Summer Arts & Festivals

June 17, 2012

The Children’s Festival is a wrap for this year but there’s still a whole summer of arts and cultural fun for families. Here are a few of our favorites.

Speaking of Festivals, you can help us become a Top 20 contender in Westjet’s Canada’s Favourite Festival contest by voting for us!

Don’t forget to complete our survey  to be entered in our draw for a chance to win tickets to Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music” at Doug Mitchell
Thunderbird Sports Centre UBC, July 21 or 22. Survey closes at 5:00 pm June 21 to be eligible to win.

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival  – June 22 – July 1

The Jazz Fest may not be specifically geared to children but this year, kids and parents can boogie all weekend long to live music at Robson Square (June 23, 24) and David Lam Park (June 30, July


All Over The Map  July 8, 15, 22 at 1 and 3 pm

This wonderful, free all-ages outdoor arts and cultural events includes exhilarating local dance and music with roots from all over the globe. This year’s lineup includes Vancouver Cantonese Opera,
Kokoma African Heritage Ensemble, and Dancers of Damelahamid. Takes place at Ron Basford Park on Granville Island.


Vancouver Folk Music Festival  July 13, 14, 15

This perennial family favorite celebrates its 35th year and pulls out all the stops with some of music?s hottest names from around the world including Lucinda Williams, K?NAAN, Ani DiFranco, Dan
Mangan, The Head and the Heart, The Johnny Clegg Band, Mali?s Sidi Touré, Mozambique?s Wazimbo & more.


Powell Street Festival  – August 4 & 5

This annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage features something for everyone: dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demos, amateur sumo tournament,
craft vendors, traditional displays, and of course, tons of scrumptious Japanese food.  


The photo is of Maobong Oku supplied by NewWorks.