Vancouver's Festival Season April-June

Vancouver's Festival Season

Vancouver blossoms in the spring with festivals and events celebrating everything from ethnic cultures and music to children, the arts, and the beauty of the season. Vancouver’s Festival Season is a must.


  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

    Pre-Book Popular Vancouver Attractions Before You Get Here!

    Now you can pre-book your Vancouver attractions even before you arrive. From sightseeing tours, to exploring underground mines, to soaring across Canada, to checking out a 450-foot long suspension bridge in the middle of a thriving coastal rainforest, there's something for everyone. Check out which signature experiences can be reserved and purchased today.

    > Book now

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    The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural, Works by Beau Dick - Mar. 4 to Sept. 27

    A collection of sacred masks and regalia revealing beings from the forest, sea, and supernatural realm. Created for Kwakwaka'wakw Potlatches by artist and traditional Chief Beau Dick, Gigame Walis Gyiyam (Gray whale) and other master carvers. The Potlatch, an integral part of the oral culture was declared illegal in 1884 by the Indian Act and was banned until 1951. Participants in Potlatches during this time period could be arrested, convicted, and imprisoned for two to six months. The resilience of the Potlatch speaks to its enduring cultural power. Today the Kwakwaka'wakw celebrate and practice their culture openly without fear of arrest, celebrating their timeless knowledge of what it means to be part of humanity, and the gifts and responsibilities that awareness creates. This exhibition honours the skilled carvers that continue to contribute to the Kwakwaka'wakw Potlatches today. You can catch this exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Learn more.   

    > Book a stay during The Box of Treasures exhibit
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    Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival - April 2 to 29

    There are many reasons to celebrate spring: the days get warmer, nights get longer and the city pops with colour at the peak of cherry blossom season. Each year, more than 40,000 cherry trees spring to life, decorating Vancouver's streets and parks with a canopy of white and pink blossoms. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival honours this time of year. From colourful soirees to educational seminars, the vibrant festival offers a variety of events that delight in the rebirth of spring and beauty of the sakura (cherry blossoms in Japanese). Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Capture Photography Festival

    Capture Photography Festival - April 2 to 29

    Capture Photography Festival is an annual celebration of photography and lens-based art. Vancouver's first citywide photography festival launched in 2013 and returns this month. Capture Photography Festival, a not-for-profit festival, is dedicated to celebrating local and international photography and lens-based art. The festival aims to foster emerging talent, encourage active community participation, and initiate public conversation about photography as an art form, as a means of communication, and as a mode of cultural documentation and social reflection. Each April, Capture features dynamic, high-profile exhibitions from Vancouver's leading public and commercial galleries, public installations, and a series of community-based photo workshops, tours, artist talks, films, and panel discussions. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the Capture Photography Festival

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    Vancouver Sun Run - April 19

    The Vancouver Sun Run is Canada's largest 10-kilometre road race, drawing more than 45,000 walkers and runners of all skill levels. For more than 30 years, the event has been one of the city's traditional rites of spring, boasting mild weather and a scenic route - beginning downtown at Burrard and Georgia streets, winding through the downtown core and finishing at BC Place Stadium - that showcases Vancouver's stunning scenery. Learn more.

    > Book at stay during the Vancouver Sun Run

  • Eco Fashion Week

    Eco Fashion Week - April 19 to 24

    Eco Fashion Week returns for its ninth season for five days of green-style seminars and glamorous runway shows. Taking place at various venues in downtown Vancouver, the event features an all-star line-up of well-known local designers, runway shows featuring spring collections, seminars and stylish soirees. Full event schedule coming soon. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Eco Fashion Week

  • Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

    Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, - April 26 to May 3

    The 2015 EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is expected to be the festival's best year yet. The 13th edition has expanded into a weeklong food-themed extravaganza, including a three-day tasting show at BC Place Stadium (May 1 to 3) and more than 35 unique culinary events. The festival features top culinary stars, food producers and restaurants from across North America and beyond participating in hands-on workshops, collaborative chef dinners, the Canadian Flavours Gala and Hospitality Symposium, and more. Tickets go on sale March 5. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

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    Bird Week - May 2 to 9

    Part of a global campaign to raise awareness and promote conservation of migratory birds, Vancouver's Bird Week celebrates the city's feathered friends with a week-long series of events. Highlights this year include artists' workshops, bird walks through some of Vancouver's most popular parks, expert talks and the first annual City Bird competition.

    > Book a stay during Bird Week

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    BMO Vancouver Marathon - May 3

    Runners are dusting off their lucky shoelaces for the BMO Vancouver Marathon, recognized by Forbes as a "Top 10 Marathon Worth Travelling For" and by CNN Travel as one of the world's most "exotic" marathons. One of Canada's largest marathons, the annual event draws more than 16,000 elite and recreational athletes from 50-plus countries with a scenic route beginning at Queen Elizabeth Park, winding through Vancouver's west side and around the Stanley Park seawall, and finishing downtown (on Pender and Bute streets). Participants can enter the full marathon or a half-marathon, 8-km run, 8-km School Challenge, or the Kids Run (takes place May 2). Live entertainment, cheering spectators and all of the energy and enthusiasm of a world-class sporting event combine to make this a race not to be missed. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the BMO Vancouver Marathon

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    Spot Prawn Festival - Second week in May

    The Chefs' Table Society of BC proudly presents the eighth annual Spot Prawn Festival, a celebration of one of the region's most prized and sustainable seafoods. Taking place at False Creek's Fisherman's Wharf, the festival features top local chefs, cooking demos, live entertainment, local wines and a mouthwatering spot prawn boil.

    > Book a stay during the Spot Prawn Festival

  • Varekai

    Cirque du Soleil Presents Varekai - May 20 to 24

    This show invites audiences deep within a mysterious forest, where the world of Varekai shines with intrigue and mystery. Nestled at the summit of a volcano lies an extraordinary world where anything is possible, a world awakened by Icarus, a young man who parachutes from the sky into the thick of the majestic forest.
    In the forest, Icarus encounters a number of incredible creatures, all of whom set him on a path to self-discovery and limitless potential. Combined with world-class aerial arts and circus tradition, Varekai will unlock the true spirit of adventure and human existence that's hidden in each of us. Learn more.

    Purchase your discounted tickets today!

    > Book a stay during Varekai

  • Vancouver International Children's Festival

    Vancouver International Children's Festival - May 25 to 31

    A Vancouver tradition for more than 35 years, this festival for kids of all ages welcomes more than 50,000 visitors each year and features live music, dynamic dance, enchanting puppetry and thrilling acrobatics. This year's event will once again take place on Granville Island. Learn more

    > Book a stay during the Vancouver International Children's Festival

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    HSBC City of Bhangra Festival - May 28 to June 6

    Celebrate the raucous energy and infectious rhythms of bhangra at the HSBC City of Bhangra Festival. Marking its 11th anniversary this year, the festival features hundreds of local and international artists in a series of dynamic performances designed to thrill audiences of all ages. The cultural experience will once again take place in venues throughout downtown Vancouver and area with 10 days of free and ticketed events. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the HSBC City of Bhangra Festival

  • Bard on the Beach

    Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival - June 4 to September 26

    Celebrating its 26th Season in 2015, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. Presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront in Vancouver's Vanier Park, the Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas, and several special events in two performance tents from June through September. This year's performances include, The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Love's Labour Lost and Shakespeare's Rebel. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Bard on the Beach

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    Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival - June 6 to 7

    Vancouver Craft Beer Week's Festival is now the biggest craft beer festival in Canada, with over 100 breweries and up to 400 beers to sample! This year's festival will be held at the Pacific National Exhibition, where they'll be hosting the Stihl Timbersports Western Canada Finals. Competitions will be happening on both days - Rookies, Women's and Men's Professionals, with DJ Hebegebe spinning sweet summer soul to open and close the festival. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during Vancouver Craft Beer Week

  • FIFA Women's World Cup

    The FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015TM - June 6 to July 5

    The FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015TM, from June 6-July 5, 2015, marks the first major sporting event hosted in Canada from coast to coast with matches in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montréal, and Moncton. Recognized as the most important international competition in women's soccer, the upcoming competition will unite soccer fans worldwide while giving Canada an opportunity to embrace the best of women's sport. Vancouver will host 9 matches at BC Place Stadium, featuring teams such as reigning world champions Japan and the US Women's National Team. The tournament will wrap up in Vancouver with the Final Match at BC Place on July 5. Don't miss this once in a lifetime experience: tickets start at just $20.15. Learn more.

    > Book a stay during the FIFA Women's World Cup

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