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Outsider Arts Festival
When: Friday August 9 - Sunday August 11 2019
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews [Davie and Pacific]
Community Arts Council of Vancouver presents the third annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) offering visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers opportunities for exhibition and sales, performance and participation, connection and learning.
The festival aims to increase awareness about Outsider Artists and to challenge stereotypes about who and what counts in the art world. Outsider Art is different, this art shakes up what you think you know about art and sometimes delves headfirst into challenging social and political issues.
The 3-day free festival includes 150+ exhibiting and performing artists as well as free public workshops, alongside aerial silk acrobatics, Cantonese opera, intergenerational dance, wild live performances, a range of music, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, throughout the weekend.
Mount Pleasant Street Party
When: Saturday August 10 2019
Where: 14 blocks of Main Street
Time: 12pm - 8pm
The annual Mount Pleasant Street Party is the biggest and most popular day of the Vancouver Mural Festival - 14+ blocks closed to traffic on and around Main Street play host to transformed alleyways, live art, 4 beer gardens, 2 stages of music, our new family activity zone, markets, street dance battles, graffiti jams, and of course: 25 brand new works of public art.
Vancouver Chinatown Festival
When: Saturday August 10, 2019
Time: 11am - 9pm
Where: 100 Keefer Street
Spend the day with your family and friends experiencing culture, music, dancing, contests, shopping, activities and did we mention amazing food.
More info to come; check out the button below for updates.
Hogans Alley Summer Block Party
When: Saturdays - August 10, 24
September 7, 21
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Where: 258 Union Street
A family-friendly celebration of black culture - featuring games, food, music and dancing throughout the summer on the Hogan’s Alley block.
The event is presented in part by The Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS) - a non-profit organization composed of civil rights activists, business professionals, community organizations, artists, writers and academics committed to daylighting the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.