Once upon a time, our fine Kitsilano neighbourhood was nicknamed the “Haight-Ashbury of the north”. Referring to, of course, the 1960s and 70s hippy hood of California’s San Francisco.

A few remnants of those far out counterculture times still remain around here, believe it or not. Just have a peek inside spiritual Banyen Books or have a veggie-filled bowl at restaurant The NAAM – both businesses established themselves along “Rainbow Road”, a name given to West 4th Avenue due to the amount of vegetarian eateries, alternative music stores, and health food shops along it all those decades ago.

Now relive those gloriously laid-back and groovy times at the annual Khatsahlano Street Party – Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival. And it’s coming to fill our streets on Saturday, July 8th from 11am till 9pm, all along Rainbow Road from Burrard to MacDonald Street.

Multiple stages will be showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers including headliners The Zolas (indie rock), The Courtneys (indie pop), the legendary D.O.A. (punk), and Louise Burns (folk).

And expect to see wonderful works by local artisans, unique street performers, a wide variety of food trucks, giveaways, entertainment for kids, beer gardens, special sales at local shops, and loads and loads of people watching.

It’ll be super gnarly so be there or be square dude!

Last modified: June 19, 2017

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