Summer fun: July festivals in and around Metro Vancouver

Summer has arrived, the kids are out of school and another festival season is upon us. July’s lineup serves up a wide variety of outdoor concerts, theatre and dance performances, multicultural celebrations, food, food and more food, children’s entertainment, farm animals and a whole lot more. Admission to many of the festivals is free, so gather up your friends and family, slather on the sunscreen, grab a blanket and soak up the fun.

40th Annual Harrison Festival of the Arts

From the world stage to local artists there’s something for everyone at the 10-day festival. Headliners include Buffy Sainte-Marie with special guest William Prince, Chilliwack, Lit Café featuring Shane Koyczan, Bros Landreth and many more. Other highlights include an Artisan Market, workshops and an art exhibit. • Harrison Hot Springs • July 6-15 •

35th Annual Whistler Children’s Festival

Fuelled by imagination, creativity and giggles, the Whistler Children’s Festival is the resort’s longest-running event, now in its 35th year. New for 2018 is the Make-It Tent where you and your little ones can get crafty, Science World is throwing an interactive surprise science show, Jacky Essombe brings the beats and rhythm of Central Africa to the mountains, and it gets creatively constructive with super-cool KEVA planks. Don’t worry though, there’s still the dance parties, live music, and bubble fun you, we mean your kids, love. • Whistler Village • July 6-8 •


One of the hottest summer outdoor music festivals returns with headliners Future and Kygo, plus some of the biggest names in dance, hip hop, rap and modern R&B. Enjoy non-stop music across three stages, with a fresh new look and feel planned for the Northwest Stage. • Holland Park, Surrey • July 6 and 7 •

Norwegian DJ Kygo performing in Miami in 2016. ORG XMIT: 640717555 [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Norwegian DJ Kygo headlines at this year’s FVDED in the Park Festival.

10th Carnaval del Sol

The biggest Latin festival in the Pacific Northwest, featuring two days of live music, art, dance, sports and poetry in celebration of Latin American culture. For 2018, Carnaval del Sol will bring together more than 450+ artists from different Latin American countries. • Concord Pacific …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment

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