Today's Point Grey Village Fall Festival features soulful Lesismore and lots of free fun for kids

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      Are you wondering how to spend the first Saturday after the start of the school year?

      One option is to head to the corner of Sasamat and West 10th Avenue for the second annual Point Grey Village Fall Festival for some free music and a ton of activities for the kids.

      Running from noon to 4 p.m., the festival's headliner is Lesismore, a retro blues band anchored by Leslie Harris. 

      In the past she's opened for a bevy of major acts, including Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and Grand Funk Railroad.

      According to Point Grey Village Business Association executive director, Aila Karpo, Lesismore will be performing for much of the festival, which runs from noon to 4 p.m.

      Leslie Harris is the singer with Lesismore.

      But that's not all. For the kids, balloon artist Michael Ouchi will be back again this year.

      "He is a big draw," Karpo says. "The children love him. He uses environmentally friendly balloons."

      Nicholas Frenette will be doing face-painting and Henna Vancouver will be on-site offering henna tattoos.

      On the main stage, fans of magic tricks can check out Jeff Orr of Brush and Wand from noon to 12:20 p.m.

      He'll be followed by students from the Purple Dragon martial arts school in Point Grey.

      Watch this demo by students at Purple Dragon Point Grey School of Martial Arts.

      Then there will be a jump-rope performance by Carissa Wong before Lesismore comes on-stage.

      Point Grey is home to one of the city's many great neighbourhood library branches, and VPL staff will also be participating.

      "It is our back to school event," Karpio says.

      Festivalgoers can tag Instagram photos with the hashtag #pointgreyvillageff to be eligible to win a bag filled with goodies from Point Grey Village businesses.

      And if you're feeling peckish, the festival has you covered with food trucks on-site, as well as a few restaurants in the area.

      There will also be a mini marketplace with 10 tents.

      Karpio recommended that visitors coming from other parts of town park for free on the side streets if they're not arriving by transit.

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