Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, August 01st, 2014 |1 Comment »
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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.
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.
Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, July 28th, 2014 |Comments Off
A little cheesy, a little magical, Kitsilano Showboat still has what it takes to draw a crowd after 78 years of entertaining guests.
You’re probably aware of the fact that Kits Showboat performances are free and take place four times a week (7pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) weather permitting, from June 23 to August 16. Here are 5 fun facts you probably didn’t know about the old gal’s storied past. Read more…
Many community gardens in the city, including our own award-winning Maple Community Garden and Cypress Community Garden, are facing imminent crisis as Canadian Pacific has issued a notice that much of the gardens be dismantled by July 31 in order to make way for track maintenance.
On Saturday July 26, from 11am-5pm, a the gardens are throwing a garden party to draw awareness to the issue and celebrate the long life of these community gardens. The event takes place between Maple and Fir along the 6th Avenue railway tracks. This could very likely be a final hurrah for the community of passionate gardeners that have called this spot home for years. A BBQ will be provided for anyone to use, there will be plant seed giveaways, music, veggies, and a mini market. Harvest and Garden Tours will take place at 1pm and 3pm, and there will be a Seed Saving Workshop at 2pm. This event is open to the public of all ages, including pets, and is free. Be sure to stop by to show your support for a lovely Kitsilano landmark. Read more…
The annual Honda Celebration of Light Vancouver fireworks festival kicks off this Saturday, July 26, with a performance by the United States. Beginning at 10pm, rain or shine, the shebang lasts 25 minutes and is launched from the barges in English Bay.
While ideal spots to watch are downtown from Sunset Beach or English Bay, Kitsilano Beach is always packed and offers a respectable view. Big crowds, some extra foods carts, and nearby bars for after show drinks help make our neighbourhood an sweet spot from which to view the show. The music simulcast can be heard on SHORE 104.3 and on the festival’s mobile app, or you can settle in at the Kitsilano Showboat, which will also be playing the music and offering seating from a great vantage point. Read more…
Granville Island’s evolution from a First Nations winter fishing village on a sandbar, to industrial island, to derelict wasteland, to thriving tourist destination and artistry hotspot that it is today, can be difficult to imagine.
Some remnants of its past are still visible. Railway tracks can be seen amongst the cobblestone streets and corrugated buildings. A drill-bit manufacturer and concrete factory still remain – subtle tributes to its days of cranking out manufactured goods.
As a successful model for brownfield redevelopment, Granville Island now sees over 10 million visitors every year.
While urban planners, architects, and developers speculate about its shrouded future, spend an afternoon checking out these 4 things you didn’t know about Granville Island.
Written by Kitsilano.ca staff, July 22nd, 2014 |1 Comment »
Cold, sweet and creamy, milkshakes evoke childhood. There’s something about summer that makes us it okay for grown-ups to indulge too. Here’s where to get a milkshake in Kits, while you can still get away with it.
We love it all year round for diner fare and the fact that there’s real art (find the Fred Herzog!) mixed in with the kitsch covering the walls. When it comes to the art of the milkshake, you can bet they know their stuff. Expect oversized portions, the overflow served on the side in a chrome mixing cup, with real ice cream in flavours such as coconut, almond and espresso. They also have the classic triumvirate: choc, strawberry and vanilla. Add booze for just $3 more. Read more…