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

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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…

Car-Free Day Kitsilano block parties June 18-19

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The 12th Annual Car Free Day Vancouver returns Saturday-Sunday, June 18th and 19th. The free festival will take over Commercial Drive, Main Street and Denman Street—with block parties held in Kitsilano.

Kitsilano puts its own twist on Car Free Day. Instead of closing off a major street and filling it with live entertainment and food/drink, people host block parties with their neighbors. Some dance, some sing, while others bring out their couches and drink together. Read up on Kits block parties and how to host here. Or check out their Facebook page.

If it’s easy access to family fun you’re after and you can’t find a Kits block party, we recommend gravitating toward the Commercial Drive fiesta with 15 blocks of live entertainment and a huge family zone.

Khatsahlano 2016 line-up announced. Shows Saturday, July 9.

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Alt-pop siren Hannah Georgas and indie-rock supergroup Mounties will headline Kitsilano’s annual free music festival Khatsahlano Street Party on July 9, 2016. Vancouver’s largest free outdoor music festival, curated by our very own Zulu Records, will take over 10 blocks on West 4th Avenue with main stages at both Burrard Street and MacDonald Street.

Kitsilano restaurants and shops along 4th Avenue will be holding sales and giveaways, and providing samples and games on the street. You can expect a family zone, beer gardens, and food trucks. There will also be yoga, fashion shows, cooking demos and a mixology show down featuring West 4th Avenue bartenders..  The new highlight this year is the West 4th Living Stage, focusing on Kitsilano life. Read more…

Kitsilano Farmers Market now open

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In case you were so excited about the Kitsilano Pool opening and forgot about the other hot spring neighbourhood events, here’s a reminder. Kitsilano Farmers Market is now open for the 2016 season from 10am to 2pm each Sunday at Kitsilano Community Centre on Larch Street.

Every Sunday, the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese, seafood, and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.

Details here: eatlocal.org/markets/kitsilano

Kitsilano Showboat needs volunteers for summer 2016

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Kitsilano Showboat has been providing Kits residents and fans from all over Vancouver with free, live entertainment at Kitsilano Beach for over 80 years. They need your help this summer to keep the fun going.

Do you enjoy being part of our beautiful community of Kitsilano? Do you enjoy making all kinds of people smile – young and old? Then turn up for the volunteer meeting 7:30pm on June 8, at the Kitsilano Showboat stage at Kits Beach.

There are opportunities for greeters, program sellers, and donation collectors. Volunteers commit to 2 1/2 hours per week (6:30-9pm), Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday from July 20 to August 20.

For more information about Kitsilano Showboat:
kitsilanoshowboat.com

Kitsilano Pool opens Saturday, May 21

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Opening day for Kitsilano Pool marks the unofficial start of summer in Kits. According to the Vancouver.ca public pool schedules, opening day for Kitsilano Pool is Saturday May 21, 2016 with public swimming from 9am to 8:30pm.

Kitsilano Pool is Vancouver’s only heated saltwater swimming pool. The outdoor summer pool is 137 metres long (almost three times longer than an Olympic pool) and has 3 slides. Because it’s so close to Kits beach, one of the top 5 beaches in Vancouver, it appears to be a turquoise extension of the ocean. Read more…

4 great Kits restaurants for families

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The Sunshine Diner’s eggs benny. Image credit: Thesunshinediner.com

Often when we do a post on family-friendly restaurants, the usual suspects come to mind including Rocky Mountain Flatbread, White Spot, and Burgoo. While all three of these places do indeed offer a welcoming space and good food, we thought we’d seek out a few more restaurants to add to the list.

4 great Kits restaurants for families

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