Khatsahlano, Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival, not only includes multiple concert stages but also a family zone, Landyatchz Longboarder Zone, fashion shows presented by Vancouver Fashion Week, food trucks and an Etsy market.
A new art component is being introduced in partnership with Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. Vancouver artists will be showcased at various locations up and down West Fourth Avenue. You can stop by the Kits House booth to play amateur artist and have your child decorate a rock to raise money for a good cause. The free, 10-block affair runs from Burrard to Macdonald streets. The first band starts at 11 a.m., the last at 8:30 p.m. For more information, see khatsahlano.com.
West Point Grey
Step inside architect Samuel Maclure’s heritage home on Jericho Beach for the Brock House Summer Fair. This annual fundraiser that helps Brock House Society maintain the heritage house and seniors centre there will include the sale of crafts made by seniors centre members, a thrift sale, a silent auction, raffle and 50/50 tickets. A big band orchestra and a jazz band will play and visitors can buy reasonably priced lunch items off the grill. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3875 Point Grey Rd. Admission is free.
East Village Vancouver hosts the Sunrise Summer Kick Off with street hockey for kids in kindergarten to Grade 9, live performances, arts and crafts, face painting, games, a rock wall, petting zoo and pony rides at the Sunrise Square parking lot on the 2500 block of Franklin Street. The festivities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register for street hockey at eastvillagevancouver.ca.
City staff have been analyzing Vancouver’s viaducts over the past two years and will be presenting their results to inform city council’s consideration of the future of the viaducts this September. Citizens can learn more from 7 to 11 p.m. at the farmer’s night market at the Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Blvd. The market runs from 5 to 10 p.m. and features food trucks, a beer garden and live music. This week’s band is Gonch Messiah.
JULY 11 AND 12
The largest Latin American celebration in the Pacific Northwest happens this weekend at Concord Pacific Place. Carnaval del Sol will feature singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, international artist Gerardo Cantino and more than 300 artists from live art to street performances. There will be a soccer tournament, activities for kids and a beer garden that organizers say will take you to one of the tropical beaches of Latin America. Carnaval del Sol runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, see carnavaldelsol.ca.
Chill out near the beach at the Haywood Bandstand for an afternoon of live music. Bring a picnic lunch, blanket or chair and see Ross Curran pick up his flute, clarinet, and saxophone to perform ragtime music, marches, waltzes and opera favorites that were popular in the early 1900s when the bandstand was built. Music in the Park runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at Alexandra Park, 1755 Beach Ave. at Bidwell Street. If it rains, the performance will be rescheduled to July 18.
You no longer have to drive to Langley for a drive-in experience. Developer Wesgroup is hosting a series of drive-in movie nights paired with complimentary food trucks on a nine-acre empty gravel lot in the upcoming River District. Diner-style food trucks will be on site for the July 12 screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. There will be an area of seating for those who want to watch the movie outside of a car. The River District is currently being used for a movie set, as it has been for years.
A movie trivia game will be screened in advance of each film to educate visitors about what has been shot on site. Winners will receive a VIP experience at the drive-in with free in-car dining and a special parking space. The event runs from 7 to 11 p.m. at the corner of East Kent Road and Boundary. Admission is free.
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