Vancouver’s worldwide reputation for diversity and inclusion becomes especially visible during the enormous Pride celebrations that occur at the end of July and first weekend of August.
This year will be the 39th annual Pride Parade and celebrations. The theme for 2017 is ‘My Pride,’ which according to the official Vancouver Pride Society website “[recognizes] that for each individual, Pride week can be a very unique personal experience with both celebratory and deeply emotional component.”
This year we have Vancouver’s very first all ages Pride dance! Prance on the Pier will start at 5pm on August 2nd in The Shipyards at 25 Wallace Mews in North Vancouver. There will be food, games, drag performances, and much more! This is an all ages, family friendly, and free event for folks who want to celebrate pride and dance the night away.
The West End is the home of Davie Street, where the gay and LGBTQ2+ subculture and community thrive. On the Friday before Pride weekend Davie Street is closed off from Burrard all the way to Jervais for the Davie Street Party. This year’s Davie Street Party is on August 4th from 6 pm until midnight; there will be vendors, performers, art installations, two stages, and the infamous Silent Disco. Davie Street is also home to many fantastic restaurants and businesses which will be open during Davie Street Party.
On August 5th the Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast begins at 8 am. It will be in the Jim Deva Plaza next to the famous rainbow crosswalks at Davie and Bute Street. It is a by donation community breakfast honouring one of the founders of pride in Vancouver. He is remembered as a warm and friendly individual who worked hard to keep the Pride Parade afloat in the beginning. Terry Wallace managed the old Castle Pub and he was the backbone of Pride parade during the 1980s and 90s. Wallace and fellow bar owner Garry Penny, along with board member for Pride Community Foundation Rob Atkinson, all managed to pull together the very first parade in less than 3 months.
And finally Pride week ends off with the famous Vancouver Pride Parade on August 6th. The parade starts at 12pm at Robson St. and Bute in Downtown Vancouver, proceeding west on Robson St. to Denman St., then south to Beach Ave., ending at Sunset Beach. Vancouver’s Pride Parade is known as one of the biggest in the world and reportedly has around half a million attendees every year. Last year the parade had special guest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau march alongside various community, independent, and corporate groups. It is 3 hours of rainbows and music, and where one can see the diversity of the LGBTQ2+ community and its allies.
While the parade is marching along there will be a large Pride Festival at Sunset beach. There will be various food and merchandise vendors, a large stage with different performers and all sorts of fun activities.
Vancouver`s Pride Parade started as a protest against the oppression, discrimination, and marginalization of the LGBTQ2+ community in Vancouver. Vancouver is lucky to be able to celebrate its LGBTQ2+ community and have one of the largest Pride Parades in the world.
Amongst the glee, glitter, and gaiety there`s an important history still being made. It is important to remember that LGBTQ2+ folks are still being discriminated against for their various identities and Pride is an important part of recognizing the experiences of LGBTQ2+ folks. Pride celebrations are an important statement for declaring and celebrating the existence of LGBTQ2+ folks. Vancouver and Vancouverites are fortunate in being able to proudly fly the rainbow flag because many are unable to.
Canada’s largest food and drink festival is returning to Vancouver this month. If you are visiting the city from January 20th to February 5th, 2017, this experience is one not to be missed. Celebrating it’s 15th year, Dine Out Vancouver Festival includes over 280 restaurants offering three (or more) course prix-fix meals at $20, $30 or $40 per person.
Over the 17 days, festivalgoers are given a variety of dining experiences not offered throughout the rest of the year. Some of these include guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cooking classes and cocktail masterclasses, guest Chef lectures, wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets and more! There are also special hotel rooms rates which allows visitors to experience a true “night on the town”. Most restaurants are now accepting reservations, so be sure to grab a spot while you can!
Here’s a full list of participating restaurants in this year’s Dine Out Vancouver.
1927 Lobby Lounge
Afghan Horsemen Restaurant
AllStar Wings & Ribs
American Cheesesteak Co. (The)
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Kitsilano
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Broadway
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Davie
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Denman
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Robson
Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery
Bimini Public House (The)
Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar (The)
Brasserie Bistro – Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites (The)
Butcher & Bullock
Cannibal Cafe (Commercial Drive)
Cheshire Cheese (The)
Cinema Public House
Deepwater Micro Eatery
District Brasserie (The)
Dubh Linn Gate
Fish Shack (The)
Flying Beaver Bar & Grill (The)
Gyoza Bar Ltd.
Hurricane Grill – North Vancouver
Hurricane Grill – Yaletown
Lamplighter Public House (The)
Las Margaritas Restaurante Y Cantina
Library Square Public House
Lickerish Restaurant & Lounge
Mahony & Sons – Stamps Landing
Mahony & Sons Public House – Coal Harbour
Match Eatery and Public House – Langley
Match Eatery and Public House – New West
Max’s Restaurant – Cuisine of the Philippines
New Oxford (The)
Old Spaghetti Factory (The)
Park at English Bay – Best Western Plus Sands Hotel (The)
Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery – Moda Hotel
Relish Public House
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. – Kitsilano
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. – Main
Romer’s – Kitsilano
Romer’s – Port Moody
Romer’s – River District
Romer’s – Yaletown
Spicy6 Indian Cuisine
Stages Bistro & Lounge – Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre
Tap & Barrel – Convention Centre
Tap & Barrel – Olympic Village
Tap & Barrel – Shipyards
TAPshack – Burrard Bridge
TAPshack – Coal Harbour
Three Brits Public House (The)
Vaades Indian Restaurant
American Grille – Vancouver Airport Marriott
Bay Moorings Restaurant
Bayside Lounge – Best Western Plus Sands Hotel
Bella Gelateria & Pizzeria – Yaletown
Bellaggio Cafe – Downtown
Bellaggio Wine Bar – Convention Centre
Boathouse Restaurant – English Bay (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Kitsilano (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – New Westminster (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Port Moody (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Richmond (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – White Rock (The)
Bogart’s Bar & Restaurant – Hampton Inn & Suites
Bottleneck Bar & Grill
Bravo Cucina Ristorante
Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse
Burnaby Riverway Clubhouse
C|Prime Italian Steak & Wine
Cactus Club Cafe – Ash
Cactus Club Cafe – Bentall
Cactus Club Cafe – Byrne Road
Cactus Club Cafe – Coal Harbour
Cactus Club Cafe – English Bay
Cactus Club Cafe – Kingsway
Cactus Club Cafe – North Burnaby
Cactus Club Cafe – North Vancouver
Cactus Club Cafe – Park Royal
Cactus Club Cafe – Robson
Cactus Club Cafe – West Broadway
Cactus Club Cafe – Yaletown
Cascade Room (The)
Catch 122 Cafe & Bistro
Catch Kitchen + Bar
CAVU – Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Charcoal & Woodz – Holiday Inn Surrey Cloverdale
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar – Coal Harbour
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar – Kitsilano
Cibo Trattoria – Moda Hotel
Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant – Empire Landmark Hotel
Currents at Bayshore – The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Curve Lounge – River Rock Casino Resort
Distillery Bar + Kitchen (The)
Dunn’s Famous Restaurant BC
e.b.o restaurant & lounge in the Delta Burnaby
Ebisu on Robson
Feast Neighbourhood Table
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – Downtown
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining – Broadway
Hapa Izakaya – Coal Harbour
Hapa Izakaya – Yaletown
Harold’s Bistro & Bar – Sheraton Vancouver Airport
Hub Restaurant – Denman
Hub Restaurant – Yaletown
Kaya Malay Bistro
La Cigale French Bistro
Lobby – The Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier (The)
Mangia e Scappa
Masa Japanese Restaurant
Mosaic Bar & Grille – Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Abbotsford
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Davie
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Guilford
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Langley
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Richmond
Oakwood Canadian Bistro (The)
Olive & Anchor
p2b bistro & bar – Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel
Pat Quinn’s Restaurant & Bar
Per Se Social Corner
Pier 7 Restaurant
PIER 73 Restaurant – Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport
Pink Elephant Thai Restaurant Ltd.
Prestons – Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
Reef Restaurant on Main (The)
Reef Restaurant on The Drive (The)
Saloniki Greek Taverna
Sandbar Seafood Restaurant (The)
Seasons in the Park
Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill
Showcase Restaurant & Bar – Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
Spencer’s – Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel
Sylvia Restaurant & Lounge – Sylvia Hotel
Teahouse Restaurant (The)
Ten Ten Tapas
The Yale Saloon
Trattoria – Kitsilano
Trattoria Italian Kitchen – Park Royal
Urban Thai Bistro
UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar – Moda Hotel
Village Table (The)
Water St. Cafe
Yaletown Brewing Co.
Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant
Zend Conscious Lounge
Al Porto Ristorante
Ancora Waterfront Dining
ARC Restaurant – The Fairmont Waterfront
Arms Reach Bistro
Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge- Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
Baru Latino Restaurante
Beach Bay Café and Patio
Biercraft Wesbrook Village
Bin 941 Tapas Parlour
BISTRO SAKANA Neo Japonesque Sushi & Tapas
Black + Blue
Blue Martini Jazz Cafe
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Bridges Restaurant, Bistro & Bar
Brix & Mortar
Cactus Club Cafe – Coal Harbour
Cafe II Nido
Cafe One – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen
Chop Steakhouse & Bar
Ciao Bella Restaurant Ltd.
CinCin Ristorante + Bar
Copper Chimney – Executive Hotel Le Soleil
DIVA at the Met – Metropolitan Hotel, Vancouver
Dockside Restaurant – Granville Island Hotel
East is East Chai Lounge – Broadway
East is East Chai Lounge – Main Street
Federico’s Supper Club
Francesco’s Ristorante Italia
GLOWBAL at Telus Garden
Gyu King Teppanyaki
Hart House Restaurant
Homer Street Cafe and Bar
House Special Vietnamese
Italian Kitchen (The)
Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House
Kamei Royale Japanese Restaurant
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Alberni (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Burnaby (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Coquitlam (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Dunsmuir (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Granville Island (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Langley (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Maple Ridge (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Morgan Creek (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Richmond South (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Scott Road (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Yaletown (The)
Kobe Japanese Steak House
La Pentola – Opus Hotel
LIFT Bar Grill View
MARKET by Jean-Georges
Mission Kits Restaurant
Notch 8 Restaurant & Bar- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Observatory – Grouse Mountain Resorts (The)
Oceans 999 – Pan Pacific Vancouver
Poor Italian Ristorante
Reflect Social Dining + Lounge
Salmon House on the Hill
Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro
Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall
Tableau Bar Bistro – Loden Hotel
The Greek by Anatoli
Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
Tramonto – River Rock Casino Resort
Vancouver Fish Company Restaurant & Bar (The)
West Oak Restaurant
West Restaurant + Bar
Wild Fig (The)
WildTale Coastal Grill
YEW seafood + bar
Zen Japanese Restaurant
Polar Bear Swim
Need a quick refresher to start off your New Year? If so, the annual Polar Bear Swim is just for you! Gather on the beautiful beaches of English Bay with thousands of locals and visitors to welcome the New Year with a plunge into the cold ocean water. Register now!
Date: January 1st
Location: English Bay
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of the most anticipated events throughout the year. With exhibitions and performances from local and international artists, you can count on having a splendid time with friends and family. Click here for tickets!
Date: January 16th – 21st
Locations and Times: Various locations, click here for more information.
Vancouver International Boat Show
For 5 days in January, join fellow boat enthusiasts for the Vancouver International Boat Show! Spend a day at Granville Island to see the Floating Show, and then head over to BC Place to look at some more spectacular boats! Click here for information regarding tickets.
Date: January 18th – January 22nd
Location: BC Place and Granville Island
Time: 10:00am-8:00pm (Wednesday – Saturday), 10:00am-5:00pm (Sunday)
Vancouver Chilly Chase
Start your New Year with the Vancouver Chilly Chase! There are 4 distances to choose from, so grab your pair of runners and get ready for a great run around the Downtown Vancouver Seawall!
Date: January 22nd
Location: Seawall behind Creekside Community Recreation Centre
Time: Times may vary depending on the distances, click here for more information!
Jump into 2017! The annual Polar Bear Swim is happening on January 1st, 2017 at English Bay Beach. Ring in the New Year with a refreshing and chilly plunge into the ocean with thousands of other brave “polar bears!”
The very first Polar Bear Swim happened in 1920, and since then it has become a Vancouver tradition to take a sobering dip into the ocean to celebrate the first day of the year. Founder Peter Pantages led the first swim with just a group of 10 people. This year, an estimated 2,550 people will take the icy cold challenge. It doesn’t matter if it’s your 57th time or your first time braving the Pacific Ocean; the Polar Bear Swim is open to all. Don’t forget to dress up in a fancy/funny costume!
Whether you’re participating as a “polar bear” or just watching the spectacle, make sure to add the Polar Bear Swim to your New Year’s Day itinerary. It’s a must see!
This Christmas you won’t have to lose sleep wondering whether or not you’ve made Santa’s naughty or nice list, ask him yourself over breakfast! Taking time out of his busy schedule up in the North Pole Father Christmas himself is headed to Grouse Mountain to entertain guests from far and wide.
Enjoy the most important meal of the day with Santa while partaking in activities such as face painting and a magic show. However that’s not all! The purchase of admission to breakfast with Santa also includes a round trip Skyride on the gondola and access to all of the Peak of Christmas festivities.
The Peak of Christmas is a popular annual tradition that includes a plethora of different activities and adventures that will keep the family busy from morning till night. After breakfast with Santa go meet his reindeer or visit the Gingerbread village, then go ice skating under the stars, before finally strolling through the Light Walk and taking in the dazzling light tunnel and lanterns. There is no shortage of festive fun up on Grouse Mountain, so bring the family and create wonderful new memories that will surely keep you warm this holiday season!
When: December 3rd, 4th, and 16th – 24th
Hours: Breakfast times will vary, please check the website for more details.
Prices: Adult (19-64) and Senior (65+) $55.95, Youth (13-18) $31.95, Child (5-12) $19.95, Tot (4 and under) $8.95
Join together in the Spirit of Giving for Vancouver 13th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade. Beginning at 10:00am, the festivities start off with two hours of family entertainment located at Coast Capital Savings Christmas Square. Christmas Square includes an entertainment stage with live music and dance performances, face painting, letters to Santa station and a gingerbread decorating station.
The Parade itself starts off at 12:00pm at the corner of Broughton and Georgia finishing of Howe Street next to Christmas Square. The Parade is also one of the largest food and fund raising events for the Food Bank. Since starting in 2004, the Parade has collected $151,200 and more than 76,400 lbs. of food for hungry families in the Lower Mainland, allowing us all to spread that Christmas joy a little further in the Spirit of Giving.
Date: Sunday, December 4th
Time: Parade starts at 12:00
Visit their website for more information.
Is the gloomy weather dampening your festive spirit? Are you longingly waiting for the holidays to start? Have no fear, the Vancouver Christmas Market is returning for its 7th year! Back and better than ever, this year the market has moved to a larger venue at the Jack Poole Plaza, site of the Olympic cauldron and conveniently situated near the Waterfront area. With even more space that means that there will be even more vendors and activities to browse through and enjoy! Where else would you find authentic Hungarian Chimney Cakes, Steins (traditional German beer mugs made out of stoneware), artisanal crafts, and even a Christmas carousel?
German Christmas markets have existed for centuries and are also known as Christkindlmarkts, this is your chance to experience tradition and culture. As a time for celebration, food, drinks and gifts, this is the perfect holiday getaway right here in our beautiful city. If you’re looking for some holiday fun, a sweet date night or an opportunity to create new family memories head down to the Vancouver Christmas Market to bathe in Christmas cheer – and maybe even meet Santa!
While planning your excursion to the market, we do recommend purchasing tickets online to save some time. Besides the regular admission rates for adults, seniors, and youths, there are also 3 packages to choose from if you wish. Their packages range from $20-$50 and include carousel rides, treats, and collectors mugs! Click here for more information on the Vancouver Christmas Market.
Open Daily: November 26th to December 31st from 11am – 9pm (Closed at 6:00pm on December 24th. Closed December 25th)
There are studies that suggest the best way to stay warm and cozy during the winter months is to indulge in feelings of nostalgia and to fondly recall memories of a different time. This holiday season you can do just that at Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas!
The Burnaby Village Museum is where history comes to life — here you will find a combination of both heritage and replica buildings meant to represent a typical British Columbian tram-stop community of the 1920’s. The museum is also home to a beautifully restored 1912 vintage carousel, available to ride for a fee of $2.60. The delight it gives to both children and adults alike is sure to create warm memories for all!
Heritage Christmas will allow you to experience some old fashioned fun as you stroll down the streets of the Village to see the dazzling lights, freshly cut wreaths, and vintage-themed displays. With special entertainment scheduled throughout November and December be sure to anticipate community choirs singing their carols, street characters wandering in their period costumes, and street musicians playing their tunes. Family activities include a crafts station for the children and of course a visit with Father Christmas.
For an even more interactive experience challenge the Twelve Days of Christmas scavenger hunt which will send you searching for clues all throughout the site. Free scavenger hunt cards can be found at the gates and at the Ice Cream Parlour.
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
When: November 19th, 2016 – January 2nd, 2017 – Hours vary, please check the website for more details.
Rates: Free gate admission, Carousel rides are $2.60
Fall is the best time of the year to buy local, artisan and handmade goods in Greater Vancouver. With so many good markets and fairs to choose from, we’ve compiled a list of 3 popular ones taking place this November!
The annual Circle Craft Market is the perfect place to do some early holiday shopping. With goods ranging from handmade ceramics, hand knit scarves, jewelry, toys, candles, and soaps there’s something for everyone at this large artisan market.
Whether you want to just enjoy the festivity and have a look at the items, or do your Christmas shopping, this craft market is fun for the whole family!
When: Nov 9-13
Where: Vancouver Convention Center West, 1055 Canada Place
Admission: $13 (Adults), $12 (Students and Seniors)
To get away from the big crowds around the holiday season, this smaller craft fair is the perfect place to go and relax while enjoying the festivities. The Deer Lake Craft Festival is a tradition that the Burnaby Arts Council has sponsored since 1971.
This year there will be over BC 55 artisans and their work selling everything from glassworks, sculpture, pottery, wood, fashion and jewelry.
As a special treat, there are door prizes and raffle draws as well as live music and entertainment.
When: November 18, 19, 20
Where: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Another great and long running craft fair is the 34th Annual Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair. This year there will be over 140 exhibitors and the attendance is expected to be over 2000! This craft fair is a single day event, which means a concentrated and full day of festivities, shopping, and fun!
When: Saturday November 26 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: The Dunbar Community Center, 4747 Dunbar Street
Admission: $5 at the door, $4 online
With autumn just around the corner, do you find yourself wishing that you were in Munich indulging in too much beer and heaps of hearty food? If the answer is yes, then the Harvest Haus Oktoberfest is for you!
Returning for its third year, Harvest Haus is bringing an authentic European-style Volksfest right to downtown Vancouver from September 29th to October 9th. As the largest Germanic-inspired cultural festival on the West Coast, this two-week long event is an immersive experience that seeks to share the tradition of the harvest while celebrating camaraderie and good cheer. There are 9 different sittings to choose from, each with distinct themes and special events such as the Lippensynchron Battle on October 8th or the traditional Sunday brunch on October 9th. Being held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, the Harvest Haus Halle can seat up to 1,000 merrymakers for a guaranteed joyous occasion. Easily accessible by Vancouver’s Skytrain, it is just a quick 5 to 10 minute walk from the Stadium-Chinatown station or Granville station.
Photo by: Inside Vancouver Blog
With a full range of European beer, wine, cider, and spirits there will certainly be a perfect fit for all. Food choices from far and wide– sample the pork hock rotisserie, sauerkraut, or bratwurst. Then head to the Artisan Bake Shop to pick up a salted pretzel or even an apfelstrudel to satisfy your sweet tooth. After stuffing your belly full, burn those calories on the dance floor or by taking a stroll through the open marketplace and the many stalls it has to offer.
This event allows many to experience the thrills of an Oktoberfest without the airfare, but also provides an opportunity for the creation of new friendships and offers a meaningful glimpse into the Bavarian tradition and culture.
To secure your spot at the festival visit Harvest Haus to purchase your tickets.
Date: September 29th – October 9th, 2016
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Cost: $25 – $ 95, group/corporate packages available
Restrictions: Ages 19+ only