Festivals and Events in Vancouver

Festivals and Events in Vancouver

Diner en Blanc at Concord Pacific Place

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 the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks competitions to the Abbotsford AgrifairBC Day celebrations, Powell Street Festival, Harmony Arts Festival, 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.



August in Vancouver

AUGUST Festivals and Events

  • Abbotsford Agrifair – an agricultural fair that includes a midway, amusement rides and lots of animals at Exhibition Park at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford (August 4-6, 2017).
  • Abbotsford Airshow – Western Canada’s largest airshow (August 11-13, 2017).
  • Arts Alive Festival – a community arts festival in Langley (August 19, 2017).
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival – a theatrical festival with the plays Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (from June 1 to September 23, 2017).
  • Brigade Days at Fort Langley three days of celebrations featuring folk in period costume over the BC Day Long Weekend (August 5-7, 2017).
  • Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival – a music festival at Deer Lake in Burnaby (August 12, 2017).
  • Honda Celebration of Light – a fireworks competition and accompanying festival in English Bay (July 29 and August 2 & 5, 2017).
  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 145th annual fair and small town rodeo in Chilliwack (August 11-13, 2017).
  • Deep Cove Daze a small community festival with music, food and beverages at Panorama Park in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove (August 27, 2017).
  • Dîner en Blanc – the 5th annual outdoor dinner where thousands of participants dress in white and bring their own chairs, table, food, cutlery and dishware (August 24, 2017).
  • Fun City Festival – a two-day Car Free Day event in North Vancouver that features lots of live entertainment and a giant water slide (August 12-13, 2017).
  • Harmony Arts Festival – in West Vancouver (August 4-13, 2017).
  • India Live – a free event celebrating Indian Culture on Granville Street (late August and to be confirmed for 2017).
  • Lakeside Car Show – a free event at Harrison Hot Springs (August 26, 2017).
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam with fee admission and performances by The Matinée, The Paperboys and Bif Naked (August 12, 2017).
  • 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 18-20, 2017).
  • Korean Cultural Heritage Festival – a free festival celebrating Korean food, music and culture at Swangard Stadium at 3883 Imperial Street in Burnaby (August 5, 2017).
  • Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival – a 2-day festival at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds (August 5-6, 2017).
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual fair (August 19 until September 4, 2017).
  • Powell Street Festival – a two-day festival celebrating everything Japanese-Canadian in downtown Vancouver (August 5 & 6, 2017).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple concerts at Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (August 12, 2017).
  • Richmond Maritime Festival – a free maritime festival at Britannia Shipyard in Steveston Village (August 12-13, 2017).
  • 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 (August 3-7, 2017).
  • Steveston Dragon Boat Festival – in Steveston Village (August 26, 2017).
  • TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival – a small cultural festival in Vancouver’s Chinatown between Columbia and Keefer Street (August 12-13, 2017).
  • Tsawwassen Sun Festival – a softball tournament over the BC Day Long Weekend that includes a parade and an antique car show on the holiday Monday in Tsawwassen (August 5-7, 2017).
  • Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival – celebrating Vancouver’s LGBTTQ community (August 6, 2017).
  • White Rock Sea Festival – a torchlight parade, live entertainment, fireworks and family-friendly activities (August 5-6, 2017).
  • Vancouver Zombie Walk – a parade of people dressed up like zombies (on August 26 in 2017 but in mid-September some years).

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 (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 (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 (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 (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.
  • 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.

New Year's Fireworks



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 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.




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