Frolic In The Flowers At The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Abbotsford Tulip Festival | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Nothing says Spring like strolling through rainbow-coloured rows upon rows of perfectly-pruned perennials, and the Abbotsford Tulip Festival is the perfect spot to do just that.

No longer a drive-through destination, Abbotsford has grown and flourished into a bustling community of its own, worth the hour-long drive from downtown Vancouver to experience the plentiful perks that the Fraser Valley town has to offer. Here’s how to have the perfect Spring day, just an hour away.

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Frolic In The Flowers At The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

10 Things to Do in Vancouver for the Victoria Day Long Weekend

Carnival rides at the Richmond Night Market. Photo: Target Event Production

The long weekend is here—the question is: How are you going to spend it? We’ve already posted on Top 5 Victoria Day Long Weekend Day Trips from Vancouver, things to do in Victoria over the long weekend, and the Best May Long Weekend Ferry Trips from Vancouver, but what if you just want to stay in town?

If you’re in Vancouver this holiday weekend, check out these Top 10 Things to Do in Vancouver for the Victoria Day Long Weekend:

1. Compare all three Asian-style night markets! You can visit a different night market Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and holiday Monday, too), since all of them are open this weekend: the Richmond Night Market, the Summer Night Market, and the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market.

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10 Things to Do in Vancouver for the Victoria Day Long Weekend

Dining Out for Life Vancouver – March 29, 2012

Mussels at Chambar, one of the 250+ restaurants participating in Dine Out for LIfe. Photo: Chambar Belgian Restaurant

Is there anything better—or easier—than giving to a worthy charity just by dining out at one of your favourite Vancouver restaurants? That’s the premise behind B.C.’s largest restaurant fundraiser, the annual Dining Out for Life Vancouver, during which 250+ participating restaurants donate 25% of their sales to the HIV/AIDS charities A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life.

Dining Out for Life Vancouver (and Whistler) happens for one day only on March 29, 2012. Participating restaurants run the gamut from high-end to family- and budget-friendly, and represent a huge diversity of cuisine, from the fashionable comfort food at North Vancouver’s Beachside Forno to the amazing mussels at Gastown’s Chambar Belgian Restaurant to Kitsilano’s casual Mexican cantina Las Margaritas.

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Dining Out for Life Vancouver – March 29, 2012

Vancouver Dance Festivals in March 2012

Photo: Vancouver International Salsafestival

March 2012 is shaping up to be a mini “dance celebration” month in Vancouver: Not only can you see Aboriginal dance at the on-going Talking Stick Festival (which runs through March 5), there are three more dance festivals coming up next month: the Vancouver International Salsafestival, the Vancouver International Dance Festival 2012 and the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.

Vancouver International Salsafestival 2012March 1 – 4, 2012
Smokin’ hot and very popular (many events have already sold out), the Vancouver International Salsafestival celebrates Salsa, Cha Cha, Reggaton and Bachata with gala dance showcases, open dancing, workshops and more.

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Vancouver Dance Festivals in March 2012

Quick Guide to Vancouver Festivals in May

Vancouver International Children's Festival starts May 30, 2011

There are so many festivals happening around Vancouver in May 2011 that I thought I’d create a quick guide to help you find the fun!

explorAsian Festival – May 1 – 31, 2011
A month-long celebration of Asian culture full of free events, dance, music, visual arts, film, and more.

City of Bhangra Festival – May 4 – 14, 2011
Free and ticketed events that showcase Bhangra in Vancouver, with dhol drummers,  Bhangra dancers, Bhangra competitions and more.

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Quick Guide to Vancouver Festivals in May

Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 20, 2011

Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo: Joseph Boltrukiewicz / Digital Journal

Ready to rock your shamrocks and green clothes?

St. Patrick’s Day may have Irish Catholic origins, but its popularity as a world-wide celebration of all things Celtic and Irish make it a favourite holiday among Canadians of all stripes, and Vancouverites are no exception!

The annual Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown Vancouver attracts over 350,000 spectators and features Celtic warriors, dancers, clowns, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, horse-mounted drill teams, and more.

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Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 20, 2011

Arts Club Theatre Company’s California Wine Fair 2011

Wine lovers have three chances to sample a wide range of California vintages this week at the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre Company’s annual fundraising event California Wine Fair 2011.

The Fair’s biggest event is the California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting on Friday, March 11 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Participants get to sample wine from over 100 Napa, Sonoma, and Central Coast wineries and get a “first taste” of  new vintage and varietals that have yet to be released to the Canadian Market. There’s also a silent auction that features items you’ll actually be excited to bid on: rare private cellar wines, dinner-theatre packages, travel getaways, and more.

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Arts Club Theatre Company’s California Wine Fair 2011