Vancouver Events

Vancouver EventsMusic Festivals
Vancouver has plenty of music festivals for visitors to enjoy, such as the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Dancing on the Edge, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the MusicFest Vancouver. The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is held throughout the year at over 40 venues throughout Vancouver. The jazz festival attracts some of the top names in the jazz music industry. The best part about attending is that visitors can purchase a festival pass to enjoy significant savings on performances. The Dancing on the Edge event is a contemporary dance performance hosted every year in Vancouver. Choreographers from Canada and around the world collaborate to create this wonderful dance performance. The MusicFest Vancouver is an excellent event to attend, and it showcases the music of different cultures from around the world.

Film and Literature Festivals
The Vancouver International Film Festival is a wildly popular event. The event showcases films that don't make it to the big screen and are free of the typical celebrity names of Hollywood. The films often draw upon important political and societal themes. For a great literature festival, visitors should check out the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival. The festival features poetry readings, a spelling bee and writing workshops. Authors from around the world attend the festival to read their works. In the past, authors like J.K. Rowling and Alice Munro have made an appearance at the festival. The event takes place at Granville Island every year.

Athletic Events
The most popular marathon in Vancouver is the Vancouver Marathon. The Vancouver Marathon stretches for 26 miles, and it attracts thousands of participants every year. The Vancouver Sun Run is another highly popular race that occurs in Canada every year. The Vancouver Sun Run is a total of six miles in length, and it attracts over 54,000 runners every year. The runners all have their names listed in the Vancouver Sun Newspaper on the next day.

Beach Events
The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is one of the most popular events to take place on the English Bay every year. The festival runs for only four months out of the year, and visitors will often book their tickets very early in advance. Visitors should also be forewarned that seats can fill up very fast too, so it is advisable to arrive early at the performances to secure a seat. At this festival, visitors will enjoy reenactments of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays, including Romeo & Juliet, Othello, King Lear and As You Like It. The beach simply adds to the beauty of the setting.