December 9 (TravelAndy): Come winter, and Vancouver finds itself high on holiday spirit. This season, like all other years, the Canadian city is busy spreading yuletide cheer with spectacular events — be it the Aurora Winter Festival, Vancouver Christmas market, ‘A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill’, or ‘VanDusen Botanical Garden presents Festival of Lights 2018’, ‘Lights of Hope’, and ‘Grouse Mountain Peak of Christmas’, among several others.
A celebration of magical winter experiences, the Aurora Winter Festival creates an imaginary village by the North Pole studded with amusement rides, Santa’s Workshop, skating on the Frozen River, live entertainment, Christmas market, fantastic light displays, and food. The festival, running from November 23 to December 30, at Concord Pacific Place, is a winter wonderland both kids and adults would enjoy.
Vancouver Christmas Market, one of the most-awaited holiday events, returns to entertain visitors between November 21 and December 24, at Jack Poole Plaza, from 11.30am to 9.30pm. Whether it is a floating Santa underneath the Olympic Cauldron, a gleaming 30-foot tall walk-in Christmas tree, a 20-foot long tunnel decked up with 10,000 lights, or German and Spanish delicacies, and handcrafted gifts, this market is hard to resist.
November 5 (TravelAndy): The Vancouver Christmas Market returns to Jack Poole Plaza, November 21– December 24, 2018, with extended hours from 11:30am to 9:30pm.
The city’s signature yuletide celebration amplifies and expands its festive offerings with more than 80 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures.
Wander the market’s winding alleys and discover authentic German delicacies: sizzling sausages, two warming Glühwein (mulled wine) locations, old world confections, handcrafted gifts, and so much more! You can share food and drink in the Alpine Lounge, or chill out in the Winterdeck, featuring stunning views of the North Shore. Continue reading Vancouver Christmas market begins November 21
November 2 (TravelAndy): Hawkers Market, which returns to Vancouver on November 17, offers an evening of curated food and music, highlighting a select group of Canada’s best West Coast Indie food producers.
Enjoy an evening filled with tapas-style offerings from top local chefs, craft libations by local producers, an exclusive talk by Chef Francisco Migoya of Modernist Cuisine, music by Stones Throw Records, and interactive art installations.
You can choose a ticket that fits your appetite, and enjoy the food, the music, and the conversation. Continue reading Hawkers Market returns to Vancouver on Nov 17
October 5 (TravelAndy): Fancy watching a movie at the morgue? Here’s your chance.
Vancouver Police Museum and Archives is back this year with its monthly movie screenings at the Old City Morgue.
“Are you ready to cosy up by our shiny morgue drawers, right outside the original autopsy suite, just one floor above the abandoned laboratory to watch a movie with us? The Police Museum is taking you behind the wheel in our monthly movie screenings, held on the second Tuesday of the month,” the event description on the museum website reads. Continue reading Watch a movie at a morgue in Vancouver
July 12 (TravelAndy): Vancouver is home to a large number of international events that celebrate diversity and the LGBTQ2+ community.
Here are some of them taking place over the next few months.
The Really Gay History Tour
July 3 – October 28, Sundays
Explore from downtown to the historic Davie Street Village with Forbidden Vancouver to discover the stories, landmarks, and icons of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community. Guests will visit the sites of police raids, bookstore bombings, the “Kiss-Ins” of Granville Street, Imperial Court coronations, and the gayest beer parlour in town. It’s a 2.5 hour long adventure into the stories of a community that fought back against oppression, police brutality and media hate campaigns to make Vancouver today one of the most queer friendly cities in North America. Continue reading Vancouver’s Rainbow events schedule
July 10 (TravelAndy): Shake out your favourite outdoor blanket and start planning what to bring in your picnic basket because one of the most hotly anticipated events of the summer is coming back to Vancouver this July and August!
Every Tuesday night during the summer, free outdoor movies are screened in the picturesque setting of Stanley Park. Thousands of people flock to Ceperly Meadows (near second beach pool) to gather together, munch on some popcorn, and enjoy the experience of watching a classic movie under the stars on a four-story high inflatable screen.
The schedule for the 2018 outdoor movies in Stanley Park has been released, and it’s full of family-friendly flicks, classic comedies, and more… Check out what’s in store for the 2018 summer season every Tuesday till August 21st in the list below: Continue reading Enjoy free outdoor movies at Stanley Park, Vancouver
July 9 (TravelAndy): If you’ve already managed to face your fears while crossing Vancouver’s iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge and are looking for a new challenge, you’re in for a treat! This summer, a new 427-ft-long (130 metre) suspension bridge will be opening at the peak of Whistler Mountain.
This suspension bridge is located at an elevation of about 7,200 ft above sea level, making it one of the highest elevated suspension bridges in the world. Located a 2-hour drive away from Vancouver, it may be worth the day trip!
Vancouver and the surrounding areas are no strangers to suspension bridges. If you want to make a day of it, consider making an effort to complete the “suspension bridge trifecta” complete with a trip to Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Sea to Sky Gondola Suspension Bridge, and now – the suspension bridge at the peak of Whistler. Continue reading New suspension bridge opening at Whistler
July 5 (TravelAndy): The Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF), the city’s largest annual free public art celebration, kicks off August 6th and will end with an outdoor concert on August 11th.
New this year, from 6 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m., Live Nation Canada will host an outdoor concert at Jonathan Rogers Park in Mount Pleasant. The family-friendly “Celebration” concert will feature both local artists and international talent (a lineup hasn’t been released at this time).
Prior to the outdoor concert, the venue will also have an afternoon program that will feature activities and programming related to arts and culture. The venue will have a capacity of 5,500 and tickets are expected to be between $25-30 (free for children under 12 years old). Continue reading Vancouver Mural Festival from August 6
June 6 (TravelAndy): A major event on the world folk and roots music circuit, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival challenges audiences to expand their understanding and appreciation of what ‘folk’ can mean in a global context.
Bringing attention to exciting young artists who are pushing the boundaries and honouring the elders of the tradition, the Festival is an acknowledged leader in creating new ways of working with artists in developing forums and vehicles for experimentation, improvisation and education.
The Festival features more than 70 hours of music on eight outdoor stages — three evenings of main stage concerts and two full days of performances throughout the park. Continue reading Stage set for Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2018