What To Do This Weekend in Kits

Image: Susan Jacks; The Poppy Family

Susan Jacks of the The Poppy Family – headliners at Khatsahlano Street Party

Summer Kitsilano is packed with events and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the action. Without further ado, here are 6 fun things to do this weekend in Kits:

Thank you to the Kitsilano Dairy Queen for supporting the Kitsilano.ca community by sponsoring our events guide.

What To Do in Kits This Weekend

1. Khatsahlano Street Party: Saturday
It’s high summer and this is the pinnacle event of the season. The deets: 10 city blocks on West 4th from Burrard to MacDonald. 50 bands giving free shows– genuinely good bands. 8 stages. 40 food trucks. 3 beer gardens. A family zone with family programming. Edgy art shows. 100+ artisan vendors. Don’t miss out. Even if we won’t miss typing Khatsahlano over and over. Read more…

3 Open Houses in Kits This Weekend


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 an ideal starter home, a duplex with stunning views and a cozy one-bedroom condo. Read more…

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Stanley Park

Stanley Park Hotel

“Hollow Tree”, a Stanley Park icon, is a stump and lower trunk of an 800 year old Western Red Cedar and was one of the park’s first tourist attractions.

Taking the top spot for the annual TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Parks of the World list last month, Stanley Park sees millions of visitors every year who come to admire one of our favourite pieces of British Columbian soil. While the natural splendour of the Park is remarkable and often leaves visitors with the impression that they have witnessed a sample of undisturbed wilderness, the dense forest of Stanley Park disguises a rich, complex history of change and disturbance.

4 Things You Didn’t Know About Stanley Park

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The Must-See Bands at Khatsahlano 2014


Image: Bend Sinister

Khatsahlano Street Party 2014 is coming up this Saturday, June 12 and it’s going to be overwhelmingly awesome. With 50 bands on 8 stages over 10 blocks, you have two options to tackle the potentially debilitating  opportunity to enjoy free, live music.

Option A: hang loose and wander from stage to stage hoping you hear gold because, after all, the line up was curated by the experts at our neighbourhood record shop, Zulu, and they know their stuff. Option B: single out a few must-hear bands and target those shows.

If you chose option B, Zulu Records store owner Grant McDonagh made a list of his Khatsahlano must-sees for BeatRoute. Here are his band picks: Read more…

Heads up! Khatsahlano Street Party is Coming to West 4th Saturday, July 12

Image: Khatsahlano

Image: Khatsahlano

Vancouver’s largest music and arts festival is coming up in Kitsilano this Saturday, July 12. Here’s what you need to know.

Khatsahlano Street Party will take over ten blocks of West 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald from 11am to 9pm. The ten blocks will have 8 stages ready for a line up of 50 bands curated by our very own Zulu Records. All shows are free.

You will also find 40 food trucks parked around the area, as well as three beer gardens, outdoor art shows, and 100+ artisans selling locally made goodness.

In addition to the grown -up entertainment, families with little ones will want to hit up the Family Zone at Trafalgar Street which will have hours of live acts for children, games, balloon artists, face painting, a roving juggler, yo-yo artists and more.

Find answers to other Khatsahlano FAQs (participating bands, showtimes, pets, traffic, art etc.) after the jump.

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Don’t Miss the Final Matches of Vancouver Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament at Kitsilano Beach

Image: Metro

Image: Metro

More than 120 professional players are battling it out at Kitsilano Beach for the Vancouver Open Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament, put on by Volleyball BC. Qualifying matches took place Friday, while Saturday and Sunday are the showdown matches between the top two-person teams of men and women. The prize, other than total supremacy, is $15,000 cash. The matches run from 8:30am until 6pm, rain or shine. Spectating is free and, in our humble opinion, super exciting.

3 Open Houses in Kitsilano This Weekend


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 detached house, a large townhouse and a corner-unit condo. Read on for details.

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5 Best Patios in Kitsilano

Darby's rooftop patio. Image: Darby's

Darby’s rooftop patio. Image: Darby’s

Patio sessions are a summer staple. Eating and drinking outdoors is just an entirely different experience. Stunning views, fresh air, sunshine, people-watching – all make a meal or a drink so much more pleasurable.

In Kits, we are lucky to have an eclectic mix of bars, pubs, and restaurants that maximize their space to give us outside options for either enjoying the fresh air and rays or nestling in a cozy hideaway. A few of them even have a view.

After extensive field research, I narrowed the list of neighbourhood patios down to my favourite five. (It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.) Here they are; be sure to check them out over the coming sunny months, and please comment below to let me know your top pick! Read more…

4 Cool Cooking Classes in Vancouver

Learn to make a Norwegian classic salmon dish - Posjert Laks

Learn to make a Norwegian classic salmon dish – Posjert Laks

Tired of burgers and hot dogs? Have your kale salads lost their appeal? Slurped up the last of that heat-reducing tub of sickly-sweet ice cream? Time for a cooking class, and our Kitsilano neighbourhood and beyond has quite a few on offer for this summer and fall.

Learn where and how to shop for the best ingredients, create healthy meals with locally-grown produce, become a tear-free expert in chopping onions, and wow your friends with your new tart-making skills!

4 Cool Cooking Classes in Vancouver

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