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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.

Events range from Canada Day events to Carnaval del Sol, BC Day celebrations 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.

Major events taking place during the week of June 18 to 25, 2018, include National Aboriginal Day events, the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival, Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Scotiabank Half Marathon and Greek Day on Broadway.

 


 

June in Vancouver

JUNE 2018 Festivals and Events

  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival – featuring the plays As You Like It, MacBeth, Timon of Athens, and the Greek classic Lysistrata (June 6 to September 22, 2018).
  • BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival – at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam (June 16, 2018).
  • Breakout Festival – a new Hip-Hop and R&B music festival at the PNE Amphitheatre (June 9 & 10, 2018).
  • Car Free Days – celebrations on Denman Street (June 16, 2018) and Main Street (June 17, 2018) over the Father’s Day weekend.
  • 5X Festival (a.k.a., City of Bhangra Festival) – a festival celebrating the dance and music of the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan (June 13-17, 2018).
  • Father’s Day – a day for recognizing dads on the third Sunday of June (so on June 17th in 2018).
  • Golden Spike Days – a community festival at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park on the Canada Day Long Weekend (June 29 to July 2, 2018).
  • Greek Day on Broadway – an all-day street festival on Broadway Avenue in Kitsilano (June 24, 2018).
  • Hats off Day – a giant street festival in Burnaby along Hastings Street on the first Saturday of June every year (so June 2, 2018).
  • Italian Day on the Drive – a celebration of everything Italian on Commercial Drive (June 10, 2018).
  • Lynn Valley Day – a community festival in the Lynn Valley district of North Vancouver (June 16, 2018).
  • National Aboriginal Day – celebrations include events at Trout Lake (June 21, 2018).
  • North Delta Family Day – a community festival and parade in Delta (June 24, 2018).
  • Philippine Days – a cultural festival hosted by the local Filipino community at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver (June 9-10, 2018).
  • Point Grey Fiesta – a community festival with a parade, live entertainment and carnival rides (June 22-24, 2018).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple concerts at Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (June 16, 2018).

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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 2018 Festivals and Events

Carnaval del Sol

  • Carnaval del Sol – a Latin American festival in Vancouver at Concord Pacific Place (July 7-8, 2018).
  • Colombian Independence Picnic – a small free community festival in Central Park that’s open to the public (July 28, 2018).
  • Columbia Street Food Truck Fest – a massive food truck street festival on Columbia Street in New Westminster (July 28, 2018).
  • Fun City Festival – a two-day Car Free Day event in North Vancouver that features live entertainment and a giant water slide (July 21-22, 2018).
  • FVDED in the Park a large urban music festival featuring over two dozen hip-hop, R&B, electronic and rap music artists at Holland Park in Surrey (July 6-7, 2018).
  • Gastown Grand Prixa cycling race in the heart of the old town (July 11, 2018).
  • Giro di Burnaby – a cycling race through the streets of Burnaby (July 12, 2018).
  • Golden Spike Days – a community festival at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park on the Canada Day Long Weekend (June 29 to July 2, 2018).
  • Greek Summerfest – an 11-day festival celebrating Greek food, culture and music at St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church at 4641 Boundary Road (July 5-15, 2018).
  • Harrison Festival of the Arts – a festival featuring an art market and performing arts performances in Harrison Hot Springs (July 6-15, 2018).
  • Honda Celebration of Light – a fireworks competition and accompanying festival in English Bay on the last two Saturdays and last Wednesday before BC Day (July 28 and August 1 & 4, 2018).
  • Indian Summer Festival – a multi-arts festival featuring South Asian, Canadian and Indigenous artists (July 5-15, 2018).
  • Khatsahlano Street Party – a major street party on West 4th Avenue, billing itself as “Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival” (July 7, 2018).
  • KiteClash – the Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships in Squamish (July 6-8, 2018).
  • Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest – a community festival at the Albion Fairgrounds in Maple Ridge (July 28-29, 2018).
  • Mission Folk Music Festival – a small music festival in Mission (July 20-22, 2018).
  • New West Grand Prix – a cycling race in New Westminster (July 10, 2018).
  • PoCo Grand Prix – cycling races in Port Coquitlam (July 13, 2018).
  • Port Moody Ribfest – a 3-day event in Port Moody with BBQ rib competitions and live music (July 20-22, 2018).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple concerts at Red Truck Brewery at 295 East 1st Avenue in Vancouver (July 14, 2018).
  • Richmond Maritime Festival – a free maritime festival at Britannia Shipyard in Steveston Village (July 28-29, 2018).
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series – FREE outdoor concerts in different Surrey parks on Wednesday evenings.
  • Spirit of the People Powwow – a First Nations powwow in Chilliwack (likely July 28-30 and July 1, but to be confirmed).
  • Squamish Nation Youth Powwow – a First Nations powwow and cultural celebration on the North Shore (July 13-15, 2018).
  • Squamish Beer Festival – at the O’Siyam Pavilion in Squamish (July 7, 2018).
  • Squamish Wind Festival a multi-day event with art, music, and performing arts shows in Squamish (July 26-28, 2018).
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – billed as “the ultimate celebration of music, food and culture” and taking place at Holland Park (July 21-22, 2018).
  • Symphony in the Park – a free performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby (July 8, 2018).
  • TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival – a major music festival with both free and ticketed events (June 22 to July 1, 2018).
  • Tour de Delta – cycling races in Delta (July 6-8, 2018).
  • Tour de White Rock – cycling races and festivities in White Rock (July 14-15, 2018).

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

 


 

August in Vancouver

AUGUST 2018 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 (August 3-5, 2018).
  • Abbotsford Airshow – Western Canada’s largest airshow (August 10-12, 2018).
  • Arts Alive Festival – a community arts festival in Langley (August 18, 2018).
  • 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).
  • BC Day a statutory holiday on the first Monday in August (so August 6th in 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 (August 11, 2018).
  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 146th annual fair and small town rodeo in Chilliwack (August 10-12, 2018).
  • Clover Valley Beer Festival at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Surrey (August 11, 2018).
  • Deep Cove Daze a small community festival with music, food and beverages at Panorama Park in North Vancouver’s Deep Cove (August 26, 2018).
  • Dîner en Blanc – the 8th annual outdoor dinner where thousands of participants dress in white and bring their own chairs, table, food, cutlery and dishware (August 23, 2018).
  • Harmony Arts Festival – a free multi-day event with live music, outdoor movies and art in West Vancouver (August 3-12, 2018).
  • Honda Celebration of Light – a fireworks competition and accompanying festival in English Bay and Stanley Park (July 28 and August 1 and 4, 2018).
  • India Live – a free event celebrating Indian Culture on Granville Street (late August and to be confirmed for 2018).
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam with free admission and fairly major live concerts (August 11, 2018).
  • 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 10-12, 2018).
  • Korean Cultural Heritage Festival – a free festival celebrating Korean food, music and culture at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby (early August).
  • Lakeside Car Show – a free event featuring vintage cars at Harrison Hot Springs (July or August, but CANCELLED FOR 2018).
  • Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival – a 2-day music and cultural festival at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds (August 4-5, 2018).
  • 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 (August 4-5, 2018).
  • Red Truck Concert Series – multiple concerts at Red Truck Brewery in Vancouver (August 11, 2018).
  • Rock Ambleside – a classic rock festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park (August 17-19, 2018).
  • Safe & Sound Music Fest – an R&B music festival at the waterfront in New Westminster (August 24-25, 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 (August 2-6, 2018).
  • Steveston Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat racing in Steveston Village (August 25, 2018).
  • 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 (August 4-6, 2018).
  • Vancouver Bach Festival – a series of classical concerts and movies (July 30 to August 10, 2018).
  • Vancouver Chinatown Festival – a small cultural festival in Vancouver’s Chinatown (August 11-12, 2018).
  • Vancouver Mural Festival an art festival that includes the Mount Pleasant Street Party on Main Street (August 6-11, 2018).
  • 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 Sunday, August 5, 2018).
  • Vancouver Zombie Walk – a parade of people dressed up like zombies (in late August or September).
  • White Rock Sea Festival – a torchlight parade, live entertainment, fireworks and family-friendly activities (August 4-5, 2018).

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

 


 

September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER 2018 Festivals & Events

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


 

October in Vancouver

OCTOBER 2018 Festivals and Events

  • Apple Festival – a fundraising festival featuring live entertainment and 50,000 lbs of apples for sale at the UBC Botanical Garden (October 13 & 14, 2018).
  • Diwali Fest – an East Indian festival with events throughout the Lower Mainland (early to 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 6, 2018).
  • 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 and finishing on October 31, 2018).
  • Harrison Beer Fest – a two-day celebration of craft beers and everything Octoberfest in Harrison Hot Springs (late October).
  • Oktoberfest – festive German beer celebrations take place at various places during the month including the following venues:
  • Parade of Lost Souls – a parade and Halloweenish celebrations around Commercial Drive (October 27, 2018).
  • Thanksgiving – a national holiday on the weekend of the second Monday in October (October 8, 2018).
  • Thrill the World Vancouver – a zombie dance event inspired by Michael Jackson’s hit video Thriller at the Olympic Village Square (late October).
  • Vancouver Fall Home Show – at the Vancouver Convention Centre (October 18-21, 2018).
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade – a parade along Howe Street and Granville between Drake and Smithe (mid-October).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (September 27 to October 12, 2018).
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island theatres (October 9-13, 2018).
  • West Coast Women’s Show – at the TRADEX Centre in Abbotsford (October 12-14, 2018).

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


 

November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER 2018 Festivals & Events

  • Bright Nights – Christmas lights and miniature train rides in Stanley Park (late November until early January).
  • Canyon Lights – Christmas lights and decorations at Capilano Suspension Bridge (late November until 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 (tentatively scheduled for November 7-11, 2018, but to be confirmed).
  • Cirque du Soleil – at Concord Pacific Place (to be confirmed).
  • Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival – featuring over 40 breweries at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club (November 2-3, 2018).
  • Garden Light Festival – Christmas-style lights, lanterns and free family-friendly activities at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park (mid-November).
  • Eastside Culture Crawl – an art, design and craft festival featuring the work of over 500 artists at 80 venues in Vancouver (November 15-18, 2018).
  • Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival – a celebration of one of the largest migratory gatherings of bald eagles anywhere in the world (November 17-18, 2018).
  • 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 (late November).
  • Lights of Hope Celebration – Christmas lights and fireworks displays at St. Paul’s Hospital (mid to late November).
  • Remembrance Day – ceremonies at various locations around the Lower Mainland (November 11).
  • 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 (November 4, 2018).
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – the official tree lighting and free festivities in the Plaza at City Hall in Surrey (late November).
  • Tri-City International Wine Festival – at the Westwood Plateau Golf Club in Coquitlam (early November).
  • Vancouver Christmas Market – an outdoor German-themed market at Jack Poole Plaza (late November until around December 24th).
  • Vancouver Historic Half – a 5K, 10K and half marathon around Stanley Park’s seawall (November 25, 2018).

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


 

December in Vancouver

DECEMBER 2018 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.

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January in Vancouver

JANUARY 2019 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 2019 Festivals and Events

  • 24 Hours of Winter – a two-day winter sports event at Grouse Mountain (mid-February).
  • BC Family Day – a statutory holiday with special family-friendly activities at various locations the weekend of February 16-18, 2019.
  • BC Home and Garden Show – a trade show featuring over 400 exhibitors at BC Place Stadium (2019 dates to be confirmed).
  • Chinese New Year Parade – a massive parade in Chinatown (on the Sunday before or after February 5, 2019).
  • Chinese New Year’s Eve – celebrations at the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond on February 4, 2019.
  • Chutzpah Festival – the Vancouver Jewish Performing Arts Festival (mid-February to mid-March).
  • Coastal First Nations Dance Festival – by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Museum of Anthropology (late February to early March).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants (mid-January to early February).
  • Hoobiyee celebrations of the Nisga’a First Nation’s New Year with traditional storytelling, singing and dancing at the PNE Forum (February 1 & 2, 2019).
  • Lanterns in the Garden – a Chinese lantern festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden (over several weekends in February 2019).
  • PuSh Festival – performing arts shows at various locations (mid-January to early February).
  • Valentine’s Day – a day for chocolate, buying flowers and dining out.
  • Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival – special hot chocolate offerings around town (late January until early February).
  • Vancouver International Wine Festival – one of North America’s largest, oldest and most prestigious wine shows (late February to early March).
  • Vancouver Lunarfest – Chinese New Year activities at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza (early February).
  • 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 (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.

 


 

March

MARCH 2019 Festivals and Events

For more, check out Metro Vancouver’s March Calendar or, for a visual look at the Lower Mainland this time of year, click Vancouver in March Video.

 


 

April

APRIL 2019 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.

 


 

May

MAY 2019 Festivals and Events

  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford (mid-April until early May).
  • BMO Vancouver International Marathon – a Boston-qualifying marathon starting in Queen Elizabeth Park and finishing in downtown Vancouver (May 5, 2019).
  • Cinco de Mayo – Mexican holiday celebrations on and around May 5th each year.
  • CityFest – a youth-focused festival and the Lower Mainland’s largest skate competition in North Vancouver (May 4, 2019).
  • Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair – amusement rides and rodeo shows in Surrey (May 17-20, 2019).
  • DOXA Film Festival – a documentary film festival taking place at various venues (early May).
  • European Festival – a festival at Swangard Stadium highlighting the best of European culture (late May, but to be confirmed; possibly not happening).
  • Fort Langley May Day Fair and Parade a community festival and parade in Fort Langley (May 20, 2019).
  • Hyack Festival – a multi-day community event that includes a parade and street party in New Westminster (May 25, 2019).
  • Ladner May Days – a community event in Ladner’s Memorial Park with live bands, a parade, petting zoo, amusement rides, pancake breakfast and fastball tournament (May 24-26, 2019).
  • Mother’s Day – a special day for mothers and for letting them know how much we love them (May 12, 2019).
  • Royal Victorian Party – old-fashioned celebrations at Stewart Farm in Surrey on the Victoria Day weekend (May 19, 2019).
  • Surrey International Children’s Festival – at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park (late May).
  • Vancouver All British Field Meet – a car show at VanDusen Garden featuring over 500 British-built vehicles over the May long weekend (May 18, 2019).
  • Vancouver Comic Arts Festival – comic workshops, presentations, games and children’s activities at the Roundhouse in Yaletown (mid-May, but to be confirmed).
  • Vancouver Craft Beer Week – craft beer events culminating in the VCBW Beer Festival at the PNE Fairgrounds featuring over 400 North American beers and ciders (late May to early June).
  • Vancouver International Children’s Festival – a fun festival for kids at Granville Island (late May to early June).
  • Vancouver Opera Festival – a series of opera productions (late April to early May).
  • Vancouver Turkic Festival – a free cultural event with live music and market vendors at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders’ Square (May 26, 2019).
  • Victoria Day – the statutory holiday on the May Long Weekend when various events take place around town (May 20, 2019).
  • Whistler Go Fest – the ski resort’s “Great Outdoor Festival” which includes all kinds of sporting events and live evening concerts (May 17-20, 2019).

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.

 


 

 

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