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Vancouver Festivals

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What is going on in Vancouver, British Columbia? Check out this list of festivals: film, music, food, theatre, art and family-friendly festivals. If it is happening in Vancouver, it is listed here.

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Apr 10 to Apr 28
This six-week festival features dynamic, high-profile exhibitions from Vancouver’s leading public and commercial galleries, public realm installations, and a series of community-based photo workshops, tours, artist talks, films, and panel discussions.



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Apr 10 to Apr 23
The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver is an amazing display of color as the city trees burst into life during Spring. It comprises the Cherry Jam downtown, a musical celebration, the Sakura Japanese celebration, tree talks and walks and biking the blossoms.



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New hands-on workshops, exclusive guest chef dinners and special events throughout the city. EAT! Vancouver at BC Place May 1st to May 3rd with over 250 exhibitors including celebrity chefs celebrating all things food, drink and cooking.
  • BC Place   Address: 777 Pacific Blvd Vancouver  BC  CAN  V6B 4Y8



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This film festival is presented by DOXA, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization. Independent documentaries are featured and presented as an art form.



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VanCAF is a weekend-long celebration of comics that features readings, panels, and workshops, culminating in a two-day exhibition for cartoonists from across the country and down the coast. Admission to all events is completely free.



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Jun 01 to Sep 23
Enjoy Shakespeare's great comedies, romances and dramas in modern theatre tents on Vancouver's waterfront, performed against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky! The 2017 season's plays include Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Shylock.
  • Vanier Park   Address: 1100 Chestnut St Vancouver  BC


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The Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films will be presenting three unique shows at the Vancity Theatre. The net profits from the festival will be donated to the Georgia Strait Alliance to assist in their mission to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of the Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters and communities.
  • Vancity Theatre   Address: 1181 Seymour St Vancouver  BC  CAN  V6B 3M7



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Held in May, the Vancouver International Children's Festival entertains, educates and inspires youth with a world-renowned program of performing arts. Roving entertainers, live music, comedians, acrobats and puppets are all part of the fun.



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Presenting acclaimed Canadian and international professional performances, plus numerous hands-on arts activities, the Festival provides children ages 3-11 and school groups grades K-6 with a valuable cultural and educational experience. Each year the Festival welcomes more than 50,000 children, parents and educators to Vancouver's Granville Island.



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The Indian dance of Bhangra breaks out all over Vancouver during the City of Bhangra Festival. Enjoy colourful dance performances, drum circles, an art exhibition and an intercultural dance mash-up.



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Vancouver's Italian community celebrates its food and heritage with a one-day festival in June on Commercial Drive. The free event features sidewalk food, stage entertainment, fashion, specialty products, activities and much more.



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One of the biggest must-see spring events in Metro Vancouver, this annual festival features independent events, hundreds of performers and international artists from the U.K., United States and India. The festival will include free outdoor concerts and dance performances, workshops, conferences, and percussion events.



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The Point Grey Fiesta is the community’s annual start-of-summer event. A parade kicks off the weekend event and the volunteer-driven neighbourhood celebration includes carnival rides and games in Trimble Park.



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Jun 21
The Make Music Event is celebrated every year in over 100 countries around the world on June 21st every year. The free musical celebration takes place in public spaces throughout Yaletown and Gastown with over 300 free concerts.



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North America's biggest Dragon Boat Festival is held in Vancouver in June each year. It started in the late 1980s and attracts over 100,000 visitors and 180 different teams from British Columbia and across the world.



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Those who enjoy Greek culture, particularly its food may wish to take in the annual Greek Day Festival on Broadway in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver. Greek music and dancing also form part of the entertainment.



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This festival celebrates Art Song, the powerful fusion of poetry and music, and is hosted by VISI. A team of Canadian and International musicians, poets, and scholars present 20+ concerts and intense interdisciplinary study programs for lovers of song, both professional performers and lifelong listeners.

Guests may create their own menu of daily lectures and master classes, or simply enjoy a fantastic variety of noon-hour and evening concerts.




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For 10 days and nights extraordinary music electrifies the entire city. From Gastown to David Lam Park, from hip bistros to great concert halls, visitors can hear a wide variety of jazz, blues, groove, world music, improv and popular artists. Featuring 1,800 musicians from Canada and around the world. The Jazz Festival touches all parts of the city, with many free performances including large-scale public events, eight major indoor concert series, and a host of nightclub shows.



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Jul 11 to Jul 12
We're excited to invite you to the biggest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest. On July 11th and 12th our famous Carnaval Del Sol will take place at Concord Pacific Place. This year we are presenting for the first time the “Sol y Playa Lounge”, beer garden sponsored by Granville Brewing. You will enjoy lots of exciting activities such as Waterball and Bouncy Castles for the Kids Plaza and soccer tournament. Come to the greatest dance stage and show off your Salsa, Bachata, Samba and Zumba moves. All for free!! Dance, music, fun and delicious lationo food guaranteed. Bring your friends, family and kids to Carnaval del Sol and experience LatinAmerica.

Saturday July 11th: 10am - 10pm
Sunday July 12th: 10am - 9pm

Feel free to contact us at plaza@latincouver.ca or www.carnavaldelsol.com or call 604-566-0999

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Carnaval Del Sol was an addition to Vancouver's annual summer festival season in 2009. It provides a provides a Latin American atmosphere with food, a market place, street salsa and zumba dancing and performance by traditional dancers and musicians.
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The Indian Summer Festival showcases top talent from South Asia – across music, dance, literature, film, visual arts, cuisine, yoga and wellness – in conversation with Vancouver and Canadian counterparts. Most festival events take place in the Woodward’s Complex in Downtown Vancouver.



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Created in 2011 by the members of the Kitsilano 4th Avenue Business Association, this festival features twelve stages showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers, distinctive local artisans, street performers and a host of other festivities. Kitsilano’s legendary West 4th Avenue turns into a gigantic, 10-block street fair with a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways and special activities.



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MusicFest Vancouver celebrates jazz, classical and world music every August with hundreds of gifted performers from around the world in dozens of concerts and educational events.


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Party-at-the-Pier celebrates the maritime community through marine-themed activities and displays, along with entertainment on the Shipbuilders’ Square stage from 11am – 5pm. Other activities include: strolling pirates, face painters, balloon creations, visiting mascots, carnival games with prizes for everyone; interpretive tours, a petting zoo and much much more!




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Vancouver Greek Summerfest
Live a Day the Greek Way!

Greek Summer Festival 2016
Thursday, July 7th to Sunday July 17th, 2016
Opens at Noon Daily
FREE ADMISSION
The first Greek Summer Festival was held in 1987 as a small weekend event, attended mostly by members of the St. Nicholas & Dimitrios Church as a fundraiser for the church. Since then, Greek SummerFest has grown to 10 days every summer. It is now attended by almost 50,000 people from all areas of the culturally diverse Lower Mainland, as well as many visitors from around the world.


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The South Asian Family Association presents India Live!

The culture of India takes over Granville Street with a free street festival on July 19 from 12-7pm.

Main Stage:
1:00pm – Lapis
2:00pm – Scholarship Presentation
2:15pm – Luv Randhawa
3:00pm – Dhol Performance with South Asian Arts Society
3:30pm – Cassius Khan Collaboration with Amika Kushwahaushwaha, Vi An Diep, Peyman Rouhandeh and Sharanjeet Singh Mand
4:45pm – Dances of India with Shiamak Vancouver, UBC Junoon, Karima Essa, Esha Singh, Surrey India Arts Club, and Anita Sharma

On the Street:
Community Rangoli hosted by Pink Chai Style – All day or until complete
12:30pm – Gatka Demonstration with Guru Nanak Sikh Academy
1:15pm – Roti Making
2:00pm – Gatka Demonstration with Guru Nanak Sikh Academy
2:45pm – Roti Making
3:30pm – Gatka Demonstration with Guru Nanak Sikh Academy
4:15pm – Roti Making
5:00pm – Gatka Demonstration with Guru Nanak Sikh Academy
5:45pm – Roti Making

More to Come



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For the best weekend of your summer - the 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival presents some of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary folk, world and roots music artists July 17-19th on the Pacific shores of Jericho Beach Park. Over 60 extraordinary Canadian and international artists and groups will perform, from new discoveries to renowned names. The festival features six daytime stages with workshops, sessions and concerts, early evening stages, and evening Main Stage concerts.

There’s a Little Folks Village with crafts and workshops for kids, and families, an Artisan market, Folk Bazaar, a Food Area with tastes from around the globe, and other fun things to see and do. Children 12 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult.

Get your tickets today at thefestival.bc.ca!
  • Jericho Beach   Address: North ends of Wallace and Discovery Streets Vancouver  BC  CAN



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Each July, the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver's Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining and dancing in the sunshine.



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Celebration of Light allows visitors to see some of the best fireworks displays in the world. Several countries each prepare a 25 minute display which is set to music. Each evening of the festival features a different country and on the final evening a tribute to all four countries is held.




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This annual community celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage is Vancouver's largest and longest running community celebration. It takes place at the beginning of August yearly.



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This festival gives Vancouver's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community the chance to gather with friends, family and supporters in a fun and positive environment. Events during the festival include a youth dance, the Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast, the Vancouver Pride Parade and the Sunset Beach Festival.



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Enjoy the largest annual summer block party in Vancouver's historic Chinatown. Past festivals have featured heritage and food tastings, walking tours, multicultural stage performances, Chinese folk art demos, open air markets, community info displays, BMX bike stunts, a Kids Bike Rodeo, inflatable games, children's activities, lucky draws and much more. This free festival takes place on Columbia Street & Keefer Street, Vancouver.


Vancouver Chinatown Festival
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The Queer Arts Festival is Canada’s professional three-week multidisciplinary arts festival held in Vancouver, celebrating queer art and artists, featuring a curated visual arts exhibition, provocative new live performances and inspiring workshops.



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Theatre Under the Stars presents a pair of toe-tapping, laugh-inducing productions this summer with Shrek: The Musical and Legally Blonde: The Musical, running July 11 – August 23, 2014 (performances alternate evenings) at Stanley Park’s picturesque Malkin Bowl. A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, Theatre Under the Stars promises a blonde-tastic, ogre-ific season filled with surprise, delight, and non-stop fun for the whole family.

Tickets from $20-$45 at tuts.ca or 604.696.4295. Info: tuts.ca.


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The Vancouver Out On Screen Film and Video Society promotes queer films and media arts to provide a platform for understanding, exploration and education between communities.



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Food Cart Fest is a gathering of over 20 of Vancouver’s top Food Carts presented by Arrival and The Streetfood Vancouver Society. Festivities occur every Sunday in the summer and feature food, fun, and sun complemented by community markets, live music and DJs, craft food vendors, kids activities and more.



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Save the date for our 6th annual Wesbrook Village Festival this year on September 10! Enjoy a day full of fun for everyone - and we mean everyone; from students to seniors, friends to families, and residents to visitors.

If you've been to the Wesbrook Village Festival before, you know exactly what you're in for - an afternoon of fun activities and great food all for FREE!

Be prepared for:
- Free BBQ
- Live Music
- Rock Climbing Wall
- Kid's Zone
- Entertainers
- Goodies for sale by local artisans

So what are you waiting for? Slot us into your itinerary and leave the rest to us.



Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Wesbrook Village (3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC)



Picture taken during Wesbrook Village Festival 2014
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Save the date for our 6th annual Wesbrook Village Festival this year on September 10! Enjoy a day full of fun for everyone - and we mean everyone; from students to seniors, friends to families, and residents to visitors.

If you've been to the Wesbrook Village Festival before, you know exactly what you're in for - an afternoon of fun activities and great food all for FREE!

Be prepared for:
- Free BBQ
- Live Music
- Rock Climbing Wall
- Kid's Zone
- Entertainers
- Goodies for sale by local artisans

So what are you waiting for? Slot us into your itinerary and leave the rest to us.

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Wesbrook Village (3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC)



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Vancouver's Fringe Festival gives city residents and visitors the change to see a range of interesting performances by artists and theatre groups from across Canada and the rest of the world. Shows take place at a variety of venues across the city and include everything from theatres to cafes.



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One of the largest film festivals in North America, the Vancouver International Film Festival shows approximately 350 films from all over the world, and aims to foster understanding of other countries through the medium of film. Venues include Empire Granville 7 Cinemas, Pacific Cinematheque, Ridge Theatre and Vancity Theatre.



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The world is invited to the first edition of the Vancouver Cuban Music Festival, a four-day-long celebration of the island's superb musical legacy.


Vancouver Cuban Music Festival
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Dozens of authors, poets and playwrights from around the world converge on Granville Island annually in October for ticketed events including readings and lectures. Maeve Binchy, Claudio Magris and Jim Harrison are among some of the previous stellar guests. Inquire locally for further details.



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The Vancouver Jewish Film Festival is the longest running Jewish film festival in Canada. Every year the festival celebrates Jewish culture with Jewish films from around the world.
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Since its inception in 1997, the Hopscotch Festival of Scotch, Whiskey and Beer has educated and allowed the public to try premium samples of some of the world’s most popular alcoholic beverages. The event consists of a trade show, seminars and public tastings.



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The PuSh Festival presents unique work in the performing arts. Theatre, dance and other types of performance are featured. In the past, it has attracted local, national and international artists.



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This annual festival showcases outdoor adventures through a series of films as well as slides and speakers. Mountain biking, skiing, climbing and more are represented.



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Dance, theatre, music and comedy are some of the events taking place at this year's Chutzpah! Festival.
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In celebration of Celtic culture and St. Patrick's Day, CelticFest is held in downtown Vancouver and features a hearty mix of Celtic music, dance, spoken word, film and food, culminating with the grand St. Patrick's Day Parade.



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Vancouver Orchid Society (VOS) proudly presents VOS Annual Orchid Show and Sale at the VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Come and see lovely displays of orchids in bloom.

Shop for favorite plants from a huge selection of plants for sale from leading local and international orchid growers.

Ask questions about orchids on display or learn more about orchids already owned.







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