Festivals and Events in Vancouver

Festivals and Events in Vancouver

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

Vancouver has all kinds of festivals and events during the year, from music festivals to free outdoor concerts to international fireworks competitions.

Events range from Chinese New Year Celebrations to St. Patrick‘s festivities, Easter activities and multiple other fabulous happenings throughout the year.

Vancouver Events and Festivals

Below is a list of Metro Vancouver’s best festivals and events each year.



FEBRUARY 2018 Festivals and Events

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s February Calendar.

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MARCH 2018 Festivals and Events

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s March Calendar.




APRIL 2018 Festivals and Events

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s April Calendar.




MAY 2018 Festivals and Events

  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford (mid-April to early May).
  • Vancouver Opera Festival – 9 days of opera productions (April 28 to May 6, 2018).
  • BMO Vancouver International Marathon – a Boston-qualifying marathon starting in Queen Elizabeth Park and finishing in downtown Vancouver (May 6, 2018).
  • Cinco de Mayo – Mexican holiday celebrations on and around May 5th each year.
  • CityFest – a youth-focused festival and the Lower Mainland’s largest skate competition in North Vancouver (early May).
  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival taking place at various venues (May 3-13, 2018).
  • Mother’s Day – a special day for mothers and for letting them know how much we love them (May 13, 2018).
  • Whistler Go Fest – the ski resort’s “Great Outdoor Festival” which includes all kinds of sporting events and live evening concerts (May 18-21, 2018).
  • Vancouver All British Field Meet – a car show at VanDusen Garden featuring over 500 British-built vehicles over the May long weekend (May 19, 2018).
  • Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – comic workshops, presentations, games and children’s activities at the Roundhouse in Yaletown (May 19 & 20, 2018).
  • Fort Langley May Day Fair and Parade a community festival and parade in Fort Langley (May 21, 2018).
  • Royal Victorian Party – old-fashioned celebrations at Stewart Farm in Surrey on the Victoria Day weekend (May 20, 2018).
  • Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair – amusement rides and rodeo shows in Surrey (May 18-21, 2018).
  • European Festival – a festival at Swangard Stadium highlighting the best of European culture (May 26-27, 2018).
  • Surrey International Children’s Festival – at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park (May 24-26, 2018).
  • Vancouver International Children’s Festival – a fun festival for kids at Granville Island (May 28 to June 3, 2018).
  • Ladner May Days – a community event in Ladner’s Memorial Park with live bands, a parade, petting zoo, amusement rides, pancake breakfast and fastball tournament (May 25-27, 2018).
  • Hyack Festival – a multi-day community event that includes a parade and street party in New Westminster on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
  • Victoria Day – the statutory holiday on the May Long Weekend when various events take place around town (May 21, 2018).
  • Vancouver Craft Beer Week – craft beer events presented by the Donnelly Group of pubs culminating in the VCBW Beer Festival at the PNE Fairgrounds featuring over 400 North American beers and ciders (May 25 to June 3, 2018).

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s May Calendar.



June in Vancouver

JUNE 2018 Festivals and Events

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s June Calendar.



July in Vancouver

JULY 2018 Festivals and Events

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s July Calendar.



August in Vancouver

AUGUST 2018 Festivals and Events

  • Abbotsford Agrifair – an agricultural fair that includes a midway, amusement rides and animals at Exhibition Park at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford (August 3-5, 2018).
  • Abbotsford Airshow – Western Canada’s largest airshow (August 10-12, 2018).
  • Arts Alive Festival – a community arts festival in Langley (August 18, 2018).
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival – a theatrical festival with the plays As You Like It, MacBeth, Timon of Athens and the Greek classic Lysistrata (from June 6 to September 22, 2018).
  • Brigade Days at Fort Langley three days of celebrations featuring folk in period costume over the BC Day Long Weekend (early August).
  • Vancouver Mural Festival an art festival that includes the Mount Pleasant Street Party on Main Street (August 6-11, 2018).
  • Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival – a music festival at Deer Lake in Burnaby (August 11, 2018).
  • Honda Celebration of Light – a fireworks competition and accompanying festival in English Bay and Stanley Park (July 28 and August 1 and 4, 2018).
  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 146th annual fair and small town rodeo in Chilliwack (August 10-12, 2018).
  • Deep Cove Daze a small community festival with music, food and beverages at Panorama Park in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove (August 26, 2018).
  • Dîner en Blanc – the 6th annual outdoor dinner where thousands of participants dress in white and bring their own chairs, table, food, cutlery and dishware (mid to late August).
  • Fun City Festival – a two-day Car Free Day event in North Vancouver that features live entertainment and a giant water slide (mid-August).
  • Harmony Arts Festival – a free multi-day event with live music, outdoor movies and art in West Vancouver (August 3-12, 2018).
  • India Live – a free event celebrating Indian Culture on Granville Street (late August and to be confirmed for 2018).
  • Lakeside Car Show – a free event featuring vintage cars at Harrison Hot Springs (late August).
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam with fee admission and fairly major live concerts (August 11, 2018).
  • KitsFest – a sports festival on the beach at Kitsilano featuring yoga, tennis, volleyball, water polo, basketball and other sports, as well as lots of DJ music (August 10-12, 2018).
  • Korean Cultural Heritage Festival – a free festival celebrating Korean food, music and culture at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby (early August).
  • Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival – a 2-day music and cultural festival at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds (August 4-5, 2018).
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual fair with concerts, amusement rides, animals and family-friendly entertainment (August 18 to September 3, 2018).
  • Powell Street Festival – a two-day festival celebrating Japanese-Canadian culture in downtown Vancouver (August 4-5, 2018).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple concerts at Red Truck Brewery in Vancouver (on a Saturday in mid-August).
  • Richmond Maritime Festival – a free maritime festival at Britannia Shipyard in Steveston Village (mid-August).
  • Rock Ambleside – a classic rock festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park (August 17-19, 2018).
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series – FREE outdoor concerts in different Surrey parks on Wednesday evenings.
  • Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival – a parade, bed races, ax-throwing contests and other logger competitions in Squamish (August 2-6, 2018).
  • Steveston Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat racing in Steveston Village (August 25, 2018).
  • TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival – a small cultural festival in Vancouver’s Chinatown (August 11-12, 2018).
  • Tsawwassen Sun Festival – a softball tournament over the BC Day Long Weekend that includes a parade and antique car show on the holiday Monday in Tsawwassen (early August).
  • Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival – a parade and multiple other activities celebrating Vancouver’s LGBTTQ community (the first week of August with the parade taking place on Sunday, August 5, 2018).
  • White Rock Sea Festival – a torchlight parade, live entertainment, fireworks and family-friendly activities (early August).
  • Vancouver Zombie Walk – a parade of people dressed up like zombies (in late August or September).

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s August Calendar.



September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER 2018 Festivals & Events

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s September Calendar.


October in Vancouver

OCTOBER 2018 Festivals and Events

  • Fort Langley Cranberry Festival – a family-oriented event celebrating the cranberry harvest. Special events take place at both the Fort and in the town, including a pancake breakfast and giant market place. This is Fort Langley’s biggest event of the year, attracting over 50,000 people annually (October 6, 2018).
  • Halloween Eventshaunted houses and various other Halloween-related events (from early to late October and finishing on October 31, 2018).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (September 27 to October 12, 2018).
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island theatres (mid-October).
  • Diwali Fest – an East Indian festival with events throughout the Lower Mainland (early to mid-October).
  • Apple Festival – a fundraising festival featuring live entertainment and 50,000 lbs of apples for sale at the UBC Botanical Garden (October 13 & 14, 2018).
  • Harrison Beer Fest – a two-day celebration of craft beers and everything Octoberfest in Harrison Hot Springs (late October).
  • Thrill the World Vancouver – a zombie dance event inspired by Michael Jackson’s hit video Thriller at the Olympic Village Square (late October).
  • Fright Night at the PNE – Haunted houses, rides and other Halloween attractions at Vancouver’s Playland (early until late October).
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade – a parade along Howe Street and Granville between Drake and Smithe (mid-October).
  • Oktoberfest – festive German beer celebrations take place at various places during the month including the following venues:
  • Parade of Lost Souls – a parade and Halloweenish celebrations around Commercial Drive (October 27, 2018).

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s October Calendar.


November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER 2018 Festivals & Events

  • Cirque du Soleil – at Concord Pacific Place (to be confirmed).
  • Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival – featuring over 40 breweries at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club (early November).
  • Tri-City International Wine Festival – at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club in Coquitlam (early November).
  • RMHBC Boundary Bay Marathon – a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Boston-qualifying Marathon and 4-Person Marathon Relay starting at Boundary Bay Park’s Centennial Beach (November 4, 2018).
  • Garden Light Festival – Christmas-style lights, lanterns and free family-friendly activities at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park (mid-November).
  • Remembrance Day – ceremonies at various locations around the Lower Mainland (November 11).
  • Circle Craft Market – one of Vancouver’s largest and most impressive Christmas craft fairs takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre (tentatively scheduled for November 7-11, 2018, but to be confirmed).
  • Lights of Hope Celebration – Christmas lights and fireworks displays at St. Paul’s Hospital (mid to late November).
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an art, design and craft festival featuring the work of over 500 artists at 80 venues in Vancouver (November 15-18, 2018).
  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a celebration of one of the largest migratory gatherings of bald eagles anywhere in the world (November 17-18, 2018).
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – an outdoor German-themed market at Jack Poole Plaza (late November until around December 24th).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas lights and decorations at Capilano Suspension Bridge (late November until January).
  • Candytown – an outdoor Christmas market on Mainland Street in Yaletown (late November).
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – the official tree lighting and free festivities in the Plaza at City Hall in Surrey (late November).
  • Hopscotch Festival – the Grand Tasting Hall event features food, beers, whisky and other spirits sampling at the PNE Forum (late November).
  • Heritage Christmas – Christmas decorations and activities at Burnaby Village Museum (late November until early January).
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K and half marathon around Stanley Park’s seawall (November 25, 2018).
  • Bright Lights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides in Stanley Park (late November until early January).

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s November Calendar.


December in Vancouver

DECEMBER 2018 Festivals & Events

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s December Calendar.

New Year's Fireworks


January in VancouverJANUARY 2019 Festivals and Events


For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s January Calendar.



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