Playland at the PNE opens for the season on May 5, 2018

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With night markets and spring farmers markets opening up in May, it’s no surprise that the iconic Playland at the PNE will be opening its gates this weekend as well to kick off the spring season!

The oldest amusement park in Canada will officially open for the 2018 season on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10am. The opening day is a sure sign of another fun of summer full of foot long hot dogs, roller coaster rides, and endless mini donuts.

Playland will only be open on the weekends in Vancouver until late June, when it will stay open all week long. This year, Playland will boast over 35 thrilling rides, delicious carnival food, and addictive arcade games.

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Playland at the PNE opens for the season on May 5, 2018

Discover the secrets behind Toy Story, The Incredibles and more in The Science of Pixar

Ever wonder what kind of technology goes into making movies like Up, Monsters Inc., and Toy Story?

Beginning on May 19 and running until Jan. 6, 2019, Science World will present The Science Behind Pixar. The exhibition features more than 40 interactive elements, and is broken into eight sections, including modeling, animation, and rendering. All told, the exhibit will take up 12,000 square feet.

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Discover the secrets behind Toy Story, The Incredibles and more in The Science of Pixar

Earth Day Celebration includes Community Parade and Festival on Commercial Drive

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On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Commercial Drive is hosting its annual Earth Day Parade. Celebrated by more than a billion people each year, Earth Day was first introduced in 1970 as a way to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

While Earth Day officially falls on Sunday, April 22, 2018, the Vancouver Earth Day Parade will be held on Saturday. A tradition since 2011, the parade was first initiated by a local high school’s climate justice group. The event has attracted international attention and was even featured in an online article that listed the “17 Cities around the world that do Earth Day Right”.

The Earth Day Parade is a fun, family-friendly tradition that encourages everyone to come together to celebrate the planet.

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Earth Day Celebration includes Community Parade and Festival on Commercial Drive

8 Egg-cellent Events during the Easter Long Weekend in Vancouver

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If you’re getting egg-cited for the upcoming Easter weekend, rest assured that Vancouver has you covered with fun Easter themed events! There are several community Easter egg hunts and events scheduled for the Easter long weekend in Vancouver (March 30 – April 2, 2018)..

Sadly, most of these events are targeted towards kids, so if you’re over the age limit, you’re going to have to organize your own egg hunt! But, if you’re on the hunt for an event in Vancouver, take a look at the list below for some ideas of Easter event eggstravaganzas happening throughout city.

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8 Egg-cellent Events during the Easter Long Weekend in Vancouver

Storm the Wall at UBC Hosts Community Event on March 25

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From Sunday, March 25 to Wednesday, March 28, the campus at the University of British Columbia will be holding its iconic “Storm the Wall” event that has UBC students, faculty, staff, and the community racing to get over a huge 12-foot wall.

To kick off the competition, UBC Recreation will be hosting a community event on Sunday, March 25th for an afternoon of family fun. The free festival will include food, games, and prizes to celebrate the longstanding tradition that is Storm the Wall.

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Storm the Wall at UBC Hosts Community Event on March 25

Musical version of Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables features cast of 22 and PEI setting

The Anne of Green Gables phenomenon refuses to die. Last year, the CBC aired a new adaptation. Now, a local company is presenting the musical version of the iconic Canadian story.

Prince Edward Island-born Lucy Maud Montgomery was 34 when she published her first novel, Anne of Green Gables. It was an immediate success, and Montgomery followed it with a number of sequels.

In 1956, a musical version of the book was produced for television. In 1965, the musical was performed onstage for the first time at the Charlottetown Festival. Since then it’s been performed every year at the festival, making it Canada’s longest-running musical. Versions have been produced in London, Japan, and New York. Over the years, more than 18 actors have played Anne in the musical.

From March 15-24, Exit 22 Company Productions presents Anne of Green Gables: The Musical. A cast of 22 and an eight-piece orchestra are bringing the show to life. The set has been designed to evoke images of Prince Edward Island, the story’s setting.

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Musical version of Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables features cast of 22 and PEI setting

2018 Chinese New Year Parade Celebrates the Year of the Dog

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The annual cultural extravaganza that is the Chinese New Year Parade will be returning for its 45th year on Sunday, February 17, 2018. This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more.

The parade is a major part of the Lunar New Year Festival, a regional event celebrating Spring, Chinese New Year and traditional Asian New Year celebrations taking place in Vancouver and Richmond.

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2018 Chinese New Year Parade Celebrates the Year of the Dog