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What's on this weekend in the Lower Mainland August 22-25

Eat garlic and watermelon, go for a swim and learn the ropes from circus acts.

Eat garlic and watermelon, play croquet and learn the ropes from circus acts

It's almost better than smelling the roses. The Garlic Festival is at the Terra Nova Park in Richmond this weekend.

1. Garden Party and Croquet! 

Head to VanDusen Gardens dressed in your best garden chic and pick up a croquet mallet. The garden is hosting a very stylish afternoon on Saturday. You'll have high tea at noon and a chance to show off your croquet prowess at this classic garden game. Plus there are prizes for best-dressed and witty team names.

2. Synchronicity Arts Festival

Enjoy the circus, music, visual art and workshops at the Synchronicity Arts Festival. Learn about local mushrooming, the small homes movement, and how to make a bat shelter. And take in performances by the Rainforest Circus troupe, The Hounds of Buskerville, and Lonesome Pine Special. There will be more than 60 musicians, installations, and local food and beer as well.

Take part in a watermelon eating contest at the River District Farmers Market.

3. A watermelon eating contest and a garlic festival

Okay... who wouldn't want to be the River District Watermelon Eating Champion?? It's a title worth having... and you can have fun going for it. You might want to bring a bib as it promises to be messy on the path to victory, and leave your dining table manners at home. 

The Metro Vancouver Garlic Festival is on at the Terra Nova Rural Park in Richmond, to celebrate this pungent vegetable in all its glorious forms. It's the 6th annual garlic festival, with more than 450 kilograms of organic, artisan garlic for purchase, plus cooking demos and lots of entertainment. You can also learn to grow your own bulbs. Vampires are not welcome.

Watermelon eating contest:

Metro Vancouver Garlic Festival:

4. Music in the Park: BC Regiment Brass Group

It's brass music for all ages. Bring a picnic and enjoy free music at Alexandra Park in the West End. The BC Regiment Band plays everything from jazz to pop to classical. Civilian volunteers will regale you with tunes to celebrate 100 years of community performances. 

5. Go jump in a pool!

There are only a few more days to enjoy Vancouver's outdoor public pools, so get out there with your towel, your sunscreen and your best backstroke! The weather promises to be fine. Bring your kids, bring your books, and make some waves. 

Head to a local park to enjoy the last few weeks of swimming at the public pools. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)


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