Vancouver band Brasstronaut will perform June 2, along with Icelandic band Útidúr. New Westminster's Hyack Festival  will include a parade. Photo by Lewis Kelly, Flickr.

Vancouver band Brasstronaut will perform June 2, along with Icelandic band Útidúr. New Westminster's Hyack Festival will include a parade. Photo by Lewis Kelly, Flickr.

It’s the season of festivals, as many of them are coming up in the next few weeks: the European Festival, the Hyack Festival, the City of Bhangra Festival, EAT! Vancouver Festival, and In the House Festival. This is turning out to be a fun summer.

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China’s Green Economy
Wed., May 23, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

A public talk by Dr. Arthur Hanson, discussing how Canada and the U.S. could benefit from China’s green economy. Dr. Hanson is the International Chief Advisor to the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Free admission but registration required.

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Vanishing Vancouver:
The Last 25 Years
Thurs., May 24, 7:30 p.m.
Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver

Speaker Michael Kluckner, author of Vanishing Vancouver, will talk about his 20 years chronicling Vancouver’s vanishing houses, shops, theatres, etc., analyzing why some have survived while others have not. Open to the public.

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European Festival
Sat., May 26, starting at 10 a.m.
Swangard Stadium
3883 Imperial St., Burnaby
604-618-6724 (Marika)

The annual EuroFest is back. Expect to see cultural displays, European food, entertainment, children’s activities, market place and more, from 24 countries. See website for schedule and details. Open to the public.

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This is Carnival!
Sat., May 26, 8:30 p.m.
Hilton Metrotown
6083 McKay Ave., Burnaby

A fashion show and launch party for the Caribbean Days Parade. See different Caribbean costumes or bring your own. Interested parties can also sign up to be in the parade. Tickets $15.

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Lowe’s 41st
Annual Hyack Festival
Until May 26
Various Venues

New Westminster’s signature arts and culture festival continues to encourage affordable, multicultural, and inter-generational activities. Be there to enjoy the Antique Fair, the Ancient and Honourable Anvil Battery Salute, May Day celebrations, the DiverseCity Multicultural Festival, a parade and more. Open to the public.

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Main Street Vinyl Record Fair
Sun., May 27, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Cambrian Hall
215 E. 17th Ave., Vancouver
778-994-1909 (Raien)

Buy, sell and trade new and used vinyl, seven inches, LPs and cassettes. Also get a chance to win a Shure M97xE Audiophile Phono Cartridge by entering the Diamond Stylus Contest. Check the website or Georgia Straight Online for more information. Tickets $2.

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International Children’s Festival
May 29–June 3
Granville Island

A performing arts event for the whole family. Watch some shows, be immersed in fantastical stories, take some cooking classes, and more. Single tickets for main stage shows $18, except for some shows. See website for details. Group and family rates available.

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City of Bhangra Festival
Vancouver International
Bhangra Celebration Society
May 31–June 10
Various Venues

The VIBC has been dedicated to promoting the art from of bhangra. Expect to see bhangra workshops, conferences, performances, a bhangra block party and more. The hundreds of performers and artists participating come from different parts of the world like the U.K., India and the U.S. Tickets range from $15-$40. Festival passes available.

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Coppelia – Goh Ballet
Jun 1–2, 7:00 p.m.
Vancouver Playhouse
601 Cambie St., Vancouver

Goh Ballet presents a classical ballet. It’s a comedic fairy tale about the test of true love. Tickets $52.25. Additional $5 charge if ordering by phone.

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EAT! Vancouver
June 1–3
BC Place Stadium
777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver

Browse hundreds of exhibits, and discover and taste all kinds of food and beverages. Also shop for hard to find ingredients, meet celebrities and food experts from the Food Network or take some cooking classes. See website for more details. Tickets: $14 adults and seniors, $9 students.

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In the House Festival
June 1–3
Various Venues

In the House Festival brings performance artists to an intimate setting. Homeowners open up their living rooms for audiences and artists alike to explore different talents and widen cultural perspectives. The range of performances include breakdancing, ballroom dancing, cabaret, puppeteering, improv and more. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children. Festival passes available.

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with Utidur
Sat., June 2, 9:00 p.m.
The Rio Theatre
1660 E. Broadway, Vancouver

Local Vancouver band Brasstronaut is holding a concert, featuring their distinct musicality, blending the sounds of clarinet, slide-guitar, trumpet, synthesizers and voice. Icelandic band Útidúr will accompany them on this tour. Útidúr plays chamber-pop with a dramatic streak. Tickets $16.25, advance tickets $15.