Here is the full event lineup for the 2019 Vancouver Mural Festival

Jul 12 2019, 12:15 pm

Vancouver’s biggest public art festival, the Vancouver Mural Fest, is back for its fourth year with an exciting 10-day schedule of events celebrating dozens of the city’s most talented artists.

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The annual event, which is happening between August 1 to 10, is a platform to showcase the diversity and creativity of local artists while also bringing communities together through accessible public art and interaction about the socio-cultural issues facing the city.


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The VMF will take place at the 14 West 7 Avenue, in the alley dubbed  ‘7-½ Lane’, because of its location between West 7th and West 8th Avenue.  

The VMF festival will culminate into its most highly anticipate event, the Mount Pleasant Street Party on Saturday, August 10 from 12 to 7 pm.


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The part spans over 14 blocks in and around Main Street and Broadway, and will see Mount Pleasant’s streets and laneways transformed into dynamic living art spaces with free attractions to bring the community together, including live music, four beer gardens, skate jam, Family Zone, two markets, street dance battles, DJs, and much more.

Here’s a full list of the VMF’s 10 day schedule:

VMF 2019 Gallery 

Vancouver Mural Festival celebrates its fourth year with an art exhibition featuring 90+ original works from VMF alumni and other powerful talents from the Lower Mainland.

The collection of artists represent not only the legacy of VMF since its inception but also those who share the same artistic and cultural values. The spectrum of artists is, as always, culturally and stylistically diverse.

VMF proudly celebrates diversification, giving those marginalized a platform, a canvas, a place to be seen.

This ideology is at the centre of our ethos, and Year 4 will be an extension of this – a podium for equal representation and celebration of art. Each original piece of art will be 12”x12” and available for purchase. 

Date: Thursday, August 1 

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Location: VMF Gallery – 14 West 7th Avenue (entrance in 7-½ Lane)

Cost: Free

MEC x VMF Run The Murals and Afterparty 

Details: Art + Running + Party? MEC and VMF team up for a creatively-inspiring, sweat-inducing Friday night. Grab your running buddies, kids, and friends, and sign up for the inaugural MEC x VMF Run the Murals night!

The curated runs feature 2km and 5km routes highlighting some of Mount Pleasant’s best public art… followed by an After Party with food and drinks at the VMF Gallery.

This first run of the series is in collaboration with Fraser Street Run Club. Get set for what may be your most colourful (art-filled) run ever! Everyone is welcome. Space is limited. Registration now open at

Date: Friday, August 2 

Time: 7pm – 11pm 

Location: VMF Gallery – 14 West 7th Avenue (entrance in 7-½ Lane)

Cost: Free

Sofar Vancouver x VMF Pop-Up Show

Sofar Vancouver, renowned for reimagining live music around the city, has teamed up with Vancouver Mural Festival for a special pop-up concert, featuring 3 secret stripped-back performances. Space is limited!

Date: Saturday, August 3

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm

Location: VMF Gallery – 14 West 7th Avenue (entrance in 7-½ Lane)

Cost: Free (Guests are asked to bring their own blankets for floor seating)

Pride Special

12-hour indoor/outdoor Pride party in Mount Pleasant by your friends at Public Disco, Bye Felicia & Club NA in partnership with Vancouver Mural Festival. The 12-hour event starts with an all-ages patio party in 7-1/2 Lane, including afternoon drag by Bye Felicia, then shifts inside for an evening of 19+ dancing in a neighbouring warehouse space by Club NA. 

Date: Sunday, August 4

Time: 2pm – 2am 

Location: 7-½ Lane

Cost: Free before 5pm, $10 from 5-8pm, $20 after 8pm


THRIVE Talks is a speaker series inviting female—including those who are cis, trans, gender non-binary, gender-fluid and femme-identified—artists to share their journeys, their work, and why they do what they do.

In this VMF edition of THRIVE Talks, hear from some of the contemporary female artists who are involved in the Vancouver Mural Festival about why they do what they do and the stories behind their work. Speakers to be announced. Be inspired, share a laugh and enjoy a fun evening with other creative and curious souls. All genders and people are welcome to attend the event.

Date: Monday, August 5

Time: 7pm – 8:30pm 

Location: VMF Gallery – 14 West 7th Avenue (entrance in 7-½ Lane)

Cost: $5

Super Snag x VMF 

Snag celebrates Vancouver’s emerging art scene, placing 1000+ artworks in homes since 2012. The 4th annual Snag x VMF event offers the public an opportunity to experience a live mural battle, plus 10 artists painting live with an opportunity to affordably own/win original art. 

Date: Tuesday, August 6

Time: 8pm – Midnight

Location: The American, 926 Main St

Cost: FREE 

SFU Public Square | Time Travellers’ Culture Jam 

In this special SFU Public Square x VMF event, visitors from Vancouver’s future arts and culture scene will travel back through time to share their stories.

Together, with the help of the Vancouver Design Nerds, we will discuss, debate and creatively imagine the future of arts and culture in Vancouver, uninhibited by what is and empowered by what could be.

Date: Wednesday, August 7

Time: 5:45pm – 8pm

Location: SFU Public Square – 248 E 11th Ave (Parking Lot, Main St. & 11th Ave) 

Cost: FREE

OBEY Pop Up Launch Party + Shepard Fairey DJ Set 

Shepard Fairey – American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY Clothing – celebrates the 30th anniversary of OBEY with the launch of exclusive merchandise, available locally only at El Kartel. Following the pop-up, Shepard Fairey will be playing an extremely special DJ set at Fortune Sound Club with a performance by SO LOKI and additional DJ sets by DJ Marvel and Raiden Louie. 

Date: Wednesday, August 7

Time/Location: Pop Up Launch Party: 6pm-8pm at El Kartel – 104 E. Pender Street; 

Shepard Fairey DJ Set, 10:30pm at Fortune Sound Club – 147 E. Pender Street 

Cost: FREE 

BAF Exhibition Opening: Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent

Burrard Arts Foundation presents the opening reception for Shepard Fairey’s OBEY 30th anniversary Vancouver exhibition.

Date: Thursday, August 8

Time: 7 pm-11 pm

Location: BAF Gallery, 258 East 1st Avenue

Cost: FREE 

Paint in the Park with Opus

Spend an evening making art and painting in the park with artists and creatives in Vancouver at this fun-for-all-ages outdoor painting challenge! Work in acrylics or oils, watercolour or pencil, collage or assemblage, or all of the above! Bring your own art supplies and we’ll supply a canvas panel for you to work on. All participants who exhibit their finished piece at this event will be entered to win 1 of 20 prizes!

Date: Thursday, August 8

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm 

Location: Jonathan Rogers Park – 110 W. 7th Avenue

Cost: FREE 

VMF Flash Tattoo 

27 artists over 2 days = lightning speed permanent ink masterpieces on hundreds of people! 

This year’s 2 days tattoo artist line-up features: Sage Nowak, Savannah Scott, Chelsea Chernobyl, Cate Webb, April, Pifa, Serein, Daniel Giantomaso, Cole Bazin, Alison Woodward, Mandy Tsung, Vanessa, Isaac, Ariane, Sally, Russell Alton, Bubzee, James Lauder, Sylvie Le Sylvie, Liam, Michelle Cratt, Nikki Martin, Sydney, Glenn Thorn, Moody Rose, Layla, and Teagan Campbell. Curated by Zox Svetorovich.

Date: Friday, August 9 & 10th

Time: 12 pm – 8 pm 

Location: 65 East 6th Avenue

Cost: Price varies by artist  

VMF Open Air Movie Theatre

Enjoy a free, evening movie in the park under the stars, featuring Academy-nominated film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, by notorious British street artist, Banksy. All-ages, licensed event. 

Date: Friday, August 9

Time: 9 pm / Sunset

Location: TBC

Cost: Free 

Charlie Edmiston ‘Gestalt’ Exhibition Opening Reception

LA-based artist, Charlie Edmiston debuts his latest collection, Gestalt, at South Main Gallery. Starting his career as a graffiti artist, Charlie’s art includes a range of media including colourful hard-edge paintings, large scale murals and bold design graphics. He will be adding a new mural to 7-½ Lane for this year’s Vancouver Mural Festival.

Date: Friday, August 9

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Location: South Main Gallery, 279 East 6th Avenue 

Cost: Free 

Vancouver Mural Festival Mount Pleasant Street Party 

Explore Mount Pleasant’s streets and alleyways for a full day of free, family-friendly activities celebrating public art, culture and community. Highlights include: 3 Live Music stages (presented by AIR MILES® Stage Pass), 4 (family-friendly) Beer Gardens with over 25 breweries, Treasures & Travels Market, Family Art Zone, Live and Interactive Art, Skate Jam, 4 Elements of Hip-Hop Jam, Holden Courage Memorial Graffiti Jam, Community Painting, lots of Food Trucks, Public Disco Dance Party and more.

Date: Saturday, August 10

Time: 12 – 7 pm 

Location: 14+ blocks surrounding Main & Broadway

Cost: Free 

The Park Show

Celebrate the Vancouver Music Festival finale with an all-ages outdoor concert in the park featuring acclaimed New York singer-songwriter LP, with guests electronic instrumentalists badbadnotgood, award-winning Canadian Indigenous pop-electronic artist iskwē, plus local Vancouver legend MY!GAY!HUSBAND DJ’ing throughout the show.

Date: Saturday, August 10

Time: Gates open at 4 pm 

Location: Jonathan Rogers Park, 

Cost: Tickets $40; Free for kids 12 & under


Daily Hive is a proud media partner of Vancouver Mural Festival 


Editor’s note: Since publishing this article, the program  “A Night of Indigenous Femme Excellence” has been cancelled.

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