Public Programs

The Garden offers visitors an exciting series of curated public programs all year round. They include major festivals, art exhibitions, tours, tea ceremonies, book readings, health and wellness workshops, concerts, performing arts and special events, for all ages and interests. Here is a selection of highlights in 2015:


Year of the Ram Temple Fair (February 22, 2015)

Every year, on the same day of the Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, the Garden presents a special event called Temple Fair. It is a “hot and noisy” public celebration that’s based on the traditional Chinese Spring Festival temple fair where people entertain, trade, greet and celebrate. Enjoy traditional games, delicious food, tea ceremony, live music, and cultural learning at the fair. Come with family and friends to wish each other fortune, prosperity and good health.


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (September 2015)

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will host the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to celebrate the second biggest holiday in the Chinese calendar. This is an annual family festival that is perfect for all ages. There will be music, storytelling, games, kids crafts; the creation of a community lantern; and of course Moon cakes. The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will be held at the Garden in September.

Winter Solstice Secret Lantern Festival (December 2015)

Come together with friends and family to bring back the light to Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year! Warm your bellies with our signature Dragon Spice holiday tea and a delicious hot bun, and warm your hearts with the breathtaking landscape and glowing lanterns. Lantern artists reimagine the beauty of the Garden with whimsical and spectacular pieces while diverse performers take the stage throughout the evening. Add your personal touch by getting involved with the Community Lantern too!

As your heart and mind relax, energy renews.

Yoga in the Garden (July – August, 2015)

Come experience a real treat for the mind and body! Yoga in the Garden is a weekly yoga classes held at the Garden in the summer of 2014. Relax, meditate and stretch while being surrounded by four classic Chinese elements of harmony: rocks, water, plants and architecture. Let the perfect balance of yin and yang restore your energy at the end of your work/study day.

Taiji in the Garden - New course starting September 20, 2014

In this course we will study the traditional Yang style taiji quan. Yang style taiji is one of the 4 main traditional styles of taiji, and it’s an ideal style for beginners due to the soft and open movements, clear foot work, and steady energy flow. Other related topics such as Qigong, partner work, as well as weapons practices will also be introduced as students progress.

Price – $60 per month or $20 per drop-in
(garden’s membership/admission required to join).

For registration or information: email Derek at


Enchanted Evenings Concert Series: July – August 2015

Enchant your evenings with the critically acclaimed concert series at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden starting July 2015 through August. In 2015, the 21st edition of the Enchanted Evenings series introduces exciting new groups along with your favorite performers. Awaken your senses with the vibrant sounds and dazzling dances, and book you Friday nights to celebrate this unique blend of cultural diversity!

Monthly Art Exhibitions

Art is the living and breathing essence of our Classical Chinese Garden. It connects culture, sparks creativity, and pushes boundaries. From paintings, drawings, photography, experimental videos, outdoor site-specific installations, we showcase artworks that embody elements of Chinese culture, traditional and new. We collaborate regularly with local arts organizations and artists to produce engaging and inspiring art projects. Please visit our calendar to view exhibition schedule.


Evening in the Garden Fundraising Gala (September 2015)

Experience Vancouver’s downtown oasis in the evening, taste specially created dishes, sip on delicious drinks, bid on our silent auction, and be entertained by musicians and circus performers – all for a great cause!  This event is our major fundraising event of the year. Funds raised will enable us to continue to develop our school and community educational programs and maintain this unique living treasure for years to come! In 2014, the gala will be held in September. Tickets must be purchased in advance (information coming soon).

May 1 to August 31
(Dates are weather dependent)

- Catch us feed our koi fish every day at 11:45am with a gong;
Get a free foot massage: walk barefoot on our warm pebbled courtyard;
Smell the moss in the Scholar’s Courtyard. You may be surprised by what you discover!





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