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summer activations

summer activations

summer activations

summer activations

summer activations

Public space programming in July, August, and September 2021.

Granville promenade

Enjoy Downtown’s summer promenade on two blocks of Granville Street between Smithe Street to Helmcken Street. Every weekend from July 31st to September 6th. Live music from 1-7 pm, live painting from local artists, free art activities for the public, and plenty of patios.

#GranvilleProm  dtvan.ca/granvilleprom  


Live Music

Granville Promenade  Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM every weekend from July 31 – Sept 6, between Smithe Street to Helmcken Street.

Lunch hour busking  Mondays to Fridays, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM every weekday in August & September, at Lot 19 & Cathedral Square Park

Pop-Up Concerts at Jack Poole Plaza  Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 & September 2, 3:00 PM – 5:45 PM  

Funk & Mink at Lot 19  Saturdays, September 11, 18, 25, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Trio funk band with Kristin Fung and tasty samples from Mink Chocolates


Arts & Markets

Vancouver Farmer’s Market at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square
(750 Hornby Street, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) Wednesdays, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM every week until October 6th (Website)

Art Vancouver – June 16 – September 30 (Website)
Tuesdays: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (750 Hornby Street, Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) on Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesdays & Fridays: Jack Poole Plaza & Vancouver Convention Centre Seawall, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Vintage Handmade Society (Website)
Mini Markets at Lot 19: Thursdays, August 19 & August 26, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Pop-Up Fazakas Gallery at 850 Granville (Website)
Thursday – Sundays until August 31, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Commercial art gallery featuring contemporary art by established and up-and-coming Indigenous artists. Open to the public.


Vibrancy Activations

Stay tuned for details on the winning project ideas of the Downtown Vancouver BIA’s Public Space Vibrancy Grant (to be announced in August 2021). Follow us on social media for the latest updates.


Outdoor Public Seating Areas


DVBIA Perches

Lot 19

855 West Hastings Street

A lunchtime oasis, Lot 19 features ample bistro furniture and park benches for nearby office workers and tourists to seek respite. A walkway between Hastings and Cordova street, this small parklet has views of the north shore mountains and an award-winning chocolate cafe on site. 

Cathedral Square

566 Richards Street

Seating in Cathedral Square boasts a view of a French Gothic revival church while also being situated on the Richards & Dunsmuir bike path. Nearby amenities include JJ Bean (for coffee and other refreshments) and the volunteer-run Hives for Humanity pollinator meadow and apiary.


Vibrancy Activations

Hives for Humanity Apiary and Pollinator Garden 
Creating opportunities for connection to community, nature, and bees – Hives for Humanity is a non-profit society providing flexible opportunities for people to engage in gardening and beekeeping at Cathedral Square Park. Workshops posted on instagram.com/hives4humanity

Embers Stewardship Program
Public seating at Cathedral Square Park is provided in partnership with the Embers Eastside Works summer program which creates economic and employment opportunities for people living on low incomes.


Community at Cathedral Square Park

Hives for Humanity apiary and pollinator garden 
Creating opportunities for connection to community, nature, and bees – Hives for Humanity is a non-profit society providing flexible opportunities for people to engage in gardening and beekeeping at Cathedral Square Park. Workshops posted on instagram.com/hives4humanity

Embers Stewardship Program
Public seating at Cathedral Square Park is provided in partnership with the Embers Eastside Works summer program which creates economic and employment opportunities for people living on low incomes.


Contact

Interested in activating downtown’s public spaces? Connect with our Placemaking Coordinator at clare@dtvan.ca