The 2018 Vancouver International Bird Festival (VIBF) kicks off this weekend.
The first-time festival partners with the International Ornithological Congress (a collection of the world’s foremost avian researchers and conservationists) and Artists for Conservation to celebrate the expansive, eye-catching world of birds.
The celebration is open to the public with bird tours, expos, all-ages activities, and art exhibitions running through the course of the week.
The opening ceremony takes place on Monday, August 20, showcasing a number of stunning visual and audio performances, including:
- Over 100 children on stilts dressed as birds parading down the seawall
- The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra playing a specially-made song
- Mayor Gregor Robertson kicking off the festivities
Other noteworthy events include Hipster Birding, a walking tour around Lost Lagoon centred around a guided bird watch and a mini scavenger hunt.
Night Owls will be taking place at Stanley Park and give visitors a chance at an evening of camping and owl spotting.
Festival events will take place at both the Vancouver Convention Centre as well as a handful of other parks across Metro Vancouver.
The majority of events are free and open to the public. Information, dates, and times can be found on the website.
The 2018 festival runs from Sunday, August 19 to Sunday, August 26, 2018.
Where: The Vancouver Convention Centre and multiple parks across the Lower Mainland
When: Sunday, August 19 to Sunday, August 26, 2018.
Time: All day long
Admission: Free of charge