There are many exciting festivals and celebrations in Vancouver for expats to enjoy. These events are also a great way for expats to meet people and make friends.

Below are some of our favourite annual events in Vancouver.


Annual events in Vancouver

Vaisakhi Parade (April)

Vaisakhi is the traditional Indian celebration of the Harvest. The Indian communities of Vancouver and Surrey hold colourful parades that draw thousands of people out onto the street. Central to celebrations is the sharing of homemade food.

Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June/July)

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is one of the best musical celebrations in the world, hosting over 1,000 blues and jazz performers at concert theatres and open-air venues throughout the city.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July)

The annual Folk Music Festival features a host of musicians performing on several different stages, as well as food stalls and a public market. All in all, it's a great weekend of entertainment for everyone.

Celebration of Light (July/August)

The Celebration of Light's musical fireworks are a great attraction for adults and children alike. This spectacular event is held in July or August every year and can be enjoyed from any one of several viewpoints throughout the city.

Vancouver Pride Parade (August)

This colourful parade draws tens of thousands of people to the West End to watch floats sponsored by everything from church groups supporting the LGBTQ+ community to political parties and nightclubs. It is a fun, inclusive event that showcases Vancouver’s diversity and tolerance.

Expat Health Insurance

Cigna Health Insurance

Cigna Global

Cigna Global can tailor an international health insurance plan to perfectly fit the needs of you and your family. With 86 million customers in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.

Get a quote from Cigna Global

William Russell Health Insurance

William Russell

William Russell is a boutique insurance company, that values itself on its great customer service and is underwritten by Allianz. They provide health, life, and income protection insurance for expats around the world. With a global network of 40,000 hospitals and doctors, their health insurance plans are designed so that they follow you to whatever country you move to next.

Get a quote from William Russell

Moving Companies

Sirelo logo

Moving Internationally?

Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.

Get your free no-obligation quotes now!