There’ll Be Tons of Fun at Picnic in the Park this Sunday, August 10

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If you’re looking for a great family event this weekend then check out the Kitsilano Community Centre’s Picnic in the Park, at Connaught Park, this Sunday, August 10, 10am – 3pm.

This old-fashioned family fair includes a bouncy castle, carnival games, face painting, community booths, concession stands and a charity barbeque.  For $5 you can purchase a wrist band to access the carnival rides.

As if that’s not enough of a draw you can also explore and shop for local produce at the Kitsilano Farmers Market which will be in the parking lot of the Kitsilano Community Centre 10am – 2pm.

Sadly last year’s event was struck with torrential rain but the weather gods are smiling on us this year. The forecast is for clear sky and a temperature of 290 C so don’t forget the sunscreen.

Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St, 604-257-6976

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend

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What are you up to this weekend? If you’re in the market to buy a new home or scoping real estate is your idea of Sunday worship, here are three open houses in Kitsilano.

The properties include a a penthouse and two townhouses. Read more…

KitsFest Sports Festival Returns to Kisilano Beach August 8-10

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Image: KitsFest

KitsFest, the sports festival dedicated to healthy living, is back at Kitsilano Beach today  through Sunday. The event’s goal is to build stronger community and give back to the community through legacies such as park facility upgrades. They’re the folks who fixed the basketball courts, resurfaced the tennis courts and added palm trees to Kits Beach.

If you’re feeling very been there done that about heading down to see the KitsFest basketball and volleyball matches, 2014 has more to offer.

After a four-year absence, the annual beach sport festival will again host men’s and women’s doubles tournament on the public hard-courts at Kitsilano Beach Park. Sixty-four players will compete August 9 and 10.

Check out the full list of KitsFest happenings after the jump. Read more…

Free Screening of “Nash: A Documentary Film” at Kitsfest Saturday, August 9

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If you’re looking for free family fun this weekend, head down to Kitsfest at Kitsilano Beach for the free screening of the documentary film “Nash” – all about Canada’s celebrated athelete, Steve Nash. The premiere takes place at the north end of Kits Beach Saturday, August 9 at 7pm.

The documentary reveals the unexpected journey of Nash, a BC native who currently plays for the LA Lakers, and was ranked among the 100th most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine (in 2006). In the film, Nash attempts to navigate his way through the morally corrupt world of professional sports while trying to leave a lasting legacy on and off the court.

The screening is free to attend.There is VIP seating available for $30 which comes with refreshments.

Itinerary: The Perfect Summer Day in Kits

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It’s August and that back to school feeling is looming. It’s more important than ever to make every summer day count. How do you spend the perfect summer day in Kits?

Here’s one sweet itinerary. Read more…

How to Become an Urban Beekeeper in Vancouver

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Did you know that the City of Vancouver encourages urban beekeeping? The buzz on the street says beekeeping creates a sustainable urban ecology, facilitating pollination for plants in gardens, which leads to better veggie/fruit production. In fact, there have been two bee hives on the roof of City Hall since 2010.

If you’re already an avid gardener and are looking for your next hobby, this one is pretty neat. You get a swarm of tiny new friends who do essential work for the planet with a  liquid gold byproduct. But keeping bees requires some know how and infrastructure. So here’s what you need to embark:

How to Become an Urban Beekeeper in Vancouver

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Tickets on Sale for the SeaWheeze Sunset Festival After Party, August 23

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The Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon returns August 23, 2014 and tickets are on sale now for the SeaWheeze Sunset Festival after party. The shindig takes place after the run at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park at 4:30pm.

If you’ve already paid the SeaWheeze entry fee and are running, you automatically get entry to the after party. But if you’re supporting someone in the race, or you happen to really like the bands, now’s the time to buy tix. Entry is $25.

What’s happening at Sunset Festival? A massive sunset yoga class, local wine and craft beer, and a pretty rocking outdoor concert. Here’s the blow by blow. Read more…

8 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

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Image: Asher Isbrucker

Maybe you already spent your vacation budget, maybe you’re about to splurge on a holiday in August. Either way, when are free events not appealing? Summer in Vancouver has more free events and festivals than any other time of year, and there’s only one month left to take advantage.

From pop-up piano concerts to fireworks and parades, here are 8 free things to do in Vancouver in August.

8 Free Things to Do in Vancouver in August

1. Celebration of Light Fireworks – Saturday, August 2, 2014

Every summer, Vancouver enjoy some spectacular pyrotechnics over English Bay. Lucky for Kits residents, we can head down to our beach to enjoy them.

2. Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival – Sunday, August 3, 2014

650,000+ spectators and participants turn out for thr annual Pride Parade which winds its way though downtown Vancouver and the West End.  After the spectacle, the party continues at the Pride Fest (also free) at Sunset Beach.

3. Powell Street Festival – August 1 – 3, 2014

In honour of our Japanese Canadian Community, this free annual festival has awesome eats, music, arts, crafts, and kids’ activities. Read more…

4 Budget-Friendly Eats in Kitsilano

Wraps at Al Basha Restaurant in Kitsilano

Wraps at Al Basha Restaurant in Kitsilano

Have house prices in Kitsilano made you re-consider your monthly budget plan? Is your landlord about to give you the yearly rent increase notice? Already taken that splurge-worthy vacay?

Perhaps it’s time to start saving some cash. Try one of these 4 budget-friendly restaurants in Kitsilano for your next bite, without having to sacrifice for quality and taste.

4 Budget-Friendly Eats in Kitsilano

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