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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 on August 10, 2019.

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 include 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 runs for just one day.

When and Where

Last year the 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 in 2018. It will be happening again in 2019, however, but just for one day. The 2019 event takes place on Saturday, August 10, from 12 until 10 pm.

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.

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. The Youth Talent Showdown may or may not take place in 2019. To be confirmed.

Young Star Challenge

In previous years the Young Star Challenge was another talent show competition, but for kids ages 5 to 12. It is also unclear if this event will be happening in 2019.

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. Again, 2019 details are to be determined.

Streetfest Block Party

In past years when it has taken place, the Vancouver Chinatown Festival happened both days from 12 pm to 6 pm, but on the Saturday from 6 until 10 pm the event turned into a block party with DJ music, carnival games, market vendors and Chinese food. It was a fun time to be in Chinatown.

It sounds like the 1-day Vancouver Chinatown Festival will also have a bit of a block party theme to it, but exact details are to be confirmed.

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 August Calendar or Festivals & Events Calendar.