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Get Your Fill Of Free Music And Fun At Vancouver Festivals –Don’t Miss The Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Jazz Festival And More
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Music at David Lam Park

What is summer without music and sun? If you are new to festivals, bring yourself, your friends and your dogs to a season where of sunscreen, music, food and smiles.

Whatever your taste, you are sure to have a good time checking out Vancouver’s many festivals. If you go, be sure to bike, take public transit, bring sunscreen and lawn chairs. Here are a few events worth catching:

1. Vancouver Jazz festival.
This annual event offers lots of music and a variety of styles at different venues, such as downtown Vancouver, Granville Island and David Lam Park. What’s good is that if it rains, there are options to listen to the music at the Roundhouse or places like Performance Works.

Visitors can choose from ticketed to free events held from June 20 to July 1.

There are tons of food trucks available where you can select from unique German candy, fries with vegetarian gravy or Thai food.

David Lam Park is one of my favourite places to go since it offers plenty of space to stretch your legs, dance and check out one of the many cheap clothing vendors. Downtown also had similar options.
There’s still time to check this out at www.coastaljazz.ca.

2. Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
I love this festival because it is laid-back, full of cool music from around the world, has an tantalizing mix of ethnic foods, and is in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.
On previous visits to the festival, I listened to musicians singing gospel tunes while playing unusual instruments, like a washboard. It’s a festival where young families, couples, and people of all ages, and even some hippies explore and dance to the beats of folk music from around the world.
Stay all day or even for the full weekend. Some people even bring tents onsite which is a great way to take a nap between shows. Regular folkers also bring their favorite books, play frisbee and hammocks. Check it out at the www.thefestival.bc.ca. The festival is from July 18-20 at Jericho Beach Park.

3. July offers the fabulous music block party called, Khatsahlano Festival, held this year on July 12. I checked out this festival last year, and was totally impressed with the vast talents of all the musicians showing off their various styles. This year, there is more of the same, and look forward to food trucks, giveaways like samples, and new this year is a beer garden. If you have the energy, check out all of the eight stages featuring 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers. For further information, go to www.Khatsahlano.com.

4. Sunset Beach Social.
There’s still time to check out the Sunset Beach Social which offers two more dates: July 11 and August 15. Meet on the beach to listen to music, buy art, check out some neat food trucks, participate in the outdoor roller disco, or just hang out.

5. There is more free entertainment at the outdoors venue where the locals hang out and is an annual favourite: The Kitsilano Showboat. The performers are of all ages and their enthusiasm is infectious. On a recent evening, we caught a school of performers displaying their talents with tap dancing, modern dance and a little bit of gymnastics. We also watched some old-style dancing offered by the Vancouver Scandanavian dancers who dressed up in authentic period costumes. Info at www.kitsilanoshowboat.com.


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