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The Ultimate Kitsilano Guide for First-Time Visitors: Day 2

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Although Kits is hyped as the Venice Beach of Vancouver, we locals know that our identity is deeper than a “sexy” beach. It’s tourist season so we’ve put together a three-day Kitsilano guide for visitors to shine a light on some of our other facets.

The Kitsilano we know and love has a highly-evolved but unpretentious food scene, an incredible stash of museums, seriously cool independent shops, and unparalleled access to nature. We also nod to the original residents and counterculture legacy this now gentrified neighbourhood was founded upon.

Without further ado, here’s “Day 2: Cool Kits.” We cover what the youngish, edgy urbanites in our hood get up to for a good time.

Next up is “Day 3: Historic Kits.” Previously, we covered “Day 1: Meet Kits.

Kitsilano Guide Day 2: Cool Kits

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The Ultimate Kitsilano Guide for First-Time Visitors: Day 1

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Although Kits is hyped as the Venice Beach of Vancouver, we locals know that our identity is deeper than a “sexy” beach. It’s tourist season so we’ve put together a three-day Kitsilano guide for visitors to shine a light on some of our other facets.

The Kitsilano we know and love has a highly-evolved but unpretentious food scene, an incredible stash of museums, seriously cool independent shops, and unparalleled access to nature. We also nod to the original residents and counterculture legacy this now gentrified neighbourhood was founded upon.

Without further ado, here’s “Day 1: Meet Kits.” Next up, “Day 2: Cool Kits” and “Day 3: Historic Kits.” Read more…

Khatsahlano Festival Reveals Band Line-Up for July 11

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Khatsahlano Music + Art Festival, Vancouver’s largest free music festival, is coming to West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano July 11. There will be live music on 8 stages with over 50 bands. Today they revealed which bands are getting on stage to play for your listening pleasure. The line-up is curated by our very own record shop Zulu. So you can bet it’s going to be good.

Read on for details. Read more…

Kitsilano Pool Opens Saturday, May 16

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Summer in Vancouver unofficially starts with the opening of outdoor pools and beaches. The fun kicks off this Victoria Day/May Long Weekend, the first weekend of 2015 when the lifeguards and park rangers will be on duty.

The seaside pools including Kitsilano Pool at Kitsilano Beach Park, and Second Beach in Stanley Park open Saturday, May 16. Swimmers often line up to be the first to make a splash. The outdoor pools operate until the Labour Day weekend, with our neighbourhood pool, Kitsilano Pool,  open until mid-September.

Also happening this weekend: beaches open. Lifeguards will patrol the 11 supervised beaches from Victoria Day to Labour Day, from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, with hours extending until 9:00 p.m. from mid-June to mid-August. Read more…

Hurry up. Spot Prawn Festival Is This Weekend and Tickets Are Still Available

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It’s spot prawn season again. Oh how we love those big, sweet, firm crustaceans. The time to celebrate this local and sustainable bounty, which happens to be the envy of seafood lovers around the world, is this weekend at the annual Spot Prawn Festival May 17.

Each year at the Spot Prawn Festival Boil, Chefs’ Table Society member chefs from across the Lower Mainland serve you fresh-from-the-boat spot prawns at Fisherman’s Wharf. All proceeds will support the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia.

Tickets are still available for $17.50 and get you a plate of three succulent BC spot prawns plus a selection of side dishes and bread from Terra Breads. Read more…

Deaf-dining Restaurant “DeaFined” Opening in Kitsilano May 7

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After developing a blind-dining concept restaurant Dark Table in Kitsilano (2611 West 4th Avenue) that hires blind servers and serves meals in darkness, owner Moe Alameddine is focusing on the deaf community. On Thursday, May 7, he and business partner Sami Mousattat will open a new Mediterranean restaurant on West 4th called DeaFined, staffed entirely by deaf servers. Read more…

Nuba Kitsilano Turns Three; Birthday Party with Free Cocktails and Live Entertainment May 8

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Nuba’s Kitsilano location is throwing a Lebanese Cabaret Celebration to mark their third anniversary and you’re invited. Since coming to neighbourhood, Nuba’s healthy comfort food philosophy coupled with the taverna’s unique ambiance has made the location a popular locale in Kitsilano.

Nicknamed “Nuba Village”, the restaurant and event space boasts 5 unique, beautifully lit rooms, which can accommodate everything from intimate sit-down dinners for 2 to cocktail parties for 150. In addition to winning multiple honours in the Georgia Straight’s 2015 Golden Plate awards, the space was recently featured on the popular Food Network program You Gotta Eat Here. Read more…