Vancouver, BC has several events scheduled during the summer time and we would like to highlight some of the events that will be happening either during ACL 2017 or just before or just after the conference. This is also an important reminder to those planning to attend the conference that you should book your hotel room immediately. It is very likely that there will be a shortage of hotel rooms due to the various festivals in the city at around the same time as ACL 2017.
The main festivals happening in the city during ACL 2017 are:
Vancouver Pride Festival
The Vancouver Pride Festival this year will held in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, Aug 6, 2017. There are more than 20 official events aimed at bringing together the LGBTQ community and their friends, allies and supporters. The main event is the festival parade which will be held in downtown Vancouver within walking distance of the conference hotel. There is more information at the Tourism Vancouver site.
Celebration of Light
The Celebration of Light is a competition in which three countries compete to put on the best fireworks display. The fireworks start at 10pm over English Bay in Downtown Vancouver. This year the three countries competing are: Japan on Saturday, July 29th; the UK on Wednesday, August 2nd; and Canada on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Tickets are on sale for venues close to the fireworks display. It is not a long walk to English Bay from the conference hotel and you might be able to catch the fireworks without purchasing a ticket. There is more information at the Tourism Vancouver site.
Caribbean Days is a multicultural festival celebrating Caribbean culture which will be held this year in North Vancouver, BC on July 29 and 30, 2017. North Vancouver is a short ferry ride or car/bus ride away from downtown Vancouver. There is more information at the Tourism Vancouver site.
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
This event is a bit before the conference dates but is a large event and you might want to catch some of it before the conference begins. The Vancouver Folk Music Festival will be held at Jericho Beach in Vancouver, BC on July 14-16, 2017. There is more information at the Tourism Vancouver site.
Bard on the Beach: Shakespeare Festival
Theatre under the Stars
Book your hotel room!
ACL discounted hotel rates are available at three hotels, including the venue of the conference, the Westin Bayshore Vancouver. Special discounted rates specifically for students are also available at three different hotels. We highly encourage you to book your hotel room right away, as soon as you can. It might be very difficult to get a room if you leave the reservation until later, due to the many other events scheduled in Vancouver during and around the dates of ACL 2017.