Events: Past

Join in this one-night-only magical twilight event in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown.

Join us for the launch of 360 Riot Walk, an audio-visual experience developed by artist Henry Tsang, tracing the history and route of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver.

beyond pender

Exploring ways to develop meaningful cultural programming and experiences as the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC commit to a UNESCO nomination. Part of the Beyond Pender series.

tea leaf and teapot

Join artist Lam Wong for a tea ceremony and dialogue in the Garden.

beyond pender

Join us for a conversation on how we can create deeper cultural experiences for visitors and tourists in Chinatown. Part of the Beyond Pender series.

Tai Chi at the Garden

Mar 03 - Apr 28, 2019
Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chuan is a one of a kind health and mindfulness practice that draws from thousands of years of history and tradition.


Our annual Temple Fair celebration returns in 2019 to usher in the Year of the Pig.

Do you or your family have a personal connection to the 1907 riots or the neighbourhood around that time? Share these experiences with us at one of our community consultation sessions.

Join artist Roxsane Tiernan at the Garden for the launch of her book, Art and Soul: to arouse, to excite, to inspire.

2018 Vancouver Tea Festival

Nov 03 - 04, 2018

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a venue partner of the 2018 Vancouver Tea Festival.


Pénjing 盆景 (pot scenery) is a miniature garden and a living art form. Join us for a penjing tour, demonstration, and workshop with master gardener Pin Lee.

moon over the garden

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden invites you to serenade under the moonlight with local musicians and artists at the 2018 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival!

courtyard houses

Donia Zhang links Chinese philosophy on harmony, happiness, health, and healing, with the courtyards and gardens in China and Canada.

neon sign

Join us in the Scholar's Study of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden as Paul Wong talks about the idea behind his "Haam Sui Fow Wun Goh Wah (Saltwater City Vancouver)" text piece and his year-long residency at the garden.

Help Shape The Courtyard

Aug 23 - 24, 2018
courtyard activation

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is holding a two-day place making event to help reactivate the memorial courtyard in Vancouver's Chinatown.

Music Under the Moon Contest

Aug 21 - Sep 07, 2018
music under the moon contest

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is searching for musical talents to celebrate one of the largest festivals in the Chinese calendar. Enter for a chance to win $500 and perform at the 2018 Mid-Autumn Moon Festival on Friday, September 21, 2018!

gender roles

Celebrate Pride in Chinatown! The Garden welcomes a magical one-night cross-cultural and community event highlighting artists of Chinese opera, drag, and alternative music.

beyond pender

Join us for a conversation on the benefits for food, retail, and businesses in Chinatown, by earning a UNESCO designation. Part of the Beyond Pender series.

Summer Special: Friday Tea Service

Jul 01 - Sep 28, 2018
pouring tea

Enjoy a traditional Chinese tea service in the Hall of One Hundred Rivers from 4:00-5:00 pm on Fridays until September 28. Included with your garden admission.

Jasmine Jazz

Jun 30, 2018
jasmine jazz performers

Jasmine Jazz is an unusual interplay between traditional Chinese and jazz instruments, featuring the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble and some of Vancouver's finest jazz artists led by Juno-nominated bassist and composer, Jodi Proznick.

tea workshop

Similarly to connoisseurs of fine wines, Chinese tea enthusiasts pursue the perfect tea leaf. Join us at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden to relax the mind, relieve stress, and enjoy traditional Chinese tea in the beautiful garden courtyard.

riot food here

RIOT FOOD HERE recalls the 1907 anti-Asian riots through the form of food offerings in 4 locations over 4 days in May and June 2018. As a community partner of the project, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will be co-hosting the food offering with artist Henry Tsang on June 10.


The primary purpose of Landscape Design is the creation of an experience of landscape. But landscapes have other functions as well; they provide fresh air, flood control, recreational opportunities and much more.

block print

Printing on paper was invented in China about 700 A.D., making China the country with the longest history of printing in the world. Join us at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and make your own block print.

beyond pender

This session challenges traditional understandings of heritage that focus largely on architectural works and grand monuments. Part of the Beyond Pender series.

Chinatown Cultural Day

Apr 22, 2018

On Sunday, April 22, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden celebrates Chinatown Cultural Day with a lineup of activities that focus on cultural heritage. Visitors are welcome to explore the Garden for free throughout the day.

apron strings

A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.

chinese new year

The Year of the Dog Temple Fair celebration is filled with barks of joy. Er nao, or “hot and noisy”, is the spirit behind the public event at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.