Last year was not a vintage year for summer festivals anywhere in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic meant that crowds, large events, and organized gatherings were either canceled, severely limited, or held predominantly online or virtually. However, thanks to the success of the vaccine roll-out, 2021 is shaping up to be a little different.

In ordinary times, Vancouver USA is a fantastic summer festival destination. Just a 3-hour drive from Seattle’s cruise port and a gorgeous spot (and busy cruise destination) in its own right, Vancouver draws crowds year after year with its vibrant, exciting programs of music, food, and cultural happenings.

So while last year was a bit of a washout, we can expect great things again this summer! Take a look at a few of the most exciting festivals due to rise again in Vancouver in 2021 and get ready for fun, excitement, and a whole load of wonderful summer experiences.


4 Days of Aloha

Three Days of Aloha

The Festival

A burst of color, culture, and authentic Hawaiian spirit, 4 Days of Aloha is a celebration of the best parts of Hawaiian culture, food, dance, and crafts.

What to Expect

The festival is spread across four days, from July 22-25. Events take place at various locations across the city, culminating in the main celebration in Esther Short Park on Saturday and Sunday. Expect hula and craft workshops, a traditional Hawaiian Pāʻina, live music and dance performances, and all the stalls, vendors, and live entertainment you could hope for.

How 2021 Will Be Different

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all events will be ticketed, with reservations required even for free events. Additionally, the locations of the Pāʻina and the workshops have changed from previous years.

 

The Craft Beer & Wine Fest

Craft Beer & Wine Fest

The Festival

A classic celebration of the most impressive craft beverages from across the Pacific Northwest, with beer, wine, and spirits in ample supply accompanied by a fantastic festival of music, art, crafts, and food.

What to Expect

Three days of tastings, workshops, and exhibitions from brewers, winemakers, and mixologists, showcasing the immense variety and exceptional talent in the Northwest brewing scene, running from August 20-22. With over 100 wines and 60 craft brews, as well as live acts and music all weekend, there’s a little something for everyone.

How 2021 Will Be Different

The organizers are working closely with the local government and the WFEA to ensure that the festival can be delivered safely and securely without the need for additional or unusual restrictions.

 

Family Fun Series

Family Fun

The Festival

Taking the place of the previously canceled Clark County Fair, the Family Fun Series offers a wonderful option for families and kids in the area. A combination of exciting motorsports, adrenaline-fueled rodeo displays, and a classic carnival experience, it promises to be a wonderful event.

What to Expect

The series begins with a weekend of motorsports from July 30 to August 1, including Tuff Trucks and Monster Trucks. From August 6 to August 15 Butler Amusements will take over the Clark County Event Center with 10 days of carnival excitement, featuring 29 separate rides. Finally, the showpiece “Hell on Hooves” Rough Stock Rodeo takes place on August 7.

How 2021 Will Be Different

The Clark County Fair which usually takes place at the Fairgrounds has been postponed until 2022. The Family Fun Series has been designed as a smaller, family-orientated event that falls within Washington State guidelines for attendance limits and is able to be COVID-compliant.