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5 Things To Do This Summer In Kitsilano

Kitsilano, Neighborhoods July 6, 2017

Kitsilano. With seventeen parks, plenty of festivals, and close proximity to both downtown and Granville island, the area colloquially known as “Kits” does not lack in options for fun. Kits was Vancouver’s wild child in the 1960s, a beachfront hangout for the free spirited, and despite the changing demographics of the area, it retains some of its hippie charm. Today young professionals and families alike spend time shopping on 4th avenue or lying on the beaches that line the northern part of this neighborhood.

Here are five incredible things you can do this summer in Kitsilano.

Spend Some Time With The Bard

Almost every summer since 1990, Bard on the Beach has graced Kitsilano with its presence. Presenting Shakespeare plays in a myriad of ways, the tents are set up in June and come down in September – entertaining audiences with twists on Shakespeare classics all summer long.

With four productions every summer, there is plenty of opportunity to sit down, relax, and enjoy the historical classics of Shakespeare under the big white tents.

Dance The Day Away At Khatsalano!

Vancouver’s largest free music + arts festival can be found in the Kits area. The Khatsahlano! Music + Arts Festival showcases over 50 performers on a single day. The festival was created by the members of the Kitsilano West 4th Avenue Business Association in 2011, and shuts down 10 blocks of Kits for one day every summer so residents can enjoy food, drinks, and the culture of Kitsilano.

Explore Kitsilano (Kits) Beach

Kits beach is one of Vancouver’s most popular beaches. It offers tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a playground, the saltwater Kitsilano Pool, and is lifeguarded throughout the summer. With dog off leash areas, plenty of places to eat, and a connection to the seawall, you can easily spend an entire day on the beach or in the surrounding area. Pack a lunch, grab your towel, and sprawl out while enjoying the sun that Vancouver gets in the summer months!

Visit The Museums

The Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Maritime Museum, and H.R. MacMillan Space Center are all located in Kitsilano. The three museums offer a rich variety of exhibits with an emphasis on local history. All three can be visited and enjoyed together as a weekend activity, or even on a rainy day in the city. They offer breathtaking views of the water and mountains in the background, an incredible backdrop when learning about the history of the city.

Watch Fireworks Light Up The Kitsilano Sky

Every summer, the Honda Celebration of Lights brings together some of the best firework technicians from around the world to compete in three nights of firework and musical extravaganzas. Whether you settle in on the beach or go for one of the many ticketed venues to watch the impressive compilations, it’s worth the trip to see. Even with the crowds, you can find a place to watch as the fireworks light up the sky in themed presentations.  

Kits is Vancouver’s laid back neighbourhood, with echoes of its history running through it today. Popular vegetarian restaurants, festivals, beaches, and more make it a unique and vibrant place to be. Check out more on Kitsilano neighboorhood!