Wesbrook Village is a modern development on Vancouver’s UBC Campus. It’s home to shops, restaurants and various festivals and events throughout the year.
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Wesbrook Village at the University of British Columbia
Wesbrook Village is a popular mixed-use community at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The neighbourhood features park space, playgrounds, a community centre and about two dozen shops and restaurants. It’s a walkable, bike-friendly, pet-friendly and family-friendly little town centre.
Where is Wesbrook Village
Located near the corner of Wesbrook Mall and West 16th Avenue, Wesbrook Village is in the south-central part of the UBC Campus. It’s just a few blocks south of the Thunderbird Park athletic field and halfway between the UBC Botanical Garden and the western edge of Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
Norman Mackenzie Square is located at 3378 Wesbrook Mall. That’s where you’ll find the BierCraft restaurant and pub, Virtuous Pie, the Doughgirls Bakeshop and a couple of other popular places to eat and drink. Wesbrook Community Centre is also nearby at 3335 Webber Lane.
Wesbrook Village Events
Wesbrook Village hosts various events at different times of the year.
In the summer there are both indoor and outdoor movies on various dates, as well as live music and entertainment in the Norman McKenzie Square (or at least that has been the case in recent years).
In December there is usually a small Winter Festival featuring a craft market, and at Chinese New Year there is lion dancing and other festive activities.
Check out Wesbrook’s official Calendar of Events to see what’s happening and when.
Wesbrook Village Festival
One of the biggest and most interesting events at UBC each year is the Wesbrook Village Festival which used to take place in early September. It was a free event, everyone was welcome and it featured live music, food and family-friendly activities.
In 2018 the Wesbrook Village Festival happened on Saturday September 8th from 11 o’clock in the morning until 4 o’clock in the afternoon. It was an impressive event with live entertainment all day and even a free barbecue! As of 2019 it doesn’t appear that the festival is still happening (or at least not to our knowledge).
2018 Festival Schedule
Below is the schedule of events for the Wesbrook Village Festival in 2018. (Note: times and performer details were subject to change.)
In the BBQ Area and on the Main Stage
- 11:00 am – Will’s Jams (the JUNO Award-nominated singer and songwriter from CBC Television)
- 12:00 pm – The Shiney D Show (a comedy acrobat and circus performer)
- 12:30 pm – The Beauty Shop Dolls (a talented singing trio)
- 1:30 pm – Dr. Strangelove (a popular Vancouver band)
- 2:30 pm – The Shiney D Show (more comedy acrobatics)
- 3:00 pm – Aché Brasil (a local Brazilian music, dance and martial arts group)
At Norman Mackenzie Square (by the BierCraft Restaurant)
- 11:00 am – UBC Thunderbird Marching Band
- 11:30 am – Badaboom (a Jazz quintet)
- 12:30 pm – Ricky Ringmaster (a stilt walker)
- 1:00 pm – UBC Music Initiative (a student-run university musical group)
- 2:00 pm – Ricky Ringmaster (more stilt walking)
- 2:30 pm – Ava Maria (a young North Shore singer and songwriter)
- 3:30 pm – Ricky Ringmaster (even more stilt walking)
Other Wesbrook Village Festival Activities
In addition to the above live entertainment, at the festival in September (when it took place) there was a sidewalk sale featuring products from local artisans and area retailers, and a Kids’ Zone with craft opportunities, face painting, a bounce castle and a climbing wall.
The Wesbrook Village Festival also featured a FREE BBQ lunch and food samples by local establishments like the Doughgirls Comfort Kitchen & Bakeshop, Blenz Coffee and Virtuous Pie. BierCraft also hosted happy hour specials throughout the day during the festival.
In short, the festival was a community event with lots to see, eat and do. And except for the shopping and adult beverages, most of it was free!
For more information about the event, click Wesbrook Village Festival.
Wesbrook Village Festival VIDEO
Below is a video of scenes from the Wesbrook Village Festival in 2018.
Featured in the video are Ricky Ringmaster, the Beauty Shop Dolls (and their music) and the Shiney D Show.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and things to know to help you make the most out of your visit to UBC’s Wesbrook Village.
TIP #1: You have to pay for parking at most places at UBC. On the streets around Wesbrook Village and in the village’s main parking lot, however, there is free parking (for up to 2 hours). If you find all the spaces are taken, there is also lots of pay parking elsewhere on the campus.
TIP #2: While at UBC, check out some of the university’s other attractions. Places of interest include the UBC Botanical Garden, Museum of Anthropology, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Pacific Spirit Regional Park and Nitobe Japanese Garden.
TIP #3: Wesbrook Village isn’t a tourist destination like Gastown or Granville Island. Some of its events are excellent though and highly recommended. Places listed under TIP #2, however, are venues that people travel from afar to see. If visiting UBC for any of the above attractions, or to see friends or family studying on campus, and you’re looking for a convenient place to meet folk, or to find food or drink, then Wesbrook Village is a great place to go.
For more information about Wesbrook Village, check out www.discoverwesbrook.com.
For further details about the community event in September, click Wesbrook Village Festival.
For more information about the area, and other things to do on the UBC campus, see our page about the University of British Columbia.