The big day is almost here, folks — only one more sleep until Vancouver Mural Festival’s Street Party!
In case you haven’t heard about the VMF’s street party, here’s the deal — this party, spanning 14 blocks across Main Street and Mount Pleasant, is going to be epic. With live music, art installations, community vendors, and even a pop-up roller rink, the VMF street party is going to have everything and anything you’d want to get out of a summer block soirée.
But, listen, we get it — there’s a lot going on at this thing, and we know it’s tough to figure out your top priorities for the day.
So we took the liberty of deciding that for you.
Here are the top 10 activities we strongly recommend. We aren’t forcing you to do these or anything, but if you don’t do every single thing on this list, then you probably shouldn’t even go.
We’re kidding. Kind of.
Now that we’re done taking you on an emotional rollercoaster, here’s a breakdown of our top ten activities:
What: This is a free daytime jam for all ages. Come honour the four elements of Hip Hop — Breakdancing, DJ’ing, MC’ing, Graffiti.
Where: 5th Ave parking lot, west of Main
What: Get groovy at this DJ dance party from 12-9pm. Public Disco supports queer identity, self-expression, and provides an inclusive opportunity for people to enjoy live music and dance.
Where: 7-½ Lane at Manitoba St
What: Fun activities for the whole family, featuring a World Vision Watoto Lounge, Opus screenprinting and acrylic pouring workshops, Wesgroup Creative Corner, Cardboard City, and face painting.
Where: Main Street between Broadway and 7th
Where: Main and 12th licensed zone
What: The Vancouver Craft Beer Week beer garden is one of four beer gardens at the festival. It’ll be serving beers from over 25+ craft breweries, so if you’re a beer connoisseur, this one is a must-do.
Where: Main Alley
Bondi Beach party
What: VMF is bringing the beach to Mount Pleasant — except it’s even better than the real beach because it’ll have a licensed area for drinking. For all you competitive people out there, they’ll also be hosting a Spike Ball tournament. It’s also free, which is a lot cheaper than buying a plane ticket to the real Bondi Beach.
Where: 123 E.6th parking lot
What: This gallery features 90+ original works from VMF alumni and other local talents. Art is available for purchase — so if you’re in the market for a new painting, or need to spruce up your living room, make sure to stop by.
Where: 14 W.7th in 7-½ Lane
What: It’s day two of VMF flash tattoo pop-up, where dozens of tattoo artists post up to permanently ink hundreds of people, really really quickly. Prices vary by artist.
Where: 65 E.6th Ave
What: Produced by Live Nation and Blueprint Live, this all ages community concert will feature performances by New York singer-songwriter LP, electronic instrumentalists badbadnotgood, Canadian Indigenous artist iskwē and local Vancouver legend MY!GAY!HUSBAND, who will be DJ’ing throughout the show.
Where: Jonathan Rogers Park, main entrance located at Manitoba Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue
What: These guided tours last about an hour, and will highlight some of the newest and past murals in the neighbourhood.
Where: Meeting point at VMF Gallery 14 W.7th Ave
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