Annual Kitsilano Community Centre Picnic in the Park takes place August 14

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There’s no better way to celebrate summer and deepen your roots in the Kitsilano community than to participate in the annual Kitsilano Community Centre Picnic in the Park. The picnic takes place Sunday, August 14 from 11m to 4pm in Connaught Park.

The festivities include carnival games and rides ($5 wrist band gives access to all), BBQ, arts and crafts activities, roving entertainers, sack races, community booths and much more. Come run, jump and play!

The event culminates with a free outdoor movie screening of Inside Out. Hope to see you all there!

Free outdoor movie screening in Kitsilano’s Connaught Park: Sunday, Aug. 14

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Spent your summer holiday budget and looking for free fun in Kitsilano? You’re in luck. The West Broadway BIA is hosting a free outdoor movie night in Connaught Park on Sunday, August 14 from 6pm to 10pm. The showing of family-friendly flick “Inside Out” starts at 8pm. Pre-show fun starts at 6pm, featuring a fun movie-themed photo booth, local merchant prizes, W. Broadway dinner & a movie specials, concession stand and more. The movie follows Kits Community Centre’s annual Picnic in the Park so it will be a fun-filled day.

Summer food festival alert – YVR Food Fest is August 6-7

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Heads up, eaters. The best Vancouver summer food festival, YVR Food Fest Street Food Showdown, takes place August 6-7 in Olympic Village. The two-day smorgasbord features over 80 of the city’s top food carts, restaurants, breweries, and wineries and is larger than any street food event that has ever been produced in Vancouver.

Highlights include Baja-style tacos from Tacofino, Indian fusion from Vij’s Railway Express, gooey and delicious sandwiches from Mom’s Grilled Cheese, healthy Lebanese comfort food from Nuba, saltimbocca sandwiches from Via Tevere, artisanal ice cream and popsicles from Nice Vice Cream and Johnny’s Pops, and so many more.

Ticket info after the jump. Read more…

Vancouver Celebration of Light kicks off this weekend: July 23, July 27 & July 30

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Free fireworks with a beachfront view? Heck yeah. We’re in. Kitsilano residents enjoy one of the best views of the Vancouver Celebration of Light fireworks competition without having to leave the neighbourhood. Those of us who don’t have an ocean-facing patio will head down to Vanier Park or Kits Beach for the fun. This year, the pyrotechnic showdown takes place July 23, July 27, and July 30, with the Netherlands, Australia and the USA competing for total domination (in that order).

Also good to know: Celebration of Light has launched a handy app so you can find out more about the live music and venues for events that accompany the fireworks. You can also vote for a winner; a People’s Choice Award will be determined at the end of the festival.

Looking for more Vancouver community events? Check here. Happy summer, folks.

The Khatsahlano Street Party is this Saturday, July 9th


Khatsahlano Street Party, Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival, returns to West 4th Avenue on Saturday, July 9th from 11am to 9pm.

Khatsahlano is host to a long list of local musicians including headliners Hannah Georgas, Mounties, We Are The City and Jordan Klassen. The line-up, curated by Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, also features White Poppy, Jasper Sloan Yip, Woolworm, Gang Signs and many more. Read more…

Don’t miss Greek Day on Broadway: Sunday, June 26


Greek Day on Broadway. It’s one heck of a party and it’s been taking place in Kitsilano, the core of the Vancouver Greek community, since 1974. This year Greek Day falls on Sunday, June 26 from 11am to 9pm. The party attracts over 100,000 participants and closes traffic on Broadway from MacDonald to Blenheim.

The Greek Day festivities are free, lively, heartfelt, joyful and crowded. The food, which deserves its own sentence, is delicious. Read more…

Free summer fun – Kitsilano Showboat schedule 2016

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Kitsilano Showboat‘s 81st season of music and dance begins on Monday, June 20th and continues through August 20th. Join them by Kits Pool every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm. You can expect a different performance every evening, but always the most beautiful view in the world.

Kitsilano Showboat performances are free and family-friendly. Special programming on Canada Day begins at 3pm, and you can say late for the Celebration of Light fireworks on July 23rd, 27th, and 30th. Read more…

Free outdoor movies Vancouver 2016 at Stanley Park schedule

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Free outdoor movies at Stanley Park, one of our favourite Vancouver summer traditions, returns starting Tuesday July 5 through August 23.

Stanley Park’s Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach) will be outfitted with a four-storey inflatable movie screen for thousands of Vancouverites to kick back and watch flicks outdoors under summer skies.

How it works? Shows start at dusk. Seating is first come, first serve. Bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs and, since it’s a family-friendly event, smoking or alcohol is not permitted. Movie goers are encouraged to walk, take transit, or bike out to Stanley Park for the shows – there will be a bike valet service offered on site each night too.

Find the full Evo Summer Cinema Series at Stanley Park – “in the park after dark” schedule after the jump. Read more…

7 great family road trips in BC

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Family road trips are the stuff of legend. Adventure, togetherness, and a few comical mishaps are the inputs you need to create a lasting memory. Read more…