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Vancouver Festivals

A trip to British Columbia usually means some time in Vancouer is on the horizon. Vancouver and nearby cities like Abbotsford and Surrey host a number of festivals throughout the year, sure to make your visit a memorable one. Whether you're in town for the Vancouver International Film Festival, or the Mt. Lehman Fall Fair in Abbotsford, you're in for a uniquely fun and Canadian experience.

Vancouver Fringe Festival

An 11-day celebration of on stage theatre. The Fringe, as it's known by fans and locals, survives by a "everyone is welcome" motto, and strives to promote a positive and entertaining showcase of talented actors, writers, and performers.

Caribbean Days Festival

Hosted by the Trinidad & Tobago Society of BC. During the Caribbean Days Festival, held at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver, enjoy a wide range of impressive dance performances, live music, and an eclectic blend of food vendors. Enjoy the Beer Garden, Juice Bar, any number of the arts & crafts tents, and a children's play area.

The Barn Fall Antique Show

Once known as the Antique Expo at Tradex, The Barn Fall Antique Show is held in early October at the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Grounds in Surrey. Make the drive in from nearby Aldergrove or Langley and check out a unique and fun selection of antiques.

Mt. Lehman Fall Fair

One of the more charming and pleasant festivals you'll discover on your fall visit into the Vancouver area is the Mt. Lehman Fall Fair. Held at the Mt. Lehman Community Hall in Abbotsford, this all day festival is an ideal destination for families traveling with kids – check out the petting zoo, the pet parade, snack shack, and even the burger bus.

Vancouver International Film Festival

Drawing an annual average of over 150,000 movie buffs, Vancouver International Film Festival is held in venues across Vancouver, British Columbia. Hosted by Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society, the event is one of the five largest film festivals in North America.

Vancouver International Film Centre is the primary venue for the Festival, for which administrators of the event also manage year-round programming. Popular films showcased at previous years’ Festivals include Michael Moore’s Bowling For Columbine and Gwen Haworth’s She’s a Boy I Knew.