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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, July 18th, 2019 — 5:32am PDT
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Miss604 is proud to sponsor the Surrey Fusion Festival this weekend in Holland Park. It has free admission, concerts, activities, and over 50 cultural pavilions with amazing food options. Find this event and more things to do in Vancouver this weekend listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, July 19, 2019
City of Lougheed Summer Fun Series
Fridays on Front, Downtown New West
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Wonderlust Playland Nights VIP Series
Vancouver Glow Party
NamaSlay Yoga – Raising funds for Mental Health
Trivia Night at Biercraft Wesbrook
Vertigo at The Cinematheque
Opening Reception: Rita McKeough
The Starling Effect live at LanaLou’s
Mad Pride | Mad Honey
Free Classic Rock Concert for Peace
Young Adults Shabbat Dinner
Echo In The Canyon at the Rio Theatre
Bianca Del Rio “It’s Jester Joke”
Shipyards Night Market
Richmond Night Market
Kitsilano Showboat
CBC Musical Nooners
Free Dancing & Lessons in Downtown Vancouver
Bard on the Beach

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Vancouver Chinatown Festival


Friday, July 19th, 2019 — 6:25am PDT
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The 19th annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival will be held at the Keefer at Columbia Street in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown on August 10th. This family-friendly event, presented by the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society (“VCBIA”) and Coromandel Properties, is one of the largest summer multicultural events in BC, attracting over 50,000 attendees.

Post for the 19th annual Vancouver Chinatown Festival on August 10, 2019

Vancouver Chinatown Festival

Where: Keefer at Columbia in Vancouver
When: Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 11:00am to 9:00pm
Admission: FREE!

This year’s festival theme features martial arts (Kung Fu) performances. Around the event you’ll find traditional arts and crafts, Chinatown walking tours, an open-air market filled with exotic goods, multicultural stage performances, live music, outdoor movie, and games for kids of all ages. Keep an eye out for the Chinatown Mascot, Van Van, who will also be around during the day.

Other attractions include Lion Dance and Opening Ceremony, Kung Fu competitions, Climb the Wall, Mobile Aquarium, over 20 food trucks, a photo booth, Wheel of Fortune, Tamiya Mini 4WD racing, a magic performance and more.

Parking for the event will be limited and biking, walking or transit is encouraged. This year, there is a free shuttle bus to our festival and bike valet on site. The bus stop will be across from Waterfront Station on West Cordova St (600 W Cordova St, Vancouver) and the shuttle will run every 30 minutes from 10:00am to 7:00pm. 

Follow the Vancouver Chinatown Festival on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter for more information. Miss604 is proud to be a media sponsor of this event.

Vancouver Mural Festival 2019


Thursday, July 18th, 2019 — 5:40am PDT
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Create Vancouver Society with support from Canadian Heritage, the Province of British Columbia, BC Arts Council and Mount Pleasant BIA, proudly announce the 4th Annual Vancouver Mural Festival (“VMF”) from August 1-10th. Drawing crowds of 120,000+ to the streets of Mount Pleasant over 10 days, the Vancouver Mural Festival has fast become one of the city’s most popular public celebrations.

Vancouver Mural Festival

Vancouver Mural Festival

  • When: Thursday, August 1 to Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Where: Various locations, Mount Pleasant (Main Street, Jonathan Rogers Park, and more)

This year’s festival, taking place on August 1-10, features several returning favourites such as the VMF Gallery, showcasing artwork created by some of the city’s most talented artists, all available for sale; Super Snag live painting/battle; SFU Public Square; THRIVE Talks; and an expanded 2-day Flash Tattoo with 35 artists.

Exciting new additions for 2019 include the inaugural MEC x VMF Run the Murals series running tour and after-party; OBEY Pop Up Party and Shepard Fairey DJ Set; Nach`i`m: A Night of Indigenous Femme Excellence12-hour Pride Special party; Plein Air Painting in the Park with Opus; and an Open Air Movie Theatre featuring, Exit Through The Gift Shop

All this on top of 25 local and international artists painting new murals throughout the week, and daily guided mural tours to learn about the 120+ existing murals in the neighbourhood. Another notable highlight is this year’s VMF Gallery serving as the hub for many of the festival’s events. Open for the duration of the festival, the VMF Gallery is located at 14 W. 7th Avenue in the alley dubbed ‘7-½ Lane’, thanks to its location between W. 7th and W. 8th Avenue.  

Vancouver Mural Festival

As always, the festival culminates in the Vancouver Mural Festival’s main event, the highly-anticipated Mount Pleasant Street Party on Saturday, August 10th from 12:00pm to 7:00pm. Spanning over 14 blocks in and around Main and Broadway, the Street Party transforms Mount Pleasant’s streets and laneways into a dynamic living art space, with free, accessible attractions to bring the community together, including live music, 4 beer gardens, skate jam, Family Zone, 2 markets, street dance battles, DJs, and much more.

Plus, the finale of the festival marked by The Park Show at Jonathan Rogers Park in the evening (tickets $40) with acclaimed New York singer-songwriter LP, with guests electronic instrumentalists badbadnotgood, award-winning Canadian Indigenous pop-electronic artist iskwē, plus local Vancouver legend MY!GAY!HUSBAND DJ’ing throughout the show.

2019 MURAL ARTISTS

Alex Joukov Carmen Chan
COOL COMBO ONE Debra Sparrow
William Liao UNCLE O
Eva Eskelinen EXPEL
Fintan Magee Jeska Slater
Kathy Ager KC Hall
LUNAR Medianeras
Olivia Di Liberto ONEQ
Pablo Zamudio Paintillio
Pamella Pinard SatOne
Sebastian Curi Sonny Green
Syd Danger

At its core, VMF creates a platform to showcase the creativity and diversity of our city’s talented artists, while bringing communities together through the creation of accessible public art and meaningful events and conversations around socio-cultural issues facing our city and artistic communities.  For more information follow Vancouver Mural Festival on Twitter and Instagram #VanMuralFest.

A Miss604.com guest post by Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles is a college student with a passion for writing, hiking, and live music.

Monstercat Compound Block Party in Railtown


Thursday, July 18th, 2019 — 5:04am PDT
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The Monstercat Compound Block Party returns to Vancouver for the third year for a celebration of music, community, and the city the Vancouver-based record label calls home. Fans, families alike, offering something for every Vancouverite – all for free admission.

Monstercat Compound

Monstercat Compound Block Party

When: August 24th, 2019 from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Monstercat HQ 380 Railway Street
Admission: Free, RSVP here »

Two stages of music, merch, food and drinks, beer gardens, music education, live art, gaming and more! An all ages event, with something for everyone to enjoy. Compound features performances from some of electronic music’s most promising talent, including BC artists Drezo, Conro, Tails, and LA-based Grant, and Disero.

In addition to performances from Monstercat fan favourites on the Main Stage, and the best underground sounds on the Groundwerk Stage powered by MusicBC. Festivities will also include live art with local artists putting their own spin on the Monstercat mascot, exciting video games with a musical twist on them, and music education. There will also be carnival activities, merch, along with food & drinks. All of this taking place in the dynamic Railtown neighbourhood, wrapping down Railway and Dunlevy streets.

Compound also offers festival-goers the unique opportunity to put together some beats of their own. Attendees can stop by the Nimbus School of Recording’s Mobile Sound Studio or play around with some of the best software on the market from Abelton, and test out the some hardware from our friends at Pioneer DJ and Roland.

If guest are more interested in playing “old-school” instruments, they can play some tunes at the Tom Lee Instrument Petting Zoo.

For more information visit the Compound website or follow them on Twitter and Instagram

A Miss604.com guest post by Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles

Alexis Miles is a college student with a passion for writing, hiking, and live music.

Yoga and Wine on the Farm in Richmond


Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 — 7:59am PDT
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Guest post contributed and written by Jen Murtagh.

Yoga and Wine on the Farm in Richmond

You may not know that Richmond, BC is home to a winery! Country Vines is a family owned and operated Winery Farm with over 60 years of farming experience. If you have ever taken your kids to the pumpkin patch on Steveston Highway at Richmond Country Farms, you were a stone’s throw away from their winery which opened its doors in 2016. 

Wine and Yoga in Richmond Jen Murtagh

This hidden gem in Richmond boasts an idyllic outdoor patio with cozy fire tables and delicious wood-fired pizzas. 

On July 22 and 29 you can participate in an evening of Yoga and Wine from 6:00pm onward at the Farm. Unwind surrounded by farm and vines after a long day and enjoy 60 minutes of yoga and a glass of wine with some sumptuous snacks after class.

Wine and Yoga in Richmond Jen Murtagh

Tickets for Yoga and Wine are $30 and can be purchased online in advance.

Also, be sure to check out Country Vines’ Rose and Roses event – an evening of wine and floral design on Wednesday, July 24th. The evening will consist of a tutored tasting of 3 Rosé Wines and a hands-on Floral Centerpiece Design Workshop led by Jacquie from Il Fioraio Florist.

A Miss604.com guest post by Jen Murtagh

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Guest posts by Jen Murtagh, Chief Strategy Officer at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation. Founder NetworkinginVan. People philanthropist. Loud laugher. U2 Superfan. Dominator of boggle. Follow Jen on Twitter @JenU2.

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Highlights of Coquitlam’s Free Kaleidoscope Arts Festival


Monday, July 15th, 2019 — 1:31pm PDT
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Coquitlam’s 4th annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival welcomes indie artists Current SwellRoyal Canoe and Terra Lightfoot to Town Centre Park on August 10th. Shop local artisans, stroll the site with a craft beer in hand, enjoy live performances and more in this beautiful lakeside setting.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival 2019

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in Coquitlam

Where: Town Centre Park next to Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station
When: Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 2:00pm to 9:00pm
Tickets: FREE! All ages. RSVP on Facebook.

5 Highlights You Can’t Miss

1) A Paintillio paint-by-numbers public art piece that everyone can work on.

2) What’s better than a free festival? A fully licensed festival venue where you can wander freely with a craft beer or spirit, served up by Mariner Brewing and Provincial Spirits!

Kaleidoscope Arts Coquitlam

3) Make sure you come hungry and enjoy a meal or snack from food trucks like Cannoli King, Taste of Malaysia, Reel Mac and Cheese, Sweet Mind Candy, Taters – The Baked Potato, Rocky Point Ice Cream, The Crazy Italian, Fusion Icy, and El Cartel.

4) Shop the Artisan Market with Pottery Works, Virukka Gifts (Virukka Jewelry), Mysgreen, Tea Lani, Solasta Chocolate Inc., Elephantastic Arts & Design, Nasty Free Naturals, Adele Maskwa Iskwew, Green Coast Coffee, The Dolly Shop, Mom’s Care Natural Handmade Soap, McCormick Makes, Artisans Workbench, Linda Designs, Shannon Marie ceramics, Reclaimed Print Co., Explore and Share.

Kaleidoscope Headliners, Current Swell
Kaleidoscope Headliners, Current Swell

5) Last but not least, the performances! Live on stage you can listen to the musical stylings of Current Swell, Terra Lightfoot, Royal Canoe, Disco Funeral, Sandeep Johal (visual artist), Richard Tetrault (visual artist), Blink Acro (dance), Hip Hop Hoop (dance), Gamelin Bike Bike (musicians), and DJ Emilita.

Check out visitcoquitlam.ca for more event info this summer and follow the Tag #ExploreCoquitlamMiss604 is proud to be the exclusive Social Media Partner of the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.