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Festivals and Events in Vancouver

Van Gogh at the Vancouver Convention Centre

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

Lots of things have been cancelled over the past number of months, but some festivals and events are still happening. Playland is operating, and theatres like FlyOver Canada are open. Imagine Van Gogh is also happening at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

 

Vancouver Events and Festivals in 2021

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

 


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July in Vancouver


JULY 2021 Festivals and Events


 

The following list is divided into five categories. The first category includes holiday-related festivities as well as cultural events. The second list features music festivals and the third group of events fall under the performing arts category. Cycling races and related events make up the fourth category, while other general events are included in the final category.

 

Holidays and Cultural Festivals in July

  • Bastille Day – a festival celebrating the beginning of the French Revolution (on July 11 in 2021)
  • Canada Day Festivities – held on July 1st every year at various locations throughout the region, including in downtown Vancouver (with Fireworks in Burrard Inlet), in Cloverdale in Surrey, in Steveston Village at the Steveston Salmon Festival, and at the Canada Day at Waterfront Park festivities in North Vancouver (on July 1, 2021).
  • Caribbean Days Festival – a festival in North Vancouver put on by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC (usually in late July, but TBC in 2021).
  • Carnaval del Sol – a large Latin American festival in Vancouver. (It’s been in July in the past, in 2020 and 2021 it’s been in August).
  • Colombian Independence Picnic – a small free community festival in Central Park that’s open to the public (TBC in 2021, normally in mid-July).
  • Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest – a massive food truck street festival on Columbia Street in New Westminster (CANCELLED).
  • Golden Spike Days – a multi-day community festival in Port Moody starting in late June. (However, in 2021 it’s happening July 1 to 4 in both drive-thru and virtual formats).
  • Greek Summerfest – an 11-day festival celebrating Greek food, culture and music at St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church at 4641 Boundary Road. (It’s shorter in 2021 with the tentative schedule of July 9 to 11 and 16 to 18).
  • Indian Summer Festival – a multi-arts festival featuring South Asian, Canadian and Indigenous artists (from June 17 to July 17 in 2021).
  • Squamish Nation Youth Powwow – a First Nations powwow and cultural celebration on the North Shore (usually in mid-July, but 2021 details TBC).
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – at Holland Park (normally in late July, but postponed until the fall in 2021).
  • Vancouver Chinatown Festival – a small cultural festival in Vancouver’s Chinatown (normally on a weekend in either July or August, but details in 2021 TBC).
  • Vancouver Thai Festival – a free festival celebrating Thai music, culture and food in the North Plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery (CANCELLED).

 

Music Festivals and Events in July

  • Brahm’s Tams Drumming Circle – informal drumming sessions at Stanley Park’s Third Beach. (They’re on Tuesday evenings when it’s sunny, but cancelled until further notice.)
  • Cultus Lake Nightslide Concerts – an evening of water sliding and live music at Cultus Lake Waterpark (usually in July and August, but TBC in 2021).
  • FVDED in the Park a music festival featuring Hip-Hop, R&B, Electronic and Rap music artists at Holland Park in Surrey. (It’s normally in mid-July but tentatively scheduled for September 10-11 in 2021.)
  • Khatsahlano Street Party – a street festival on West 4th Avenue (tentatively scheduled for July 10 in 2021).
  • Mission Folk Music Festival – a music festival in Mission. (The 2021 edition is online-only from July 23 to 25.)
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple concerts at Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (in mid-July most years but TBC in 2021).
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series – FREE outdoor concerts in different Surrey parks on Wednesday evenings (TBC in 2021).
  • Squamish Constellation Festival – a large music festival in Squamish (normally in late July, but cancelled in 2021).
  • Symphony in the Park – a free performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby (TBC in 2021, normally in mid-July).
  • Uptown Live Street Party – an Indie music festival in New Westminster (CANCELLED).
  • Vancouver Bach Festival – a series of classical concerts and movies (usually from late July to early August, but 2021 edition is TBC).
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival – a major folk music festival at Jericho Beach from July 16 to 18, 2021. (Taking place as an online event in 2021.)
  • Vancouver International Jazz Festival – a major music festival with both free and ticketed events (a virtual event in 2021 from June 25 until July 4).

 

Performing Arts Festivals and Events in July

  • Bard on the Beach – Vancouver’s Shakespearean theatre festival from mid-June until late September. (Taking place online in 2021.)
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a festival featuring an art market and performing arts performances in Harrison Hot Springs. (The 2021 edition will be held in a new location at Holberg Farm in Agassiz from July 10 to 18.)
  • Squamish Wind Festival – a multi-day event with art, music, and performing arts shows in Squamish (usually in July but on August 9-15 in 2021).
  • Theatre Under the Stars – a pair of musical theatre productions show on alternating days at the outdoor theatre in Stanley Park. (It’s usually from early July to late August, but cancelled in 2021.)

 

Cycling Events in July

 

Other Events and Festivals in July

  • Abbotsford Agrifair – an agricultural fair at Exhibition Park at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford (from July 30 to August 1, 2021).
  • Airport Day – a community event at the Pitt Meadows Airport (in early July most years, but 2021 status TBC).
  • Aldergrove Fair Days – a parade and other family-friendly activities in Aldergrove (often in mid-July, instead in August for 2021).
  • Car Free Day – a street party on Commercial Drive (in mid-July normally, but ,2021 details TBC).
  • Celebration of Light – a fireworks competition in English Bay on the last two Saturdays and last Wednesday before BC Day. (Postponed to 2022.)
  • Golden Spike Days – a community festival in Port Moody on the Canada Day Long Weekend (drive-through event July 1, virtual event July 4).
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive art exhibition featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh (from March 19 until September 7, 2021).
  • The Da Vinci Experience – a touring attraction showcasing the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci at Tsawwassen Mills Mall (between June and December 2021).
  • Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival – food trucks, live music and market vendors in Maple Ridge (on July 1 in 2021).
  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest – a festival in Maple Ridge. (It’s normally two days in late July, the 2021 edition has stretched out to two weeks with various activities from July 17 to 29).
  • Playland – amusement rides and midway games at the PNE fairgrounds.
  • Port Moody Ribfest – a 3-day event in Port Moody with BBQ rib competitions and live music (in mid or late July usually, but 2021 details TBC).
  • Richmond Maritime Festival – a festival at Britannia Shipyard in Steveston Village (normally in late July but on August 21 & 22 in 2021).
  • Savour Summer Festival – a free event at River District Vancouver (on various dates in the summer, but details TBC in 2021).
  • Shipyards Friday Night Market – live music, food trucks, vendors and a beer garden in North Vancouver (cancelled until further notice as of June 2021).
  • Squamish Beer Festival – at the O’Siyam Pavilion in Squamish. (Postponed until July 9, 2022).
  • Steveston Salmon Festival – a Canada Day event in Richmond’s Steveston Village (on July 1, 2021).
  • Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival – a parade and multiple other activities celebrating Vancouver’s LGBTTQ community. (The 2021 edition is a hybrid of in-person and virtual events from July 19 to August 3.)
  • Whistler Children’s Festival – a festival focused on kids at the resort town (from July 19 to August 19, 2021).
  • Wings and Wizards – a magic-themed attraction at BC Place Stadium from June until September.

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

 

 


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August in Vancouver


AUGUST 2021 Festivals and Events


 

The following August festivals and events are grouped into six categories, including BC Day long weekend events (in the beginning of the month), cultural festivals and fitness-related events. The remaining categories are music-related festivals, general festivals and events, and food-centric events.

 

Holiday Weekend Events in August

  • Abbotsford Agrifair – an agricultural fair at Exhibition Park at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford (from July 30 to August 1, 2021).
  • BC Day – a statutory holiday on the first Monday in August (so August 2nd in 2021).
  • Brigade Days at Fort Langley three days of celebrations featuring folk in period costume over the BC Day Long Weekend (in early August most years, but 2021 details TBC).
  • Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival – a 2-day music and cultural festival at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds (2021 dates TBC, usually in early August).
  • Powell Street Festival – a two-day festival celebrating Japanese-Canadian culture in downtown Vancouver (on July 31 and August 1, 2021).
  • 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.
  • Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival – a parade and multiple other activities celebrating Vancouver’s LGBTTQ community. (The 2021 edition is a hybrid of in-person and virtual events from July 19 to August 3.)

 

Music and Performing Arts-Related Events in August

  • Ambleside Retro Music Festival – a classic rock festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park. (CANCELLED)
  • Arts Alive Festival – a community arts festival in Langley (in mid-August in normal years, TBC in 2021).
  • Bard on the Beach – Vancouver’s Shakespearean theatre festival from mid-June until late September. (Taking place online in 2021.)
  • Brahm’s Tams Drumming Circle – informal drumming sessions at Stanley Park’s Third Beach on Tuesday evenings when it’s sunny. (Cancelled until further notice as of June 2021)
  • Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival – a music festival at Deer Lake in Burnaby (CANCELLED).
  • Cultus Lake Nightslide Concerts – an evening of water sliding and live music at Cultus Lake Waterpark in the Fraser Valley (usually in July and August, but TBC in 2021).
  • Harmony Arts Festival – a free multi-day event with live music, outdoor movies and art in West Vancouver. (Takes place from late July until early August most years, but 2021 details are TBC).
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series – free outdoor concerts in different Surrey parks on Wednesday evenings (CANCELLED).
  • Theatre Under the Stars – a pair of musical theatre productions show on alternating days at the outdoor theatre in Stanley Park (usually from early July to late August, but cancelled in 2021).
  • Vancouver Bach Festival – a series of classical concerts and movies (usually late July to early August, but 2021 edition is TBC).
  • Vancouver Mural Festival – an art festival that usually includes the Mount Pleasant Street Party (in early August normally, although the status of the 2021 edition is TBC).

 

Fitness and Sport-Related Events in August

  • 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 (from August 6 to 8, 2021).
  • SeaWheeze Half Marathon – a running race that normally happens in August. (Taking place online in  September in 2021 instead).
  • Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival – a parade, bed races, ax-throwing contests and other logger competitions in Squamish (on the BC Day Long Weekend, but cancelled for 2021).
  • Steveston Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat racing in Steveston Village (usually in late August, but TBC in 2021).

 

Cultural Festivals and Events in August

  • Korean Cultural Heritage Festival – a free festival celebrating Korean food, music and culture at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby (in early August normally, but TBC in 2021).
  • Pakistan Festival – a free cultural event at Tsawwassen Mills Mall in South Delta (usually in mid-August but the 2021 edition is TBC).
  • Pinoy Fiesta – a Philippine festival at Memorial South Park in Vancouver (often held in late August but TBC in 2021).
  • Richmond World Festival – a free multicultural event at Minoru Park in Richmond (at the end of August most years, but TBC in 2021).

 

General Festivals and Events in August

  • Abbotsford Airshow – Western Canada’s largest airshow (in early August, 2021 details still TBC).
  • Abbotsford Sunflower Festival – an event with sunflowers, a corn maze and kid-friendly activities at Maan Farms (from mid-August to mid-September, 2021, exact dates TBC).
  • Aldergrove Fair Days – a parade and other family-friendly activities in Aldergrove (often in mid-July, instead August 28 and 29 in 2021).
  • Carnaval del Sol – a large Latin American festival in Vancouver (August 6 to 29 in 2021).
  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – an annual fair and rodeo in Chilliwack (August 6 to 8, 2021).
  • Chilliwack Flight Fest a free airshow at the Chilliwack Airport (in late August most years, TBC in 2021).
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – thousands of sunflowers and dahlias at a farm in Chilliwack (from early August until September, exact dates for 2021 TBC).
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an art exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre (from March until September in 2021).
  • The Da Vinci Experience – a touring attraction showcasing the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci (between June and December, 2021).
  • India Live – a free event celebrating East Indian Culture (from early to late August normally, status for 2021 TBC).
  • KiteClash – the Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships in Squamish. (It hopes to return at the beginning of August, 2021, but might be cancelled again).
  • Lavenderland – a lavender flower-themed attraction in Richmond (from June until September, 2021).
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual fair with concerts, amusement rides, and family-friendly entertainment from mid-August until early September. (The in-person fair is CANCELLED.)
  • Pet-a-Palooza – a free “Day of the Dog” street party in Yaletown (both August 29 and September 12, 2021).
  • Playland – amusement rides and midway games at the PNE fairgrounds.
  • Port Moody Car Free Day – a community street party in Port Moody (CANCELLED).
  • Richmond Maritime Festival – a festival at Britannia Shipyard in Steveston Village (normally in late July but pushed to August 21 and 22 in 2021).
  • Richmond Sunflower Festival – at Richmond Country Farms in August and September. (2021 dates TBC.)
  • Savour Summer Festival – a free event at River District Vancouver (on various dates in the summer, details TBC in 2021).
  • Squamish Wind Festival a multi-day event with art, music, and performing arts shows in Squamish (usually in July but on August 9-15 in 2021).
  • Whistler Children’s Festival – a festival focused on kids at the resort town (July 19 to August 19, 2021).
  • White Rock Sea Festival – a parade, fireworks and family-friendly activities (CANCELLED).
  • Wings and Wizards – a magic-themed attraction at BC Place Stadium from June until September.

 

Food and Drink-Related Events in August

  • Chilliwack Garlic Festival – a family-friendly event at Fantasy Farms in the Fraser Valley (but not happening in 2021).
  • Clover Valley Beer Festival – at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Surrey (returning in August 2022).
  • Dîner en Blanc – the 10th annual outdoor dinner where thousands of participants dress in white and bring their own chairs, table, food, cutlery and dishware (in mid or late August normally, but TBC in 2021).
  • Ribfest Langley – a BBQ rib and live entertainment event hosted by area Rotary clubs at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley (CANCELLED).
  • Shipyards Friday Night Market – live music, food trucks, artisan vendors and a beer garden in North Vancouver (normally on Friday nights but cancelled until further notice as of June 2021).

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

 

 


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September in Vancouver


SEPTEMBER 2021 Festivals and Events


 

The following September festivals and events are split into four groups. The first group highlights things to do on the Labour Day long weekend, while the second section includes film, music and performing arts festivals that happen at different times of the month. The third category of festivals and events is a list of three fitness-related things to do, and the fourth category is a general section of other events that usually take place this month.

 

Holiday-Related Events in September

  • Bands on the Beach – two days of free music at Harrison Hot Springs (on the September Long Weekend, potentially a virtual event in 2021).
  • Labour Day – a statutory holiday on the first Monday of the month (September 6, 2021).
  • Nikkei Matsuri – a Japanese festival in Burnaby (on the Labour Day Weekend).
  • Taiwanese Cultural Festival – a festival taking place along Granville Street on the Labour Day long weekend (mix of in-person and virtual events in 2021).
  • Victory Square Block Party – a free event with live music in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side on the Labour Day Long Weekend (2021 details TBC).

 

Film, Music and Performing Arts-Related Events in September

  • Bard on the Beach – Vancouver’s Shakespearean theatre festival from mid-June until late September. (Taking place online in 2021.)
  • BC Culture Days – a series of events celebrating Canadian arts and culture at various venues across British Columbia (September 24 to October 24, 2021).
  • Circo Osorio Circus – a family-friendly circus (with dates and locations to be confirmed in 2021).
  • Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival – an arts and music festival in Fort Langley (from September 2 to 5, 2021).
  • FVDED in the Park a music festival featuring Hip-Hop, R&B, Electronic and Rap music artists at Holland Park in Surrey. (Normally in mid-July but tentatively scheduled for September 10-11 in 2021.)
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam with free admission and fairly major live concerts (in late September most years, but 2021 details TBC).
  • Shipyards Festival – a free music festival and street party in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood of North Vancouver (September 25, 2021).
  • Skookum Festival – a music, art and food festival at Stanley Park (TBC).
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – billed as “the ultimate celebration of music, food and culture” and taking place at Holland Park. (Normally in late July, in 2021 the event is all-online from September 25 to October 25.)
  • Vancouver Fringe Festival – a live theatre festival in Vancouver (normally in mid-September, details for 2021 are TBC).
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island theatres (in late September or early October, 2021 dates TBC).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (September 30 to October 10, 2021).
  • Westward Music Festival – a multi-genre music festival with concerts at various locations and a street party in Yaletown (September 8 to 13, 2021).
  • White Rock Buskers & Comedy Fest – street performers and comedy acts in White Rock (late September usually, TBC in 2021).

 

Sports & Fitness-Related Events in September

  • BC GranFondo Whistler Bike Race – a bike race in Whistler. (The normal race is cancelled for 2021, though a modified race likely will take place. That is still TBC).
  • Bike the Night – a cycling event where thousands of people ride through the streets of Vancouver at night (in early September normally, but 2021 status is TBC).
  • SeaWheeze Half Marathon – a running race that’s followed by a large festival-style after-party at Stanley Park (taking place virtually from September 18 to 26, 2021).
  • Sunset Festival – a festival that takes place at Stanley Park after the SeaWheeze Half Marathon on the same day (not likely to happen if the SeaWheeze event is virtual).
  • Terry Fox Runs – fundraising walks and running races at various venues around the Lower Mainland and across Canada (in mid-September).

 

General Festivals and Events in September

  • Abbotsford Sunflower Festival – an event with sunflowers, a corn maze and kid-friendly activities at Maan Farms (from mid-August to mid-September, 2021, exact dates TBC).
  • BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival – at Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam (usually in mid-June, but postponed to September 4th in 2021).
  • Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival a community fair with a parade, midway and other activities (mix of in-person and virtual events in 2021, exact dates TBC).
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – thousands of flowers at a farm in Chilliwack (from early August until September, exact dates for 2021 TBC).
  • Coho Festivala salmon-themed event on the North Shore (usually in mid-September, online-only in 2021, exact dates TBC).
  • Country Celebration of Nature – a nature-themed event at Langley’s Campbell Valley Park (in mid-September normally, 2021 details TBC).
  • The Da Vinci Experience – a touring attraction showcasing the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci (between June and December, 2021).
  • Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat races in False Creek (usually in mid-June, but postponed until the fall in 2021).
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive art exhibition featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh (from March 19 until September 7, 2021).
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s summer fair from mid-August until early September. (The in-person fair is CANCELLED.)
  • Paws for a Cause – a fundraising event involving hundreds of dogs and benefiting the BCSPCA (CANCELLED).
  • Pet-a-Palooza – a free “Day of the Dog” street party in Yaletown (both August 29 and September 12, 2021).
  • Playland – amusement rides and midway games at the PNE grounds on weekends.
  • Polish Festival – a cultural event in North Vancouver (in early September usually, but status for 2021 TBC).
  • Richmond Sunflower Festival – a flower festival at Richmond Country Farms in August and September (2021 dates TBC).
  • Riverfest – a community festival in New Westminster (in mid-September most years, though TBC in 2021).
  • Savour Summer Festival – a free community event at River District Vancouver (on various dates in the summer, details TBC in 2021).
  • Shipyards Friday Night Market – live music, food trucks, vendors and a beer garden in North Vancouver (cancelled until further notice as of June 2021).
  • Whistler Village Beer Festival – celebrating everything to do with craft beer up at Whistler (in mid-September usually, but not happening in 2021).
  • Wings and Wizards – a magic-themed attraction at BC Place Stadium from June until September.

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

 

 


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October in Vancouver


OCTOBER 2021 Festivals and Events


 

The following October festivals and events are divided into three categories. The first list focuses on Halloween-related events and activities in the Lower Mainland. The second group of events includes those that are primarily about food or drinks, and the final list includes other events that are also taking place in October.

 

Halloween Events and Activities in October

  • Celebrate the Night – a family-friendly Halloween event with fireworks in Maple Ridge (last Sunday of October).
  • Fright Night at the PNE – haunted houses, rides and other Halloween attractions at Vancouver’s Playland (early until late October).
  • Glow at the Garden – a Halloween event with Jack O’Lanterns and illuminations at VanDusen Garden (in the second half of October normally, but status for 2021 TBC).
  • Halloween Eventshaunted houses and various other Halloween-related events (from early to late October).
  • Parade of Lost Souls – a parade and Halloween-ish celebrations around Commercial Drive (in late October, details for 2021 TBC).
  • Richmond Halloween Fireworks – a free family-friendly event with fireworks at Minoru Park in Richmond (October 31, 2021, exact details and format TBC).
  • Vancouver Halloween Expo – a Halloween and anime-themed trade show (October 8 to 10, 2021).
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade – a parade along Howe Street and Granville between Drake and Smithe (October 10, 2021).

 

Food and Drink-Related Events in October

  • Apple Festival – a fundraising festival featuring live entertainment and 50,000 lbs of apples for sale at the UBC Botanical Garden (in mid-October most years, but TBC in 2021).
  • Feast: Asian Dining Festival – a promotional event involving restaurants in Richmond offering special menus (mid-October until mid-November). (TBC)
  • Fort Langley Cranberry Festival – a family-oriented event celebrating the cranberry harvest. This is Fort Langley’s biggest event of the year, attracting over 50,000 people annually (in mid-October usually, but TBC in 2021).
  • Harrison Beer Fest – a two-day celebration of craft beers and everything Octoberfest in Harrison Hot Springs (in late October, exact details for the 2021 edition TBC).
  • Oktoberfest – festive German beer celebrations take place at various places during the month including the following venues:
    • Oktoberfest Vancouver – at the Vancouver Alpen Club (first three weekends of October, status TBC for 2021).
    • Harvest Haus – at the PNE in Vancouver (in mid-October, status TBC for 2021).
  • Taste of Yaletown – special menus at participating restaurants in Yaletown (in mid to late October).
  • Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week – a series of beer-related events at various venues in North Vancouver (early to mid-October normally, 2021 details TBC).

 

Other Festivals and Events in October

  • BC Culture Days – a series of events celebrating Canadian arts and culture at various venues across British Columbia (September 24 to October 24, 2021).
  • Chutzpah Festival – a Jewish performing arts festival (from October until November usually, 2021 dates TBC).
  • Circo Osorio Circus – a family-friendly circus (to be confirmed for 2021).
  • Cloverfest – an Oktoberfest event in Cloverdale. (Note: It didn’t take place in 2019 or 2020. 2021 details are to be confirmed.)
  • Diwali Fest – an East Indian festival with events in Vancouver and Surrey (from early until late October most years, dates TBC in 2021).
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a multi-day festival showcasing visual arts, music and cultural sharing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (from late October until early November, exact details for 2021 TBC).
  • Harvestland – a family-friendly event at Hastings Park at the PNE (but to be confirmed for 2021).
  • The Da Vinci Experience – a touring attraction showcasing the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci at Tsawwassen Mills Mall (between June and December, 2021).
  • Night for All Souls – an event honoring the dead at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery (in late October normally, status for 2021 TBC).
  • Thanksgiving – a national holiday on the weekend of the second Monday in October (October 11, 2021).
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – billed as “the ultimate celebration of music, food and culture” and taking place at Holland Park. (Normally in late July, in 2021 the event is all-online from September 25 to October 25.)
  • Vancouver Fall Home Show – at the Vancouver Convention Centre (October 14-17, 2021).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (September 30 to October 10, 2021).
  • West Coast Women’s Show – at the TRADEX Centre in Abbotsford (October 22 to 24, 2021).

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

 

 


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November in Vancouver


NOVEMBER 2021 Festivals and Events


 

The November festivals and events below are grouped into three categories. The first group contains places where you can enjoy holiday illuminations to begin the Christmas season. The second group of events are Christmas markets that usually start up in November, and the last category is made up of non-Christmas festivals and events.

 

Christmas Lights and Festivals in November

  • Aurora Winter Festival – a winter-themed Christmas attraction (in late November to early January, but to be confirmed for 2021).
  • Bear Creek Light Festival – Christmas-style lights, lanterns and free family-friendly activities at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park (the first half of November). (To be confirmed.)
  • Bright Nights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides in Stanley Park (end of November until the beginning of January in normal years, TBC in 2021).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas lights and decorations at Capilano Suspension Bridge (November 20, 2021 to January 23, 2022).
  • Christmas Glow – a Christmas attraction in Langley (from late November 2021 until early January 2022).
  • Heritage Christmas – Christmas decorations and activities at Burnaby Village Museum (from late November until the beginning of January, exact dates TBC).
  • Lights of Hope Celebration – Christmas lights and fireworks displays at St. Paul’s Hospital (in mid-November, 2021 details TBC).
  • Light Up The Village – a Christmas-themed event at West Vancouver’s Park Royal Shopping Centre (in late November, status TBC for 2021).
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small festival with Christmas lights and live entertainment (November 2021, exact dates unknown).
  • Shipyards Christmas Festival – the lighting of the City of North Vancouver’s official Christmas tree and other family-friendly activities in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood of the North Shore (in late November or the beginning of December, status for 2021 TBC).
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – the official tree lighting and free festivities in the Plaza at City Hall in Surrey (in late November, TBC in 2021).
  • Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting – live music and the official lighting of Vancouver’s Christmas tree at Robson Square (in late November, TBC in 2021).
  • White Rock Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and illuminations along White Rock’s waterfront (from November 2021 to February 2022).

 

Christmas Markets in November

  • Candytown – an outdoor Christmas market on Mainland Street in Yaletown (late November usually, status for 2021 TBC).
  • Circle Craft Market – one of Vancouver’s largest and most impressive Christmas craft fairs takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre (November 10 to 14, 2021).
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – an outdoor German-themed market at Jack Poole Plaza (from late November until December 24, 2021).

 

Other Events and Festivals in November

  • BC Buy Local Week – a week when people are encouraged to buy local and support small, local businesses (from late November until early December).
  • Black Friday – the day after American Thanksgiving when stores offer special discounts and Christmas-shopping season unofficially begins (on November 26, 2021).
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a festival showcasing visual arts, music and culture in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (from late October until early November, exact details for 2021 TBC).
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an event showcasing the work of hundreds of artists in Vancouver (November 12 to 14 and 18 to 21, 2021).
  • Feast: Asian Dining Festival – a promotional event involving restaurants in Richmond (mid-October until mid-November). (TBC)
  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a celebration of one of the world’s largest migratory gatherings of bald eagles (cancelled, likely for good).
  • Hopscotch Festival – a series of events featuring food, beers, whisky and other spirits (November 22 to 28, 2021).
  • The Da Vinci Experience – a touring attraction showcasing the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci at Tsawwassen Mills Mall (between June and December).
  • Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market – vintage, antique and collectible goods for sale at Tradex in Abbotsford (in late November most years, TBC in 2021).
  • Remembrance Day – ceremonies at various locations around the Lower Mainland (on November 11th every year).
  • Boundary Bay Marathon – runs at Boundary Bay Park’s Centennial Beach (November 7, 2021).
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K and half marathon around Stanley Park’s seawall (in late November normally, 2021 date TBC).
  • Vancouver Train Expo – a model train exhibition at the Pacific National Exhibition (CANCELLED).

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

 

 


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December in Vancouver


DECEMBER 2021 Festivals and Events


 

The following December festivals and events are divided into three categories. The first list contains Christmas events and the second list contains special Christmas attractions at popular tourist destinations. The final category is made up of December festivals and events that are unrelated to Christmas.

 

Christmas Events in December

  • PNE WinterLights – at the Pacific National Exhibition (for most of December, though 2021 details to be confirmed).
  • Carol Ships Shoreline Celebration – a Christmas event with a large bonfire, live music and a parade of boats lit up with Christmas illuminations (in mid-December usually, TBC in 2021).
  • Maple Ridge Christmas Festival – a community event at Memorial Peace Park that’s followed by a parade (in early December, 2021 dates TBC).
  • New Westminster Santa Claus Parade – a Christmas-themed parade along Columbia Street (in mid-December most years, status for 2021 TBC).
  • Singing Christmas Tree – a series of Christmas concert performances featuring an 80+ member choir singing from a giant Christmas Tree at Broadway Church in Vancouver (on various dates in December, TBC in 2021).
  • Surrey Santa Claus Parade & Big Rigs for Kids – a family-friendly event with decorated big-rig trucks, carols and other activities in Surrey (normally in early December, status for 2021 TBC).
  • Vancouver Santa Claus Parade – family-friendly activities in the morning and a parade at noon along Georgia Street and Howe Street (usually on the first Sunday of the month, TBC in 2021).
  • Yule Duel: Caroling for a Cause – multiple local choirs sing in downtown Vancouver to raise money for charity (in early December normally, TBC in 2021).

 

Christmas Attractions in December

  • Bright Lights – Christmas illuminations and miniature train rides at Stanley Park (from late November until the beginning of January, exact details TBC).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas lights and decorations at Capilano Suspension Bridge (November 20, 2021 to January 23, 2022).
  • Christmas at Canada Place – holiday lights and displays at the waterfront (for the month of December).
  • Christmas Glow – a Christmas attraction in Langley or possibly at a different venue (from late November 2021 until early January 2022).
  • Dundarave Festival of Lights – decorated Christmas trees in West Vancouver with free concerts on Saturday afternoons up until Christmas (throughout the month of December).
  • Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden – Christmas lights at the botanical garden (from early December until early January, 2021 dates TBC).
  • Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum – holiday lights and family-friendly activities at the outdoor museum (from late November until the beginning of January, exact dates TBC).
  • Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Christmas lights and decorations in the gardens beside the Park & Tilford mall in North Vancouver (for most of December most years, TBC in 2021).
  • Holiday Lights at Granville Island – Christmas lights and illuminations are on display for the month of December.
  • Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain – ice skating, sleigh rides and other holiday activities at the North Shore ski hill (from late November until early January, exact dates for 2021 TBC).
  • Shipyards Christmas Market – an artisan market in North Vancouver with plenty of unique and usually homemade crafts and sweets (December 11 and 12, 2021).
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – an outdoor German-themed market at Jack Poole Plaza (usually from late November until December 24).
  • White Rock Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and illuminations along White Rock’s waterfront (from November 2021 to February 2022).
  • For a more complete list of holiday season events click Vancouver Christmas Activities.

 

Other Festivals and Events in December

  • BC Buy Local Week – a week when people are reminded about the importance of buying local and supporting small, local retailers and restaurants (from the end of November until early December ).
  • The Da Vinci Experience – a touring attraction showcasing the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci at Tsawwassen Mills Mall (between June and December).
  • New Year’s Eve Celebrations – free fireworks and concerts in Vancouver’s False Creek area (on December 31).
  • Winter Solstice Lantern Festival – an annual community event with lantern-making workshops, fire performances and outdoor processions at various locations (on December 21, 2021). (TBC)
  • Contact Winter Music Festival – a 2-day electronic music festival at BC Place Stadium (in late December normally, status for 2021 TBC).

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s December Calendar or, for a visual look at the Lower Mainland this time of year, click Vancouver in December Video.

 

 


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January in Vancouver


JANUARY 2022 Festivals and Events


 

The following list is divided into two categories. The first features general festivals and events and the second includes ones that are Christmas-themed.

 

General Festivals & Events in January

 

Christmas-Themed Events in January

  • Canyon Lights – at Capilano Suspension Bridge (November 20, 2021 to January 23, 2022).
  • Christmas Glow – a Christmas attraction in Langley (from late November 2021 until early January 2022).
  • Festival of Lights at VanDusen Garden (from the end of November until the beginning of January).
  • Heritage Christmas – a free attraction at Burnaby Village Museum (from late November until the beginning of January, exact dates TBC).
  • White Rock Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and illuminations along White Rock’s waterfront (from November 2021 to February 2022).

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s January Calendar or, for a visual look at the Lower Mainland this time of year, click Vancouver in January Video.

 

 


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February


FEBRUARY 2022 Festivals and Events


 

The following list is divided into three categories. The first features events that are special occasion-themed (so related to Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and the Family Day Long Weekend). The second group includes events that are cultural and food-related. The third list is of other types of festivals and events.

 

Holidays and Special Occasion-Related Events in February

  • Chinese New Year – a cultural holiday celebrating the Lunar New Year with various events throughout the Lower Mainland (on February 1st, 2022).
  • Chinese New Year Parade – a major parade in Vancouver’s Chinatown (in mid-February most years, 2022 date TBC).
  • Family Day – a statutory holiday on the third Monday of February each year. A variety of events take place to celebrate on the long weekend. (On February 21 in 2022.)
  • Lunarfest Vancouver – a series of events celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, Oakridge Shopping Centre and other venues (in mid-February). (TBC)
  • Valentine’s Day – a day for chocolate, buying flowers and dining out (on February 14, 2022).
  • White Rock Festival of Lights – Christmas lights and illuminations along White Rock’s waterfront (from November 2021 to February 2022).

 

Food, Drink and Cultural Events in February

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants. (usually January and February, 2022 details TBC).
  • Hoobiyee celebrations of the Nisga’a First Nation’s New Year with traditional storytelling, singing and dancing at the PNE Forum (usually in late February, event TBC in 2022).
  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster and/or Museum of Anthropology at UBC (in late February and/or in the beginning of March normally, status for 2022 TBC).
  • PuSh Festival – performing arts shows at various locations (January and February most years, TBC in 2022).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival (from mid to late February normally, 2022 dates TBC).
  • Vancouver International Wine Festival – one of North America’s largest, oldest and most prestigious wine shows (from late February until around the beginning of March usually, details for 2022 TBC).

 

Shows & Entertainment in February

  • Entertainment Night – a talent show-style fundraising event hosted by the Interact Club at Windsor Secondary School in North Vancouver (February, 2022 date TBC).
  • Northwest Comedy Fest – stand-up, improv and other funny shows in Vancouver (from mid to late February most years, 2022 status TBC).

 

Other Festivals & Events in February

For more, see Metro Vancouver’s February Calendar or, for a visual look at the Lower Mainland this time of year, click Vancouver in February Video.

 

 


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March


MARCH 2022 Festivals and Events


 

The following list is divided into three categories. The first group features performing arts events and the second is a list of general events that take place in March. The third group is of St. Patrick’s Day festivals and events.

 

Visual and Performing Arts Events in March

  • Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive art exhibition featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh (took place from mid-March to late August last year).
  • Sonic Boom Festival – a festival featuring contemporary classical music by BC composers (from mid to late March).
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance performances at various venues. (It normally runs for about three weeks beginning in early March.)
  • Shen Yun – the American-based Chinese production performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from March 22 to 27 in 2022.

 

Festivals & Events in March

 

St. Patrick’s Day-Related Events in March

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April


APRIL 2022 Festivals and Events


 

The following list of April festivals and events is divided into three categories. The first list features events that are related to holidays and special occasions, like Easter weekend, Earth Day and Vaisakhi. The second group includes general festivals and events. The third list is of events related to cherry blossoms.

 

Holidays and Special Occasion-Related Events in April

  • Easter – a weekend of egg hunts and other holiday celebrations (from April 15 to 17, 2022).
  • Easter at Maan Farms – family-friendly activities on the long weekend in Abbotsford. (TBC)
  • Peteys Easter Drive-Thru – family-friendly Easter activities at Fantasy Farms in Chilliwack. (TBC)
  • Earth Day – a day to celebrate the planet and acknowledge our need to take care of it (on April 22 every year).
  • Party for the Planet – free Earth Day celebrations in Surrey (in mid-April). (TBC)
  • Surrey Vaisakhi Parade – a massive East Indian festival and parade in Surrey (in late April). (TBC)
  • Vancouver Vaisakhi Parade – East Indian cultural festivities that attract up to 300,000 participants (in mid-April). (TBC)

 

Festivals and Events in April

  • 420 Vancouver – a marijuana-themed event with market vendors at Sunset Beach (on April 20, 2022). (TBC)
  • Chilliwack Tulip Festival – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 20 acres of tulips in Chilliwack (in early April to early May). (TBC)
  • Classic & Custom Car Show – an indoor car show at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford (in mid-April). (TBC)
  • Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival, held annually in Coquitlam in March. (Happened in April in 2021.) (TBC)
  • Harrison Uncorked – a wine festival at Harrison Hot Springs (in mid-April). (TBC)
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive art exhibition featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh. (TBC)
  • International Pillow Fight Day – celebrated by hundreds of people and flying feathers outside the Vancouver Art Gallery (in early April). (TBC)
  • BC Home and Garden Show – a trade show featuring over 400 exhibitors at BC Place Stadium. (Normally in February, but postponed until March 9 to 13 in 2022).
  • Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market – a market featuring vintage, antique and collectible goods at Tradex in Abbotsford (TBC).
  • Shen Yun – the American-based Chinese production performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. (March 22 to 27 in 2022.)
  • TED – the annual world TED Conference (from mid to late April). (TBC)
  • Vancouver Opera Festival – a series of opera productions (from late April until early May). (TBC)
  • Vancouver Sun Run – a 10-km race that attracts as many as 40,000 participants (in mid-April).
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival an annual 10-day event at Whistler (from mid to late April).

 

Cherry Blossom-Related Events in April

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s April Calendar or, for a visual look at the Lower Mainland this time of year, click Vancouver in April Video.

 

 


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May


MAY 2022 Festivals and Events


 

The following list of May events is divided into four groups. The first group is of community fairs and festivals that focus on food and drinks. Next, the second includes performing arts events, shows and exhibitions. The third list contains general festivals and events, and the final group features events that are related to holidays and cultural occasions, like Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Victoria Day weekend and others.

 

Fairs and Food-Related Festivals in May

 

Shows, Exhibitions and Performing Arts Events in May

 

General Festivals and Events in May

  • 5K Foam Fest Vancouver – a non-competitive obstacle course event with bubbles and foam at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. (TBC)
  • Chilliwack Tulip Festival – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 20 acres of tulips in Chilliwack (from mid-April until early May). (TBC)
  • CityFest – a youth-focused event and the Lower Mainland’s largest skate competition in North Vancouver (in early May). (TBC)
  • Hyack Festival – a community event that includes a parade and street party in New Westminster in late May. (TBC)
  • Surrey International Children’s Festival – at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park (in late May). (TBC)
  • Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – comic workshops, presentations, games and children’s activities at the Roundhouse in Yaletown. (TBC)
  • Vancouver Children’s Festival – a fun festival for kids at Granville Island in late May. (TBC)
  • Vancouver Marathon – a Boston-qualifying marathon starting in Queen Elizabeth Park and finishing in downtown Vancouver. (TBC)
  • Whistler Go Fest – the ski resort’s “Great Outdoor Festival” which includes all kinds of sporting events and live evening concerts (usually in late May). (TBC)

 

Holidays and Cultural-Related Events in May

  • British Columbia Polish Festival – a cultural event in Port Coquitlam on the last Sunday in May. (TBC)
  • Cinco de Mayo – Mexican holiday celebrations on and around May 5th each year.
  • European Festival – a festival celebrating European culture (usually in late May). (TBC)
  • Mother’s Day – a special day for mothers and for letting them know how much we love them (on May 8, 2022).
  • Pull of the Net: A Multicultural Celebration – a free event showcasing the region’s diversity and performing arts organizations in Steveston Village (in early May). (TBC)
  • Royal Victorian Party – old-fashioned celebrations at Stewart Farm in Surrey on the Victoria Day weekend (in mid-May most years). (TBC)
  • Vancouver Turkic Festival – a free cultural event with live music and market vendors at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders’ Square (in late May). (TBC)
  • Victoria Day – the statutory holiday on the May Long Weekend when various events take place around town (on May 23, 2022).

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s May Calendar or, for a visual look at the Lower Mainland this time of year, click Vancouver in May Video.

 

 


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June in Vancouver


JUNE 2022 Festivals and Events


 

The following list of June events is divided into four groups. The first features events on holidays and special occasions. The second list includes food, drink and cultural events. The third group is made up of general festivals and events. The fourth group is of music and performing arts-related events.

 

Holiday-Related Events and Special Celebrations in June

  • Car Free Days – celebrations on Denman Street and Main Street over the Father’s Day weekend. (TBC)
  • Father’s Day – a day for recognizing dads on the third Sunday of June (so on June 19th in 2022).
  • Maple Ridge Car Free Day – a car free day event that takes place on Father’s Day and has been combined with the Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival since 2019 (in mid-June). (TBC)
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day – celebrations include events at Trout Lake and other parts of the Lower Mainland (in mid-June). (TBC)

 

Food, Drink and Cultural Events in June

  • Greek Day on Broadway – an all-day street festival on Broadway Avenue in Kitsilano in late June. (TBC)
  • Imagine Van Gogh – an immersive art exhibition featuring the works of Vincent Van Gogh. (TBC)
  • The Da Vinci Experience – a touring attraction showcasing the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci at Tsawwassen Mills Mall (from June to December). (TBC)
  • Italian Day on the Drive – a celebration of everything Italian on Commercial Drive (usually in mid-June). (TBC)
  • Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival – food trucks, live music and market vendors in Maple Ridge. (It’s normally in June, on the Father’s Day weekend as part of the Maple Ridge Car Free Day event). (TBC)
  • Philippine Days – a cultural festival hosted by the local Filipino community at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver (usually in early June). (TBC)
  • Scandinavian in Midsummer Festival – a festival at the Scandinavian Community Centre in Burnaby from mid to late June. (TBC)
  • Surrey Greek Food Festival – a small community event featuring Greek food and entertainment at 13181-96th Avenue in Surrey (usually in early to mid-June). (TBC)
  • Vancouver Craft Beer Week – a series of craft beer-related events culminating in the VCBW Beer Festival featuring over 400 North American beers and ciders (usually from late May to early June). (TBC)

 

General Festivals and Events in June

 

Performing Arts Events and Festivals in June

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s June Calendar or, for a visual look at the Lower Mainland this time of year, click Vancouver in June Video.