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Circle Craft Summer Market

Jack Poole Plaza
Vancouver BC V6C 3C1

Jul 23 to 26, 2015

Circle Craft and the Craft Council of BC are pleased to announce their third annual Summer Craft Market! July 23-26th, join us at Jack Poole Plaza (next to the Olympic Cauldron). 88 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

Aug 1, 2014 to Jul 31, 2015

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.

[Follow this link for more information and a complete list of all participating Communities & Events visit

2015 Filberg Festival

61 Filberg Road
Comox Valley BC V9M 2S7

Jul 31, 2015 to Aug 3, 2015

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.

Artswells Festival

Wells BC

Aug 1 to 4, 2014

Island Mountain Arts presents the Annual Artswells Festival of All Things Art, Wells, BC.
Artists have traveled from across the country to this little mountain town to be part of this inspiring collaboration! This is a 4 day outdoor & indoor event designed with community in mind. We hope that you will enjoy the weekend taking in all the great artists, the local flavour of nature trails, historical sites, artisans, and friendly folk!

New Westminster Cultural Crawl

New Westminster BC

Aug 8 to 9, 2015

The New West Cultural Crawl is a two-day visual arts and cultural festival that celebrates and presents New Westminster’s creative character and diversity. A cultural experience that exists throughout the city's neighbourhoods. Discover our historical heritage and the 'New' New West.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Vanier Park Vancouver BC
Tickets: 604.739.0559 or 1.877.739.0559

Apr 11, 2015 to Sep 26, 2015

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 A Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Shakespeare’s Rebel by C.C. Humphreys.
Calendar Schedule


PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Vancouver BC

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver's annual mid-winter festival presenting acclaimed local, national and international artists. The PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking work in the live performing arts with theatre, dance, music, and various forms of multimedia and hybrid performance from around the world. The PuSh Festival features almost 200 performances and events over 20 days, including Main Stage and Club PuSh shows, networking events at the PuSh Assembly, the free PuSh Film series, dinner/theatre experiences with Dine Out Vancouver, and many artist talks and other ancillary events.

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.

City of Coquitlam Events

3000 Guildford Way
Coquitlam BC V3B 7N2

Teddy Bear Picnic & Grande Parade
Saturday, June 13 & Sunday, June 14, 2015

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
Saturday June 20, 2015
A traditional favourite with competitions in Piping, Drumming, Pipe Bands, and Scottish Heavy Events. Enjoy Scottish Country Dancing, entertainment, and vendors' area.

Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day
Wednesday July 1, 2015

Business in Vancouver magazine has named Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day one of the top 20 festivals and events in Metro Vancouver for the past 3 years. Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day is geared to all ages and has activities to engage different audiences and interests. This year's event will include three stages of live entertainment, a family zone, a climbing wall, laser tag, a 'green village' and a spectacular fireworks show over Lafarge Lake.

Riverview Walks & Tree Tours

Rain or shine the Riverview Walks & Tree Tours are led by a volunteer arborist; other walks are by members of the Riverview Horticultural Society. They last about two hours, depending on weather and walkers’ preference. Children are always welcome. Dogs must be on ‘leash’.

View the schedule for upcoming tour dates and more information.

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


4068 Browning Road
Sechelt BC V0N 3A1

Oct 15 to 25, 2015

At various Sechelt Venues

The Sunshine Coast's Leading Edge Visual and Performing Arts Festival features over 100 artists, ten days of concerts, premiere stage performances, workshops, heritage exhibit and a cross-cultural art exhibition.

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.

Children's Arts Festival

Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate Richmond BC

Feb 9, 2015

Richmond’s annual 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.

Annual Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d' Erable

Unit 30 - 1925 Bowen Rd
Nanaimo BC V9S 1H1

Feb 26 to 28, 2016

Demonstrate your joie de vivre, at the Maple Sugar Festival du Sucre d'Èrable at Beban Park Auditorium as L’Association des francophones de Nanaimo presents its annual three-day extravaganza, celebrating French Canadian culture, music, foods, and traditions. Delightful toffy on snow. How sweet it is!

Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks Resort
45 minutes north of Kamloops Sun Peaks BC


Over 30 festivals and events, just outside Kamloops.
Sun Peaks’ three mountains circle the village in a unique 360 degree layout, making it extremely convenient to pop back into the village or your accommodation for a break, snack, or to meet up with friends and family.

90th Annual Williams Lake Stampede

Williams Lake BC

Every year, during the Canada Day July 1st long weekend, Williams Lake, BC, rolls out the welcome mat! Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy several days of Canadian Professional Rodeo Association action at the Williams Lake Stampede. We’ve got all the of the top cowboys — international competitors from Canada and the United States.

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. Viewers are invited to vote for their favourite sculpture via ballot - the winner of The People's Choice Award is purchased for permanent display. All sculptures are available for sale or lease.

Doors Open Richmond

Richmond BC

Jun 5 to 7, 2015

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.

Squamish Art Crawl

Squamish BC


The Squamish ArtCrawl showcases Squamish as an arts and cultural destination year round with artist studios and businesses/galleries featuring local artists. The studios are open by appointment and the businesses/galleries are open regular business hours. Original pieces of art are available for purchase. Pick up a brochure at the Squamish Native Art Store downtown, the Squamish Adventure Centre VISUALS display or any participating venue.

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!

Ships to Shore Steveston

Richmond BC

Jun 29, 2015 to Jul 1, 2015

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

Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Salmon Arm BC

Aug 14 to 16, 2015

23rd Annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival

Roots & Blues is known for presenting one of the most eclectic of musical line-ups in the country. A visual and sonic smorgasbord, the Festival features a Family Fun Zone and offers free admission to kids 12 and under. It’s a wonderful place to come together with family and friends.

Richmond Maritime Festival

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

Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage at spectacular Britannia Shipyards. All weekend long, enjoy food, music, artists, storytellers, and meet all manner of unexpected characters. But whatever you do, don’t forget to visit the bounty of beautiful boats and ships moored at the 190-metre (600-ft) dock. The Richmond Maritime Festival is one of Metro Vancouver’s largest, don’t-miss summer events. Free.

Saturday, Aug 8 from 11am-8pm

Sunday, Aug 9 from 11am-5pm

Culture Days

Throughout Richmond
Richmond BC V6Y 2C1

Sep 25 to 27, 2015

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.