Festivals and Events in Vancouver

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. Other events range from crazy activities like the annual Polar Bear Swim in the icy waters of English Bay every January 1st to Christmas craft fairs and other winter holiday festivities in November and December.

Vancouver Events and Festivals

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

 


 

January

JANUARY Festivals and Events

  • Polar Bear Swims
    • Icy cold dips in the ocean to celebrate the New Year take place at English Bay as well as in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove and by the pier in White Rock (January 1st).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants (January 20 to February 5, 2017).
  • PuSh Festival – performing arts shows at various locations (January 16-21, 2017).
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town (January 19 until February 14, 2017).
  • Shen Yun – an amazing Classical Chinese dance performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (late January).
  • Vancouver International Boat Show – at both BC Place Stadium and the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina (January 18-22, 2017).
  • Chinese New Year parade and celebrations – January 29, 2017.
  • Chinese New Year’s Eve – celebrations at the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond on January 27, 2017.
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – Chinese New Year activities at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza (January 27-29, 2017).
  • Cavalia Odysseo – a large and technologically-sophisticated production involving dozens of horses, riders, acrobats and dancers under a big top at Olympic Village (January 29 to February 19, 2017).

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

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February

FEBRUARY Festivals and Events

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

 


March

MARCH Festivals and Events

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

 


 

April

APRIL Festivals and Events

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

 


 

May

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.

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August in Vancouver

AUGUST Festivals and Events

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

 


 

September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER Festivals & Events

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


 

October in Vancouver

OCTOBER Festivals and Events

  • Harvest Haus – a large Oktoberfest event in the Queen Elizabeth Plaza at the corner of Georgia Street and Hamilton (late September to early or mid-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 (early October).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (late September to mid-October 14).
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island theatres (early October).
  • Diwali Fest – an East Indian festival with events throughout the Lower Mainland (mid-October to late November).
  • Apple Festival – a fundraising festival featuring live entertainment and 50,000 lbs of apples for sale at the UBC Botanical Garden (mid-October).
  • Harrison Beer Fest – a two-day celebration of craft beers and everything Octoberfest in Harrison Hot Springs (late October).
  • Thrill the World Vancouver – a zombie dance event inspired by Michael Jackson’s hit video Thriller at the Olympic Village Square (late October).
  • Fright Night at the PNE – Haunted houses, rides and other Halloween attractions at Vancouver’s Playland.
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade – a parade along Howe Street and Granville between Drake and Smithe (mid-October).
  • Oktoberfest – festive German beer celebrations take place at various places during the month, including the Harvest Haus event downtown at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.
  • Harrison Beer Festival – an Okoberfest-style beer festival featuring BC-produced craft beers and a community dance (late October).
  • Parade of Lost Souls – a parade and Halloweenish celebrations around Commercial Drive (on the Saturday before Halloween).

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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