The Vancouver Thai Festival is a free event showcasing Thai food, music and culture outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on a weekend in late July.
2021 FESTIVAL CANCELLED
The 2020 Thai Festival was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the 2021 festival has also been cancelled and organizers hope that the event can return in 2022.
Thai Festival in the Art Gallery Plaza
In 2019 the Thai Festival took place on the Saturday and Sunday of July 13th and 14th. It ran from 10:30 am until 10:00 pm both days. 2022 dates and details are to be confirmed.
The event is sponsored by the Royal Thai Consulate and it’s been happening every year since 2014.
The Thai Festival is held in the North Plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery which is located at 750 Hornby (at the corner with Georgia Street). At the festival there’s a stage where dances and other performances take place, and in the plaza there are a number of food stalls and other vendors.
What to Expect
Vancouver’s Thai Festival is a small to medium-sized festival. In good weather there can be up to about 500 or more people there at a time, and as many as half a dozen food vendors selling everything from Thai curries to other tropical dishes.
The Thai Festival is an opportunity for local Thai dancers and other performing arts groups to share their talents and culture with the general public Vancouver.
At the festival expect to see lots of dance groups, colourful costumes, people speaking Thai and delicious spicy smells.
If you’re downtown, like Thai food and want some culturally-interesting free entertainment, then the Thai Festival is worth checking out. Again, it’s not a huge event, but the food is tasty and the performances are enjoyable.
For more information about the event see the official Thai Festival website.
For a list of other free events taking place this same month, click Free Events in July.