About 23 artists will be taking to scaffolding to bring 30 massive works to fruition during the Vancouver Mural Festival, Monday to next Saturday (August 6 to 11). Find an interactive map to guide you to all their works here.
THRIVE Talks: (Monday [August 6], 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grande Luxe Hall [303 East 8th Avenue]) An all-female lineup of muralists from this year's fest lineup gather to tell their stories and talk about their practice (hosted by VMF and Thrive Studio).
What's Keeping You In Vancouver? (Wednesday [August 8], 6:15 to 8 p.m. at the Gold Buddha Monastery Parking Lot [243 East 11th Avenue]) An open-air dialogue about this city's affordability crisis, its identity, and what needs to happen to keep artists and others here. It's all held in front of a mural by Métis artist JP Langlois and British-born/Pakistan-raised artist Sara Khan, with stories from Michelle Nahanee, Aslam Bulbulia, and others. (hosted by the citizen-run STAY Campaign, the Vancouver Mural Festival, and SFU Public Square.)
Vancouver Mural Festival: Year Three: (Thursday [August 9] to September 22 at the Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery [108 East Broadway]) The VMF and BAF team up for a survey of painting, drawing, and collage to complement and deepen viewers' experience of the outdoor wall works. Hit the opening night reception on Thursday (August 9).
VMF 2018 Painters Prom (August 10 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Beaumont Studios [326 West 5th Avenue]) A live art and dance party like none other, featuring crafting stations and a dress-up and paint-splatter zone where you can decorate yourself for the night. Tickets here.
Mount Pleasant Street Party: (Next Saturday [August 11] afternoon, in and around Main Street) The streets and alleys around Main Street come alive with interactive art activities, music, markets, graffiti jams, a craft beer garden, and food trucks, with a projected attendance of over 125,000 people. Search out events like 4 Elements of Hip-Hop, with street-dance battles, DJing, drums and decks, and more; festival tours to give you insights on all the art being created throughout the day; and even a roller disco near East 11th Avenue.
Main Stage on Main Street: (August 11, 1 p.m. onwards, at Main Street and East 11th Avenue) A free, family-friendly outdoor concert with a Vancouver-pumped lineup that includes local stars Vancouverite Hannah Georgas, The Belle Game, Schwey, and beatboxer Shamik.
The Park Show (August 11, 6 p.m.) ticketed outdoor concert with A Tribe Called Red, with Charlotte Day Wilson.
See more info on the schedule here.