Canada's largest Japanese festival is coming to downtown Vancouver this weekend

Aug 3 2018, 8:19 pm

The 42nd Powell Street Festival returns to downtown Vancouver this weekend.

The annual festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and an eclectic celebration of Japanese arts, culture, and heritage.

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The celebration will take place on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 and be spread out between Oppenheimer Park, Firehall Arts Centre, the Japanese Language School, the Vancouver Buddhist Temple, and Centre A.

Powell Street Festival

Japanese drumming and dancing

Visitors to the festival can enjoy live music, sumo wrestling, martial arts demos, anime, Bonsai demos, Taiko drumming, craft vendors, and delicious Japanese food.

Powell Street Festival

Japanese drums

There will be 24 food vendors selling delicacies such as ramen, Japnese Chocolate, takoyaki, and Osaka balls, just to name a few of the tasty eats.

Powell Street Festival


Here are just a few of the bites that you’ll be able to find at this weekend’s festival:

Benkei Ramen

  • Tokyo Shoyu ramen
  • Negishio ramen
  • Kokumiso Tonkotsu ramen
  • Spicy Miso ramen
  • Shirunashi Tantanmen
  • CC lemon
  • Oolong tea

Damien’s Belgian Waffle

  • Japanese themed waffles and mini waffles
  • Meringue
  • Madeleine
  • Cookie
  • Pearl

Ichiyo’s Matcha Bar

  • Usucha
  • Matcha Latte
  • Hojicha Latte
  • Iced Matcha
  • Iced Hojicha
  • Matcha Frappe
  • Hojicha Frappe
  • Matcha Affogato
Powell Street Festival

Traditional Japanese cuisine


  • Kurobata Terimayo hotdog
  • Okonomi hotdog
  • Oroshi hotdog
  • Gomamiso hotdog
  • French fries with toppings
  • Ramune
  • Regular fries
Powell Street Festival

Japanese Crepes

Japanese Crepe Sasuke

  • Strawberry crepes
  • Banana crepes
  • Japanese luxury crepes
  • Apple cinnamon crepes
  • Ice cream

Teriyaki Boys

  • Chicken teriyaki don
  • Beef teriyaki don
  • Tofu teriyaki don
  • Ikayaki
  • Garlic shrimp

Powell Street Festival

The Powell Street Festival runs from 11:30 am to 7 pm; entry is free of charge.

Powell Street Festival 2018

Where: Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street, Vancouver) and the surrounding streets

Time: 11:30 to 7 pm daily

When: Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5, 2018

Price: Free entry

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