Southlands Country Fair rolls out some old-fashioned fun

You can get close to the horse-jumping action at Southlands Country Fair. Photo by Noriko Tidball.

You can get close to the horse-jumping action at Southlands Country Fair. Photo by Noriko Tidball.

Vancouver may be a cosmopolitan city, but this weekend, it’s a little bit country.

The Southlands Country Fair happens this Sunday (September 14) in Southlands, an area that many Vancouverites don’t even know about. In this leafy residential neighbourhood, it’s not unusual to see people leading their horses along the quiet streets and on the trails of Pacific Spirit Park.

In addition to the people who live there, the upscale area is home to about 300 horses, housed in three major boarding barns and stables on private property.

The centre of the action is Southlands Riding Club, where riders bring their horses for training and practice in jumping, racing, and more. The annual Southlands Country Fair is a rare opportunity to check out what goes on at the club and spend a crisp fall day in place that feels like the country yet is in the heart of the city.

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Southlands Country Fair rolls out some old-fashioned fun

Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2012 Starts May 29

"The Itch of the Golden Nit" at the Vancouver International Children's Festival 2012.

A massive crowd-pleaser since its inception in 1978 and one of the largest children’s festivals in all of Canada, the annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival returns to Granville Island with six-days of theatre, live entertainment, puppetry, music, and more from May 29 – June 3.

The theme for 2012 is “Celebrate Our Stories,” and along with traditional theatrical techniques (on-stage shows), the Festival engages audiences of all ages with innovative performances on Aquabuses (!), in and around Granville Island’s duck ponds (the inspired “Quack Attack”), through hands-on activities, and with cooking classes at Edible Canada.

Highlights of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2012 include:

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Vancouver International Children’s Festival 2012 Starts May 29

Tix on sale: VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Great A-Mazing Easter Egg Hunt

Typically one doesn’t think of Easter in March unless rolling by the supermarket Easter candy displays that appear 20 seconds after Valentine’s Day. Saint Patty’s Day doesn’t get enough attention from chocolatiers. But that’s another blog post.

Easter 2012 falls on April 8 this year, and tickets are on sale now for VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt that takes place Friday, April 6.

The annual Great A-Mazing Egg Hunt is a beloved Vancouver event for families with children ages 2-10. This pastel fun fest sells out early every year, so don’t sit on your haunches if you plan on attending.

Details on how to get tickets and what’s going down at the Great A-mazing Egg Hunt after the jump.
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Tix on sale: VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Great A-Mazing Easter Egg Hunt