Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

Photo credit: Raul Pacheco-Vega | Flickr

Photo credit: Raul Pacheco-Vega | Flickr

Think Pride is just a parade? Not by a long shot.

The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival returns to the city, July 25-Aug. 2. Apart from the giant parade on Aug. 2 (which attracts more than 650,000 spectators), this year’s festival includes a full lineup of outdoor events, street parties, dinners and club nights and even a celebration on Sunset Beach.

Ready for a 10K with a twist? The festival kicks off with the annual Pride Run and Walk through Stanley Park on Saturday, July 25. Runners (many in costume) compete on a course through the park’s trails and seawalls, hydrating at special disco water stations en route. There’s also a 5K walking option. Afterward, focus shifts to Picnic in the Park, a family-friendly afternoon of summer games – think tug-of-war, volleyball and a special “drag” race – plus music by local DJs.  Continue reading:
Can’t-Miss Events at the 2015 Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

East Van Summer Jam 2015, July 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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The 2015 East Van Summer Jam (EVSJ) has announced their lineup, including Ab-Soul,
Mayer Hawthorne, Kelela, The Boom Booms, ESTA, Slow Jam Sundays, Kinnie Starr and
more. EVSJ takes over Strathcona Park in East Vancouver on Saturday July 4th, 2015,
promising a full day of music and activities tailored to the whole community.

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East Van Summer Jam 2015, July 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Italian Culture, Community and ART Take Over Commercial Drive, June 14 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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All things Italian will once again take over Commercial Drive on Sunday, June 14, for Vancouver’s largest cultural street festival, the 6th Annual Italian Day. Celebrating more than 50 years of Italian heritage in Vancouver, Italian Day brings together the best that Italy has to offer in our own backyard. This year’s festival puts a special focus on Italian ART, with pre-event showcases of Italian film and painting, and breathtaking examples of Italian design, music, theatre, food, crafts and activities throughout the event!

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Italian Culture, Community and ART Take Over Commercial Drive, June 14 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Ready to Bhangra? City of Bhangra Festival Brings Music and Dance to Vancouver

Photo sourced from vibc.org

Photo sourced from vibc.org

The best of bhangra is coming to Vancouver.

The City of Bhangra Festival celebrates the high energy music and dance form from South Asia, May 28-June 6. Originating as a folk dance in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, bhangra – with its colourful costumes and elaborately choreographed routines – is perhaps best known as a staple of Bollywood films. In recent decades, it has also spread around the world, popping up everywhere from hip hop videos to celebrity fitness routines.

The 10-day City of Bhangra Festival features dance recitals, concerts, talks and more at venues across Vancouver and Surrey.  The main event is Downtown Bhangra, June 5-June 6, a full weekend of music and dancing at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. Each year, thousands of people gather to get enjoy free bhangra concerts, complete with whirling dancers and pulsing rhythms, from noon to 10 p.m.   Continue reading:
Ready to Bhangra? City of Bhangra Festival Brings Music and Dance to Vancouver

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Eat! Vancouver 2015, April 26-May 3

Photo: Julianna M. Jankowiak

Photo: Julianna M. Jankowiak

You’ve never experienced an Eat! Vancouver quite like this.

The largest food festival of its kind in Canada, Eat! Vancouver is best know for its super-sized food expo, held this year in BC Place, May 1-May 3. Hundreds of exhibitors, chefs, brewers and more come together to show off artisan foods and drinks, offer cooking demos and sell the latest kitchen gizmos.

But this year, Eat! Vancouver is much more than that. During the week leading up to the big expo, the city will be filled with hands-on cooking classes, special dinners prepared by top chefs from across Canada and more. Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss events at this year’s Eat! Vancouver festival.

Indulge your sweet tooth at a pastry tastingVancouver’s top pastry chefs come together for this unique panel discussion – and tasting – on all things sweet and flaky. Get the inside scoop from Thomas Haas of Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates and Patisserie, Christophe Bonzon of Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie and Adam Chandler of Beta 5 Chocolates, then sample each chef’s signature pastry. April 29; Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel; $45. 

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5 Can’t-Miss Events at Eat! Vancouver 2015, April 26-May 3