There’s plenty to do in Vancouver and especially when the sun’s shining nice and bright, locals and tourists alike flock outdoors. Regardless regardless of what time of year you’re here, it’s a bustling city, and will be extra busy (but also extra exciting) around town if you’re here on any these following days.
Sunday, May 5 – More than 18,000 people from about 140 countries have signed on to run the Vancouver Marathon. If you’re driving around town, make sure you’re aware of the road closures in the city: 8k route, half marathon route, full marathon route.
If you’d like to improve your health knowledge, there’s a free health, sports and lifestyle expo at Canada Place Convention Center (yep, right next to the cruise ship terminal) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check this link for more details and hours.
Saturday, May 11 – Spot Prawn Festival held on Granville Island will be in its 6th year. It’s a family friendly and foodie festival with lots of free events and plenty of good eats and drinks to sample.
May 17 to September 8 – The Chinatown Night Market is every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening during this time. Here you can try exotic eats at the many food stands or get some deals at one of the stalls selling everything from cell phone covers to socks.
May 27 to June 2 – Vancouver’s International Children’s Festival takes place on Granville Island and is a festival of performing arts that seeks to educate, entertain and inspire young audiences.
May 30 to June 8 – The City of Bhangra Festival includes a free concert. Come celebrate the music and dance of Bhangra if you’re in town.
June 21 to July 1 – The Vancouver International Jazz Festival features more than 1800 artists and 300 concerts throughout the city. 150 of the concerts are free.
July 27, 31 and August 3 – Celebration of Light is the “largest offshore fireworks in the world attracting more than 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening.
Sunday, August 4 - Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival sees more than 650,000 spectators each year. Celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride with floats, music, and dancers.
August 17 to September 2 - The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) has been providing a family entertainment in the late summers since 1910 and features more than 55 rides, live performances, and food from around the world. This is far from the cruise terminal so unless you’ve been to Vancouver a few times before or are staying here for an extended period, I’d recommend you skip this and take in sights and entertainment closer to your hotel.
Before your trip to the city, take a look at Tourism Vancouver’s blog Inside Vancouver, written by Vancouverites for locals and tourists alike on events happening now. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your Cruise Specialist at 1-800-565-2784.