The largest gathering of the Filipino community in BC, Philippine Days is a two-day festival that takes place in June at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver.
Philippine Days Festival
The Philippine Days Festival takes place annually on the second weekend in June. Consequently, in 2019, it happens on the Saturday and Sunday of June 8th and 9th.
Most years the event runs from 10 am until 6 pm.
Each year the event includes live entertainment and close to 70 food, merchandise and community services vendors.
About Philippine Days
Taking place since the turn of the previous century, Philippine Days is one of the Lower Mainland’s longest-running annual events and worth checking out. In good years, with sunny weather, the festival attracts as many as 20,000 people over the two days from across the Lower Mainland and further afield.
Philippine Days is a fairly simple festival – not at all fancy – but interesting, especially for folk with Filipino connections. Expect to see lots of businesses and other types of vendor booths.
The festival always takes place on the second weekend in June. That’s because June 12th is Philippine Independence (and has been ever since 1898).
The festival venue, Waterfront Park, is an ocean-side park just a 5-minute walk west of Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.
Philippine Days features entertainment by a wide range of Filipino and other local artists and performing arts groups. A couple of years ago there were short promotional concerts by the Day Trippers – a Beatles Tribute Band – and the Music of ABBA by the group ARRIVAL.
A couple of years ago there was also a special guest appearance by the Filipino actor Richard Gomez, and performances by numerous other singers, bands and dance groups, as well as just random people from the audience from time to time.
If you like Filipino food, music and/or culture, or you want to experience them for the first time, or you just want to hang out around Lonsdale Quay on the North Shore for the day, then Philippine Days at Watertfront Park is a great place to be.
For more information about the Filipino event, see the Philippine Days Festival website.
For other festivals and major events at other times of the year, check out Vancouver’s Festivals and Events Calendar. And for ideas on other things to do while in the area, check out Vancouver’s North Shore.