10,000+ Dogs Coming to Yaletown: Pet-A-Palooza, Aug 23

Photo credit: Vaughan Nelson | Flickr

Photo credit: Vaughan Nelson | Flickr

Yaletown is about to go to the dogs.

An estimated 10,000 canines are expected to descend on the Vancouver neighbourhood for the second annual Pet-A-Palooza, Sunday, Aug. 23. The pet extravaganza – billed by organizers as the largest outdoor pet festival on the West Coast – brings together pet lovers and admirers for a full day of doggie-themed fun on Mainland Street in Yaletown.

It’s free to attend and everyone is encouraged to bring their four-legged friends along to partake in the excitement. Watch the area’s most nimble pooches face off in agility showcases and fly-ball shows. Get the low down on pet health during special seminars and demonstrations. In total, nearly 100 pet exhibitors will be on hand with products and advice to keep your mutts happy and healthy.  Continue reading:
10,000+ Dogs Coming to Yaletown: Pet-A-Palooza, Aug 23

Bubbles, Beats & Brunch at Vancouver’s MARKET by Jean-Georges is a Must-Do

Bubbles, Beats & Brunch

Image courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver and Bruce Law Photography

What are you doing this weekend? We highly recommend you go to your computer right now, and make a reservation at MARKET by Jean-Georges (at the Shangri-La) for their annual Bubbles, Beats & Brunch — it’s a summer must-do for brunch lovers. Continue reading:
Bubbles, Beats & Brunch at Vancouver’s MARKET by Jean-Georges is a Must-Do

Vancouver Prison Reborn as New Apartments

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It’s no secret that Vancouver is facing a housing crunch – with demand for homes and apartments far outstripping supply, especially among low-income residents. Now, officials have come up with an especially creative solution.

A former prison in the heart of the city’s Downtown Eastside has been transformed into a complex of nearly 100 new apartments.

The Vancouver Remand Centre at 250 Powell St. once held some of the province’s most notorious criminals as they awaited trial. The 400-bed facility was closed in 2002 and, up until recently, sat empty and unused – a vacant concrete hull near the heart of the city. Continue reading:
Vancouver Prison Reborn as New Apartments

Diner en Blanc returns to Vancouver: Dine al fresco with 4,500 friends, Aug 25

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Vancouver’s biggest fancy picnic is back.

Diner en Blanc returns this Aug. 25 for its fourth Vancouver instalment. This year, the al fresco dining event will see 4,500 people dressed entirely in white converge on a secret location for the mother-of-all picnics. Guests bring their own white chairs and folding tables and white tablecloths, as well as their own picnic baskets with self-catered dinners packed inside.

The event prides itself on elegance, courtly sophistication and – above all – selectivity. While tickets aren’t all that expensive ($37), getting one is nearly impossible. You generally have to either know an organizer or past attendee. Rumour has it that the waiting list to be considered for a ticket is tens of thousands of names long.  Continue reading:
Diner en Blanc returns to Vancouver: Dine al fresco with 4,500 friends, Aug 25

Vancouver’s Largest Clothing Swap is Back, Aug 15: $10, Endless Fashions

Photo credit: Eddy Chang | Flickr

Photo credit: Eddy Chang | Flickr

Where can you get the latest designer clothes, vintage duds and funky accessories for under $10 … and clean out your closet at the same time?

Vancouver’s Largest Clothing Swap, of course.

The wallet-friendly, environmentally friendly clothing exchange is back this Saturday, Aug. 15, at the PNE’s Hastings Room and promises to have more heaping piles of must-have clothes than ever. The premise is pretty simple.  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Largest Clothing Swap is Back, Aug 15: $10, Endless Fashions