Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! No, it’s the inaugural Vancouver International Bird Festival…

The rare Philippine Eagle is the subject of the documentary Bird of Prey, screening at Science World as part of the first Vancouver International Bird Festival.

The birds are coming. And they’re bigger, badder and beakier than ever.

Besides being a popular pastime in North America, Japan and Europe, birdwatching has spawned over 200 festivals in the U.S. and Canada. This year, to coincide with the 27th International Ornithological Congress at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the inaugural Vancouver International Bird Festival takes place (Aug. 19 to 26).

It will be the biggest bird festival ever held in Canada. The Congress expects to attract 3,000, while the festival is expected to bring 30,000 birdwatchers, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts to events in and around the city. (According to Wiki, as of July of this year, 576 species have been documented in B.C.) Events include Return of the Hipster Birdwatcher, bird-themed improv comedy, and a talk by Jennifer Ackerman, author of the bestselling The Genius of Birds.

Here are some highlights of the festival.

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! No, it’s the inaugural Vancouver International Bird Festival…

On Belay! – 2018 Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

Dream big! Ignite your passion for the outdoors at the 2018 Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show. BC’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences comes to the Vancouver Convention Centre, March 3rd and 4th. Whether you are a paddling enthusiast, a scuba diver, a nature photographer, a hardy road cyclist or someone seeking an adventure travel destination, the Outdoor Show is guaranteed to capture your imagination.

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On Belay! – 2018 Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

Last chance tickets (and hotel deals!) for 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 tasting room and available events

Spain and Portugal are the featured countries at this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival.

The International Tasting Festival is the heart of the Vancouver International Wine Festival (Feb. 24-March 4).

Held in a cavernous ballroom at the Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place), the tasting brings together all of the festival’s participating wineries gather to pour their select wines over three evenings and one afternoon. It’s a chance to discover new wines, or return to your favourites. And it’s a great social occasion; Sunday sippers and veteran tipplers, and everyone in between, can not only share tasting notes and finds with fellow enthusiasts but chat up winery reps, grape growers and more industry experts.

While many VIWF events, including the March 3 Saturday night Tasting Festival, are sold-out, tickets are still available for three other Tastings (Thursday evening March 1, Friday evening March 2, and Saturday afternoon March 3). Book a room before Feb. 15 through StayVancouverHotels.com at a participating downtown hotel and get a free Tasting Room ticket (promo code: VIWF).

Still hesitating? Here’s what you need to know about the Tasting Festival, along with some intel on the last remaining events with available tickets.

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Last chance tickets (and hotel deals!) for 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival

What happens when the Fonz meets Phoenix? Find out at this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver.

Famke Janssen (pictured here as Phoenix) is one of the guests at this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver.

The cast of The Flash, Arrow, and iZombie are among the guests at this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver. Even the Fonz, Henry Winkler, is coming to town.

Western Canada’s largest family-oriented pop culture event, Fan Expo Vancouver celebrates fandom in all its myriad forms, from comics to movies and TV to gaming. Genres such as anime, sci-fi, and horror collide in this annual consumer jamboree.

This year, Fan Expo returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place) for three days, Nov. 10-12.

Here’s a look at some more of what’s in store.

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What happens when the Fonz meets Phoenix? Find out at this year’s Fan Expo Vancouver.

Check Out the WORKSHOP Series At This Year’s Vancouver Home + Design Show (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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From renovation overhaul to DIY do-overs, the Vancouver Home + Design Show is where big ideas, trusted advice, and all come together.

For four days only, from October 27 to 30, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre – West, the 33rd annual home show invites home décor and design enthusiasts from all over Greater Vancouver to enjoy a weekend complete with more than 350 trusted brands and local companies.

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Check Out the WORKSHOP Series At This Year’s Vancouver Home + Design Show (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

The 43rd Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market Hits Vancouver, Nov 9 – 13

24176465525_49eaa50d24_oLooking to shop for unique gifts while visiting Vancouver? Do what the locals do and hit the Circle Craft Christmas Market for all kinds of finds, from November 9-13. Continue reading:
The 43rd Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market Hits Vancouver, Nov 9 – 13