Are You Grateful To Live in Kitsilano? Here’s How To Show It.

Gratitude at Rain or Shine. Image: Mary Jo Wagner

Gratitude at Rain or Shine. Image: Mary Jo Wagner

‘Tis the season to give thanks and we in Kits have a lot to be thankful for.

A couple of years ago with the support of a Neighbourhood Small Grant funded by the Vancouver Foundation and managed by Kits House, a group of women started encouraging people on the West side of Vancouver to express their gratitude by writing on windows, ribbons or post-it-notes.

And they just keep going.

This year they have over two dozen Gratitude Stops around the west side, including eight in Kitsilano at locations including Rain or Shine, The Kits Library, Kits Community Centre, Kits Neighbourhood House and Neverland Tea Salon. You’ll find the full list after the jump.

The idea is simple: Just add your comment to what your neighbours have said.

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Save the Date: UBC Apple Festival is Back Oct. 17-18

Image: Amy/Flickr

Image: Amy/Flickr

The UBC Apple Festival is a fall rite of passage in this neighbourhood. While some folks bemoan the cash-grab food stands, the rest of us are happy to celebrate over 100 varieties of heritage BC apples, eat apple pie, drink apple cider, and enjoy the thorough apple-themed events ranging from info sessions for avid gardeners to entertainment for families with small folk.

This year, the UBC Apple Festival takes place October 17-18. It’s $4 to enter. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets to the apple tasting tent are $5.00. Read more…

Don’t Miss the Dunbar Harvest Festival: Saturday, Sept. 19

Image: Dunbar Village Business Association

Image: Dunbar Village Business Association

The Dunbar Village Business Association wants you at  its annual Harvest Festival, Saturday, September 19 from 11 am to 3 pm, on Dunbar Street between W. 26th Avenue and W. 30th Avenue.

The annual, family-friendly festival offers entertainment, games, and activities for people of all ages. It’s free. Visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to contribute to the installation and they’ll go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

There will be fitness classes, live music, bouncy castles, bubble sumo wrestling, and carnival games. There will also be giveaways and sidewalk sales from the businesses that make up the thriving Dunbar community. Cotton candy, helium balloons and an old-fashioned fire truck will add to the spirit of the day. Read more…

Celebrate the 2015 Harvest at the Vancouver Farmers Markets RIPE Dinner


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Vancouver Farmers Markets annual RIPE Dinner is coming up October 18 at Roundhouse Community Centre. The event celebrates the harvest – a showcase of local ingredients from local farms and producers paired with some of Vancouver’s top chefs and restaurants, including Chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co, Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage, Chef Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s Rangoli, Chef Ned Bell of Yew seafood + bar, and Chef Quang Dang of West Restaurant.

RIPE 2015 will feature 10 unique culinary creation stations, two food trucks, craft beverages and dessert tastings artfully prepared from fresh, seasonal and sustainably harvest food.

Early bird tix are on sale now for $70. Kids under 12 are $15.

Free Pink Salmon Festival Returns to Kits Point August 30


Free fish bbq anyone?

In a year that has been particularly challenging for salmon, the Pacific Salmon Foundation is asking for your help in celebrating salmon’s most abundant species. Pink salmon are traditionally undervalued as a seafood source even though they are the most sustainable species.

On Sunday, August 30 from 12 pm to 4 pm, at Vanier/Haddon Park behind the
Maritime Museum the Foundation will be serving up pink salmon barbecuedonated by Canadian Fishing Company and prepared by executive chefs including RobertClark, Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk and Garrett Schack. All barbecue will be available bydonation with proceeds supporting community-led salmon conservation projects across British Columbia.

Why are they throwing this fishy shindig?  Because we, as consumers, have the power to ensure that salmon have a healthy future in British Columbia. Read more…

Powell Street Festival Celebrates Japanese Canadian Culture August 1-2


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.

4 Free Cultural Festivals in Vancouver in August

Jultagi - Korean  tightrope walking. Image credit:

Jultagi – Korean tightrope walking. Image credit:

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

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