The Pinoy Fiesta is a festival celebrating the Philippines, Filipinos and Filipino culture at Vancouver’s Memorial South Park in August.
In 2019, the event took place on August 25th. The Pinoy Fiesta was likely cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most years it runs from 9 am until 7 pm, but 2021 dates and details are to be confirmed.
Pinoy Fiesta Vancouver
The Pinoy Fiesta is one of a couple of major Filipino events in the Lower Mainland each year. The other main festival celebrating Filipino culture is the Philippine Days Festival which takes place in North Vancouver in June.
The Philippine Days Festival claims to be “British Columbia’s biggest celebration of Philippine Arts and Cultural Heritage.” The Pinoy Fiesta, meanwhile, claims to be “the most awaited and biggest Filipino cultural event in Canada.”
Both of the above events are fairly big and draw large crowds of Vancouver Filipino residents. That’s not surprising given the fact that close to 5.5% of the population of Metro Vancouver is of Filipino decent!
Where and When
In years when it does happen, the Pinoy Fiesta takes place at Memorial South Park which is located at 5955 Ross Street near the corner with 41st Avenue in Vancouver. It’s close to Mountain View Cemetery and just a 5-minute drive southeast of Queen Elizabeth Park.
The festival usually takes place in late August. In 2019 it was on Sunday, August 25th. 2021 details are to be confirmed.
What to Expect
At the Pinoy Fiesta you can expect to see dozens of community organization information booths and hundreds if not thousands of Filipinos.
There is a small parade in the morning. It’s basically a procession of community groups going around the park’s running track. Some groups are in traditional costumes, some play music and all have a banner advertising their organization.
During the day there is live entertainment on the main stage. There are also various exhibits and food vendors spread out around the main field at the park.
Pinoy Fiesta Video
Below is a video of the Pinoy Fiesta event to give you an idea of what the festival looks like.
For more information about the August Filipino event, click Pinoy Fiesta.
For details about the June event in North Vancouver, click Philippine Days Festival.
For a list of other cultural events throughout the year, check out Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar.