Countdown to #Khats Festival: Saturday, July 11

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The countdown to Khatsahlano is on! There are just two more weekends before the big day on Saturday, July 11, so we met with West 4th BIA Director Jane McFadden to get the inside scoop on plans for our neighbourhood’s anticipated arts and music festival.

Stretching ten blocks from Burrard to MacDonald and running from 11am to 9pm, the festival is expecting 250,000 visitors. There will be over 50 bands, 50 food trucks, 4 beer gardens, and 2 fashion shows. There is a yoga session, hosted by Semperviva, at the Yew St. stage at 11am, a longboarding zone, a family zone, and an Etsy craft fair zone (new this year!). Not to mention all of the giveaways, contests, and promotions that will be offered by each of the shops. Keep your eyes peeled for photo booths, flash tattoos, and character artists, just to name a few of the treats that the merchants have up their sleeves.

Another new addition for this year is the scavenger hunt. All details will be posted on www.khatsahlano.com, and everything can be found throughout the day of the festival. Take photos with our finds and tag them #khats, and you’ll be entered to win tons of great prizes.

This event, put on by the West 4th Avenue merchants, is Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival. Absolutely all bands and artists being featured are local. It’s a signature summer event not only for our neighbourhood but also for our city, and this year’s is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.

Although the event officially ends at 9pm, the day won’t end there. Last year, there were still over 50,000 on the street as the festival wore down, so you can expect bards, restaurants, patios, and beaches to be overflowing well into the evening.

Last modified: June 24, 2015

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