Exploring Vancouver in May: From Marathons to Mother’s Day

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As we bid farewell to April and extend a warm welcome to the bright and blooming month of May, the city of Vancouver is positively buzzing with a plethora of events. These events are thoughtfully curated and guaranteed to cater to every taste, making the city come alive in a unique blend of art, culture, sports, and entertainment. Here’s a sneak peek into what’s happening in our vibrant city this May.

Kickstart the Month with BMO Vancouver Marathon

Commence the month with the adrenaline-pumping BMO Vancouver Marathon taking place on Sunday May 5th! It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned marathon runner with numerous races under your belt, or a cheering fan enthusiastically supporting the participants from the sidelines, the energy and excitement of this annual event is absolutely infectious. Immerse yourself in the supportive atmosphere, and marvel at the incredible athletic dedication on display on the bustling streets of Vancouver.

Ignite Imagination at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival

From May 27th to June 2nd,  the Vancouver International Children’s Festival promises a delightful mix of fun and learning specifically designed for our youngest visitors. With an enchanting blend of music, theater, dance, circus, puppetry, and storytelling, there’s bound to be something to ignite the imagination of every child, and maybe even the adults accompanying them! Tickets are available on the festival website. 

Celebrating Mother’s Day the Vancouver Way

As the second Sunday of May approaches, don’t forget to mark your calendar for Mother’s Day happening on May 12th. Our picturesque city of Vancouver offers lots of different ways to celebrate and honor the special women in our lives. From sumptuous brunches to relaxing spa days and scenic strolls along the city’s beautiful landscapes, spend some quality time with your mom in our beautiful city, making memories that will last a lifetime.

The Thrill of the Vancouver Whitecaps Season

For the sports enthusiasts among us, get ready for the Vancouver Whitecaps’ season which runs until October. This May, gear up for a special game on the 25th when our very own Whitecaps take on Inter Miami CF, the team that boasts Lionel Messi, one of the world’s greatest footballers. Don’t miss the exhilarating chance to see this football legend in action!T

With such a diverse and engaging line-up of events, May in Vancouver is set to be a month to remember. Ensure your stay is as memorable as the events by booking your stay at Stay Vancouver Hotels. With our central locations, comfortable accommodations, and exceptional service, we’re ready to make your Vancouver experience truly unforgettable. We can’t wait to welcome you! 

As an added bonus, when you book with Stay Vancouver Hotels, you’ll receive a perk of a gift card or tickets to a Vancouver experience – it is your choice! It’s a small token of our appreciation for choosing us to make your booking at one of our fine downtown Vancouver hotels. Learn more.

Don’t Be an April Fool – Enjoy This Handy Vancouver Events Guide

Get ready to celebrate the vibrant city of Vancouver this April with a line-up of exciting events, activities, and offers that you won’t want to miss. From the enchanting Cherry Blossom Festival, the diverse Coast City Country event, to the highly anticipated Vancouver Sun Run, there’s something for everyone. Additionally, shopping enthusiasts will rejoice with the start of Spring Shopping at the CF Pacific Centre, while sports fans can look forward to the kick-off of the baseball season. Dive into these captivating highlights for an unforgettable April in Vancouver:

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival & Sakura Days Japan Fair

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from March 29th to April 25th, and serves as a grand celebration of the city’s beautiful Sakura trees in full bloom. This festival is a vibrant, cultural event that attracts locals and tourists alike. One of the many highlights of this festival is the Sakura Days Japan Fair, a much-anticipated event that provides attendees with a deep and enriching immersion into Japanese culture. This fair includes a variety of activities ranging from traditional tea ceremonies to martial arts demonstrations, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of blooming cherry trees.

The Coast City Country Event

The festival, set in the heart of Vancouver, BC, guarantees three days of continuous excitement, featuring an array of thrilling performances and a unique “Country in the City” celebration. The main event at BC Place Stadium on April 19th-20th is expected to draw a crowd of over 75,000 fans and will see over 30 acts take over the city. The Coast City Country festival offers music enthusiasts a wide range of experiences across the city, including street parties and stages, late-night shows at the historic Commodore Ballroom, an in-stadium craft beer and whiskey fest, an outdoor BBQ smokehouse, and much more!

The Vancouver Sun Run

On April 21st, prepare to tie the laces of your running shoes tight for the annual Vancouver Sun Run. This much-anticipated road race event has been a staple in the city’s calendar, bringing together both dedicated fitness enthusiasts and casual walkers from all walks of life. It’s not just a race, but a celebration of health, fitness, and a strong sense of community spirit. The event fosters a positive, fun, and inclusive environment, where everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, is encouraged to participate. Whether you’re a seasoned runner, a fitness newbie, or someone simply looking for a fun activity, the Vancouver Sun Run offers a unique experience that promotes well-being and community spirit.

CF Pacific Centre Spring Shopping

April isn’t just another month; it ushers in a highly-anticipated event for shopping enthusiasts – the start of Spring Shopping at the CF Pacific Centre. By booking your stay with Stay Vancouver Hotels, you can receive a $75 CF SHOP! card—an irresistible incentive that enhances the overall shopping experience – Learn More

Vancouver Canadians @ Nat Bailey Stadium

Lastly, the start of the baseball season is an exciting time for sports fans. It’s a time ripe with excitement and hope, where every team is in first place and every player has the potential to become a season’s MVP. Among these, the Vancouver Canadians, a team known for their tenacity and grit, are preparing to take the field and electrify the atmosphere at the historic Nat Bailey Stadium. So, gather your friends and family, don your team colors, and get ready to cheer on the Vancouver Canadians as they aim to hit it out of the park this season.

Vancouver in April is a city buzzing with excitement. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s no shortage of activities to engage in and events to attend. From cultural experiences like the Cherry Blossom Festival to sporting events like the start of the baseball season, the city offers a rich and diverse array of options. Don’t miss out on this vibrant season in Vancouver – book your stay with Stay Vancouver Hotels now, and immerse yourself in the heart of the city’s excitement – Learn more

Spring into Vancouver This March

March in Vancouver offers a variety of exciting events and activities to enjoy. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast, celebrating International Women’s Day, enjoying Spring Break, or observing the Easter festivities, there’s something for everyone. Here are some highlights of things to do in March in our fair city:

Vancouver International Wine Festival

The Vancouver International Wine Festival caps off at the beginning of this month, but there’s still time in March to take advantage of the delicious tastings provided by this world-recognized event. Immerse yourself in the world of wine and indulge in a memorable experience. Discover a wide selection of exquisite wines from around the globe, attend tastings and seminars, and expand your wine knowledge. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast or simply looking for a unique and enjoyable experience, the Vancouver International Wine Festival is a must-visit event. Cheers to a fantastic time in Vancouver!

International Women’s Day

Join in the celebration of International Women’s Day, a global day honouring the achievements of women. Attend empowering events, participate in discussions and workshops, and support women-owned businesses and organizations. It’s a chance to recognize and uplift the contributions of women in various fields. Celebrate empowerment and creativity and visit the International Women’s Day Art Fair or take part in the International Women’s Day March.

Spring Break is Upon Us

The final two weeks of March marks the arrival of Spring Break for most school districts in Vancouver, offering a chance for families to unwind and have fun. Vancouver provides numerous options for a memorable break, such as exploring the city’s stunning parks and gardens, trying outdoor activities like hiking or biking, or visiting local attractions like museums and galleries. Make the most of the pleasant Spring weather and create lasting memories.

The Easter Bunny Arrives on March 31st

Embrace the spirit of Easter in Vancouver by taking part in festive activities. Enjoy Easter egg hunts, indulge in delicious brunches, or attend Easter-themed events and performances. You can also take a stroll through the city’s beautiful neighborhoods adorned with colorful spring blooms and decorations. Head to the Roundhouse for the annual Eggs-tacular Easter Egg Hunt. Hunt for easter eggs, take part in arts, crafts, and games, pet real life bunnies, and enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny! And if you’re feeling especially energetic, you can take part in the Big Easter Run!

When you stay with Stay Vancouver Hotels, you’ll be in the heart of the city, with easy access to these amazing events. Whether you’re a wine lover, celebrating International Women’s Day, enjoying Spring Break, or embracing Easter traditions, Vancouver has something for everyone. Choose from our 44 downtown Vancouver locations and find the ideal accommodation for your travel needs. Book your stay now and take advantage of incredible perks, such as gift cards, event tickets, and more. – Learn more

Laughter & Romance in Vancouver this February

Are you planning a visit to Vancouver in February? You’re in luck! This vibrant city has a plethora of exciting events and activities to offer during this time of year. Whether you’re a comedy lover, a wine enthusiast, a sports fan, or looking for a romantic experience, Vancouver has something for everyone. Here are some highlights to include in your itinerary:

Just for Laughs Vancouver

When: February 15th-24th, 2024

Get ready for a barrel of laughs at Just for Laughs Vancouver! This renowned comedy festival brings together some of the best comedians from around the world to entertain and tickle your funny bone. Featuring some top headliners and heavyweights in the comedy world including Bill Burr, Wanda Sykes, Ben Schwartz, Marlon Wayans, Kathy Griffin, and more! Prepare for a night filled with laughter and hilarious performances that will leave you in stitches. Book a two night stay with Stay Vancouver Hotels and receive two tickets to see Bill Burr on February 23rd at Rogers Arena. Learn More.

Vancouver International Wine Festival

When: February 24th – March 3rd, 2024

Calling all wine connoisseurs! The Vancouver International Wine Festival is a must-visit event for those who appreciate the art of winemaking . . . or simply love to relax with a fantastic glass of vino. Explore a vast selection of exquisite wines from renowned wineries worldwide, attend tasting events, and indulge in delectable food pairings. Immerse yourself in the world of wine and discover new flavors and aromas. Check out the website for more information and if you book your stay with Stay Vancouver Hotels, you can receive a free International Festival Tastings Tickets on us! Learn More.

Vancouver Sevens

When: February 23rd-25th, 2024

Sports enthusiasts, get ready for some high-energy rugby action at the annual Vancouver Sevens tournament! Watch as international rugby teams compete in thrilling matches, showcasing their skills and athleticism. Join the passionate crowd, cheer for your favorite team, and experience the electrifying atmosphere of this adrenaline-pumping event. Book a 1-night stay and score 2 free single day General Admission passes to the tournament on Saturday, February 24th. Learn More.

Valentine’s Day

When: February 14th (ish), 2024

Celebrate love in the enchanting city of Vancouver on Valentine’s Day. Take a romantic stroll along the picturesque seawall, or enjoy a candlelit dinner at one of the city’s acclaimed restaurants, many of which are offering Valentine’s Day packages that are both delightful and delicious. With its stunning natural beauty and vibrant ambiance, Vancouver sets the perfect stage for a memorable Valentine’s Day experience.

Make the most of your visit to Vancouver in February by immersing yourself in these fantastic events and experiences. From laughter-filled nights to wine tastings, thrilling sports matches, and romantic moments, Vancouver has everything you need for an unforgettable stay.

When you choose to stay with Stay Vancouver Hotels, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the city, with convenient access to these incredible events. Whether you’re a comedy lover, a wine enthusiast, a sports fan, or looking for a romantic experience, Vancouver has something to offer for everyone. Book your stay at one of our 44 downtown Vancouver locations and discover the perfect accommodation to suit your travel needs. Reserve your stay today and take advantage of fantastic incentives, including gift cards, event tickets, and more. Learn more.

Plan your trip today and create lifelong memories in the beautiful city of Vancouver!

The Very Best Events Happening in Vancouver This January

Are you planning a visit to Vancouver in January? Or maybe just looking for a winter Staycation? Don’t miss out on these exciting events happening in the city. Stay Vancouver Hotels is here to guide you through the top experiences during your stay. Get ready to indulge in delicious food, warm up with delightful hot chocolate, and immerse yourself in captivating performing arts. Here are the must-visit events happening in Vancouver this January:

Dine Out Vancouver Festival
Dates: January 17th – February 4th, 2024
Location: Various Restaurants in Vancouver

The highly-anticipated Dine Out Vancouver Festival is bringing delectable delights to our fair city. This annual festival allows you to explore a diverse culinary scene like no other. Indulge in mouthwatering dishes from some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants, offering special menus and unique dining experiences. The Dine Out Vancouver Festival has evolved into a comprehensive platform that unites numerous chefs, over 300 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, suppliers, and more. It offers a month-long celebration of dining, featuring virtual events and experiences that showcase the city’s finest flavors. Culinary enthusiasts are invited to savour the best tastes Vancouver has to offer during this exciting festival. From gourmet delights to international flavours, this festival is a food lover’s paradise.

Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival
Dates: January 13th to February 14th, 2024
Location: Participating Cafes and Chocolatiers across Vancouver

Warm up your winter with the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a wide range of hot chocolate creations crafted by talented local cafes and chocolatiers. From classic flavours to innovative combinations, there’s a hot chocolate for everyone. Don’t miss the chance to indulge in this cozy and delicious festival.

PUSH International Performing Arts Festival
Dates: January 18th – February 4th, 2024
Location: Various Venues in Vancouver

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of performing arts at the PUSH International Performing Arts Festival. Experience captivating theater, dance, and music performances by talented artists from around the globe. From thought-provoking dramas to mesmerizing dance routines, this festival showcases the best of contemporary performing arts.

When you book your stay with Stay Vancouver Hotels, you’ll be in the heart of the action, with easy access to these incredible events. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, a chocolate lover, or an arts aficionado, Vancouver has something to offer for everyone. Book your stay at one of our 44 downtown Vancouver locations and discover the ideal accommodation to meet your travel needs. Book your stay today and take advantage of amazing incentives, including gift cards, event tickets, and more. Learn more

Experience a Very Merry Vancouver This December

Vancouver has earned a reputation as one of the top holiday destinations in the world. With its wide range of fun attractions and festivals, it’s no surprise why. A diverse food and wine scene offering flavours from around the world, and great shopping opportunities with Canadian prices and favourable exchange rates await! There is so much to see and do that you’ll run out of time before checking off everything on your to-do list.

Experience the breathtaking multi-coloured lights of the Capilano Suspension Bridge, indulge in the flavours of Granville Island on the Festive Favourites Market Tour, explore the captivating Holiday Splash exhibit at the renowned Vancouver Aquarium, and much more. There’s festive fun for the whole family!


Very Merry Vancouver is a unique holiday destination that offers a delightful experience. Explore the breathtaking sights, family-friendly activities, and genuine warmth of the holiday season in Vancouver, Canada.

Picture yourself strolling through an authentic outdoor European Christmas market, sipping on mulled wine, and discovering delightful holiday treats and inviting vendors at every corner. Afterwards, you can head just a few blocks away to enjoy a memorable festive feast at a world-renowned restaurant. To top off the evening, take a leisurely walk through VanDusen Garden’s lush botanical garden, adorned with over one million twinkling colored lights in the crisp air.

All these unforgettable holiday experiences are waiting for you in Very Merry Vancouver, Canada. And now, Stay Vancouver Hotels is offering the chance to win incredible prizes, including engaging family-friendly activities and stays at top Vancouver hotels. Visit www.verymerryvancouver.com for three prize draws every day from December 1st to 12th. These prizes provide the perfect starting point for a world of happy holiday experiences. Alternatively, you can book your own hotel stay at one of the 43 downtown hotels and enjoy exclusive promotions and unique incentives. For example, when you book a two-night stay, you can receive a MasterCard prepaid gift card worth up to $250! Learn more at Stay Vancouver Hotels


For the first time ever, the seawall in Coal Harbour will be illuminated for a month-long celebration. The event will feature light installations, performing artists, musicians, and an illuminated walk from Canada Place to Cardero Park. And the best part? It’s all free!

From December 1st to 30th, visitors can enjoy a variety of holiday-themed activities on Friday and Saturday evenings (5 to 10 pm). Highlights include a specialty bar serving alcoholic and hot beverages, a live music stage with over 150 scheduled musicians, and nightly fire performances at Canada Place Park. Learn more.


On December 2nd, visit the CandyTown Holiday Festival in Yaletown! This free, family-friendly holiday festival is brimming with Christmas cheer and the delightful taste of sugar-plum. The plazas of Yaletown are transformed into a joyful winter wonderland, offering toe-tapping live music, a gift market, horse-drawn carriage rides (by donation), and fascinating ice-carving demonstrations. Keep an eye out for stilt walkers roaming around and photo-friendly costumed characters.


Bright Nights at Stanley Park is a must-visit event during the holiday season in Vancouver, running from November 30th to January 1st. Held at Stanley Park, this enchanting event features a stunning display of lights that transform the park into a magical winter wonderland. Visitors can take a train ride through the park to admire the dazzling light installations and festive decorations. It’s a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, create lasting memories, and enjoy the beauty of Stanley Park illuminated with twinkling lights. Bright Nights at Stanley Park is a beloved tradition that captures the joy and wonder of the holiday season.

This is just a small selection of the festivities available in Vancouver in December! Get in the holiday spirit, share a festive drink, and book your trip to Vancouver today with StayVancouverHotels. Choose from 43 downtown Vancouver hotels and discover the ideal accommodation to meet your travel requirements during your stay. Book your stay today and experience the best of Vancouver’s events and attractions. Learn more

Things to Do in Vancouver in November 2023

Are you planning a trip to Vancouver this November? Looking for things to do while you visit our beautiful city? Look no further! We will guide you through the exciting array of activities and events that await you in this vibrant city this month. Whether you’re a comedy enthusiast, an art lover, or a fan of live performances, Vancouver has it all. Uncover the top things to do in Vancouver, ensuring that your visit is nothing short of unforgettable.


Get ready for a magical evening with Disney on Ice Presents Frozen & Encanto at the PNE Pacific Coliseum. From November 22nd-26th, watch your favorite Disney characters come to life on the ice as they perform enchanting routines and bring beloved stories to the stage. Join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the rest of the Frozen gang as they embark on a heartwarming journey filled with ice-skating, music, and captivating performances. And don’t miss the enchantment of Encanto, as the magical world of Mirabel and her extraordinary family unfolds before your eyes. This spectacular show is sure to delight Disney fans of all ages.


Immerse yourself in the festive spirit at the Vancouver Christmas Market from November 16th right up until Christmas Eve. This annual holiday event transforms the heart of the city into a magical wonderland. Explore the charming wooden stalls filled with unique gifts, indulge in delicious holiday treats, and enjoy live entertainment in this enchanting winter experience. From handcrafted ornaments to traditional German delicacies, the Vancouver Christmas Market offers a wide array of festive delights. Take a sip of warm mulled wine, listen to carolers singing joyful tunes, and create lasting memories with loved ones in this festive atmosphere.


Witness the city come alive with stunning light installations and art at Lumière Vancouver 2023. This mesmerizing event transforms Vancouver’s streets into a dazzling display of colors and creativity. Take a leisurely stroll through the illuminated streets and experience the magic of this captivating outdoor event. From intricate light sculptures to interactive installations, Lumière Vancouver showcases the work of local and international artists. Marvel at the beauty of the city’s architecture as it is bathed in vibrant lights, and immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of this unique cultural celebration.


Art lovers should make their way to the Vancouver Art Gallery. With its extensive collection of contemporary and historical artworks, the gallery offers a captivating experience for visitors. Check out the latest exhibitions and immerse yourself in the vibrant art scene of Vancouver.


Laugh the night away at The Improv Centre, where talented improvisational performers create hilarious and spontaneous comedy on the spot. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a night of laughter and entertainment as the actors craft witty and unexpected scenes based on audience suggestions. With their quick thinking and comedic timing, the performers at The Improv Centre never fail to deliver a side-splitting show. Whether you’re a fan of improv comedy or simply looking for a fun night out, this cozy venue guarantees an evening filled with laughter and memorable moments.

These are just a few of the exciting events and attractions happening in Vancouver in November 2023. Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or family-friendly entertainment, the city has something for everyone to enjoy. Book your trip to Vancouver today with StayVancouverHotels. Select from 43 downtown Vancouver locations for your stay and find the perfect place to suit your travel needs. Book your stay today and experience the best of Vancouver’s events and attractions – Learn more

Have a Spooktacular Time in Vancouver

Are you ready for some spine-chilling fun? Vancouver has plenty of eerie attractions and events that will send shivers down your spine throughout October. Whether you’re a fan of haunted houses, ghost tours, or costume parties, this city has something for everyone. Get ready to have a spooktacular time in Vancouver!


One of the must-visit attractions for thrill-seekers is the Capilano Suspension Park. Imagine walking on a suspension bridge high above the treetops, surrounded by the misty forest. During the Halloween season, the park transforms into a haunted wonderland called Canyon Frights, with spooky decorations and special events. Don’t miss the chance to experience the thrill of crossing the swaying suspension bridges while enjoying the Halloween-themed ambiance. Great for all ages and when you book your stay with Stay Vancouver Hotels, you can get free tickets to the attraction. Learn More.


As if the rides at Playland and the PNE weren’t scary enough already . . . For an adrenaline-pumping experience, head to Fright Nights at the PNE. This annual event features haunted houses, thrilling rides, and live entertainment that will leave you screaming. This year’s event also features a revamped Carn-Evil experience! Intended only for those 13 and over, prepare to face your fears as you navigate through the terrifying mazes and encounter scary creatures. Fright Nights is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for a good scare, it’s an experience you won’t forget.


Calling all horror film enthusiasts! Don’t miss The Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival, from October 13th to 15th—this thrilling event showcases the best and most terrifying horror films from around the world. Immerse yourself in a world of suspense, gore, and supernatural terror as you watch these spine-chilling movies on the big screen. From classic horror flicks to cutting-edge indie films, featuring 6 feature length films and 41 short films from around the world, this is a must-attend event for horror movie enthusiasts!


Take a thrilling flight experience like no other at Flyover Canada at Halloween. This virtual flight ride takes you on a spooky journey across Canada, filled with ghostly encounters and supernatural surprises. Buckle up and prepare for a breathtaking adventure as you soar through the skies and witness the eerie landscapes of Canada during the Halloween season. Flyover Canada at Halloween is a unique and exhilarating experience that will leave you in awe. As an added bonus, if you’re booking with Stay Vancouver Hotels, you can receive two tickets to the attraction with a two night stay! Learn More.

Whether you’re crossing the swaying suspension bridges at Capilano Suspension Park, braving the terrifying mazes at Fright Nights, or immersing yourself in the world of horror at the Vancouver Horror Show Film Festival, you’re sure to have a spooktacular time. Get ready to be scared and have a hauntingly good time in Vancouver this Halloween! – book your trip to Vancouver today with StayVancouverHotels. We have 42 downtown Vancouver locations to choose from so guests can find the perfect accommodations to suit their travel needs. Book your stay today and experience the best of Vancouver’s events and festivals. Learn more.

Vancouver in September: From Cycling to Comedy

September is a wonderful month to visit Vancouver. The summertime crowds are beginning to dwindle, and the temperatures are still mild, making it a perfect opportunity to explore all the city has to offer. This September, there are three exciting not-to-be-missed events taking place: the RBC Granfondo, the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival in Stanley Park, and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

RBC GranFondo

The RBC GranFondo Whistler is North America’s largest GranFondo Event. This annual cycling extravaganza takes place on September 9th. This event is not just a race, it’s a celebration of the cycling community in British Columbia. The race begins in downtown Vancouver, and riders will cover a stunning 122-kilometer route through the mountains and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The ride finishes in the beautiful town of Whistler, where participants will be greeted with a festival atmosphere, packed with live music, food, and drinks. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just a casual rider, this event is an exciting opportunity to challenge yourself and take in some of the most beautiful scenery British Columbia has to offer. Learn more on the GranFondo website. If you’re looking to test your cycling skills, you can register for the GranFondo and if you book your hotel stay with StayVancouverHotels you can receive $75 off your registration.

Great Outdoors Comedy Festival

Who doesn’t like a good laugh? From September 15th to the 16th, Stanley Park will be hosting the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival. This unique event features some of the best comedians from around the world performing in one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in the city. With the stunning backdrop of Stanley Park and the ocean, it’s sure to be a night of laughs that you won’t forget. The festival is a two-night event, with comedy favorite Russell Peters headlining on the 15th, and Hollywood superstar Kevin Hart and friends headlining on the 16th. The festival is perfect for comedy fans, locals, and visitors alike. Grab your tickets on the Great Outdoor Comedy Festival website.

Vancouver International Film Festival 2023

The Vancouver International Film Festival is a highly anticipated event taking place from September 28th to October 8th. This year, the festival will be showcasing over 300 films from around the world, with something for everyone. From thought-provoking documentaries to heartwarming dramas, the Vancouver International Film Festival is a celebration of the art of cinema and a testament to the diverse voices that make up our global community. The festival has been running since 1958 and stands as one of the largest film festivals in North America. In addition to the films, the festival also features talks, seminars, and workshops with industry professionals. For film lovers and filmmakers alike, the International Film Festival is not to be missed. Book your tickets on the VIFF website.

Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a comedy fan, or a film buff, there’s something for everyone in Vancouver this September. The RBC Granfondo, the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival are all exciting opportunities to explore the city, connect with like-minded individuals, and celebrate the best Vancouver has to offer. Don’t miss out on these incredible events – book your trip to Vancouver today with StayVancouverHotels. With 42 downtown Vancouver locations to choose from, guests can find the perfect accommodations to suit their travel needs. Book your stay today and experience the best of Vancouver’s events and festivals – Learn more

Experience the Best of Vancouver’s Summer Markets, Festivals, and Events

Summer in Vancouver is the perfect time to explore the city’s vibrant culture and numerous exciting events. In August, the city comes alive with festivals and markets, and there’s no better way to experience the best of Vancouver than with a stay at one of StayVancouverHotels’ 42 downtown properties. Here are just a few of the must-visit events happening this August in Vancouver and the surrounding communities.


Vancouver is known for its thriving markets and exhibitions, showcasing local artisans, food vendors, and more. One of the most popular markets in the city is the Granville Island Public Market, where visitors can browse through hundreds of stalls offering fresh produce, seafood, and unique souvenirs. Another must-visit market is the Richmond Night Market, located just a short drive from downtown Vancouver. Here, visitors can sample a variety of Asian-inspired cuisine, browse through vendor booths, and enjoy live entertainment.


For those looking to experience all the best markets in Vancouver, be sure to check out the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) Fair, which runs from August 19th to September 4th. This annual event features live entertainment, carnival rides, and a showcase of local vendors. 


If you’re looking to venture outside of downtown Vancouver, visit the North Van Shipyards, located in North Vancouver. This waterfront destination offers stunning views of the city skyline, as well as a variety of food trucks, craft breweries, and artisan markets. Visitors can also enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the summer months.


For those looking to embrace and celebrate diversity and inclusivity, the Vancouver Pride Parade is a not to be missed event. This year, the parade will take place on August 6th and will feature a new route along the Seawall. Visitors can expect to see colourful floats, live music, and thousands of participants celebrating the LGBTQ2+ community.


StayVancouverHotels offers a great deal for those who want to participate in the RBC GranFondo Whistler, one of the most popular cycling events in North America featuring thousands of participants as they travel from sea to sky. With the GranFondo promotion, guests can save $75 on their registration for the event with a one-night stay, or receive $75 off of 2 registrations when reserving 2 or more nights. This is a great opportunity to stay in one of the downtown Vancouver hotels and enjoy the city’s summer events while preparing for this exciting and grueling cycling challenge.


An event for the art lover in everyone! The Vancouver Mural Festival takes place from August 4th to 13th. This annual festival showcases the city’s vibrant street art scene, with over 60 new murals painted throughout the city. Visit the website for details and locations.

Regardless of what you decide to do this month, make the most of your Vancouver vacation or staycation by booking with StayVancouverHotels. With a variety of locations to choose from, guests can find the perfect accommodation to suit their needs and budget. Book your stay today and experience the best of Vancouver’s summer markets and festivals – Learn more