Vancouver is a city of cultural diversity, boasting all kinds of festivals and events during the year. This spring, discover the Vancouver neighbourhoods at events that range from music festivals to free outdoor concerts to international fireworks. Below is a list of some of Vancouver’s best festivals and events that should not be missed:

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford. (Mid-April until May 13, 2018)


A youth-focused festival and the Lower Mainland’s largest skate competition in North Vancouver. (May 5, 2018)

Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair

Amusement rides and rodeo shows in Surrey. (May 18-21, 2018)

Fort Langley May Day Fair and Parade

A community festival and parade in Fort Langley. (May 21, 2018)

Hyack Festival

A multi-day community event that includes a parade and street party in New Westminster. (May 26, 2018)

Ladner May Days

A community event in Ladner’s Memorial Park with live bands, a parade, petting zoo, amusement rides, pancake breakfast and fastball tournament. (May 25-27, 2018)

Royal Victorian Party

Old-fashioned celebrations at Stewart Farm in Surrey on the Victoria Day weekend. (May 20, 2018)

Royal Canadian Family Circus

A travelling circus with shows in Surrey, Tsawwassen, Richmond and Abbotsford. (May 17 to June 10, 2018)

Surrey International Children’s Festival

At the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park. (May 24-26, 2018)

Vancouver Craft Beer Week

Craft beer events presented by the Donnelly Group of pubs culminating in the VCBW Beer Festival at the PNE Fairgrounds featuring over 400 North American beers and ciders. (May 25 to June 3, 2018)

Vancouver International Children’s Festival

A fun festival for kids at Granville Island. (May 28 to June 3, 2018)

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

BC’s largest music festival. It features almost 2,000 musicians playing more than 400 concerts (many free) in 40 venues over 10 days. (June/July)

Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

Cheer on dragon boat teams from Vancouver and North America at the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival. This free weekend event also features music and global foods. (June)

While you are soaking up the cultural diversity offered by the city of Vancouver, why not stop for a bite of Church’s Chicken. It is sure to be the best darn fried chicken in the whole of Vancouver; great-tasting and at a reasonable price.  Find a location close to you.