Six Festivals to Watch Out For This Fall in Vancouver

photo: Vancouver Whisky Festival

The following article was written by Carly Whetter, Communications Assistant at Tourism Vancouver.

Fall in Vancouver may not be synonymous with festivals, but we think you’ll change your mind after you check out these six festivals in the city this year:

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Six Festivals to Watch Out For This Fall in Vancouver

Historic tennis match, the first oil-painted animated feature, and the new one from the director of The Lobster—highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

Isabelle Huppert (third from left) stars in Michael Haneke’s latest armrest-gripper, Happy End.

Vancouver audiences will get their first peek at the high-profile Borg Vs. McEnroe  at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept. 28-Oct 13). But there are plenty of other films to watch for in this year’s lineup, including new films from controversial director Michael Haneke (Funny Games, Cache), Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure, a favourite on the 2014 festival circuit), and Yorgos Lanthimos. You may recall Lanthimos from 2015’s rather unorthodox The Lobster, one of the most divisive movies in recent memory.

Scroll down for more on the above movies, as well as other highlights of the Special Presentation series.

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Historic tennis match, the first oil-painted animated feature, and the new one from the director of The Lobster—highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival

Acclaimed one-woman coming-of-age story coming to this year’s Monsoon Arts Festival

Nadia Manzoor stars in the one-woman play Burq Off!

Now in its second year, the Monsoon Arts Festival runs from Aug. 6-13 in Vancouver and Surrey. A presentation of the South Asian Arts Society, the festival is bringing to town a critically-acclaimed one-woman play from New York and an Indian classical dance drama performed in Hindi.

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Acclaimed one-woman coming-of-age story coming to this year’s Monsoon Arts Festival

Five fun things to do at this year’s Powell Street Festival

George and Nariko

George and Nariko, from Australia, perform two sets at this year’s Powell Street Festival.

Each year, the Powell Street Festival celebrates Japanese culture and Vancouver’s Japanese community. Back for its 41st year, the festival has some fan favourites along with some new acts and events. There’s plenty of opportunity for participation, including walking tours, an amateur sumo wrestling competition, and suika wara (where blindfolded contestants try to hit a watermelon). There are also film, music, theatre and literary events; and just about everything, outside of the food, is free.

Here are a few suggestions of what to check out at the Aug. 5 & 6 Powell Street Festival, which takes place in and near the 400 block of Powell, including Oppenheimer Park.

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Five fun things to do at this year’s Powell Street Festival

Buffy Sainte-Marie, inaugural Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week and more at The Drum is Calling Festival

Buffy Sainte-Marie opens the Drum is Calling Festival (July 22-30). Christie Goodwin photo.

The Drum is Calling Festival is a nine-day celebration of arts and culture, with a First Nations theme.

The City’s Canada 150+ anchor event, the arts and culture festival represents a partnership between the City of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland’s Host Nations. Events are daily from 1 – 10 p.m. and include concerts, workshops, plays, readings, a walking tour and more.

The July 22-30 festival takes place at various locations in downtown Vancouver, including Larwill Park, the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre and Vancouver Public Library.

Events are free, although some indoor venues may require advance registration. See some festival highlights below.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie, inaugural Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week and more at The Drum is Calling Festival

Molly Crabapple, Arundhati Roy and other highlights of this year’s Indian Summer Festival

Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple is a guest at this year’s Indian Summer Festival.

Now in its seventh year, the Indian Summer Festival is a showcase for diversity, and for programming that its website description calls “rigorous and quirky with an appetite for experimentation, deep thinking, and curiosity.”

This year, guests include author Arundhati Roy, political cartoonist/graphic novelist Joe Sacco and more. Here are some highlights from the festival, which takes place (mostly) July 6-15, at various venues.

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Molly Crabapple, Arundhati Roy and other highlights of this year’s Indian Summer Festival

Behind the Scenes of Pride 2017 with the Vancouver Pride Society

By Angus Praught

Pride is less than two months away, and the Vancouver Pride Society is getting set to welcome locals and visitors alike to celebrate!

Leading up to the first weekend of August 2017, Vancouver will be aglow with Pride as hotels fill up, party ticket sales are in overdrive, smart coiffures de rigueur and fabulous outfits galore parade the catwalk on Davie Street. When Pride season hits Vancouver and the glitziest party lineup of the year is about to kick off, you can feel the energy take over the city.

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Behind the Scenes of Pride 2017 with the Vancouver Pride Society