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11 Days, 700 Performances. Feel it all. The Vancouver Fringe Festival

The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of theatre. From September 8-18, 110 theatre companies share their creativity. The unique shows come from the “everyone is welcome” selection technique, with shows literally drawn from a hat. Plus there’s free live music every night at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar.

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Discover the best of Latin American cinema 14th Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

Join cinema enthusiasts at the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival for 11 days of great cinema from August 25 - September 4, 2016. Featuring Brazil as the Guest Country, filmmakers in attendance and the screening of over 60 films from 14 countries in 17 languages, all with English subtitles.

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Don’t miss this year’s Fair at the PNE Pacific National Exhibition

This year’s Fair at the PNE is full of returning favourites like SuperDogs and Craft Beer Fest plus many shows and attractions that you don’t want to miss such as UNBELIEVABLE: A Magical Experience, the Angry Birds Universe exhibition, Alien Worlds and Androids and new nightly concert acts.

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Nature…Just up the road Tourism Harrison Hot Springs

Looking to get away but want to avoid long drives, annoying border line ups, or crazy ferry costs? Only 90 minutes from Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs has been upgraded and refreshed and offers stunning lake-front beaches, eco tours and boat rentals, and un-crowded local hiking trails. From the revitalized central plaza and esplanade to the floating waterpark, come and enjoy Harrison.

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50% off tickets on Sunset Saturdays Sea to Sky Gondola

Have you watched the sunset from the remarkable patio overlooking Howe Sound? Until September 10, visit the Sea to Sky Gondola after 5pm on Saturdays and receive 50% off your ticket at the ticket window. Gather your friends and enjoy an evening hike followed by drinks and dinner on the Summit Lodge deck. Mention 50 off after 5 at the ticket window to receive the discount. Photo credit David Buzzard

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Live music, gourmet food, and a glorious garden Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Till August 25, the S.K.Lee Enchanted Evenings Concert Series turns the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden into a live stage for fiery trumpets, funky, folk, jazz tunes and classical piano music showcasing Juno and West Coast Music Award winners, Top Twenty Billboard hit-makers and well-loved and popular local bands.

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Come Welcome the Storm Monsoon Arts Festival

The heavy monsoon rains of India take over the country on an annual basis. Amidst the damage and destruction, the monsoon season is filled with celebration, including dance, music, theatre, film and festivals. Vancouver is also known for its heavy rainfall so come celebrate the monsoon here in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver & Surrey) by welcoming the storm from August 11 – 21. In its inaugural year the spotlight is on South Asian Theatre. Photo credit Jessica Mentis

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Conflict uncovered at Ensemble Theatre Festival Ensemble Theatre Company

This summer, Ensemble Theatre Company presents three plays in repertory from July 14 to August 20, 2016—the searing dark comedy Betrayal, the carnage of war in The Romans in Britain told in three time periods, and the salacious Restoration satire The Country Wife. Rounding out festival events are Sunday readings and the popular late-night cabaret, all held at the Jericho Arts Centre.
Photo Credit: Ensemble Theatre & Thorsten Gohl Photography

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Outdoor theatre in Crescent Beach Beach House Theatre

Beach House is back for a fifth season of fantastic outdoor theatre in Crescent Beach, South Surrey August 9-14. Whether it is family fun in the sun with Aesop’s Fables at 11AM, or theatre under the stars with The Foreigner by Larry Shue at 8 PM, you will be thoroughly entertained by these two wonderful plays. Photo Credit Sebastien Galina

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There's something for everyone at the Harmony Arts Festival Harmony Arts Festival

For 26 years, the Harmony Arts Festival has been drawing crowds from all over Metro Vancouver to celebrate 10 full days of visual, culinary and performing arts along West Vancouver’s stunning waterfront. With over 50 musical performances, daily visual arts workshops, and mouth-watering gastronomic events - there is something for everyone at the Harmony Arts Festival.

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The Powell Street Festival Celebrates 40 Years of Japanese Culture Powell Street Festival

Powell Street Festival, Canada’s largest festival of Japanese arts and culture, celebrates 40 years with a weekend full of live performances, martial arts, beautiful crafts, and delicious Japanese food on July 30th and 31st. Attendees will discover an interactive section in Oppenheimer Park, a street party on Alexander Street, and all the beloved hallmarks of this unique event.

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Create, Explore, Dance and Eat Kaleidoscope Festival

Unleash your inner artist at this free two-day music, storytelling and arts festival at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park. Enjoy performances by Yukon Blonde, Odds, Ivan Coyote, Charles Demers, Omnika in Motion, and more. Check out the artisan market, create a work of art, grab a bite from a food truck, and relax with a craft beer or cider. Expect surprises around every turn.

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Prepare For Lift Off Grouse Mountain

This summer lift off at Grouse Mountain as you explore airborne adventure during the Summer of Flight. Admire birds of prey, experience paragliding, get a birds-eye-view with Heli-tours or channel your inner ornithologist with a bird watching tour. Come and find your favourite flight adventure at the Peak of Vancouver.

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Naramata Bench Wineries Tailgate Party Naramata Bench Wineries

Saturday, Sept 10 at Red Rooster Winery - 6:30-9 pm
Celebrate the coming harvest in Naramata Wine Country at the Okanagan’s wine party of the season. The annual event features 28 renowned wineries, local cuisine, live music, and a Bench Bohemian theme. This is the event to plan a late summer weekend trip around, and will be a fabulous evening of celebrating wine and harvest as the sun sets over the Okanagan Lake.

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Summer Wine Pack Poplar Grove

Poplar Grove has taken the guesswork out of creating perfectly paired summer meals just in time for patio season. Six Poplar Grove wines, a govino glass, custom recipes with food pairing ideas, and a voucher for a complimentary tasting for two at the winery are shipped to your doorstep.

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Endless Summer Adventure in Ucluelet Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Discover Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in beautiful Ucluelet, BC. Discover the ocean views or rainforest vistas from comfortable suites. Resort amenities include Fetch Restaurant, Float Lounge, Drift Spa and outdoor hot tubs. Adjacent to the Wild Pacific Trail and nearby Ucluelet Aquarium, Black Rock has fun for the whole family, including your pets.

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World Music and Art: Small Town Roots Harrison Festival of the Arts

The Harrison Festival of the Arts presents the best in Canadian and International performing and visual arts. An event the whole family can enjoy featuring music from all corners of the globe, visual and literary art, theatre, a large waterfront art market, workshops and a special day for children.

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Food, Music, and Fresh Air Music on the Grill

Presented by Greenline Dental Centre and Evergreen Cultural Centre, Music on the Grill brings top-notch musical acts to Coquitlam each summer. Following a sumptuous BBQ dinner served al fresco on the patio with pre-show entertainment, the evening’s marquee act is presented in the intimate studio theatre. This year’s series includes the Marc Atkinson Trio with West My Friend, Cuba’s Novel Voz with Three Worlds, and jazz singer Jaclyn Guillou. More information can be found at evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

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Uptown Live! New Westminster’s Ultimate Street Party Uptown Business Association of New Westminster

Uptown Live! returns to the streets of Uptown New Westminster on July 23 with a full schedule of live performances, yummy food trucks, beer gardens, plus a host of interactive kids’ activities. It’s a free event with four main stages showcasing the best of BC’s Indie music scene including the Boom Booms, Good for Grapes and many more. For the full lineup, visit www.uptownlive.ca.

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TD Concerts at the Pier, White Rock’s Summer Concert Series White Rock BIA

The White Rock Business Improvement Association and the City of White Rock present TD Concerts at the Pier, a summer concert series starting Saturday, July 9. Six Saturday evening concerts are scheduled from 7:00 -10:00pm each week, with headlining performances from Daniel Wesley, Moulettes, and many more. For the complete concert lineup and schedule, visit www.concertsatthepier.com.

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Jaclyn Guillou Music on the Grill

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 8pm
A tribute to legendary singer Dinah Washington. Jaclyn Guillou is a rising star of the jazz world and a favourite of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. She has toured Europe and North America and just released her fourth album: a joyful celebration of Washington’s songs. With a sumptuous BBQ dinner served al fresco before the show.

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Novel Voz with Three Worlds Music on the Grill

Saturday, July 16, 2016, 8pm Concert
An evening of world music and acapella jazz. Novel Voz is a “vocal orchestra” from Cuba who create incredible renditions of popular songs using just their voices, while Three Worlds pulls together a huge variety of genres to create music without borders. With a sumptuous BBQ dinner served al fresco before the show.

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Marc Atkinson Trio with West My Friend Music on the Grill

Saturday, July 9, 2016, 8pm Concert
An evening of indie folk and gypsy jazz. The Marc Atkinson Trio is captivating, sensually charged and technically awe-inspiring, while West My Friend crafts songs full of clever lyrics and richly textured melodies. With a sumptuous BBQ dinner al fresco before the show.

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