Top Events Canada TOP 20 EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN VANCOUVER BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver in British Columbia offers a wealth of popular events and festivals every year.

There are more than 20 events and festivals taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia each year. Here, Top Events Canada concentrates on those top 17 events such as one of North America's Top 10 Saint Patrick's Day Parades and a top-10 destination marathon.

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival
mid January to early February
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada Reputed to be Canada’s largest restaurant festival, the 17-day Dine Out Vancouver Festival showcases sample menus from more than 200 restaurants around the city, all for a prix fixe cost (price points are $18, $28 and $38 per person). Visiting foodies and locals can also opt for a full-blown foodie getaway thanks to a number of Vancouver hotels that offer special discounted room rates of $78, $108 and $138 CAD per night, as well as a selection of exclusive Dine Out packages.

For more information about the Dine Out Vancouver Festival visit:
http://www.dineoutvancouver.com







Vancouver International Wine Festival
late February – early March
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Wine events and Wine Festivals in CanadaA well respected event for a third of a century, the Vancouver International Wine Festival, also known as VanWineFest, is recognized as Canada's premier food & wine event and one of the biggest, best and oldest wine festivals on earth offering wine enthusiasts a chance to meet winemakers from all over the world. Favorite facets of the event include wine tastings and pairings, wine seminars,gourmet dinners and luncheons and educational seminars.

For more information about the Vancouver International Wine Festival visit:
http://www.vanwinefest.ca/







St Patrick’s Day Parade
mid March
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – St Patrick's DayRecognized as one of North America's Top 10 Saint Patrick's Day Parades, the Saint Patty’s Day Parade in Vancouver features over 2,000 performers and attracts more than 300,000 people each year. Highlights of the parade include award-winning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, civic bands, Scottish and Irish dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, vintage cars, Irish wolf hounds proudly marching to an Irish beat. the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team and pipe band, fire and police dogs,  mounted horse drill teams, multi-cultural organizations and performers, local businesses, and celebrity guests.

For more information about the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver visit:
http://www.celticfestvancouver.com/parade.php>







Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
end March / April
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Flower Festivals CanadaAll 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.

For more information about the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/BC-top-events-festivals-Vancouver-Cherry-Blossom-Festival.html
or take a look at:
http://www.vcbf.ca/







BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half-Marathon
early May
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Marathons Ranked a top-10 destination marathon by Forbes, the BMO Vancouver Marathon is one of Canada’s largest marathons and half-marathons and has been a popular event for over forty years attracting athletes from over 40 different countries ever since it began in 1972. With the actual race starting in downtown Vancouver and carrying on through Chinatown and the famous Stanley Park, the BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half-Marathon is noted for the size and speed with which it can be completed.

For more information about the BMO Vancouver Marathon and Half-Marathon visit:
http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca/>







Eat! Vancouver
late May – early June
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Food and Wine Events in CanadaAlmost a decade old, the growingly popular Eat! Vancouver festival is a three-day food and cooking festival that features celebrity chefs, food manufacturers, cooking demonstrations, cookbook authors. and even and culinary competitions. As well as the best in food, Eat! Vancouver also showcases the best in wineries, numerous local and regional beers, a chance to interact with vintners and brewers and other beverage manufacturers at the Tasting Pavilion where you can sip and taste hundreds of different beverages.

For more information about Eat! Vancouver visit:
http://www.eat-vancouver.com/>







Pacific Rim Kite Festival
early June
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Kite FestivalsFor almost forty years, sponsored by the British Columbia Kiteflyers Association, the British Columbia Kiteflyers Association has presented its increasingly popular Pacific Rim Kite Festival at Vanier Park in Vancouver showcasing workshops, and some especially for children, in making kites, kite displays and demonstrations, and kite making workshops Other popular events include, kite displays and demonstrations as well as a wide ranger of music and refreshments, and even candy.

For more information about the Pacific Rim Kite Festival visit:
http://bcka.bc.ca







Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival
Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
late June
False Creek, Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Dragon Boat FestivalsRecognized as North America’s biggest and best dragon boat festival, and also known as the annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival attracts more than 100,000 enthusiasts every year who come to cheer on the 180 dragon boat teams from all over the world as they compete for highly respected titles. Apart from the actual dragon boat races (a new dragon boat race every 10 minutes) entertainment in this increasingly popular event includes a World Beat Stage, tempting food and shopping and much more.

For more information about the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival / Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival visit:
http://dragonboatbc.ca/home/>







Bard on the Beach
June to September
Vancouver, Canada (BC)

Shakespeare Events in CanadaIn 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.

For more about the Bard on the Beach event visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/BC-top-events-festivals-Bard-on-the-Beach.html
or visit the official web site at:
http://www.bardonthebeach.org




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Bard on the Beach is one of the Top 20 events in the whole of Canada








TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
late June
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsPresented by the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, BC’s largest music presenter, the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is in itself British Columbia’s largest arts event and attracts over half a million jazz enthusiasts every year. Taking place in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown core, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival offers more than just the best jazz performances by talent from all over the world, but also features all kinds of activities at the Family Zone, places to relax, or dance with what energy is left at the Rink Side Dance Party.

For more information about the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival visit:
http://www.coastaljazz.ca/>







Vancouver, British Columbia
1 July
Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Canada Day CelebrationsThe largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa, attracting more than 350,000 people to Canada Place in Vancouver each years, this popular event includes a wealth of live music and entertainment on three stages, exhibits and food from all parts of Canada, alongside a celebration of Canadian inventions and even an extreme-sports show, all of which concludes with the annual Canada Day Parade in the evening and finally the Canada Day Fireworks Show presented as the sun sets.

For more information about Canada Day at Canada Place in Vancouver, visit:
http://www.canadaday.canadaplace.ca/>







Theatre Under the Stars
early July – mid August
Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaPresenting popular musical theatre shows ever since 1940 (2 each year) the outdoor Theatre Under the Stars event in the picturesque outdoor setting of Malkin Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater in Vancouver’s Stanley Park is produced by one of Vancouver’s largest musical theatre companies. Performances can be enjoyed from the neat rows of folding chairs flanked by towering evergreens or from the Rose Garden Tea House as part of a dinner-theater package.

For more information about Theatre Under the Stars in Vancouver visit:
http://www.tuts.ca/







Subaru Vancouver Triathlon
mid July
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada Set in the heart of the beautiful city of Vancouver recognized for its amazing natural beauty, the Subaru Vancouver Triathlon is one of Canada’s premier triathlon events, and the fourth stop on the Subaru Western Triathlon Series. Recognized as one of the “Top 10 Best Races in the World”, the Subaru Vancouver Triathlon showcases athletes of all ages and abilities, and also includes a kid's fun run, celebrity participation, and a host of varied entertainment.

For more information about the Subaru Vancouver Triathlon visit:
http://www.triseries.ca/vancouver/index.php






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

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsA 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.

Click here for more details about the Vancouver Folk Music Festival or visit the official web site at http://thefestival.bc.ca/







Celebration of Light
July/August
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)


Top Events Canada - fireworksThe Celebration of Light, Vancouver's two-week midsummer fireworks bonanza, attracts more than 1.6 million spectators when the sparkles hit the skies on 4 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.

For more information abut the Celebration of Light in Vancouver visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/BC-top-events-festivals-Celebration-of-Light.html
or take a look at:
http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/



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Celebration of Light is one of the Top 20 events in the whole of Canada







Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival
early August
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Gay Pride in CanadaThe 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 has now grown into a nationally and internationally recognized parade and festival attracting over 750,000 people to the streets in a day.

For more information about Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival take a look at:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/BC-top-events-festivals-Vancouver-Pride-Parade-Festival.html
or visit the official web site at http://www.vancouverpride.ca >





Pacific National Exhibition
mid August to beginning September
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)


Top Events Canada Entertaining millions of people since 1910, the ever popular Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver's annual summer Fair is the longest running and best attended annual ticketed event in British Columbia and the site of hundreds of famous events - from live music performances, all sorts of shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, and a wealth of cultural activities.

For more information about the Pacific National Exhibition see:
http://www.pne.ca/

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The Pacific National Exhibition is one of the Top 20 events in the whole of Canada



 





Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)
late September – mid October
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC) 

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsA popular event for over 30 years, and now one of the largest film festivals in North America, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) attracts more than 150,000 film fans each year with a wide variety of some of the best films, a quarter of which are documentaries, from more than 80 countries around the globe. Highlight of the event is the prestigious Juried Awards ceremonies including the Best Canadian Feature Film award, the Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award, and much more.

For more information about the Vancouver International Film Festival visit:
http://www.viff.org






Eastside Culture Crawl
mid November
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada Attracting more than 10,000 people each year, the Eastside Culture Crawl is a free, three-day visual arts festival featuring more than 300 studios of Vancouver’s widespread community of artists including local painters, jewelers, sculptors, photographers, musicians and more. During this popular event that has happened for almost 2 decades attendees can purchase and commission artwork, or simply browse through the studios and meet the artists.

For more information about the Eastside Culture Crawl visit: http://www.eastsideculturecrawl.com









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