Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Happy Pride! It’s a big bright long weekend in Vancouver, and wherever you find yourself in the city you can count on an outpouring of pride, advocacy, protest, celebration and love. Wear your rainbows to the parade, the fireworks competition, an arts festival, two Japanese festivals, a film noir fest, classical Bach concerts or anywhere you end up.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

BC Day Long Weekend includes a FREE Japanese Culture and Food Festival

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Katari Taiko at the Powell Street Festival Photo credit: [stu-di-o] by jeanie

In a BC Day Long Weekend packed full of major events, including the Pride Festival and the Celebration of Light, the Powell Street Festival might get overlooked. However, the Powell Street Festival is actually the largest event of its kind in Canada and the longest running community arts festival in the Lower Mainland – since 1977.

This free, family-friendly event is held both indoors and out around the Powell Street area within Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, on the traditional unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil- Waututh First Nations. Influenced by typical Japanese summer festivals or matsuri, PSF has developed into a unique Vancouver event. Over the course of the 2-day event, nearly 17,500 people participate in the event.

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BC Day Long Weekend includes a FREE Japanese Culture and Food Festival

Honda Celebration of Light Kicks Off This Weekend – Sneak Peek!

The Honda Celebration of Light makes its anticipated return to the skies above English Bay this Saturday as Team South Africa, represented by Fireworks for Africa, kicks off the three-day festival.

Today we had a sneak peek of what’s to come, as we toured the fireworks barge in advance to the start of the festival. The barge, located in English Bay, allows for the show to be visible in the West End, Kitsilano and part of False Creek.

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Honda Celebration of Light Kicks Off This Weekend – Sneak Peek!

Guitar fest brings world-class luthiers to Vancouver

Ever dream of playing the opening of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” on a $6000 guitar while the maker of that guitar looks on, aghast? Make that dream a reality at this year’s Vancouver International Guitar Festival.

The only festival of its kind in Vancouver, the VIGF brings together guitar builders, players, collectors, and aficionados to share knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm and their favourite classic-rock guitar riffs over two days of live music, master classes, workshops, and exhibitions. You’ll also have the chance to purchase some of the world’s finest handmade stringed instruments directly from world-class luthiers.

This year, the festival proper takes place Aug 11 & 12 at the Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way) in the former Olympic Village. The event includes a licensed bar. Meanwhile, the nearby Sarah McLachlan School of Music (138 E. 7h St.) hosts a couple of concerts. See below for more details.

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Guitar fest brings world-class luthiers to Vancouver

Public art and music at this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival

Hannah Georgas and The Belle Game headline a concert that is part of the Vancouver Mural Festival. Meanwhile, curators have selected 28  new artists to paint this summer at as part of the festival.

The festival begins Aug 6 and culminates with the Mount Pleasant Street Party and a ticketed concert on Saturday August 11.

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Public art and music at this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

South Africa brings the fireworks, the Caribbean brings a carnival, teens bring Shakespeare, and Pride brings interactive art to Vancouver this weekend, along with a cat conference, a bunch of kink, some soccer and a bit of guided forest therapy.

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Pride 2018 Offers Over 20 Official and Community Events in July/August

Vancouver Pride 2018

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Time to fly your rainbow flag high because Pride 2018 is kicking off on July 27 with a week (and a few extra days) of inclusive, celebratory events for LGBTQAI2S+ communities.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Pride in Vancouver, which has historically offered the most diverse festivals and parade in the city. More than 20 community events will take place throughout the end of July and into August, culminating with the epic Pride Parade on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

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Vancouver Pride 2018 Offers Over 20 Official and Community Events in July/August