Featured events across Canada

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


People-to-people ties are at the heart of the Canada-China Year of Tourism (CCYT). We can't think of a better way to celebrate a long-standing friendship than to bring people together. With events across the country, there are fun things happening from coast to coast to coast. Find a CCYT event near you.

Canada-China Year of Tourism events





Year Round
Starting January 2018


Free admission to Parks Canada places

Parks Canada is offering domestic youth as well as international youth visitors (17 and under) free admission to Canadian national parks in 2018.

May 2018


Asian Heritage Month

Asian Heritage Month honours Asian-Canadian artists and writers who have enriched Canadian arts and culture and have been recognized on an international scale.

May 1–27, 2018

Montréal, Quebec

Festival Accès Asie

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month at the 23rd anniversary edition of Festival Accès Asie – Canada's longest continuously running Asian heritage arts festival. The festival offers cultural events throughout the month of May that features artists of Asian origin and artists whose work is inspired by Asian arts, cultures and histories. 

May 11-21, 2018

Ottawa, Ontario

Tulip Festival

The Canadian Tulip Festival is Canada's most colourful festival with over a million tulips in bloom across the Capital as well as an artistic interpretation of the tulips by all levels of the artistic community. Inspired by the Dutch gift of tulips to Canadians in 1945, this festival is a celebration of international friendship.

May 11 to October 8, 2018

Richmond, British Columbia

Richmond Night Market

The Richmond Night Market is one of the flagship summertime events of the region that offers authentically Asian snacks and street food, all-night shopping and diverse family-friendly live entertainment. With over 100 food stalls and 250 retail vendors, this is one food and retail experience you shouldn't miss!

May 27, 2018

Calgary, Alberta

Meet the Pandas and the Kung Fu Panda Erhu Master Concert Gala

Enjoy the musical performance of erhu master Guo Gan, whose music featured in Kung Fu Panda 3, and meet the pandas from the People's Republic of China. The concert gala will take place at the Calgary Zoo and will feature a banquet reception, fun activities, a panda photo booth and creative young artists.

June 9, 2018

Brampton, Ontario

Heart Lake Dragon Boat Festival

Feel the beat of the drums and the adrenaline pumping as paddlers propel their team to the finish line. Hosted by Toronto and Region Conversation Authority (TRCA), the Heart Lake Dragon Boat Festival was developed in celebration of the Etobicoke-Mimico Creeks watersheds.

June 16–17, 2018

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Festival promises to continue to be one of the most exciting summer events in Toronto. Sit back and enjoy the race! 

June 21–24, 2018

Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival

The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival features beautifully crafted boats that resemble the fierce dragons of Chinese legend. Don't miss one of the hottest sporting and entertainment events in the Nation's Capital.

June 21–24, 2018

Ottawa, Ontario

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival (SSIF)

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and learn about the outstanding contributions of the Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples to Canada. Discover Indigenous communities and their rich culture and heritage at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival.

June 22–23, 2018

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Cultural Expressions Festival

Explore Canada's rich cultural diversity and enjoy live entertainment, food and international exhibits from around the world. Celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day at the Cultural Expressions Festival.

June 22–24, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia

Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival

Kick off your summer at the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival! Join the Festival's 30th anniversary celebration and enjoy three days of free, non-stop entertainment, activities and world-class racing.

June 22–24, 2018 Markham, Ontario Taste of Asia Taste of Asia invites you to experience three days of non-stop multicultural entertainment. Join friends and family to watch performers, culinary artists, iconic celebrities, artisans, sports fans and food connoisseurs come together to promote Canada's multicultural mosaic. Don't miss our nation's largest Asian festival!

June 30, 2018

Fort Frances, Ontario

International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival

Get ready for the 7th Annual International Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival! Join team Canada or team USA in the international tug of war across the boundary waters. Boats will launch from International Falls, Minnesota, and Fort Frances, Ontario, to meet in the middle of Rainy River to race down the Canada-U.S. border!

July 1, 2018


Canada Day

Celebrate Canada's birthday throughout the nation, one of the most exciting and celebrated days across Canada. Celebratory activities include spectacular fireworks, performing artists and Canadian-themed events.

July 6–8, 2018

Nanaimo, British Columbia

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival

Save on Foods presents the 16th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival, a place where paddlers unite to fight against breast cancer. Watch the fierce competition and bring on the cheer!

July 6-15, 2018

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Exhibition and Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is a 10-day long celebration with midway rides and bucking broncos that hosts, educates and entertains visitors from around the world.

July 9 to September 3, 2018

Ottawa, Ontario

Sound and Light Show on Parliament Hill – Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a free bilingual show presented nightly on Parliament Hill. The show takes you on a thrilling thematic journey through Canada's history and illuminates Canadian stories of nation building, partnership, discovery, valour, pride and vision. Bring a chair or a blanket and sit back and enjoy the view!

July 13–15, 2018

Markham, Ontario

Night It Up!

The Night It Up outdoor festival showcases a mosaic of delicious Asian street foods complemented by nightly performances by local artists. The event is styled in the vein of night markets from Taiwan, Hong Kong and across Asia. 

July 28, August 1 and August 4, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia

Celebration of Light

The Celebration of Light, Vancouver's two-week midsummer fireworks bonanza, attracts more than 1.6 million spectators when the sparkles hit the skies.

August 1–6, 2018

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax Busker Festival

From fire breathers and acrobatics, to comedians and magicians, the Halifax Busker Festival brings the best street performers in the world to the Halifax waterfront.

August 5–18, 2018

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Folklorama Festival

The largest and longest-running multi-cultural festival in the world, the Folklorama Festival presents over 44 cultural pavilions where guests can sample ethnic food, meet traditionally costumed volunteers, enjoy lively cultural entertainment, have interactive fun, and learn about cultures and countries from around the world.

August 4–6, 2018

Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton Heritage Festival

The Edmonton Heritage Festival is a three-day event where you can sample delicious food, watch creative performances and experience Canada's multiculturalism. Explore the festival's 71 pavilions and enjoy the free entertainment as well as tastes, smells, sights and sounds from 100 countries and cultures.

August 4–18, 2018

Gatineau, Quebec

Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light

Enjoy the Sound of Light featuring five exceptional firework displays at the Canadian Museum of History.

August 9–12, 2018

Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

The Edmonton Folk Music Festival is one of the world's biggest and best attended outdoor folk festivals that offers traditional and contemporary folk music, including Celtic, country, blues, gospel, soul and world music.

August 10–12, 2018

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Experience three days of fun and unique sport culture at one of Victoria's most spectacular summer festivals. Watch the illuminated lanterns at the Lantern Lighting Celebration and help spread hope for and remember those affected by cancer.

August 11–12, 2018

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival

The annual community festival welcomes you to share the excitement and cultural experience of dragon boat racing. The event includes cultural entertainment, live performances, a kids' play zone and much more!

August 17–19, 2018

Edmonton, Alberta

Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival

"Rip up the river" and join the competitive spirit. Spend an evening of fun with your friends and family and watch paddlers race for glory at the annual dragon boat festival!

August 18–19, 2018 Toronto, Ontario Toronto Chinatown Festival Celebrate Canada's cultural diversity at the 18th annual Toronto Chinatown Festival! This year's theme is "Leaped through the Dragon's Gate," and there's plenty for you to enjoy: artistic exhibits, dragon and lion dances, opera and kung fu performances, delicious street food, and more.

August 25, 2018

Barrie, Ontario

Barrie Dragon Boat Festival

The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival is a full day of fun and fitness for the whole family! Revel in the community spirit as teams and paddlers gather at Heritage Park to race and raise funds for local charities.

August 25, 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia

Steveston Dragon Boat Festival

Visit one of Richmond's most popular community festivals and enjoy live music, vibrant visual arts, entertainment, children's activities, and culinary offerings while kicking back for a relaxing summer's day by the water.

August 30 to mid-October, 2018

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Lights of the North

Lights of the North is a Chinese lantern light festival that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the sister city twinning between Winnipeg and Chengdu, China. The family-friendly festival showcases vibrant lantern exhibits, live performances and fun activities for kids. The luminous event will be sure to amaze and delight Winnipeggers and visitors from all around.  

August 31 to September 1, 2018

Regina, Saskatchewan

Regina Dragon Boat Festival

Come and celebrate a unique Chinese tradition at the Regina Dragon Boat Festival. Enjoy the foods, arts, crafts and culture; play with the kids in the Dragon's Nest; or relax in the Dragon's Lair and follow the entertainment.

August 31–September 30, 2018 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island PEI Fall Flavours Festival The Fall Flavours Festival takes you on a unique culinary adventure highlighting authentic Prince Edward Island tastes and traditions. Enjoy the incredible food, delightful venues, entertaining hosts and one-of-a-kind experiences, including signature events hosted by popular celebrity chefs!

September 6-16, 2018

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF is known as the most influential fall film festival due to its ability and reputation to generate Oscar buzz.

September 7 to October 31, 2018

Montréal, Quebec

Gardens of Light

Feel the beating heart of the cycle of life while wandering the illuminated paths of the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations gardens. Take in the vibrant colours from the ethereal lights and delicate silk lanterns at the Montréal Botanical Garden.

September 22–26, 2018

Montréal, Quebec

Canada China International Film Festival (CCIFF)

Don't miss the 3rd edition of the Canada China International Film Festival (CCIFF). The festival features Canadian independent media artworks, brings together Chinese and Canadian artists and filmmakers in the fields of art, technology and digital interactive media, and encourages cultural exchange. CCIFF also showcases the latest innovations in entertainment technology.

October 5-13, 2018

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Celtic Colours International Festival

The Celtic Colours International Festival is a unique celebration of Cape Breton Island's living traditional culture with hundreds of events and activities taking place in communities across the Island.

November 19-24, 2018

Regina, Saskatchewan

Canadian Western Agribition

The Canadian Western Agribition is the best beef show on the continent and the largest livestock show in Canada. The show is a blend of agriculture, Indigenous culture, and festive entertainment, featuring live music, shopping, and food.

Past events





January 26 to February 11, 2018

Québec City, Quebec

Winter Carnival

Experience one of the world's largest winter carnivals in beautiful Québec, including snow baths, ice canoe races, night parades, snow slides, snow sculptures, shows and skating. A unique Canadian winter experience for all ages!

February 10–11, 2018

Ottawa, Ontario

Ice Dragon Boat Festival

Canada's Winterlude takes the traditional Chinese dragon boat and puts it on ice for a truly Canadian spin to become the World's Largest Ice Dragon Boat Event!

March 3, 2018

Toronto, Ontario

Lights-up 2018 Lantern Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the Sixth Toronto-Qinhuai Lantern Festival, the most popular and liveliest Chinese lantern show during Lunar New Year. Get your tickets!

March 7–9, 2018

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sport Events Congress

The Sport Events Congress is Canada's largest annual gathering of the brightest and best minds in the sport tourism industry.

March 21, 2018

Toronto, Ontario

CCYT Opening Ceremony (by invitation only)

Hosted by the China National Tourism Office in Toronto, the opening ceremony officially launches the Canada-China Year of Tourism. Minister Chagger was joined by senior officials from the China National Tourism Administration. 

April 20–22, 2018

Halifax, Nova Scotia

2018 Saltscapes East Coast Expo

Experience what the East Coast is all about at Saltscapes Expo. Taste the food, take in the culture and discover the lifestyle.

May 12, 2018 Montréal, Quebec Orchid Ball 2018 A signature event to recognize the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. Buy your tickets to the Orchid Ball and celebrate Asian Heritage Month with the Young Chinese Professional Association.
May 13–16, 2018 Halifax, Nova Scotia Rendez-vous Canada Experience Canada's signature international tourism marketplace and connect with industry leaders. Reserve your spot for Rendez-vous Canada 2018.
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