Festivals and Events in Vancouver

Festivals and Events in Vancouver

Halloween and October Events

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 Diwali Fest to Halloween, Fright Nights at the PNE 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.


October in Vancouver

OCTOBER Festivals and Events

  • Vancouver Festivals VideoFort Langley Cranberry Festival – a family-oriented event celebrating the cranberry harvest. Special events take place at both the Fort and in the town, including a pancake breakfast and giant market place. This is Fort Langley’s biggest event of the year, attracting over 50,000 people annually (October 7, 2017).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (September 28 – October 13, 2017).
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island theatres (October 11-14, 2017).
  • Diwali Fest – an East Indian festival with events throughout the Lower Mainland (October 1 to 17, 2017).
  • Apple Festival – a fundraising festival featuring live entertainment and 50,000 lbs of apples for sale at the UBC Botanical Garden (October 14 & 15, 2017).
  • Harrison Beer Fest – a two-day celebration of craft beers and everything Octoberfest in Harrison Hot Springs (October 27-28, 2017).
  • Thrill the World Vancouver – a zombie dance event inspired by Michael Jackson’s hit video Thriller at the Olympic Village Square (October 28, 2017).
  • Fright Night at the PNE – Haunted houses, rides and other Halloween attractions at Vancouver’s Playland (October 6-8, 13-15, 18-22 and 24-31, 2017).
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade – a parade along Howe Street and Granville between Drake and Smithe (October 15, 2017).
  • Oktoberfest – festive German beer celebrations take place at various places during the month including the following venues:
    • Port Moody Oktoberfest – near the Port Moody Public Library (September 22-24 & 29-30 and October 1, 2017).
    • Harvest Haus – near BC Place Stadium (October 5-7 and 13-14, 2017).
  • Parade of Lost Souls – a parade and Halloweenish celebrations around Commercial Drive (on the Saturday before Halloween).
  • Vancouver Family & Baby Fair – a trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre for infants and young families (October 28 & 29, 2017).

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


November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER Festivals & Events

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


December in Vancouver

DECEMBER Festivals & Events

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

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JANUARY Festivals and Events

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

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FEBRUARY Festivals and Events

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




MARCH Festivals and Events

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




APRIL Festivals and Events

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




MAY Festivals and Events

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



June in Vancouver

JUNE Festivals and Events

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



July in Vancouver

JULY Festivals and Events

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



August in Vancouver

AUGUST 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 (early August).
  • Abbotsford Airshow – Western Canada’s largest airshow (mid-August).
  • Arts Alive Festival – a community arts festival in Langley (mid-August).
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival – a theatrical festival with the plays As You Like It, MacBeth, Timon of Athens and the Greek classic Lysistrata (from June 6 to September 22, 2018).
  • Brigade Days at Fort Langley three days of celebrations featuring folk in period costume over the BC Day Long Weekend (early August).
  • Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival – a music festival at Deer Lake in Burnaby (mid-August).
  • Honda Celebration of Light – a fireworks competition and accompanying festival in English Bay and Stanley Park (late July and the beginning of August).
  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 146th annual fair and small town rodeo in Chilliwack (mid-August).
  • Deep Cove Daze a small community festival with music, food and beverages at Panorama Park in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove (late August).
  • Dîner en Blanc – the 6th annual outdoor dinner where thousands of participants dress in white and bring their own chairs, table, food, cutlery and dishware (late August).
  • Fun City Festival – a two-day Car Free Day event in North Vancouver that features live entertainment and a giant water slide (mid-August ).
  • Harmony Arts Festival – a free multi-day event with live music, outdoor movies and art in West Vancouver (early August).
  • India Live – a free event celebrating Indian Culture on Granville Street (late August and to be confirmed for 2018).
  • Lakeside Car Show – a free event featuring vintage cars at Harrison Hot Springs (late August).
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam with fee admission and fairly major live concerts (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).
  • 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 18 to September 3, 2018).
  • Powell Street Festival – a two-day festival celebrating Japanese-Canadian culture in downtown Vancouver (early August).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple concerts at Red Truck Brewery in Vancouver (on a Saturday in mid-August).
  • Richmond Maritime Festival – a free maritime festival at Britannia Shipyard in Steveston Village (mid-August).
  • Rock Ambleside – a classic rock festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park (August 17-19, 2018).
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series – FREE outdoor concerts in different Surrey parks on Wednesday evenings.
  • Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival – a parade, bed races, ax-throwing contests and other logger competitions in Squamish (early August).
  • Steveston Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat racing in Steveston Village (late August).
  • TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival – a small cultural festival in Vancouver’s Chinatown (mid-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 (early August).
  • Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival – a parade and multiple other activities celebrating Vancouver’s LGBTTQ community (early August).
  • White Rock Sea Festival – a torchlight parade, live entertainment, fireworks and family-friendly activities (early August).
  • Vancouver Zombie Walk – a parade of people dressed up like zombies (in late August or September).

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



September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER Festivals & Events

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


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