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Enjoy a harvest dinner at Taste: Victoria's Festival of Food and Wine. (TASTE)
Enjoy a harvest dinner at Taste: Victoria's Festival of Food and Wine. (TASTE)

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Out There: IlluminaresCreate something that casts light and head for Illuminares, a glowing fest that features lantern installations, roving musicians, fire spinners and a procession.

This year the fest returns to its original home of Trout Lake, and comes with new installations made from glass, metal, plastic and other materials – including giant owls puppets, a backlit First Nations medicine wheel and a pedal-powered musical piece – as well as a fiery finale.

“We are taking innovation to the limit this year,” says creative director Azfir. “So as you’re going around the site, you’ll be thinking, ‘What did that used to be?’ because we really want people to think about how can you take everyday items and turn them into illuminated pieces of art.”

Illuminares is at Trout Lake Saturday, minimum $5 donation (publicdreams.org).

Hot Ticket: Surrey Fusion FestivalHead for one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities and wander through cultural pavilions, sample a world of foods, check out the interactive sports zone, see live music and dance from bhangra to hip-hop, then take in a mainstage concert at the Surrey Fusion Festival.

Big names this year including Tex-Mex veterans Los Lobos, stellar Canadian singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman, the fiery Delhi 2 Dublin, and YouTube sensations Walk off the Earth – whose one-guitar cover of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know has garnered over 128 million hits.

Got a wee one to entertain? Take them to Kids World, where they can enjoy crafts, balloon artists, a giant sandbox and the Surrey Libraries Storyville.

The Surrey Fusion Festival runs at Holland Park through Sunday; admission is free (surrey.ca).

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Neil DiamondBelt out your best Sweet Caroline bomp-bomp-bomps as music legend Neil Diamond brings his greatest hits back to the Rogers Arena stage Saturday (ticketmaster.ca). For a next-generation superstar, catch the moody electronics of Grammy-winning dubstep phenom Skrillex – with Pretty Lights, Diplo, Grimes and more (at Pacific Coliseum Sunday, ticketmaster.ca).

Parks Day

Learn how to fish for free at Derby Ranch Regional Park (metrovancouver.org), discover what camping was like before Nylon and Gore-Tex at Fort Langley National Historic Site (parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley), check out a fishy new exhibit at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery (gulfofgeorgiacannery.com) and much more at Parks Day – a national celebration of our green and historic spaces (Saturday, env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks).

Khatsalano! Music and Art Festival

Watch Vancouver’s West Side regain some of its counter-culture cred as the Khatsalano! Music and Art Festival takes over West 4th Avenue with 40 local bands including Bend Sinister, Kathryn Calder, Jeremy Fisher, Ladyhawk, the Zolas and many others, as well as local artisans, a huge garage sale, and tasty food (Saturday, shopwest4th.com). For out-of-town indie faves, don’t miss King Tuff, Youth Lagoon, Crystal Stilts or Beat Connection – all playing this weekend (ticketweb.ca).

Taste

Enjoy champagne and eggs Benny, discover the best wines under $20, savour a long table harvest dinner as you overlook the sea and more at Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine (through Sunday, victoriataste.com). Then take in an unforgettable farm-to-table dinner as Araxi fires up its annual Longtable Dining Series (Saturday and Aug. 18, araxi.com).

Mission Folk FestTravel a world of music at the 25th annual Mission Folk Music Festival with performers from Brazil, India, Africa, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Greenland and beyond, among them Canadian folk legends Buffy Sainte-Marie and David Francey, Texan singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson, and Denmark’s award-winning Habadekuk (through Sunday, missionfolkmusicfestival.ca). For more fine sounds with fabulous views, catch a free concert by the VSO at the Whistler Olympic Plaza (Saturday, vancouversymphony.ca).

Neanderthal Arts

Be wowed by inventive theatre at the Neanderthal Arts Festival, which comes with a play about two soldiers locked in a boxcar with the body of Lenin, a recession-era musical, the one-man Fringe hit God Is a Scottish Drag Queen and more (through July 29, thal.ca). More the traditional sort? Sing Chim Chim Cher-ee with Mary Poppins (at the Queen E through Sunday, ticketstonight.ca).

Paranormal Investigation

Follow paranormal investigator Dawn Kirkham – closely – and learn how to search for spirits using special equipment at the Maritime Museum of BC’s annual Summer Ghost Hunt, which happens in the dead of night Saturday (mmbc.bc.ca).

Want island fun minus the chills? Check out works by more than 150 pros and amateurs – and pick up some of their secrets – at the TD Art Gallery Paint-In (Saturday, aggv.ca). Take a run for those living with pain at Diva on the Run – a women-only 5 or 10K for arthritis (at Jericho Sunday, reflexionclinics.com). Or if you really want to go the distance, join the Victoria Full Monty 50K and 25K trail run (Saturday, clubfatass.com), or go all-terrain at XTERRA Whistler (Sunday,xterracanada.ca

Hot Ticket

Head for one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities and wander through cultural pavilions, sample a world of foods, check out the interactive sports zone, see live music and dance from bhangra to hip-hop, then take in a mainstage concert at the Surrey Fusion Festival.

Big names this year including Tex-Mex veterans Los Lobos, stellar Canadian singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman, the fiery Delhi 2 Dublin, and YouTube sensations Walk off the Earth – whose one-guitar cover of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know has garnered over 128 million hits.

Got a wee one to entertain? Take them to Kids World, where they can enjoy crafts, balloon artists, a giant sandbox and the Surrey Libraries Storyville.

 

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