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Events Vancouver

Outdoor Eating

When the weather’s warm, there’s plenty to adore about the great outdoors. Savour the sunshine and dine alfresco with these options

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Mexican-themed fare at Tacofino. (Photo: KK Law)

Mexican-themed fare at Tacofino. (Photo: KK Law)

Creative Carts
Food carts are on a roll, with new four-wheeled eateries taking to the streets all the time. It’s a veritable moveable feast, featuring “à la cart” cuisines that hail from all corners of the globe. At the forefront of the street-food trend is Japadog, known for serving hot dogs trimmed with toppings such as bonito flakes, shredded seaweed or miso mayo to celebrities like Ice Cube, Anthony Bourdain and Mark Zuckerberg. Tacofino’s White Lightning makes waves with Baja-inspired tacos and burritos stuffed with crispy lingcod or pork al pastor, and brightened with salsa fresca, chipotle mayo and avocado. Chef Vikram Vij, famed for his trail-blazing bricks-and-mortar restaurants, makes crave-worthy Indian flavours mobile—try the butter chicken schnitzel, sold through the window of Vij’s Railway Express. (more…)

The SeaWheeze Half Marathon

By SHERI RADFORD

The SeaWheeze. (Photo: Lululemon)

The SeaWheeze. (Photo: Lululemon)

One of the world’s prettiest half marathons, the SeaWheeze (Aug. 13) winds around spectacular scenery such as the seawall and Stanley Park. The race sold out months ago, but there are still ways to participate in the weekend’s fun. Tickets are available for the Sunset Festival in Stanley Park, featuring outdoor yoga and a concert by Chromeo. And as you’d expect of any event organized by Lululemon, cute apparel is for sale—meaning both you and your credit card can get a workout.

Sunday Seafood Boil at Boulevard

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Sample seafood at Boulevard's Sunday Seafood Boil

Sample seafood at Boulevard’s Sunday Seafood Boil

Tie one on—a bib, we mean—because things are about to get messy. Boulevard’s popular East Coast–inspired Sunday Seafood Boil Series returns for its second year, after proving to be a smashing success. A bounty of clams, crawfish, Dungeness crab and mussels are piled high on butcher’s paper and served family-style alongside corn on the cob, potatoes, bacon cornbread and blueberry pie. A glass of bubbly beforehand kicks off the nautical-themed feast. Grab a few friends and get crackin’, Aug. 14, 21 and 28.

5 Places to Find Your Bliss

Want to practise your downward-facing dog and warrior poses in the great outdoors? Grab a yoga mat or beach towel and head to these picturesque spots for alfresco asanas and seaside savasanas

By SHERI RADFORD

Free outdoor class in Jack Poole Plaza, part of the SeaWheeze

Free outdoor class in Jack Poole Plaza, part of the SeaWheeze

Kitsilano Beach
WHERE  Near Cornwall Ave. at Arbutus St., between the pool and tennis courts
WHEN  To Aug. 31: M/W/F 7 p.m., Tu/Th 9 a.m.
WHY  Spectacular views of the ocean and downtown
COST  Free, but tips are welcome
INFO  www.facebook.com/kits.space (more…)

Pride & Joy: Vancouver Pride 2016

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Vancouver Pride Parade. (Photo: Michael Song/Tourism Vancouver)

The Pride Parade winds its way through the West End. (Photo: Michael Song/Tourism Vancouver)

Join a rainbow of revellers at Vancouver Pride. Over the last 38 years, a peaceful protest march bloomed into the city’s most joyful, flamboyant fete. More than 650,000 attend events such as the Davie Street Block Party (Jul. 29, 2016), Pride Festival at Sunset Beach (Jul. 31, 2016) and Pride Parade (Jul. 31, 2016). Absolut’s colourful tribute to diversity is the perfect way to shake things up. Scout out local liquor stores, or visit The Keefer and Royal Dinette for cocktails that capture the pride spirit.

Sounds of Summer: Vancouver Folk Music Festival

By SHERI RADFORD

Gorgeous views are part of the package at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Gorgeous views are part of the package at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Everyone knows summer starts in June, but for some Vancouverites, it doesn’t truly arrive until the beginning of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Jul. 15 to 17, 2016). For three sunny days each July, Jericho Beach Park overflows with sweet sounds ranging from folk to roots to bluegrass. Highlights of the 39th annual seaside festival include Bruce Cockburn, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Wainwright Sisters, Oysterband and Lord Huron.

Pemberton Music Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

See Pearl Jam at the Pemberton Music Festival

See Pearl Jam at the Pemberton Music Festival

At the Pemberton Music Festival (Jul. 14 to 17, 2016), the stunning scenery is nearly as eye-catching as the stellar on-stage line-up. With the picturesque Pemberton Valley as backdrop, the four-day fest’s multiple stages host grunge-rock from Pearl Jam (pictured), lively hip-hop from Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, and punk-infused rock from Billy Idol—just to start. There is plenty of talent on the comedy stage, too: Cheech and Chong, Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, and Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson. Let the good times rock ’n’ roll.

Scientific Slumber Party at Science World

By SHERI RADFORD

Budding scientists can sleep over at Science World

Budding scientists can sleep over at Science World

What’s better than an afternoon at Science World? An entire night at the popular science centre housed in a geodesic dome (Jul. 15, 2016). Inquisitive children aged six to 12 (and their parents) are invited to stay overnight and see an OMNIMAX film, a live science show and a dinosaur presentation by famed palaeontologist Dr. Scott Sampson, plus explore behind the scenes. There might even be some sleeping involved—but that part is far from guaranteed.

25 Things We Love About Summertime in Vancouver

As the temperature rises, so does our passion for this sun-kissed city

By SHERI RADFORD

A stroll through downtown’s magnificent Stanley Park. (Photo: KK Law)

A stroll through downtown’s magnificent Stanley Park. (Photo: KK Law)

1. Long evenings that end in glorious sunsets.

2. Kayaking, canoeing, dragon boating, stand-up paddle boarding and any other water-based activity.

3. Spending a leisurely morning at a farmers’ market.

4. The abundance of outdoor festivals.

5. Seeing orcas in the wild on a whale-watching adventure. (more…)

The Must List: June

By SHERI RADFORD

An orca breaching in the wild. (Photo: ©Menno67/Dreamstime.com)

An orca breaching in the wild. (Photo: ©Menno67/Dreamstime.com)

1. Visit Grinder and Coola, Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bears.

2. Cheer on the Vancouver Whitecaps at a home game.

3. Travel by mini ferry to Granville Island, then browse for fresh produce and artisan crafts in the Granville Island Public Market. (more…)

A Taste of the Orient at Panda Market

By SHERI RADFORD

Find Asian flavours at Panda Market. (Photo: KK Law)

At Panda Market, food stalls sell plenty of Asian-inspired fare. (Photo: KK Law)

If you’re craving the flavours of Asia, pull on some stretchy pants and head to the Panda Market (to Sep. 11, 2016) for an evening of sipping, tasting, nibbling and munching. This night market in Richmond is the closest you can get to an Asian street market without boarding a plane. Enjoy the ever-changing roster of live entertainment while browsing for jewellery, cellphone accessories, colourful socks, fleece blankets and more. The best part? No passport required.

Vancouver’s Craft Beer Circuit

With 23 craft breweries in the city limits—and more brewing all the time—a hoppy haven is always just a hop, sip and jump away. Ready to raise your glass to the wealth of choice? Here are a few ways to dive into the city’s craft beer circuit.

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Tote your brews in a custom-designed growler by Sigil & Growler. (Photo: KK Law)

A custom-designed growler from Sigil & Growler shows off Vancouver’s beloved landmarks. (Photo: KK Law)

Tapped In
Brewery Creek, once the turn-of-the-century hub of the local brewing scene, is enjoying a renaissance that has put the historic area back on the map. Anchored by hip-and-happening Main Street, a cluster of breweries offer sippers ranging from easy drinking to experimental. It’s the perfect jumping-off point for exploring craft beer by the flight or pint, and easily accessed on foot or—to really blend in with the locals—by bicycle. (more…)