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Carnaval del Sol brings Latin culture back for 2019

Latin American food brings everyone together at Carnaval del Sol.

Add some Latin American flair to your summer at Carnaval del Sol, returning for its eleventh year at Concord Pacific Place on Saturday, July 6th and Sunday, July 7th, 2019.

This two-day event is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and incorporates food, fun, music and more from countries in Central and South America. Multiple plazas focus on many aspects of these cultures: food, arts, family, kids, health and wellness, kids, beer, and travel. Soccer is a huge part of Latin culture, so there’s also a soccer tournament during both days at Andy Livingstone Park.

Carnaval del Sol closes off the Latin American Week, which includes cruises, the Canada Day parade, a Latin film night, a look into Afro-Latin history, and wining and dancing.

Carnaval del Sol is hosted at Concord Pacific Place, 88 Pacific Blvd in Vancouver. There is a $2.00 admission this year for single day access (or a $15.00 VIP pass for use on both days, including access to the beer garden and VIP areas), and is easily reachable by transit with a quick walk from either the Stadium-Chinatown or Main Street-Science World SkyTrain stations.

VanDusen Gardens glows for Festival of Lights 2018

With the holiday season in high gear, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver are decked out in millions of Christmas lights for another year of the Festival of Lights.

The Festival of Lights is on now until January 6th, 2019. Tickets are required for entry and available online or in person. Dress appropriately as it may be cold or wet. Parking is limited, but transit is always an option (either with the 17 bus or a short walk north from the 41 bus).

Can’t make it? Check out the photos from the this year’s event on Gallery.

Remembrance Day services for 2018 in Metro Vancouver

Remembrance Day 2017

Waiting to lay wreathes at the cenotaph in Victory Square on November 11th, 2017.

On Sunday, November 11th, 2018, communities throughout Metro Vancouver will hold ceremonies to honour the men and women who serve and have given their lives for Canada for Remembrance Day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11th, 1918.

  • Vancouver – Ceremony and Parade at Victory Square (West Hastings Street between Cambie and Hamilton streets). Starts at 10:00 am PST.
  • Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at North Burnaby Cenotaph in Confederation Park (Willingdon Avenue and Penzance Drive). Starts at 10:40 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
  • Burnaby – Remembrance Day Ceremony at South Burnaby Cenotaph in Bonsor Park (Imperial Street and Nelson Avenue). Parade starts at 10:30 am PST, followed by the ceremony at 11:00 am PST.
  • New Westminster – Ceremony at the Cenotaph in front of New Westminster City Hall (511 Royal Avenue). Starts at 10:25 am PST.
  • Surrey – Ceremony at Cloverdale Cenotaph at the Surrey Museum and Surrey Archives (17710 – 56A Avenue). Starts at 9:30 am PST.
  • Richmond – Ceremony and Parade at Richmond City Hall (6911 No. 3 Road). Parade leaves Minoru Park at 10:20 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:40 am PST.
  • Coquitlam – A Remembrance Day service will be held at the Blue Mountain Park Cenotaph (975 King Albert Avenue) beginning at 9:45 am PST, followed by a parade from the Como Lake Middle School to the Cenotaph at 10:30 am PST and concluding with services at the Cenotaph in Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Avenue).
  • Delta – Ceremony at North Delta Social Heart Plaza (11415 84th Avenue). Starts at 10:40 am PST.
  • Delta – Parade and Ceremony at Ladner Memorial Park (5010 47th Avenue). Parade starts at 10:15 am PST followed by the ceremony at 10:45 am PST.

Festival of Lights returns to VanDusen Botanical Gardens for 2017

It’s that time of year when the lush VanDusen Botanical Gardens transforms into dazzling display of colourful lights just in time for Christmas.

Thousands of Christmas lights are strung along the garden’s many trees and bushes that brighten up the winding paths. There’s also live music and food trucks serving warm drinks and snacks, a carousel, musical instruments and more.

The Festival of Lights is on now until January 7th, 2018. Tickets are required for entry and available online or in person. Dress appropriately as it may be cold or wet. Parking is limited, but transit is always an option (either with the 17 bus or a short walk north from the 41 bus).

Can’t make it? Check out the photos from the this year’s event on Gallery.

Canada Day events for 2017

Canada Day at Canada Place

Celebrate 150 years of Canada this Saturday!

Canada turns 150 years old this Saturday, July 1st and it’s time to come out and party! With so many things going on this weekend, it’s hard to choose, but don’t despair — There’s an entire weekend to have fun with food, parades, music, festivals and yes, fireworks! Bonne fête Canada!


Bright Nights in Stanley Park returns November 26

Santa's reindeer are ready for Bright Nights in Stanley Park!

Santa’s reindeer are ready for Bright Nights in Stanley Park!

Light up those dark evenings with Bright Nights in Stanley Park! Opening Thursday, November 26th, some three million colourful Christmas lights will be strung up around the Stanley Park Train Plaza for everyone to enjoy.

The Stanley Park train will be decorated in a Christmas theme with live performers alongside the tracks. While the displays in the plaza are free (a donation is recommended), tickets are required to ride the miniature railway. As it is a popular destination, advance tickets are advised. Donations and portions of the ticket proceeds go towards the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park runs until Saturday, January 2nd, 2016. Tickets for the Miniature Train and schedules can be found on the City of Vancouver web site.

Reliving the Olympic Street Party

Hockey on Granville Street

Hockey on Granville Street

Unlike last year when Vancouver enjoyed a nice and somewhat dry Olympics, on the anniversary of the opening ceremony the rain made its presence known. This didn’t stop a crowd from coming out and enjoying the party.

There were a few hockey games on Granville Street along with free ice skating at Robson Square. The Vancouver Art Gallery opened with free admission and had a line up running down Hornby Street. On the Georgia Street side of the gallery, CIBC hosted LunarFest under a few tents with various illuminated lanterns. There was another line up to get in, but those who carried a CIBC bank card could take advantage of an “express” queue.

Ice skating at Robson Square

Ice skating at Robson Square

Down at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Vancouver Boat Show was in full swing, but most of the main floor was opened up allowing a peek into some of the cavernous ballrooms.

Outside in Jack Poole Plaza, the Olympic Cauldron remained out, waiting for the 4:00 pm PST ceremony to light it up.

The rest of the photos from around downtown are on Gallery.

Relive the Olympic street party!

Robson Square during the Winter Olympics

Robson Square during the Winter Olympics

Remember last year how Vancouver held two straight weeks of partying during the 2010 Winter Olympics? The City of Vancouver is bringing back the party spirit with a number of events held on Saturday, February 12th, 2011.

Olympic Glory Relived on Granville Street
Starting at 12:00 pm PST and running through until 9:00 pm PST, Granville Street will reopen to throngs of pedestrians to celebrate the anniversary of the games. There will be performances from buskers, street hockey matches and a parade too.

Illuminate Yaletown
This event spans two nights starting on Friday, February 11th and finishing Saturday, brings out the best of Yaletown with entertainment and works by local artists.

Creekside Community Recreation Centre
Held at the Creekside Community Recreation Centre, this event will host a variety of family friendly activities based on the Olympics and Paralympics. The even runs from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm PST on Saturday, February 12th, 2011.

2011 CIBC LunarFest
The Vancouver Art Gallery will light up with the LunarFest, a celebration of Asian culture, from 4:00 pm until 11:00 pm PST.

There will be many other activities going on in the downtown core, with the Province of British Columbia hosting a few at Robson Square, which includes free ice skating and entertainment.

The Olympic Cauldron will also be lit by the Olympic and Paralympic torchbearers down by the Vancouver Convention Centre west building at 4:00 pm PST on Saturday.

Thinking of driving through Vancouver on that weekend? Granville Street will be closed between Smithe Street and Dunsmuir Street, while Robson Street will be blocked off between Howe Street and Seymour Street.

Canada Day Events

Canadian Flag at Canada Place

Canadian Flag at Canada Place

There are numerous ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday this July 1st. The Vancouver area always have some good parties, but if you’re unsure of what to attend, check out some of the selection below. All events are family friendly.

This list is only a small selection of what’s happening on Canada Day. Check out your local newspaper for additional events in your area.

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