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Festivals and Events in Vancouver

Dancers of Damelahamid at the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival

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

Events this time of year include Black History Month events, Valentine’s Day, BC Family Day, Spring Break and multiple other fabulous happenings throughout the Lower Mainland.

Vancouver Events and Festivals in 2020

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


 

February

FEBRUARY 2020 Festivals and Events

  • BC Family Day – a statutory holiday with special family-friendly activities at various locations (February 15-17, 2020).
  • BC Home and Garden Show – a trade show featuring over 400 exhibitors at BC Place Stadium (February 19 to 23, 2020).
  • Black History Month – various events take place over the course of the month in celebration of the culture and contributions of African American Canadians.
  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster and/ Museum of Athropology at UBC (February 24 until March 1, 2020).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants (January 17 until February 2, 2020).
  • Fort Langley Historic Half Marathon – a half marathon and 1-km, 5-km and 10-km running races in Fort Langley (February 16, 2020).
  • Hoobiyee celebrations of the Nisga’a First Nation’s New Year with traditional storytelling, singing and dancing at the PNE Forum (February 28 and 29, 2020).
  • Maple Ridge Rock & Gem Show – a small event featuring rocks, gem stones, jewellery and stone carvings in Pitt Meadows (February 22 to 23, 2020).
  • Northwest Comedy Fest – a comedy festival celebrating stand-up, improv and other funny stuff with performances taking place at various venues around town (February 13 to 25, 2020).
  • Pet Lover Show – a trade show for dogs, cats and other household animals and their owners at Tradex in Abbotsford (February 15 and 16, 2020).
  • PuSh Festival – performing arts shows at various locations (January 21 until February 9, 2020).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival (February 18 until 29, 2020).
  • Valentine’s Day – a day for chocolate, buying flowers and dining out (February 14, 2021).
  • Vancouver Comic and Toy Show – a trade show featuring superhero comic books, art and collectible toys (March 1, 2020).
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town (January 18 until February 14, 2020).
  • Vancouver International Boat Show – at both BC Place Stadium and the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina (February 5 to 9, 2020).
  • Vancouver International Wine Festival – one of North America’s largest, oldest and most prestigious wine shows (February 22 until March 1, 2020).
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – Chinese New Year activities at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza (late January until early February).
  • Whisky Global – an upscale whisky-tasting event with live music, premium whiskies and high-end cars at Rocky Mountaineer Station (January 31 and February 1, 2020).
  • Winter Wander – a Saturday when you can visit the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Maritime Museum plus enjoy live entertainment at Vanier Park all for just $5 (February 8, 2020).

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 2020 Festivals and Events

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

 


 

April

APRIL 2020 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.

Vancouver 5K Foam Fest

 


 

May

MAY 2020 Festivals and Events

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 2020 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 2020 Festivals and Events

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


 

August in Vancouver

AUGUST 2020 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 (July 31 to August 2, 2020).
  • Abbotsford Airshow – Western Canada’s largest airshow (August 7-9).
  • Arts Alive Festival – a community arts festival in Langley (August 15).
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival – Vancouver’s Shakespearean theatre festival (June 10 to September 26).
  • BC Day a statutory holiday on the first Monday in August (so August 3rd in 2020).
  • 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 (early August).
  • Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival – a music festival at Deer Lake in Burnaby (early to mid-August).
  • Carnaval del Sol – a Latin American festival in Vancouver at Concord Pacific Place (August 5-7, 2020).
  • Chilliwack Garlic Festival – a family-friendly event at Fantasy Farms in the Fraser Valley (late August, but to be confirmed for 2020).
  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 147th annual fair and small town rodeo in Chilliwack (August 7 to 9, 2020).
  • Chilliwack Flight Fest a free airshow at the Chilliwack Airport in August (late August).
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – thousands of sunflowers and dahlias on display at a farm in Chilliwack (early August to mid-September).
  • Circo Osorio Circus – a touring American circus that makes stops in the Lower Mainland in August and September.
  • Clover Valley Beer Festival at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Surrey (August 8, 2020).
  • Colombian Independence Picnic – a small free community festival in Central Park that’s open to the public and happens in some (but not all) years (in mid-August).
  • Cultus Lake Nightslide Concerts – an evening of water sliding and live music at Cultus Lake Waterpark in the Fraser Valley (on one or two Friday nights in August).
  • Deep Cove Daze a small community festival with music, food and beverages at Panorama Park in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove (usually in late August, but cancelled in 2019. 2020 details are 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 (mid to late August).
  • Harmony Arts Festival – a free multi-day event with live music, outdoor movies and art in West Vancouver (early August).
  • Honda Celebration of Light – a fireworks competition and accompanying festival in English Bay and Stanley Park (July 25, 29 and August 1).
  • 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).
  • KiteClash – the Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships in Squamish (August 27 – 30).
  • 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 (August 7-9).
  • 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 (mid-August until the first Monday in September).
  • Pakistan Festival – a free cultural event at Tsawwassen Mills Mall in South Delta (mid-August).
  • 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 (August 23, 2020).
  • Port Moody Car Free Day – a community festival in Port Moody (August 23, 2020).
  • Powell Street Festival – a two-day festival celebrating Japanese-Canadian culture in downtown Vancouver (August 1-2).
  • 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 (August 14-16).
  • Savour Summer Festival – a free community event at River District Vancouver with live entertainment, concerts and refreshments (once a month in the summer).
  • 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 (July 30 to August 3).
  • Steveston Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat racing in Steveston Village (August 22, 2020).
  • 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 Bach Festival – a series of classical concerts and movies (July 27 until August 8).
  • 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 the first Sunday of the month).
  • White Rock Sea Festival – a torchlight parade, live entertainment, fireworks and family-friendly activities (August 1 and 2).

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


 

September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER 2020 Festivals & Events

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


 

October in Vancouver

OCTOBER 2020 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 (end of October).
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival (late October until late November 24).
  • Cloverfest – an Oktoberfest event hosted by the Cloverdale Rotary Club (Note: Cloverfest did not take place in 2019. 2020 details are to be confirmed/)
  • Diwali Fest – an East Indian festival with events in Vancouver and Surrey (from early until late October).
  • Feast: Asian Dining Festival – a promotional event involving restaurants in Richmond offering special menus (mid-October until mid-November).
  • 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).
  • Fright Night at the PNE – haunted houses, rides and other Halloween attractions at Vancouver’s Playland (early until late October).
  • Halloween Eventshaunted houses and various other Halloween-related events (from early to late October).
  • Harrison Beer Fest – a two-day celebration of craft beers and everything Octoberfest in Harrison Hot Springs (late October).
  • Harvest Haus – an adults-only Oktoberfest-themed event at the PNE Forum (mid-October).
  • Harvestland – a family-friendly event at Hastings Park at the PNE (mid-October).
  • Night for All Souls – an event honoring the dead at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery (late October).
  • Oktoberfest – festive German beer celebrations take place at various places during the month including the following venues:
  • Richmond Halloween Fireworks – a free family-friendly event with fireworks at Minoru Park in Richmond (October 31, 2020).
  • Taste of Yaletown – special menus at participating restaurants in Yaletown (mid to late October).
  • Thanksgiving – a national holiday on the weekend of the second Monday in October (October 12, 2020).
  • Tri-City International Wine Festival – at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club in Coquitlam (mid-October).
  • Vancouver Fall Home Show – at the Vancouver Convention Centre (late October).
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade – a parade along Howe Street and Granville between Drake and Smithe (mid-October).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (late September until mid-October).
  • Vancouver’s North Shore Craft Beer Week – a series of beer-related events at various venues in North Vancouver (early to mid-October).
  • West Coast Women’s Show – at the TRADEX Centre in Abbotsford (mid to late October).

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


 

November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER 2020 Festivals & Events

  • Aurora Winter Festival – a winter-themed Christmas attraction at the PNE (late November to early January).
  • Bear Creek Light Festival – Christmas-style lights, lanterns and free family-friendly activities at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park (the first half of November).
  • 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 late January).
  • 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 (early to mid-November).
  • Christmas Glow – an indoor Christmas attraction in Vancouver (late November until early January, but with details to be confirmed).
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an art, design and craft festival featuring the work of over 500 artists at 80 venues in Vancouver (mid-November).
  • Feast: Asian Dining Festival – a promotional event involving restaurants in Richmond offering special menus (mid-October to mid-November, but with details to be confirmed).
  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a celebration of one of the largest migratory gatherings of bald eagles anywhere in the world (mid-November).
  • Heritage Christmas – Christmas decorations and activities at Burnaby Village Museum (late November until early January).
  • Hopscotch Festival – the Grand Tasting Hall event features food, beers, whisky and other spirits sampling at the PNE Forum (mid or late November).
  • Lights of Hope Celebration – Christmas lights and fireworks displays at St. Paul’s Hospital (mid-November).
  • Light Up The Village – a Christmas-themed event at West Vancouver’s Park Royal Shopping Centre (mid-November).
  • Lumiere Vancouver – a small festival with Christmas lights and live entertainment (early November).
  • Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market – a market featuring vintage, antique and collectible goods at Tradex in Abbotsford (late November).
  • Parade of Lost Souls – a parade and Halloween-ish celebrations around Commercial Drive (late October or early November).
  • 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 (early 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 (late November or beginning of December).
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – the official tree lighting and free festivities in the Plaza at City Hall in Surrey (late November).
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – an outdoor German-themed market at Jack Poole Plaza (late November until December 24, 2020).
  • Vancouver Christmas Tree Lighting – live music and the official lighting of Vancouver’s Christmas tree at Robson Square (late November).
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K and half marathon around Stanley Park’s seawall (late November).
  • Vancouver Train Expo – a model train exhibition at the Pacific National Exhibition (mid-November).

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


December in Vancouver

DECEMBER 2020 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.


 

January in Vancouver

JANUARY 2021 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 2021 Festivals and Events

  • BC Family Day – a statutory holiday with special family-friendly activities at various locations (February 13-15, 2021).
  • BC Home and Garden Show – a trade show featuring over 400 exhibitors at BC Place Stadium (mid to late February).
  • Chinese New Year – a cultural holiday celebrating the Lunar New Year with various events throughout the Lower Mainland (during the week of February 12, 2021).
  • Chinese New Year Parade – a major parade in Vancouver’s Chinatown (likely on February 14, 2021, but to be confirmed).
  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster and/or Museum of Athropology at UBC (late February and/or beginning of March).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants (mid-January until the beginning of February).
  • Hoobiyee celebrations of the Nisga’a First Nation’s New Year with traditional storytelling, singing and dancing at the PNE Forum (late February).
  • 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 (mid to late February).
  • Maple Ridge Rock & Gem Show – a small event featuring rocks, gem stones, jewellery and stone carvings in Pitt Meadows (mid to late February).
  • Northwest Comedy Fest – a comedy festival celebrating stand-up, improv and other funny stuff with performances taking place at various venues around town (mid to late February).
  • Pet Lover Show – a trade show for dogs, cats and other household animals and their owners at Tradex in Abbotsford (mid-February).
  • PuSh Festival – performing arts shows at various locations (late January until early to mid-February).
  • Talking Stick Festival – an Indigenous performing arts festival (mid to late February).
  • Valentine’s Day – a day for chocolate, buying flowers and dining out (February 14, 2021).
  • Vancouver Comic and Toy Show – a trade show featuring superhero comic books, art and collectible toys (early March).
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town (mid January until February 14, 2021).
  • Vancouver International Boat Show – at both BC Place Stadium and the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina (early February).
  • Vancouver International Wine Festival – one of North America’s largest, oldest and most prestigious wine shows (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 (late January and/or early February).
  • Winter Wander – a Saturday when you can visit the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and Maritime Museum plus enjoy live entertainment at Vanier Park all for just $5 (early 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.