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6 Fun Things to Do in Vancouver Labour Day Long Weekend

The Fair at PNE

The Fair at PNE

Sticking around in Vancouver over the the Labour Day Long Weekend? Us too. You’re in good company. Here are 6 fun ways to use up the last moments of summer.

6 Fun Things to Do in Vancouver Labour Day Long Weekend

1. Play at the Fair at the PNE

The PNE, Vancouver’s 100-year-old version of a traditional country fair, takes place through Sept. 1. Crowds turn out for the rides, exhibits and the over-the-top, disgustingly-decadent eats including deep-frin\ed macaroni balls, deep-fried oreos, deep-fried mars bars, funnel cake, ostrich sliders, and two-foot hot dogs.

2. Food Cart Festival at Olympic Village

If you haven’t made it out yet, do not miss the  last day of Vancouver’s original food cart festival with over 20 talented Vancouver street food vendors, a flea market, DJs and much more. Food Cart Fest takes place Sunday, August 31, from noon to 5pm at 215 West 1st Avenue between the Cambie Bridge and Olympic Village.

3. Food Cart Fest Sunset Beach Party

On August 29, from 5pm until sundown, Sunset Beach will be transformed into Venice Beach, California. You can find  food carts, roller disco, a craft market, music and more at the new Sunset Beach Socials this summer.

4. Gastown BBQ and Chili Festival

Vancouver’s one and only BBQ & Chili festival is back Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31. Twelve Gastown restaurants will compete in a grilling showdown. Hungry attendees can sink their teeth into bbq ribs, chicken wings, brisket and more. Find it at the 200 Block of Carrall Street, Vancouver

5. Victory Square Block Party

This free community concert/end of summer party returns Sunday, August 31 at Victory Square, at the edge of Gastown. This is where the low-key Vancouverites congregate to hear 9 local bands, two DJs and take advantage of Community Pizzeria food truck. The entertainment runs 2pm-9pm.

6. TAIWANfest

One of the world’s largest arts and cultural events outside of Taiwan, TAIWANfest is a three-day festival that takes over Granville Street in downtown Vancouver August 30 to September 1

Pregnancy Shopping Guide for Kitsilano

Find nursery decor ideas at Stepback on West Broadway

Find vintage nursery decor ideas at Stepback on West Broadway

In September, more babies are born than in any other month of the year. Must have something to do with that wintery, romantic December month… Whether you are expecting next month or next year, or have a friend of family member who is, Kitsilano is the perfect place to shop for all that mom and baby require. Here’s our round up:

Pregnancy Shopping Guide for Kitsilano

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Four Adventures That Will Have Your Kids Raving about Their Summer!

 

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Image: Pirateadventures.ca

Summer isn’t over yet and there’s still time to squeeze in a few more outings before back-to-school. We’ve been checking out things to do all summer and can assure you kids and adults will have a blast at these attractions:

Four Outings That Will Have Your Kids Raving about Their Summer!

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Kitsilano Summer Bucket List

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It seems like only yesterday that we were anticipating the warm weather and long lazy evenings of summer, and now we are already being bombarded with back to school deals and rainy afternoons. But instead of looking too far ahead and dreading the gray skies looming around the corner, let’s revel in the moment and create a last minute Summer Bucket List. Here are our five Kits summer must-dos that you absolutely have to make time for in the next couple weeks:

 Kitsilano Summer Bucket List

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Free Outdoor Movie in Stanley Park Tonight Will Be Mrs. Doubtfire

mrs-doubtfire2In tribute to comedic genius Robin Williams, Fresh Air Cinema will change tonight’s free outdoor movie in Stanley Park to the 1994 classic, Mrs. Doubtfire, replacing the scheduled screening of Ghost. As most of you know, Robin Williams was found dead in his California home yesterday.

The free screening of Mrs. Doubtfire starts at dusk (8:45pm) at Second Beach’s Ceperley Meadows in Stanley Park, between Second Beach Pool and the children’s playground. Bring your blanket and your nearest and dearest to enjoy this feel-good family flick and celebrate the lightheartedness Robin Williams brought to the world

There’ll Be Tons of Fun at Picnic in the Park this Sunday, August 10

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If you’re looking for a great family event this weekend then check out the Kitsilano Community Centre’s Picnic in the Park, at Connaught Park, this Sunday, August 10, 10am – 3pm.

This old-fashioned family fair includes a bouncy castle, carnival games, face painting, community booths, concession stands and a charity barbeque.  For $5 you can purchase a wrist band to access the carnival rides.

As if that’s not enough of a draw you can also explore and shop for local produce at the Kitsilano Farmers Market which will be in the parking lot of the Kitsilano Community Centre 10am – 2pm.

Sadly last year’s event was struck with torrential rain but the weather gods are smiling on us this year. The forecast is for clear sky and a temperature of 290 C so don’t forget the sunscreen.

Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St, 604-257-6976

KitsFest Sports Festival Returns to Kisilano Beach August 8-10

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Image: KitsFest

KitsFest, the sports festival dedicated to healthy living, is back at Kitsilano Beach today  through Sunday. The event’s goal is to build stronger community and give back to the community through legacies such as park facility upgrades. They’re the folks who fixed the basketball courts, resurfaced the tennis courts and added palm trees to Kits Beach.

If you’re feeling very been there done that about heading down to see the KitsFest basketball and volleyball matches, 2014 has more to offer.

After a four-year absence, the annual beach sport festival will again host men’s and women’s doubles tournament on the public hard-courts at Kitsilano Beach Park. Sixty-four players will compete August 9 and 10.

Check out the full list of KitsFest happenings after the jump. Read more…

Free Screening of “Nash: A Documentary Film” at Kitsfest Saturday, August 9

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If you’re looking for free family fun this weekend, head down to Kitsfest at Kitsilano Beach for the free screening of the documentary film “Nash” – all about Canada’s celebrated athelete, Steve Nash. The premiere takes place at the north end of Kits Beach Saturday, August 9 at 7pm.

The documentary reveals the unexpected journey of Nash, a BC native who currently plays for the LA Lakers, and was ranked among the 100th most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine (in 2006). In the film, Nash attempts to navigate his way through the morally corrupt world of professional sports while trying to leave a lasting legacy on and off the court.

The screening is free to attend.There is VIP seating available for $30 which comes with refreshments.

How to Become an Urban Beekeeper in Vancouver

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Did you know that the City of Vancouver encourages urban beekeeping? The buzz on the street says beekeeping creates a sustainable urban ecology, facilitating pollination for plants in gardens, which leads to better veggie/fruit production. In fact, there have been two bee hives on the roof of City Hall since 2010.

If you’re already an avid gardener and are looking for your next hobby, this one is pretty neat. You get a swarm of tiny new friends who do essential work for the planet with a  liquid gold byproduct. But keeping bees requires some know how and infrastructure. So here’s what you need to embark:

How to Become an Urban Beekeeper in Vancouver

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8 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

Image: Asher Isbrucker

Image: Asher Isbrucker

Maybe you already spent your vacation budget, maybe you’re about to splurge on a holiday in August. Either way, when are free events not appealing? Summer in Vancouver has more free events and festivals than any other time of year, and there’s only one month left to take advantage.

From pop-up piano concerts to fireworks and parades, here are 8 free things to do in Vancouver in August.

8 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

1. Celebration of Light Fireworks – Saturday, August 2, 2014

Every summer, Vancouver enjoy some spectacular pyrotechnics over English Bay. Lucky for Kits residents, we can head down to our beach to enjoy them.

2. Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival – Sunday, August 3, 2014

650,000+ spectators and participants turn out for thr annual Pride Parade which winds its way though downtown Vancouver and the West End.  After the spectacle, the party continues at the Pride Fest (also free) at Sunset Beach.

3. Powell Street Festival – August 1 – 3, 2014

In honour of our Japanese Canadian Community, this free annual festival has awesome eats, music, arts, crafts, and kids’ activities. Read more…