There are so many ways to enjoy the summer months in Vancouver, and one of the best pastimes is to attend a festival. From live music performances to wine celebrations, the city is teeming with large-scale festivals to entertain locals and visitors alike. While we may have assembled our own list of can’t miss events, Vancouver fans and our followers on Facebook and Twitter were more than happy to share their own favourite summer festivals.
As a popular destination for GLBT travelers, it should comes as no surprise that one of Vancouver’s most popular summer festivals is the annual Vancouver Pride Celebration. With vibrant costumes, outrageous street performers, massive floats, energetic music and more than 650,000 attendees filling the streets, downtown Vancouver is transformed into one massive party.
"PRIDE! Pride Parade is the happiest day of the year! :)"
Who doesn’t love fireworks in the summertime? Bring a picnic and a blanket and head to Vancouver’s beaches, where the Celebration of Light festival turns the night sky into a kaleidoscope of spectacular pyrotechnics. More than 400,000 people come to the beaches each night of the three-day series, where colourful fireworks burst over English Bay and provide free, family-friendly entertainment.
"Celebration of Light because it’s free, in the evening and on a beach."
Speaking of beachside events, Bard on the Beach was another must-visit festival Vancouverites recommended during the warm weather months. Theatre-lovers can experience professional productions of some of Shakespeare’s greatest works, all in the natural splendor of Vanier Park.
"I love Bard on the Beach."
— Burnaby Arts Council
Summer just wouldn’t be the same without an annual fair, so in true tradition, Vancouverites are counting down the days for the Fair at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). With more than 50 exciting rides, live concerts, acrobatic shows and concession classics like deep-fried Oreos and Slushies, kids of all ages will be able to find a good time.
"PNE is my favorite…mmm mini-donuts.. everything about it.. love the crowds the rides the food.. it’s a feast for the eyes"