We don’t know about you, but we could absolutely use some large-scale fun once more. So, partly to keep ourselves happy, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the biggest festivals and events in Vancouver that have said they’re returning for 2022. And, from some of the most known events in the city to brand new options, it turns out we’ve got quite a lot to look forward to!
Here are some of the biggest events and festivals set to return to Vancouver in 2022.
Turns out, one of the earliest major events this year is also one of the most prestigious. Pretty much reserved for multi-millionaires and corporate leaders, TED offers a wide slate of some of the top minds in a variety of sectors. Of course, it’s insanely pricey to attend, so just watch the videos for free after they come out.
When: April 10th to 14th
This one you’re definitely going to want to see in person, though! Now a highlight of sporting events across the country, the Canada Sevens brings together the best rugby players on earth for a weekend of hard-hitting fun. Plus, dressing up to watch sports is a weird bonus.
When: April 16th and 17th
Wine time is back in the city! Now in its fourth decade (!!) of operation, Van Wine Fest offers activities for all types of wine lovers. Just getting into it? Check out the main event to try varieties from around the world. Got some (grape) skin in the game? Then some of their dinners or the Bacchanalia Gala should be at the top of your list.
When: May 16th to 22nd
Feeling a little fanciful this summer? Bard on the Beach might be the perfect option. Taking over a waterfront site at Vanier Park, this long-running celebration of all things Shakespeare offers a variety of different nights out, from classic shows to full-blown dinners beforehand.
When: June 8th to September 24th
Definitely one of our top picks off this list. Having taken a hiatus from in-person events these past two years, Folk Music Fest will be returning to its oceanside setting this summer! It’s going to be three straight days of musical relaxation, and we can’t wait to indulge.
When: July 15th to 17th
When it happens, the Honda Celebration of Light is pretty much impossible to miss. Seriously, the international fireworks festival lights up the sky, and whether you’re grabbing actual seats or finding a hidden vista, they are a truly spectacular sight.
When: July 23rd, 27th and 30th
Obviously just one day out of what’s sure to be a week of celebration, but the Vancouver Pride Parade has long been one of the bucket list events in the city. Taking over West 4th, the Pride Parade is everything we can ask for out of a summer’s day- fun, food, and friends!
When: July 31st
This is the furthest out, but also one we can’t wait to roll around. Attracting incredible talent from all over the world, VIFF delights both die-hard cinema buffs and casual movie lovers alike. You can simply see a movie that piques your interest, or you can go all out with director talks, workshops, and more.
When: September 29th to October 9th
The first of three festivals that are set to return this summer, but haven’t released official dates quite yet. Taking over Kitsilano, Khatsalano is like the perfect neighbourhood experience, combining everything from live music to delicious treats from street vendors and even a few deals for those who want to do some summer shopping.
When: Summer 2022
It’s been a tough couple of years for this massive music fest, so we’re really hoping this summer is its return to glory. Having featured some of the biggest names in music, FVDED is easily a bucket list music festival not just in Vancouver, but all of Canada.
When: Summer 2022
And last up, we’ve got the Vancouver Mural Festival! Not only has this fest literally transformed the aesthetics of the city, but it has managed to continually grow while it does so. These days, no VMF is complete without some live concerts, beer gardens, and even guided tours of new projects going up.
When: Summer 2022
There you have it, folks! A roundup of some of the festivals and events that are returning to Vancouver for 2022. This list is by no means exhaustive, but don’t worry, if news comes out about the other ones, you can bet we’ll be sharing it with you.