Attending

Thank you to all our guests & exhibitors for participating in the 2015 festival!

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Attendee Info

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is free to attend. However, there may be a thing or two (or more!) that you'd like to pick up from the exhibitors; it's a good idea to bring cash. There will be an ATM on site (provided by Total ATM Solutions).

Our main venue is the beautiful Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. The 2014 festival will take place in the Recreation Centre.

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie @ Pacific)
Vancouver, BC

For more information on the Roundhouse or the city of Vancouver, see Location.

VanCAF admission is completely free! But as a non-profit show, we rely on fundraising to make 2015 (and future years) a success. If you'd like to kick your attendance up a notch and become an official VanCAF VIP, check out our fundraising page to learn about the VIP Package!

Cosplay

We love your fandom in all its forms, but cosplay is not a major component of VanCAF. This isn't to say cosplay isn't welcome! If you want to dress up, we would hate to stop you — but as VanCAF gets rather crowded, you may want to save your elaborate Gundam outfit for another day.

Additionally, we request that all cosplayers leave their prop weapons at home. This is simply so we can make VanCAF as inclusive as possible while continuing to focus on the quality, creator-driven exhibition that makes our festival unique.

Thank you so much for understanding! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to e-mail us.

Exhibitor Info

Click here to apply for a table at VanCAF 2016

VanCAF 2016 will be May 21st-22nd, at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

As VanCAF is a curated show, invitations are issued upon review of all applications.

Accommodation

Downtown Vancouver:

Downtown Vancouver is very concentrated, and virtually all hotels in the downtown core are within walking distance of the show.

The following hotels are the closest:

Opus Hotel; expensive, but as close to the festival as you can possibly get. More info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Best Western; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Ramada; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Comfort Inn; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Holiday Inn; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Rosedale; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Hostelling International Downtown; more info on Trip Advisor.

Hostelling International Central; more info on Trip Advisor.

Samesun Backpackers; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Click here for a hotel map of the downtown area.

Staying in Richmond, the Cheaper Solution:

Our venue, the Roundhouse, is located directly across the street from the Yaletown-Roundhouse skytrain stop (Vancouver's light rail transit). This stop is on the Canada Line, which connects to the cheaper airport hotels in 15 minutes. Transit rates from hotels at Bridgeport Station to the Roundhouse are $3.75 each way on weekends, or $9 for a transit day-pass--which can be used on buses as well as skytrains and is an invaluable tool if you plan on doing any exploring or socializing outside of the festival.

The following hotels are within walking distance of Bridgeport station:

River Rock Casino Resort; again, a pricier option. More info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Executive Hotels; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Days Inn; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Hampton Inn; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Best Western; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Holiday Inn; more info on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet.

Click here for a hotel map of the Richmond Bridgeport area.

How to Get Here

By Transit:

The Roundhouse Community Centre is accessible from the Yaletown-Roundhouse skytrain station on the Canada Line, and is within walking distance of the Stadium-Chinatown skytrain station on the Millenium/Expo Lines. Numerous bus routes also travel through and around the neighbourhood; check the BC Translink website for more detailed trip planning and route maps.

By Car:

From the east, take the Trans-Canada HWY-1 westbound and take the exit for 1st Avenue; this will turn into Terminal Ave. Turn right on Quebec St, and left on Expo Blvd/Pacific Avenue. Turn left on Drake St, and again on Roundhouse Mews.

From the south, take HWY-99 northbound across the Granville St bridge; turn right on Drake St, and left on Roundhouse Mews.

Street parking is available throughout Yaletown, and lots can be found under the Pacific Centre Mall, at the corner of Howe and W Georgia St.

Food

Just as last year, the acclaimed JapaDog foodcart will be returning to grace the courtyard outside the main exhibition hall.

Right across the street is Urban Fare, a gourmet grocery store offering a selection of healthy food options.

And if none of those catch your fancy, Yaletown is a hotbed of great dining facilities, from gastropubs and bistros to chique cafes and breweries.

Click here for a map of Yaletown restaurants.