Dine Out Vancouver From mid- till late Jan w dineoutvancouver.com. Canada’s largest food and drink festival, with hundreds of restaurants across the city offering three course prix-fixe menus at three price points. Special culinary events also take place throughout the festival, such as guest chef lectures, street food markets and food photography urban safaris.
Vancouver International Wine Festival Mid-Feb t 604 873 3311, w vanwinefest.ca. One of Canada’s best wine festivals with nine days of seminars, special winery dinners, galas and a grand tasting room with hundreds of wines on offer.
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival June–Sept t 604 739 0559, t 1 877 739 0559, w bardonthebeach.org. Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit Shakespeare festival offers plays and special events throughout the season in Vanier Park; the harbour and distant mountains help set the scene.
International Jazz Festival Late June to early July, t 604 872 5200, w coastaljazz.ca. Puts on 300 shows across the region (half of which are free), with names like The Avett Brothers and Jill Barber.
Vancouver International Film Festival Late Sept to mid-Oct t 604 685 0260, w viff.org. Many of the city’s art-house cinemas join forces to host the annual showcase for more than 150 films.
Vancouver International Folk Music Festival July t 604 602 9798, w thefestival.bc.ca. Three days of folk, food and festivities at Jericho Beach park.
The Fair at the PNE Late Aug to early Sept; gate passes from $16 w pne.ca. A 100-year-old Vancouver end-of-summer tradition with free concerts from crowd-pleasing artists such as the Beach Boys and Pointer Sisters, a host of entertaining shows and a heady mix of fairground rides and deep-fried foods.