Stanley Park is 125 years old this year and to celebrate, the Vancouver Park Board is hosting a weekend of festivities in Vancouver’s Crown Jewel. On Saturday August 24th and Sunday August 25th, everyone is invited to a party in the park.
Highlights of the event include free family entertainment, performing and visual arts, interactive sports, heritage experience, and First Nations cultural presentations. Earlier this week the Park Board approved more liquor licenses for summer festivals and with Stanley Park Brewery as a lead sponsor, beer gardens can be expected.
“Stanley Park is a place of remarkable significance to Vancouver’s past, present and future. It was recently ranked again as one of the world’s most stunning urban parks,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “This summer’s Celebrate! Stanley Park festivities will showcase the Park’s best ecological, cultural, and historical attributes, with a special focus on First Nations experiences and stories. I look forward to celebrating Vancouver’s first and biggest park and the special place it holds in the hearts of all Vancouver residents and visitors.” [Source: Press Release]
Stanley Park’s 125th anniversary celebration will be hosted in several sites including:
- Second Beach
A community picnic with a diverse showcase of mainstage performances by local musical talent will take place at Ceperley Meadow.
- Lumbermen’s Arch
Bring the family to Lumberman’s Arch for local children’s performances and roving entertainment. Visitors can also experience Coast Salish artisans and performances with members of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The Stanley Park Ecology Society will also be involved, hosting a BioBlitz.
- Malkin Bowl
Theatre Under the Stars will host backstage tours and ticketed performances.
- Rose Garden
There will be historical tours of the rose garden and Shakespearean sonnets and soliloquies among the blossoms.
- Lost Lagoon
There will be another stage at Lost Lagoon, roving entertainers and ecological displays at the Nature House.
- Brockton Point
All-ages sporting demos and drop-in games will take place at Brockton Sportsapalooza along with outdoor theatre in the evening presented by Boca del Lupo.
More information about entertainment and activities will be available online in the coming weeks. Follow the Vancouver Park Board on Twitter for updates as well.
Second Beach Live
Update: July 15, 2013. The line-up for the concert stage at Second Beach was announced this morning on 102.7 The Peak. Artists include:
Saturday, August 24th:
We are The City
You Say Party
Sunday, August 25th:
Kuba Oms and Velvet Revolution
The Belle Game
Check out the Stanley Park 125 website for more information and updates.