Top Lunar New Year Events in Vancouver

The Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, celebrates the first new moon of the lunar calendar. Here's how to celebrate in Vancouver:

City & People Events & Entertainment

Chinese New Year Parade

The Chinese New Year Parade is a Chinatown tradition. The parade follows Pender Street, turning at Gore Street, and returning along Keefer. The Chinese New Year Parade attracts thousands of people, so take the bus or the Skytrain down and get there early!

When: February 10, 11 AM – 1:30 PM approximately
Where: Pender, Gore, and Keefer
Tickets: Free

The Year of the Pig Temple Fair

Head down to Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown for a one-day-only festival celebrating the Chinese New Year. You can expect live music, performances like a lion-dance, and Chinese food for sale.

When: February 10, 10 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: 578 Carrall Street
Tickets: By donation.


Soar Over China

Experience the Flight of the Dragon at FlyOver Canada. There will be a double feature available along with FlyOver Canada.

When: January 24th – February 24th
Where: Canada Place
Tickets: $17.25 – $33.00 


Lunar New Year at Wesbrook Village

Lunar New Year celebrations at UBC include a Lion Dance blessing in the streets around Wesbrook Village and free family-friendly activities taking place at the community centre. The event attracts over a thousand attendees most years.

When: February 9th 2 PM – 4 PM
Where: 3335 Webber Lane, Wesbrook Community Centre
Tickets: Free


Vancouver’s LunarFest

LunarFest started in 2009 for Vancouver’s Winter Olympics. They’re described as “Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture.”

LunarFest is putting on a number of events for 2019’s Lunar New Year, details below:

When: January 29th – February 19th
Where: Oakridge Centre
Tickets: Free

When: January 30th – February 18th
Where: Jack Poole Plaza
Tickets: Free

When: February 8th
Where: The Playhouse
Tickets: $10

When: February 9th – 10th
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza
Tickets: Free

When: February 9th
Where: The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $58 – $268