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SEPTEMBER 10-11, 2022

Come join us for a free two-day outdoor community celebration with live entertainment, food trucks, self-guided walking food tour, lights and colourful decorations, while exploring specialty offerings from our local merchants and restaurants in Chinatown.

Presented by RBC, and co-hosted by the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society, Vancouver Chinatown Merchants Association, Chinese Cultural Centre, and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Location & Time

500 Columbia Street and neighbouring streets in Chinatown

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th: 11am - 9pm and SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th: 11am -6pm

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The 3rd 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.

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

Media Sponsors

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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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