Attractions & Features

The Vancouver Chinatown Festival hosts more than 50,000 visitors every year, who fill Columbia and Keefer street in the beautiful Chinatown quarter.

Attendees can enjoy a variety of activities, such as: Kid zone, Food trucks, Photo booth, Climb the Wall, Mobile aquarium, Chinatown walking tour, Live musical performances, Lucky draw for grand prizes, etc.

Free events with giveaways and gifts. Admission is free.

Lion Dance

Lion dance brings good fortune and prosperity to the community. Vancouver Chinatown Festival will feature lion dance as part of the Opening Ceremony.

Traditional Dancing & Cultural Performances

A mix of traditional and modern Asian dance groups, bands, musicians, and other artists are invited to perform during the festival. Not only will the performances be a feast to the eye, but they will also prove to be culturally educational.

Vancouver Chinatown Walking Tour

Join John Atkin and Bob Sung for a Chinatown walkabout. The tour will cover Chinatown's origins, early history, unique architecture, and its evolved role in recent decades and future plans for a UNESCO World Heritage site designation. This free walking tour will provide you with the most unknown story about Chinatown.

Sign up in Chinatown BIA information booth at the festival. Limited to 25 people per tour. By donation. 

Kung Fu Competitions

City-wide Kung Fu (Martial Art) masters from different schools of disciplines will be showcasing their skills and expertise alongside their students on a second stage. Mastering such arts require significant levels of discipline and dedication – their hard work will most definitely show through.

Climb the Wall

This year, Vancouver Chinatown Festival will highlight a portable climbing wall which has specific colour-coded routes with varying difficulties to keep all abilities entertained. Our walls have 3 auto-belays which handle all the rope-work safely and efficiently, which means we can have 3 climbers on the wall at once!

Mobile Aquarium

Supported by Vancouver Aquarium, there will be four staff as well as live marine invertebrates on site. Two educators will bring a wide variety of marine artifacts and our most hardy inter-tidal animals to create an engaging and interactive display at our Chinatown Festival.

Multi-Cultural Food trucks

There will be 24 multicultural street food trucks selling treats from all over Asia. These authentic street snacks are a taste into all the different cultures that the Vancouver Chinatown Festival has to offer.

Tamiya Mini 4WD racing in Vancouver

Mini 4WD races are not just about being the fastest, it's also about using your head and having good set-up techniques. Not only do you challenge other racers, but you challenge yourself too. By remembering the spirit of fair play, you can learn how to race honorably and with good manners.

Photo Booth with TD

Drop by TD photo booth!

Funny, cute, glamorous ...what kind of summer holiday photo will you create? There will be a backdrop and over-sized props to help you create a fun and magical photo.

Post the photo to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #chinatownfestival for the chance to win a $50 gift card!

Chinatown Festival Shuttle Bus

The one-way shuttle bus stop is across the Waterfront Station on West Cordova St (600 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC) in downtown Vancouver. The shuttle bus will take you right at our Festival. Bus runs every 30 minutes from 10:30am to 7pm.

Wheel of Fortune

Try your luck with the wheel of fortune at Vancouver Chinatown Festival BIA Info Booth with the purchase receipt of $20 CAD or more at any Chinatown-area business during the Festival!

Chinatown Movie Night

That’s right! Come and enjoy the movie with street food and breeze in the middle of Chinatown.

Lucky Draw for grand prizes

Thanks to supporting sponsors, Vancouver Chinatown Festival each year gives away fabulous prizes via lucky draw, including airfare and community prizes from Chinatown merchants & sponsors.