With the warm weather comes the arrival of festival season and no matter what you have on your summer playlist, there's a festival or concert series for you. So get that cooler stocked with beer (and maybe food), pack your Tilley hat and grab some friends, because these festivals aren't going to attend themselves.
Groundwerk Vancouver’s Public Disco has collated their summer offerings with their brand-new Laneway Disco & Cabaret series. Running from 2-10 p.m., the street party will take place in three laneway locations across the city, in Alley Oop and two locations in Mount Pleasant. The Laneway Disco and Cabaret events promise a host of talented local DJs, dancers, art and a bar to get your drink on. It’s hard to miss Alley Oop between Pender and Hastings St., next to Waterfront Station - the alley has been doused in pink and yellow paint with eye-catching murals and decor. The event is all ages, so even if you aren’t legal to drink just yet, you can still enjoy the party!
July 5 - 6
Although it’s located a little further out of town, Surrey’s notorious FVDED in the Park hosts an exciting lineup for a local mid-sized festival. The festival focuses mainly on rap and EDM artists, such as Khalid, Tory Lanez, French Montana, RL Grime, Joyride and Yultron. With names like these dotting the lineup, one would expect this year’s FVDED to live up to its reputation as a crazy weekend.
Running so close to campus, there’s no excuse not to go and enjoy the annual Khatsahlano Street Party, which takes place on West 4th Avenue in Kits. The street fair, which runs the ten blocks between McDonald and Burrard St., will feature beer gardens, food stalls and over 50 musicians, with Vancouver local rarities Old Man Canyon, Motel Mira, Harlequin Gold and Hey Ocean! making an appearance, amongst many others. And better yet, the event is absolutely free, so there’s no excuse not to hop on the 4 to go and scope the action.
July 26 - 28
Acting as an antidote to the Pemberton-shaped hole in our hearts, Squamish Constellation features an all-star indie lineup of acts such as Bahamas, Dear Rouge, Half Moon Run, Peach Pit, and A Tribe Called Red. The festival fills the shoes of the Squamish Valley Music Festival which folded alongside Pembyfest in 2016. This unique little festival looks like one to watch!