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

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Special Events for May 2009
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
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May 1 - 2, 2009
National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre  presents our 2009 O P E N H O U S E. Please see our website for full schedule of events:

May 1 - 2, 8 - 9, 2009
Mother's Day in Greendale. Join us once again to get ready for Mother's Day at four local Artisan businesses with lots of treasures to choose from! Or bring Mom along for a fun day out, and browse together for something extra special! (Don't forget that Mother's Day is Sunday May 10th this year) We are proud to join together with Rustic Soap Co., Chilliwack River Honey and Cornflower Cottage for this unique shopping experience and will have lots of new items in stock to help you prepare for Mother's Day gifting! Pick up a map at the pottery to the other three stops all within five minutes drive. Door prizes at every location!  604-823-6430,

May 1 - 3, 2009
Chilliwack's 21st annual festival promises to be exciting with new world-class bands, dance floors, youth music and all the jazz you can handle. The festival has three great venues with quality dance floors and seats for listening, all within walking distance of each other.

May 2, 2009
5th Annual Sturgeon Tournament for Charity. Charity sturgeon tournament on May 02 for the benefit of our fire department. After the event bring your partner (if she is not already on the boat) and enjoy dinner and dance at our brand new heated riverfront event tent. We are offering special overnight rates for this event. The cost for the day of guided fishing including dinner is only CAD 225 per person or book a boat for CAD 850 and bring 3 friends with you. All boat purchases are tax deductible!

May 2, 2009
Heritage 101: Understanding Heritage Conservation. Do you own an old house? Are you a tradesperson? A history buff? Join the Vancouver Heritage Foundation for Heritage 101, a course specially created for both the public and professionals interested in working with old buildings and heritage conservation.

May 2, 2009
Spring Book Hatching. A celebration of the release of the latest books by local children's authors and artists. The afternoon will feature presentations, displays, door prizes, a book sale and the opportunity for lovers of children's literature to meet their favourite BC author or illustrator. Participating authors/illustrators to be announced. (Free admission. Seating is limited) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

May 2, 2009
car trunk sale. It’s a giant garage sale! Load up your cars, trucks and minivans with used items you no longer need and stake your claim in our parking lot. Call 604-291-1261 in advance to reserve your spot and get a copy of vendor guidelines. If you have a location preference, please go in person to Bill Copeland Sports Centre to view the map. Free admission for buyers.

May 2 - 3, 2009
The Royal Hudson steam locomotive #2860 will be running two excursions this May 2009, one on May 2nd and the other on May 3rd. The trips will go from New Westminster to Cloverdale and back. West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Please check out for more information or to book your tickets!

May 2 - 4, 2009
Funzone Children's Festival. Take part in a free magical event for children featuring top name entertainers, creative crafts, and tons of hands-on fun, as well as a carnival.

May 3, 2009
21st Annual Rododendron Festival. Free Admission, 9:30am-4:00pm, Deer Lake Park & Shadbolt Centre

May 3, 2009
Art In The City Sunday Art Sale. Last chance to purchase Art! Art In The CIty will showcase more than 50 renowned and new local artists exhibiting and selling paintings, drawings and photography. Enter to win "Urban Legend", a painting by feature artist Dylan Schultz. West End Community Centre. 604-257-8333

May 3, 2009
BMO Vancouver Marathon 2009.  Explore beautiful Vancouver while pushing your physical limits. The 42km marathon takes participants from Concord Pacific Place by BC Place Stadium through False Creek to Stanley Park and the Kitsilano neighbourhood. The course, which has added roadside entertainment this year, is a Boston Marathon and New York Marathon qualifying event.

May 3, 2009
Bellies to Babies Celebration®, formerly known as Vancouver 's Largest Baby Shower is set to premiere in Vancouver , British Columbia May 3, 2009.

May 3, 2009
Got Craft? Vancouver's largest indie craft fair featuring over 50 local and handmade vendors from clothing to jewelry to childrens accessories to bath and body products. First 30 people through the door receive a FREE swag bag full of goods! Admission: $2.00 (kids 10 and under are FREE) More information:

May 3, 2009
LEGONG: Balinese 20th Century Classics.  Gamelan Gita Asmara is a Vancouver-based ensemble of 25 musicians and 4 dancers that perform traditional and contemporary Balinese music on a spectacular and authentic gamelan made up of bronze gongs, metallophones and drums. This performance will feature the North American Premiere of the complete Legong Keraton Lasem, a full-length Balinese “ballet” of abstract beauty and rich detail that is one of the world’s greatest dance achievements.This is a great event for families, and kids under 12 get in for free! Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street, Vancouver); 604.221.0052 | |

May 3, 2009
UBC Botanical Garden Course: Native Plant Gardening.  Learn how to identify the native plants of the Pacific Northwest and their many values and benefits. Also discover how to incorporate them into your garden. A tour of native plant areas in the Botanical Gardens will also be included. or 604-822-3928

May 4, 2009
Heather Menzies.  Award-winning author Heather Menzies reads from her new book, "Enter Mourning: A Memoir on Death, Dementia and Coming Home." This is the journey that began for Heather when she stopped viewing the caring for her aging/ailing mother as a dutiful chore, and let it be an experience that changed her life. She combines practical information with her soul journey. (Free admission. Seating is limited). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

May 5 - 10, 2009
YES!+ (Youth Empowerment Seminar). The Youth Empowerment and Skills Training Seminar (Yes!+) is specifically catered to the needs and demands of today's youth, teaching valuable leadership and communication skills as well as techniques and processes that allow individuals to overcome personal barriers and joyfully excel in life. This is accomplished through many fun and exciting practices including profound breathing exercises that 'cleanse you of stress', anxiety, and negativity while breaking monotony and adding much dynamism and joy to one's life. Yes!+ challenges young professionals to reach their highest potential and has made a difference to millions across the world. UBC. 

May 5 - 16, 2009
John & Beatrice, by Carole Fréchette, translated by John Murrell. Nominated for four Jessie Richardson Awards including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Production, Pi Theatre'sJohn & Beatriceis back by popular demand. Vincent Galereprises his Jessie-nominated performance alongside Patricia Drake, who takes over the role of Beatrice in this highly-acclaimed modern fairytale that explores the challenges of making a romantic connection in today's insular society. PAL (Performing Arts Lodge) Theatre, 8th floor, 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver;  or call 604.684.2787

May 8, 2009
Health and Beauty Expo 2009. Canada's largest Health and Beauty Expo is happening at the Canada Place in Vancouver, (8th-10th May, 2009). Visit our website for more info at

May 8 - 10, 2009
EPIC: The Vancouver Sustainable Living Expo. EPIC: The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo is Vancouver's largest green consumer show and eco-marketplace. Visit EPIC to learn about environmentally-friendly products and companies that mix style and quality with sustainability. Greening your life is easy - all you need is a little education and inspiration. EPIC has lots of both. Join us for this three day celebration of green living, and surround yourself with truly inspiring people and environmentally innovative products. 604.775.7300,

May 8 - 10, 2009
The Health and Beauty Show ( taking place May 8-10 at the New Convention Centre, Canada Place, which will also be hosting the very firstMiss Vancouver 2009 Beauty Pageant  !!

May 8 - 10, 2009
West Coast Chuckwagon & Chariot Racing at Chilliwack Heritage Park;

May 9 - 10, 2009
KARATE BC PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT.  This year's premier event, the KARATE BC Provincial Tournament is being held May 09 & 10, 2009 in beautiful Burnaby. B.C. at the B.C.I.T. Campus Sportsplex. Two full days. For more information see or contact KARATE BC 604.333.3610

May 9, 2009
20th anniversary Pacific Spirit Run. Tapestry Foundation for Health Care is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the PACIFIC SPIRIT RUN. Choose between a 10, 5 or 2.5 km route through scenic Pacific Spirit Park. Collect pledges and funds for dementia research. Register NOW or pledge your support for a participant at

May 9, 2009
Fort Langley Flea Market. Join us at the Fort Langley Flea Market at St.Andrews United Church on May 9th from 9am to 3pm. Admission $2 per adult, kids are free. Some of the higlights are homemade baking, garden center, new and used items from various vendors, pancake breakfast, BBQ lunch and games for kids. Contact Gaylene to rent your table at 604.882.9094 or via e-mail.

May 9, 2009
Friendly Forest Pre-school would like to invite you to our KIDS' SWAP MEET, taking place on Saturday, May 9th, 2009. Anmore Elementary School, 30 Elementary Road, Anmore; 604.949.1488.

May 9, 2009
Green Our Greenway – A Community Environmental Celebration. Enjoy live music and storytelling and learn about ways in which you can "Green the Serpentine Greenway." Get involved with shrub planting or visit environmental displays to learn more about what you can do to green your neighbourhood.  This event is FREE and everyone is welcome. The event is part of the City of Surrey's Environmental

May 9, 2009
In celebration of Mother’s Day, join music director Checo Tohomaso and the Vancouver Outreach Community (VOC) Soul Gospel as we present Soul Gospel Comes to West Van on Saturday, May 9th, 2009.  The 130-member choir featuring men and women of all ages, ethnicities and religions, will perform high-energy, six-part harmony and merge the melodies of soul, gospel, R&B, jazz, Hawaiian, calypso and reggae into a soulful performance of seasonal favorites. The vibrant delivery results in an audience that can’t resist joining in by toe tapping, foot stomping, jumping, singing, dancing and hand clapping! West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt, West Vancouver); (

May 9, 2009
Perler Financial Group will be celebrating May Day in Poco by providing free hot dogs during the May Day Parade on Saturday, May 9th. Visit our office at Suite D 2232 Elgin Avenue and enjoy May Day! 778 317 8604

May 9, 2009
Stone Soup Festival. The 14th Annual Stone Soup Festival, a celebration of food, art, environment and community. Food vendors, local artists, live music, community groups, talks/workshops, theatre, Latin American Mothers Day Celebration, free soup and more!

May 10, 2009
11 am - 4 pm  May Fun Fly. Bring your kite and spend the day flying with us. Garry Point Park, Richmond; British Columbia Kitefliers Association,

May 10, 2009
DANCESPORT BC  BALLROOM DANCE.  For the closing performance of the season, New Works is pleased to present a unique opportunity to view ballroom dancing at its very best from the local dancers of Dancesport BC! Well known in the worldwide circuit of competitive ballroom dance, for them, dancing is a passion to be taken seriously, and this performance will prove just that with a balance of timeless grace, high energy, exhilarating skill, and, of course, fabulous costumes! Come watch beautiful competitive couples as they line up and promenade right past you, just as if you were a judge on Dancing with the Stars. Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre

May 10, 2009
Mother's Day. Mother's Day is the day to honor mothers and celebrate mothers.

May 10, 2009
Senior Orchestra Concerto Winners Concert. Don’t miss this showcase of Metro Vancouver’s finest up and coming musicians! Under conductor Roger Cole, the dynamic program includes the music of Bottesini, Reinecke, Bruch, Khachaturian, Rossini and Verdi. The Concerto Competition Winners will perform solos from the featured pieces. Kay Meek Centre – 1700 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver; For more information, please visit, email or call 604.737.0714.

May 10, 2009
Treat Mom to a unique way to see the Fraser Valley .  Great river adventures any time of the year. No one gets wet or cold on board Fraser River Safari ’s covered & heated luxury jet boat. Enjoy the incredible scenery while watching for deer, bear and other wildlife. Stop at one of B.C.’s National Historic Sites at the half way mark. Join the crew on May 10th, 2009 and see why everyone is taking about this amazing river.  The Mother’s Day Tour leaves Historic Mission Harbour at 10:00am and is great fun for the whole family. Mom’s ride for half price today (accompanied by a full fare passenger) Lunch is included in this package excursion. Book now 1-866-348-6877 or

May 10, 2009
Treat your Mother to an old-fashioned day! Enjoy a special Quiche Brunch in the Harrison River Restaurant. Kilby Historic Site: A 1902's living history site features our 100 year old general store museum, costumed interpreters, children's activities, & working heritage farm with friendly farm animals. Enjoy our home-style country restaurant & unique gift shop.

May 11 - 17, 2009
Bike to Work Week. You're invited to participate in Bike to Work Week 2009! Start or join a Bike To Work team at your workplace, and encourage your co-workers to sign up. Visit the VACC (Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition) website at, or

May 11 - 17, 2009
Registration is open! The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition (VACC) presents Bike to Work and School Week: May 11 – 17, encouraging new people to try biking to work and celebrating with those that already do.  Parents and kids can challenge each other to see who can bike more. Our new website is online –go to to register your school or workplace for free, check out prizes, commuter station locations, and details for the wrap-up BBQ May 15th.

May 11 - 18, 2009
Vanier Park comes alive May 11-18, 2009 with captivating performances, hands-on arts activities, roving entertainers and much more at the Vancouver International Children's Festival. Treat the whole family to the best in music, theatre, dance, circus arts, puppetry and storytelling from Canada and around the world at BC's number one cultural event for children and families.

May 12, 2009
The JCCGV Youth Department will host their 2nd Annual Youth Fashion Show.  Promoting a healthy lifestyle, the fashion show will highlight styles for the upcoming season combined with tips on eating well and staying active delivered by the youth themselves in the form of Video Blogs. Proceeds will benefit programs and facilities for youth in Vancouver and the lower mainland. THELOOK09 Show will be held at the JCCGV, 950 W 41st Avenue (at Oak Street) starting at 7:30pm.  604-257-5114 or email  Visit  for updates and to enter a fun VLOG contest.

May 13, 2009
41st Annual Banquet of Champions.  Join us in honouring our 41st induction class into the BC Sports Hall of Fame on May 13th, 2009 at the newly opened Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion. The five athletes who have been selected are Lori Bowden (triathlon), Carol Huynh (wrestling), Chris Loseth (horse racing), Paul Parnell (lacrosse), and Larry Walker (baseball). In the builder category, Sohen Gill (lacrosse) and Les McDonald (triathlon) have been selected. The Vancouver Dueck Powerglides Wheelchair Basketball Team, has been selected in the pioneer category and in the media category Archie McDonald. The 2008 Canadian Olympic Men's Rowing Team has been selected in the team category (rowing). More information on these athletes will be provided at the end of the release. With the induction of these eight individuals and two teams, the total Honoured Members of the BC Sports Hall of Fame will stand at 309 individuals and 54 teams.

May 13 - 14, 2009
DIANA KRALL. GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum selling jazz artist Diana Krall is set to return to the road in support of her upcoming new release Quiet Nights out on March 31st, 2009 (Verve). Krall will be joined onstage at the Orpheum in Vancouver by members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Diana Krall has topped both the pop and jazz charts, played sold-out amphitheatres in multiple countries and sold millions of records worldwide since her debut in 1993. She has proven her genuine talent and credibility as a mold-breaking jazz musician time and time again. 604-280-4444.

May 14, 2009
CLOVERDALE ANNUAL BED RACES. 5:45pm - 7:00pm, 176A Street & 58th Avenue; 604-576-3155,

May 14, 2009
International Child Rights Activist, Craig Kielburger, Opens Free The Children Office in B.C. For the past 14 years, Craig Kielburger has been inspiring young people in North America to make a difference for their peers in developing communities through his charity organization, Free The Children. On May 14th, Free The Children is expanding its North American programming with the opening of a permanent west coast headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia. To celebrate this momentous achievement, Free The Children is inviting all of its new west coast neighbours for a night of entertainment and excitement at West Fest. Youth from the Vancouver area are invited to hear Craig speak, learn more about the organization and find out how they can get involved and take action!

May 15, 2009
All British Field Meet of Classical Cars. This annual celebration of the British motorcar & motorbike is the largest of its kind in Western Canada, set in the magnificent VanDusen Garden featuring brass band music, piper, concessions, swap meet & vendor booths 604.736.6754,

May 15, 2009
Good Wives and Wise Mothers: Japanese Picture Brides in Early Twentieth-Century British Columbia. A talk by Dr. Michiko Midge Ayukawa. Without the large influx of Japanese wives following the Gentlemen's Agreement of 1907, permanent settlement of Japanese may not have taken place. These brave, enterprising and adventurous women laid the foundation of the society and molded the character of their Canadian-born children. Guest speaker Michiko Midge Ayukawa lives in Victoria, British Columbia and has published widely on Japanese Canadian history. Her most recent book is Hiroshima Immigrants in Canada, 1891-1941, UBC Press 2008. A book signing follows the talk. Free admission and light refreshments served. More info: and

May 15 - 18, 2009

May 16, 2009
Junior Pirate Schools. Vancouver Maritime Museum. Any pirates out there? Planning to be a pirate or just love pirates? Let Captain Nasty show you the ropes. Young pirates, ages 3 to 5 years old and their parents will discover these seafaring bandits through pirate stories, hands on activities and real life adventures. An adult must accompany each child. Cost per child with accompanying adult is $12 (additional adults $10). For more information and to purchase tickets call 604 257-8300. Space is limited. Drop-in not permitted.

May 16, 2009
RAVI AND ANOUSHKA SHANKAR. India's most esteemed musical Ambassador, the legendary sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar, returns to Vancouver with his younger daughter Anoushka. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he has done more for Indian music than any other musician and is well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. Schooled in the Indian classical music tradition by the greatest teacher any student could hope to have, Anoushka had already dazzled thousands with her accomplished musicianship by the time she had reached her teens. The younger Shankar revealed herself to be a remarkably promising sitarist. She has accomplished far more than many musicians would do in a lifetime. 604-280-4444.

May 17, 2009
Celebrate Vancouver Day! - a 2010 street event at the Vancouver International Children's Festival. It's happening! Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games! Join the fun on Sunday, May 17th for Celebrate Vancouver Day. Enjoy local musicians, dancers and story tellers. Create a 'Celebration Torch' at the Rio Tinto Alcan Imagination Station and carry it proudly in the Celebrate Vancouver Day Parade, starting at 2:00 pm in front of Tent #3. Visit the Host City Kiosk to discover more about the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games and meet some special guests. Won't be there on Sunday? Make your Celebration Torch Monday through Saturday at the Rio Tinto Alcan Imagination Station.

May 18, 2009
Capella Alpacas Shearing Day.10am - 2pm - Join us for the afternoon as we shear our alpacas, and then enjoy a stroll along the Fraser River dike. Come visit our gorgeous alpacas! Learn about their fine, soft fibre and check out our quality product selection. Call ahead for a tour! 604-798-9528,

May 18, 2009
Enjoy an old fashioned Ice Cream Making demonstration at 2 pm and High Tea in the Harrison River Restaurant. Kilby Historic Site: A 1902's living history site features our 100 year old general store museum, costumed interpreters, children's activities, & working heritage farm with friendly farm animals. Enjoy our home-style country restaurant & unique gift shop.

May 20, 2009
Savour with Neighbours:  a community potluck to raise funds for Food For Families Food Bank (part of CityReach Care Society in East Van). Live Music! Fun for kids! Raffle! Prizes for best potluck dishes! Heritage Hall (15th and Main); 604.872.6980,

May 22 - 24, 2009
The 7th Annual EAT! Vancouver.  The Everything Food + Cooking Festival™ is Canada’s largest consumer food, cooking and kitchen show attracting an audience that is passionate about food, cooking and at home entertaining will take place May 22-24, 2009 at BC Place Stadium.

May 24, 2009
21st CENTURY FLEA MARKET. Boho chic to 50's kitsch, collectibles and memorabilia to vintage kitchenalia, 175 tables of bargains on deluxe 20th century junque! Retro furnishings, books, antiques, dolls & toys, jewelry, country stuff, china & glass, records, mid-century Modern, linens & lace, postcards, garden accessories, lamps & shades, sports items, silverware, paintings & prints, advertising, collectibles & much, much more...Plus Drop-In Appraisals All Day - Call or Visit for Full Details

May 31, 2009
Maplewood Farms. Maplewood Farm celebrates the "Rites of Spring". Come watch sheep professionally shorn & "worked" by a Border Collie dog. A food concession & pony rides also available. North Vancouver,

May 26, 2009
UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES: SHIRLEY JONES. Named after child star Shirley Temple, the Shirley Jones story is the quintessential Cinderella dream. Her first audition was for Rogers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC. She lit up the stage and her career was launched. The hits came quickly: THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER, BEDTIME STORY, SHOW BOAT, OKLAHOMA, CAROUSEL, THE MUSIC MAN, & ELMER GANTRY which won her an Academy Award. She played television's coolest Mom in THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY, with her step-son David Cassidy. Despite many ups and downs in her life with her two marriages – her life has been a dream. Come hear this remarkable Hollywood legend – a story with a happy ending. 1-877-873-8124.

May 28 - 30, 2009
Welcome to the 5th Annual Surrey Children’s Festival. 2009 marks the fifth anniversary of our festival. We continue to encourage participants to explore circus skills, clay arts, visual arts, dance and many other artistic practices in our free interactive on site workshops. Nurturing young imaginations and encouraging children to stretch their creative muscles empowers them to imagine the impossible as possible.

May 28 to September 25, 2009
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival at Vanier Park; 604-739-0559,  

May 29, 2009
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 (

May 29 - 31, 2009
40th Annual First Nations Festival.  Our festival celebrates First Nations Culture, and involves Traditional War Canoe Races, Traditional Salmon Barbeque, Cultural activities, commercial and private vendors (arts, crafts, food), children, youth, men, ladies soccer tournament, mens and ladies ball hockey tournament, and a great atmosphere! We see over 9000 visitors each year, and this year we expect it to be even larger!

May 30, 2009
35th Annual Alexandra Festival, Saturday May 30th 11am - 10pm. 2916 McBride Ave, South Surrey B.C. (Crescent Beach). Crafters, entertainment, family fun zone, and refreshments. Local Musicians perform, while local Artists sell their goods, with an enhanced fun zone for children and families. Participate in this unique event for all ages, and it will become a tradition!

May 30, 2009
ArtStarts on Saturdays.  This FREE workshop series for families at the ArtStarts gallery for young people’s art features 45-minute, multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse workshops led by some of BC's best children’s performers. MAY - The Move it Show! Shake a leg, get down and funky in this Joe Ink workshop where everybody is a dancer! Under the guidance of professional dancers, kids and parents step into a live performance as featured guest artists. This energetic and humourous workshop promotes healthy self-image, cooperation and creativity. For information, please visit

June 6, 2009
Crazy Carnivale!  Family fundraiser to raise money for Science World’s Tower of Bauble. It’s a 20th birthday party for Science World. Join Science World in celebrating 20 years of igniting minds at their 3rd annual Crazy Carnivale! and help raise money for the Tower of Bauble outside TELUS World of Science . Live music by XLR8, street entertainment, delicious food, family photos, take-home art projects, face painting, birthday games, the famous Crazy Carnivale! goody bag and more. Tickets $250/family before April 30. $300/family after April 30. Call 604-443-7500.

June 7, 2009
7th Annual Heritage House Tour.  The Vancouver Heritage Foundation 7th Annual Heritage House Tour is opening ten private homes to the public on Sunday June 7th from 10 am – 5 pm. The historic homes range from small cottages to gracious mansions, and are spread from Shaughnessy and Kitsilano, to Douglas Park, Strathcona and Grandview-Woodlands;

June 7, 2009
Join the fight against childhood cancer by participating in the 24th annual HSBC Childrun for BC Children's Hospital on Sunday, June 7th! Join over 4,000 people in this fun, family-oriented 5K or 1K run or walk. Register on your own, as part of a community, corporate or school team. Funds raised go directly to childhood cancer research and programs at BC Children's Hospital. Register now at

June 13 - 14, 2009
CBC 'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA PRESENTS PLAY ON! VANCOUVER NATIONAL STREET HOCKEY TOURNAMENT. Register to play in North America's largest street hockey tournament coming to the streets of Vancouver and General Motors Place this summer! Register your team online at ( before June 10th, 2009

June 20, 2009
Chip's Not Dead Yet is offering a rare opportunity to you and your family: to become part of a little slice of history. The second annual Chip's Not Dead Yet Memorial Mile is scheduled to take place on June 20, 2009, with all proceeds going to the BC Children's Hospital. The one-mile uphill race is run in themed waves. Last June, runners young and old busted up West 10th dressed as rockstars, bridesmaids, in their underwear, and more. (Particularly popular? The Superhero Kids wave.)

June 25, 2009
Howe Sound Rehabilitation Services Society is proud to be hosting our 3rd Annual BBQ in the Park for Brain Injury Awareness and Prevention in conjunction with June being BC’s Brain Injury Awareness Month. On Thursday June 25th, the 3rd Annual BBQ in the Park is set to take place from 11am to 3pm at Blue Mountain Park ( 975 King Albert Avenue ) in Coquitlam. There will be live musical entertainment, food and refreshment, information booths, raffle prizes, and lots of free activities for the kids. Everyone is invited; bring all your family and friends. The event is free to attend with refreshments, BBQ items, and raffle tickets for purchase. 604.936.9944,

June 27, 2009
BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival. Come enjoy the Highland Games and celebrate all things Scottish!  This year's Festival and Games will include piping and drumming bands, heavy sporting events, Highland and Country dancing, live entertainment, whisky tasting, a beer tent, children's activities and a haggis toss.  In addition there will be many Scottish vendor's, a Cultural Tent and a British Car Exhibit.  Fun for the entire family.

July 17, 18, 19, 2009
BC Renaissance Festival.  Come experience the 3rd Annual BC Renaissance Festival!  Shop the marketplace, enjoy the stage performers, and spend some time with the characters of Steller?s Grove.  Thrill to the excitement of the Joust and join us in song at the end of the day.  More to see and do for all ages.  Come for the day, or visit us all three days, and immerse yourself in the 16th century!  Aldor Acres Farm, 24990 84th Ave, Langley, BC;

Ongoing to May 3, 2009
Canstruction Vancouver 2009 Presented by Terasen. Witness giant, gravity-defying sculptures made entirely from cans of food at the annual Canstruction event. Cans used in the sculptures will be donated directly to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Since its inception 7 years ago, over 750,000 cans have been raised thanks to everyone involved in the event. This year's Canstruction theme is "THROUGHOUT HISTORY from Caveman to Spaceman".  Canada Place. Visit for more information.

Ongoing to May 24, 2009
Local Young Talent Showcased in Arts Alive: Re:(Purpose).  Showcases Burnaby students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 in an exploration of how to recycle and reuse things in new ways - both artistically and in life. 604.297.4422 or visit

Ongoing until May 27, 2009
Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest.  Prominent Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman is inviting youth across Canada to create works of art, writing, or photography that celebrate biodiversity. Go outdoors, or to a local zoo, museum, or aquarium, get to know your wild neighbours, and then enter the contest. Winners will receive fantastic prizes, including the chance to have their artwork featured on Canada's first ever Youth Wildlife Habitat Conservation stamp, a trip to the Parks Canada Palisades Stewardship Education Centre in Jasper, their work published in a nationally distributed 2010 calendar, Panasonic Lumix® digital cameras, art supplies from Opus, and much more! Get the contest details and entry information at    

Beat Street Community Drum Circle.  Enjoy call-and-response songs from around the world, rhythm games and hand drumming with the freedom to try out a huge selection of percussion instruments and toys.Jericho Hill Centre, 4196 West 4th Ave.; Every Sunday 3-5 pm,, 604 736-6487

Community Lunch.  A free lunch of soup and sandwiches is offered weekly in North Vancouver in a safe, friendly, wheelchair accessible place where you can share a free meal with children, youth and adults. All are welcomed!  St. Andrew's United Church, 1044 St. Georges, North Vancouver; 604-985-0408,

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

MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $6.00 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.   Learn to dance like the Stars in 2009.  FREE ticket for new people every Tuesday.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.

The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition is now presenting the “End of Empire”. This shows the rise and fall of the British motorcycle industry and what caused it. There are 60 antique and vintage motorcycle on display in an exhibition setting. It is open seven days a week. The hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Tours are available on request. Admission is by donation. The Exhibition is located at 1875 Boundary Road and 2nd Avenue in Vancouver BC . For more information call 604 293 2221.

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

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

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