Six hundred shows in six weeks: it's hard to believe it's over. But now that the spotlights have dimmed and life is getting back to normal, let's look back at some of the shows we won't forget.
Kronos Quartet with Tanya Tagaq: Tundra Songs lifted the sounds of the polar ice into a musical masterpiece.
LunarFest: who didn't stop to marvel at the artful installations and 2,000 lanterns hung on a normally dismal cement block of downtown Granville Street?
Michael Lin's A Modest Veil: The artist's huge, hand-painted pink-flowery mural on the exterior of the VAG became one of the iconic landmarks of the Games.
Hive 3: innovative, grassroots, indie theatre served up-close-and-personal.
Joni Mitchell's The Fiddle and the Drum, by the Alberta Ballet: simply thrilling, world-class ballet with deeper messages about our planet.
Phoenix with You Say Party! We Say Die! at the Orpheum: the crowd stormed the stage.
Nixon in China: the Vancouver Opera puts a bold new stamp on a 20th Century opera, and Tricky Dick cuts a rug.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Mesmerizing dance on a watery stage.
White Cabin (at the PuSh festival): a surreal, macabre clown show where bubble gum, candles, and baguettes make stage magic.
The Candahar Bar: what's not to like about an art installation that allows you to walk right into a Belfast bar and order up a pint?
And let's not forget some of the better art from the city's Olympic and Paralympic public art program:
Bright Light: umbrellas over alleyways, SAD-fighting light bars, and Downtown Eastside galleries animated by videos and tea parties.
Vectoral Elevation: a chance for Vancouverites to design their own patterns in the night sky.