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Vancouver Pakistan Festival

Vancouver Pakistan Festival

The Vancouver Pakistan Festival is a free festival celebrating Pakistani culture, music and food in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in the summer.

Most years it takes place in mid-August, but in 2018 it took place on Sunday, July 8th.

Pakistan Festival in the Art Gallery Plaza

The Vancouver Pakistan Festival takes place in the north plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street between Howe and Hornby. (Note: the plaza was renovated in 2018 and renamed šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square which is pronounced, very approximately, “Hootlacken”).

The venue’s address is 750 Hornby Street and activities take place from noon until 8:30 pm. Admission is free.

Pakistan Festival by Hotel Vancouver
šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square

At the festival there is live music and other cultural performances on a stage in front of the Hotel Vancouver. Lots of chairs are set up for people enjoying the entertainment. Also at the festival are a number of food stalls and vendors.

The Pakistan Festival isn’t a huge event, but it’s not tiny either and can attract up to a couple of thousand people at peak times.

August 14, 1947, is the day that Pakistan became an independent nation. That’s why in past years Vancouver’s Pakistan Festival has taken place in mid-August, as a way to celebrate the country’s independence. In 2018, the festival was held in the second week of July instead. The reason given? To make it closer to Canada Day!

Pakistan Festival in Art Gallery Plaza
Market vendors at the Pakistan Festival

Other Information

For further details check out the Pakistan Festival website.

For a list of other Vancouver events at various times, see the July or August event calendars or click Festivals & Events.