Vancouver Food Cart Fest Is Back Starting Sunday, June 28

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Vancouver’s incredibly popular Food Cart Fest is back for the fourth year with more trucks and carts and live-music. Here’s the press release:

Arrival Agency, Streetfood Vancouver, and Vancity present the 4th Annual Food Cart Fest, the city’s largest gathering of street food carts. Last year, upwards of 5,000 people swarmed to Olympic Village every week to take in Vancouver’s beloved street food scene. Launching this year on Sunday, June 28, it will run for 11 consecutive Sundays until September 6.

This year the festival is adding to its programming in a major way. Read more…

Patrick Corsi Opening Baccano Osteria in the Smoking Dog Space in Kitsilano


Restaurateur Patrick Corsi of Quattro has announced his new project. He’s taken over the Smoking Dog Bistro space (1889 West 1st Avenue) and will launch Baccano Osteria-Bar this July. Quattro  Kitsilano opened in 1994, underwent a location change and rebranding to Q4, and closed in 2014. The North Van and Whistler locations are still going strong. Read more…

3 New Restaurants in Kitsilano to Check Out

Classic Tonkotsu Ramen at Ramen Danbo. Image credit:

Classic Tonkotsu Ramen at Ramen Danbo. Image credit:

New restaurants in Kitsilano crop up all the time, though some are worth checking out sooner than others. We’ve chosen 3 that we think you should make time for, with one already open (Ramen Danbo), one possibly opening this weekend (Mission), and a third opening within a few weeks (Supermarine). Enjoy. Read more…

Only in Vancouver: Burrard Bridge to Close for Massive Yoga Class

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B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced Friday that Burrard Street Bridge will be closed on June 21, the International Day of Yoga (IDY), for a mass yoga class.

CBC reported on the strong social media response from Vancouver residents, which can be summarized as: “Only in Vancouver.”

The class will result in a seven-hour closure of one of the main connectors from downtown to the city’s West Side. The government has partnered with Lululemon and yoga studio YYoga to organize what they hope will be the largest IDY event to be hosted outside India. Natural Gas company Altagas is also supporting, with a $10,000 sponsorship.

Though the bridge will be closed to vehicles from 4 a.m. until 11 a.m. PT June 21, the big yoga stretch proper will begin at 8.30 a.m. and involve an hour-long yoga session.

Too bad Vancouver doesn’t have a 1,000 acre urban park or something. They would have had a more peaceful and less disruptive place to go…

#Omthebridge, y’all.

5 Types of Hiking and Camping Gear You Can Buy Used

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Summer is here. It’s time to uncurl from your desk chair and live outside. Fresh air, cook outs, starry skies — camping is one of our favourite summer escapes.

Car camping or backpacking, you need to invest in some gear before your trip. It makes sense to buy new on personal equipment such as footwear, but for many other pieces of camping gear, you can and should buy used.

Here are five camping essentials it’s easy to find in the used camping gear market. Read more…

Get Involved: How to Host a Block Party at Car Free Vancouver Days in Kitsilano June 20 & 21

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Car Free Days is coming Vancouver neighbourhoods June 20-21. Kitsilano has a special take on this Vancouver summer festival. Instead of having a big street festival like Commercial, Main and Denman streets do, Kitsilano residents hosts individual block parties throughout Kits on that weekend. These parties are typically intimate block parties for the people on their blocks where folks eat, do chalk art, play music and games and, most importantly, get to know their neighbours.

If anyone in Kits would like to have a block party on their block, it’s time to get going. The deadline for completed applications is June 12. See the Kits Car Free Vancouver Day website, or the Facebook page for more info. Read more…

Your Guide to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Kitsilano

Bard on the Beach in Kitsilano's Vanier Park. Image credit:

Bard on the Beach in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park. Image credit:

Thursday, June 4th, marks the start of the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park. Celebrating its 26th season in 2015, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit professional Shakespeare festivals. Last year these iconic white tents hosted over 100,000 patrons, so tickets sell out fast and have been on sale since April, though some are still available! The season will run till September 26th this year with ticket prices starting at $26. We’ve listed the quick details for you below.

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Guide

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Save the Date: Greek Day on Broadway is June 28

Greek Day in the 1980s. Image: Vangelis Catevatis

Greek Day in the 1980s. Image: Vangelis Catevatis

Greek Day on Broadway is coming up June 28. This is your chance to dance on the streets, shout “Opa,” and eat too many cheesy tiropetes, hot-off-the-grill souvlaki and sweet honey loukoumades. Every year over 100,000 people come to West Broadway in Kitsilano for this family-friendly celebration of Vancouver’s Greek heritage. The much-loved festival has been taking place since the 1970s. As usual, there will be live entertainment, Mediterranean food tasting and demos, food and drink vendors (including wine and beer) and a Kids Zone with hands-on educational activities.

Check out our full list of summer festivals and events in Kitsilano here.

Lady Gaga Worked Out at Ron Zalko Gym in Kitsilano during Vancouver Visit

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Image: Ron Zalko

Ron Zalko Fitness & Yoga in Kitsilano has hosted a more than their fair share  of celebrities over the years. It started with Jane Fonda in the 1980s. Since then, the facility has hosted Faye Dunaway, Ryan Reynolds, Zac Efron, Linda Carter (aka Wonder Woman), Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Biel, Seal, Jessica Alba, Diahann Carroll, Hugh Jackman, the Rock, Sylvester Stallone, and Kim Cattrall. But perhaps the most exciting icon to date is Lady Gaga. Read more…