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February 2018

 

February - Prepare for an incredible journey through the curious collections of Mr. Ripley at Science World, the explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered.

 Feb 1 – 14 – The Hot Chocolate Festival returns for its 8th year, bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream makers coming together to make the humble hot chocolate hotter than it has ever been before.

February 9 – 10 - Love and Romance are front and centre in the beautiful Orpheum theatre, as conductor William Rowson and the VSO perform music that will get you in the mood for Valentine’s. Joined by pianist Jon Nakamatsu, soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen, and tenor Frédérik Robert, the orchestra dials up some of the most sensual and romantic music ever written.

February 14 – Valentine’s Day – How about ice skating at Robson Square, the People’s Prom, after hours cocktails and “sex talk” (about coral) at the Vancouver Aquarium, Chinese New Year or a five-course dinner at Grouse Mountain

February 24 – March 4 – 40th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival  is Canada’s premier wine show and widely considered to be the best wine event in North America. With ~25,000 admissions, it is one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world.  Tickets sell out fast.

 

January 2018

 

January 17 – 21 – The Vancouver Boat Show’s two great locations – an indoor venue at BC Place and Floating Show at Granville Island – offer show-goers of all ages and expertise an unparalleled experience.  Get your season started with family-friendly activities and incredible deals on all the latest marine products!

January 21 – On-line registration is open for Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show.  Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire.  Pre-registration is required.

January 26 – February 3 – Seattle Boat Show has lots of free boating and fishing seminars, scope out the latest watercraft and accessories from hundreds of exhibitors, and be entertained with fun events, food and drinks, and family-friendly activities. From stand-up paddleboards to superyachts, the Seattle Boat Show is bringing even more this year.

 

December 2017

 

December 1 -  On-line registration is open for Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show.  Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire.  Tickets are limited and are selling fast.

December 1 – December 31 – CBC News Top 21 – Things to do over the holidays in Vancouver including Canyon Lights, Peak of Grouse, Vancouver Christmas Market, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Christmas Train, VanDusen, the Nutcracker and O Christmas Tea.

December 1 – 24 – Arts Club Presents The Day Before Christmas - Alex is a perfectionist who is desperately holding fast to her Christmas traditions. While juggling family and work—and a movie star—she loses control of her holiday plans, and her home becomes a disaster zone. Can she save the turkey from the dog and salvage a broken-down tree? Find out in this infectious comedy that is sure to make the holidays bright.

December 1 – January 7 – Arctic Oasis at the Bloedel Conservatory - The city's only holiday Ferris wheel is rolling at Queen Elizabeth Park with festive lights, music and a holiday scavenger hunt. Warm up inside the tropical dome while enjoying the exotic birds, lush gardens and holiday light display produced by MK Illumination. Find all the hidden penguins in the arctic oasis, holiday-themed scavenger hunt. Enjoy the evening city views and lit fountains at Queen Elizabeth Park. Lots of things to see and do at a family-friendly price! Free parking

 

November 2017

 

November 1 -  On-line registration opens for Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show.  Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire.  Tickets are limited and will sell out fast, add November 1st to your calendar.

November 2 – Yaletown Brewing Co’s Martini Madness - Three guest bartenders will slamdown with their martini creations, the winner to be determined by your vote. There will also be a live DJ on site and a 50/50 cash prize. All proceeds to benefit Kids Help Phone. Drink Tickets are $10 at the door CASH ONLY, which includes 3 martinis (yes, you read that right!)  

November 16 – 18 – Clayoquot Oyster Festival – The format for the 21st annual event has changed a bit this year, the anchor events will be held at  some of Tofino’s best restaurants. Events include the Beautiful Mask and Oysters, Best Oyster Dish competition, Chef-Farmer Shuck N’ Slurp Relay, Tofino Costume Party and the 1909 Champagne and Pearls dinner.

November 21 – 22 – Boating BC Conference - Each November the recreational boating industry in British Columbia steps away from their busy lives to attend the annual Boating BC Conference. It’s an inspiring two days where people come to learn, connect and share ideas.

 

October 2017

 

September 29 to October 8 – The Cowichan Valley is known for warm weather, natural beauty, and friendly people.  “Savour Cowichan” celebrates all of that.  For 10 days, artisanal food and beverage producers host more than 40 events throughout the Valley, including the Barge On In event hosted on a floating barge in Mill Bay.

October 6 – 8 – Embrace your inner crab at the 16th Annual CrabFest in Port Angeles, Washington.  The event celebrates the world-famous Dungeness Crab, named after the nearby village of Dungeness, and the bounty of the sea.  Featuring 14 restaurants, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, Chowder Cook-Off, the Grab-A-Crab Derby, local wine and beer, craft and merchant vendors, live music,and many more events. Rain or shine, this is the “party” of the season and, admission, as always, is FREE!

October 7 – 9 – Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour – The 21st annual tour with 84 artists, 65 studios and 16 new artists.

October 20 – 22 – Artists love the beauty and endless inspiration BC’s Sunshine Coast provides.  The Sunshine Coast Art Crawl is an ideal way to discover a wide range of artisan treasures, as you visit galleries, home studios, artisans’ shops and even an art farm.

November 1st -  On-line registration opens for Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show.  Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire.  Tickets are limited and will sell out fast, add November 1st to your calendar.

 

September 2017

September 7 – 10th – Carving on the Edge Festival is a celebration of the West Coast carver, showcasing traditional and contemporary wood carving with a full calendar of exhibits, storytelling, family programs and demonstrations.

September 10th  – Vancouver Street Food Festival  is the best of the best in one place, 88 Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

September 13th - PYS was incorporated on this day in 2010 and we are celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary!!  Read Jeff's letter here. 

September 15 – 17 – Jazz Around the Harbour – Events are held at the Pender Harbour Community Hall, the Pender Harbour School of Music with a special “Rock the Dock” at John Henry’s Resort and Marina in Garden Bay.  Check the website for times.

September 30 – Oysters, Authors and Ale – This event raises awareness about literacy and generates funds for future community literacy initiatives.  This event gathers residents and guests to enjoy a showcase of novice and professional writers, live music, a silent auction along with a sampling of west-coast oysters and ales.

 

August 2017

August 11 - 13 – Sechelt Coasters Car Club 22nd Annual Sleepy Hollow Car Show, also known as the Festival of the Rolling Arts.  The Friday night, 30 km cruise goes from Sechelt to Halfmoon Bay and includes over 450 classic cars.  Show n’ Shine, Elvis impersonator and free corn!!

August 12 – Nanaimo Symphony by the Sea – A free outdoor summer concert performed by the Vancouver Island Symphony conducted by Calvin Dyck.  Special appearance by a Cirque Performer.  Bring a blanket, lawn chair and a picnic basket.

August 19 - 20 – Hackett Park Arts & Crafts Fair – The fair is set amongst the trees of Hackett Park in Sechelt, and features local musicians such as The Gibson Girls acapella trio.

August 19 - 20 – Chemainus Jazz Festival – Held at Waterwheel Park, this year features modern jazz on Saturday and traditional jazz on Sunday.  Be sure to get your “Mardi Gras Bling” included with your admission, $20 per day or $30 for both days.

August 24–27 – Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival – This annual family friendly festival is celebrating its 30 year anniversary.  Held at Granville Island, admission is free and includes a boat building challenge, children’s festival and knot tying

 

July 2017

July 1 – Join in to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with too many events to list! 

July 1 - Sept 2 - Butchart Gardens Fireworks (Saturday Evenings) feature a jaw-dropping, dazzling firework show with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to music.  Take it from my Mom, she goes ever year!

July 1 - Davis Bay Sandcastle Competition- registration starts at 9:45 am, building the sandcastles is from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, and winners will be announced at 1:45 pm.  Lions will be selling t-shirts and running a concession at the beach. Jim Taylor will bring lively music to the beach area. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring your pails and shovels, have fun and make great memories!       

July 7 – 9 - Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival is now in its 15th year at Maffeo Sutton Park.  Dragon boat racing is one of the most amazing sports you will ever get to witness so take the time to come down and cheer on the 70+ racing teams. Then stay for the Shriners pancake breakfast, food trucks, candle and carnation ceremonies, Longwood Brewery beer gardens, and more.  

July 14 - 16 - The Vancouver Island MusicFest held at the Comox Valley Fairgrounds and features artists such as Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn and the Barenaked Ladies.  This year they even have their own music festival app.

July 16 - The 28th Annual Nanaimo Silly Boat Regatta will be celebrating its 50th anniversary while Canada celebrates its 150th.  The team themes will revolve around a birthday, Canadian history celebration feel.

July 16 - Texada Island Fly-In held at the Gillies Bay Airfield aka the friendliest rural fly-in with a real asphalt runway.

July 21 – 23 - Nanaimo Marine Festival & Bathtub Race which runs all week but the world championship bathtub race runs on July 23rd at 11:00 a.m.  Lots of vendors, a street fair, kids zone and two nights of concerts.

July 22 - Bowen Island Classic Car Show features unique vehicles, art installations and music

July 23 - Powell River Sea Fair Festival is now in its 53rd year and features a parade and vintage cars.              

July 29   Vancouver Honda Celebration of Lights Fireworks – Japan – Great fireworks and great food trucks.  If you would rather beat the crowd, you can buy tickets ahead of time for the Keg Lounge located on the bathhouse roof with snacks, cocktails and a VIP bathroom!

July 29 – 30 - Texada Island Blues and Roots Festival celebrates the music and artists within 100km of Gillies Bay.  There will be a farmers market, food and craft vendors, a kids’ zone for the young ones to play, and a place to quench the adults’ thirst.  Texada is home to Heicholt Lake, named one of the ten best lakes to swim in Canada.

July 29 – 30 - Sea Cavalcade in Gibsons has one of the best logos ever!  Now in its 49th year, this fun filled weekend has something for everyone.  The Tin Man Challenge, Keats to Armours swim, pancake breakfast, beer garden, classic cars, salmon BBQ and a parade.

 

June 2017

 

June 2-4 – The 14th Annual Pender Harbour Blues Festival is held at various locations such as the Pender Harbour Community Hall, Pender Harbour School of Music, John Henry’s Marina, Royal Canadian Legion, with dinner shows at Upper Deck Cafe (Secret Cove), Harbour Spirit Centre and The Restaurant at Painted Boat (both in Madeira Park).

June 3 – Boat for Hope Victoria - This annual event, which takes place in Victoria’s inner harbour, brings together the local boating and business community to create an unforgettable experience for kids who may otherwise never be able to enjoy such an adventure.

June 3 – Easter Seals Charity Regatta is a timed three hour points rally around various marks in English Bay and is a fundraiser for the Easter Seals House Vancouver which provides accommodation for families while their children receive medical care.

June 9-18 – BC Seafood Festival – Featuring a star studded selection of chefs and venues around the Comox Valley.  Now in its 11th year, order online as tickets sell out fast.

June 10 – Burrard Yacht Club Classic Boat & Car Show features a great collection of classic cars and wooden boats.  Free Sailing for the kids and a dinner/dance on the breakwater.  This is an annual fundraiser for the Disabled Sailing Association.

June 10 – Boat for Hope Vancouver takes place around English Bay, False Creek and Hastings Mill Park and brings together the local boating and business community to create an unforgettable experience for kids who may otherwise never be able to enjoy such an adventure.

June 10-24 – Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race is now in its tenth running and has grown into one of the most respected and exciting yacht races on the entire west coast, with international media coverage, heart-stopping drama and superb racing action.  The course record for a complete circumnavigation of Vancouver Island is 93 hours, 20 minutes and 20 seconds.  New this year is a sponsorship by Longwood Brewery to raise funds for the local Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Unit.

June 18 – Father’s Day – Don’t forget dear old dad!

June 16-18 – Gibson’s Landing Jazz Festival now in its 22nd year and featuring too many performers to list and a street festival on June 17th followed by a dance at the Gibsons Royal Canadian Legion.

June 22-July2 – The Vancouver International Jazz Festival hosts artists from around the world at a number of different venues around the city.  Why not anchor downtown and take in some cool jazz?

June 23-25 - Annual Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival is 3 days of exciting racing and onshore events.  A big draw is the Survivor Showdown, Abreast In A Boat vs. Butts In A Boat – is a challenge between prostate and breast cancer survivors to help build awareness.

June 30-July2 – Sidney Days is fun for the whole family featuring a pancake breakfast, fun fair, picnic, sidewalk sale and fireworks for Canada Day

 

May 2017

May is Flare Disposal Month – If your flares have a manufacture date of 2013 or earlier they will expire this year.  You can’t throw them away in the regular garbage or set them off so the Canadian Power Squadron and CIL dealers have set up a list of disposal locations and dates.

May 3 – 8 – Ships To Shore King of the Sea – The Kaiwo Maru, a Japanese four-masted training barque tall ship is coming to Garry Point in Richmond.

May 5 – 22 – Feast of Tofino – There are just too many fantastic food venues to mention from patio parties to tailgate parties.  All the meals are locally foraged and boat-to-table fresh.

May 13 – 11th Annual Spot Prawn Festival – False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf – Buy fresh prawns on the dock or join in the prawn boil.  Drink tent with samples from R&B Brewery and Evolve Cellars.

May 14 – Mother’s Day

May 26 – 28 – 10th Annual Lund Shellfish Festival – Enjoy fresh cooked seafood, listen to local musicians, shop local crafts and enjoy special menu items at the local restaurants.

May 27 – Ladysmith Heritage Boat Festival – Features over 20 heritage vessels from all over the West Coast.  Free harbour tours on the Maritimer or take a ride on the new Coast Guard hovercrafts.

May 27 – Bowen Island Adventure Film Festival – A unique opportunity for local residents and everyday adventurers to showcase their passion for sport and the great outdoors by sharing their stories. 

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