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2020 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 taking place this time of year include Playland, Terry Fox Runs, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, Thanksgiving activities, Halloween and more.


CORONA VIRUS UPDATES

Since mid-March, 2020, events larger than 50 people have been cancelled in the Province of British Columbia. Many smaller events are also being cancelled or postponed. Event details are subject to change. See official websites for the most up-to-date information regarding each individual festival or event.

For a list of Lower Mainland events that have been cancelled or postponed see our article about COVID-19 in Metro Vancouver. For a list of places that are still operating, click Open and Reopening Places in Vancouver.


Vancouver Events and Festivals in 2020

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

 


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September in Vancouver

SEPTEMBER 2020 Festivals and Events

  • Abbotsford Sunflower Festival – an event with sunflowers, a corn maze and kid-friendly activities at Maan Farms in Abbotsford (mid-August to mid-September).
  • Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival a community fair with a parade, midway, lawn mower races, horse show and crowning of the Corn King and Queen in Agassiz (September 19, 2020). (CANCELLED)
  • Bands on the Beach – two days of FREE music at Harrison Hot Springs (usually on the September Long Weekend).
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival – Vancouver’s Shakespearean theatre festival (from early June until mid-September). (CANCELLED)
  • BC Culture Days – a series of events celebrating Canadian arts and culture at various venues across British Columbia (September 25 to October 25, 2020).
  • BC GranFondo Whistler Bike Race – a bike race in Whistler (September 12, 2020).
  • Bike the Night – a cycling event where thousands of people ride through the streets of Vancouver at night (September 7, 2020).
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – thousands of sunflowers and dahlias on display at a farm in Chilliwack (early August to mid-September).
  • Circo Osorio Circus – a family-friendly circus (with dates and locations to be confirmed).
  • Coho Festivala salmon festival on the North Shore in (September 13, 2020).
  • Country Celebration of Nature – a small nature-themed community event at Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley (September 12, 2020).
  • Fort Langley Jazz Festival – this festival normally features numerous live events at various venues in Fort Langley in July. In 2020, however, due to COVID-19, the “Jazz at Home” version the festival happens on the Labour Day Long Weekend and features both live and online performances (September 4th and 5th, 2020).
  • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival – at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam with free admission and fairly major live concerts (September 25-27, 2020, but to be confirmed).
  • Labour Day – a statutory holiday on the first Monday of the month (September 7, 2020).
  • Market Mexico – a cultural event celebrating Mexican Independence Day at Robson Square (maybe in mid-September, but to be confirmed for 2020).
  • Nikkei Matsuri – a Japanese festival in Burnaby (on the Labour Day Weekend, September 5th and 6th, 2020).
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) – Vancouver’s annual summer fair (mid-August until early September).
  • Paws for a Cause – a fundraising event involving hundreds of dogs and benefiting the BCSPCA (early September).
  • Playland – amusement rides and midway games at the PNE fairgrounds on weekends (September 5, 6, 7, 12, 19 & 26 in 2020).
  • Polish Festival – a cultural event in North Vancouver (early September).
  • Richmond Sunflower Festival – a flower festival at Richmond Country Farms in August and September. (To be confirmed for 2020.)
  • Richmond World Festival – a free multicultural event at Minoru Park in Richmond (first weekend in September).
  • Riverfest – a community festival at the Quay in New Westminster (mid-September).
  • Savour Summer Festival – a free community event at River District Vancouver with live entertainment, concerts and refreshments (once a month from July until September).
  • Shipyards Festival – a free music festival and street party in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood of North Vancouver (late September).
  • Shipyards Friday Night Market – live music, food trucks, artisan vendors and a beer garden in North Vancouver. (CANCELLED)
  • Skookum Festival a music, art and food festival at Stanley Park (CANCELLED).
  • Taiwanese Cultural Festival – a festival taking place along Granville Street on the Labour Day long weekend (September 5-7, 2020).
  • Terry Fox Runs – fundraising walks and running races at various venues around the Lower Mainland and across Canada (September 20, 2020).
  • Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat races in False Creek (originally scheduled for June but then postponed until September 12-13, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Vancouver Fringe Festival – a live theatre festival in Vancouver (September 10-20, 2020).
  • Vancouver International Improv Festival – a festival featuring theatre-sports-style performances at Granville Island theatres (late September). (October 6th to 12th, 2020)
  • Vancouver International Film Festival – a prestigious film festival (September 24th until October 9th, 2020).
  • Vancouver Mural Festival an art festival that usually includes the Mount Pleasant Street Party. in 2020 however, the Street Party will not take place as the main focus is on art and community (August 18th to September 7th, 2020).
  • Victory Square Block Party – a free event with live music in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side on the Labour Day Long Weekend (September 6, 2020).
  • Westward Music Festival – a multi-genre music festival with concerts at various locations and a street party in Yaletown (September 10th to 13th, 2020).
  • Whistler Village Beer Festival – celebrating everything to do with craft beer up at Whistler (Usually in mid-September, but cancelled in 2020).
  • White Rock Buskers & Comedy Fest – street performers and comedy acts in White Rock (late September).

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

 


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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). (TBC)
  • BC Culture Days – a series of events celebrating Canadian arts and culture at various venues across British Columbia. (It normally happens in late September, but in 2020 it runs from September 25 until October 25.)
  • 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).
  • Circo Osorio Circus – a family-friendly circus (with dates and locations to be confirmed).
  • Classic & Custom Car Show – an indoor car show at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford (originally scheduled for April but now taking place on October 9-11, 2020).
  • 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).
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a multi-day festival showcasing visual arts, music and cultural sharing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (October 28 to November 8, 2020).
  • 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).
  • 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.

 


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November in Vancouver

NOVEMBER 2020 Festivals and 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).
  • DTES Heart of the City Festival – a multi-day festival showcasing visual arts, music and cultural sharing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (October 28 to November 8, 2020).
  • 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).
  • Rotary Get Inspired Talks –  a series of inspirational talks at the Granville Island Stage Theatre on Granville Island. The event is a collaborative project of Get Inspired Talks Vancouver and local Rotary Clubs (November 7, 2020).
  • 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 (November 28, 2020).
  • 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 (CANCELLED for 2020. Taking place on November 6 & 7 in 2021 instead).

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

 


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December in Vancouver

DECEMBER 2020 Festivals and 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 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.

 


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February

FEBRUARY 2021 Festivals and Events

  • BC Family Day – a statutory holiday with special family-friendly activities at various locations (February 15, 2021).
  • BC Home and Garden Show – a trade show featuring over 400 exhibitors at BC Place Stadium (February 17 to 21, 2021).
  • Chinese New Year – a cultural holiday celebrating the Lunar New Year with various events throughout the Lower Mainland (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 Anthropology at UBC (late February and/or beginning of March).
  • Dine Out Vancouver Festival – special deals at hundreds of local restaurants (February 15 to 31, 2021).
  • Family Day – a statutory holiday on the third Monday of February each year. A variety of events take place to celebrate on the long weekend.
  • Fort Langley Historic Half Marathon – a half marathon and 1-km, 5-km and 10-km running races in Fort Langley (mid-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-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 (January 20 to February 7, 2021).
  • 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).
  • 24 Hours of Winter – a two-day winter sports event at Grouse Mountain (mid to late 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.

 


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March

MARCH 2021 Festivals and Events

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

 


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April

APRIL 2021 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.

 


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May

MAY 2021 Festivals and Events

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June in Vancouver

JUNE 2021 Festivals and Events

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July in Vancouver

JULY 2021 Festivals and Events

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August in Vancouver

AUGUST 2021 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 30 to August 1, 2021).
  • Abbotsford Airshow – Western Canada’s largest airshow (early August).
  • Abbotsford Sunflower Festival – an event with sunflowers, a corn maze and kid-friendly activities at Maan Farms in Abbotsford (mid-August to mid-September).
  • Ambleside Retro Music Festival – a classic rock festival at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park (mid-August).
  • Arts Alive Festival – a community arts festival in Langley (mid-August).
  • Bard on the Beach – Vancouver’s Shakespearean theatre festival (mid-June to late September).
  • BC Day a statutory holiday on the first Monday in August (so August 2nd in 2021).
  • 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 August).
  • Carnaval del Sol – a large Latin American festival in Vancouver (early August).
  • Chilliwack Garlic Festival – a family-friendly event at Fantasy Farms in the Fraser Valley (late August, but to be confirmed for 2021).
  • Chilliwack Fair and Rodeo – the 147th annual fair and small town rodeo in Chilliwack (early August).
  • Chilliwack Flight Fest a free airshow at the Chilliwack Airport in August (late August). (TBD)
  • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival – thousands of sunflowers and dahlias on display at a farm in Chilliwack (early August until early to mid-September).
  • Clover Valley Beer Festival at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Surrey (early August, but to be confirmed.)
  • 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 evenings in August).
  • 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 (late July until early August).
  • Honda Celebration of Light – a fireworks competition and accompanying festival in English Bay and Stanley Park (July 24, 28 and 31, 2021, although with details to be confirmed).
  • India Live – a free event celebrating Indian Culture on Granville Street (from early to late August).
  • KiteClash – the Canadian Freestyle Kiteboarding Championships in Squamish (late August).
  • 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 (early August).
  • 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 (mid-August, but to be confirmed).
  • Playland – amusement rides and midway games at the PNE fairgrounds on weekends.
  • Port Moody Car Free Day – a community festival in Port Moody (mid to late August).
  • Powell Street Festival – a two-day festival celebrating Japanese-Canadian culture in downtown Vancouver (July 31 and August 1, 2021, but with details to be confirmed).
  • Ribfest Langley – a BBQ rib and live entertainment event hosted by area Rotary clubs at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley (mid-August).
  • Richmond Sunflower Festival – a flower festival at Richmond Country Farms in August and September.
  • Richmond World Festival – a free multicultural event at Minoru Park in Richmond (on the September Long Weekend).
  • Savour Summer Festival – a free community event at River District Vancouver with live entertainment, concerts and refreshments (once a month in the summer).
  • SeaWheeze Half Marathon – a running race that’s followed by a large festival-style after-party at Stanley Park (mid-August).
  • Shipyards Friday Night Market – live music, food trucks, artisan vendors and a beer garden in North Vancouver (August 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2021).
  • 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 29 to August 2, 2021).
  • Steveston Dragon Boat Festival – dragon boat racing in Steveston Village (late August).
  • Sunset Festival – a festival that takes place at Stanley Park after the SeaWheeze Half Marathon on the same day (mid-August).
  • Theatre Under the Stars – a pair of musical theatre productions show on alternating days at the outdoor theatre in Stanley Park (early July to late August).
  • 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 (late July until early August).
  • Vancouver Mural Festival an art festival that usually includes the Mount Pleasant Street Party (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 (early August).

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