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Vancouver Festivals and Events

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

 


CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Since mid-March, 2020, events larger than 50 people have been cancelled in the Province of British Columbia. Since late November, and until February 5th at the earliest, even small events have been forced to cancel.

Because of COVID-19, details for all events listed below are subject to change. See official websites for the most up-to-date information regarding each individual festival or event.

For a list of Lower Mainland events that have been cancelled or postponed see our article about COVID-19 in Metro Vancouver. For a list of places that are still operating, click Open and Reopening Places in Vancouver.


 

Vancouver Events and Festivals in 2021

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

 


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March

MARCH 2021 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 (from March 19 until May 9, 2021, but with exact details to be confirmed).
  • Sonic Boom Festival a festival featuring contemporary classical music by BC composers (in mid-March). (TBC)
  • Vancouver International Dance Festival – a series of special dance performances at various venues. (It normally runs for about three weeks beginning in early March. In 2021, however, it features a series of online performances between March and June.)

 

Festivals & Events in March

  • Brewski Fest – a one-day event featuring free beer samples for adults with Cypress Mountain day ticket and season passes (in late March). (TBC)
  • Canada Rugby Sevens – an international rugby competition at BC Place Stadium (in early March). (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants. (Normally in January, but from February 5 until March 7 in 2021).
  • Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival, held annually in Coquitlam (in early March). (TBC)
  • Monster Jam at the PNE – an event featuring monster trucks in races and stunt competitions at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum. (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • Persian New Year Fire Festival – at Ambleside in West Vancouver (in mid-March). (TBC, but likely cancelled.)
  • PlayDome – amusement rides and midway games at the indoor carnival at BC Place Stadium (in mid to late March most years, but to be confirmed for 2021).
  • Spring Break – two weeks of public school holidays (in the second half of March).
  • Vancouver Auto Show – at the Vancouver Convention Centre (normally in late March, but postponed in 2021).
  • Vancouver International Wine Festival – one of North America’s largest, oldest and most prestigious wine shows (usually in late February and/or early March, but cancelled in 2021).
  • Walk In Her Shoes – an event to raise money and awareness about CARE Canada and its work to help women and children in developing countries (in early March). (TBC)
  • BC Home and Garden Show – a trade show at BC Place Stadium. (Normally in February, but postponed until March 9 to 13 in 2022.)

 

St. Patrick’s Day-Related Events in March

  • CelticFest Vancouver – a festival celebrating everything Celtic (in mid-March). (To be confirmed, but likely cancelled.)
  • St. Patrick’s Day – an Irish holiday that’s celebrated throughout the week at various venues around town (on March 17, 2021).
  • St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run – a running race in Stanley Park benefiting Diabetes Canada (in early March). (TBC)

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

 


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April

APRIL 2021 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 2 to 5, 2021).
  • 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, 2021). (TBC)
  • Chilliwack Tulip Festival – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 20 acres of tulips in Chilliwack (in early April to early May).
  • Classic & Custom Car Show – an indoor car show at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford (in mid-April). (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 (from March 19 until May 9, 2021, but with exact details to be confirmed).
  • 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 (TBD).
  • Shen Yun – the American-based Chinese production performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (from April 6 to 11, 2021). (TBC)
  • 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, but as a virtual event in 2021).
  • Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival an annual 10-day event at Whistler (from mid to late April). (TBC)

 

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 2021 Festivals and Events

The following list of May events is divided into four groups. The first group of events are either community fairs or festivals that focus on food and drinks. The second list 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

  • Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair – amusement rides and rodeo shows in Surrey. (It was originally going to be from May 14 to 17 in 2021, but it has now been postponed until a future date that is yet to be determined).
  • Fair in the Square – a community event featuring free food and entertainment at Victory Square in Vancouver (in late May, but to be confirmed).
  • Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival – at the National Historic Site (on May 15, 2021).
  • Fort Langley May Day Fair and Parade a community festival and parade in Fort Langley (on May 17, 2021). (TBC)
  • 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 (in late May). (The in-person event has been CANCELLED in 2021, but virtual activities are likely taking place instead).
  • Shipyards Friday Night Market – live music, food trucks, artisan vendors and a beer garden in North Vancouver on Friday evenings.
  • Vancouver Craft Beer Week – craft beer events culminating in the VCBW Beer Festival at Concord Community Park featuring over 400 North American beers and ciders (in late 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 (on May 29, 2021).
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford. (CANCELLED for 2021 and all future years.)
  • Chilliwack Tulip Festival – Western Canada’s largest tulip festival featuring 20 acres of tulips in Chilliwack (from mid-April until early May).
  • 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).
  • Surrey International Children’s Festival – at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park (in late May).
  • Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – comic workshops, presentations, games and children’s activities at the Roundhouse in Yaletown (in mid-May).
  • Vancouver Children’s Festival – a fun festival for kids at Granville Island (from May 31 to June 6 in 2021).
  • Vancouver Marathon – a Boston-qualifying marathon starting in Queen Elizabeth Park and finishing in downtown Vancouver. (Because of COVID-19 it’s a virtual event from May 1 to 31 in 2021).
  • Whistler Go Fest – the ski resort’s “Great Outdoor Festival” which includes all kinds of sporting events and live evening concerts (in mid-May).

 

Holidays and Cultural-Related Events in May

  • British Columbia Polish Festival – a cultural event in Port Coquitlam on the last Sunday in May (and so probably on May 30 in 2021, but to be confirmed).
  • Cinco de Mayo – Mexican holiday celebrations on and around May 5th each year.
  • European Festival – a festival celebrating European culture (in late May). (TBC)
  • Mother’s Day – a special day for mothers and for letting them know how much we love them (on May 9, 2021).
  • 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).
  • Royal Victorian Party – old-fashioned celebrations at Stewart Farm in Surrey on the Victoria Day weekend (in mid-May).
  • Vancouver Turkic Festival – a free cultural event with live music and market vendors at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders’ Square (in late May).
  • Victoria Day – the statutory holiday on the May Long Weekend when various events take place around town (on May 17, 2021).

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 2021 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 (on June 19, 2021) and Main Street (on June 20, 2021) over the Father’s Day weekend.
  • Father’s Day – a day for recognizing dads on the third Sunday of June (so on June 20th in 2021).
  • 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).
  • National Indigenous Peoples Day – celebrations include events at Trout Lake and other parts of the Lower Mainland (on June 21, 2021).

 

Food, Drink and Cultural Events in June

 

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.

 


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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

 

Music Festivals and Events in July

 

Performing Arts Festivals and Events in July

  • Bard on the Beach – Vancouver’s Shakespearean theatre festival (from June to September).
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a festival featuring an art market and performing arts performances in Harrison Hot Springs (in mid-July).
  • Squamish Wind Festival a multi-day event with art, music, and performing arts shows in Squamish (from mid to late July).
  • Theatre Under the Stars – a pair of musical theatre productions show on alternating days at the outdoor theatre in Stanley Park (from early July to late August).

 

Cycling Events in July

 

Other Events and Festivals in July

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 that includes a midway, amusement rides and animals at Exhibition Park at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford (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 (early August).
  • Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival – a 2-day music and cultural festival at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds (in early August).
  • Powell Street Festival – a two-day festival celebrating Japanese-Canadian culture in downtown Vancouver (July 31 and August 1, 2021, but with details to be confirmed).
  • 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 the first Sunday of the month).

 

Music and Performing Arts-Related Events in August

 

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 (in early August).
  • SeaWheeze Half Marathon – a running race that’s followed by a large festival-style after-party at Stanley Park (in mid-August).
  • Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival – a parade, bed races, ax-throwing contests and other logger competitions in Squamish (from July 29 to August 2, 2021).
  • Steveston Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat racing in Steveston Village (late August).
  • Sunset Festival – a festival that takes place at Stanley Park after the SeaWheeze Half Marathon on the same day (mid-August).

 

Cultural Festivals and Events in August

  • Carnaval del Sol – a large Latin American festival in Vancouver (early August).
  • Korean Cultural Heritage Festival – a free festival celebrating Korean food, music and culture at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby (early August).
  • Pakistan Festival – a free cultural event at Tsawwassen Mills Mall in South Delta (in mid-August).
  • Pinoy Fiesta – a Philippine festival at Memorial South Park in Vancouver (late August).
  • Richmond World Festival – a free multicultural event at Minoru Park in Richmond (on the September Long Weekend).

 

General Festivals and Events in August

  • Abbotsford Airshow – Western Canada’s largest airshow (in early August).
  • Abbotsford Sunflower Festival – an event with sunflowers, a corn maze and kid-friendly activities at Maan Farms in Abbotsford (from mid-August to mid-September).
  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 147th annual fair and small town rodeo in Chilliwack (in early August).
  • Chilliwack Flight Fest a free airshow at the Chilliwack Airport in August (in late August). (TBD)
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – thousands of sunflowers and dahlias on display at a farm in Chilliwack (from early August until early to mid-September).
  • Honda Celebration of Light – a fireworks competition and accompanying festival in English Bay and Stanley Park (on July 24, 28 and 31, 2021, although with details to be confirmed).
  • India Live – a free event celebrating Indian Culture on Granville Street (from early to late August).
  • KiteClash – the Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships in Squamish (in late August).
  • Lavenderland – a lavender flower-themed attraction in Richmond (from June 19 until September 7, 2021).
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual fair with concerts, amusement rides, animals and family-friendly entertainment (from mid-August until the first Monday in September).
  • Pet-a-Palooza – a free “Day of the Dog” street party in Yaletown (in mid-August, but to be confirmed).
  • Playland – amusement rides and midway games at the PNE fairgrounds on weekends.
  • Port Moody Car Free Day – a community festival in Port Moody (in mid or late August).
  • Richmond Sunflower Festival – a flower festival at Richmond Country Farms in August and September.
  • Savour Summer Festival – a free community event at River District Vancouver (once a month in the summer).
  • White Rock Sea Festival – a torchlight parade, fireworks and family-friendly activities (in early August).

 

Food and Drink-Related Events in August

  • Chilliwack Garlic Festival – a family-friendly event at Fantasy Farms in the Fraser Valley (in late August, but to be confirmed for 2021).
  • Clover Valley Beer Festival at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Surrey (in early August, but to be confirmed.)
  • 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).
  • Ribfest Langley – a BBQ rib and live entertainment event hosted by area Rotary clubs at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley (in mid-August).
  • Shipyards Friday Night Market – live music, food trucks, artisan vendors and a beer garden in North Vancouver (on August 6, 13, 20 & 27, 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

 

Film, Music and Performing Arts-Related Events in September

 

Fitness-Related Events in September

  • BC GranFondo Whistler Bike Race – a bike race in Whistler (mid-September).
  • Bike the Night – a cycling event where thousands of people ride through the streets of Vancouver at night (early September).
  • Terry Fox Runs – fundraising walks and running races at various venues around the Lower Mainland and across Canada (mid-September).

 

General Festivals and Events in 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

 

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 (mid-October).
  • 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 (mid-October).
  • Harrison Beer Fest – a two-day celebration of craft beers and everything Octoberfest in Harrison Hot Springs (late October).
  • Oktoberfest – festive German beer celebrations take place at various places during the month including the following venues:
  • Taste of Yaletown – special menus at participating restaurants in Yaletown (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).

 

Other Festivals and Events in October

  • BC Culture Days – a series of events celebrating Canadian arts and culture at various venues across BC (in late September).
  • Chutzpah Festival – a Jewish performing arts festival (from October until November).
  • 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).
  • 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).
  • Harvestland – a family-friendly event at Hastings Park at the PNE (but to be confirmed for 2021).
  • Night for All Souls – an event honoring the dead at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery (in late October).
  • Thanksgiving – a national holiday on the weekend of the second Monday in October (October 11, 2021).
  • Vancouver Fall Home Show – at the Vancouver Convention Centre (October 14-17, 2021).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (from late September until mid-October).
  • West Coast Women’s Show – at the TRADEX Centre in Abbotsford (in mid to late October).

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 (late November to early January, but to be confirmed for 2020).
  • 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).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas lights and decorations at Capilano Suspension Bridge (late November until sometime in January).
  • 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).
  • Lights of Hope Celebration – Christmas lights and fireworks displays at St. Paul’s Hospital (in mid-November).
  • Light Up The Village – a Christmas-themed event at West Vancouver’s Park Royal Shopping Centre (in mid-November).
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small festival with Christmas lights and live entertainment (from early until late November).
  • 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).
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – the official tree lighting and free festivities in the Plaza at City Hall in Surrey (in late November).
  • Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting – live music and the official lighting of Vancouver’s Christmas tree at Robson Square (in late November).

 

Christmas Markets in November

  • 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 (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).
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an event showcasing the work of hundreds of artists in Vancouver (in mid-November).
  • Feast: Asian Dining Festival – a promotional event involving restaurants in Richmond (in mid-October to mid-November).
  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a celebration of one of the world’s largest migratory gatherings of bald eagles (in mid-November).
  • Hopscotch Festival – a series of events featuring food, beers, whisky and other spirits (in mid or late November).
  • Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market – vintage, antique and collectible goods for sale at Tradex in Abbotsford (in late November).
  • 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 (in early November).
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K and half marathon around Stanley Park’s seawall (in late November).
  • Vancouver Train Expo – a model train exhibition at the Pacific National Exhibition (on November 6 & 7, 2021).

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

 

Christmas Attractions in December

 

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 ).
  • 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).

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

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).
  • 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).

 

Food, Drink and Cultural Events in February

  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants. (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).
  • 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).
  • PuSh Festival – performing arts shows at various locations (usually from late January to February).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival (from mid to late February).
  • 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).
  • Whisky Global – an upscale whisky-tasting event with live music, premium whiskies and high-end cars at Rocky Mountaineer Station (in late January and/or early February).

 

Shows & Entertainment in February

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

 

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.