2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival guide is here!

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Portland’s Wonderheads perform at the opening party of this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Vancouver Fringe Festival-lovers have been eagerly anticipating the release of this year’s Program Guide. Now that the cat’s out of the bag – the guide was officially released last night (July 29) – we’ve been able to take a peek at what’s coming, from the 108 Fringe shows to the free entertainment at the Fringe Bar (1363 Railspur Alley, on Granville Island).

As usual, the Fringe is a 10-day event (Sept. 10-20), with shows occurring at various venues, most situated on Granville Island or on or near Commercial Drive. With so many titles to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to pick just a few. But here are some that caught our eye.

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2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival guide is here!

Rock Out in a Classical Chinese Garden: Enchanted Evenings Concert Series is Back

Photo credit: Canada Explore | Flickr

Photo credit: Canada Explore | Flickr

Does the idea of a sunset concert in an elegant 15th-century-style Chinese garden sound like your cup of tea?

Then Enchanted Evenings at Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden may be just the thing for you. Each summer for the last 22 years, the little walled garden in the heart of Chinatown has opened its gates on select nights to music fans. Groups, ranging from classical piano ensembles to hot jazz bands, perform al fresco in the garden, while guests enjoy the feng shui and groove to the tunes.

This year’s series started July 16 and continues with weekly performances every Thursday until Aug. 20. Continue reading:
Rock Out in a Classical Chinese Garden: Enchanted Evenings Concert Series is Back

Seven Essential Vancouver Summer Pop-Ups

PUIt’s summer in the city and there are plenty of exciting events happening for foodies this month. Vancouver loves a pop-up bar or restaurant and we’ve got some great suggestions that are guaranteed to get your tastebuds tingling –and give you some excellent Instagram-worthy boast-post moments.

Chef Jefferson Alvarez Presents… The Illusion of Coffee

This is a one night only event on Friday August 14 that’s a collaboration between Vancouver coffee gurus Revolver and chef Jefferson Alvarez, one of the city’s most innovative and creative chefs who explains: “The night is an ‘Illusion of coffee’, meaning I will prepare dishes using coffee in many ways: as a spice, for smoking, to play with the senses. The night begins with Veuve Clicquot  champagne and sustainable Northern divine Caviar.. and the rest is an experience. The whole point is to show that coffee is not only to have every morning but can also be use for cooking, curing and smoking. Buy tickets here now. Continue reading:
Seven Essential Vancouver Summer Pop-Ups

Free Indian Feast for 10,000 People: Chariot Fest Returns to Vancouver

Photo sourced from vanchariotfest.com

Photo sourced from vanchariotfest.com

Ready to join 10,000 friends for a free Indian feast on the Vancouver waterfront?

The Chariot Fest of India returns to Vancouver on Sunday, Aug. 9, featuring a parade of giant, colourful floats and costumed Indian dancers followed by a free festival (and free lunch for about 10,000 people) at Stanley Park’s Second Beach.

Now in its 42nd year in Vancouver, the Chariot Fest – also known as the Jagannath Rath Yatra – is a Hindu celebration that involves transporting massive deities on chariots. Chariot festivals take place each year in hundreds of cities around the world, often organized by the Hare Krishna movement. Continue reading:
Free Indian Feast for 10,000 People: Chariot Fest Returns to Vancouver

Win a Night of Dining and Dancing on the Water for Two with Salsa Cruises

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For nearly a decade, Vancouverites and our international guests have been experiencing a taste of Latin America just off the coast of Vancouver with Salsa Cruises. Vancouver’s largest privately-owned cruising vessel, the MV Britannia, holds three levels of DJs pumping a variety of music for testing your most sultry Latin moves, heart-pumping salsa lessons, spicy Mexican cuisine, and a full bar to quench your thirst all night.

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