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

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Special Events for September 2011
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September 2 - 4, 2011
8th Annual Lytton River Festival.  The Annual Lytton River Festival, which attracts hundreds of locals and visitors, celebrates Lytton's natural surroundings, vibrant community and First Nations culture. Family and friends return every year to participate in free activities throughout the Labour Day weekend. Spend a day or two to enjoy the festival atmosphere, live performances, Farmers' Market vendors and the River Fest Pow Wow on Sunday. Artists who have performed on the main stage include Gerald Charlie & the Black Owl Blues Band, Black Dog Blue, Flat Busted and Richie & the Fenderman.

September 2 - 4, 2011
Chilliwack Bluegrass Festival.  Bluegrass music fills Chilliwack Heritage Park for 3 fun-filled days of music, picking & corn. Also featuring open mic, beginner jams, corn shukin' contests, free workshops & children's activities. Pay camping available. Check website for fees & performers schedule. No alcohol or pets.

September 3 - 4, 2011
CANADAFEST: An All-Canadian Mashup! “Celtic-stampede-lobster-carnival-a sucre festival anyone?” After the success of Canada Day at Canada Place which saw over 770,000 Canadians celebrate our nation, we are inviting Vancouverites along with national and international visitors to put an exclamation point on their summer. From 11am - 6pm, the sights, sounds, tastes and “Yahoos!” that make Canadian celebrations great will come together on Labour Day weekend at Canada Place. Be sure to join us for this showcase of musical, cultural and culinary treasures from across the various regions of Canada.

September 3 - 4, 2011
KERRISDALE ANTIQUES FAIR.  Held in the charming and historic neighbourhood of Kerrisdale, this popular show features 65 specialty vendors with over 250 tables of 18th, 19th and 20th century antiques, retro design and vintage collectibles...a style for every collector, from folk to formal! Antique & estate jewelry, Mid-centuy Modernist decor, French country & formal furnishings, Pop culture classics, Sterling & silver- plate, Antiquarian books, Old advertising & memorabilia, Primitives, Boho & shabby chic styles, Ephemera, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Garden accents, Retro lighting & fixtures, Moorcroft, Tribal & native arts, Vintage kitchenalia, Decorative pottery & glass, Chintz, Painting & prints, Nautical, Paris chic accessories, Irish linens & lace, Boudoir collectibles, and much more...General Admission $7 at Door.

September 3 - 5, 2011
2011 TELUS TAIWANfest returns to Vancouver Downtown during the Labour Day weekend. Highlights are great fusion concerts, funky Techno Prince dance, Taiwanese Aboriginal artisans, inspiring documentaries, fabulous culinary shows, brand new games for all ages, world's best beef noodle and the first-ever street banquet that celebrates Vancouver 125. This festival is about to change you how you see Taiwanese culture! For more information please visit us online or on Facebook. Admission Free!

September 7, 2011
Mixed Voices Raised: Hapa-palooza - A Vancouver Celebration of Mixed-Roots Arts and Ideas. Hapa-palooza Festival presents Fred Way in dialogue with other prominent multi-ethnic writers, spoken-word artists and poets. This event is the launch of Hapa-palooza Festival, the largest arts festival in Vancouver to date celebrating mixed heritage and hybrid identity. More information at (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by The City of Vancouver and the Asian Canadian Writer's Workshop). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

September 8, 2011
Terrain of Memory, A Japanese Canadian Memorial Project. Dr. McAllister will present her book Terrain of Memory which tells the story of the Japanese Canadian elders who built a memorial in New Denver, British Columbia, to transform a site of political violence into a space for remembrance. It shows how their memorial transformed the valley where once over 7,000 women, men, and children were interned into a pilgrimage site for Japanese Canadians where they can mourn and pay their respects to the wartime generation. Japanese Canadian National Museum,

September 8 - 10, 2011
Coast Mental Health Art Show & Sale. 1225 Seymour Street, Vancouver; 604 434 1367,

September 8 - 18, 2011
Vancouver International Fringe Festival 2011.  Voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival by Georgia Straight readers, the Vancouver International Fringe Festival consistently delivers an eclectic mix of theatrical offerings. Over 700 performances by more than 90 different groups for 11 days make the Fringe Vancouver’s most diverse source of entertainment. Held in some of Vancouver’s best theatres such as the Revue Stage, Performance Works and the Waterfront Theatre in the unique setting of Granville Island, as well as theatres around the city and in some very unusual spaces, the Vancouver International Fringe Festival is BC’s largest theatre festival. Festival highlights include a Fringe-for-All showcase of the performances, the Pick of the Fringe, a showcase of the most popular shows as chosen by the audience, and the St. Ambroise Fringe Bar at Agro Cafe, where you can dance the night away with your fellow Fringers. Kick off the fall cultural calendar the week after Labour Day with the Vancouver International Fringe Festival.

September 9, 2011
On Friday, September 9, 2011 the North Vancouver Fire Fighters Local 1183 Charitable Society will be working in partnership with the Capilano Suspension Bridge organization to raise funds for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. The ‘Boots Across the Bridge’ charity event will feature wine tastings paired with delicious food, a fresh oyster bar, exciting wine sabering and a silent auction, which will all take place in a scenic outdoor setting on the grounds of the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

September 9 - 10, 2011
An intimate evening with Canadian Music Legend Roy Forbes in Celebration of his 40th Anniversary in the biz! Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, North Vancouver; Tickets Available at: 604.929.9456 or online at

September 9 - 11, 2011
New Forms Festival 2011.  The 11th Annual New Forms Festival presents an extravaganza of music, visual and multimedia art at the Waldorf Hotel and environs.

September 10, 2011
Place des Arts Family Open House. Discover the world of art at Place des Arts’ annual Family Open House. Enjoy fun arts activities, take a tour of the centre, participate in hands-on teacher demos, win fabulous door prizes and get a discount on class registration during the event. Programmers will be available to answer questions. Place des Arts |

September 10, 2011
RBC GranFondo Whistler. The GranFondo experience defined; Canada's premier cycling event. Ride 120 kms from Sea to Sky on a dedicated lane from downtown Vancouver to Whistler. Experience breathtaking views of Howe Sound, challenging climbs through the Coast Mountain Range and with more downhill than expected, this ride will inspire like none other. All riders are provided with a complimentary bag check at the start and full aid stations along the way stocked with fresh water, nutritional supplements, mechanical assistance, First Aid, and toilets. Meet up with friends and family for the festivities at the finish line. Be part of this unforgettable experience.

September 10 - 11, 2011
Luxury + Supercar Weekend 2011. LSW2011 will showcase a selection of the worlds most coveted new modern and classic supercars and luxury automobiles at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The event offers a rare opportunity to view automobiles that are traditionally only displayed at elite international automotive Concours d'elegance.  The Great Lawn, VanDusen Botanical Garden 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, 1-888-676-7661,

September 10 - 11, 2011
The BC Lung Association's Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath.  Twenty-seven years ago a handful of cycling enthusiasts came together to ride in support of lung health and clean air with no idea of the tradition they were about to start! Today, the BC Lung Association’s Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath continues to thrive, uniting riders from across BC to take part in an incredible two day, fully supported 200 km ride through BC’s picturesque Fraser Valley. Trek is a weekend getaway where outdoor and cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities can put their lungs and legs to the test while forming lifelong friendships. Experience the ride of your life and spend a weekend helping British Columbians breathe easier!

September 11, 2011
Remove Invasive Plants at Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver BC on September 11, 2011 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit:

September 11, 2011
10th Annual Southlands Country Fair.  "The whole family can enjoy a day in the country without leaving the city". Pony rides, petting farm, horse entertainment, games, book/thrift sale, silent auction, farmers market, music and much more! Entry is by donation, some activities may cost a small fee but many others are free. For more information visit

September 11, 2011
Feast of Fields - Lower Mainland.  A gourmet wandering harvest festival annual fundraising event. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you can taste the very best of BC from chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, fishers, ranchers and food artisans from across the province. Feast of Fields is a gastronomic journey towards a sustainable, local food system. 2011 Host Krause Berry Farms is located in Langley, BC. Tickets on sale now.

September 12, 2011
Separation Anxiety Forum. Separation Anxiety is an anxiety disorder that can be disabling for children and families. The BC Psychological Association, AnxietyBC, and Vancouver Public Library invite you to learn about this disorder. Featuring a screening of the educational video "Separation Anxiety: A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Child" and a Q&A period with a panel of registered psychologists. (Free admission. Co-sponsored by AnxietyBC and British Columbia Psychological Association). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

September 13, 2011
Easter Seals Drop Zone 2011. LOCALS FROM FAR AND WIDE TO RAPPEL 20 STOREYS FOR EASTER SEALS BC!! Residents from all over the Lower Mainland are accepting the challenge to become superheroes for a day and rappel down a 20-storey office building to raise money for BC's children with disabilities. On Tuesday, September 13th, downtown Vancouver will feel like Gotham City when the average Vancouverite dons their favorite superhero costume and 'steps up' or 'steps over' at 999 West Hastings Street - AXA Place. You have to see it to believe it, but you have to do it to say you did it! There are still spaces available. Are you ready for the challenge? Since 2005, more than 392 people have joined the exclusive Vancouver Superhero Club, raising over $1.1 million for BC's children with disabilities. Every superhero must raise a minimum of $1,500 in order to rappel in this event. Funds raised will benefit Easter Seals Houses. 604-873-1865

September 14, 2011
Dennis Bolen and Soressa Gardner: An Evening of Word and Sound.  Please join us as author Dennis E. Bolen presents "Anticipated Results", his first story collection, in collaboration with unconventional soundscapes and song by artist Soressa Gardner. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Arsenal Pulp Press). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

September 15 - 18, 2011
Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House: 10th Anniversary Celebration. Free classes, studio showings and events in dance styles ranging from ballet, bharata natyam and Bollywood to contemporary and flamenco run Saturday-Sunday 17-18, 10am-6pm. Aeriosa aerial dance troupe performs Thursday-Saturday September 15-17 at 8.30pm, tickets just $10 from At Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Info

September 16, 2011
At 12631 Vulcan Way on September 16, 2011 the Canadian Diabetes Association will be trying to fill an entire 3 tonne truck with your old stuff! We need you between 6pm-12am to bring your unwanted clothes, shoes, books, household items (like dishes, cutlery, stuffed animals, picture frames, etc.) to the Summer Night Market in Richmond . By bringing us a bag or box of your unwanted stuff; you can enter the draw to win PRIZES! One bag or box equals one entry. The more stuff you bring, the more likely you are to win! A colouring station will be located by our red bin inside the Summer Night Market. For more details follow us on Twitter @ ClotheslineBC and "like" us on Facebook @ Lower Mainland Clothesline Operation for info on this and other events! You can also contact us by phone at 604-468-4745 or e-mail ( The Summer Night Market is a free event!

September 16 - 17, 2011
Agassiz Fall Fair & Corn Festival. This annual event includes a parade, midway, exhibits, music, animal shows and demos, antique tractor pull, logger sports and good ol' country fun.

September 16 - 18, 2011
Annual Pender Harbour Jazz Festival. Welcome to the Annual Pender Harbour Jazz Festival; a great & varied line-up with 40's swing, Gypsy Jazz, sultry vocals, hothorns, mellow strings, contemporary, vintage, fusion & just about everything in-between, all offered in our unusual & intimate oceanside settings. Impromptu & planned jams, casual atmosphere & stellar performers. Check our website for updates, program at a glance, list of performers & ticket information. Park it, Bus it, Green it: park your vehicles & hop aboard the jazz shuttle. A new improved & comprehensive scheduled bus & water taxi service is available throughout the weekend.

September 17, 2011
Ivy pull at Capilano Regional Park in the District of North Vancouver BC on Sept 17, 2011 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more information please visit:

September 17, 2011
Autumn Shift Street Festival on Main Street.  Shift into a more sustainable lifestyle with Mount Pleasant BIA's Autumn Shift Festival! This free, family friendly event will celebrate the shift in season and the growing shift in attitude towards sustainability, eating local and urban gardening. This popular annual event will feature great music, lots of fun activities for kids, a merchant market, BLIM, gardening booths and enthusiastic community participation. Come out on Saturday, September 17th 2011 from 12 pm to 6 pm on Main Street between 12TH Avenue and Broadway. Shift into autumn on Vancouver's coolest street while taking in great entertainment, interesting booths and a fabulous festival atmosphere.

September 18, 2011
Terry Fox Run.  The Run is a non-competitive event where individuals, families & groups get together to raise money in Terry's name. It is a day of celebrating Terry's legacy & helping to keep his dream of a cure for cancer alive. Various Locations Throughout BC.

September 21, 2011
Join us for the 7th annual Connection to Employment Job Fair to learn about exciting opportunities in various fields. The event is particularly useful to new immigrant job seekers. Bring your resume to leave with prospective employers.(Admission is free. Space is limited. Co-sponsored by the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society,, SUCCESS, MOSAIC, and ISS of BC). Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4040,

September 21 to October 1, 2011
The Cultch presents TRUE LOVE LIES at HISTORIC THEATRE AT THE CULTCH (1895 VENABLES STREET). 604-251-1363 or

September 24, 2011
** Vancouver Special House Tour 2011** See for yourself what homeowners and architects, such as Stephanie Robb of Robb & Pechet, have done to ‘specials’ throughout Grandview and Fraserview neighbourhoods, and learn about the Joe Wai SPOTA ‘special’ style that provided Strathcona with affordable housing post 1960s. You will never look at Vancouver Specials the same way again…To purchase tickets visit or call us at 604-264-9642.

September 24, 2011
100 Thousand Poets for Change.  100 Thousand Poets for Change is an initiative by American author and poet Michael Rothenberg, who is planning September 24th, 2011, from 11:30 am to 11:30 pm, to be a day that poets and artists around the world celebrate in their local cities with a positive vibe. Across the globe, even this early in the event planning, are about 70 cities world-wide also planning to participate. That list is growing each day. Mary Woodbury of Moon Willow Press, a small local publisher, is organizing the Vancouver event and is searching for poets and artists to commit to joining in this day of poetry, art, and music. All artists will donate their time freely and in good spirits as we raise the level of local environmental awareness along with poetry and art in our city. This event is a great chance for you to be involved in a global event and work with others on a micro-level in Vancouver. Vancouver's theme for the day will center around environmental action. 778-855-4925,

September 24, 2011
Harvest Festival. Our annual Harvest Festival has been showcasing arts and culture in our lively, vibrant, and diverse Mount Pleasant neighbourhood for years, and we want you to join in the fun! On September 24th from 11am to 4pm, we will close off the block outside the House again for our street party portion of the event which includes live bands, community booths, games, a silent auction, raffle, and more. Indoors find a variety of workshops, information, and cultural activities. Exciting new additions this year will include an Interactive Sonic Playground for children, provided by Western Front Society. We ensure all our events are inclusive and accessible, so general admission to the event is free while some activities may have minimal costs. Workshops are by donation, and no one will be turned away. Funds will go toward continuing the vital programs, services and home away from home offered Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House. We look forward to joining with you this September to celebrate!

September 25, 2011
4th Annual BC Walk Now for Autism Speaks. The Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun filled family event and autism resource fair that unites the community in support of those affected by autism by raising funds for autism research, awareness and outreach services.  Please join us on Walk day - register your team today at

September 25, 2011
The Word on the Street.  The Vancouver Public Library invites you to join us for one of Canadas biggest annual book and magazine festivals. Vancouvers Word on the Street is back for its 17th year with another full day of indoor and outdoor author events, exhibits, performances, a marketplace and all-round books and reading fun and frolic. Vancouvers annual celebration of reading brings visitors face-to-face with our vibrant writing and publishing community and is jam-packed with author readings, spoken word, poetry, hands-on demos, musical entertainment, childrens activities and much more. Visit our tables in the Promenade and come and hear our new Writer-in-Residence and the talented young authors from the Librarys 2011 Writing & Book Camp. Admission is free.

September 25, 2011
The Word on the Street. Vancouver’s The Word On The Street is back for its 17th year with another full day of reading and writing events and activities. Word lovers will find author readings, writing and publishing exhibits, musical entertainment, roving performers, children’s activities, and much more—Sunday, September 25 at Library Square and CBC Plaza (Homer and Hamilton Streets between Robson and Georgia).

September 26, 2011
Understanding Flamenco. Learn the 12-beat rhythm, hear the patter of castanettes, and better understand the interplay of song, music, and dance in flamenco. This free lecture-demonstration is part of the International Flamenco Festival 2011. Flamenco guitarist Victor Kolsteee accompanies Flamenco Rosario dancers and the company's professional training program students. Visit for more information of the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Flamenco Rosario).

September 26 to October 2, 2011
Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. Various Venues,

September 28 to October 14, 2011
Vancouver International Film Festival 2011. Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (148,000 and 373 respectively in 2010) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. We screen films from 80 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems.

September 29, 2011
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 (

September 29, 2011
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! noon series presents the Louis Riel Métis Dancers. Métis dances are among the most joyful and celebratory of Aboriginal dances in Canada , with a distinctive heritage stemming from the blending of European and First Nations cultures. The Louis Riel Métis Dancers will perform a selection of jigs, reels and polkas that are guaranteed to get your toes tapping!  12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Info

September 30, 2011
Fraser Valley Cork & Keg - Wine and Beer Festival. The inaugural Fraser Valley Cork & Keg event is a showcase of international and local wines, craft and premium beer as well as local cheesemakers and chocolatiers. The consumer event runs from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm and ticket registration is available online. Whether you are a wine or beer enthusiast, a novice who wants to learn more or a seasoned guru - you are welcome to attend! The Cork & Keg Festival will host 600 attendees from the Fraser Valley area and showcasing 55 wine and beer purveyors sampling over 275 products.

Ongoing until September 4, 2011
Artful Sundays.  An outdoor, visual arts market featuring the work of local artists in East Vancouver. Each Sunday (for 5 Sundays) features a new group of artists;artist demonstrations, workshops and special events; live music and more! Napier St @ Commercial Drive,

Ongoing until September 4, 2011
Klahowya Village and Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park.  Stanley Park’s miniature railway plaza has been reborn as Klahowya Village and the Spirit Catcher Train. All summer long enjoy authentic Aboriginal cultural performers, carvers, artisans, storytelling, traditional cuisine and a themed miniature railroad that celebrates Aboriginal cultures from across British Columbia. Visit for more information

Ongoing until September 5, 2011
Burnaby Village Museum.  Forty & free, the museum's celebrating its 40th anniversary. Joins us, gate admission is FREE.

Ongoing to September 5, 2011
Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).  No single location in Vancouver captures the spirit and history of this city, its people and its many achievements as the Pacific National Exhibition. For the past 100 years, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. Today, the PNE is the largest employer of youth in British Columbia, the longest running and best attended annual ticketed event in BC and the site of hundreds of famous events - from a live performance from the Beatles to the historic Miracle Mile. For the past nine decades the Pacific National Exhibition has showcased the best of Vancouver to the rest of Canada and the world.

Ongoing to September 11, 2011
Chinatown Night Market. A shopping extravaganza featuring traditional Asian crafts, fashionable gifts & ethnic foods. The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic crafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD's, VCD's, DVD's, delicious snacks & ethnic food.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6:30pm to 11:00pm @ Keefer Street/Main Street.

Ongoing to September 18, 2011
Robson Square Artisan Market. Join us for Art, Crafts, Jewelry, Gifts and more starting June 4th, 2011 and running Saturdays & Sundays from 10am - 3pm through September 18th, 2011.

Ongoing until September 18, 2011
Steveston Farmers' & Artisans' Market. The Steveston Farmers' and Artisans' Market will open Sunday, May 22nd and operate bi-weekly until September 18, 2011. The Market will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Parking Lot, Gulf Of Georgia Cannery; 604-729-7326,

Ongoing until September 18, 2011
The Summer Night Market. The Summer Night Market is a fun place for the whole family. It will be opening from May 13th, 2011 to September 18th, 2011. Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday. Summer Night Market features more than 200 vendors. The venue includes unique merchandise from around the world and delicious foods and drinks. Plus entertainment, street performers, exhibitions, eating contest, dog show, baby crawling contest, Play Zone for kids and multicultural performances. Each night, more then 20,000 people visit The Summer Night Market. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy your summer at The Summer Night Market. 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond;

Ongoing until September 24, 2011
Bard On The Beach 2011 - 21st Anniversary Season.  Every June through September, Bard on the Beach professional Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s great plays. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core. Staged in two open-ended performance tents, the productions are set against a spectacular natural backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline. Vanier Park, Kitsilano;

Ongoing to September 25, 2011
Playland at the PNE.  Playland offers rides to match the most extreme thrillseeker to the slightly queasy stomach fairgoer. If it's games you seek, Playland's midway games section will keep your brain and hand/eye coordination busy. Interested in an adrenaline rush? Check out the Climbing Wall, Pacific Adventure Golf, Glass Maze or the Haunted Mansion. Need a break from all the excitement? Grab a tasty treat from any of the different food venues at Playland. There's something for everyone. Sit back and let the good times roll!

Ongoing until September 25, 2011
The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art. The Colour of My Dreams will mark the largest presentation of Surrealist art ever shown in Canada.  Tapping directly into dreams and the unconscious mind to explore the human psyche, the Surrealists created works in a staggeringly diverse range of media and had a profound effect on the way we imagine the world. Vancouver Art Gallery,

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Agassiz – Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour. This is where it all began! Agassiz – Harrison Mills started the Mighty Fraser Country Circle Farm Tour in 2003. This tour is packed with history, fabulous gourmet food products, and lots of interesting venues for the kids to explore.

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour. From an award winning storybook farm to pro rodeo, there a lot of “buzz” about this tour! Learn all about bees, shop for many different honey products, fill up on artisan bread and fresh cheese, pick your own apples, visit a potter’s studio, and see spectacular show gardens! In late summer, early fall, the corn is a-maze-ing!

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Langley Circle Farm Tour. Come visit some of what Langley’s farm community has to offer you … Take an interactive tour on a dairy farm; sample award-winning wines; eat at a bistro; taste home-grown exotic herbs and tomatoes; see rare alcapas; choose from the largest selection of plant specimens and rare trees in the area; visit the largest equestrian centre on the West Coast; sample luscious berries; buy your free-range turkey for that special occasion.

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Circle Farm Tour. This is an adventure packed tour that includes sky diving, horseback riding and canoeing. You can also learn all about bees and how they make honey, wind your way through a corn maze, and of course, find some wonderful fresh eats!

Ongoing to September 30, 2011
Mission Circle Farm Tour.  Celebrate the legacy of our fore fathers on the Mission tour as you explore a 100 year old working heritage farm, nose around Canada’s largest dahlia nursery founded in 1920, and catch a Rainbow at the oldest and largest trout farm in BC. Pick up some of grandma’s favourite elixir, Apple Cider Vinegar, and sample succulent Heirloom apples. Enjoy the drive through a majestic forest of West Coast Cedar to find exotic cattle, llamas, and alpacas. Get free landscaping ideas from a tree and shrub expert, and shop for fresh produce, preserves, baked goodies, crafts and local art at the farmers’ market.

Ongoing until September 30, 2011
Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. Take a drive in the beautiful countryside, experience something new and connect with our friendly people and their agricultural roots on the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. The Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour has something that will appeal to everyone...young and old. Maybe you will enjoy sampling some of the best ice cream you will ever taste, or how about learning the inner secrets of growing award winning perrenials. For the more action oriented you can pick the best halloween jack-o-lantern out of a real pumpkin patch and best of all you can end your tour with some fine cold climate wines and dinner made from products grown on local farms.

Ongoing until September 30, 2011
Chosen Family Portraits.  MOV celebrates the concept of family with the new photography exhibit, "Chosen Family Portraits". Commissioned during the 2010 Vancouver Queer Film Festival, this community-based art project features audience members modelling with their chosen families and sharing their unique stories. Marvel at the power of the families we choose, rather than the families we're born into.

Ongoing until September 30, 2011
Dundarave Farmers' Market. As we try to reduce our carbon footprint, we offer fresh, locally grown or homemade products as they become available during the season. We offer fruits, vegetables, fresh flowers perennials, herbs, baked goods, pickled items and much more. Our farmers market also takes pride in supporting local crafters with their homemade items: jewellery, ceramics, wooden toys, silk handbags and more. Market runs from April to September.  Dundarave Village, West Vancouver;

October 1, 2011
Harvest organic veggies at Earthwise Society in Delta BC on October 1, 8am-11am. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit:

October 1, 2011
Laneway House Tour 2011. As the city becomes ever more densely populated, the VHF is committed to supporting creative solutions to the challenge of keeping the city’s historic neighbourhoods intact. Laneway houses offer owners of homes in RS-1 and RS-5 zoning areas an opportunity to densify their properties while (1) keeping the existing homes; (2) maintaining the historic streetscape; and (3) increasing the stock of rental housing in the city. This year’s tour will include samples of laneway homes that complement the architecture of the original historic houses. For tickets  T. 604-264-9642

October 11, 2011
Weekday Invasive plant bust at Pacific Spirit Regional Park in Vancouver BC on October 11th 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more information please visit:

October 15, 2011
Remove periwinkle, hops,ivy and scotch broom at Central Park in Burnaby BC on Oct 15, 2011 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit:

October 20, 2011
Weekday ivy removal at Mosquito Creek in North Vancouver BC on October 20 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit:

October 27, 2011
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! noon series presents Aché Brasil. The vibrant culture, music and dances of Brazil take the stage in a thrilling program of Afro-Brazilian dance and capoeira - a fusion of dance and martial arts, whose amazing acrobatics are performed in a whirring circle of movement, singing and percussive musical rhythms. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Info

October 29, 2011
Remove Himalayan blackberry and plant natives trees and plants at Chantrell Park, South Surrey, BC on October 29, 2011 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit:

Ongoing to October 1, 2011
The Japanese Canadian National Museum is pleased to present Monogatari Tales of Powell Street (1920-1941).  We invite you to discover the many monogatari (tales) of Powell Street - the vibrant pre-war commercial and residential district of the Japanese community in Vancouver. By 1921, most of Vancouver’s 4000 Japanese residents lived in or within walking distance of the area. The street bustled with vegetable and fish markets, businesses, traditional Japanese bath houses and food stores. It was a unique mingling of traditional Japanese culture with contemporary Canadian convenience. Labourers found inexpensive accommodations in boarding houses. Baseball fans packed Powell Grounds to watch the Asahi Baseball Team play. Families lived and worked in the area. Children walked in groups to Strathcona School and then on to the Japanese Language School in the afternoon. In 1942, due to racism, political and economic opportunism, almost 22,000 people of Japanese ancestry were uprooted from their homes in BC – almost half of those people came from the Powell Street area. Only a few Japanese Canadians ever returned to the area. National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent (corner of Kingsway & Sperling Ave) Burnaby; 604.777.7000,,

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation Tours.  Arthur Erickson House & Garden Foundation offer tours of his Japanese garden in Point Grey, Vancouver, every Thursday at 5 pm through October. Cost is $15 and reservations are required by phone or email.

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Haney Farmers' Market.  This popular summer event is held every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm beginning May and ending October in Memorial Peace Park. The market features locally made, baked or grown products. Visit our website for more details.

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market. Every Saturday from May through October, Artisan Farmer's Market is in a wonderful location right by the water, shaded by trees on the East Plaza at North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops. We have a great selection of organic & conventional produce, fruits & berries. Our prepared food vendors sell baking, jams, honey, preserves, salsas, sauces, pickles & pastas to name a few. Our crafters have jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, soaps, botanical prints, herbal skincare & much more. The Farmers' Market also features a book swap, kids play area & featured entertainment.

Ongoing until October 1, 2011
Sins of the City Walking Tour.  Come experience the world of a cop in the 1920's. Walk the beat in Gastown and Chinatown, while on the lookout for brothels, bootlegging joints, gambling houses and opium dens. This two hour walk takes you through the oldest parts of the city, exploring the rich history of vice in early Vancouver. This unique tour is a must-see for anyone wanting to learn about the edgier side of this great city. Price includes admission to the museum on tour day. Tour runs on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays through until October. Some additional tours may be offered; call for our current schedule.

Ongoing October 5, 2011
Main Street Station Farmers' Market.  Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, this market will replaces the previous market located at Riley Park Community Centre. Access by bus and SkyTrain is exceptional at this central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish.  Every Wednesday.

Ongoing  to October 8, 2011
Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market - Saturdays, August 6 – October 8 – East Boulevard between 37th and 41st across from Point Grey High School. Interactive Market Map:

Ongoing until October 22, 2011
Trout Lake Farmers Market.  Visit the Trout Lake Farmers Market located in the parking lot of Trout Lake Community Centre on Saturdays, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Ongoing until October 22, 2011
West End Farmers Market.  Located in the heart of Vancouver's busy West End, the West End Farmers Market looks onto beautiful newly renovated Nelson Park and community gardens. Weekly, West Enders can enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts. Hot food and coffee on-site as well. Take the dog for a walk and enjoy a market in your urban backyard!  1100 Block of Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow across from Nelson Park in Vancouver's West End. 604-879-FARM

Ongoing until October 23, 2011
Kitsilano Farmers' Market.  Each week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week. 604-879-FARM,

Ongoing to October 31, 2011
Maan Berry Farms Abbotsford.  Our local family farm offers a variety of fun events and activities throughout the summer and fall that make it perfect for day trips from the city.  For the kids, we have the friendly animals from our petting zoo, as well as the attractions of our Kidz Corral play area.  For the whole family, there are our scenic hay wagon ride tours, as well as Papa Jo’s Corn Maze and Sunflower Labyrinth in the fall.  In addition to our local strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries (available both through U-Pick and in our country market) we offer fresh garden veggies, homestyle jams, fresh baked pies, and gourmet ice cream.  We also run a day camp throughout the summer and host birthday parties.  Open Mon-Sun, 9 am to 6 pm at 790 McKenzie Rd., Abbotsford.  604-308-2205 or for more info.

November 5 - 6, 2011
ANTIQUE EXPO AT TRADEX.  Antiquing…Treasure Hunting…Bargains galore all at the Antique Expo at Tradex. Get your hands on the coolest stuff ever made. Top Dealers and Pickers from across Canada offering very special inventory...Deluxe Antiques & Vintage Bargains.?They will bring their Best! Something for everyone. This is the Antique Show to attend. Tradex Exhibition Centre 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford; Show information Dennis 604 316 1933 or email online at

November 6, 2011
Remove Ivy at Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam BC on Nov 6, 2011 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit:

November 9, 2011
Weekday Ivy removal at Capilano Park in the District of North Vancouver Nov 9, 2011 10am-1pm. To join the Lower Mainland Green Team and for more info please visit:

November 17, 2011
The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! noon series presents Spanish Passion Productions. Choreographer and director Eleonora Acuña and her company of dancers bring the brilliance, expressiveness and passion of flamenco to life in Dos Amores – From Classical to Modern Flamenco: a performance which traces the evolution of the art form and its many rich cultural influences. 12 noon at Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St , Vancouver . Info

Ongoing to December 31, 2011
Chinatown Market Tours with Edible Canada.  Edible Canada is proud to introduce visitors & locals alike to one of North America's largest Chinatowns. With an abundance of history & so much to see & smell - not to mention taste - Chinatown is a tour that adventurous foodies do not want to miss. After your walking tour, enjoy a spectacular Guided Dim Sum lunch at one of Vancouver's most authentic Chinese restaurants. This experience is highly recommended! Tour includes a 2 hour tour of Chinatown & surrounding area, followed by guided Dim Sum lunch, Edible Canada recycled tote bag, tastings of regional foods, tips on food, selection & preparation, recipes & EC bottled water.

Arena Tours. For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's and men's hockey teams marked their moments in history during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Join their tours on Wednesdays and Fridays with tours beginning at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 noon or 1:30 p.m.

ArtStarts presents:Drumming with Fana Soro.  Don't miss your chance to learn the infectious rhythms of West Africa at this hands-on workshop with master drummer and balafon player, Fana Soro. Drums will be provided. Cost: Free. No registration necessary. 808 Richards St (at Robson),

MR DANCE in Vancouver - Social and ballroom dancing every Sunday and Tuesday.  We are teaching dancing since 1991.   Admission: $10 for a group lesson and a dance.  No partner required.  No membership.    FREE ADMISSION EVERY TUESDAYS IN APRIL - FREE DANCE LESSON & DANCE - APRIL 5, 12, 19 & 26.  Location: Vancouver, Astorino's Hall, 1739 Venables Street.  Visit or call Esie at 604 436 4436 for more information.

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