Five Vancouver Summer Festivals & Events Worth Staying in the City For

Five Vancouver Summer Festivals & Events Worth Staying in the City For


July 4, 2018

Summer is sailing on by, but it’s okay if you don’t have all your plans penciled in yet. We’ve done the work for you and rounded up five Vancouver events that you’re going to want to stay in the city for. From festivals, fireworks and foodie fun – it’s the perfect excuse to splurge on a staycation in the city.

Book a suite or a Fairmont Gold room while our exclusive Stay Golden and Stay & Taste offers are still available and firm up the rest of your summer plans before it’s too late.


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Celebration of Light – July 28, August 1, August 4

The Celebration of Light in English Bay is one of the city’s signature summer events where three countries compete to wow the crowds with their unique firework displays. This year, the city will be getting lit on the evenings of July 28, August 1 and August 4, which just so happens to be the Saturday of the long weekend. Need we say more?

Explore the festival.

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Vancouver Pride Festival – August 5

August 6 marks the annual Pride Parade and Vancouver is home to one of Canada’s largest pride celebrations, making it one of the go-to events of the year. In a rainbow display of love, inclusion and a whole lot of party, the parade attracts a crowd of more than 650,000 lining the streets of Robson, Denman and Beach Avenue.  The day finishes with an epic beach party with performances and a beer garden at Sunset Beach. After a full day of parading and partying, we recommend indulging in an Aching Foot Pedicure at Willow Stream Spa. Here’s how we’re celebrating Pride at Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Learn More about the Pride Festival here.

Concerts: Foo Fighters – September 8 & Sam Smith –  September 10

From rock and roll, to music that will soothe the soul, both the Foo Fighters and Sam Smith are coming to Rogers Arena this September. The American rock band, Foo Fighters, known for hits like “Monkey Wrench” and “Learn to Fly”, will be performing on their Concrete and Gold tour. English singer and songwriter Sam Smith recently released his new album The Thrill of It All and is joining Vancouver as part of his world tour.

Get your tickets for the Foo Fighters here.
Get your tickets for Sam Smith here.

SKOOKUM – September 7 – 9

If you’re into art, music and consider yourself a foodie – the first ever SKOOKUM Festival held in Stanley Park is an event you’re going to want to know about. With an exciting lineup of over 50 musical artists, including headliners The Killers and Florence + The Machine, it’s set to be the hottest weekend event of the summer. There will be three stages, live art and multimedia installations, gourmet food pop-ups and some of the best of BC wine and craft beer.

View the full line up for the weekend here.

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SeaWheeze Weekend – September 20 – 22

Yoga. Run. Party! is the name of this game. Luckily for those not willing to crush 21.1km of breathtaking views around Vancouver, you don’t have to participate in the race to attend the party at the Sunset Festival, held in Stanley Park. Although the race is sold out (it sells out every year as soon as registration opens) there’s still ways you can get sweaty at SeaWheeze. Post-race, they set up in Stanley Park at 4:00pm for a stretch and flow class. After, there’s plenty of food, beverages and a epic dance party with performances by Diplo, Felix Cartel, and DJ Drez.

Learn more about post-race events at SeaWheeze here.