Eastside Arts Society (“EAS”) is hosting the 2nd annual CREATE! Arts Festival an innovative, multi-disciplinary and interactive art-making event, taking place outdoors at Strathcona Park on July 23rd and at several Eastside studios on July 24th. Over 60 visual and performing art workshops aim to connect the community with Eastside Arts District artists in a new outdoor location and with expanded programming.
The festival brings together local artists and the community to explore, learn, and create art together through a series of affordable and accessible workshops for adults and children, public art activities and art demonstrations. Attendees can choose from a large variety of artistic mediums, including ceramics, printmaking, glass fusing, poetry, painting, bookbinding, music and much more.
CREATE Arts Festival Workshops
Workshops tickets are $30 per workshop ($10 for the Kids Workshop) and includes access to the Art Zone. General Admission tickets are $5/children 12 and under are free which includes access to the Art Zone (does not include any workshops).
On Saturday, July 23rd, the festival will offer 50 visual and performing art-making workshops taught by Eastside artists, including Eri Ishii, Russell Wallace, Christine Moulson, Naomi Yamamoto, Chantal Cardinal, S^yowah, Megan Majewski, and Amberlie Perkin (Kids Workshop). Workshops are suitable for a variety of ages and interested attendees can check the schedule online. Saturday workshops are outdoors at Strathcona Park (857 Malkin Ave).
On Sunday, July 24th, 12 art-making workshops will be hosted at several Eastside studios, including at Terminal City Glass Co-op (1191 Parker St), Grace Lee (eikcam ceramics), Aja Billas, and Bruce Inglis & Edge City Woodworking at The Mergatroid Building (975 Vernon Dr).
New this year: An Art Zone with 3 public art activities by Bruce Walther (mosaics), Richard Tetrault (painting) and Serena Chu (drawing), Art Demonstrations by Matthew Holmstrom (ceramics), Madeleine Chaffee (textiles) and Naomi Steinberg (storytelling); plus licensed beer, wine and cider service by Strange Fellows Brewing and food from Melt City, Johnny’s Pops, Camion Cafe, Scavenger Coffee & Bistrovan food trucks.
At the Art! Bike! Beer! Crawl Fundraiser, participants will bike or walk to visit 3 of 9 participating breweries for a pint or flight at each. The event will conclude with a wrap party at Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Dr, Vancouver). In addition to beer tastings at a total of 4 breweries, participants get to take in art and also have a chance to win some amazing door prizes from event partners.
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There’s always something fun happening in Port Alberni, a city that some might just breeze through on their way across Vancouver Island woefully unaware of the fun that’s around so many corners. Check out these three summer events in Port Alberni that will not only give you reason to stop, but make this your destination:
Summer Events in Port Alberni
Lightning on the Lake When: Friday July 8 to Sunday, July 10, 2022 Where: Sproat Lake Provincial Park Details: The two-day boat racing event will feature various races including events for formula one boats, which were last at the event in 2015 according to one of the event organizers.
Five Acre Shaker Summer Concert Series When: Friday, August 5 to Saturday, August 6, 2022 Where: Kinsmen Community Center, Port Alberni Fall Fair Grounds Details: Five Acre Co. presents the first ever rendition of the Five Acre Co. Concert Series, a two-night concert series that will have distinct musical genres on each night and to top it off there will be fresh food and beverages from local food trucks and on-site camping for tents and RVs or vehicles.
Alberni District Fall Fair When: Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11, 2022 Where: 4090 Hollywood St, Port Alberni Details: This annual fall fair is one of the most exciting events of the season and has been running since 1947! It features midway carnival rides, a community parade, logging demonstrations, food booths, and so many more great events.
More Fun in Port Alberni
These are just some of the major events, and there’s also pop-up performances at venues all around town. The McLean Mill National Historic Site has free Live Music at the Mill (next performance July 10th) and the Rollins Arts Centre has Tea on the Terrace every second Thursday.
Grab a slice or a pint at Twin City Brewing, pop into Flandangles for some essentials, and stay a while! Port Alberni has an easy island vibe you’ll love, with hikes, paddles and a cool local scene. Read this ZenSeekers.com story with itineraries to turn your festival outing into a full-on holiday with wrap-around experiences to amp your Island time. For more inspiration and trip planning support, check out Alberni Valley Tourism.
We’ve got farmers markets on Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday morning and afternoons but did you know there’s also a lineup of summer night markets around the region? Here are some fun places to shop and eat in the open air, after hours, while you enjoy local scenes and sights.
Outside on the Boardwalk at New West Quay and inside River Market with over 70 vendors, with food, music, and more. Voted the best Arts/Crafts/Hobbies by the New West Record in 2021. Open 6:00pm to 9:30pm, remaining dates this season are Saturday July 16, August 6, and August 20.
Parking Lot of The Waldorf Hotel, 1489 E Hastings St, Vancouver
A minimum of 2$ or canned goods, clothing, or pet food is required for the entrance fee. All donations will go directly to Canada Ukraine Foundation
These Thursday evening markets focus on local vegan food and other essential brands. Open every other Thursday, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm until September with food, artisans, live music, giveaways, and games.
Known for its incredible international outdoor food fair and market, the Richmond Night Market is now in its 22nd year! It’s open Fridays and Saturdays (until midnight) through Sundays and long weekend Mondays (until 11:00pm) from now until October 10, 2022. Taste over 500 unique food items and snack creations, shop dozens of stalls, and enjoy entertainment throughout.
The Pipe Shop in The Shipyards (125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver)
No admission fee
Shop a wide assortment of beautiful handcrafted products, from soaps to clothing, chocolates, paintings, pottery and craft spirits. Find unique gifts from over two dozen vendors and enjoy treats from food trucks like Shameless Buns, Betty’s Greek honey Ballz, Mama’s Fish and Chips, Kona- Shaved Ice, Dos Amigos, and Indish Food Truck. Weekly from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.
Surrey’s Honeybee Centre is once again hosting their annual Honeybee Festival which includes everything from beekeeping demos and food trucks, to an artisan market, activities for the whole family, and the famous Bee Beard!
Honeybee Festival in Cloverdale
When: Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17, 2022
10:00am to 4:00pm daily
Where: 7480 176 St, corner of 176th and the Fraser Hwy in Surrey
The Honeybee Centre is a commercial honey farm, country store, educational facility, CFIA registered packing facility, visitor attraction, and more. Their beekeeping operations are centred around the pollination of multiple fruit crops so they can produce a variety of sweet, specialty honeys for everyone to enjoy. They also work with blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries for local growers, and have even become the largest pollinators of blueberries in Western Canada.
You can find a list of Honeybee Festival vendors in this post and plan your day out. You can also shop the Honeybee Centre online anytime or at the store 7 days a week. Follow along on Instagram for the latest news and updates.
Spend the weekend with family, friends, and neighbours experiencing culture, music, dancing, and so much more at the Vancouver Chinatown Festival July 16-17, 2022. Now in its 20th year, this has been one of the largest multicultural events in BC each summer with past festivals attracting up to 50,000 attendees!
Vancouver Chinatown Festival 2022
When: Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17, 2022
11:00am-10:00pm Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday
Where: Keefer St at Columbia and throughout Chinatown
The festival will feature multicultural demonstrations and experiences, stage and street performances, lion dances, midway games, face painting, balloon twisting, a movie night, a Science World show and more.
New this year is an AR (augmented reality) scavenger hunt that Van Van (the festival mascot) will take you on, a giant mah jong set to play on the streets of Chinatown, and even more market vendors.
Don’t miss out on any of the fun – download the brand new Visit Chinatown app, which will serve as your festival guide and program.
One of Vancouver’s few distinct cultural historic neighbourhoods, Chinatown has a universal appeal to locals, tourists, as well as a growing number of emerging chefs, artists, and small business entrepreneurs. This destination neighbourhood was designated a National Historic Site in 2011 and its legacy lives on through its vibrant community.