Free outdoor movies Vancouver 2016 at Stanley Park schedule

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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.

Find the full Evo Summer Cinema Series at Stanley Park – “in the park after dark” schedule after the jump. Read more…

7 great family road trips in BC

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Family road trips are the stuff of legend. Adventure, togetherness, and a few comical mishaps are the inputs you need to create a lasting memory. Read more…

Car-Free Day Kitsilano block parties June 18-19

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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.

Save the Date! The Khatsahlano Street Party is July 9.

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Khatsahlano Street Party, Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival, returns to West 4th Avenue on Saturday, July 9, 2016. 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.

This year’s festival has something Kitsilano residents will like; the West 4th Living Stage presented by BC Living. This stage highlights the best of Kitsilano life with yoga classes, fashion shows, and cooking demonstrations with Fable Chef Trevor Bird. Plus, West 4th bartenders will be shaking up their fresh cocktails in a mixology competition.

Created with love in 2011 by the members of the Kitsilano West 4th Avenue Business Association, Khatsahlano, features multiple stages showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers as well as the eclectic work of local artisans and street performers. This 10-block street fair, spanning from Burrard to MacDonald Street also features a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways, special activities, and licensed beer gardens.

Interested in volunteering at Khatsahlano? The organizers love volunteers and here are some of the benefits: Read more…

3 open houses in Kits this week

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Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work, or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

Khatsahlano 2016 line-up announced. Shows Saturday, July 9.

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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…

Love or hate the newest Kitsilano ice cream shop DIP?

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We shared our favourite Kitsilano ice cream shops and readers had a lot to say about the new DIP Ice Cream store that just opened at 2967 West Broadway. The shop is tucked between a dollar store and a sushi joint and co-owned by friends Tanya Shklanka and Robyn Harding.

In order to stand out from the rest of the ice cream shops in Kitsilano, DIP is all about the dip. Soft serve cones are dipped into various forms of chocolate topping before being dazzled with a coating of toppings. But that’s not the whole story. Some of our readers have already complained about the prices (not that Rain or Shine is cheap!) and we found out why they’re on the high side. DIP creates homemade soft-serve ice cream using milk from Birchwood Dairy in Abbotsford, and dips cones in Rainforest Alliance Certified chocolate, before decorating the local-ethical goodness with different toppings and drizzles. That costs. Read more…

3 open houses in Kits this week

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Looking for real estate in Kitsilano? If you live, work, or play in Kits neighbourhood and want to put down roots, here’s a peek at real estate that has an open house this week. We’ve included three listings from the condos and houses on the market now.

Not sure what you can afford? Use this mortgage calculator, then sit back and enjoy the Kitsilano  real estate porn. Read more…

Creative Kitsilano neighbours come together for a salon

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Kitsilano has long been a nurturing neighbourhood for creative folk. At least as far back as the 60s and 70s, the climate and culture have been a draw for artistic endeavours.

A new salon series features artists from Vancouver’s West Side talking about their art and their creative process. Read more…

Kitsilano Farmers Market now open

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In case you were so excited about the Kitsilano Pool opening and forgot about the other hot spring neighbourhood events, here’s a reminder. Kitsilano Farmers Market is now open for the 2016 season from 10am to 2pm each Sunday at Kitsilano Community Centre on Larch Street.

Every Sunday, the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional produce, meat, cheese, seafood, and plants as well as tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. Kids can enjoy the playground and waterpark nearby and parents will find the best selection of organic produce around. Hot coffee and hot food available on site each week.

Details here: eatlocal.org/markets/kitsilano