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Festivals & Events in Vancouver

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival
A fabulous week of special events takes place at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre and at outstanding culinary venues across the city. All participating wineries showcase their wines at booths in the International Festival Tastings.

Additionally, wineries can choose to host fabulous winemaker dinners at Vancouver's top restaurants, participate in formal wine seminars, and join with other wineries and restaurants at fantastic wine and food Saturday lunches or Sunday Brunches.

EAT! Vancouver - The Everything Food + Kitchen Show
During EAT! Vancouver is a show of different kinds of food, beverages, kitchen restaurants, wineries, breweries and a muiltitude of stage presentations by celebrity chefs, cook book authors and "how to" seminar leaders.

The show also features cooking and ice carving competitions, including the Iron Chef The held at BC Place Stadium.

Annual Vancouver International Children's Festival
Be ready to throw yourself into in a magical music, amazing rhythms, marvelous theatre, spellbinding storytelling and amazing activities at this year's festival, which lights up beautiful Vanier Park. start an exciting safari at the annual Festival, which shines a spotlight on the arts and cultures of Africa. The popular "theme days" are again an integral part of this year's events.

The Annual Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
Vancouver hosts the largest dragon boat celebration in North America. More than 180 teams plus entertainers, special marketplace and food vendors and thousands of visitors take part in this unique 2-day event.

Join the festival at Concord Pacific Place, Science World and the waters of False Creek.

TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival
The festival usually Includes super jazz stars, 1700 musicians, 400 performances and 40 venues! If you are a real jazz lover, so the Vancouver International Jazz Festival is the event to enjoy.

Canada Day at Canada Place - July 1
Featuring the Extreme Zone, a Lumberjack Show, rock climbing, face painting, virtual games, light shows, street performers, live music.

Canada Day at Granville Island - July 1
Granville Island invites you for an amazing Island-wide family event, packed with free, fun-filled activities. Wearing red and white is the dress code to ride the ferries to Granville Island two-for-the-price-of-one.

The Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Three consecutive days of contemporary and traditional folk music, Vancouver's Jericho Beach is the setting for over 50 unforgettable folk music performances.

The Folk Music Festival is the Vancouver summertime favorite!

The Annual Vancouver International Comedy Festival
This celebration of laughter features a combination of international comic artists. Performances take place on outdoor stages throughout the city, as well as in some pubs and bars on Granville Island.

Festival Vancouver
In the summer, Vancouver will host the return of one of the largest classical music festivals in North America. From morning until midnight, festival lovers will experience famous voices, exciting rhythms and great chamber/ orchestral works, performed by internationally acclaimed artists from around the corner and around the world.

The Annual Vancouver Fringe Festival
It is the mission of providing "theatre for everyone", it's no wonder the Vancouver Fringe Festival has gained such popularity over the years. Everything from the dark and the crazy, to the hilarious and the mysterious is showcased here.

Be sure to be a participant in this show on Granville Island, at one of a variety of venues.

Vancouver International Film Festival
Lights... Camera... Prepare yourself for screenings of over 300 films. A truly international festival, the films of 50 countries from around the globe is featured throughout the two-week period.

Christmas at Hycroft
Vancouver's top designers transform the celebrated Edwardian mansion "Hycroft" into a setting of creative and festive magnificence. Each room is unique, and filled with exquisite furnishings and artifacts.

Christmas trees shine with twinkling lights, sparkling baubles and glittering trim. The fresh scent of pine and cedar is in the air.

Joyful and seasonal baking in the Coach house includes pre-measured signature cookie and soup mixes. Your ticket also entitles you to a chance to "Win a Mansion for a Day"!

Festivals & Events in Vancouver Islands

Polar Bear Swim - Campbell River
It is the start of the New Year. Join countless other daring dippers on this unforgettable first day of the year. (And after a late night of celebrating, a cold splash could be just what you're looking for.)

Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival - Victoria
An amazing ten-day celebration featuring more than 120 must-see features and short films. The event is held at various venues around the city.

The Annual Maple Sugar Festival - Nanaimo
Come experience five merry days of French Canadian traditions. Learn about the art of tree tapping and the making of maple syrup and enjoy the well-known maple toffee on snow and lumberjack breakfast.

Feel the magic as award-winning Canadian performers including singers, dancers, clowns, musicians, storytellers, magicians, puppeteers and jugglers capture the imaginations of spectators of all ages.

Pacific Rim Whale Festival - Ucluelet and Tofino
Each spring of every year, the whole North American population of approximately 24,000 Pacific Gray whales migrate along the West Coast of Vancouver Island, giving visitors excellent opportunities for viewing these lovely mammals from the rocky headlands. During this time, the hosting villages of Tofino and Ucluelet offer a wide range of celebrations and events providing entertaining and educational activities for all.

The Annual Brant Wildlife Festival - Parksville & Qualicum Beach
Both of Parksville and Qualicum Beach celebrate the return of more than 20,000 Brant Geese with three consecutive days of events and activities for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.

The Annual Dancing Man Music Festival - Gabriola Island
Wide range from different interesting activities, Workshops, concerts and a wide spectrum of artists at various venues inside and out during the festival. 11 days of music of all kinds, including a "kids day"!

Salt Spring Island Annual Studio Tour - Salt Spring Island
Visit 37 artists' studios, galleries, farms and even a wood-fired bakery and a cheese-making company for a "Taste of Salt Spring." Now in its 14th year, this Studio Tour is known as one of the best in North America for the range and value of art and produce. You will find textiles, glass, woodturning, pottery, alpaca and sheep products, gourmet goat cheeses, fresh bread, paintings, sculpture and home furnishings to more unusual artisan work: instrument making, printing press operation and stamp making.

The Annual Cowichan Valley Garden Tour - The Cowichan Valley
This self-guided tour of six special gardens will take you off the highway and along the byways of the beautiful Cowichan Valley. Each garden, developed and worked by its owners, has a unique character. All proceeds benefit residents of the Valley through special non-profit programs.

Annual Edge to Edge Marathon - Ucluelet
If you think you may be up for a "little jog around town", may we suggest the 42km Edge to Edge marathon? Highlights include the runners relay, a runners expo, and of course the very necessary carbo-loading dinner.

Annual Chemainus Guitar Fest - Chemainus
Enjoy music, murals, antique stores, fishing, golf and more in Chemainus!

The Annual Silly Boat Regatta - Nanaimo
The Nanaimo Child Development Centre presents a fun-filled family event which draws over 10,000 people each year to the Swy-A-Lana Lagoon. Come and participate, or be a spectator! Boat building starts at 9:00 am, first race starts at 1:00 pm. Trophies for many categories!

Nanaimo Marine Festival and Bathtub Race - Nanaimo
A celebration of the sea, and all things sea-worthy. Come and discover the wackiest craft afloat as contestants take part in a mad dash toward Departure Bay. But there's more to find, this crazy event than just floating bathtubs. Fireworks, street fairs, a parade, and generally just great times! See firsthand why Nanaimo has been dubbed "the bathtub racing capital of the world."

Galiano Wine Festival - Galiano Island
This outdoor Wine Festival raises funds for the Island Health Care Centre. Festival will feature wines from around the world, offered for tasting by Canada's leading importers. Also, for the first time, the Festival will introduce wines and cheeses from local BC producers. Music, raffle, silent auction, and a souvenir wine glass for everyone.

Annual Seafest - Alert Bay
If you want to have fun for the whole family, Come and take part in a variety of real entertaining events. Everything from Family Feud showdowns to Lip Sync contests. Not to mention craft, food, and jewelry tables.

The Annual Salmon Festival - Port Alberni
This festival is a supreme must-attend for salmon lovers. Join and take part in the fishing derby, and enjoy a few days of all things salmon-related!

The Annual Clayoquot Oyster Festival - Tofino
The Festival begins with boat tours to oyster farms in Clayoquot Sound. Enjoy food and wine, great music, and of course the slurping contest and the Chef cook-off! As well, the Mermaid's Underwater Costume Ball showcases Tofino's outstanding creativity.

Festivals & Events in Victoria

Dine Around Victoria
Food lovers and those looking for new cooking experiences will love Victoria's first annual "Dine Around Town" event - a unique way to find out the best of Victoria's cuisine scene. Over 30 participating restaurants will have mouth-watering three-course menus for the cheapest prices. Patrons can view these Dine around Town menus on-line and make reservations now, in preparation for two weeks of gastronomic delights.

Victoria International Walking Festival
Victoria International Walking Festival is a three-day festival that provides exceptional walks in a non-competitive, non-political atmosphere, seminars relating to walking, a Walk Expo and social activities. Registrants can choose from ten different walking trails ranging from 5 km walks suited to the recreational walker, to the 52 km ultra-marathon walk intended for serious walkers.

The Annual Victoria Highland Games
Different amazing artistic activities you will find ,Piping, drumming, massed bands, highland dancing, Irish dancing, Gaelic choirs, Celtic performers, Celtic kiosks, clan merchandise, and memorabilia. It just doesn't get anymore highland than this.

Annual Swiftsure International Yacht Race
Be there when the Royal Victoria Yacht Club hosts this remarkable challenge. Approximately 200 sailboats compete in the short, middle, and long distance events as they traverse the Juan de Fuca Strait.

BC Spring Wine Festival
The Victoria Branch of the BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association (BCRFA) is partnering with the British Columbia Wine Institute to present a first class BC Wine Tasting event in Victoria.

Night Illuminations at the Butchart Gardens
Enjoy an evening stroll as thousands of lights in dozens of hues dramatically light The Gardens. One of the largest underground wiring installations of its kind in North America transforms The Gardens into a summer wonderland.

The Annual JazzFest International
10 amazing days and nights of the coolest music in town - has established itself as one of the best multi-day music festivals on Vancouver Island.

Butchart Gardens Fireworks
Set to music and with a whole new show, the fireworks are sure to take your breath away. Given the popularity of this event and the successive long car line-ups of years gone by, you may want to consider taking the bus. Bring warm clothes, as well as something comfortable to sit on.

"Walking With Our Ancestors" Cultural Celebration
Formerly called First People's Festival, this is the nation's largest urban celebration of First Nations Culture. Discover traditions, art, and history. With over 350 talented storytellers, dancers, drummers, fashion designers, and musicians, the event is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Symphony Splash
The Symphony Splash brings 40,000 people to Victoria's Inner Harbour during the August long weekend.listen to a combination of pops and classics played by the Victoria Symphony on a floating barge.

The Annual Victoria Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon boat races and other cultural activities will unfold in Victoria's stunning Inner Harbour, a bright anchorage around which the city curls like a sleeping dragon. As the Inner Harbour is the heart of Victoria's downtown civic life, many restaurants, hotels, and shops are clustered nearby. This year, 80 dragon boat teams from across North America.

The Annual Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival
The Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival is an 11-day festival of separately produced alternative theatre from around the world.

The Annual Classic Boat Festival
Victoria's Inner Harbour is the place to be this Labour Day weekend, when up to 100 classic sail and power boats from throughout the Pacific Coast and beyond are on display. All boats were built prior to 1955 of traditional plank-on-frame construction or riveted iron and steel.

Royal Victoria Marathon
Feel like going for a run? Victoria's annual 42 km/26.2 mile marathon is a hugely popular event for running enthusiasts. If you don't feel quite marathon-ready, why not consider one of the shorter distance runs - there's a half-marathon and 8km race. Or then again, no marathon is complete without a cheering squad!

Bandfest 2004 is a unique four-day festival featuring military bands from across Canada and guest bands from other countries. The festival consists of free performances and ticketed events at various venues around the City and other locations on southern Vancouver Island.

A Victorian Christmas
All the signs of Christmas shin at this heart-warming time. Admire the colorful lights and the marvelous decorations. Or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Enjoy wreath making or caroling, the theatre or a craft fair. The traditional orchestra music series or the ice and sand sculpture displays. The Festival of the Trees or, of course, shopping. This is the real time when the city gets together and says: "Happy Holidays"

Christmas Time at the Butchart Gardens
World-famous for a reason, the Butchart Gardens is equally as spectacular during the crisp and glorious winter months. Tens of thousands of lights hail the arrival of the holiday season. This winter wonderland is made all the brighter by strolling carolers, children's entertainers, the Festive Brass Band, and fabulous food.

Festivals & Events in Whistler

Fire and Ice Welcome Night
Every Sunday night, come out to enjoy the amazing Fire & Ice Welcome Night! We are celebrating each Sunday at 6:30 PM at the base of the Village Gondolas. Fire spinners, snowboarding stunts, and fun for all ages.

The Annual Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival
This legendary spring celebration returns for 10 days and nights of non-stop action. Main Attractions include the internationally-televised Ripzone Snowboard Invitational and World Skiing Invitational, a high energy outdoor free concert series, impressive action-sports photography and film events, demo days, and the traditional Whistler Dog Parade!

Whistler Arts & Music Festival
Be ready for Whistler's totally new and exciting summer festival! For three days, the Village will feature street entertainers, local artist exhibits, music and art demonstrations, a Canadian film screening, plus music from around the globe that'll have you tapping your toes until dusk.

The Whistler Mountain Bike Festival has changed its name to "CrankworX". So all you mountain bikers, grease your chains, put on your gear and get up to Whistler for the bigger, better and all-new festival. Expect to see the world's best riders in seven days of high adrenaline downhill, Freeride, x-country and village events.

Cornucopia - Whistler's Food and Wine Festival
Different wine types tasting, food sampling, gourmet dinners & more. Cornucopia brings together the best talent in the Pacific Northwest and over fifty top wineries to liven up the senses.

The Annual Whistler Film Festival
Promising as the new winter purpose for filmgoers and filmmakers, the Whistler Film Festival features all things that make a film festival fun: tons of informal socializing and networking, great films, innovative workshops and a fantastic setting.

Bizarre Bazaar
An annual Bizarre Bazaar - "Whistler's Original Artisan Market" takes place at the Telus Conference Centre. Residents and visitors will have two days to see the wide collection of hand-crafted items presented by artisans from all over BC. With main focus on local Sea-to-Sky artisans, this show hosts over 100 vendors exhibiting their one-of-a-kind crafts including jewellery, bath and body products, ceramics, clothing, preserves, fine art, wood and glass products, candles, Christmas decorations and food. Visitors can also enjoy the performances of local musicians and choirs.

Whistler First Night
With super leisure on three stages, there's no better way for the family to countdown together. This non-alcoholic event is ideal for an evening of good old-fashioned fun and some good old-fashioned Auld Lang Syne.

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