Welcome to the first day of summer, Vancouver!
Its time to put away the sweaters, put on the sunscreen, and enjoy everything the season has to offer, including some great festivals around the region.
Here are five we think are worth checking out:
1. Dancing on the Edge Festival (Jul 4-13)
Canada’s oldest and longest running professional contemporary dance festival returns with dance productions from Canada, Brazil and Korea. Featuring over thirty performances by more than twenty choreographers and companies, the ten-day festival will present full length and mixed bill programs, as well as site-specific works. More information at dancingontheedge.org.
2. Ensemble Theatre’s Summer Repertory Festival (Jul 10-Aug 16)
Ensemble Theatre Company is back at the Jericho Arts Centre for another summer with a trio of plays. This year the festival offers Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy, Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday, and Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts playing in repertory. More information at ensembletheatrecompany.ca.
3. Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Jul 19-21)
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park for its 42nd year featuring traditional and contemporary folk and roots music from around the world. More information at thefestival.bc.ca.
4. Vines Art Festival (Aug 7-18)
It’s time to commune with nature at the fifth edition of this multidisciplinary eco-arts festival. Featuring over 80 performing and visual and performing artists at parks throughout Vancouver this free, all-ages, festival fuses the arts with activism. More information at vinesartfestival.com.
5. Summerset Music & Arts Festival (Aug 30-Sep 1)
This is a new one! Taking place within the Fort Langley National Historic Site, this multi-day festival includes a great line-up of music including April Wine, The Trews, Paul Brandt, and others. Plus activities, art installations, and more. More information at summersetfestival.ca.