Summer is the season for free festivals. If you’ve already spent your vacation budget, check out Powell Street Festival this weekend, another great and free event that’s worth your while.
Before the Second World War, the Downtown Eastside was home to the largest Japanese Canadian community in Canada. Powell Street Festival puts the spotlight on the history of this community on Aug. 1-2. The event celebrates all aspects of Japanese Canadian culture and includes food stalls, crafts, dance, music, walking tours, sumo wrestling, a David Suzuki lecture and more.
Now the longest-running community event in Vancouver, the festival fuses east and west, traditional and quirky, at Oppenheimer Park and surrounding venues.
Find out more about the must-see shows in the Georgia Straight coverage or this article in 24hours Vancouver. If you’re only in it for the food, we can assure you that the sake, sushi, ramen, Japadogs, karaage fried chicken, osaka balls, gyoza and grilled corn will be out of this world. Attend hungry.
Find more free cultural festivals in Vancouver in August here.
Jultagi – Korean tightrope walking. Image credit: Koreanfestival.ca
Looking for free fun for the month of August? Vancouver and surrounding cities have a lot of festivals planned to keep you occupied before the end of summer arrives. Here we’ve chosen 4 cultural festivals for you to check out. All are free, family friendly, and celebrate Vancouver’s multiculturalism.
4 Free Cultural Festivals for August in and around Vancouver
The Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks competition kicks off this Saturday, July 25. Kitsilano is lucky to have two of the prime Vancouver fireworks viewing spots: Kitsilano Beach and Vanier Park. Roads close down during this well-attended summer event. Kits residents are encouraged to walk, bus or bike to the viewing areas. Although the pyrotechnics don’t kick off until 10pm, the picnic areas are packed hours before with families and friends who eat and socialize until the big bang.
China’s Lidu Fireworks is the first competitor. Find out more about them below. Next up, Brazil July 29 ,followed by Canada August 1. Read more…
Maple Grove Pool in Kerrisdale. Image credit: Kerrisdalecc.com
On Wednesday, July 15th, the Government of BC announced a Level 4 drought rating for the South Coast and Lower Fraser areas due to ongoing low stream flows. Despite this, the City of Vancouver has not increased its water restrictions from Stage 2, not yet anyway. “All water users are urged to maximize their water conservation efforts”, as stated by the Government of BC, yet we’ve all seen unnaturally green and glistening lawns in our neighbourhoods, even when most of our kids’ water parks are closed.
Please help the City of Vancouver by reporting any water abusers. Just call 311 with the address, date, and time the offender has been watering their lawn outside of the permitted times. In the mean time, here are 4 outdoor pools and spray parks that are still open in the Kitsilano and surrounding neighbourhoods. Check the Vancouver Park Board website for a complete listing.
4 Outdoor Pools Still Open in and Around Kitsilano
Vancouver Folk Music Festival goes down this weekend July 17-19 at Jericho Beach. Tickets are still available and the weather is going to be great. If you’re thinking about going, do. And bring along your kids. We’re spotlighting family fun at Kitsilano’s summer festivals, and Van Folk Fest goes all out.
Folk Fest is free for kids 12 and under. In addition to awesome local and international music (Said the Whale, Richard Thompson, La Gallera Social Club, Trampled by Turtles), kids get their own Little Folks Village with eco-friendly arts and crafts, story telling, face painting, and songwriting.
More details on kids’ activities at Vancouver Folk Festival below. Read more…
An entertainer at the Khatsahlano Street Party Family Zone. Image credit: Khatsahlano.com
The ever-popular Khatsahlano Street Party is getting ready to rock the Kitsilano neighbhourhood this Saturday, July 11th, from 11am till 9pm. This is Vancouver’s largest annual free music and arts festival with thousands of people gathering along West 4th Avenue to enjoy over 50 musical performers, beer gardens, food, and many fun activities.
Considering the high temperatures, blasting amplifiers, and hordes of excited spectators, we’ve got a list here for you on how to enjoy (and survive) this super event with your kids.
4 Ways for Families to Enjoy the Khatsahlano Street Party
Kitsilano Showboat is celebrating their 80th anniversary this summer. Performances take place at Kitsilano Beach in front of the Kitsilano Pool Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm through August 15. Kits Showboat performances are free and family-friendly. Go support this wholesome and super fun Kits community event.
If you haven’t already checked out the Kitsilano Showboat Summer 2015 show schedule, here it is. Find more summer community events here. Read more…
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…
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…