Festivals and Events in Vancouver

Festivals and Events in Vancouver

Vancouver Dragon Boat Race

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

Other events range from Dragon Boat Races and Vancouver Jazz Festival concerts in June, to Canada Day celebrations 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.

 


 

June in Vancouver

JUNE Festivals and Events

  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival – from June 1 to September 23 with the plays Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
  • Car Free Days – celebrations on Denman Street (June 17, 2017) and Main Street (June 18, 2017) over the Father’s Day weekend.
  • City of Bhangra Festival – a festival celebrating the dance and music of the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan (June 11-17, 2017).
  • Hats off Day in Burnaby – a giant street festival in Burnaby along Hastings Street on the first Saturday of June every year (so June 3, 2017).

Powder Blues on Canada Day

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

 


 

July in Vancouver

JULY Festivals and Events

Carnaval del Sol

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

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August in Vancouver

AUGUST Festivals and Events

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

 


 

September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER Festivals & Events

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


 

October in Vancouver

OCTOBER Festivals and Events

  • Harvest Haus – a large Oktoberfest event in the Queen Elizabeth Plaza at the corner of Georgia Street and Hamilton (late September to early or mid-October).
  • 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 7, 2017).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (September 28 – October 13, 2017).
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island theatres (October 10-14, 2017).
  • Diwali Fest – an East Indian festival with events throughout the Lower Mainland (mid-October to late November).
  • Apple Festival – a fundraising festival featuring live entertainment and 50,000 lbs of apples for sale at the UBC Botanical Garden (mid-October).
  • Harrison Beer Fest – a two-day celebration of craft beers and everything Octoberfest in Harrison Hot Springs (October 27-28, 2017).
  • 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.
  • 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 Harvest Haus event downtown at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.
  • Parade of Lost Souls – a parade and Halloweenish celebrations around Commercial Drive (on the Saturday before Halloween).

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


 

November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER Festivals & Events

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


 

December in Vancouver

DECEMBER Festivals & Events

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

New Year's Fireworks


 

January

JANUARY Festivals and Events

  • Polar Bear Swims
    • Icy cold dips in the ocean to celebrate the New Year take place at English Bay as well as in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove and by the pier in White Rock (January 1st).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants (late January to early February, 2018).
  • PuSh Festival – performing arts shows at various locations (mid-January, 2018).
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town (mid-January until February 14, 2018).
  • Shen Yun – an amazing Classical Chinese dance performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (2018 dates to be confirmed).
  • Vancouver International Boat Show – at both BC Place Stadium and the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina (mid-January, 2018).
  • LightWaterDrums Festival – a free family-friendly winter lantern festival at Hastings Park (mid-January, 2018).

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

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February

FEBRUARY Festivals and Events

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

 


 

March

MARCH Festivals and Events

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

 


 

April

APRIL Festivals and Events

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

 


 

May

MAY Festivals and Events

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

 

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  1. Thanks Anthony for liking our website. Hope you have a great 2017 enjoying all the Lower Mainland has to offer!

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