Celebrate Vancouver’s Japanese-Canadian heritage at Powell Street Festival

And fourth other reasons Vancouver is awesome this week

43rd annual Powell Street Festival

Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Vancouver’s Japanese-Canadian population who were some of the earliest residents of the neighbourhood. Enjoy live performances, workshops, vendors, art and, of course, plenty of food.

When: Aug. 3 to 4, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Where: Powell Street area (near Jackson)


Vancouver Pride Parade

File photo Martha Perkins
File photo Martha Perkins

Pride is a colourful, jubilant, exciting and important gathering, and this year the fest is focused on marking 50 years of staying strong and fighting. It all culminates in the Pride Parade, which bills itself as “a celebration, a protest, a party, a place to take up space, an opportunity to don your finest and shiniest and a chance to recognize how far we have come and to reflect on where we need to go from here.” And you are all invited!

When: Aug. 4, noon to 3 p.m.

Where: West End


2019 Vancouver Street Dance Festival

Photo Vancouver Street Dance Festival/Facebook
Photo Vancouver Street Dance Festival/Facebook

Everybody dance now! This annual event celebrates and shares the city’s diverse street dance culture, providing an opportunity for the community to engage with the public. Enjoy live music, workshops and showcases.

When: Aug. 3

Where: Robson Square


Mumford & Sons

Mellow, folk-infused indie rockers Mumford & Sons arrive in Vancouver for an evening of rousing music at BC Place as part of their “Delta” tour. Portugal. The Man opens.

When: Aug. 7, doors 6:30 p.m.

Where: BC Place


Summer Movie Nights: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Order up an extra large pepperoni pizza and get ready for a night of movie fun straight out of the sewer. The 2014 version of TMNT will be screening with some special bonuses, including a live DJ who will be remixing tracks to martial arts action on screen.

When: Aug. 7, 5 to 11 p.m.

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza, 750 Hornby St.



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