landscape.  North Vancouver City Hall, www.runnawick.com

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Ongoing until August 27, 2015
Free Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place Come out to the North Point every Thursday evening in July and August to watch a movie under the stars, featuring great Canadian talent! Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, then sit back and enjoy the show. Beverages and popcorn available for purchase onsite. *Movies will be cancelled in the case of rain and rescheduled for a date in September. This is a family-friendly event. No smoking or alcohol permitted. 2015 Movie schedule - Thursday evenings at.http://www.canadaplace.ca/

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Ongoing until August 21, 2015
Theatre Under the Stars presents Hairspray
HAIRSPRAY The Giddy, Gutsy, Great-Big Broadway Sensation! Based upon the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music by Marc Shaiman Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Travel back to 1962 Baltimore, where the loveable plus-size heroine Tracy Turnblad has one plucky dream: to dance on the local TV program, The Corny Collins Show. When this dream comes true, and the larger-than-life adolescent is crowned Miss Hairspray.  http://tuts.ca/

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Ongoing until August 31, 2015
Vancouver Foodie Tours presents World’s Best Food Truck Tour
5 courses, 7 tastings, 9 stories, 2 hours of tantalizing fun. Gourmet hot dogs that'll have you panting and drooling for more. Canada Top Chef's favorite Vancouver food cart, achingly fresh seafood plucked from our waters, and chocolate chili cookies are just some of the things that will go down on this tour. Get ready to experience Vancouver street food like never before. All tastings included. Tour Information Duration: 2 hours  http://foodietours.ca/tour/worlds-best-food-truck-tour/

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Ongoing until September 5, 2015
Animal Farm
Between a chicken's tea party, a cow's romance and a horse's laugh, 21 talented artists have highlighted the heart and life of farm animals. Come and enjoy the vast array of personalities on display in Animal Farm.  CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.

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Ongoing until September 5, 2015
Free Watershed Tours
Every summer, from July to September, we offer tours of our three protected watersheds (Capilano Watershed, Coquitlam Watershed, and Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve) to let you discover the pristine source of your tap water. Find out which tour is right for you, and register at, www.metrovancouver.org (search “watershed tours”) or call 604-432-6430.

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Ongoing until September 20, 2015
Playland at the PNE
It's Playland season! Bring your friends and family out for a full day of fun, featuring over 30 thrilling rides and attractions! Playland also features Kids Playce, a special area for children aged 2-10.  Make sure you're prepared by purchasing a PlayPass online or at retailers*, and save up to $5 compared to purchasing at the gate. A Playland PlayPass gives you access to over 30 rides and attractions, including our new extreme thrill ride, The Beast! Plus Crazy Beach Party will be back in a new location!  http://www.pne.ca/playland/index.html

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Ongoing until September 25, 2015
Stop by Shipbuilders' Square for the Shipyards Night Market on Friday Nights for great food, art, music, entertainment and shopping. The festivities in the Square kick off at 5pm on Friday nights. On the Shipbuilders' Stage there is live music until 10pm, showcasing talent from all over BC. The Friday Night Market also includes a Beer Garden, with local beer, organic Betty's Vodka Iced Tea, and your favourite wines and ciders.  http://www.northshoregreenmarkets.com/

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Ongoing unitl September 27, 2015
International Summer Night Market
The ISNM presents multiple types of attractions suitable for all ages. There will be a kid's play zone, and a main centre stage for nightly entertainment, as well as delicious food and booths filled with unique merchandise. Open weekly on Fridays & Saturday, Sundays and holiday Mondays. Free admission. Each night, more then 20,000 people visit the International Summer Night Market! So come out and enjoy your summer at The Summer Night Market.  http://www.summernightmarket.com

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Ongoing until September 27, 2015
Food Cart Fest Vancouver
This event is a gathering of over 20 of the city's top Food Carts presented by Vancity, Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. Join us every Sunday in the Summer at the Olympic Village for food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music, DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities, ping pong, urban gardening, and more. Always free to Vancity and Car2go members, this year is also free with a non-perishable food donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.  http://www.foodcartfest.com

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Ongoing until September 29, 2015
Lost Souls of Gastown Venture into Vancouver’s earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute gothic theatre experience. Step back in time to a violent frontier town of hustlers, thieves, vagabonds and bawdy girls. Meet Vancouver’s first madam, who built a glamorous Gastown bawdy house before the city even had a school. Catch the horror-filled tale of a long-forgotten plague that clutched the city in its feverish grasp.  http://forbiddenvancouver.ca/home/the-lost-souls-of-gastown/

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Ongoing until September 30, 2015
One War, Two Victories
This event is a travelling museum exhibition, which was produced by the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society in partnership with the Canadian War Museum. The exhibit explores the experiences of Chinese Canadians who served in the Canadian Military and Volunteer Services and in Allied war efforts during the Second World War. This photographic exhibition presents fascinating wartime stories of unforgettable men and women, and their remarkable contributions to Canada and to the Chinese Canadian community in war and in peace. Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, 5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond, http://www.richmond.ca/culture/sites/britannia/about.htm?PageMode=HTML

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Ongoing until September 30, 2015
Flightlinez Vancouver - Queen Elizabeth Park Temporary Zipline
In celebration of Queen Elizabeth Park's 75th Anniversary, Greenheart is building a zipline for the public to enjoy throughout the summer. Tickets will be available onsite (Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park) for $20/adult, $14/child or in advance online for $18/adult and $12/child.  http://www.flightlinezvancouver.com

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Ongoing until October 10, 2015
Vancouver Police Museum presents Sins of the City - Red Light Rendezvous This brand new 2-hour walking tour explores the history of Vancouver's sex trade. Leave your heels at home for this stroll through the history of the oldest profession in our city's oldest neighbourhood. Wander the streets in the footsteps of the earliest madams, and follow the trail of kinky, dirty secrets laid down by more than a century of paid sex in Vancouver.  http://vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/sins-of-the-city/

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Ongoing until October 11, 2015
Richmond Night Market 2015
The market provides Metro Vancouverites with a North American take on the massive street markets found in Asian cities featuring merchandise booths,food vendors serving Asian street food and desserts and diverse family-friendly entertainment. The night market has become an annual tradition and one of the flagship spring/summertime events of the region.
http://www.richmondnightmarket.com/

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Ongoing until October 13, 2015
Movies in the Morgue at the Vancouver Police Museum
Tuesday. Lowly little Tuesday. Too early in the week to be loved, not early enough to be dreaded, Tuesday can be a little slow for all of us. What makes Tuesday better, though? Movies! And what can make movies even better? Watching them in the morgue, of course! The Vancouver Police Museum is proud to present Movies in the Morgue, a monthly series of film screenings held right here at the old Vancouver city morgue. Come join us on the second Tuesday of each month for a gritty drama, a classic comedy or a heart-pounding action film, all while surrounded by the ghosts and gadgets of Vancouver’s past.  Recurring monthly on the 2nd Tuesday, http://vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/movies-in-the-morgue/

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Ongoing until October 16, 2015
Vancouver Police Museum presents Sins of the City - Sins of the City - Vice, Dice, and Opium Pipes   Experience the world of a cop in the 1920s when Vancouver was a seething hub of sex, drugs, booze and organized crime. Your 90-minute walking tour takes you through the streets and alleys of Chinatown on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This is a must-see tour for anyone looking for the edgier side of this great city!  http://vancouverpolicemuseum.ca/sins-of-the-city/

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Ongoing until October 17, 2015
Walking Tours of Historic Neighbourhoods and Architectural Styles Vancouver Heritage Foundation Location - various within Vancouver Select Fridays at 10am and Select Saturdays at 12pm May 8th through October 17th Vancouver Heritage Foundation invites you to join one of our experienced guides for a walk through Vancouver's historic neighbourhoods and unique architecture. Civic Historian John Atkin will lead a series of walks exploring the diverse neighbourhoods across the city. http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/take-a-tour/walking-tours/

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Ongoing until October 30, 2015
Off the Eaten Track presents Main Street Hidden Gems Culinary Tour
Main Street Hidden Gems Culinary Tour Main Street may be one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city but it is home to some of the youngest and hippest locals. Packed full of designer boutiques, funky thrift shops, and quirky restaurants, Vancouverites know that Main is the street to find the city's best culinary hidden gems.  http://offtheeatentracktours.ca

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Ongoing until October 30, 2015
Off the Eaten Track presents Main Street Hidden Gems Culinary Tour
Main Street Hidden Gems Culinary Tour Main Street may be one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city but it is home to some of the youngest and hippest locals. Packed full of designer boutiques, funky thrift shops, and quirky restaurants, Vancouverites know that Main is the street to find the city's best culinary hidden gems. Let us show you five of the very best spots we guarantee you wouldn't find on your own!  Visit Website http://offtheeatentracktours.ca/

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Ongoing until January 3, 2016
DTES Street Market - Vancouver
A great flea market in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Operating for almost 5 years at Pigeon Park, our event has over 150 vendors and thousands of customers every Sunday. The market vendors are all from the low income population of the DTES, and display found items and local arts and crafts in a garage sale type atmosphere. Weekly on Sunday January 11, 2015 to Sunday January 3, 2016; 300 Carrall Street, 778-323-5415, http://dtesstmkt.blogspot.ca

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Ongoing
Kid's Meditation, Sundays 10-11:15 am
All parents wish for their children to be happy. In an uncertain and busy world, children and parents need a place to go together to learn how to develop harmony, confidence and methods to help calm our minds and strengthen our families. The Kid?s Meditation Class is designed for children ages 4 to 11.  We learn about giving, sharing and loving everyone. Activities include a spiritual topic, story time and arts and crafts. Classes are taught by experienced Dharma practitioners. Parents are welcome to stay with the children or enjoy Prayers for World Peace being offered in the adjacent meditation room. There is no charge for this class.  Donations are accepted but not expected.  Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver, http://kmcvancouver.org/

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September 2, 2015
Peking Dreams
Performers of the National Circus and Acrobats
National Circus and Acrobats - The People's Republic of China
Direct from Beijing, The National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China performs “Peking Dreams.” Founded in 1953, the National Circus and Acrobats group is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. Marvel at the breathtaking feats of these world-renowned acrobats and athletes, a troupe that has made a profound contribution to the Circus world and heavily influenced the creation of Cirque de Soleil. Presented by the VSO.  604.876.3434

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September 4 - 7, 2015
As we are still in the Year of the Sheep we are inviting a heard of sheep to TAIWANfest. Kids can enjoy the sheep, do arts and crafts, learn to dance and dream to be a composer. TAIWANfest is a family friendly event that showcases food, arts, culture and lifestyle. For more information on activities for kids or other programming at TAIWANfest, please visit www.taiwanfest.ca. TAIWANfest takes place in Downtown Vancouver from Sept. 4th to Sept. 7th.

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September 5, 2015
Richmond World Festival Presented by Coast Capital Savings
The Richmond World Festival is the City's newest signature event. Scheduled for Saturday, September 5, 2015, this one day festival will feature music, food, sport and culture from around the world.  A major headline artist will close the main stage with numerous multicultural acts performing throughout the day.  The event will include a food truck festival, a culinary stage and activities for all ages. www.richmondworldfestival.com

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September 7, 2015
Music in the Park
FREE Family Fun!
What better way to end the summer than spending the day outside listening to great music, visiting local artists at work and soaking up those last rays of summer sun, while taking in the majestic views of the North Shore mountains and the pristine Capilano Reservoir? Bring your family and friends, your lawn chairs and pack a picnic lunch (or grab some great fresh, local treats from the food vendors). We will have five live bands, free activities for the kids, and artist demonstrations in many mediums by a selection of talented local artists. http://nvartscouncil.ca/events/music-in-park

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September 24 - 26, 2015
Pacific Festival: The Gateway Theatre Pacific Festival is a showcase of world-class contemporary theatre from Hong Kong and Canada. Throughout the month of September, Gateway Theatre will present new and exciting theatre from Hong Kong with English surtitles. https://www.gatewaytheatre.com/

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September 25, 2015 - October 4, 2015
Savour Cowichan Festival is an annual event that celebrates and showcases the Cowichan Valley.s spectacular cornucopia of locally grown and produced food and drink. For ten days, 40 artisanal food and beverage producers will be hosting the world at more than 60 epicurean events throughout the Cowichan Valley. Every day you'll be able to visit local operations and talk to experts who are passionate about what they do, like master winemakers, cider makers, brewmasters and sommeliers. You'll be able to participate behind the scenes, ask questions and of course, you're encouraged to liberally sample along the way! Free & Ticketed Events.  www.savourcowichan.com

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October 6, 2015
Canada's largest international university and student travel expo is back! Meet with top-ranked universities from around the world to find out more about studying abroad for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, certificate or diploma. Learn about admission requirements, scholarships, program options and exciting destinations. Visit the Travel Zone for Gap Year options, volunteering, internships, language travel and work abroad. FREE ADMISSION and free seminars held throughout the day. Check out our website www.studyandgoabroad.com for more information.

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October 15 - 18, 2015
Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo is an annual festival of arts, cosplay, films, comics, anime, games, toys, costumes and makeup. The 2015 festival is back starting from Oct 15 Thursday to Oct 18 Sunday, with performing arts in theatres, exhibitions at PNE, and a grand Parade in downtown Vancouver. The festival of arts and fantasy is for the general public, opens to everyone and attracted nearly 100,000 spectators last year. We welcome artists, exhibitors, vendors and community partners to join the event. Please see our website for detailed time and locations www.VanHalloween.com

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November 8, 2015
Considering Private School?
Find the best school for your child at the Our Kids Vancouver Private School Expo on Sunday, November 8th, 2015. This is an exceptional tool for families to learn how tot find a school that suites their child's needs while exploring their private school options quickly and easily.  Hosted by Our Kids, Canada's trusted source to independent education choices, the Vancouver Private School Expo is the largest in British Columbia and features the very best private and independent schools in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby and outstanding boarding schools across Canada. The Westin Bayshore, www.ourkids.net/expo/register.php









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