Wife-carrying contest adds to Scandinavian Midsummer Fest fun

Photo Credit: Scandinavian Centre on Flickr |Norm Eyford

Photo Credit: Scandinavian Centre on Flickr |Norm Eyford

It’s almost the longest day of the year…and that means it’s time for some good old-fashioned Scandinavian fun. (While northern countries may be dark in winter, their people know how to celebrate the summer light!)

One of Metro Vancouver’s quirkiest festivals is happening this weekend (June 20 and 21). It involves a troll forest, a Viking Village, and men running away with their wives on their backs.

And that’s just the start.

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Wife-carrying contest adds to Scandinavian Midsummer Fest fun

Playland Opens this Weekend with a Thrilling New Ride for 2015

vancouver playland 2015

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Playland at the PNE, Vancouver’s only amusement park, will be kicking off its 2015 season this Saturday, May 16th at 10:00am and will be open every weekend until June 21st, when it will remain open every day of the week for the rest of the summer.

This year, Playland will be introducing a new ride into their lineup of lovable favourites that include the famous Coaster, Corkscrew, Crazy Beach Party, and the Hellavator (full list of rides is here). New for 2015, thrill-seekers can check out “The Beast” a stomach-churning, high-flying monster of a ride!

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Playland Opens this Weekend with a Thrilling New Ride for 2015

How About a Movie Marathon this Mother’s Day in Vancouver?

Studio Ghibli Marathon Vancouver

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Aside from Disney, there is no other collection of animated films loved as widely as Studio Ghibli’s anime feature films that come straight from Tokyo, Japan. The award winning films are beautifully constructed works of art that highlight imaginary worlds full witches, giant rabbit-beasts, robots, and dust balls with eyes.

To celebrate the animated masterpieces, Commercial Drive’s Rio Theatre will be hosting two movie marathons celebrating some of the most popular films to come out of the Studio Ghibli collection. Tonight (May 6th) is the first night of the Studio Ghibli celebration, but after selling out almost instantly, the Rio opted to offer another night dedicated to the beloved movies on Sunday, May 10, 2015 (Mother’s Day!).

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How About a Movie Marathon this Mother’s Day in Vancouver?

Hot ice action coming to Vancouver!

Olympic Gold Medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will perform with Stars On Ice at Rogers Arena for the 25th anniversary tour.

Olympic Gold Medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will perform with Stars On Ice at Rogers Arena for the 25th anniversary tour.

For the remaining fans of the Vancouver Canucks, this spring sees a decided lack of hot action on ice.

However, figure-skating fans have a reason to rejoice. The traveling ice show Stars On Ice is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a tour that features an all-star roster. And the tour is making a stop in Vancouver at Rogers Arena May 21.

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Hot ice action coming to Vancouver!

Five reasons to visit Roedde House Museum this May

Roedde House Museum Victorian table settings

Roedde House Museum Victorian table settings

Located in Barclay Square in the heart of the West End, the Roedde House Museum is one of the city’s hidden gems, sort of like the Jimi Hendrix Shrine, but with wainscotting.

A Victorian-era house restored to its original condition, more or less, Roedde House is the scene of monthly concerts as well as exhibits that give visitors a glimpse into the lifestyles of a Victorian middle-class family.

To celebrate Roedde House’s 25th anniversary, the museum’s staff has planned some special events and festivities. Here are five reasons to pencil a visit to Roedde House in to your May schedule.

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Five reasons to visit Roedde House Museum this May