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More Unique Vancouver Festivals

January

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Chocoholics will love this cocoa-fueled festival, which features an unbelievable array of exotic and specialty hot chocolates. Over 20 of Vancouver’s best cafés and restaurants offer mugs of limited edition hot chocolates—past flavours have included ginger hot chocolate, Mexican hot chocolate infused with hibiscus, and hazelnut hot chocolate served with Crown Royal whiskey marshmallows. Learn more about the event here.
 

February 

Talking Stick Festival

Immerse yourself in contemporary First Nations culture at the Talking Stick Festival, an event that includes all facets of performing arts, from theatre, dance, drumming, and music, to spoken word, visual arts and multimedia performance.

Festival du Bois

Every year, Coquitlam/Maillardville, the oldest and largest francophone community in B.C, welcomes young and old to a celebration of traditional and world music, all with a French twist! For the past 25 years, Festival du Bois, the largest and most attended francophone festival on the west coast, has delivered great performances from Canada and beyond, while also, sharing the community's Joie de vivre, through great food and its unique hospitality. This event is produced by Societe francophone de Maillardville, whose mandate is to promote and facilitate access to arts and culture in French, in Maillardville/Coquitlam and its region.

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

With three ski areas within a half-hour of downtown, Vancouver is a natural fit for a film festival devoted to unique outdoors and mountaineering films. The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival brings together mountain enthusiasts, filmmakers and storytellers, with screenings in venues in Vancouver and North Vancouver over a nine-day program.

 

March

Vancouver International Auto Show

The Vancouver International Auto Show (VIAS) is Western Canada's best attended consumer show, and one of Western North America's premier automotive exhibition events. 
 

April

Capture Photography Festival

The Capture Photography Festival returns for the month of April  with Metro Vancouver’s high-profile, not-for-profit celebration of local and international contemporary photography and lens-based art. Capture will once again celebrate and promote photography through a convergence of exhibitions by preeminent cultural institutions and commercial galleries, innovative public installations, and a variety of forums, community events, and films.


May

Vancouver International Children's Festival

Head down to Granville Island for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival! Enjoy spectacular performances from around the globe for kids and families of all ages. Acrobatics, puppetry, theater, music and lots of arts activities.
 

June

Car Free Day Vancouver 

Reclaiming the streets for pedestrians, cyclists, and rollerbladers, communities in four Vancouver neighbourhoods celebrate their Car Free Day with street parties along a main street. Hundreds of thousands of people flood the streets for live entertainment, market stalls, patio dining and general auto-free strolling. The West End, Commercial Drive and Main Street communities celebrate in June, with the North Shore’s Car Free Day happening in August.

Italian Day on The Drive

Looking for the biggest celebration of Italian culture west of the Mediterranean? Italian Day returns to Commercial Drive for it’s 9th year in 2018 to celebrate Italian culture, community and heritage. Commercial Drive transforms into a festive, 14-block celebration zone, filled with exciting merchants, food vendors, live entertainment and more. 2017's festival saw Italian Day on The Drive take the top spot as the largest one-day cultural street festival in Vancouver, and next year's event is expected to be no different.

Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver

One of the most important Francophone cultural events in British-Columbia! Since 1990, every year in June, Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver organizes the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver, one of the most important cultural and musical francophone events in the west part of Canada.

Queer Arts Festival

The Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver is an annual artist-run showcase of queer arts, culture and history. It celebrates the unique creative expressions of visual and performing artists who identify as part of the queer communities. QAF features a curated visual arts show, a community art show, and 3 dynamic weeks of cutting-edge performances and workshops from all artistic disciplines, including music, dance, theatre, literary and media arts.
 

July

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Every year, masses of people flock to Jericho Beach Park for the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, a weekend-long event showcasing established and emerging folk musicians, world music performers and spoken-word poets. The festival attracts big-name headliners, but features such as the Little Folks Village make it a hit with all ages. Read more about the festival here.

Caribbean Days Festival

Immerse yourself in island culture with the Caribbean Days Festival, a tropical-themed event touting a multicultural street parade and a festival at North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park. Indulge in international cuisine, listen to Caribbean-style music and experience the fun, laidback vibe of the islands.

 

August

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Celebrating the best in independent queer cinema,, the VQFF is Vancouver's second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada.

Vancouver Bird Festival

The Vancouver International Bird Festival (VIBF) provides awareness and opportunities to experience birds to the public; is a marketing opportunity for the birding, nature and outdoor industries; and promotes the conservation of birds.
 

September 

Vancouver Fringe Festival

With a mandate of “theatre for everyone,” the Vancouver Fringe Festival brings audiences a diverse and thought-provoking assemblage of theatre productions, independent plays and unconventional performance art in over 700 performances. This festival is part theatre, part party!

 

October

UBC Apple Festival

Push past the regular Macintoshes, Granny Smiths and Galas, and you’ll find a hidden world of rare and heirloom apples to tempt your taste buds! The UBC Apple Festival offers tastings of over 60 locally grown apple varieties, plus cider demonstrations, pies and candy apples, and a craft market.

Vancouver Writers Fest

The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. For six days in October, this celebration takes place in the cultural oasis of Granville Island, and continues throughout the year with the Incite reading series at the VPL, special events with leading writers and the Spreading the Word education programs at Lower Mainland schools and in small BC communities.
 

November

Fan Expo Vancouver

Fan Expo Vancouver is a three day pop culture event in Vancouver, BC, running in the Fall. The event is brought to you by the same team that produces the long-running FAN EXPO CANADA event in Toronto. Everyone is a fan of something, and FAN EXPO VANCOUVER is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favourite guest and get the inside scoop about your favorite movies & TV shows at our celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favourite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with over 250,000 square feet of shopping madness.

December

VanDusen Festival of Lights

This festive event showcases countless strings of twinkling lights and holiday décor, as the VanDusen Botanical Garden is transformed into an enchanting winter wonderland. The Festival of Lights also includes Santa with his Christmas Elves, a Make-A-Wish Candle Shrine and the Candy Cane Express model train.