Hop into a colourful and bright New Year with LunarFest! 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit and the rabbit is considered one of the luckiest in the zodiac calendar. LunarFest is about inviting diverse communities to come together and celebrate Lunar New Year through a variety of exciting and events and workshops like no other.

What began in 2009 and was designed to be a 2010 Winter Olympics Legacy Event, LunarFest lit up the streets of Vancouver during the Olympics with dazzling lanterns to visually depict the diversity within Canada and to reach new Canadians as well as those who have been here for generations. Today, LunarFest has grown substantially into a month-long festival of Asian arts and culture across a multitude of venues in Vancouver. Whether you are interested in seeing the famous Lantern City or want to take in some incredible live music, there are family-friendly events and workshops happening weekly.

The Lantern City

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square: These lanterns are shaped by the culture and family of the artists, encouraging us all to follow the rabbits like Alice and discover Our Wonderland.

When: Jan. 20-Feb. 7, 2023
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza
Address: 750 Hornby Street

Granville Island: These lanterns reflect the youthful energy of our inner children, and share hopes and legacies that we pass on to the next generations, in The Cycle of life.

When: Jan. 20-Feb. 20, 2023
Where: Ocean Art Works Pavilion
Address: 1531 Johnston Street

Jack Poole Plaza (New for 2023!): These lanterns feature Indigenous artists from Canada and Taiwan, showing faces entwined with nature’s loving embrace, asking us to get Lost in Nature.

When: Jan. 20-Feb. 15, 2023
Where: Jack Poole Plaza
Address: 1055 Canada Place

LunarFest Concert

“Together We Are” celebrates good cheer and great harmony with an amazing line-up of performances, including three-time Juno-nominated Ginalina and friends. Other artists include the Harmonia String Ensemble, the Vivaldi Chamber Choir, the West Van Youth Band, and the local Out in Harmony Choir.

When: Jan. 24, 2023
Time: 7:30-10pm
Where: Orpheum & online streaming options
Address: 601 Smithe Street
Website: lunarfestvancouver.ca

LunarFest Celebrations

šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square: Enjoy a weekend of crafts, music, and performances that celebrate the Year of the Rabbit!

When: Jan 21 & 22, 2023
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza
Address: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Granville Island: Join LunarFest at the Ocean Art Works pavilion for weekend after weekend of fun with a variety of workshop activities, all exploring our connections with nature, culture, and each other. Inspire your creativity with a refreshing natural-dye art exhibition as well as crafts, music, performances, and more from the diverse communities that make up Vancouver.

When: Jan 21 – Feb 20, 2023
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Ocean Art Works Pavilion
Address: 1531 Johnston St

Welcome the Year of the Rabbit by unleashing your imagination and experiencing what LunarFest has to offer!