Vancouver's Powell Street Festival 2017 starts August 5

Jul 10 2017, 8:25 pm

Vancouver’s vibrant Japanese community will be front and centre at the Powell Street Festival this August.

The festival will celebrate Japanese culture, arts, and heritage at both indoor and outdoor venues along Powell Street.

Running since 1977, this August will mark 41 years of the Powell Street Festival taking place in Vancouver.

The two day event will include martial arts demonstrations, an amateur sumo tournament, children’s activities, walking tours of the historic neighbourhood, Japanese food, and more.

Katari Taiko at the Powell Street Festival (Jeanie Ow)

Katari Taiko at the Powell Street Festival (Jeanie Ow)

The event is free for all to attend, runs from Saturday, August 5 to Sunday, August 6, and begins at 11:30 am.

Past festivals have brought in 16,000 people over the two days to experience the new works and artists that are showcased each year.

An aikido demonstration at Powell Street Festival (Studio by Jeanie)

An aikido demonstration at Powell Street Festival (Studio by Jeanie)

Powell Street Festival 2017

Where: Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell St), Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova St), Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander St), Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Ave)

When: Saturday, August 5 to Sunday, August 6

Time: 11:30 am to 7 pm