TOP EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

The most western province, British Columbia ( BC ) is the third largest province in Canada. Its mountains and spectacular alpine scenery, stunning Pacific Ocean coastline and the mild climate attract millions of tourists each year for both summer and winter events and festivals, including: (in alphabetical order)


Annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade
early to Mid February
Vancouver, British Columbia


Established by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver in 1974, the Annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver marks the Chinese New Year with celebrations around Chinatown, culminating in the annual Chinese New Year Parade—one of the city’s biggest and most spectacular, featuring 3,000 performers and attracting over 50,000 spectators. Today it is ranked as one of the city’s three largest non-commercial annual parades. 

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http://www.cbavancouver.ca/parade.html











Bard on the Beach
June to September
Vancouver, Canada

In tented pavilions at an evocative waterfront venue, the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is a summer production of four professionally-produced plays by Shakespeare performed against a spectacular backdrop of the Vancouver mountains, sea and sky. Established in 1990, this is one of Canada's largest professional Shakespeare Festivals and offers a unique theatre experience.

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Celebration of Light
July/August
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Celebration of Light, Vancouver's two-week midsummer fireworks bonanza, attracts more than 1.6 million spectators when the sparkles hit the skies on four separate nights over two weeks - Wednesday, Saturday and Wednesday and Saturday again at the end of July and beginning of August. The Celebration of Light is today the largest fireworks competition in the world and is considered to be one of North America’s top pyrotechnic competitions.

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TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
end June
Vancouver, British Columbia

For 10 days and nights music electrifies the city from Gastown to David Lam Park and in hip bistros and concert halls everywhere. The world famous TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival features a wide array of jazz, blues, groove, world music and popular artists. Many free performances include large outdoor concerts, indoor concerts and a host of nightclub shows.

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TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival
end April
Whistler, British Columbia

The TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival offers the ultimate ski and snowboard festival experience. The action-packed event of 10-days and 10-nights features a mix of music, arts and sports showcasing Canada's largest free outdoor concert series, pro ski and snowboard competitions, mind-blowing photography and film, plus amazing nightlife.

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
end March / April
Vancouver, British Columbia

All over Vancouver more than 36,000 cherry trees come into bloom each spring during the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Blossom Festival offers special ways to enjoy the spectacle including details about where to find the best locations to view cherry blossom trees, a bike ride through the blossoms, Haiku Invitational, Haiku Gardens, self guided walks, a Cherry Jam Downtown concert, and more.

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival
3rd weekend of July
Vancouver, British Columbia

A popular Vancouver festival for over 30 years ago, the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival takes place over 3 days each July on eight outdoor stages at Jericho Beach Park on the west side of Vancouver against the stunning backdrop of the bay, the city and mountains. The event begins on Friday evening when the gates open at 4pm and continues to 11pm on Sunday.

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Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival
Sunday, August long weekend
Vancouver, British Columbia


The biggest parade in Western Canada and one of the largest in North America, The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival is a fun and colorful event celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. What began as a small event in 1981 now grown into a nationally and internationally recognized parade and festival attracting over 750,000 people to the streets in a day.

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Whistler Film Festival
end of November / beginning December
Whistler, British Columbia

Only ten years old, the annual Whistler Film Festival is already one of Canada’s leading film festivals. Dedicated to furthering the art of film, and produced by the Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) the Whistler Film Festival takes place at the end of November / beginning December at North America's premier destination mountain resort of Whistler, and highlights more than 60 films from around the world and offers awards over $45,000 in prizes and commissions.

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Williams Lake Stampede
late June / Canada Day long weekend
Williams Lake, British Columbia

Visitors come from all over to see the Williams Lake Stampede, one of Canada's top rodeo events. They come to witness the thrills and spills of Bareback Riding events, the fun and laughter of the Barrel Racing and the cowboy's full repertoire of skills displayed in the Bull Riding, Tie Down Roping, Cutting Horse and Mountain Race events. Besides all this, there are Pony Chariot Races, Wild Horse Races, Pony Chuckwagon, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping and Top Dog events.

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Top events and festivals in British Columbia

• Annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade
• Bard on the Beach
• Celebration of Light
• TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
• TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival
• Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
• Vancouver Folk Music Festival
• Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club
• Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival
• Whistler Film Festival
• Williams Lake Stampede



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• Nunavut
• Yukon







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