Light Up Chinatown
Our hearts are heavy as we address the recent incident at the Light Up Chinatown! festival. On Sunday, shortly before 6:00 p.m., three attendees were victims of a random stabbing. They have been released from the hospital and are recovering from the attack. Our heartfelt thoughts are with the victims and their families, and we wish them a swift recovery.
Light Up Chinatown! served as a beautiful and vibrant celebration of the neighbourhood’s rich cultural legacy where residents, business owners and visitors came together in a display of community. The senseless act that transpired is nothing short of devastating and heartbreaking.
We would like to thank Premier David Eby, Mayor Ken Sim, and the Vancouver Police Department’s swift response in investigating this matter.
Vancouver Chinatown Foundation is dedicated to building a more resilient and inclusive community by promoting the well-being of those in need while preserving Chinatown’s irreplaceable cultural heritage.
Together, we stand resilient and committed to ensuring a safe and vibrant Chinatown.
500-block Columbia St
between East Pender and Keefer Street
& neighbouring streets
Saturday, Sept 9th, 11 am-9 pm
Sunday, Sept 10th, 11 am-6 pm
HOW TO ENTER
1. Pick up your passport from a volunteer or from the Chinatown Passport Tent at Pender and Columbia.
2. Visit 8 businesses and collect stamps. No purchase required, but highly recommended!
You need 2 stamps from E Pender St, 2 stamps from Keefer St, 2 stamps from E Georgia St, and 2 stamps from Main St to qualify.
3. Return your passport to a volunteer or the Chinatown Passport Tent.
2 tickets to Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour at BC Place
2 tickets to Coldplay: Music of the Spheres Tour at BC Place
Arc’teryx Backpack and Toque (valued at $200)
Gift Basket by Gourmet Warehouse (valued at $200)
2 Vancouver Canucks tickets
$500 Aritzia Gift Card
2 PNE Fright Nights tickets
2 Vancouver Canucks tickets
SPECIAL FOOD COLLABORATIONS
BAO BEI BRASSERIE X THE BOSS BAKERY
Crispy Pork Bolo Bao
Bao Bei crispy pork belly, cilantro root sauce, compressed cucumbers, the Boss pineapple bun
Available at Bao Bei from 12:00 pm 4:00 pm (take out only) and 5:30 pm until sold out
DD MAU X BOBA RUN
Korean Watermelon Che Thai
A dessert is made with a blend of cold pressed watermelon juice, coconut milk, hand-scooped watermelon balls, and an assortment of bright and colorful Vietnamese toppings! Take out only!
Available at DD Mau on Sept 9-10.
KAM WAI X TREASURE GREEN TEA CO.
Rose Tea Sesame Bao
A fluffy and aromatic Yunnan Rose Tea infused bao with coconut milk wrapped around a sweet and slightly bitter toasted black sesame filling; the perfect balance to the floral rose and sweet coconut flavour.
Available at Kam Wai Dim Sum from 9 am to 6 pm
CHINATOWN BBQ X BEAUCOUP BAKERY
Bolo BBQ Pork (Char Siew) Cruffin
Features Beaucoup Bakery’s renowned butter croissant pastry, brioche, onions, crunchy bolo bun cookie, and of course, Chinatown BBQ’s popular honey glazed BBQ pork.
Available at Chinatown BBQ from 1 pm until sold out on Sept 9-10
MAIN STAGE AT INTERSECTION OF COLUMBIA & KEEFER ST
THANK YOU TO OUR MAIN STAGE SPONSOR ODLUM BROWN
SAT, SEPT 9TH
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Chris GaiIus, Global BC & Karen So, OMNI TV (MC’s); Hon. Janet Austin, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of BC; Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the PacifiCan; Hon. David Eby, Premier of BC; Ken Sim, Mayor of Vancouver; and VIP guests, with Hon Hsing Athletic Club and Goh Ballet
12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
Colours of Dance Academy
Diverse Chinese dances performed by students from the academy.
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Captivating Cantonese opera performance by talented and renowned performer
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Astral String Quartet
Vancouver-based string quartet – Winners of 2023 Friends of Chamber Music Young Musicians Competition.
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble
Classically trained instrumentalists playing selections from its vast repertoire of classical, popular and contemporary music.
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Herbert and Friends
Live band performance by multi-instrumentalist Herbert and his friends.
6:15 PM – 6:20 PM, 7:40–7:45PM
Friends turned K-pop dance group sharing their passion and happiness for dance.
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
JoJo and the Dynamix Band
Vibe along to mixes of music from different eras and genres, perfect for audiences of all ages.
8:15 PM – 9:00 PM
DJ May Q
This Vancouver’s upcoming DJ will take you on a sonic journey spliced with afro beats, nu disco, funky house, and classic favorites with an unexpected twist.
SUN, SEPT 10TH
12:00 PM- 12:30 PM
Lorita Leung Dance Academy
A showcase of different dance styles including classical, folk, ethnic, and contemporary.
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
Be blown away by the Canadian opera-singer’s amazing voice!
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Madison Reunion Band
Get ready to rock n’ roll along to a well loved local band of over 20 years.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Now or Never Crew
Hip-Hop/breakdancing crew – Winners of Battle of The Year and the 2010 Winter Olympics
5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
The interdisciplinary artist from Hong Kong will close the festival with her breath-catching choruses. She will be performing with Emilyn, Rob Thomson, Ken Chan and Daniel Lew.
Our festival site on 500-block Columbia Street is licensed. Our bar is located in front of the Sun Yat-Sen Park (free section) entrance, next to the Odlum Brown Main Stage on Keefer Street.
Stanley Park Brewing Park Sesh Lager
Stanley Park Brewing Wazypoint Hazy Pale Ale
Van Mak Original Rice Wine (Makgeolli)
Van Mak Chestnut Rice Wine (Makgeolli)
Grow Wild White Wine
Grow Wild Red Wine
White Claw Citrus Yuzu Smash Hard Seltzer
White Claw Strawberry Hard Seltzer
Vitasoy Lemon Tea
See pricing here. Proceeds will go towards the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to the revitalization of the neighbourhood. Please enjoy responsibly.
ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES
- Magic show by the renowned Rod Chow
- Balloon animals by Yanping Zhou
- Lanterns by Charles Chan
- Cotton candy for sale!
Bob Sung of A Wok Around Chinatown will be offering 35-minute walking tours of our neighbourhood. Priced at $15 per person, your tour will include a special tasting.
Featured on National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, Global TV and more, Bob’s popular tours are usually priced at $90. Don’t miss your chance to explore Chinatown with Bob!
Proceeds from the walking tours will go towards the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to the revitalization of the neighbourhood.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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.
Main Stage Sponsor
Simon Fraser University
Tom Lee Music
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Windsor Plywood Foundation
With Support From
In Partnership With
Explore Chinatown’s specialty offerings and promotions this weekend!
Click below for a Chinatown Passport Stamp Location Map and a Light Up Chinatown! Festival Map, which includes all neighbourhood promotions.