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Vancouver Pride Weekend Parade & Festival July 31st – August 1st & 2nd

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Are you ready for a ball? Vancouver is ready for some fun on the streets of the Westend and Davie village which is the designated Gay district of Vancouver. At the very end of July and beginning of August we welcome the annual Gay Pride Festival and Parade. Find out here what to expect over this lively and most colourful of all parades and festivals this city has to offer – not only that, we also host the annual HONDA Celebration of Light Fireworks display and Live music festival called Shorefest at the Sunset Beach & English Bay respectively – Read more here:

Davie Street Block Party
Friday, July 31, 2015 – 6:00pm to Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 12:00am
FREE for general attendance
19+ Wristbands $5

- See more at:
Begin the Pride weekend with a bang with an evening bloc party all along Davie Street – Take back the streets for Pride Weekend in the heart of the Davie Street Village! Check out the beer garden with the party spilling out from the stage at Davie Street’s historic Rainbow Crosswalk at Bute Street.

37th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade
Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Enjoy one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events! Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ2+ events in the world. – See more at:

Pride Festival @ Sunset Beach
Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 11:00am to 6:00pm
Celebrate Pride in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful waterfront parks! Browse through over one hundred exhibitors in our Pride Market, including local artisans, supporters and community organizations. A variety of bands, drag performers and speakers will be featured on the main stage, with DJs spinning in the beer garden throughout the day. See more at:

HONDA Celebration of Light Fireworks

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

In 10 days time our annual street parties returns once more to the Westend where we will be entertained with the annual Celebration of Light Fireworks display at English Bay, and the colourful spectacle that is the Vancouver Pride parade and festival which we will write about in our next blog.

The Honda Celebration of Light is an annual musical fireworks competition held every summer in Vancouver, Canada since 1990. Three companies representing their country perform a 25 minute fireworks display set to accompanying music. This competition is cited as being the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world. The fireworks are synchronized to music which is broadcast over the radio station LG104.3 FM.

This years participants are China, Brazil & Canada – we are very excited to see what they will show us as these countries have traditional dazzled and wowed the crowds in the past with excellent pyrotechnics that will amaze! The 2015 Honda Celebration of Light competition begins at 10:00pm sharp each night, rain or shine.

SHOREFEST – Sunset Beach Festival – Live Music begins at 2pm at Sunset Beach & Keg Lounge at English Bay at 7.30pm
Just a little over a 5 minute walk from the hotel you will find Sunset Beach and here is where the festivities begin in the day – this is a great family orientated event and is getting bigger and better each year.

As part of the Sunset Beach Festival, SHOREFEST showcases some of Canada’s top musical acts in one of Vancouver’s most picturesque settings on the shores of English Bay. Come down early to the Sunset Beach stage for live music all afternoon. Then move on over to English Bay to catch our feature performers on the stage in The Keg Lounge. This stage plays to the beach – to you the fans – with rock and roll starting at 7:30pm.

For a complete breakdown of the full days Schedule click here:

LOOK UP ON FESTIVAL NIGHTS! 3 amazing Airshows!
At 8:00 PM lift your eyes to the skies and watch for Super Dave, The Skyhawks, and Anna Serbinenko! These three epic air shows are sure to amaze all of you on the three festival nights.
Saturday July 25 “Super” Dave Mathieson.
Wednesday July 29 Canadian Armed Forces “Skyhawks” Parachute Team.
Saturday August 1 “Skydancer” Anna Serbinenko.

Busy dates to look out for in Vancouver from January to August 2015

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

2014 was quite the year for the city of Vancouver and our hotel with the tourism industry absolutely booming making it a remarkable and memorable year for us all!

We wish to thank all of our guests for creating a great year for us at The Sunset Inn and Suites hotel and we look forward to another busy year in 2015 and welcome all guests old and new to the Sunset again, we will always strive to make your stay memorable and hope that we add something special to the experience when visiting Vancouver!

We anticipate a high volume of visitors for the city in 2015 and we will like to show you what dates we feel are going to increase the traffic in and around the city, factors into the increase of traffic will likely be influenced by the Cruise ship season, the Vancouver Convention centre and regular annual festivals and events throughout the year. So if you are planning to visit us we hope that you can use this as a guide to see what is happening and help with your trip planning over the coming months.

It\'s You……….Vancouver. Video courtesy of Tourism Vancouver


130th Modern Language Association – 2015 Annual Convention – Jan 8th – 11th
At the Vancouver Convention centre –

Family Day – Holiday in BC February 9th
Family Day is celebrated on the the 2nd Monday of February in BC, elsewhere it’s the 3rd Monday of February.

Valentines Day – February 14th
Originally a Christian celebration of matyrs – this date is now used for lovers all over the world as a celebration of their love for each other!

TED Conference – Truth or Dare. Vancouver Convention Centre March 16th to 20th
As TED say themselves “Truth and Dare. We dare to think this will, in truth, be the most provocative, invigorating, mind-shifting TED yet”
Vancouver Convention Centre website:

St Patricks Day – March 17th
This is the day when we are all of a sudden irish – and why not, its a great event that encourages us to have a wee jig, drink some yummy Guinness and dress up in Green to celebrate the emerald isle.

Good Friday April 3rd and Easter Sunday April 5th
Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a religious holiday, observed primarily by Christians, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Institute of Scrap recycling Industries – 2015 Annual event. April 21st – April 25th
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is a United States-based private, non-profit trade association representing more than 1,600 private and public for-profit companies – ranging from small, family-owned businesses to multi-national corporations.


Vancouver Marathon – May 3rd
The Vancouver marathon has been included in the top 10 most exotic races due to the stunning scenery that the racers will be running through!

Victoria Day – Statutory holiday in Canada – May 18th
Victoria Day is celebrated in honor of the birthdays of both Queen Victoria and the current monarch of Canada. For many of us this marks the beginning of the Summer Season!

Memorial Day – May 25th
Memorial Day commemorates the brave efforts of the province’s veterans, particularly those who participated in World War I.

FIFA Womens Soccer World Cup 2015 – June 6th – July 5th
The championship has been awarded every four years since the 1991 inaugural tournament held in China, after the first men’s tournament was held 61 years prior. The United States beat Norway 2-1 in the final, to become winners of the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup. The current title holder is Japan.

International league of Dermatological Societies – June 8th – 13th
The International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization.

Canada Day – July 1st
Oh Canada! Is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today known as the Constitution Act, 1867) This came about via the unity of the three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. Click here to see what will be happening at Canada Place

Independence Day (US Holiday) July 4th
Not a Canadian holiday of course, but usually a high volume of visitors come up from the South on their national day!

Institute of Internal Auditors – International Conference July 5th – 8th
Established in 1941, The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association with global headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA. The IIA is the internal audit profession’s global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator. Generally, members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, information technology audit, education, and security.

International AIDS Society – 2015 IAS Conference on HIV July 19th – 22nd
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is an association of HIV professionals, with 16,000 members from 196 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS.

HONDA Celebration of Light Fireworks Display- July 25th, July 29th & August 1st
The Honda Celebration of Light is BC’s biggest event. It is not only the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world, but it also attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening.

PRIDE – August 2nd
Join us for one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status last year in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events! Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world. – See more at:

BC DAY – Civic Holiday of BC – August 3rd
British Columbia Day is observed on the first Monday in August similar to civic holidays in other provinces.

2014 Pride Festival and Parade returns to Davie Village and Fireworks!

Friday, July 25th, 2014

It is that time of year once again when over the next couple of weeks our own Davie Village becomes the main focus for the festivities in Vancouver, its our time of the Summer season where the West End comes alive with the fantastic and colourful Pride Parade, Street party and Fireworks display – ending with a bang over the August long weekend.

We will break down how the events will transpire and what you can expect – we hope that you will join us in all the fun!

Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks July 26th July 30th & August 2nd
As we have written previously at the end of July and the very first weekend of August is dominated by the incredible Celebration of Light Fireworks display that lights up all of English Bay – as well as the Fireworks there is also a huge Music Festival called Shorefest that is located down at our namesake Beach Sunset Beach which is little over a 5 minute walk away from us.

Important Information:
Please click on this link for further details as it explains where the festival is located and any Road closures you may need to be concerned about:

Pride Festival, Davie Street Party and Pride Parade July 28th to August 4th.
On July 28th Vancouver City Hall will proudly hoist up the familiar Pride rainbow flag to commemorate the beginning of the main festivities – it is a proud reminder of how important this Parade and festival is and how far it has come with recognition and support since the first parade occurred way back in 1978.

Davie Street Block Party – Friday August 1st
Davie Street once again kicks off the long weekend in style with a street party to remember, the 3 main blocks of Davie Village from Burrard Street to Jervis St closes down for the evening for lots of dancing, singing, live music and more – the main event is ticket only and will have booths where you can buy alcoholic drinks, there are also designated areas that are family friendly where there will be plenty of stalls to visit, live music, karaoke and more…..

Tickets for the Beer Garden can be found here – this area is for ages 19 and over only – $10 and available at Little Sisters (1238 Davie Street, Top Drawers (Davie St) – See more at:

Davie Village Block Party Map:,+Vancouver,+BC/Burrard+St+%26+Davie+St,+Vancouver,+BC/@49.2804426,-123.1334252,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x5486722b790e17b9:0x7e5dfa6f45592272!2m2!1d-123.1333493!2d49.2817893!1m5!1m1!1s0x548673d497d96575:0xa77311b3ff332f42!2m2!1d-123.1291853!2d49.2790867!3e2
You can see our location on this map so you can clearly see where we are in relation to all the events.

Pride Festival, Market and Sunset Beach
Celebrate Pride in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful Waterfront parks that is Sunset Beach! Browse through over one hundred exhibitors in our Pride Market, including local artisans, community supporters and non-proft organizations. This is a pedestrian event for the general public to come and enjoy the day, watch live performances on the main stage, sample great food at the food zone and dance to DJ’s in the 19+ Beer garden area. After a hot afternoon cheering on the fabulous parade entries, stroll on down to the Pride Festival Family Picnic zone at Jervis and Beach for some delicious street food and cool beverages. The new family fun zone has all kind of kid friendly events.

The Main event – The Pride Parade and Beach Party Finale.
Join us for one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride parade was granted civic status in 2013 and is one of the city’s largest flagship events.
Attracting crowds of more than 650,000 the Pride Parade is renowned in the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ events in the world. Find your place along one of the most beautiful and diverse parade routes* in the world!

* The parade begins at Robson Street (Shopping district) and Thurlow Street, heads west to Denman St and to Pacific then Beach Avenue and finishes at Sunset Beach where the Pride Festival and markets join forces for a spectacular finale.

For full details on the Pride Parade and more click here:

Vancouver Pride Parade 2014 Live Stream.
If for some reason you cannot make it to the Parade or just cannot handle the crowds but still want to see the parade there will be a live stream of the Parade as it happens - Click on the clink to enjoy Pride 2014 in real time!

Celebration of Light Fireworks and Shorefest at Sunset Beach

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

The Sunset Inn hotel and the West End is getting ready for the return of the annual Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks display.
The first of 3 displays begins on Saturday July 26th with two more following on Wednesday July 30th and Saturday August 2nd which is also Pride Weekend in the district, this spectacular pyrotechnic display that is a staple in the Vancouver Festival calender lights up the sky at English Bay.
The fireworks displays are an actual competition and each year a different country is chosen to create an impressive display all in sync to the music of their choice. Previous participants have used creative ideas such as James Bond theme and The Wizard of Oz film which was fantastic.
This is an event that is by far one of the most popular in Vancouver, and for all those who live in the West End we see this as the true beginning of summer and its time for the West End to show off and party in the gorgeous Summer weather.

Shorefest at Sunset Beach
Not only are we treated to a late evening display there is a live music festival that begins at 2pm down at Sunset Beach which is only a five minute walk away from us. This is a great day out and best of all it is free and runs up until the fireworks display.
The bands are really really good and in the past we have been treated to great live music from well known bands such as The Trews and The Barenaked Ladies to name but a few.
Please click the following link to know what to expect:

Celebration of light website:

Sunset Suggestion and tips!
We always suggest that you head straight down to the Beach via the seawall on Thurlow Street to Sunset Beach and towards English Bay… do not have to be right at English Bay to see the display, it will be pretty crazy and crowded and if anything Sunset Beach will be quieter with an amazing vantage point, try and go early as there will be plenty of entertainment to occupy you before the big show shoots into the sky at 10pm.

Road Closures at 4pm
This is a major event in the city, and with any huge event such as this you will have to expect road closures, so, we do strongly suggest that if you do have a vehicle this will be the best day to leave it at the hotel, the West End completely shuts down for traffic at around 4pm, so the streets can let around half a million people migrate through the West End towards English Bay.
Click on this link to see the Map of the event road closures – you will see that we are in the closure zone at Burnaby St and Thurlow St.

Natural display rivals the fireworks!
In 2009 during the South African display at the celebration of light, a very rare strong thunderstorm moved over the city and very nearly upstaged the event itself, I believe the footage will speak for itself…..the first is a timelapse of the day which is pretty breathtaking, the second video is the full display itself…enjoy!

Honda – Celebration of Light 2013 Important Information.

Friday, May 17th, 2013

By far one of the biggest events of the Summer calender is the Celebration of light Fireworks.

We will like to give you some helpful tips and advice for the 3 days on the days that the Fireworks will be occurring as there will be road closures. We will also give you some pointers on where is best to watch the show.

As we are in high season it is highly likely that the rooms will be ready closer to the usual check in time of 4pm, we know that some of you are travelling early – so if the room is not ready, don’t worry, we will have plenty of space to store any bulky luggage, and you will be able to park your car at anytime, irrespective of the status of the room.

Bring your vehicle to the very front of the hotel, we have a loading zone for your convenience that has enough space for 2 vehicles – when you check in, park the vehicle in this spot (make sure there is enough room for a second vehicle) and we will then direct you with a parking pass to the parking lot.

Due to the volume of people that will be attending the display (300,000 and more) The city will be shutting down the West End to traffic for safety precautions.


We do advise that you try to check into the hotel before the streets close at 7.30pm, as the Police will not let anyone in without a West End permit (Our Green Parking passes are not accepted as Permits). The Sunset Inn is just within the closed boundary.

Please see the link to see a map of the Road closures.

The majority of the crowds will be heading down toward the intersections of Davie and and Denman Street – also a big crowd will assemble at Beach and Pacific Ave.

English Bay is the most popular area, however, it will be seriously crowded and you will likely be packed tighter than a can of sardines. We suggest that you head down Thurlow Street towards the Sea-Wall and head West towards English Bay and the Inukshuk.

Sunset Beach is a really good vantage point and will be much quieter and less congestion. DO NOT BRING BOOZE, it will be confiscated and you are at risk of a fine. Be smart regarding valuables – as always when there are large crowds it is best to be safe and sound.

For further information on the events. Please look at the website