Dine Al Fresco with 3200 Friends: Diner en Blanc Comes to Vancouver

Photo credit: Maurice Li | Flickr

Photo credit: Maurice Li | Flickr

Vancouver’s biggest fancy picnic just got bigger.

Diner en Blanc is back this Aug. 21 and this year 3,200 tickets are up for grabs.  The unique al fresco dining event sees thousands of people dressed entirely in white converge on a secret location for the mother-of-all picnics.

Past Diners en Blanc in Vancouver have proven exceedingly popular.  In 2012, a “diner” was staged at Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Convention Centre, drawing 1,200 guests.  Last year, 2,600 diners in white took over the grassy park in front of Science World on False Creek.  The location for this year’s event is, of course, a secret: Attendees will only find out on the day of the dinner.

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Dine Al Fresco with 3200 Friends: Diner en Blanc Comes to Vancouver

Giant New Public Art Unveiled on Vancouver’s False Creek

Photo sourced from @Van_Biennale's Twitter feed via @Blah_City

Photo sourced from @Van_Biennale’s Twitter feed via @Blah_City

Olympic Village in Vancouver has some colourful new residents.

A brand new seven-metre-tall outdoor sculpture has been installed on the edge of Olympic Village at Hinge Park.  Called Human Structures, the sculpture consists of 64 brightly coloured metal cutouts in the shape of human figures, stacked one on top of the other.

Created by acclaimed U.S. artist Jonathan Borofsky, Human Structures is part of the 2014 Vancouver Biennale, the every-other-year exhibition that brings dozens of works of monumental art to the streets, parks and beaches of Vancouver.  This edition of the Biennale will see some 20 sculptures installed in Vancouver, with an additional 10 works going up in New Westminster, North Vancouver and Squamish.

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Giant New Public Art Unveiled on Vancouver’s False Creek

The Yard You Can Eat: Edible Lawns Cropping up in Vancouver

Photo credit: Transition US | Flickr

Photo credit: Transition US | Flickr

Have you heard of edible yards? I hadn’t, until I read a great article in the Vancouver Sun by Randy Shore.  Now I’m seeing edible yards everywhere in Vancouver.

Edible yards are, in essence, lawns that have been transformed into vegetable gardens. They’re a part of the larger urban agriculture movement, which sees vacant lots, rooftops and other idle spaces in and around cities used as land for small-scale farms.

The appeal of an edible yard is obvious.  For starters, no more mowing and watering the lawn.  And as a bonus, you get a bumper crop of fresh veggies right at your doorstep (literally).

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The Yard You Can Eat: Edible Lawns Cropping up in Vancouver

Vancouver Bucket List: A Night Game at Nat Bailey Stadium

Photo credit: Ian Alexander Martin | Flickr

Photo credit: Ian Alexander Martin | Flickr

It’s a must on any Vancouver summer bucket list: a night game at Nat Bailey Stadium.

The historic 1951 stadium in the city’s Riley Park neighbourhood is home to the Vancouver Canadians, a minor league affiliate of baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays.  A night at the “Nat” offers small-town charm, great baseball and beautiful views, all just minutes from downtown Vancouver.

I checked out the action over the weekend, when the Canadians were taking on their local rivals the Everett AquaSox from Washington.  At 7:05 p.m. game time, the stadium was already filled nearly to its 5,000-seat capacity. I managed to get a few “nosebleed” seats for the bargain price of $12.50 a ticket. (“Nosebleed” in Nat Bailey is a relative term – It’s a small stadium and there’s not a bad seat in the house.)

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Vancouver Bucket List: A Night Game at Nat Bailey Stadium

Vancouver’s Only Live Music Series in a 15th-Century-Style Chinese Garden is Back

Photo sourced from vancouverchinesegarden.com

Photo sourced from vancouverchinesegarden.com

It might be one of the most unique settings for live music in Vancouver.

Each summer for the last 21 years, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden has opened its doors to musicians and music fans for the Enchanted Evenings series.  Groups, ranging from classical piano ensembles to hot jazz bands, perform al fresco in the 15th-century-style garden in the heart of Chinatown.  This year’s series runs July 11-Aug. 7, with weekly performances.

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Vancouver’s Only Live Music Series in a 15th-Century-Style Chinese Garden is Back