The Key Events Calendar is designed to help event coordinators avoid scheduling conflicts while planning their arts, culture and heritage events and activities.

Event planners - have you ever scheduled a major event, only to find that attendance is affected by a competing event at the same time?

This tool lists major cultural dates, arts and culture conferences, opening nights, festivals, gala fundraisers, and significant community events and activities over the coming 12 months across BC. Since road closures can affect attendance at your events, we also list events like races and parades that can block streets or cause delays. We also provide a Provincial and National Events calendar which includes holidays, special observances such as Black History Month, Freedom to Read Week, and International Dance Day, and provincial conferences. 

This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all events and activities across communities, and is provided as a guide for event planners. 

Listings are updated twice monthly.

Viewing the Calendar

The calendar display defaults to show key events in regions across the province. 

Use the drop-down arrow at the top right of the calendar (beside 'Agenda') to show/hide regional calendars. See the list of regions in the sidebar. Please Note: This calendar may have compatibility issues with some browsers. We recommend viewing it using Chrome or Firefox. 


Many annual events haven't made it into the calendar yet as their upcoming dates are unconfirmed. Please see the listing below. Note: The section below is under development. Check back for updates.

Sep, 2016

Metro Vancouver
- Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Vancouver)
- VIFF Industry Conference
- White Rock Moon Festival

Metro Victoria / South. Van. Island
- Moon Festival Lantern Celebration

Northern Vancouver Island
- Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair

Sea to Sky
- Brackendale Fall Fair

Thompson Okanagan
- Kokanee Salmon Festival (Kelowna)
- Annual Wild Salmon Festival (Lumby)


Oct, 2016

Metro Vancouver
- Dances for a Small Stage (Vancouver) 
- Doors Open Vancouver
- Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Vancouver)
- Gait to the Spirit (Festival of Classical Dance of India) (Vancouver)
- Museum of Vancouver Legacy Awards Dinner
- Stanley Park Ghost Train (Vancouver)
- Theatre Under the Stars Fall Gala (Vancouver)
- Vancouver New Music Festival

Metro Victoria / South. Van. Island
- Saanich Peninsula Fall Studio Tour

Thompson Okanagan
- Rutland Scarecrow Festival

Nov, 2016

Metro Vancouver
- Bright Nights in Stanley Park
- Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge (North Vancouver)
- Circle Craft Fair (Vancouver)
- Contemporary Art Gallery Annual Dinner and Art Auction
- DOXA Documentary Film Festival’s Annual Gala Fundraiser
- Dundarave Festival of Lights (West Vancouver)
- European Union Film Festival
- Indigenous City Gathering (Burnaby)
- JCC Jewish Book Festival
- PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Program Announcement and Launch
- The Art Studios' Winter Market and Silent Auction
- Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Fall Series
- Vancouver Independent Archives Week
- We The City: Community Summit

North Coast
- SkeenaWild Film & Photo Fest (Terrace)

Northern BC
- Winter Gold Arts & Crafts Fair (Smithers)
- Annual Artisans' Fair (Prince George)

Thompson Okanagan
- Kamloops Writers Festival
- Vernon Festival of Crafts



Dec, 2016

Metro Vancouver
- Christmas at the Cannery: Festival of Trees (Richmond)
- Christmas at Canada Place
- Festival of Lights (Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver)
- Heritage Holiday at the Fort (Fort Langley)
- Toque: Western Front's Holiday Fundraiser & Craft Fair (Vancouver)
- Rogers Santa Claus Parade (Vancouver)
- Uptown Holiday Market (Vancouver)
- Winter Solstice Lantern Festival (Vancouver)

West Kootenay
- Winter Solstice Celebration (Kaslo)

Jan, 2017

Metro Vancouver
- English Bay Polar Bear Swim (Vancouver)
- Italian Film Festival (Vancouver)
- Dine Out Vancouver Festival
- PuSH Festival Opening Night Gala (Vancouver)
- PuSH International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver)
- Vancouver International Boat Show
- OVATION! Awards (Vancouver)