This weekend, Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is host to lively festivities for its 43rd annual Chinatown Spring Festival Parade.
The popular parade takes place on Sunday, February 14th, and features traditional lion dances, martial arts performances, as well as marching bands. Over 100,000 people attend the parade every year.
There are also events taking place throughout Chinatown all weekend long.
43rd annual Chinatown Spring Festival Parade
- Sunday, February 14th, 11am
- Starts at Millennium gate on Pender Street, ends on Keefer at Abbott street approximately two and a half hours later.
- After the parade is over, lions will continue dancing through Chinatown from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, visiting local shops and businesses to bring good fortune for the next year.
Spring Festival Cultural fair performance schedule
The two day fair features multicultural performances, a special lion dance finale, martial arts demonstrations and more.
- Saturday, February 13th, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
- Sunday, February 14th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- All events take place at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Plaza on East Pender Street.
Dr. Sun Yun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
The Year of the Monkey Temple Fair takes place at the Dr. Sun Yun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden on February 14th. The fair features multicultural music as well as martial arts celebrations and games for everyone in the family.
- Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Tickets by donation. Suggested donation is $5.00
- Tickets at: https://monkey-temple-fair.eventbrite.ca
International Village Mall events
The International Village mall also hosts New Year celebrations and activities from February 11th to 14th. It will feature a heritage village and exhibits, a tulip garden, a bi hourly lucky draw, and a valentine promenade. There will also be the sale of Year of the Monkey Stamps and Coins Collection by Canada Post.
- Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm
- Free 2 hour parking
- Free admission and souvenir
For a full schedule, visit: http://www.internationalvillagemall.ca/pages/cny2016-events.php
Fun Monkey Facts
People who were born in the Year of the Monkey are said to be highly adaptable and versatile. They also spend a lot of time broadening their minds and are highly engaged in art. They like originality and luxury and are known to be intelligent and inventive with the ability to solve most problems quickly and efficiently.