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Free Canada Day Events at Granville Island

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There’s an all-ages Canada Day party happening next door to Kits on Granville Island this July 1. If you’re hunting for an easy win, look no further. The hodgepodge of fun has something for everyone.

Canada Day on Granville Island includes a parade, live jazz, roving performers, making your own flag at Arts Umbrella, Canada Day donuts at Lee’s, a parade, face painting, patriotic tattoos, a lobster cookout, a canine obstacle course and more.

Details below. Browse the rest of our Vancouver Canada Day events here. Read more…

Greek Day on Broadway is Sunday, June 28

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Image: Greek Day

We look forward to Greek Day on Broadway every summer. It’s free. It’s fun. You learn stuff about Vancouver urban culture and Greek culture. There’s lots of tasty food. People actually dance in the streets. It’s especially meaningfult o get out ad support Greek culture this year, as Greece’s financial future hangs precariously in the balance.

The big day is tomorrow: Sunday, June 28. Here’s what you need to know about the event schedule. Read more…

5 Ways to Stay Cool this Weekend in Kitsilano

Rain or Shine's Strawberry Mint Sorbet. Image credit: Rainorshineicecream.com

Rain or Shine’s Strawberry Mint Sorbet. Image credit: Rainorshineicecream.com

Another heatwave is coming for us here on the West Coast this weekend. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to stay cool in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. From outdoor pools to icy treats and breezy patios, here is our list of 5 ways to stay cool this weekend.

5 Ways to Stay Cool this Weekend in Kitsilano

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Free Outdoor Movies Vancouver 2015 at Stanley Park

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Image: Outdoor Movies BC

The most popular Vancouver summer event is soon here. Free outdoor movies begin in Stanley Park July 7 and continue every Tuesday through August 25. The movies show in Ceperley Meadow on a four-storey inflatable movie screen. About 5,000 Vancouverites attend every screening. Here are the details on the film schedule and attendee protocol. Read more…

Vancouver Celebration of Light Fireworks Expands to 25 Nights of Free Fireworks Starting July 1

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UPDATE – Change of plans due to dry weather: http://globalnews.ca/news/2063357/concerns-over-dry-weather-lead-to-revamped-celebration-of-light-events/

Every year for the past 24 years Metro Vancouverites come into Vancouver to see the Celebration of Light Fireworks. This year, in honour of their 25th anniversary, Celebration of Light is setting off free Vancouver fireworks shows throughout Metro Vancouver every night from July 1-25.

The shows will be brief and are intended to build momentum for the Celebration of Light showdown which takes place July 25, July 29 and August 1. Read more…

4 Free Family-Friendly Events Around Kitsilano This Weekend

Carnival ride during the Point Grey Fiesta this weekend. Image credit: Pointgreyfiesta.org

Carnival ride during the Point Grey Fiesta this weekend. Image credit: Pointgreyfiesta.org

This weekend is full of events across the city, with many happening in our own neighbourhood or close by. Not to mention that it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, June 21st! Have a family-and-budget-friendly good time this weekend with our list below of free events in and around Kitsilano.

4 Free Family Friendly Events Around Kitsilano this Weekend

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Vancouver Food Cart Fest Is Back Starting Sunday, June 28

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Vancouver’s incredibly popular Food Cart Fest is back for the fourth year with more trucks and carts and live-music. Here’s the press release:

Arrival Agency, Streetfood Vancouver, and Vancity present the 4th Annual Food Cart Fest, the city’s largest gathering of street food carts. Last year, upwards of 5,000 people swarmed to Olympic Village every week to take in Vancouver’s beloved street food scene. Launching this year on Sunday, June 28, it will run for 11 consecutive Sundays until September 6.

This year the festival is adding to its programming in a major way. Read more…

Get Involved: How to Host a Block Party at Car Free Vancouver Days in Kitsilano June 20 & 21

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Car Free Days is coming Vancouver neighbourhoods June 20-21. Kitsilano has a special take on this Vancouver summer festival. Instead of having a big street festival like Commercial, Main and Denman streets do, Kitsilano residents hosts individual block parties throughout Kits on that weekend. These parties are typically intimate block parties for the people on their blocks where folks eat, do chalk art, play music and games and, most importantly, get to know their neighbours.

If anyone in Kits would like to have a block party on their block, it’s time to get going. The deadline for completed applications is June 12. See the Kits Car Free Vancouver Day website, or the Facebook page for more info. Read more…

Save the Date: Greek Day on Broadway is June 28

Greek Day in the 1980s. Image: Vangelis Catevatis

Greek Day in the 1980s. Image: Vangelis Catevatis

Greek Day on Broadway is coming up June 28. This is your chance to dance on the streets, shout “Opa,” and eat too many cheesy tiropetes, hot-off-the-grill souvlaki and sweet honey loukoumades. Every year over 100,000 people come to West Broadway in Kitsilano for this family-friendly celebration of Vancouver’s Greek heritage. The much-loved festival has been taking place since the 1970s. As usual, there will be live entertainment, Mediterranean food tasting and demos, food and drink vendors (including wine and beer) and a Kids Zone with hands-on educational activities.

Check out our full list of summer festivals and events in Kitsilano here.