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Seasonal and Yearly Events in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

There are a number of major events which occur annually in Stanley Park.

Some are one-time, weekly, seasonally, and annually in Stanley Park.

Here is a list of the major annual events in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada sorted by their start date.

DISCLAIMER: This list is for information purposes only.  Events can change dates, times, or be cancelled at any time.  Don't rely just on this information.  We don't operate any events.  Confirm all event details with the event organizers before registering or going to them!

Stanley Park Events Calendar

Annual Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Polar Bear Swim in English Bay

Polar Bear Swim near Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This event will be done ONLINE on January 1, 2022 due to the Covid pandemic.

The Polar Bear Swim is the largest New Years Day event in Vancouver.

Thousands of people go for a swim in the cold waters of English Bay in the West End of Vancouver.

It has a festive atmosphere.  Many people wear costumes and it is a big party..a continuation of New Year's Eve celebrations for many!

This event has taken place since 1920 and is one of the oldest Vancouver traditions!

There is also the "Peter Pantages Memorial 100 yard swim race" that is part of this event.

The food bank collects donations of non-perishable foods and cash so please bring what you can.

Water temperature varies year to year.  Some years there is ice and snow on the ground so the water can be quite chilly where other years, the temperature can be higher so the water isn't so cold!

Registration is free and you are encouraged to register so they can get a good count of the number of people who take the plunge!  The swim take place at 2:30pm, but get there earlier to register.

The restaurants in front of English Bay fill up completely by lunchtime.  If you want to get into one of these restaurants, we suggest that you contact them for a reservation...if they take reservations or go early!

Expect some traffic and pedestrian congestion on Beach Ave and nearby streets after 1pm.  However, the roads remain open.

This swim is one of Vancouver's oldest traditions and we think everyone should do it at least once in their lifetime!

To find out more about the Polar Bear Swim go to: Polar Bear Swim

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BMO St. Patrick's Day 5km Run

BMO St. Patrick's Day Run in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This event was cancelled in 2021 and 2022 due to the Covid pandemic.

This is an annual fun run that occurs in March every year.  It is a fast and flat 5k with lots of people wearing green!

There is a cost to enter this event.

More info at StPatrics5k.com...

Easter Train and Fair

Easter Train in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

For 2022, the train will operate from April 15, 2022 to April 18, 2022 10am-4pm.  There will NOT be an associated fair, only the train.  Tickets are available online only.

Every Easter, the Miniature Train operates with an easter theme and there is also an Easter Fair at the Stanley Park Junction.  There is a cost to ride the train and for some of the activities at the Easter Fair.

There is a cost to ride the train and participate in some of the Easter Fair activities.

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BMO Vancouver International Marathon

BMO International Marathon, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This event will take place on Sunday May 1, 2022

This is the largest marathon in Vancouver.  It occurs in early May every year and usually goes through the east side of Stanley Park.

There is a cost to enter this event.

Brahms Tam Drum Circle

Brahms Tam Drum Circle in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Each year from May through September, there is an impromptu drum circle that takes place after work on sunny Tuesday nights at Third Beach.

Many people go to drum and dance freely on the beach.

This event is completely free for anybody to drum, dance, and/or listen!

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JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This event was cancelled in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic.  This event is on again on June 12, 2022.

This is an annual charity walk for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation that take place in Stanley Park in June.

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World Partnership Walk

World Partnership Walk in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This is an annual charity walk for the Aga Khan Foundation that take place in Stanley Park in June.

This event was cancelled in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic.  It appears that there will NOT be a walk in Stanley Park in 2022.

Their website says "walk with your team, family, friends, colleagues, schools, or on your own during the week of June 13" and "Whether it's a walk around the block or in a park, office, or schoolyard you will be capturing the essence of what the World Partnership Walk has always been about: coming together to fight global poverty and show the world we are there for them."

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Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

Scotiabank 5k Run in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This event was cancelled in 2021 due to the Covid pandemic.  It looks like this race will take place on June 26, 2022, but NOT go through Stanley Park.

This is an annual 21k run that occurs in June every year.  There is also a 5k and 1k kids run.

There is a cost to enter this event.

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Dancing in Stanley Park

Weekly Dancing in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid.  The Monday night Scottish dancing is planned to restart in 2022 according to their website.  The Tuesday night folk dancing will NOT be on this year due to Covid.

From mid-June to mid-August every year there is weekly dancing at Ceperley Park in Stanley Park.

On Monday nights it is Scottish dancing.  For 2022, the dates are from June 20, 2022 to August 15, 2022.

The dancing is free.  The dancing is weather dependent, i.e. no dancing if wet at 5pm.

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Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open Tennis Tournament

Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open Tennis Tournament in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Every July for 3 weeks the Leith Wheeler Stanley Park Open Tennis Tournament takes place on the Tennis Courts in Stanley Park.

This is a large tennis tournament with players from all ages.  The tennis is very high level!

In 2022, this tournament will take place from July 8, 2022 to July 24, 2022.

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Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS)

Theatre Under the Stars musical in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

During July and August every year, Theatre Under the Stars(TUTS) puts on 2 different musicals (on alternating nights) at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

These are full-on musicals that are performed.  On a beautiful summer night, there is nothing better than watching some fantastic musical theatre under the stars!

For 2022, TUTS will be on from July 2, 2022 to August 27, 2022.

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Movies in Stanley Park (Summer Cinema Series)

Weekly Movies in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

During July and August every year there is a weekly outdoor movie at Ceperley Park in Stanley Park.

There is both free and paid seating for this event.

For 2022, this event will take place on Tuesday nights from July 5, 2022 to August 23, 2022.

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Celebration of Light Fireworks and Music/Food Festival

Celebration of Lights Fireworks at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Each summer at the end of July/beginning of August, there are 3 nights of music-syncronized fireworks displays at English Bay.  During the day there is a small associated festival at Morton Park(in front of English Bay) with live music, food, and beer gardens.  This is Vancouver's largest event of the year!

The dates for this event for 2022 are: July 23, 2022, July 27, 2022, and July 30, 2022.

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Ratha Yatra - Parade and Festival in the Park

Ratha Yatra parade and festival in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The 2022 Status of this event is unknown.

Every August, there is a Ratha Yatra parade down Beach Avenue to Ceperley Park in Stanley Park where there is a big festival.  There are many events and they always give free food away!  The parade is cool because they have a huge wagon which is pulled by hundreds of people.  You can just join in and pull!  This event is free, but there are some things for sale at the festival.

Check our Events Calendar for the date of the parade and festival.

Vancouver Triathlon

Vancouver International Triathlon in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This event will take place on September 5, 2022.

This is an annual triathlon in Stanley Park.  It is very scenic because it takes place totally in beautiful Stanley Park!

The main staging area(and bicycle area) is located at Ceperley Park within Stanley Park.

The swim takes place in the ocean from Second Beach.  The bike goes around Stanley Park on Stanley Park Drive.  The run goes around Stanley Park on the Stanley Park Seawall.

Skookum Music-Food-Art Festival

Brockton Playing Fields in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The 2022 Status of this event is unknown.

New in 2018 was the Skookum Music-Food-Art festival that took place in early September 2018 at Brockton Point in Stanley Park.  This was a 3 day festival which had some major musical acts along with food and art.

This event was supposed to be annual, but was cancelled in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

SKOOKUM Festival info, lineup, tickets...

Terry Fox Run

Terry Fox Run in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The 2022 Terry Fox Run will take place on Sunday, September 18, 2022.

The Terry Fox Run is an annual charity run/walk/bike to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation which is searching for a cure for cancer.

This event place usually on the 3rd Sunday of September at Ceperley Park in Stanley Park.

There are usually 2 routes through Stanley Park that you can take.  There is a 10km route that goes around the entire park mainly on the Stanley Park Seawall.  The other route is a 3km route that goes around Lost Lagoon.

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James Cunningham Seawall Race

James Cunningham in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The James Cunningham Seawall Race is an annual running race in Stanley Park that takes place on the Stanley Park Seawall.

It is named after James Cunningham who built a large portion of the Stanley Park Seawall.

Halloween Train

Halloween Ghost Train in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Around Halloween time, the Miniature Train operates with a halloween theme and there are also activities such as a haunted maze and haunted barn at the Stanley Park Junction.  There is a cost to ride the train and for some of the activities.

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Remembrance Day Ceremony

Rememberance Day Ceremony in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This is an annual Remembrance Day Ceremony that takes place on November 11 at the Japanese Canadian War Memorial in Stanley Park.

Bright Nights Christmas Train

Bright Night Christmas Train in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

From December into early January every year, the Miniature Train operates with a christmas theme.  There are christmas displays and millions of christmas lights are set up at the Stanley Park Junction.  There is a cost to ride the train.  Entry to the area requires a ticket for the train this year.

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Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk

Santa Shuffle in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk is an annual charity run/walk for the Salvation Army that takes place in early December at Lumbermens' Arch in Stanley Park.

New Years Eve Celebrations

New Years Eve in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, BC, Canada

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR DECEMBER 31, 2021 SO THERE WILL BE NO FIREWORKS AGAIN THIS YEAR!

  It is supposed to resume for December 31, 2022, but at False Creek near Scienceworld.

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