#FridayFive: a summer of festivals

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.

Juan Villegas is one the many dancers feature at this year's Dancing on the Edge Festival. Photo by Erik Zennstrom.
Juan Villegas is one the many dancers feature at this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival. Photo by Erik Zennstrom.

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.

Tracey Letts' Superior Donuts is one of a trio of plays at ETC's 7th annual Summer Repertory Festival.
Tracey Letts’ Superior Donuts is one of a trio of plays at ETC’s 7th annual Summer Repertory Festival.

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.

Grammy-nominated soul group from North Carolina, The Hamiltones, returns to this year's Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
Grammy-nominated soul group from North Carolina, The Hamiltones, returns to this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

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.

The Vines Art Festival is a community-driven event featuring grass roots land protectors, visual and performing artists, eco-conscious community leaders, folk artists, storytellers, and more.
The Vines Art Festival is a community-driven event featuring grass roots land protectors, visual and performing artists, eco-conscious community leaders, folk artists, storytellers, and more.

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.

Canadian country music star Paul Brandt is one of the headliners at the inaugural Summerset Music & Arts Festival. Photo by Tanner Wendell Stuart.
Canadian country music star Paul Brandt is one of the headliners at the inaugural Summerset Music & Arts Festival. Photo by Tanner Wendell Stuart.