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999 Canada Place
Jack Poole Plaza Vancouver BC V6C 3C1

Jul 21 to 24, 2016

The Craft Council of BC are pleased to announce their fourth annual summer craft market July 21-24th, join us at Jack Poole Plaza (next to the Olympic Cauldron). Over 60 artisans from throughout BC will be showcasing their handmade work – ranging from wood, glass, jewellery, leather, fine art, and ceramics. You will also find home decor and clever functional items you will not be able to live without. A great market for gifts or to treat yourself. Admission is FREE! We look forward to seeing you there!

BC Cultural Crawl

Your Community

The BC Cultural Crawl is a self-guided tour of community-initiated events: music, theatre and dance performances, visual arts, festivals, museum and heritage exhibitions, culinary arts, community art walks and more.

Culture Days

Your Community BC

Sep 30, 2016 to Oct 2, 2016

What is Culture Days?
Culture Days is a free, interactive celebration of arts and culture from coast to coast. This fall, Canadians everywhere will participate in thousands of free events that bring creators and the public together to celebrate the creative vitality of our communities.

City of Coquitlam Events

3000 Guildford Way
Coquitlam BC V3B 7N2

Teddy Bear Picnic & Grande Parade
Saturday & Sunday, June 11 & 12, 2016
Fun for all young children featuring a children's concert and storytelling, puppet shows, rovers, gymnastics. Bring your teddy bears to watch the parade.

BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival
Saturday June 18, 2016
Grab your tartans and get your tickets early for the 85th BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival. A traditional favourite with competitions in bagpiping, drumming, highland dancing and Scottish heavy events.

Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day
Thursday, July 1, 2016
Celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday with Coquitlam! Join us for a fun-filled day of festival favourites including entertainment, food, cultural village, artisans and a spectacular fireworks display. This event is geared to all ages and has activities to engage different audiences and interests.

Kaleidoscope: Celebrating 125 Years of Art & Culture
Saturday & Sunday, July 23 & 24, 2016
Immerse yourself in the Kaleidoscope Festival, featuring art, food, music and other entertainment, an artisan fair, interactive activities and so much more. Expect surprises around every turn!

Bella Coola Music Festival

Bella Coola BC V0T 1C0

July 23 - 24, 2016

The Annual Bella Coola Music Festival July 23 and 24th is a family-friendly, multi-cultural event showcasing award-winning performers from across the country, as well as our own region. We’ll kick it off with a free concert at the Legion Friday evening! Tickets go on sale May 1st. Featured Artists: Jill & Matthew Barber,Bend Sinister, Nick Sherman, Amelia Curran, Elage Diouf, Murray Porter, Ben Rogers, Quique Escamilla, and The Crooked Brothers!

Visit our web site for more details.

Lake Country ArtWalk

Lake Country Community Complex
10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd Lake Country BC

Sep 10 to 11, 2016

Shoes: A Step Further
Lake Country ArtWalk, the largest of its kind in the BC interior, showcases original works of art and live performances created by visual and performing artists living in the Okanagan Valley. More than 300 artists of all media are exhibiting over 3000 original works of art. The event plays host to over 7000 visitors.

ArtWalk offers a unique display of original artworks from Artists, Fibre Artists, Photographers, Sculptors, Galleries and an exciting range of musical and theatre performances which enrich this arts festival.

Okanagan's Largest Art Show

Art Splash!

596 Marine Drive
Ucluelet BC V0R 3A0

ArtSplash! Art Show March 12th to 20th, 2016

A Pacific Rim Arts Society annual event featuring over 50 artists from the region. Admission: Free Location: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort 596 Marine Drive Ucluelet, BC

Inquiries, please contact PACIFIC RIM ARTS SOCIETY at 250-726-2443 or

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Salmon Arm BC

Aug 19 to 21, 2016

24th Annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

ROOTS&BLUES; is the #1 outdoor music event in the BC Interior. Best known for presenting one of the most eclectic of musical line-ups in the country. The event features 4 outdoor stages, 40+ bands plus off-stage performers, a dance stage, the Family Fun Zone, on-site daycare and free admission to kids 12 and under. Special August 18th Members-only show at the Bar’N Stage. The ROOTS&BLUES; is truly the place Where Musicians Go To Play.

Harmony Arts Festival

West Vancouver BC

July 29 to August 7, 2016

A lively ten-day celebration of community and art that showcases the finest creative and visual arts talent from the North Shore. The Harmony Arts Festival takes place at various waterfront venues in West Vancouver and includes music, culinary events, an art market, public art installations, hands-on art experiences and more!

2016 Filberg Festival

61 Filberg Road
Comox Valley BC V9M 2S7

Jul 29, 2016 to Aug 1, 2016

Set among the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Wander through the grounds surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Mountain Range.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

601 Smithe Street
Vancouver BC V6B 5G1
Fax 604.684.9264

Experience an unparalleled lineup of guest stars

Call 604.876.3434 now to order your FREE Season Brochure!

Click here to visit the Vancouver Symphony Ochestra Calendar

Culture Days

Throughout Richmond
Richmond BC V6Y 2C1

Sep 30, 2016 to Oct 1, 2016

Richmond offers more free, interactive cultural activities over the national Culture Days weekend than any other place in BC. Express your love of culture by participating in one of dozens of activities offered by local artists, designers, crafters, writers and other creative people. Explore Richmond’s heritage sites, learn a new dance move, sing along with a choir, compose a story and meet local artists in their studios. Free.

Doors Open Richmond

Richmond BC

Jun 4 to 5, 2016

Enjoy a diverse mix of arts, culture and heritage at the Doors Open festival held annually on the first full weekend in June. Up to 50 sites in Richmond provide free access to the public. Get a sneak peek into the world of artists, museums, aboriginal groups, religious institutions, parks and other public and private arts, culture and heritage sites. Enjoy interpretative and intercultural performances, story-telling, demonstrations and tours at this one-of-a-kind event. Free.

Ships to Shore Steveston

Richmond BC

Jul 1 to 2, 2016

History, adventure and fun will sail into Richmond for Ships to Shore Steveston. Relive the days when Richmond was a major port-of-call for sailing ship fleets. Board tall ships and search for treasure as historic Steveston Village comes alive with free events and activities for the whole family. It’s also Canada Day long weekend, so don’t forget to check out the Steveston Salmon Festival – Canada's biggest little birthday party. Free.

Photo credit: Jennifer Strang

71st Annual Steveston Salmon Festival

4111 Moncton Street
Richmond BC V7E 3A8

Jul 1, 2016

"Canada’s biggest little birthday party since 1945”, Steveston Salmon Festival celebrates this historic fishing village in Richmond July 1 annually. The Festival opens with a parade, followed by a day of entertainment, cultural exhibits, marketplace, carnival and salmon grilled over open fire pits!

Richmond World Festival

7560 Minoru Gate
Minoru Park Richmond BC

The City of Richmond is inviting the world to the party with its largest multicultural festival. The Richmond World Festival, presented by Coast Capital Savings, celebrates the City's significant cultural diversity found throughout the local community. This free event features a four stages with a diverse line-up of international and local performers, the eclectic work of local artisans, a sports zone, a culinary stage, and over 40 food trucks in the FEASTival of Flavour. The night will culminate with a major headline artist closing out the show.

Saturday, September 3, 2016, 11:00am - 10:00pm

Children's Arts Festival

Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate Richmond BC

Feb 13, 2017

Richmond’s annual Family Day festival of creativity for kids features interactive workshops and activities led by professional artists. Pre-register for one of dozens of Creativity Classes or drop in to take in staged performances and hands-on Imagination Stations.

Richmond Maritime & Wooden Boat Festival

Britinnia Shipyards National historic Site
5180 Westwater Drive, Richmond BC V7E 6P3

Celebrate Steveston's waterfront heritage at spectacular Britannia Shipyards. Experience live music, artists, storytellers, food trucks, and maritime characters. But whatever you do, don't forget to visit the bounty of beautiful boats and ships moored at the 190 metre dock. The Richmond Maritime Festival is produced by the City of Richmond, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, and is one of region's largest, don't-miss summer events. Admission is free.

Saturday, Aug 6 from 11am-8pm

Sunday, Aug 7 from 11am-5pm

Queer Arts Festival

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver BC

The annual Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver is Canada’s premier multidisciplinary professional arts festival celebrating queer arts and artists. QAF features a curated visual art exhibition and three dynamic weeks of cutting-edge performances and inspiring workshops from all artistic disciplines, including music, dance, theatre, literature, visual and media arts.

Sun Peaks Resort - Canada's Alpine Village

Sun Peaks Resort
45 minutes north of Kamloops Sun Peaks BC

There’s a weekend for every type of music lover with over 30 festivals and events to choose from all summer long. The hallmark of our summer is the highly anticipated Summer Concert Series which has seen the likes of Blue Rodeo, Colin James, Platinum Blond and Burton Cummings, so keep up with Sun Peaks Resort and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest announcements.
Sun Peaks’ 360 degree layout makes it extremely convenient to pop back into the village or your accommodation for a break, snack or to meet up with family and friends. While you are with us be sure to check out all of our daily activities available — Farmers Market every Sunday, Sun Peaks Golf Course, Mountain Cross Carts, Off Road Segway Tours, hiking amongst the alpine flowers, mountain biking. A mountain playground for everyone to enjoy!

Rocky Mountain Art Tour

Valemount BC
Toll Free 1.866.968.4304

Adventure through the Canadian Rockies with a self-guided, mapped tour of the incredibly inspiring scenery of this majestic region. Meditate on your experience at the unforgettable Terracana Ranch where artist Lisa Levasseur hosts artists throughout the year - stay a week and allow your inspiration to flow, stay a month and take a residency with Lisa, or simply reflect on your experience in the pristine wilderness of Valemount, BC.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Vanier Park Vancouver BC
Tickets: 604.739.0559 or 1.877.739.0559

Jun 3, 2016 to Sep 24, 2016

Bard on the Beach
Bard on the Beach The Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September in open-ended theatre tents against a backdrop of mountains, sea and sky. Featuring The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet, Othello and Pericles.

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Chemainus Theatre Festival

9737 Chemainus Road
Chemainus BC
Box Office: 1.800.565.7738

Luxurious Theatre Getaways
theatre, accommodations, dinner & breakfast

Visit us on the web for upcoming shows, and purchase TICKETS online!

Castlegar Sculpturewalk

Throughout the Downtown Castlegar BC V1N 1G4

Castlegar Sculpturewalk is an exhibit of original outdoor sculptures displayed on a walking tour in downtown Castlegar. 2016’s event features over 30 sculptures from local and international artists. Viewers can vote for their favourite piece via ballot - the winner of The People's Choice Award is purchased for permanent display. All sculptures are available for sale or lease. .