Vancouver is always buzzing with incredible festivals and amazing events, so get up off that butt and check out some of these cool outings this weekend…
Squamish Valley Music Festival
Head out of town for the day and be sure to check out this year’s stellar line-up of artists performing at the Squamish Valley Music Festival in… you guessed it, Squamish. With headlining acts such as Bruno Mars, Eminem, and Arcade Fire set to pump up the fun factor (not to mention dozens of other acts performing at various stages around the concert grounds) it’s guaranteed to be a fully loaded weekend. Day tickets are available for $150, or you can splurge for a multi-day pass for $325.
Harmony Arts Festival
Also on for the weekend (but a little closer to town), the Harmony Arts Festival has taken over West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park with multiple stages of performances set to take place. Chill out at one of the festival’s full-service patios, enjoy meeting local artists, take in a hands-on workshop from the pros, and shop your way through the marketplace presented by Fresh St. Market. For all the details and schedule of events, visit them online.
After you’ve indulged a little, head back over to the west side of the city and work up a sweat at this weekend’s Kits Fest. It’s the largest outdoor healthy living festival that celebrates a fun, competitive spirit through sports. Try your hand at tennis or basketball, watch the pros kick butt playing beach volleyball, zen out with some free yoga, and learn about nutrition from experts on-site.
The Vancouver Chinatown Festival
The Vancouver Chinatown Festival is back this weekend and a great reason to explore this part of our city. All weekend long you’ll have the opportunity to taste and savour the flavours of the Orient (and sample a plethora of dumplings at the Dumpling Cook Off). Don’t miss the Night Market where you can score tons of knock-offs you never knew you wanted or needed, and celebrate diversity, west coast style with live entertainment, music, and more.
Firefighters’ Rundown @ SunDown
The first annual Firefighters’ Rundown @ SunDown is definitely where you want to head this Friday. (Have you seen how hot firefighters are in our city? Enough said.) It all takes place at the Hastings Racetrack in support of local charities in YVR with teams of local firefighters competing in a for-fun lap around the race course in between horse events to claim the title. Oh, and they’ll have plenty of food and beer/wine vendors on hand – so plan on sticking around for the night.
What will you be getting up to this weekend in Vancouver? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.