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Vancouver Chinatown Festival

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

The Vancouver Chinatown Festival is a cultural event in Chinatown that features walking tours, live entertainment and other activities in the summer.



This event isn’t happening in 2021 because of COVID-19. Hopefully it’ll return in 2022.


Vancouver Chinatown Festival

In past years the Vancouver Chinatown Festival has featured a Streetfest block party, Youth Talent Showdown, Young Star Challenge talent show (in some years), multicultural performances, a walking tour of the neighbourhood and other activities.

Highlights of the festival in 2019 included historical and food tasting walking tours through Chinatown, folk art demonstrations, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, an anime contest and displays of art.

In past years the festival has been a 2-day event and attracted as many as 50,000 people. In 2019, however, it ran for just one day. 2020 would have been the same, but the festival was cancelled due to COVID-19. The festival is unlikely to return in 2021, though exact details are to be confirmed.


When and Where

The 2019 event took place on Saturday, August 10th, from 12 until 10 pm. In 2020 it was originally scheduled for Saturday, July 11th. It was then going to happen on August 8th, instead, but then finally got cancelled altogether because of the coronavirus.

Each year the event takes place in Vancouver’s Chinatown around the corner of Keefer Street and Columbia Street near the Chinese Cultural Centre.

The nearest SkyTrain Station is Stadium-Chinatown on the Expo Line which is less than a 10-minute walk away.


2019 Schedule

Below is the schedule for the 2019 festival. (Future years will likely be similar.)

  • 11:00 amPlaylist Live Band
  • 12:00 pmOpening Ceremony
  • 1:00 pmMadison Reunion
  • 2:00 pmMartial Arts Performance
  • 2:30 pmPaul Latta Dancers
  • 3:00 pmMartial Arts Performance
  • 3:30 pmRod Chow Magic Show
  • 4:00 pmMartial Arts Performance 
  • 4:30 pmEire Borne Irish Dancers
  • 5:00 pm – Vancouver Puppet Theatre 
  • 5:30 pmFire Dancing Girl
  • 6:00 pmBaza Dance Studios
  • 6:30 pmRick Shadow’s Magic Show
  • 7:00 pm Lucky Draw
  • 7:15 pmFree Outdoor Movie 


Chinatown Chinese Festival
Keefer Street at Vancouver Chinatown Festival


Youth Talent Showdown

The Youth Talent Showdown has been a regular part of the festival in recent years. It’s a talent competition for youth ages 13 to 20. In order to compete contestants need to register well in advance, usually a few days before the end of June, and then audition in early July.

In past years, when it was a two-day festival, the finals have taken place on the Sunday and prizes typically ranged from between around $100 and $500.


Young Star Challenge

In previous years the Young Star Challenge was another talent show competition, but for kids ages 5 to 12. In years when the Young Star Challenge has taken place, the registration deadline for this event has also been in late June and auditions have taken place in July. Prizes have ranged from around $100 to $300 and the finals have taken place on the Saturday of the festival.


Chinatown Festival at Night
Vancouver Chinatown Festival at Night


Other Information

Click Vancouver Chinatown Festival for more details on the event.

For more information on things to do while in the neighbourhood, click Vancouver Chinatown.

For other events going on in Metro Vancouver, check out the Festivals & Events Calendar.

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