Festival Vancouver


Many of the city's best festivals and events take place on Granville Island. Below you'll find a list of the major ones.


If you have children, you'll definitely want to attend OCEAN Cement's Open House.  Kids and grownups can climb in cement trucks and honk the horns, crawl inside a truck's drum, view displays and win prizes.  OCEAN volunteers even haul in massive quantities of sand and toys to create a gigantic sand box for this event.  Held annually in April.


Every June, audiences can sample new works from Canadian playwrights at the New Play Festival. The Playwright's Theatre Centre hosts readings of these plays in Festival House on Granville Island. Admission is usually $5.


Canada Day Celebrations on Granville Island include False Creek Ferry Ballets, family activities at the False Creek Community Centre and more! The whole island community pitches in to make this day special.


Every summer, Carousel Theatre puts on a live Shakespeare play that is free for the whole family. Taking place at Performance Works' outdoor stage, the plays are performed by teen actors enrolled in the company's intensive summer program. This year, Macbeth will run from July 31st - Aug 15th, 2010.


The Vancouver International Fringe Festival is BC's largest theatre festival. Voted "Vancouver's Best Arts Festival" by Georgia Straight readers, the Fringe will take place on September 8th - 19th, 2010, exclusively on Granville Island.  


Granville Island also hosts B.C.'s "friendliest wooden boat festival", the Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival. Events include family boat building workshops (register ahead), exhibitions and children's activities. August 26th - 29th, 2010.


The Vancouver International Writer's Festival brings the world's best authors to Vancouver. Every year, in late October, authors mingle with 14,000 readers in interactive settings on Granville Island.


The Maiwa Textile Symposium is one of the world's top symposiums on textile arts. Charllotte Kwon, the owner of Maiwa Handprints, brings in experts on traditional textile arts to give lectures and workshops in October, November and December of each year. Register early!


The Circle Craft Cooperative on Granville Island organizes Vancouver's annual Circle Craft Christmas Fair. Shop for delicacies, art and fashion while sampling food and enjoying live glass-blowing demonstrations.  November 17th - 21st, 2010, at Canada Place.


How did an ER nurse become a fisherman and wooden boat festival coordinator?  What are our celebrity guests doing behind the scenes of these festivals?  Some of these characters are even MORE entertaining than the events.  So be entertained — buy the Granville Island Book.