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South Asian Family Festival Vancouver

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Vancouver’s first-annual South Asian Family Festival (SAF Festival) has announced an all-star lineup for the day-long event on June 18, 2023. The festival will feature a remarkable array of artists, musicians, and performers who will come together to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of South Asia.

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South Asian Family Festival 2023

  • When: Sunday June 18, 2023 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Where: PNE Fairgrounds
  • Admission: Tickets available for purchase online

The South Asian Family Festival will host a myriad of events, as international musicians and artists take the stage, providing ongoing entertainment for the crowds. Award-wining actor, singer, film director and producer Gippy Grewal will headline the festival. Other featured artists to lookout for include:

Maninder ButtarGur Sidhu
Happy RaikotiBarbie Mann
Gagan KokriSuk-E
Avvy SraSonam Bajwa and more to be announced…

Additionally, with a ticket purchase, attendees can enjoy access to over 25 Playland rides, ensuring non-stop fun and excitement for all.

Guests can shop the marketplace with vendors from both Canada and India, enjoy a fashion show featuring top Indian and Bollywood designers, browse the car and truck Show and Shine, and explore many other features and attractions.

No festival is complete without food. If your find yourself hungry, explore one of the various street food locations throughout the fairgrounds to satisfy your hunger with a wide array of choices.

For more information on lineup announcements and more about the SAF Festival, check out the website and follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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meowfest Vancouver Summer 2023

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meowfest, a celebration of cats, returns to Vancouver August 2023 with a full day of all things cats including, food, workshops, adoptable kitty’s and more. Cat-lovers won’t want to miss this festival.

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meowfest Vancouver 2023

  • When: August 19, 2023
  • Where: Rocky Mountaineer Station, 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
  • Admission: Tickets available for purchase online

meowfest features a myriad of meow Social events. If you have questions you’re dying to ask a cat owner, find your way to the Feline Librawry for advice and expertise from those with unique experiences, and enjoy insightful and educational interactive presentations on the speaker stage.

See the lineup of celebrity cats in Vancouver here!

Meet local famous cats featuring up close and purrsonal meet and greets with famous cat friends who make us laugh and bring us pawsitivity. You’ll get the chance to meet their humans, take pictures and maybe even give them a pawsome high five.

Take photos with larger-than-life-sized cat cut outs with the human size cat tree, connect with other cat lovers in the community by playing our event scavenger game, get a temporary cat tattoo, help paint a kitten mural, participate in a speed dating session by and more.

Spoil your fur babies and yourself by shopping at the marketplace with over 40 vendors, and enjoy food offerings including alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, vegan options, and some surprise snacks.

Stay up to date with all things cats by visiting the meowfest website or Facebook.

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Quick Getaway to Harrison Hot Springs Resort

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Disclosure: Review — Media stay courtesy of Harrison Hot Springs Resort. Views are those of the author. Please review the Policy & Disclosure section for further information.

I took a photo from our balcony at Harrison Hot Springs Resort during our late spring, early summer stay. A light wind made for whitecaps on the water and dancing clouds around the mountains in the distance. It was a classic coastal BC scene, set in the middle of the Fraser Valley, the best of both worlds.

About 90 minutes from home in Downtown Vancouver, my vacation mode was fully engaged when we got to Harrison Hot Springs Resort for a brief mid-week stay. All of my ideal vacations have either forest, mountains, water, amenities, and good eats – and Harrison has all of the above.

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We took an evening stroll along the lake followed by dinner, then it was time to robe-up and get down to the legendary hot springs pools. At this time in the season, it wasn’t very busy at all so our little group has plenty of room and time to soak, float, and chat while watching the sunset turn the sky orange above the trees.

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We didn’t get to the spa on this trip but the resort has a variety of seasonal spa packages and more to compliment your stay.

Where to Dine

The Copper Room is open again from Wednesday to Saturday evenings with live music and dancing.

I’ve stayed at here before but this was the first time I’ve had the breakfast buffet in the morning at the resort’s Lakeside Cafe. For $25, compared to $40+ hotel buffets downtown, it was a really good value. Everything from sautéed vegetables, potatoes, and scrambled eggs to strawberries and whipped cream piled high on icing sugar-dusted waffles. Endless coffee, tea, and juice. Pastries, yogurt, berries, oatmeal and cereal, pretty much everything you’d want at breakfast served with a lakeside view.

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Niece at the lake / Mom enjoying her breakfast buffet

After another stroll around the lagoon, and an obligatory stop at Rocky Mountain Chocolates (mom needed her Bigfoot chocolate), we set out to do some shopping at local farms before heading back to the city feeling quite refreshed.

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Circle Farm Tour Stops

  • Farmhouse Natural Cheeses (5634, McCallum Road, Agassiz)
  • Earthwise Society Farm (6031 Golf Road, Agassiz)
  • Harrison Lavender (3777 Wildwood Drive, Agassiz)
  • Kilby Historic Site (215 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills)
  • Wells Farm Market (2147 Wells Road, Agassiz)
  • and more options here

Getting Around

Whether you want to get out on the water, or head around the valley to do some farmgate shopping, there are some options right by the resort: Rent a kayak or bumper boat Harrison Watersports, or on land rent a kayak or eBike with Harrison Eco Tours.

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#iLoveHarrison Selfie Contest

Enter the #iLoveHarrison selfie contest between now and June 19th for a chance to win a 2-night stay at the resort. Take a photo at or near the resort, share it to your social media with the tag and you’ll be entered to win!

Follow the resort on Facebook for the latest news and updates from Harrison.

Free Outdoor Movies in Downtown Vancouver

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Downtown Vancouver’s free outdoor movie nights will return to šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) this July and August with a sizzling lineup of fan favourites, appropriate for all audiences.

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Free Outdoor Movies in Downtown Vancouver

  • When:  Every Thursday from July 6 to August 17, 2023
    • Activations start at 5:00pm each night, with the film screenings starting at sundown
  • Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)
  • Admission: Free!

“After last summer’s successful return post-pandemic, we’re thrilled to be bringing Summer Movie Nights back again this year,” says Jane Talbot, President & CEO of Downtown Van. “For the team at Downtown Van, Summer Movie Nights marks the beginning of an exciting and vibrant summer season, and we know that many in our community feel the same,” she says. “Last year’s series brought so much life to the downtown core, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of movie lovers to the plaza again every Thursday night.”

Each evening arrive early to enjoy face painting, stilt walkers, go-go dancers, mini-golf, live music, and more. Food trucks will be on-site weekly, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating.

Film Schedule – Every Thursday

  • July 6, 2023 – Twilight
  • July 13, 2023 – Bend it Like Beckham
  • July 20, 2023 – Legally Blonde
  • July 27, 2023 – The Lego Movie
  • August 3, 2023 – (PRIDE) Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • August 10, 2023 – Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
  • August 17, 2023 – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Follow the Summer Movies Nights Instagram account for updates.

Find more free outdoor movie night listings here in the future.

Vancouver Foodie Friday – Summer Preview

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In search of the perfect outdoor cocktail spot? Want to freshen up your “must try” restaurant list? Look no further! We have curated a list of our current culinary favourites, including a few historical finds, into one convenient spot for this month’s Vancouver Foodie Friday feature. For June we are focusing on long-awaited summer delights:

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Vancouver Foodie Friday – Summer Preview

Gastronomic Gastown Tour by Vancouver Foodie Tours

  • Where: Gastown, Vancouver
  • Details: The Gastronomic Gastown Tour runs from Thursdays through Mondays, and is open year-round, from 4:00-7:00pm. Pricing for tours begin at $139 per guest, with an option to include wine or cocktail pairings for an additional $30 fee. Establishments participating in the tour include Monarca Cocina Mexicana, Kozak, Jules and Gastronomy Gastown. Guests will have the opportunity to learn the history and inspiring stories of those who are thriving in the community and a newfound appreciation for Vancouver’s iconic neighbourhood. The tour has received the Canadian Signature Experience designation by Destination Canada. A perfect group option!

    Find more information on the Gastronomic Gastown Tours here.
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