The Khatsahlano Street Party is a giant music and arts festival that takes place on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver’s Kitsilano district every year in July.
Khatsahlano Street Party
In 2020 this free event was scheduled to take place on July 11th and once again it was billed to be the year’s biggest arts and music festival within the City of Vancouver. However, the event was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. In years when it does take place, festivities are usually scheduled to run on the Saturday from 11 am until 9 pm.
Dates and details for the 2021 festival are to be determined.
The Khatsahlano Street Party was supposed to celebrate its tenth anniversary this year. The event usually features free concerts with BC-based bands, street performances, artisan products for sale and gazillions of people. There are market stalls, food vendors, family-friendly activities and even a beer garden.
Where and When
In 2020 the street party was going to happen on Saturday, July 11th. It would have started at 11 am and the fun, entertainment and partying would have continued until around 9 pm.
TIP # 1: With tens of thousands of people attending, parking in the area can be a serious challenge. Take public transit if you can and avoid the immediate vicinity with your car.
TIP # 2: There is usually a bicycle valet service on site and, being just a few blocks from the water and the Burrard Street Bridge, walking and cycling access via the False Creek Seawall is fairly convenient. You can access the free bike valet on Cypress Street (between West 5th and West 6th) and on Stephens Street (between West 5th and West 6th).
What to Expect at Khatsahlano
The Khatsahlano Street Party features multiple stages with over fifty local performing artists as well as market vendors, street performers, food trucks and an artisan market. Essentially it’s a massive street party, much like Car Free Day events or Greek Day on Broadway, which are at other times in the summer. Khatsahlano though has more and larger concerts.
At the daylong Khatsahlano event there are usually yoga sessions, cooking demonstrations, an urban obstacle course, drums, arts and crafts stations, a climbing wall, a photo booth, lots of dancing and more.
Live music takes place on a number of stages over the course of the day. To get an idea of what to expect in future years, below is the schedule lineup for 2019.
The TD Music Stage is at Burrard Street, the Still Creek Stage is at Maple, the Coast Capital Stage is at Vine Street and the Music BC Stage is at Balsam.
Note: Concert times and performance details are subject to change.
On the TD Burrard Stage (in 2019)
- 12:30 pm – Sam Cave
- 1:30 pm – Missy D: a singer blending African cultures and sounds
- 2:30 pm – Hotel Mira
- 3:30 pm – Babe Corner: a female Rock band from Vancouver
- 4:30 pm – Giorgi: a Vancouver-based vocalist
- 5:30 pm – Diamond Café: Canadian artist Tristan Thompson plays a mix of alternative funk and R&B
- 6:30 pm – Harlequin Gold: a musical duo of sisters
- 8:00 pm – Hey Ocean!: a JUNO Award-nominated trio
Still Creek Press Maple Stage (in 2019)
- 12:00 pm – Tiffany Rivera
- 1:00 pm – China Syndrome
- 2:00 pm – Reid Jamieson
- 3:00 pm – Nite Sun
- 4:00 pm – Blue Strange: this trio from Ladner brings a unique blues sound
- 5:00 pm – Andrew Phelan
- 6:00 pm – Phono Pony: a duo that combines various instruments and vocals
- 7:00 pm – DJ Paisley Eva: the founder of the Dame Music Society (an organization helping train women, non-binary and transgender folks to DJ)
West 4th Lifestyle Stage (in 2019)
- 11:00 am – Semperviva Yoga Class
- 12:00 pm – F45 Training Class
- 1:15 pm – Active Wear Fashion Show
- 1:45 pm – Kids Fashion Show by Ivivva
- 2:15 pm – Cooking with Chi
- 3:15 pm – Cooking with TurF: The Perfect Plant-based Picnic
- 4:00 pm – Mixology Competition
- 5:15 pm – Lifestyle Fashion Show
- 6:00 pm – VYVE Experience
Coast Capital Vine Stage (in 2019)
- 12:00 pm – Kylie V
- 1:00 pm – Only Wolf
- 2:00 pm – The Sylvia Platters
- 3:00 pm – Intelligence Service
- 4:00 pm – Cherrie Laurel: a Vancouver-based electronic pop artist
- 5:00 pm – Bored Decour
- 6:00 pm – Jody Glenham: a West Coast-based artist mixing vintage and modern sounds
- 7:00 pm – Devours: bringing sounds of classic 90’s hits and vintage beats
Creative BC Balsam Stage (in 2019)
- 12:30 pm – Hunter J and the Jets
- 1:30 pm – Rob Butterfield
- 2:30 pm – Abel Collective
- 3:30 pm – If Not, Winter
- 4:30 pm – Andrew Judah
- 5:30 pm – Alexandria Maillot: a Vancouver Island Rock musician
- 6:30 pm – Douse: a Vancouver trio that delivers gripping Indie-Rock
- 7:30 pm – Tonye Aganaba: a charismatic and powerful singer originally from London, England
Kater MacDonald Stage (in 2019)
- 12:00 pm – BB: a Vancouver trio of best friends with a rock/punk feel
- 1:00 pm – Altona
- 2:00 pm – Des Hume
- 3:00 pm – Sam Lynch: a Vancouver-based folk artist
- 4:00 pm – Margarita Machine
- 5:00 pm – Old Man Canyon
- 6:00 pm – Little Destroyer: creators of loud, energy-infused techno grunge
- 7:00 pm – The Boom Booms: a Vancouver-based band performing a mix of folk, Latin and soul sounds
Khats Kids Trafalgar Stage (in 2019)
- 11:00 am – Yoga Buttons Kids Yoga
- 11:45 am – Music with Marnie: musician for children
- 12:30 pm – Matt Henry
- 1:15 pm – Rockin’ Robin
- 2:00 pm – Music with Marnie: musician for children
- 3:30 pm – Peter GG: a writer and performer of songs about change
- 4:14 pm – Travis Bernardt
- 5:00 pm – Nickelstock
- 6:00 pm – Peter GG: a writer and performer of songs about change
- 7:00 pm – Winsome Kind: a folk music duo
- 8:00 pm – Calle Verde: a group of flamenco dancers
For more information see the Khatsahlano Street Party website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver’s July Calendar
- Shows & Entertainment Calendar
- City of Vancouver