Check out this year’s Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver

The 10-day affair in West Vancouver features free concerts, movie nights in the park, fun activities for kids, daily markets and Indigenous performers

If you love summer, West Vancouver invites you to celebrate it this year at the Harmony Arts Festival.

31st The annual launch of the event begins next Friday, July 29, with 10 days of events showcasing arts and culture.

An array of programs includes over 50 free live musical performances, art markets, outdoor dining experiences, art demonstrations and exhibits, and movie nights in the park. There are also fun activities and interactive art experiences for children.

Free live concerts every day and every night of the festival. The PARC Retirement Living West Stage and the RE/MAX Garden Stage at Millennium Park offer daily concerts, including dinner concerts at 5:30 p.m. and evening headline concerts at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Among the long line-up of performers, watch for highlights Eagles Eyes: Tribute to The Eagles on Wednesday, August 3 at 8:30 p.m. and local legends Chilliwack on Friday, August 5 in the same evening time slot.

For movie buffs, Cinema in the Park offers free movie screenings every night at 9 p.m. at John Lawson Park. Famous films include an Oscar-winning documentary soul summerold movies like Sing in the rain and family favorites like Canto.

The midweek art market returns to the festival this year. The Bespoke Night Market takes place Tuesday, August 2 through Thursday, August 4, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The festival’s unique craft market, the Fresh St. Market, will liven up Argyle Avenue on both weekends (August 1 and 5-7) with artists selling wares like ceramics, glass, jewelry, leather, painting, photography, textiles and wood crafts.

New to the festival this year, a visual arts center will fill John Lawson Park with daily events, screenings and hands-on activities every day of the festival.

At the ArtSpeaks Show Tent, a range of workshops, demonstrations and artist talks. The organizers of the tent workshop also exhibit their work during a showcase exhibition. There’s also the Harmony Group Show, a juried gallery showcasing the works of 80 local artists in a variety of media.

For the Love of Art presents works of art by young people in an outdoor exhibition. Artsy Kids is a program for kids to get creative with a variety of media presented in fun workshops.

All Harmony Arts Festival nights offer plenty of opportunities to indulge in refreshing drinks and delicious dining options, from charming pop-up restaurants in a park at the Park Royal Beachside Patio in Millennium Park, to food trucks serving up flavors from around the world. entire. .

For a more upscale experience, there’s Best of the West. The “quick-sell” food and wine pairing event takes place on Wednesday, August 3 at a new location, the Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria Plaza, a glass-covered gallery with a direct walking route from Marine Drive to Bellevue Avenue, with unobstructed view of the seafront.

The festival’s favorite culinary event features the most delicious dishes and the most delicious pairings from local restaurants and wineries. Tickets for Best of the West are $109 ($105 + fees), available for sale online now at the Harmony Arts Festival website.

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