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Vancouver Events and Festivals in January - Annual Polar Bear Swim

- January 1st, locals take to the waters at English Bay Beach for the sole purpose of braving the extreme temperatures, which are generally around 8°C / 46°F to 9°C / 48°F. Many spectators turn up to observe this ritual of madness.

Annual Polar Bear Swim

Vancouver Events and Festivals in February - Vancouver International Boat Show

- Early February, this annual event is the biggest and oldest show of its kind in Western Canada. Expect to see displays of modern and classic vessels as well as innovations in equipment and accessories.

Vancouver International Boat Show

Vancouver Events and Festivals in March - Pacific Rim Whale Festival

- Held just outside of Vancouver in nearby Tofino, this annual event celebrates the annual migration of some 24,000 grey whales on their way past the West Coast. Expect to see boat races, parades, art shows, live musical performances and more.

Pacific Rim Whale Festival 

Vancouver Events and Festivals in April - International Wine Festival

- Lovers of the fermented grape will be in their element at the Vancouver International Wine Festival, which sees more than 40 events held at a range of venues across the city. Expect wine tasting and talks and discussions involving some 150 different wineries from 15 countries.

Wine Festival 

Vancouver Events and Festivals in May - International Children's Festival

- Beginning the last week of the month and running into June, this annual event is a must for the young and young at heart. Expect to see theatrical performances, dance exhibitions and puppet shows from a variety of international performers. 


International Children's Festival 

Vancouver Events and Festivals in June - International Jazz Festival

- Late June, this 10-day event is one of Canada's biggest jazz festivals and features many of the world's top jazz performers. Highlights include the best in live jazz music and performances on 40 stages spread across the city, while in Vancouver's Gastown district there is a two-day street festival.


International Jazz Festival

Vancouver Events and Festivals in July - Caribbean Days Festival

- Late July, the Caribbean Days festival is held at North Shore's Waterfront Park and is a two-day celebration of the best of Caribbean culture. Expect live music and dance performances as well as some tasty food and interesting tropical beverages.

Caribbean Days Festival 

Vancouver Events and Festivals in August - Victoria Fringe Theater Festival

- Late August to September, this is one of Canada's oldest and best fringe festivals and it features a myriad of different stages, with shows running from noon to 24:00. Attractions include the best in alternative comedy, music and dance.

Victoria Fringe Theater Festival 

Vancouver Events and Festivals in September - Vancouver International Film Festival

- Film buffs from around the city and beyond assemble to view the best in movies from independent directors across the globe. Some 300 movies from 50 countries air at 17 participating theaters.


Vancouver Events and Festivals in October - International Writers Festival 

- Mid to late October, this popular five-day literary event sees more than 60 authors, both well-known and up-and-coming, who assemble at venues around Vancouver's Granville area to give readings and talks to enthusiastic audiences.

Writers Festival 

Vancouver Events and Festivals in November - Aboriginal Film and Video Festival 

- Early November, this annual affair is a celebration of works by Native Canadians and some of the world's most talented indigenous people.

     Vancouver Events and Festivals inAboriginal Film Fest 

Vancouver Events and Festivals in December - Festival of Lights

- Held at Vancouver's Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, this annual event sees more than 20,000 spectacularly beautiful lights and displays add a festive ambiance to an already beautiful setting.

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