Everything You Need to Know About Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival, July 21

Musician Ali Milner will perform at Khatsahlano!, July 21. Photo credit: Vanessa Heins for Ali Milner

What are you doing this weekend? Is it free? For the second year in a row, the hotly-anticipated Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival will transform Kitsilano into a multi-block party of live music, food trucks and shopping, Saturday, July 21.

The emphasis is on free live music. Many of us eat local and shop local. Are you familiar with Vancouver’s local musical talent? 40 local bands will perform free shows on 7 stages between 12pm and 8pm. There should be a new artist to discover/watch/hear about every 15 minutes.

Fans are buzzing about appearances by The Zolas, The Ballantynes, Ali Milner (pictured above) and Kathryn Calder. Find out more about the Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival program after the jump.

History 

These days, it’s hard to tell that Kitsilano was once Vancouver’s counterculture hippie neighbourhood. You’re more likely to see a lululemon-clad beach yoga class than a beatnik. But that doesn’t meant the left-of-centre, creative neighbourhood spirit is gone.

Khatsahlano! channels the Kits spirit by updating the annual Kitsilano summer festival Hippie Daze. Most of the contemporary music selection is curated by a historic neighbourhood presence: Zulu Records. The support for the revival of Kitsilano spirit is impressive. At its launch last year, Khatsahlano! attracted 50,000 attendees.

The Bands

40 bands will perform on 7 stages on West 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald Streets. With so many performers, it can be hard to choose where to plant your keister.

Either use the official Khatsahlano! schedule or take a look at this helpful breakdown of laid back versus thrill seeker musical options by The Vancouver Sun.

Other Fun Stuff

Khatsahlano! is an all-out street fair. In addition to food carts, many make the trek for the discounts offered by West 4th Avenue boutiques as well as Kitsilano’s Biggest Garage Sale. The garage sale is the mother of all garage sales. Residents set up on West 4th Avenue between Balsam and Trafalgar, go nuts decorating their yard plot, and sell an eclectic mish mash of junk and treasure.

You’ll also be able to catch comedy, spoken word, theatre and burlesque performances, plus a free yoga class at noon, on West 4th at Yew Street.

Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival is a free event on Saturday, July 21, from 12pm-8pm. The fun takes place on West 4th Avenue between Burrard and MacDonald.

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