Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: May 11, 2017

Feast on a festival of spot prawns, marvel at a program of ballet, revel in a talk from an astronaut, and learn to weave from a Coast Salish Chief. You could to absolutely every one of these things this weekend – and more. This is also the last weekend of the Opera Festival, Vancouver Bird Week, and DOXA – so catch them while you can!

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: May 11, 2017

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: May 4, 2017

Happy May! This weekend the DOXA Documentary Film Festival will keep you in touch with the deeper parts of the world, Vancouver Bird Week will keep your eyes open for our feathered Vancouver residents, and the BMO Vancouver Marathon is here to test exactly how in-shape you really are, for those who are up for it. It’s also your last chance to catch Otello with the Vancouver Opera.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: May 4, 2017

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 2, 2017

This is the last weekend of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival! It’s also the first weekend of the Unsung Heroes festival (where you can try some unusual seafood), Corleone (an unusual version of The Godfather), and the Taboo Sex Show (for some other unusual pleasures).

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: Feb. 2, 2017

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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It’s official. Summer is over. You heard it here, (probably not first) but it’s all going to be OK – the sun still warms us and the leaves are all about to get drop dead gorgeous before they drop dead. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival has arrived, Equinox is next week, and there are celebrations for both this weekend. The final days are here to squeeze in some Playland before it turns spooky in October, catch some Bard on the Beach before the tents get packed up, or find some inspiration at the Fringe Festival.

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

5 Free Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver

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So, what are you doing on New Year’s Eve?” is the dreaded question that everyone must face as the end of 2015 approaches. There are tons of events and parties happening around town that ensure that you can have a very fun night. But, if you don’t want to spend the extra money that going to a big party requires, there are also quite a few fun and free (or almost free) events happening around town.

Whether you’re looking for a fun party, a family-friendly event, or just a good time to ring in the new year, here’s a list of 5 things to do this New Year’s Eve in Vancouver that won’t break the bank.

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5 Free Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver

Signs of Summer at Queen Elizabeth Park

Running through the fountains atop Queen Elizabeth Park. Photo: Dana Lynch

Summer is coming! If the approaching long May weekend isn’t enough to convince you, then how about these pictures from Queen Elizabeth Park—You know summer is coming when the weather is warm enough for kids to run through Queen E’s dancing fountains!*

My family and I headed to Queen Elizabeth Park for part of Mother’s Day yesterday, and the scene there was just idyllic! Barefoot babies in the fountain, flowers in bloom throughout the free quarry gardens, clear skies making it easy to see all of downtown Vancouver from atop the park (the highest point in the city)—It was one of those days that made me feel lucky to live in Vancouver, one of the most gorgeous cities on earth!

Check out the photos for a peak at early summer at Queen Elizabeth Park:

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Signs of Summer at Queen Elizabeth Park

Vancouver in a Day – Chinatown and Cypress Mountain

Looking for some adventure? You’ve come to the right city. No matter what time of year, when you start your day in Vancouver, it can take you anywhere.

Lunar New Year is celebrated by a number of Asian cultures around the world. Of Vancouver’s 2 million or so residents, over 800,000 are of Asian descent. Every spring, tens of thousands of people pack the streets of Vancouver’s Chinatown for one of the biggest and most colourful festivals of the year.

If you’re already planning on coming to Vancouver to ski or ride, try to time your vacation to coincide with this festival. Make sure to research and plan in advance though because the exact dates for Lunar New Year change every year. The festival takes place according to the phase of the moon.

Cypress Mountain is Vancouver’s largest ski area. With 53 ski runs, six lifts and 2010 vertical feet, it’s obvious why this is such a popular destination for visitors to Vancouver. In addition to the alpine skiing and riding area, there is also a Nordic area for snow shoeing, cross country skiing and snow tubing, making Cypress a great family destination. For more information, visit: http://www.cypressmountain.com.