From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to New Year’s Eve celebrations, Vancouver’s calendar is jam-packed with festivals and other exciting events. Here's a quick round-up of a few highly anticipated 2018 events and festivals in the city:
Vancouver International Wine Festival | February 24 – March 4, 2018
One of the oldest and largest wine events in the world, the Vancouver International Wine Festival brings together 25,000 enthusiasts in late February each year, from the vino newbie to the experienced sommelier. Unlike other festivals that focus on trade and wine insiders, the majority of the VIWF’s event are open to the general public. This year the festival’s feature regions are Portugal and Spain, with a keynote by Paul Wagner, international wine judge and award winner. Visit the website for full festival details.
JFL NorthWest | March 1 – 10, 2018
In its third year the JFL NorthWest Comedy Festival will be hitting the stage again for 10 days of local and international comedians, podcasts, films, and more. The 2018 festival features comedy powerhouses Bill Burr, Trevor Noah, Jo Koy, and Jay Pharoah, and award-winning podcasters like Jake and Amir from If I Were You Podcast and Stop Podcasting Yourself will be gracing the stage. Visit the festival website for the full lineup and get ready to laugh your socks off.
Celebrating the best in Canadian music, the JUNO Awards have evolved from an industry awards night to a week-long festival that travels from city to city across Canada. The festival encompasses both public-facing fan events and industry networking opportunities that feature a diverse array of Canadian artists and emerging talent. This year's events include the Juno Festival, Juno Cup Hockey, Songwriter's Circle, and the final awards night (hosted by Vancouver native Michael Bublé) at the Rogers Arena on March 25. Grab tickets and catch performances from Arcade Fire, Arkells, Daniel Caesar, and Jessie Reyez.
Vancouver Folk Music Festival | July 13 – 15, 2018
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.
Vancouver Pride Festival | August
A diverse and gay-friendly destination, it’s no surprise that Vancouver is home to one of Canada’s largest pride celebrations. Culminating in the Pride Parade on the Sunday of the August long weekend each year, the Vancouver Pride Festival actually includes more than 20 official events that bring together the LGBTQ2+ community as well their friends, allies, and supporters.
Skookum Festival | September 7 – 9, 2018
Launching September 2018, Skookum celebrates the diversity of music, art, and food. Accompanied by today’s best contemporary music, the festival will also have a sophisticated food and beverage program, showcasing the best BC wines, craft beers, and distilleries.
Vancouver Writer's Festival | October 15 – 22, 2018
The Writer's Fest 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 Vancouver Public Library, special events with leading writers and the Spreading the Word education programs at Lower Mainland schools and in small BC communities.