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Vancouver Festivals Worth Your Time

Neighborhoods September 18, 2017

Vancouver is such a vibrant city no matter what time of the year.

Regardless of the weather,this city knows how to celebrate all the best parts of life. Nowhere is that more evident than with the plentiful festivals that happen year round. We have compiled a list of some of the
best Vancouver festivals running through the rest of 2017.

Vancouver International Film Festival – September 28th – October 13, 2017

Held at various locations throughout the city, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) brings over a hundred thousand film fans to various locations to view over 380 films.
It’s the perfect time of year to explore new films while cozy inside with some popcorn. With screenings of films from over 70 countries, and a strong Canadian repertoire, there is something for everyone at this yearly festival.

Harvest Haus – October 5th – October 13th, 2017

Harvest Haus brings folklore from years ago to the modern day, marrying modern comforts and food with authentic European traditions. The smells and sounds of autumn collide as people gather in merriment next to BC Place downtown. Steins, scarves and lederhosen abound during this 8 day festival.

Vancouver International Improv Festival – October 11th – 14th, 2017

The Vancouver International Improv Festival is celebrating its 19th year this year, spread across four venues on Granville Island. With a jam packed schedule of shows, ensembles, and workshops, there is much to see and do during this four day festival of laughs.

Eat! Vancouver Food & Cooking Festival – November 6th – November 11th, 2017

We couldn’t have a list of fall festivals without including something for food lovers everywhere. The Eat! Vancouver Food & Cooking Festival will be returning for its 15th year at various locations around Vancouver. Featuring culinary collaborations and cooking classes for beginners and experts, you can’t go wrong stopping in for a freshly created bite.

Eastside Culture Crawl – November 16th – November 19th, 2017

Arts lovers will enjoy the Eastside Culture Crawl, now in its 21st year. The arts studios between Columbia and Victoria Drive north of 1st avenue open their doors to share their passion for crafts, visual arts and design. Nothing inspires during dreary fall days like this festival of arts.

2017 Vancouver Christmas Market – November 22nd – December 24th, 2017

For tickets from $10, you can enjoy the various joys of the Christmas market, a pine and cinnamon scented delight with over 75 vendors selling sweets, gifts, and delicious treats.
There is a huge glittering tree, a carousel for the young (or young at heart!), and mulled wine or apple cider. No festival season in Vancouver is complete without a trip to this market.

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens Festival Of Lights – Date TBD

Every year the gardens at Van Dusen light up with hundreds of thousands of lights. With a themed light show, apple cider or donuts, and even Santa himself coming for visits, this family friendly event is truly a spectacle to behold. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see it in the snow. Buy tickets in advance to avoid the lineup and enjoy walking through a magical wonderland of lights.
Whether you are interested in arts, food, comedy or film, there is something on this list of fall and winter festivals for you and yours. These festivals help us combat the winter weather by encouraging us to head outdoors and take in all that our beautiful city has to offer.