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Vancouver 2021 events

Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Date :
5 February 2021 - 7 March 2021

Vancouver’s cosmopolitan population is matched by its diverse dining ......

Vancouver’s cosmopolitan population is matched by its diverse dining scene and this festival gives foodies a chance to try some of the city’s finest gastronomic delights. A wide range of restaurants offer three- (or more) course set-price menus. It’s also a chance to sample gourmet experiences not normally available at other times of the year such as culinary and cocktail tours, cooking classes, street markets, and BC beer and wine tastings.

Venue:
Various restaurants.

Address:
Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Various.

Category:
Food & Drink

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Vancouver International Marathon

Date :
2 May 2021

Vancouver's city marathon follows a scenic route from Queen Elizabeth Park, ......

Vancouver's city marathon follows a scenic route from Queen Elizabeth Park, through Pacific Spirit Park and the UBC campus, along the shore of Kitsilano, before crossing into Downtown through the West End, round the Stanley Park seawall and finishing off in Coal Harbour. There’s also a half marathon, 8km race and a kids’ fun run. The Health, Sports & Lifestyle Expo takes place over the same weekend.

Venue:
City streets and seawall.

Address:
Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Free to spectate.

Category:
Sport

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Vancouver International Children's Festival

Date :
31 May 2021 - 6 June 2021

Crammed with music, theatre, dance, storytelling, puppetry, circus arts and ......

Crammed with music, theatre, dance, storytelling, puppetry, circus arts and much more, the Vancouver International Children's Festival embodies the buoyant spirit and endless curiosity of children all over the world. First held in 1978 for the young people of Vancouver and the surrounding area, the festival has since grown in popularity. It offers a packed programme of acclaimed Canadian and international professional performers as well as numerous hands-on arts activities ranging from painting and pottery classes to circus training and stilt walking. Each year the festival welcomes more than 50,000 children, parents and educators to Vancouver's waterfront Vanier Park, providing them with a valuable cultural and educational experience.

Venue:
Granville Island.

Address:
Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Various.

Category:
Kids' Stuff

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Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Date :
9 June 2021 - 28 September 2021

In tented pavilions at an evocative waterfront venue, Bard on the Beach Sha ......

In tented pavilions at an evocative waterfront venue, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is a season of four professionally produced Shakespeare plays performed against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky. Throughout the summer, two different plays are presented at each of the 729-seat Mainstage and the 262-seat Howard Family Stage. This is one of Canada's largest professional Shakespeare Festivals and offers a unique theatre experience.

Venue:
Vanier Park.

Address:
Under canopies in Vanier Park, Kits Point at foot of Whyte Avenue, Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Various.

Category:
Spectacle

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Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Date :
25 June 2021 - 4 July 2021

A dynamic programme of over 300 concerts treats audiences to a thrilling mi ......

A dynamic programme of over 300 concerts treats audiences to a thrilling mix of jazz genres in this big hitter on Vancouver’s summer calendar. Organised by the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, the festival draws up to 500,000 concert-goers. Festivities kick off with the Downtown Jazz Opening Weekend, showcase both international and local artists, and wrap up with a weekend of free performances in David Lam Park.

Venue:
Various venues.

Address:
Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Varies according to each concert; around half the events are free.

Category:
Music

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Celebration of Light

Date (To be confirmed):
July 2021 - August 2021

Vancouver’s biggest event sees three countries compete over three eve ......

Vancouver’s biggest event sees three countries compete over three evenings in the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition. Up to 400,000 spectators pack the shores of English Bay each night along with over 1,000 boats on the water to watch a glittering display of pyrotechnics. Before the fireworks, SHOREfest hosts free concerts in English Bay and Sunset Beach.

Venue:
English Bay.

Address:
English Bay, Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Free to watch from the beach; charge for bleacher seating.

Category:
Unusual

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Canada Day Celebrations

Date (To be confirmed):
July 2021

Fiercely proud Canadians take to the streets for the annual Canada Day fest ......

Fiercely proud Canadians take to the streets for the annual Canada Day festivities, dressing in red and white and painting their faces with maple leaves to celebrate the country’s birthday. Vancouver’s main celebrations include a parade, kids’ activities, a citizenship ceremony, and live music performances throughout the day. The culmination of the day’s events is a dazzling fireworks display in Burrard Inlet.

Venue:
Canada Place.

Address:
Canada Place, Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Free.

Category:
Spectacle

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Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
August 2021

Attracting a massive 650,000 spectators, Vancouver Pride is a world-renowne ......

Attracting a massive 650,000 spectators, Vancouver Pride is a world-renowned celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Beginning at Robson and Thurlow Streets, diverse and dazzling floats travel through the heart of Vancouver’s gay neighbourhood along Denman Street, Pacific Street and Beach Avenue. The parade finishes off with a raucous festival at Sunset Beach featuring live music and a local market.

Venue:
West End.

Address:
Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Free.

Category:
Gay & Lesbian

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Vancouver International Fringe Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
September 2021

A late-summer favourite, this diverse festival features over 700 theatrical ......

A late-summer favourite, this diverse festival features over 700 theatrical performances by around 100 artists. Most of BC’s largest theatre festival takes place on Granville Island, but a few performers produce BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) events at various locations throughout the city, which in the past have included a boat, a tree, a fire escape and the back of a bicycle. Shows are chosen by lottery, ensuring a truly eclectic mix of theatre.

Venue:
Various venues on and around Granville Island.

Address:
Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Various.

Category:
Entertainment

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Vancouver International Film Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
September 2021 - October 2021

This highly acclaimed cinematic celebration is one of the biggest film fest ......

This highly acclaimed cinematic celebration is one of the biggest film festivals on the continent and showcases the best of world cinema. Fans are treated to hundreds of movies from around 80 countries in a carefully planned programme which usually includes multiple Canadian and world premieres. There’s a particular focus on Canadian film as well as the largest selection of East Asian films outside the region.

Venue:
Various cinemas.

Address:
Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Various.

Website:

Category:
Theatre & Film

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Vancouver Writers Fest

Date :
18 October 2021 - 24 October 2021

A celebration of story, this literary festival brings together authors, poe ......

A celebration of story, this literary festival brings together authors, poets, graphic novelists and spoken word performers from across the globe in a lively programme of panel discussions, readings and interviews. The aim is to ‘ignite a passion for books and ideas’. Bestselling authors Margaret Attwood, Marlon James, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie and John Irving are just a few of the impressive list of former guests.

Venue:
Granville Island.

Address:
Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada

Event cost:

Various.

Category:
Art & Literature

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