World Vegan Day

World Vegan Day
Type International
Date 1 November
Next time 1 November 2017 (2017-11-01)
Frequency Annual
An activity celebrating World Vegan Day

World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world every 1 November. The benefits of veganism for humans, non-human animals and the natural environment are celebrated through activities such as setting up stalls, hosting potlucks and planting memorial trees. The event was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society in the United Kingdom, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organisation and the coining of the terms "vegan" and "veganism". Speaking in 2011, Louise Wallis said: "We knew the Society had been founded in November 1944 but didn’t know the exact date, so I decided to go for 1 November, partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Samhain/Halloween and the Day of the Dead – traditional times for feasting and celebration, both apt and auspicious."[1]

A Vegan activist gives out baking by a World Vegan Day street poster
Animal advocates acknowledge Vegan friendly businesses with baking and thank you cards
Vegan activists visit local butchers to give them the gift of tofu.
Vegans giving out soymilk alongside banana chocolate chip muffins on the street


United Kingdom

The Vegan Society lists events for World Vegan Day and World Vegan Month on its website each year.




North America

United States

Boston, Massachusetts





Since 2003 World Vegan Day has been celebrated in Melbourne on the last Sunday of October. The event was initiated by members of the vegan social group Vegans Unite and is now organized by a committee affiliated with Vegetarian Victoria. Stalls include Lentil as Anything, Invita Living Foods, Animals Australia, Aduki Independent Press, Eco-shout Melbourne, Vegan Society of Australia, ALV, the Melbourne University Food Co-op, Lush Australia and eco store.[5]


The Winery by Gazebo in Surry Hills will hold Sydney's first annual event on the first Sunday of November, being Sunday 6th in 2016.

New Zealand


South America



See also


  1. Transcript of Louise Wallis' Live ARZone Guest Chat - Animal Rights Zone
  2. Welt Vegan Tag Deutschland (Germany)
  3. "Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  4. IVU article reference to M.A.D. FREE weekend
  5. World Vegan Day Australia (Melbourne) lists events
  6. Invercargill Vegan Society, Invercargill Vegan Society
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