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Save the Date!

Join us on September 10-11, 2022

Co-Hosted by the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation and the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society, Light Up Chinatown! is a community event that kickstarts the return of friends and visitors back to our beloved Chinatown.

Featuring live entertainment, food trucks, lights, decorations, and more!

Our Light Up Chinatown! lights and lanterns will act as beacons by creating vibrancy in the neighbourhood and a picturesque reminder of the unique and cultural history Chinatown holds.

Location & Time

500-Block Columbia St, 100-Block East Pender St and neighbouring streets.

Saturday, Sept 10th and Sunday, Sept 11th

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The second Taste of Chinatown features the Chinese Restaurant Awards Critics’ Choice Taste of Chinatown, showcasing culinary delights including the “Chinatown Pastry Walk” and the “Chinatown Noodle Pull”. Founded in 2008, the Chinese Restaurant Awards are now the longest-running Chinese culinary awards event in the world, and are considered the authority on Chinese and Taiwanese food, serving as a restaurant and dining guide for local and visiting food lovers of Metro Vancouver.

Contributing culinary judges Alexandra Gill, Brendon Matthews and Lee Man have reviewed and provided their “Critics’ Choice” for over 25 restaurants in Chinatown.

Be sure to follow us on our Instagram to learn more about these fabulous restaurants and the Critics’ Choice selects and features. The full list will be announced at our festival!

Collect stamps in the Light Up Chinatown! passport for chance to win prizes.

Food collaboration series

Special to Light Up Chinatown!, these food collaborations are part of our taste of chinatown experience — be sure to review dates, times and reservations that may be required.

Chinatown BBQ x Beaucoup Bakery

138 E Pender Street

Popular Peking Duck Croissants Return with New Surprises.

September 11th & 12th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

First come, first serve.

Kam Wai Dim Sum x The Keefer Yard

135 Keefer Street

Late Night Dim Sum and Cocktails.

September 12th Evening

First come, first serve.


145 E Pender Street

Saigon Saturday

September 11th 8:00 PM - Late

All Soju Slushie cocktail sales will be donated to the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation.

Reservations required. Please call DD MAU at 604-559-6076.

Sunday Pop-Up Brunch.

September 12th 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Reservations required. Please call DD MAU at 604-559-6076.

Jade Dynasty x Juice Bar

137 E Pender Street

Multi-course Cantonese Dinner, Paired with Organic Wines

September 11th 6:00 PM - Late

Bao Bei x Kissa Tanto

163 Keefer Street

Dimsum brunch featuring Nancy Go Yaya

September 12th 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Thank you for your support

Our work at the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation is made possible by the generous contributions from our sponsors. We are so proud to be partnering with these incredible organizations and we are deeply grateful for the support they are providing to our community celebration and programming.

In you are interested in learning about how you can become a sponsor, please email

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsor

Aquilini Group


Bronze Sponsors

Bennett Jones

Tom Lee Music

Chinatown Live

Showcasing local talent

Join us throughout the festival for exciting performances on the Light Up Chinatown! main stage located at the intersection of Columbia and Keefer Streets.

Saturday September 11th


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Opening Ceremony

Fred Lee (emcee). The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and VIP guests including a special performance by the award-winning students of Goh Ballet

12:45PM - 1:30 PM

Chibi Taiko

The first children's taiko enemble in Canada

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Now or Never Crew

Hip-hop crew and winners of Battle of the Year International and 2010 Olympics

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Madison Reunion Band

Well-loved local band bringing joy to audiences

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM

Niña Mendoza

Sought after DJ who has set the stage for Frank Ocean, Badu and Saadiq

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Marie Hui

Singer praised for her strong, soulful voice

8:15 PM - 9:00 PM

DJ Kubanito

Join in shaking your hips to some hot latin music

Sunday September 12th

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Magician Rod Chow

International champion magician

1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Ken and Ken

Maestro Kennth Hsieh performing with violinist Ken Lin

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Ed Hill

Named “Best Vancouver Comedian of 2016” by Vancouver Courier Magazine

4:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Bonnie Northgraves Quartet

Hot jazz with a smoky twist

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Attention Pokemon go trainers!

Be ready and on the lookout for Chinatown’s newest spots. It’ll be an adventure!

Keep the lights going!

The lights and lanterns of Light Up Chinatown! are a symbolic reminder of the unique and cultural history Chinatown holds, and we need your help to carry this forward.

We are on the lookout for volunteers of all backgrounds. Whether you can volunteer for a few hours to help clean up the streets or have a skill you feel can help Chinatown, we need your support. We are looking for volunteers of all ages, abilities, and skill sets. Learn more about what we do at the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation.

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