It is all about tradition this week in Vancouver as some of our city’s longest running mid-summer festivals and events return for another year.
The Kitsilano Showboat (until Aug 16) has been entertaining Vancouverites each summer for over 75 years with a variety of musical acts, dancers and plays from its location near the Kits Beach Pool. With North Shore mountains and English Bay as its backdrop, the summer program features different entertainment every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival (Aug 1-10) gets underway with a celebration of music, performance, cinema and art along that city’s waterfront. The Festival features free outdoor concerts each night on two different stages, plus outdoor movies, art exhibitions and more.
The 2014 Vancouver Pride Parade (Aug 3) is the culmination of a week-long celebration by Vancouver’s gay community. Starting at Noon, the parade will wind its way along Robson, Denman and Beach Avenues before ending at the Sunset Beach. With crowds of 600,000+ expected to line the streets to watch the colourful parade, you’ll definitely want to get there early to find your spot. The festivities continue the Pride Festival and Market at Sunset Beach, with an afternoon of entertainment and community exhibitors, plus a beer garden and a new family-friendly zone.