The Carnaval Del Sol takes over Granville Street: July 5 & 6, 2014

carnavaldelsolCelebrate summer Latin style, at the Carnaval del Sol, July 5 and 6.  Presented by Latincouver, this free arts, culture and music festival will bring the passion, energy and flavours of Latin America to Granville Street Mall and Robson Square.

The two-day celebration includes performances by local and nationally renowned Latin musical artists and folk dance troupes, a marketplace displaying the work of Latin American artisans, games for kids and the Copa Latincouver, a street soccer tournament to rival the World Cup.  Check out the details after the jump. Read more…

Your Guide to Kitsilano Showboat Summer 2014

Image: Arian Colenbrander

Image: Arian Colenbrander

The Kitsilano Showboat kicks off its 79th season on Monday, June 23. Offering free, live entertainment every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm until August 16, the Showboat is a beloved staple of Kitsilano summers.

This year opens with The Stave Falls Scottish Dancers on stage at 7pm on June 23. The poor guys were rained out last year, so let’s cross our fingers for clear skies and sunshine this time around! (All performances are weather permitting.)

Other highlights of the season include a flamenco African fusion show in tribute of Nelson Mandela on August 8 and simulcasts of the music for each night of the Celebration of Light (July 26, July 30, and August 2). Read more…

What to do in and Around Kits this Weekend

With Summer officially upon us this weekend, things are really picking up in Kitsilano. The summer months are always busy and your local Dairy Queen doesn’t want you to miss out on any of the action, so here are three things to do in and around Kitsilano this weekend… Read more…

Khatsahlano Street Party Announces Show Schedule

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Khatsahlano Street Party, the biggest, baddest music festival this summer, has just announced the stage schedule for the event. Khatsahlano takes place Saturday, July 12. The big draw is the music, although there will also be art, food trucks and craft vendors as well. 50 musical acts will perform on 8 stages between Burrard and MacDonald. Since there will be over 100,000 attendees milling about West 4th taking advantage of the free shows, it’s best to have a plan to deal with the madness.

Here’s the schedule for Khatsahlano Street Party 2014.
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Point Grey Fiesta Returns to Trimble Park June 20-22

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The Point Grey Fiesta is the West Side’s annual start-of-summer event for families and it takes place this weekend, June 20-22.

Starting with a Saturday parade on West 10th avenue, the celebration continues in Trimble Park with stage performances, activities and exhibitors. Carnival rides in Trimble Park operate from Friday to Sunday. With the exception of the carnival rides and midway games, Fiesta entertainment and children’s activities are free of charge.

Check out the complete schedule after the jump. Read more…

Where to Shop for Special Occasion Kids’ Clothes in Vancouver

BoyColI remember wearing some terrible outfits to family get-togethers when I was a kid; flashbacks of sporting puffy-sleeved velvet gowns as a teenager still haunt my dreams. Luckily for today’s fashion conscious kids, tweens and teenagers, there are some fabulous stores in and around Kitsilano where you can pick up high quality and original clothes for special occasions. Read more…

Vancouver’s Stanley Park Wins Best Park in the World from TripAdvisor

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You know that distant patch of fir, cedar and hemlock trees visible across English Bay when you’re chilling at Kits beach? Yes, we’re talking about the 400-hectare, old growth rainforest known as Stanley Park. Well it just won best park in the world by TripAdvisor users on their annual Top 25 Parks of the World list.

Stanley Park, the biggest park in Vancouver and the third-biggest park in North America, beat out Luxembourg Gardens in gay old Paris and the super-groomed Retiro Park in Madrid. We’re guessing it had something to do with the rugged-meets-pretty attitude exemplified by many kilometers of hiking trails, historic landmarks and stunning waterfront views. Of course the aquarium, mini train, water park and wildlife watching surely didn’t hurt either. Stanley Park attracts about 8 million visitors every year.

Maybe you can teach old growth forest new tricks. Like how to rock viral top 10 lists. Read more…

Your Guide to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 2014

Scene From A Midsummer Night's Dream. Titania and Bottom. By Edwin Landseer, 1848. Photo Credit: Wikipedia.

Scene From A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania and Bottom. By Edwin Landseer, 1848. Photo Credit: Wikipedia.

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.” William Shakespeare

Ah, how true the words of Shakespeare. Enjoy more of this 16th century playwright, poet, and actor’s work at Kitsilano’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival set in Vanier Park.  The season runs from June 11 to September 20 this year and plays include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Equivocation, and Cymbeline. Times vary from afternoons to evenings for most days. Tickets start at about $35/person per play. Here’s a guide to the plays and events which will take place under the tents at Vanier Park: Read more…