Your guide to kid-friendly activities at Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Dec 19 2017, 10:59 am

Looking for family friendly activities this summer? The Vancouver International Jazz Festival has some great spaces for families starting this Friday.

150 Free Concerts Over Two Weeks

Over 12 days, the Jazz Festival will attract over half a million people to a variety of indoor and outdoor stages. The most popular of those are the festival’s popular outdoor weekend concerts – free music and entertainment all day long, this weekend and the next.

Here’s Vancity Buzz’s guide to the best of kid-friendly jazz entertainment:

Downtown Jazz Weekend: June 21-22

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery & Robson Square (Downtown)

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Three stages of fun in the sun in the downtown core! Family activities include: a community fair, viewing screens, artisan markets, two licensed bistros. A Kids Zone at the old Howe Street Bistro location will provide families convenient access to food trucks, a sitting area, and all kinds of activities.

Also new this year: a gigantic screen that will provide a greater view of what’s happening on stage.

Lineup: More Information

David Lam Park Jazz Weekend: June 28-29

Location: David Lam Park & Roundhouse Community Centre (Yaletown)

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Free to the public, this favourite concert series takes over Yaletown for a weekend with music, food, and culture. The Family Zone is located in the David Lam Park, and provides an interactive arts & crafts centre and playground for families. Mill Street Park Bar, as well as many of the restaurants in Yaletown, boasts some great food choices. Or, pack your own picnic and enjoy the beats from noon until 10 p.m.

Lineup: More Information

Canada Day at Granville Island: July 1

Location: Granville Island

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An annual jazz celebration at iconic Granville Island on four stages (outdoor and indoor) at Public Market Stage, Performance Works, Railspur District Stage and Ron Basford Park Stage. The music begins at noon with two stages and goes well into the evening hours. 14 featured bands include local and Canadian jazz musicians, chanson Francophone and some funky soul music. Make sure to visit the Public Market for nibbles and those legendary donuts!

Lineup: More Information

For more information, check out the Vancouver International Jazz Festival website.


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