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 foodcarts, 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.
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.
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…
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…
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 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.
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.
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…