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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
Theatre Under the Stars

We have the largest, and most up-to-date DAILY Stanley Park Events Calendar.  Click here to see it!

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2023 Vancouver Polar Bear Swim in English Bay

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

The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim is where thousands of people take a swim in the cold water of English Bay to celebrate the New Year!

This is largest New Years Day event in Vancouver!

2022-12-18 UPDATE: This event has been confirmed for January 1, 2023!  It is back on in person after 2 years of being online.

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!

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BMO St. Patrick's Day 5km Run

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

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!

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

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
Easter Miniature Train

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.

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.

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
BMO International Marathon in Vancouver

This event will take place on Sunday May 7, 2023.

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
Brahms Tam Drum Circle

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
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

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
World Partnership Walk

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
Scotiabank 5k Run

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
Weekly Dancing in Stanley Park

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
Leigh Wheeler Stanley Park Open

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
Theatre Under the Stars

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
Weekly Movies in Stanley Park

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
Celebration of Lights Fireworks

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
Ratha Yatra Parade

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
Vancouver Triathlon in Vancouver

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.

This event will take place on September 5, 2022.

Terry Fox Run

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

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

There are usually 2 routes that you can take.  There is a 10km route, usually done by serious runners, that goes around the entire park mainly on the Stanley Park Seawall.  The other route is a 3km route that goes along the Stanley Park Seawall to the Inukshuk Monument and back.

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James Cunningham Seawall Race

James Cunningham in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada
James Cunningham

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 single-handedly built a large portion of the Stanley Park Seawall.

Halloween Ghost Train

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

Around Halloween time, the Miniature Train operates with a different halloween theme as the 'Halloween Ghost Train'.

There are usually 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.

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2022 DUE TO SAFETY ISSUES WITH THE TRAIN.

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Remembrance Day Ceremony

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

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

Additionally, on the morning of November 11, there are usually large howitzer guns that fire blanks off from Stanley Park Drive at Brockton Point.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market is a European (German) inspired traditional market.

It happens from mid-November to December 24 each year at Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre on Coal Harbour.

There are over 90 huts selling food and drink and seasonal/Christmas items.  There are sit and enjoy your food and drink.

There is the Holiday Carousel, giant walk-in Christmas tree, live musical performances, lover's lane, and other activities included with your admission.

There is an admission fee.  Food, drink, and shopping cost extra.

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Bright Nights Christmas Train and Christmas Lights/Displays

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

From December into early January every year, the Miniature Train operates with a Christmas theme.  You can lots of Christmas lights and displays from the train while listening to Christmas Music.  There is a cost to ride the train.

Additionally, the area around the train station, is decorated by local firefighters with millions of Christmas Lights and many Christmas displays.  Entry to this area is free, but they accept donations for the Burn Fund.  You can stroll through this area and enjoy the lights without having to ride the train!

2022-11-03 UPDATE: Due to safety issues, the train ride in 2022 has been cancelled on yet.  However, the Christmas Lights and Christmas Displays ARE STILL ON FOR 2022!

2022-11-02 UPDATE: The Christmas lights and displays in the Stanley Park Junction put up by the firefighters to raise money for the Burn Fund IS PROCEEDING with or without the train!  Please come out and support this good charity!

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CANCELLED-Vancouver Santa Clause Parade

The Vancouver Santa Claus Parade was an annual traditional Christmas parade, including Santa, that took place in downtown Vancouver.

2022-10-02 UPDATE: The Vancouver Santa Claus Parade has been cancelled for 2022 because they couldn't find a title sponsor.  They hope it will return in 2023.

Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk

Santa Shuffle in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Santa Shuffle in Stanley Park

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
New Years Eve in Vancouver

New Years Eve Celebrations in Vancouver in the past have included a large, free public fireworks show.

2022-11-02 UPDATE: THE FIREWORKS HAVE NOT BEEN CONFIRMED YET FOR DECEMBER 31, 2022.

In the past the fireworks took place in Coal Harbour.  The organizers have said that this event would be moved to False Creek in front of Scienceworld.

We have information on the status of this NYE event and other NYE events.

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