You should count yourself seriously lucky if you’re travelling to Vancouver next month, because on top of the awesome stuff which makes people love this west coast gem – beaches, mountains, walks on the waterfront, shopping, and the freshest fish in the country – the city is throwing some unmissable parties. Check out three of our favourites, and let us know which summer events you love in Vancouver!
Pride 2014: Any doubts about Vancouver’s progressive and diversity-friendly attitude will sincerely be put to rest by the Vancouver Pride Parade celebrations. What started as a courageous and peaceful protest in 1978 has become one of the most grandiose, spirited and outspoken celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride ever. Last year’s Pride included more than 650,000 participants from all over the world, and this year promises to be as colourful, loud and proud as ever. From Saturday July 26 to Sunday August 3rd.
Chinatown Festival: Now in it’s 14th year, the annual TD Chinatown festival is one of the biggest multicultural, family-friendly events in Vancouver. It’ll all be kicking off on the 9th and 10th of August at Columbia & Keefer Street, and will feature multicultural stage performances, a Chinatown Historic Food Tasting and Walking Tour, children’s games, cultural demonstrations and experiences, and talent contests.
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival: Celebrating 25 years of bringing Shakespeare to life in Vancouver, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival runs all through the month of August (on on to September 20) in modern theatre tents in Vancouver’s waterfront Vanier Park. This year two favourite productions are returning: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & The Tempest, as well as Cymbeline and a new work, Equivocation, set in Shakespeare’s era & written by contemporary playwright Bill Cain. Check out the website for performance dates and times