Top 10 Annual Events
Particularly during the summer months, Vancouver sparkles with events, parades and celebrations of every imaginable variety. Visitors return again and again to take in the sights and enjoy the best the city has to offer. Here are the top ten events that are celebrated annually in Vancouver.
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Web site: www.coastaljazz.ca
About: This annual festival is a wonderful way to get out and hear some great music. This event features jazz bands from all over and there are refreshments and food to purchase. Sit on the grass and listen to some smooth jazz.
HSBC Celebration of Light on English Bay
Web site: www.celebration-of-light.com
About: This colourful event is held on English Bay every year. It is a fireworks competition between countries that attracts about a quarter of a million spectators each night of its four-evening run.
Gay Pride Parade in the West End
Web site: www.vancouverpride.ca
About: This annual parade is a great way to celebrate Vancouver’s thriving gay community. With colourful costumes and floats, this parade attracts people from all over the world. Nudity warning—might be a bit much for small kids or people with no sense of humour!
Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver
Web site: www.tourismvancouver.com
About: Dine Out is a fantastic tasting event. People can taste fabulous cuisine at discount prices and try some of the city’s most expensive restaurants.
Pacific National Exhibition / Playland
2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Web site: www.pne.ca
About: The kids will like going to Playland while the adults will enjoy the fun at the PNE. With rides, cotton candy, hotdogs, and games, this place is great for a day outdoors!
Bright Nights in Stanley Park
Web site: www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/parks/events/brightnights
About: This event is breathtaking and visitors get to see millions of twinkling lights brighten up Stanley Park and the children’s farmyard.
Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival
Web site: www.playhousewinefest.com
About: Guests can sample wines from all over the world, along with appetizers.
Theatre Under the Stars
610 Pipeline Street, Vancouver.
Web site: www.tuts.ca
About: Watch amazing shows as you sit under the stars. The performers love what they do and you can see it in their performances.
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
6400 Nancy Greene Way, Vancouver.
Web site: www.grousemountain.com
About: A magical celebration happens every year at Grouse Mountain. Take the kids to see Santa’s workshop where they can meet all the reindeer or take a fun ride in the snow on a sleigh.
Carol Ship Parade of Lights in Coal Harbour
Web site: www.carolships.org
About: This event started 48 years ago and is still going strong Visitors can watch the boats lit up with Christmas lights as they sail past in Coal Harbour.