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 Polar Bear Swims in January to Family Day activities in February, St. Patrick’s Day events in March, Vaisakhi parades in April 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.

 


 

February

FEBRUARY Festivals and Events

February Events to Remember for Next Year

  • BC Family Day – a statutory holiday with special family-friendly activities at various locations the weekend of February 11-13, 2017.
  • 24 Hours of Winter – a two-day winter sports event at Grouse Mountain (February 11-12, 2017).
  • Vancouver International Wine Festival – taking place February 11-19, 2017.
  • Hoobiyee 2017 celebrations of the Nisga’a First Nation’s New Year with traditional storytelling, singing and dancing at the PNE Forum (February 3-4, 2017).
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town (January 19 until February 14, 2017).
  • Winter Wander – a day 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 4, 2017).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants (January 20 to February 5, 2017).
  • Winterruption – a weekend of dance, theatre, music, film, art and crafts at Granville Island (February 17-19, 2017).

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

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March

MARCH Festivals and Events

  • TEDxStanleyPark – a TEDx event at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre featuring inspirational speakers including Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and local restaurateur and CBC celebrity Vikram Vij (March 4, 2017).
  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Museum of Anthropology (February 28 to March 5).
  • Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival, held annually in Coquitlam (March 3-5, 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 March 12, 2017).
  • CelticFest Vancouver – a festival celebrating everything Celtic, including Irish St. Patrick’s Day (March 10-18, 2017).
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade – in downtown Vancouver along Howe Street (2017 date and time to be confirmed).
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival (February 16 to March 13, 2017).
  • Persian New Year Fire Festival – at Ambleside in West Vancouver (March 14, 2017).
  • PlayDome – amusement rides and midway games at the indoor carnival at BC Place Stadium (March 22-26, 2016).
  • Spring Break – two weeks of public school holidays (March 13-24, 2017).
  • Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival a variety of events celebrating spring and cherry blossoms (March 30 to April 23, 2017).
  • Vancouver International Auto Show – at the Vancouver Convention Centre (March 28 – April 2, 2017).

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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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 (late January to early February, 2018).
  • PuSh Festival – performing arts shows at various locations (mid-January, 2018).
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town (mid-January until February 14, 2018).
  • Shen Yun – an amazing Classical Chinese dance performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (2018 dates to be confirmed).
  • Vancouver International Boat Show – at both BC Place Stadium and the Granville Island Maritime Market and Marina (mid-January, 2018).
  • LightWaterDrums Festival – a free family-friendly winter lantern festival at Hastings Park (mid-January, 2018).

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.

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  1. Thanks Anthony for liking our website. Hope you have a great 2017 enjoying all the Lower Mainland has to offer!

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