Khatsahlano Street Party Returns This Saturday

Rain or shine, one of Vancouver's largest annual outdoor events is on. Food, drink, music, shopping, and much more!

July 10, 2015

 

Taking place over 10 blocks of Kitsilano’s W. 4th Ave. between Burrard and MacDonald, this Saturday’s (July 11) Khatsahlano Street Party promises lots of food, four outdoor beer gardens, awesome bands, and tons of fun activities. The one-day-only event celebrating local talent attracts hundreds of artisans, more than 50 bands and solo performers, and 40-plus food carts. Over the years, Khatsahlano has grown to become the city’s biggest free outdoor music and arts festival, with about 160,000 attendees last year.

ROCK OUT
Just as Khats has blown up, so has Yukon Blonde. B.C.-bred indie-rocker Jeffrey Innes and his bandmates headline the TD Main Stage. We’re definitely looking forward to hearing their newest songs (from recently released album On Blonde) and more. Burrard Street

The hypnotic vocals of frontwoman Andrea Lo demand to be noticed. Her soulful voice takes The Belle Game’s mellow, sentimental songs up several notches—expect a beautiful, emotional performance from this moody pop band. Burrard Street

The half-sung, half-shouted vocals of Vancouver-based JPNSGRLS (say “Japanese Girls”) is quite a contrast to the Belle Game’s wonderfully layered songs. If you’re expecting a J-pop rendition of Girls’ Generation, you’re in for a surprise. This is garage rock at its best. And if you like what you hear, you can also catch them at the Pemberton Music Festival next week. Trafalgar Street


FOOD STOPS
Johnny’s Pops
Saturday’s gonna be hot, so suck on it. A popsicle, that is! Johnny’s Pops offers flavours like avocado lime and blackberry cheesecake at a cool $3.50 each. Green and purple never looked so good. Johnnys-pops.com

Poomba’s Smokehouse
No scorching summer is complete without messy pulled pork. Nosh on a pulled-pork sandwich and potato chips with Poomba’s special coleslaw (a little bit of cilantro and pineapple, please). They’re gluten-free-friendly, too, with Naked Pulled Pork (sans bun) on the menu. @poombasmoke

GYPSYtrunk Vegan Food Cart
Eat your veggies and fill up the healthy way with GYPSYtrunk’s Gypsy Burrito. This big honker of a burrito boasts vegan grain sausage, black beans, brown rice, tomato, grilled red onion, guac, cilantro, Daiya vegan cheese, and hot sauce in a whole-grain or gluten-free rice tortilla. Phew! Now that’s a meal. Gypsypassionproject.com


FUN ZONE
New this year, Patagonia has a rock wall set up for those who can’t say no to a good challenge. 1994 W. 4th Ave. (11am-5pm)

Local denim brand Mavi is showcased in a fashion show hosted in partnership with Vancouver Fashion Week, at the Yew Stage (1 and 4pm). As well, stop by the Mavi Wall for a quick photo shoot and the Mavi Lounge for everything denim.  2112 W. 4th Ave.

Feel great about shopping local? Swing by the Etsy Marketplace, where 15 local Etsy vendors will be offering unique, handcrafted, and vintage items. Stephens St.

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The Khatsahlano Street Party runs from 11am to 9pm. Participating streets are closed to vehicle traffic, so take transit, ride a bike, walk or run— just leave the car at home. If you’re arriving on two wheels, look for bike valets à votre service at various locations along W. 4th.


TIPS
Stay hydrated
Free water will be provided at three locations along W. 4th at Stephens, Yew, and Cypress streets.

Sorry, animal lovers
There are limited services for pets. We suggest you leave your furry friend at home.

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