The Vancouver Chinatown Festival is a two-day event in Chinatown that features talent shows, live entertainment and other activities in mid-August.
Important Note: the 2018 Vancouver Chinatown Festival has been CANCELLED. Hopefully it’ll happen again in 2019 instead.
TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival
In years when it does take place the festival includes 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.
When and Where
In 2018 the TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival was originally scheduled for the weekend of August 11-12 on the Saturday from noon until 10 pm and on the Sunday from noon until 6 pm. The event though was cancelled for this year.
Each year the event takes place in Vancouver’s Chinatown by 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.
Youth Talent Showdown
The Youth Talent Showdown is 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.
The finals take place on the Sunday of the festival and prizes typically range 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. It is unclear if this event will be happening in 2018.
In years when the Young Star Challenge does take place, the registration deadline for this event is also in late June and auditions take place in July. Prizes range from around $100 to $300 and the finals take place on the Saturday of the festival.
Streetfest Block Party
In years when it does take place, the Vancouver Chinatown Festival happens both days from 12 pm to 6 pm, but on the Saturday from 6 until 10 pm the event turns into a block party with DJ music, carnival games, market vendors and Chinese food. It’s a fun time to be in Chinatown.
Click Vancouver Chinatown Festival for more details on the event.
For more information on things to do while in the neighbourhood, click Vancouver Chinatown.