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BC Cultural Crawl

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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.

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City of Coquitlam Events

3000 Guildford Way
Coquitlam BC V3B 7N2

Coquitlam 2016 55+ BC Games
September 20 — 24, 2016
Approximately 4,000 athletes, their families, coaches, 1500 volunteers and fans will converge upon Coquitlam for one of the largest community celebrations sport has seen in many years. This annual British Columbia event showcases the outstanding athleticism of BC competitors 55+ and promotes the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.

Community Heritage Picnic
September 17, 2016 | 12 — 4:30 p.m.

Step back in time at Blue Mountain Park! Grab a partner and start practicing your three-legged racing skills. You’re going to need them at the 1925-themed Community Heritage Picnic. You can expect all sorts of games, such as tug-of-war, potato sack race, ring toss and bean bag toss. There will be also be crafts, live music, a tea tent and a farmers market too!

Lights at Lafarge
November 26, 2016 | 2:30 — 5:30 p.m.

With a mug of steaming hot chocolate, join your family and friends at Lafarge Lake for the grand finale. Get a start on your Christmas shopping at the artisan fair, watch the special screening of the Coquitlam 125 wrap-up film and art project, and prepare to be awestruck at 5 p.m. when the seasonal light display illuminates the night.

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.

Calendar Schedule


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.

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

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

Theatre Under the Stars

610 Pipeline Road, Malkin Bowl
Vancouver BC V6G 1Z4

Jul 6, 2016 to Aug 20, 2016

Prepare to fall in love this summer with two smash-hit Broadway musicals! Theatre Under the Stars presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast & West Side Story, running July 6 - August 20, 2016 (performances alternate evenings) at Stanley Park's picturesque Malkin Bowl. A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, TUTS' beauty of a season brims with romance, enchantment, and swoon-worthy summer fun for the entire family.

Tickets from $20-$45 at or 1-877-840-0457. Info:

Harrison Festival Of the Arts

98 Rockwell Drive
Harrison Hot Springs BC V0M 1K0

July 9th to 17th, 2016

For 38 years the Harrison Festival of the Arts has presented the best in Canadian and International performing and visual arts in a setting free of large crowds, long lineups and high ticket prices. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy featuring music from all corners of the globe, as well as visual and literary arts, theatre, a large waterfront art market, workshops and a special day for children."

Vancouver Summer Market

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!

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!

Powell Street Festival

Oppenheimer Park (400 Block, Powell Street) and Surrounding Venues
Vancouver BC V6A 1C6
Fax 604.739.9308

July 30th & 31st, 2016 11:30am to 7pm

Celebrate Japanese arts and culture at Vancouver's longest running community arts festival and the largest festival of its kind in Canada. Expect modern and traditional live music and dance, amateur sumo wrestling, one-of-a-kind crafts, delicious Japanese food and much more. All events are free!

Richmond Maritime & Wooden Boat Festival

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

Aug 6 to 7, 2016

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

Desert Daze Music Festival

Spences Bridge BC

Aug 12th & 13th, 2016

Two days of music and workshops, shopping, and fun and games! The festival is jam packed with music and fun! Friday kicks off at 1:30 pm with the Siska Drummers - Indigenous drummers open the festival with traditional welcome songs. The musical line-up represents emerging local and regional talent. Styles vary from country, blues, folk, pop, rock, and everything in between — something for everyone!

And…Our beer garden is situated such that you can see and hear the bands while enjoying your refreshments! It’s more than music though; we like to celebrate the bounty that this sundrenched country provides. Watermelon spitting and apple bobbing contests, pickling and tomato canning workshops — and vendors supplying the local produce they grow. You will also find fine jewellery, clothing and crafts and fantastic food for sale. Other workshops include a drumming workshop, so bring your djembes, hand drum, rattles and shakers! Sean Ashby will be holding a guitar workshop for anyone wishing to get a few tips on improving their style, and there's a Yoga workshop, to get you limbered up for dancing! All workshops are FREE!

This is a family event and to that end there is a supervised children’s area with sprinklers to run in and games to play! Saturday not only will Kiki the Eco Elf perform for the kids, but there will be fun experiments for them to take part in!
Tickets are only $20 for a weekend pass! For further information please go to or call 250-458-2282

New Westminster Cultural Crawl

New Westminster BC

Aug 13 to 14, 2016

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.

Texada Artists Studio Tour

Texada Island BC V0N 3K0

Sat to Sun, 10 am to 4 pm Aug 14 to Aug 15, 2016

Adventure to Texada Island for the bi-annual Artist Studio Tour. Visit more than 20 artists in 14 studio locations. Painting, textiles, sculpture, jewellery, wood, clay and glass are showcased by their makers. Spend the weekend and explore this gem of an island, 35 minutes by ferry from Powell River on the northern Sunshine Coast. Immerse yourself in Nature’s rugged beauty, and understand how it motivates our arts community. Travel and accommodation information at

Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival

School of Music,
Madeira Park BC

Aug 18 to 21, 2016

"Join us for our twelfth season of chamber music in a beautiful seaside setting. Enjoy performances by Mark Fewer, Simon Fryer, the harp-cello duo COULOIR, and other superb musicians. 5 ticketed concerts and one free event over 4 days for a wonderful summer experience."

Concert Schedule:

23rd Annual Arts Alive Festival

between 204th & 206th Street Langley BC

Aug 20, 2016

With over 200 visual and performing artists, this “must attend festival” has become a signature event in the lower mainland. This free, family event features live musical performances, artists and artisans showcasing a myriad of mediums, live demonstrations, a children's venue and special performance surprises throughout the day!

Richmond World Festival

7560 Minoru Gate
Minoru Park Richmond BC

Setpember 3, 2016

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

Vancouver Fringe Festival

Vancouver BC

Sep 8 to 18, 2016

Theatre for Everyone!

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is BC’s largest theatre festival, welcoming over 90 diverse artists from Vancouver and around the world! 11 days of theatre, music, sunshine and comradery, The Vancouver Fringe Festival has been voted Vancouver’s Best Arts Festival for six years in a row by Georgia Straight readers!

Vancouver Writers Fest

202-1398 Cartwright St
Vancouver (Granville Island) BC V6H 3R8

Oct 17 to 23, 2016

The Vancouver Writers Fest brings readers and writers together to reimagine our lives and our world, through story and vibrant dialogue.

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.

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.


4068 Browning Road
Sechelt BC V0N 3A1

Oct 13 to 23, 2016

The Sunshine Coast’s leading edge arts festival presents "The Art of Water,” featuring over 100 artists and ten days of performance art, visual art, engagement art and heritage exhibits.

Sunshine Coast Art Crawl

Lund to Langdale
Sunshine Coast BC

Oct 21 to 23, 2016

The Art Crawl offers Crawlers access to participating galleries and art studios along the entire Sunshine Coast Highway from Langdale to Lund. Crawlers are invited to join friends and take a scenic drive along the Sunshine Coast, stopping at the wonderful community hubs and studio events throughout the weekend. Meet at the community hubs located in Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Madeira Park and Powell River to experience local entertainment and an opportunity to get started on the trivia challenge for a chance to win great prizes.