Heads Up: Kits House Autumn Fair + Costume Contest Takes Place Oct. 24


Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is celebrating the season with an Autumn Fair that takes place October 24, from 10am to 3pm. The festivities include everything you can read on the poster above: a pancake breakfast, local musicians and artists, a pumpkin patch, a farmers market, a craft market,  and even a costume contest. The costume contest will be divided into volunteers, community, staff and pets. There are prizes for the contest winners. We just don’t know what they are yet.

Kits House sits at West 7th & Vine. It’s been the heart of the Westside community since 1894.


5 Things You Need To Know Before You Cast Your Ballot in Kitsilano

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Although Election Day is a few weeks away, there are some things Kitsilano voters need to know about Canada’s 2015 federal election.

On Monday October 19, 2015, the Kitsilano community joins the rest of Canada to vote. Polls are suggesting that the federal election is a three-way race in Metro Vancouver, between Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. If you’re on the edge of your seat, CBC’s Poll Tracker will help you stay on top of the latest political polls.

As a Kitsilano voter, here are the top five things you need to know. Read more…

One-Zone Bus Fares Begin October 5. Here’s What You Need To Know.


As of Monday, October 5, TransLink fares for the Metro Vancouver bus network will change: all travel on buses across the entire region will only cost a one-zone fare. This is part and parcel of the full implementation of the Compass Card fare payment system. Bus riders will be required to ‘tap on’ beginning on October 5. Note that the ‘tap off’ action is not required on buses.

The potential problem with cheaper bus fares: cheaper bus fares could mean a big increase in ridership on some transit services that are already struggling to cope with existing demand. There will be no increase in service due to the negative outcome of the transit plebiscite.

So how much is your next bus ride? Read more…

Kitsilano’s Super Cool New Restaurant Supermarine Is Hiring Servers

Image: Supermarine

Image: Supermarine

Straight from the horse’s mouth:

Three months in and apparently a lot of people love seafood and cocktails! As we prepare to expand our service hours and roll out Vancouver’s most exciting and delicious new brunch next month, we’ll also need to bring on more servers. So, for evening and weekend brunch service, we’re accepting applications for experienced servers. Please email us your resume and a few words about yourself to eat [at] supermarine.ca and we’ll be in touch. Cheers and thanks.

1685 Yew Street, www.supermarine.ca

Meet 720 Sweets – Kitsilano’s Newest Ice Cream Store

Image: 720 Sweets

Image: 720 Sweets

Kits has a new destination ice cream shop. 720 Sweets opened recently at Blenheim and West Broadway. They do soft serve with eye catching embellishments like billowing clouds of pink cotton candy and sticky, golden honeycombs. In fact, the shop’s name is inspired by honeycombs- 720 refers to the number of angles that comprise a honeycomb.

The owners are experienced vendors. You might already know them from the Richmond Night Market where they run the games and also own few food stalls that sell crepes and bubble tea.

You can browse the full list of 720 Sweets flavours here. Stop by and let us know what you think.

Registration Open for Halloween Howl Spook Fest at Kits Community Centre

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Halloween Howl Spook Fest at Kits Community Centre sells out every year. With good reason. It’s the best family-friendly Halloween event in Kitsilano neighbourhood. Now is the time to register if you plan on attending. This year, the fun takes place October 24 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. It’s open to ages 1-12. Registration is $6. Parents (who must participate with the kiddos) can expect Halloween activities, crafts, cookie decorating, face painting and more. Don’t forget to get in costume.

Tix here: Read more…

Forget the PSL. Pumpkin Beer is Back at Darby’s.

Image: Darby's

Image: Darby’s

The #PSL (pumpkin spice latte) hashtags started appearing in August. The drink debuted in September. But those of us who know better have been holding out for pumpkin beer, and it’s back at Kits liquor stores and bars including Darby’s.

This year we’re excited to sip on Moon Under Water’s Pumpkin Pearzen Harvest Weizen. This Victoria-based brewer has added pear, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg to a traditional hefeweizen base. It’s a fusion of pumpkin beer, fruit beer and hefeweizen, and possibly the finest B.C.-brewed weizenbock of all times. Let’s just say the first swallow surpassed the sum of its parts. Read more…

Save the Date: UBC Apple Festival is Back Oct. 17-18

Image: Amy/Flickr

Image: Amy/Flickr

The UBC Apple Festival is a fall rite of passage in this neighbourhood. While some folks bemoan the cash-grab food stands, the rest of us are happy to celebrate over 100 varieties of heritage BC apples, eat apple pie, drink apple cider, and enjoy the thorough apple-themed events ranging from info sessions for avid gardeners to entertainment for families with small folk.

This year, the UBC Apple Festival takes place October 17-18. It’s $4 to enter. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets to the apple tasting tent are $5.00. Read more…

BC Craft Beer Month Kicks Off October 1. Tix On Sale Now.


Craft beer lovers, grab your growlers. October is BC Craft Beer month. The fun starts October 1 with a province-wide kick-off party at Central City Brewers (871 Beatty Street). Tickets are $20 and proceeds go toward supporting the BC Craft Brewers Guild. The party includes a tap-takeover showcasing seasonal and specialty beers from across BC. The ticket price covers entry and four 10oz BC Craft Beers. Read more…