BC Famous Circle brings to Canada for the first time, a 2 vs 2 b-boy (or b-girl) breakdance battle! Sure to be exciting, the winner will receive a trip to Switzerland to compete for the Breakdance World Championship title. A great event for all ages

Competitors from across North America and further will gather in Vancouver in what will be one of the largest gatherings of b-boys to ever take place in Canada. Parties and a wrap-up BBQ will surround the event, celebrating the growth of positive hip-hop culture in Vancouver. The b-boy event of the summer is here and you don't want to miss it!

Full event info and tickets at www.famouscircle.com

When: July 31, 2010
Time: 4pm-8pm
Where:Russian Hall 600 Campbell Ave
Come out for the best and most brilliant firework displays as four countries compete for the title. Engage your senses with light and sound as cultural, powerful, and intriguing themes and stories are presented choreographed to music in this celebration of light!

The Shows:
China: Coming from a wonderful Chinese history tale, the public will travel through a world full of sound and visual and they will enjoy exotic choregraphies of fireworks which will take on a whole new dimension.

Mexico: A wide variety of rythms were selected for this Journey, we play with Rock “en espaƱol”, pop, Mexican contemporary, and blends of popular (Banda) music with electronic elements. We invite everybody to enjoy this journey thru rythms and emotions.

USA: The Show is a tribute to the Big Band era and promises to be high energy, with a lot of hoppin’ swingin’ fun. The show opens with mine shots, lots of color and movement of devices and develops into patterns, water effects and fountains, then to an exciting finale.

Spain: Hell and Heaven is an exercise of imagination and force, the audience will enjoy with the recreation of the fight beetwwen the light and the darkness. With his particular style, PirotecniaIgual mix the power of the Iberian fire with the last trend choreographies, all this using the last technologies of desing and display.

Visit: www.celebration-of-light.com for more info!



Schedule:
Wednesday July 21st 2010 – USA Night
Saturday July 24th, 2010 – Spain Night
Wednesday July 28th, 2010 – Mexico Night
Saturday July 31st, 2010 – A Tribute to China


When: July 21,2010- July 31, 2010
Time: 10pm - Rain or Shine
Where: English Bay
Latincouver's Carnaval del Sol is already the talk of Vancouver. Featuring a day of celebration, fun, food, and amazing soccer. This year's tournament is already shaping up to be Vancouver's most exciting sporting event since the Olympics. Latin American consulates, and Vancouver's Mayor Robertson will be playing in the tournament, so don't miss your chance to play with them. 


In addition to the soccer tournament, there will be exhibits and booths displaying the countries of Latin America, as well some great music and dance performances. Free event for the entire family!

For more information, visit:
http://latincouver.ca/event/carnaval_de_sol_futbol_2010_vancouver

When: July 31, 2010
Time:10am-8pm
Where: Strathcona Park, Vancouver BC
Harmony celebrates its 20th Anniversary of highlighting the talent of North Shore artists,  sharing the value of arts appreciation and creation and building community pride and participation. The festival brings programs, events and concerts along the West Vancouver's waterfront.

Experience the arts through exhibitions, demonstrations, studio tours, theatre, concerts, markets and hands-on activities - all for FREE! There will be an unprecedented 82 performances this year, as well as the introduction of a new attraction, an intimate wine garden on the lawn at the foot of 15th Street, at the Garden Stage.

The arts scene continues to thrive! Please plan to enjoy West Van at its very best this summer - in celebration of Harmony Arts.

For details on performers, events, festival locations, please visit http://www.harmonyarts.ca/about.htm

When: July 30- August 8, 2010
Where: Various venues along the water front in West Vancouver
Time: All day and night
THURSDAY, JULY 29th - Karate Kid
Head down to Stanley Park this summer for a FREE and fun night out for all ages! This community event gives people the opportunity to enjoy their movie favorites in the beautiful outdoors under the twinkling stars. Bring a cozy blanket, lawn chair, or if you are ambitious, a mattress! The free movies will start at dusk, but get there as early as possible to ensure a great spot in front of the giant inflatable screen! Watch out for dinner specials from some fantastic West-End restaurants, grab take-away and have a picnic before the movie!


Movie Schedule:
Thursday July 29: Karate Kid (The Original)

Time: 9pm-11pm
Where: Ceperley Meadow (near second beach in Stanley Park)
Vancouver is full of beautiful paths, and amazing scenery, and lets face, lots of sun in the summer! What better excuse to get out and ride your bike! Bikefest is a celebration of bikes and cycling culture.

The festival will feature learning opportunities for all ages and all experience levels. There will be local retailers, advocacy groups, bike clinics, yummy food, prizes, and much more fun! Free Bike Valet Parking will be provided, so ride your bike!

For information, or to become a presenter, please contact Stephanie Rauer at srauer@mec.ca.www.mec.ca/bikefest

When: July 25th
Time: 10am-4pm
Where: Mahon Park, North Vancouver
Rediscover Granville 2.010 takes place every weekend this summer, starting July 3 and ending September 6, with activites happening throughout the day. Until buses return for the start of school, Granville Street downtown is closed to traffic all summer, and open to the public as a community space for five blocks between Smithe and Hastings.

Keeping vehicles off of the street will open Granville up for people to play, walk, shop and relax. Scheduled programming on the street also creates a unique opportunity for healthy recreational activity to take place in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

Rediscover Granville 2.010 has an exciting mix of free events and activities taking place every weekend including:

• Dancing
• Art lessons
• Concerts
• Street hockey
• Markets
• Exhibits

There are also plenty of spaces to kick back, relax and socialize, with increased public seating and extended business patios down the street. There’s something for everyone to do this summer on Granville.

Visit http://www.rediscovergranville.com for a list of fun activities!

Where: Granville Street (five blocks between Smithe Street and Hastings Street)
When: Every Saturday and Sunday until September 6, 2010
On Saturday, July 24, 2010, two thousand people will participate in the 8th Annual Camp Moomba Yogathon and Blissfest to raise awareness and funds for children impacted by HIV/AIDS. The much needed funds raised from this event will help send a child to summer camp for an experience of a lifetime. You can help change a life of a child register for the yogathon today!

Registration is only $30. Please join us to practice 108 minutes of yoga outdoors on a beautiful, warm summer day. This event is the largest outdoor yoga class in Western Canada and will host yoga instructors, yoga students, health and wellness professionals, and people who share a passion for wellness, love and bliss. But wait! Its not just about yoga, theres much more!

The Blissfest Marketplace is a showcase of sustainable consumer products, clothing, services and delicacies. The Blissfest will be featured along with live music and a Kids Corner. Kids ages 12 and under are free! Visit www.campmoombayogathon.com for more details!

When: July 24, 2010
Time: 9am-2pm
Where: UBC McInnes Field
Each July, the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. Head to North Vancouver's waterfront for a weekend of parading, dining, and dancing in the sunshine (at least we hope!). Find tropical rhythm, carnival, cuisine, and culture, the Caribbean has a lot to offer and it is time to share this will Vancouver.

Featuring a Flag Party Boat Cruise: Kicking off the festival one week early. On July 18, bring your country's flag, dance to tropical rhythms aboard a private charter, and indulge in some Caribbean food.

Multicultural Street Parade: Streets come alive with the sights and sounds of Carnival during this multicultural parade feauting magnificent costume. July 24 at 10:00am

Festival in the park: Bring a blanket and find a spot on the grounds to watch free concerts, visit the international food fair, and the crafts and clothing market representing the best of Caribbean culture.

Waterfront Party: Join in for a dance party with Great bands and DJs to close down the festival on July 25.

Visit www.caribbeandays.ca for all the festival information

Free to attend, great for all ages, wheelchair accessible, and close to public transportation

When: July 24, 2010-July 25, 2010
Time: All Day
Where: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
The Neanderthal Arts Festival supplies a platform for artists to showcase and try out new and experimental work. The festival encourages artists to take risks, be creative and develop a clear artistic vision. With a focus on Canadian works, 6 one act plays are presented during the time of July 21- August 1.

Genus Theatre presents 'The 4H Club', a brazenly comedic look at the follies of the newest incarnation of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The story spans the past century as the dysfunctional quartet of Death, Famine, War and Pestilence barge their way through history. Desperate to rehabilitate their image and successfully bring about the end of the world, the foursome face their biggest challenge yet: each other. The pace is fast and the scope is grand, but the focus is wonderfully and pettily personal, as the 4H Club's headstrong desires and very human weaknesses inexorably bring humanity closer to the end of the road.

When: July 23 at 9:30pm, July 24, 7:00pm, July 25, 4:30pm
Where: Vancouver East Cultural Center (The Cultch)

For more info on The Neanderthal Arts Festival, visit http://www.thal.ca/about-neanderthal-arts-festival
THURSDAY, JULY 22nd - Monsters Vs. Aliens
Head down to Stanley Park this summer for a FREE and fun night out for all ages! This community event gives people the opportunity to enjoy their movie favorites in the beautiful outdoors under the twinkling stars. Bring a cozy blanket, lawn chair, or if you are ambitious, a mattress! The free movies will start at dusk, but get there as early as possible to ensure a great spot in front of the giant inflatable screen! Watch out for dinner specials from some fantastic West-End restaurants, grab take-away and have a picnic before the movie!


Movie Schedule:
Thursday, July 22: Monsters versus Aliens
Thursday July 29: Karate Kid (The Original)


When: July 7, 2010-July 29, 2010
Time: 9pm-11pm
Where: Ceperley Meadow (near second beach in Stanley Park)
Already known around the world for the quality of its programming, friendly ambiance and beautiful park setting, the 2010 Vancouver Folk Music Festival presents one of its most exciting, and eclectic lineup of artists and groups to date.

There is World, Folk, Gospel, Bluegrass, Blues, Latin, African and more! Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Calexico, Sarah Harmer, The Avett Brothers, Haiti's Boukman Eksperyans, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Ecuador's Sarazino and Valdy will come together with almost 60 other artists and groups from Canada and around the world to create some magic at Jericho Beach.

Add in fabulous food, great shopping, a special area for Little Folks plus other on-site activities and amenities, and you have a summer weekend of magic. Kids under 12 get in free (must be accompanied by an adult). Check out www.thefestival.bc.ca for information on tickets and shows.


When: July 16, 17, 18
Time: July 16: 6pm-11pm. July 17: 10am-11pm July 18: 10am-11pm
Where: Jericho Beach Park
WEDNESDAY JULY 14th - The Goonies
Head down to Stanley Park this summer for a FREE and fun night out for all ages! This community event gives people the opportunity to enjoy their movie favorites in the beautiful outdoors under the twinkling stars. Bring a cozy blanket, lawn chair, or if you are ambitious, a mattress! The free movies will start at dusk, but get there as early as possible to ensure a great spot in front of the giant inflatable screen! Watch out for dinner specials from some fantastic West-End restaurants, grab take-away and have a picnic before the movie!


Movie Schedule:
Wednesday, July 14: The Goonies
Thursday, July 22: Monsters versus Aliens
Thursday July 29: Karate Kid (The Original)


When: July 7, 2010-July 29, 2010
Time: 9pm-11pm
Where: Ceperley Meadow (near second beach in Stanley Park)
A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicraft, fashionable gifts & delectable ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before - on every Fri., Sat. & Sun. The street market contains booths with different merchandises on sale including artistic handicrafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD, VCD, DVD, delicious snacks & ethnic food…etc.

In addition, enjoy the multicultural performances: Folk dancing, singing, magic shows, martial arts, lion dance, bands… as well as games & prizes. Spend the summer nights at the Chinatown Night Market - the first of its kind in North America!


When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until September 5, 2010
Time: 6:30pm-11:00pm
Where: Keefer Street/ Main Street
Until August 25th, Metropolis at Metrotown will be home to the grossest, most educational and entertaining exhibit you have seen. Imaginative, interactive exhibits and animated characters set in a virtual 3D animal world ensure Animal Grossology as an intriguing and exciting activity.

Based on Sylvia Branzei's best selling Grossology books, you can learn how animals communicate through scent, how they digest food, and what makes some of them so slimy! Featuring interactive activities and games, along with educational messages, it is sure to be a icky, but fun time! Admission is free!


When: Now until August 25, 2010
Time: Mall Hours
Where: Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby
WEDNESDAY JULY 7th - Mamma Mia
Head down to Stanley Park this summer for a FREE and fun night out for all ages! This community event gives people the opportunity to enjoy their movie favorites in the beautiful outdoors under the twinkling stars. Bring a cozy blanket, lawn chair, or if you are ambitious, a mattress! The free movies will start at dusk, but get there as early as possible to ensure a great spot in front of the giant inflatable screen! Watch out for dinner specials from some fantastic West-End restaurants, grab take-away and have a picnic before the movie!


Movie Schedule:
July 7th: Mamma Mia
Wednesday, July 14: The Goonies
Thursday, July 22: Monsters versus Aliens
Thursday July 29: Karate Kid (The Original)


When: July 7, 2010-July 29, 2010
Time: 9pm-11pm
Where: Ceperley Meadow (near second beach in Stanley Park)
This jazz festival put on through The Coastal Jazz and Blues Society has been held every year since 1986 and has become the largest festival in British Columbia. The festival includes 400 individual performances, including 130 free concerts, and draws 460,000 people each year. Over 1000 volunteers help produce the event and performances take place in parks, community centers, concert halls, restaurants, among others. The festival brings in an estimated 30 million into the local economy each year.


When: June 25-July 4
Where: Various Locations throughout Metro Vancouver
Website: www.coastaljazz.ca to find list of performers and venues

Tickets: from Ticketmaster, or Coastal Jazz Box Office


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