Fireworks, Kooza, Forest Symphony and Caribbean Days
From fireworks to Cirque du Soleil, this weekend in Vancouver promises to be an exciting one, with an array of fabulous choices for what to do and where to go. Soak up the summer with this list:
# 1 - CARIBBEAN DAYS FESTIVAL
WHAT: The largest Caribbean summer festival in BC featuring an amazing outdoor music festival, street parade, food fair and performers.
WHY: Tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture.
WHEN: July 24 – 25, 10 AM – 7 PM
WHERE: Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
MORE INFO: Free Admission. www.caribbeandays.ca
# 2 - CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
WHAT: The 20th anniversary of the Celebration of Light the international fireworks competition. Spain is competing with a theme of Hell and Heaven. SHOREfest concert series run all day starting at 1:30 PM at the Bathhouse Stage at English Bay. Headlining is BC fave band Spirit Of The West.
WHY: Belt out the lyrics for hit tune ‘Home For A Rest’ as the sunsets on English Bay.
WHEN: July 24, 10PM
WHERE: English Bay, Kitsilano, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach are great places to watch
MORE INFO: Free. www.celebration-of-light.com
# 3 - FOREST SYMPHONY
WHAT: An extraordinary evening of music floating through the forest by musicians and performers.
WHY: Take your sweetie for a romantic stroll through the forest for a truly unique West Coast experience.
WHEN: July 23, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE: Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Walk begins on Cleveland trail, across from parking lot on 16th Ave
MORE INFO: Free Admission. Allow 1-hour to complete the walk. www.metrovancouver.org
More awesome events happening this weekend:
ILLUMINARIES LANTERN PROCESSION
WHAT: A community celebration of fantastical performances and public expression through the arts. This year's Illuminaries promises be a new and spectacular event spreading thru W2 Storyeum's large indoor spaces, and out into Trounce Alley and around the Woodward's site.
WHY: Bring a lantern and participate in a spectacular community celebration.
WHEN: July 24, 4 - 10 PM
WHERE: W2 Storyeum, 151 West Cordova St, Vancouver
MORE INFO: Free admission. www.publicdreams.org
CAMP MOOMBA YOGATHON & BLISSFEST
WHAT: Join 2,000 people to practice 108 minutes of yoga outdoors on a beautiful summer day. Funds raised from the even will help send a child impacted by HIV/AIDS to summer camp.
WHY: Good Karma and it’s the largest yoga class in Western Canada
WHEN: July 24, gates open at 8:30 AM
WHERE: MacInnes Field, UBC
MORE INFO: Registration $30. www.campmoombayogathon.com
MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY BIKE RIDE
WHAT: Explore the Dyke Trails in Richmond by cruisy bike ride. The 15km signed ride ends on a beautiful farm in Steveston with a Mad Hatter’s tea party complete with tea, scones, live music and mechanics to show you how to take care of your bike.
WHY: Wear a costume and bring some friends for a fun day out.
WHEN: July 25, Registration opens 1:30 PM
WHERE: Meet at 8755 Ash St (at Kent), Vancouver
MORE INFO: Registration $15 - $18, www.greatrides.ca
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S KOOZA
WHAT: KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning.
WHY: An adrenaline rush of acrobatics in a zany kingdom.
WHEN: July 22 – August 22, Evening and Matinee performances, except on Monday.
WHERE: Under the Big Top at Concord Place.
MORE INFO: Tickets starting at $60 adults. www.cirquedusoleil.com