Dragon Boat Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary

A record 200 teams and approximately 5,500 paddlers, steerspeople and drummers are expected to take part in this year’s Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival. The festival takes place June 22-24 at Creekside Park, Concord Pacific Place and on the waters of False Creek.

Besides the races, the festival features live music, arts and crafts, as well as a beer garden. The festival will also display the original teak boats sent by Hong Kong for Expo 86. See below for highlights of the 30th anniversary of the event.

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Dragon Boat Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary

Juno Award winner tops francophone bill at this year’s Festival d’été

Daniel Bélanger plays songs from his 2017 album Paloma, as well as some of his francophone hits at this year’s Festival d’ete.

This year’s winner of the Juno Award for Francophone Album of the Year headlines the annual Festival d’été (June 14-23). Now in its 29th year, the Vancouver festival is an inclusive event that welcomes anglos, francophones and anyone else who wants to experience the cultural diversity of la belle province, and French talent from across the nation.

This year’s Summer Festival features not only Juno winner Daniel Bélanger but also a fellow nominee for Francophone Album of the Year, Patrice Michaud, and several other local and national artists. See below for a rundown of this year’s guests. All shows are at Studio 16 (1551 W. 7th Ave.) unless otherwise noted.

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Juno Award winner tops francophone bill at this year’s Festival d’été

Things to Do this Weekend in Vancouver: June 8, 2017

Prime bike-riding season has begun, and if Bike to Work Week didn’t get you started, Velopalooza is here with a bike rave, bike polo, and a bike expo this weekend. And forget a lazy Sunday – ride on over to Commercial Drive for Italian Day, to Main Street for an art fair, or to the downtown east side to watch a black metal vegan’s live cooking demo.

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Things to Do this Weekend in Vancouver: June 8, 2017

KitsFest Brings Sports Tournaments and Public Yoga to Kitsilano Beach, August 10-12

Photo credit: KitsFest

Does the 2012 Summer Olympics coverage leave you craving live sports action? Get your (free) fill of basketball, beach tennis and volleyball at KitsFest, which returns to Kitsilano Beach, August 10-12.

The annual summer sports and wellness festival is the brainchild of Howard Kelsey, a two-time Olympian who represented Canada on the men’s basketball team at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and partner Julien Phipps.

KitsFest is known for attention grabbing stunts. In 2010, they introduced Vancouver to beach tennis. In 2011, they put an ice hockey rink on the beach.

In addition to sports tournaments for kids and adults, KitsFest 2012 has partnered with lululemon’s SeaWheeze Half Marathon to host Public Sunset Yoga on Kits Beach August 11. A record-breaking 1,000+ participants are expected. KitsFest attendees will also enjoy a Kids’ Zone, DJs and a Baseline Bistro with eats from local restaurants.

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KitsFest Brings Sports Tournaments and Public Yoga to Kitsilano Beach, August 10-12

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in August 2012

Vancouver Pride Parade. Photo credit: Flickr user *_*

Sultry August is your last chance to have that fling with summer fun, before it’s too late.

With the August long weekend, dazzling Celebration of Light fireworks and the fabulous annual Vancouver Pride Parade, there are plenty of good reasons to get out and celebrate.

Outdoor entertainment continues through August before disappearing until next summer. Catch a free cult-fave film at Second Beach or David Lam Park in Yaletown. Take in some twilight, beachfront Shakespeare at Bard on the Beach. Bring the family to the much loved Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) musicals in Malkin Bowl at Stanley Park.

For festival fiends, there’s no shortage of cost-free opportunity. Start with the Sunset Beach Pride Festival with beer garden. Don’t miss Veg Fest Vancouver, the Japanese Canadian Powell Street Festival, the Vancouver Chinatown Festival or Latin Summer Fest at Trout Lake.

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20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in August 2012

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. Continue reading:
Everything You Need to Know About Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival, July 21

Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15

Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan will appear at Folk Fest 2012. Photo credit: Vancouver Folk Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park for its 35th anniversary this Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15.

If you’ve never been, Folk Fest is the kind of grassroots, community-driven live music event where you’ll find old timers who’ve attended for 30 years rubbing shoulders with a fresh crop of university students who won’t miss a Dan Mangan show. It’s the mix of guests and performers that makes Folk Fest what it is.

The hotly anticipated Vancouver Folk Festival line up includes such talents as Dan Mangan, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams, Hey Rosetta! and K’naan. The food cart line up is almost as impressive with 30 local vendors serving everything from organic ice cream to roast corn and jerk chicken.

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Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15