Robbie Burns Day is a Scottish holiday that takes place on January 25th each year and is commemorated in Vancouver with traditional Scottish celebrations.
Robbie Burns Day
Robbie Burns Day (or Rabbie Burns Day) is named after a Scottish poet who was born on January 25th in 1759. Burns Suppers are normally held on or near the date of his birthday to celebrate his life and poetry.
Vancouver Robbie Burns Day Celebrations
Below is a list of Robbie Burns Day events that took place in Vancouver in 2020. 2021 details are to be confirmed (although most events will likely be cancelled due to COVID-19).
- Celebrating Robbie Burns – the band Blackthorn performed along with dancers and other special guests at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. The show included Scottish dancing, poetry and Celtic music. Admission cost $35 for adults, $29 for students and seniors, and $12 for children under the age of 12. Prices included the show, snacks, traditional Scottish dishes and beverage tasting. The event took place last year on Thursday, January 23rd, and began at 7:00 pm. (The event likely isn’t happening in 2021, but exact details are to be confirmed.)
- SFU Robbie Burns Dinner – the SFU Pipe Band Organization hosted its annual dinner celebration last year on Saturday, January 25th, at the Executive Plaza Hotel in Coquitlam. The event featured Haggis and other traditional Scottish foods, readings of poetry written by Robbie Burns, dancing, and performances by the SFU Pipe Band and Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band. Tickets cost $80 and the event ran from 6:00 to 11:30 pm. (The event likely isn’t happening in 2021, but exact details are to be confirmed.)
- 2020 Burns Supper – on Saturday, January 18th, 2019, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society hosted their Robbie Burns Day celebration. The event took place at the Scottish Cultural Centre at 8886 Hudson Street in Vancouver from 6:00 until 11:00 pm. The event featured dancing, Scottish food and music, and other cultural celebrations. Tickets cost $60 for members of the RSCDS or $70 for non-members. (The 2021 event has been CANCELLED.)
Other Celtic-themed events that take place in the Lower Mainland include the following:
- CelticFest Vancouver – a festival that takes place around St. Patrick’s Day.
- BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival – a cultural and sporting event in Coquitlam in June.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s January Calendar
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Best Places for History & Culture
- Vancouver Shows & Entertainment