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Festivals and Events in Vancouver

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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 Christmas Craft Fairs to winter holiday festivals 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.


 

November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER 2018 Festivals & Events

  • Aurora Winter Festival – a winter-themed Christmas attraction at Concord Pacific Place (November 23 to December 30, 2018).
  • Bright Nights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides in Stanley Park (late November until early January).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas lights and decorations at Capilano Suspension Bridge (November 22, 2018 to January 27, 2019).
  • Candytown – an outdoor Christmas market on Mainland Street in Yaletown (late November).
  • 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).
  • Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival – featuring over 40 breweries at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club (November 2-3, 2018).
  • Christmas Glow – an indoor Christmas attraction in Langley (on select dates between November 22, 2018, and January 19, 2019).
  • Garden Light Festival – Christmas-style lights, lanterns and free family-friendly activities at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park (mid-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).
  • Heritage Christmas – Christmas decorations and activities at Burnaby Village Museum (November 24, 2018, until January 4, 2019).
  • Hopscotch Festival – the Grand Tasting Hall event features food, beers, whisky and other spirits sampling at the PNE Forum (November 20-26, 2018).
  • Lights of Hope Celebration – Christmas lights and fireworks displays at St. Paul’s Hospital (November 16, 2018).
  • Light Up The Village – a Christmas-themed event at West Vancouver’s Park Royal Shopping Centre (November 16, 2018).
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small festival with Christmas lights and live entertainment (November 2-4, 2018).
  • Remembrance Day – ceremonies at various locations around the Lower Mainland (November 11th every year).
  • 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).
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – the official tree lighting and free festivities in the Plaza at City Hall in Surrey (November 24, 2018).
  • Tri-City International Wine Festival – at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club in Coquitlam (November 3, 2018).
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – an outdoor German-themed market at Jack Poole Plaza (November 21 to December 24, 2018).
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K and half marathon around Stanley Park’s seawall (November 25, 2018).

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 or, for a visual look at the Lower Mainland this time of year, click Vancouver in December Video.

New Year's Fireworks


 

January in Vancouver

JANUARY 2019 Festivals and Events

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.


 

February

FEBRUARY 2019 Festivals and Events

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.

 


 

March

MARCH 2019 Festivals and Events

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

 


 

April

APRIL 2019 Festivals and Events

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.

 


 

May

MAY 2019 Festivals and Events

  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford (mid-April until early May).
  • BMO Vancouver International Marathon – a Boston-qualifying marathon starting in Queen Elizabeth Park and finishing in downtown Vancouver (May 5, 2019).
  • Brahm’s Tams Drumming Circle – informal drumming sessions at Stanley Park’s Third Beach on Tuesday evenings (when it’s sunny).
  • 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 (May 4, 2019).
  • Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair – amusement rides and rodeo shows in Surrey (May 17-20, 2019).
  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival taking place at various venues (early May).
  • European Festival – a festival at Swangard Stadium highlighting the best of European culture (late May, but to be confirmed; possibly not happening).
  • Fort Langley May Day Fair and Parade a community festival and parade in Fort Langley (May 20, 2019).
  • Hyack Festival – a multi-day community event that includes a parade and street party in New Westminster (May 25, 2019).
  • 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 24-26, 2019).
  • Mother’s Day – a special day for mothers and for letting them know how much we love them (May 12, 2019).
  • Royal Victorian Party – old-fashioned celebrations at Stewart Farm in Surrey on the Victoria Day weekend (May 19, 2019).
  • Surrey International Children’s Festival – at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park (late May).
  • Vancouver All British Field Meet – a car show at VanDusen Garden featuring over 500 British-built vehicles over the May long weekend (May 18, 2019).
  • Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – comic workshops, presentations, games and children’s activities at the Roundhouse in Yaletown (mid-May, but to be confirmed).
  • Vancouver Craft Beer Week – craft beer events culminating in the VCBW Beer Festival at the PNE Fairgrounds featuring over 400 North American beers and ciders (late May to early June).
  • Vancouver International Children’s Festival – a fun festival for kids at Granville Island (May 27 to June 2, 2019).
  • Vancouver Opera Festival – a series of opera productions (late April to early May).
  • Vancouver Turkic Festival – a free cultural event with live music and market vendors at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders’ Square (May 26, 2019).
  • Victoria Day – the statutory holiday on the May Long Weekend when various events take place around town (May 20, 2019).
  • Whistler Go Fest – the ski resort’s “Great Outdoor Festival” which includes all kinds of sporting events and live evening concerts (May 17-20, 2019).

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.

 


 

June in Vancouver

JUNE 2019 Festivals and Events

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.

 


 

July in Vancouver

JULY 2019 Festivals and Events

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


 

August in Vancouver

AUGUST 2019 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 2-4, 2019).
  • Abbotsford Airshow – Western Canada’s largest airshow (August 9-11, 2019).
  • Arts Alive Festival – a community arts festival in Langley (mid-August).
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival – Vancouver’s Shakespearean theatre festival (June 5 to September 21, 2019).
  • BC Day a statutory holiday on the first Monday in August (so August 5th in 2019).
  • Brahm’s Tams Drumming Circle – informal drumming sessions at Stanley Park’s Third Beach on Tuesday evenings (when it’s sunny).
  • Brigade Days at Fort Langley three days of celebrations featuring folk in period costume over the BC Day Long Weekend (August 3-5, 2019).
  • Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival – a music festival at Deer Lake in Burnaby (mid-August).
  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 146th annual fair and small town rodeo in Chilliwack (August 9-11, 2019).
  • Clover Valley Beer Festival at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Surrey.
  • Deep Cove Daze a small community festival with music, food and beverages at Panorama Park in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove (August 25, 2019).
  • Dîner en Blanc – the 8th annual outdoor dinner where thousands of participants dress in white and bring their own chairs, table, food, cutlery and dishware (mid to late August).
  • Harmony Arts Festival – a free multi-day event with live music, outdoor movies and art in West Vancouver (August 2-11, 2019).
  • Honda Celebration of Light – a fireworks competition and accompanying festival in English Bay and Stanley Park (July 27, July 31 and August 3, 2019).
  • India Live – a free event celebrating Indian Culture on Granville Street (from early to late August).
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam with free admission and fairly major live concerts (early to mid-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 (mid-August).
  • Korean Cultural Heritage Festival – a free festival celebrating Korean food, music and culture at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby (early August).
  • Lakeside Car Show – a free event featuring vintage cars at Harrison Hot Springs (July or August, but CANCELLED FOR 2018 and to be determined for 2019).
  • Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival – a 2-day music and cultural festival at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds (early August).
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual fair with concerts, amusement rides, animals and family-friendly entertainment (August 17 to September 2, 2019).
  • Pinoy Fiesta – a Philippine festival at Memorial South Park in Vancouver (late August).
  • Pet-a-Palooza – a free “Day of the Dog” street party on Mainland Street in Yaletown (late August).
  • Port Moody Car Free Day – a community festival in Port Moody (mid-August).
  • Powell Street Festival – a two-day festival celebrating Japanese-Canadian culture in downtown Vancouver (August 3-4, 2019).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple concerts at Red Truck Brewery in Vancouver (mid-August).
  • Ribfest Langley – a BBQ rib and live entertainment event hosted by area Rotary clubs at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley (mid-August).
  • Richmond World Festival – a free multicultural event at Minoru Park in Richmond (on the September Long Weekend).
  • Rock Ambleside – a classic rock festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park (mid-August).
  • Safe & Sound Music Fest – an R&B music festival at the waterfront in New Westminster (mid to late August).
  • Savour Summer Festival – a free community event at River District Vancouver with live entertainment, concerts and refreshments (on various dates).
  • Shipped Waterfront FestivalShipped Waterfront Festival – a free music festival and street party in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood of North Vancouver (mid-August).
  • 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 1-4, 2019).
  • Steveston Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat racing in Steveston Village (late August).
  • 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 (August 3-5, 2019).
  • Vancouver Bach Festival – a series of classical concerts and movies (end of July until early to mid-August).
  • Vancouver Chinatown Festival – a small cultural festival in Vancouver’s Chinatown (usually in mid-August but CANCELLED in 2018 and to be determined for 2019).
  • Vancouver Mural Festival an art festival that includes the Mount Pleasant Street Party on Main Street (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 4, 2019).
  • Vancouver Zombie Walk – a parade of people dressed up like zombies (in late August or September).
  • White Rock Sea Festival – a torchlight parade, live entertainment, fireworks and family-friendly activities (August 3-4, 2019).

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


 

September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER 2019 Festivals & Events

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


 

October in Vancouver

OCTOBER 2019 Festivals and Events

  • Apple Festival – a fundraising festival featuring live entertainment and 50,000 lbs of apples for sale at the UBC Botanical Garden (mid-October).
  • Celebrate the Night – a family-friendly Halloween event with fireworks in Maple Ridge (October 27, 2019).
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival (mid-October to mid-November).
  • Cloverfest – an Oktoberfest event hosted by the Cloverdale Rotary Club (mid-October).
  • Diwali Fest – an East Indian festival with events in Vancouver and Surrey (late 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 12, 2019).
  • Fright Night at the PNE – Haunted houses, rides and other Halloween attractions at Vancouver’s Playland (early until late October).
  • Harvest Glow – an indoor autumn-themed and family-friendly attraction in Langley (most of October).
  • Halloween Eventshaunted houses and various other Halloween-related events (from early to late October and finishing on October 31, 2019).
  • Harrison Beer Fest – a two-day celebration of craft beers and everything Octoberfest in Harrison Hot Springs (late October).
  • Night for All Souls – an event honoring the dead at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery (October 26, 2019).
  • Oktoberfest – festive German beer celebrations take place at various places during the month including the following venues:
  • Parade of Lost Souls – a parade and Halloween-ish celebrations around Commercial Drive (October 26, 2019).
  • Richmond Halloween Fireworks – a free family-friendly event with fireworks at Minoru Park in Richmond (October 31, 2019).
  • River District Movie Nights – free outdoor drive-in movies at River District Vancouver (on 2 or 3 Saturdays in October).
  • Thanksgiving – a national holiday on the weekend of the second Monday in October (October 14, 2019).
  • Thrill the World Vancouver – a zombie dance event inspired by Michael Jackson’s hit video Thriller at the Olympic Village Square (late October, but to be confirmed).
  • Vancouver Fall Home Show – at the Vancouver Convention Centre (mid-October).
  • Vancouver Fan Expo – a comics and superheroes pop culture convention (mid-October).
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade – a parade along Howe Street and Granville between Drake and Smithe (early October).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (late September to mid-October).
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island theatres (mid-October).
  • Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week – a series of beer-related events at various venues in North Vancouver (mid to late October).
  • West Coast Women’s Show – at the TRADEX Centre in Abbotsford (mid-October).

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