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Calendar of Vancouver Annual Events Part 2

| January to June | July to December |


  • Canada Day (1st July)
    Celebrate the country's confederation day with entertainment for the whole family at Canada Place. Also features songs, dancing and spectacular fireworks.

    Phone: 666-8477 for more information.

  • Swing (1st July to 1st August)
    Spend a night watching top performances dance their way through elegant ballroom dancing and foxtrot to the beat of the 40s and 50s.

    Phone: 280-3311 Stanley Theatre for more details.

  • Stardust Pincic (1st July)
    Celebrate Canada Day with local bands from Guester, Blue Rodeo and many others. Outdoor music will please anyone.

    Phone: 280-4444 for more information.

  • Cultural Fusion and Effloresence (1st July to 17th July)
    With colorful display of clay and glass work as well as a collection of gold jewelry by Arnold Bender, this event is a must for all lovers of crafts and jewelry.

    Phone: 687-8266 or visit the Canadian Craft Museum for more information.

  • Scottish Country Dancing (1st July to 16th August)
    Held at Ceperley Playground, Stanley Park every Monday.

    Phone: 241-9724 for more information.

  • du Maurier International Jazz Festival Vancouver (1st July to 4th July)
    A must for lovers of jazz and anything New Orleans. You can find a free two day New Orleans-style street festival held at Gastown.

    Phone: 842-5200 for more information.

  • Face to Face: Four Centuries of Portraits (1st July to 26th September)
    The Vancouver Art Gallery is proud to present 400 years of potraits from painting, photography to sculpture and drawing. Works include the early masters such as Renoir and Degas.

    Phone: 662-4719 for more information.


  • Enchanted Evenings (1st August to 3rd September)
    Stroll along the Garden's Ming Dynasty lantern and listen to contemporary and traditional Asian music. (Friday evenings only)

    Phone: 662-3207 for more details.

  • Theatre Under the Stars (1st to 14th August)
    Enjoy an evening of music and drama from West Side Story under the stars in Stanley Park. (Malkin Bowl)

    Phone: 687-0174 for more information

  • Gay Pride Parade (1st August)
    Pass a week of fun and entertainment as gays from British Columbia and North America celebrate. Location at Sunset Beach.

    Phone: 687-0955 for more details

  • Symphony of Fire (August)
    Literally hundreds of people flock to the shores of English Bay to watch three countries compete against one another in a traditional night of fireworks. Canada (31st July), France (4th August), Spain (7th August) and Grand Finale (11th August)

    Phone: 738-4304 for more information


  • Grouse Grind Mountain Run (11th September)
    Whether you're an amateur or professional racer, join in the fun as you hike up Grouse Grind at Grouse Mountain.

    Phone: 984-0661 for more details.

  • 16th Annual Farm Fair (11th & 12th September)
    With craft exhibitions, coloring contest and pony ride, this event will charm the entire family. Held at Maplewood Farm.

    Phone: 929-5610 for more information.

  • Vancouver International Film Festival (24th September to 10th October)
    Located at the Hotel Vancouver and Theatre Row, this event is a must for movie lovers. With over 300 films from 50 countries making it one of the largest film festival in North America.

    Phone: 685-0260 for more information.

  • Garbage Can Art Contest and Auction (26th September)
    Twenty five local artists band together to transform garbage cans into wonderful works of arts which are then auctioned off to the public. The money raised will be donated to the British Columbia Children's Hospital.

    Phone: 681-7781 for more information.

  • Diana, Princess of Wales (1st to 5th September)
    Twenty dresses worn by Diana, Princess of Wales will be on display at the Vancouver Museum. Donations will go to organizations close to the princess' heart and proceeds will benefit the BC Childrens' Hospital.

    Phone: 736-4431 for more information.


  • Vancuver International Writers (& Readers) Festival (20th to 24th October)
    Held on Granville Island, this festival is dedicated to writers and readers from across the world. Featuring 60 of the world's novelist, poets and playwrights.

    Phone: 681-6330 for more details.

  • Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Early October)
    Join in the Chinese cultural celebration of music, stories and lantern festival at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Garden. Complimentary tea and mooncakes.

    Phone: 662-3207 for more information.

  • Sand Sculpture Exhibition (1st to 11th October)
    Watch as masters of sand sculpture build their creation from scratch on the sands of Main Beach and Harrison Hot Springs.

    Phone: 796-3425 for more information


  • Christmas Craft and Gift Market (7th, 20th & 21th December)
    Visit VanDusen Botanical Garden and browse through a delightful market selling Christmas gifts and trinkets. Look out for the Festival of Lights held every evening until the end of Christmas season.

    Phone: 275-2724 for more details.

  • Christmas at Hycroft (November)
    Come visit the McRae Mansion built in 1912 and see it decorated for the Christmas season.

    Phone: 731-4661 for more information.


  • Christmas at Canada Place: A Vancouver Tradition (December)
    Join in the fun and wonder of Christmas at Canada Place Pier. You can visit the Aisle of Wreaths as well as strolling down the Avenue of Trees.

    Phone: 666-8477 for more details.

  • Island Holiday Magic (1st December to 31st January)
    See Granville Island as you've never seen before. Enjoy the sights as the island is lit up with thousand of lights in celebration of the Christmas season.

    Phone: 666-5784 for more details.

  • A Masked Ball (31st December)
    Held at Hotel Vancouver, this event is inspired by the style and grandeur of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo. Come dressed in costumes and mingle with fortune tellers and jugglers. Hotel packages are also available.

    Phone: 684-3131 for more details.

  • Millennium Celebration
    Celebrate the start of the Millennium by cruising with the Pride of Vancouver Charters (Phone 687-5533) or indulge yourself in a special dina and dance program featuring the Dal Richards Orchestra at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. (Phone 276-9448)

  • First Night Vancouver '99 (31st December)
    Held at Science World. This open, alcohol-free and family oriented event features indoor and outdoor musical entertainment and a range of activities suited for both parents and children.

    Phone: 688-4875 for more details.

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