Vancouver Summer Festivals

Vancouver Summer Festivals









Is there a better place to be in the summer than Vancouver? Judging by the number of tourists who flock here every year and the multitude of Vancouverites who enjoy it with them, I would venture to say- probably not. The list of Summer Festivals in and around Vancouver alone, is worth the trip from anywhere. And this city is likely best known for it's International Jazz Festival. Already a major player on the world music stage, Vancouver enjoys the prestige of being a city that international artists want to come to. Sun, sand, surf, mountains - what's not to love?

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

June 24 - July 3, 2011

B.C’s Biggest & Most Acclaimed Music Festival
1800 Musicians, 400 Concerts, 40 Venues

 "If this isn't the best jazz festival in the world,
please send us tickets to a better one."
Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times

Vancouver International Jazz Festival is a 10-day event and is one of Canada's biggest jazz festivals and features many of the world's top jazz performers. Highlights include the best in live jazz music and performances on 40 stages spread across the city, while in Vancouver's Gastown district there is a two-day street festival. There will be approximately 150 free concerts including Gastown Jazz on opening weekend (June 24-25), Canada Day on Granville Island, and the Jazz at the Roundhouse & David Lam Park free concert extravaganza on closing weekend (July 2-3).


21st Annual Celebration of Light Fireworks Show

July 30th to August 6th, 2011


When: Saturday, July 30, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
All shows begin at 10pm

Where: English Bay, Vancouver
Best viewing points include Kitsilano Beach, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach, West Vancouver.


Every year we seem to be waiting with baited breath to see if this fantastic Celebration of Light will continue. Due to a never-ending need for funding and sponsorship, this festival always seems to pull it together in the nick of time. This event has come to really define Vancouver in the summer.


Bard On The Beach 2011 - 21st Anniversary Season


Jun 2, 2011 - Sep 24, 2011


Every June through September, Bard on the Beach professional Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s great plays. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core. Staged in two open-ended performance tents, the productions are set against a spectacular natural backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline.


Vancouver International Children's Festival

Cartwright Street, Granville Island
Vancouver, British Columbia
Wed June 01, 2011 - Sun June 05, 2011

Embark on A Journey of Discovery with the 34th annual Vancouver International Children's Festival at its new home on Granville Island, May 30-June 5, 2011. Featuring acclaimed performances from Canada and around the world including Australia's Circa with their hilarious hit show "46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes", the kicks, stomps, claps and chants of "Step Afrika!" (USA), the wondrous light and movement spectacle "Farfalle (Butterflies)" from Italy, the heel kicking folk'n'roll from Québec's Mauvais Sort, plus favourites Marnie Grey and her "Music with Marnie Band", Norman Foote and much, much more. Tickets available at 604.873.3311 or visit them online.


The 16th Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

Vancouver, British Columbia
Fri May 13, 2011 - Sun September 04, 2011


The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is a shopping extravaganza including Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts & tasty ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before. Open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, starting May 20 to September 11, 2011. Takes place in Vancouver's Chinatown, 100 & 200 block of Keefer Street (between Gore, Main & Columbia Street).


2011 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival


110 Keefer Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
 Sat June 11, 2011 - Sun June 12, 2011

 The Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival centers around the Dragon Boat races. The Festival was created to show off Vancouver's growing cultural diversity and to promote racial harmony among Canadians, new and old. Well,  23 years later the Festival still fulfills its mandate to promote cultural harmony and has developed into one of Vancouver's most anticipated summer family events.

 The Festival supports a marketplace with art, international products, delicious food and drinks. There is something for everyone at this annual Festival.


Playland at the PNE

Apr 30, 2011 - Sep 25, 2011

2901 East Hastings Street

 Playland offers rides to match the most extreme thrill seeker to the slightly queasy stomach fair-goer. If it's games you seek, Playland's midway games section will keep your brain and hand/eye coordination busy. Interested in an adrenaline rush? Check out the Climbing Wall, Pacific Adventure Golf, Glass Maze or the Haunted Mansion. Need a break from all the excitement? Grab a tasty treat from any of the different food venues at Playland. There's something for everyone. Sit back and let the good times roll!

Canada Day Celebration

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 8:00am - Saturday, July 2, 2011 - 12:00am
Granville Island

Get your flags ready! Canada Day is on its way again and as always we’ll be throwing the best party in the city! With free jazz performances courtesy of Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, face painting, roving characters, tattoos, a parade, and more, this is a birthday bash that everyone can enjoy! We’ll be posting all the event details on the website soon, so stay tuned and make sure you save the date; July 1st on Granville Island is an event you don’t want to miss!


36th Annual Pacific Rim Kite Festival

Sponsored by the British Columbia Kiteflyers Association

Vanier Park

DATE: June 11 - 12, 2011

TIME:10:00am - 4:00pm

Pacific Rim Kite Festival

Kids Kite Making Workshop PLUS:
  • Candy & Teddy Bear Drops
  • Face Painting
  • Kite Displays &
  • Demonstrations
  • Music & Refreshments

This sounds like the ideal family fun outing. Kites, fresh air, running and having a blast!

2011 Sunrise Summer Kickoff

And last, but certainly not least, is the 2011 Sunrise Summer Kickoff. It will take place at Sunrise Square - which is at 2500 Franlin Street.

The 2011 Hastings Sunrise Summer Kick-off event will be held on Saturday July 9th from 10am until 7pm.  The event features kids street hockey, cultural performances, music, food, games and guest appearances in the dunk tank.

This year marks the event's 10th anniversary and festivities will continue with live music until 7pm. Everyone is welcome and look for tons of fun stuff to do: BBQ, Carnival, Face Painting, Youth Zone, Free Stuff and lots more.






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