Tag: Festivals

Agricultural Fair Coombs

Coombs BC is about 10 km west of Parksville. Every summer for 106 years, there has been the Coombs Fair, which is a flat out good old-fashioned agricultural fair. We for once were in the area when it was being held and decided to join in the fun. There is a dominance of 4-H clubs, which is a group of folks running youth programs in various disciplines. In Coombs’ case, it was animals, arts and small engines. It was interesting seeing young people wrangle rather large cattle with a calm that I wouldn’t have with an animal many times my […]

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Bastille Day Festival 2016

Storm the barricades! It’s Bastille Day in Yaletown, downtown Vancouver! Now you can get a taste of what it’s like to be in Paris on the French Independence Day and you don’t even have to board a plane to do it. Just channel your inner Cosette or Jean Valjean, hum a few bars of “I Dreamed A Dream” and march down to the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) for the Bastille Day Festival. The event runs from 11 a.m. to midnight, (July 14 this year) and includes everything from a French market offering unique French delicacies, to a kid’s […]

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Bard on the Beach is not a Comedy of Errors

It had been a number of years since I’d manage to organize time for Bard on the Beach, the Shakespeare festival in Vancouver. It is a collection of tents in Vanier Park nestled next to the Museum of Vancouver and the City Archives. “Bard”, as the company is called, has been running since 1990 where they had one tent and one play they put one and now have the main tent which for 2015 alternated between Comedy of Errors and King Lear. On the small stage they were performing Love’s Labour’s Lost and Shakespeare’s Rebel, a modern play by C.C. […]

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March Festivals in Vancouver

The sun is creeping out from behind the clouds and spring is just around the corner. Jump into the sunny season with one of these fun festivals. Celtic Fest is an exciting 12 day festival that runs from March. 6-17 that celebrates Celtic music and performances. There will be performances by the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir on March. 13, Delhi 2 Dublin on March. 15, April Verch on March. 16, and many more. The Belmont Whiskey Tastings will take place on March. 2. There are also two free events that will be held during the festival. The first is the […]

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July Summer Festivals in Vancouver

Celebrate the sun with one of these fun summertime festivals. Robson Summer Fest Come down to Robson Street, from Burrard Street to Jervis Street, on Saturday, July 19th from 12-4pm for an afternoon of fun at this summertime street party. There will be music, street entertainment, snacks, store promotions, giveaways, and much more. Indian Summer Festival If you’re in the mood for some politics to go with your music and art, then check out this diverse and fascinating summer festival. The Indian Summer Festival is on now until July 12th. For tickets and more information, visit indiansummerfestival.ca Vancouver Art Gallery […]

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Boundary Country 2014

Tucked in South Central British Columbia Boundary Country provides the bridge between the BC’s Okanagan and Kootenay regions. The urban center of Boundary is Grand Forks. Boundary offers many spectacular sites and events to explore. The Rock Creek Fair in September is certainly worth a visit as it perfectly captures small town warmth and welcome. Midway hosts the Groove music festival in June and Grand Forks has the Grand Forks International baseball tournament at the end of June. Park in the Park is fast becoming a major car show and it too is hosted in Grand Forks in mid August. […]

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Pacific Rim Whale Festival Tofino – Ucluelet

A fluke of timing (yes, I intended the fluke pun) allowed my family to partake in the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, an annual event that March 19-27, 2011 was the 25th anniversary. Significant restructuring of all the closets in our home led us to flee and we chose Tofino as our destination. As we reached the crossroads between Tofino and Ucluelet we say the big banner for the Whale Festival and we said to ourselves, “What whale festival?  Annual?  We live in Vancouver, not Bolton Ontario or some place … How clueless are we?”  Into the tourist office we went […]

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