Playland Vancouver Opens April 28, 2012

Playland Vancouver. Photo credit: Remy Scalza

It may seem hard to believe, but summer can’t be too far off when Playland, one of Vancouver’s biggest summer traditions, kicks off its 2012 season this Saturday, April 28.

The Playland Amusement Park at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is one attraction that’s fun for all ages, from the littlest kids to full grown adults. Packed with rides—including the 218-feet-high AtmosFEAR, which debuted in summer 2011, and the famous/infamous Wooden Roller Coaster—as well as Midway games, fairground food, arcades, sports, and the Haunted Mansion, Playland truly has something for everyone. (Plus what better way is there to spend a sunny Saturday than riding the Playland Westcoast Wheel and munching on mini donuts?)

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Playland Vancouver Opens April 28, 2012

10 “Must Do” Summer Activities for Labour Day Weekend 2011

Beaches, water parks, outdoor concerts, summer night markets–Have you “done” everything on your summer-in-Vancouver to-do list?

Labour Day (September 5) is the traditional end-of-summer, which means the long Labour Day Weekend is the perfect opportunity—and, in some cases, last chance—to do those quintessential Vancouver summer activities we all love—and might not get a chance to do again until next year.

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10 “Must Do” Summer Activities for Labour Day Weekend 2011

TaiwanFest 2011 & Vancouver’s First-Ever Street Banquet

Vancouver TaiwanFest. Photo: TaiwanFest.ca

The 2011 TELUS TaiwanFest returns to Vancouver Labour Day weekend with loads of free fun for the whole family.

A cultural celebration of all things Taiwanese, TaiwanFest aims to burst stereotypes by showcasing the rich diversity in both modern and traditional Taiwanese music, dance, film, food, and arts. This year’s festival includes fusion concerts, Techno Prince dance, Taiwanese Aboriginal artisans, inspiring documentaries, fabulous culinary shows, games for all ages, Chef Hung’s “best beef noodle on earth,” and Vancouver’s first-ever street banquet in honour of Vancouver’s 125th birthday.

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TaiwanFest 2011 & Vancouver’s First-Ever Street Banquet

Fair at the PNE – August 20 – September 5, 2011

Like everyone else, I hate that our (short) summer is coming to a close (sniff), but if there is one thing that makes that thought bearable it’s the annual Fair at the PNE, Vancouver’s farewell to summer that everyone loves, young and old alike.

Celebrating its 101st birthday this year, the 2011 Fair at the PNE is back bigger and better than ever. There are the rides, of course—including Playland’s brand-new Atmosfear—plus free Summer Night Concerts, live shows, Superdogs, mini-donuts, exhibitions, pig races, fairground games, and so much more!

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Fair at the PNE – August 20 – September 5, 2011

Vancouver Chinatown Festival This Weekend

Streetfest at the Vancouver Chinatown Festival. Photo: Vancouver Chinatown BIA

Vancouver’s Chinatown celebrates its history and heritage this weekend with a two-day free festival in the very heart of that historic neighbourhood.

The annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival brings 50,000 spectators to Chinatown’s Columbia and Keefer Streets, making it one of the summer’s biggest multicultural festivals. This year, the festival includes an open market, historic walking tours, multicultural stage performances, a 125th anniversary photo exhibition at the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum (555 Columbia Street), Youth Talent Showdown 2011, and the fun, festive Streetfest.

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Vancouver Chinatown Festival This Weekend

10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

 

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

Summer fun in Vancouver continues through August with loads of great, free events and activities for the whole family!

10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

1. Watch the Fireworks! The Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition continues with two more nights of amazing fireworks displays on Wednesday, August 3, and Saturday, August 6, 2011.

2. Party before the fireworks at SHOREfest, the free concert series that runs from 7pm – 10pm on August 3 and August 6 at three of the best fireworks-watching spots: Vanier Park, Kitsilano Beach, and English Bay Beach.

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10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival at Britannia Mine Museum

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the re-invented Britannia Mine Museum—it recently had a $14.7 million makeover and now boasts lots of fun activities, including panning for gold and an underground mine train—the annual Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival is the perfect excuse to visit.

The Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival is the signature summer event at the Britannia Mine Museum. The festival showcases local artists, artisans, musicians, and performers and features arts and crafts with a “copper, fire and mined materials” theme. The art works are displayed throughout the museum and range from copper and bronze sculptures to jewelry to gunpowder paintings.

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Britannia Copper & Fire Arts Festival at Britannia Mine Museum