KitsFest is a summer sports festival at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach that includes DJ music and a wide range of outdoor sports competitions in August.
KitsFest at Kitsilano Beach
In 2018 Kitsfest takes place on the weekend of August 10-12.
Activities at Kitsfest include basketball, beach volleyball, spin classes, tennis, touch football, water polo, yoga and Zumba. And new for 2018, there will also be bathtub racing!
Where and When
KitsFest takes places most years on the second weekend in August at Kitsilano Beach which is located between Cornwall Avenue and Arbusytus Street. If looking for an address, use 1305 Arbutus Street which is where you’ll find the Kitsilano Boathouse Restaurant which is located close to the centre of the beach.
The event runs from about 8:30 am until the evening on all three days.
At KitsFest there are lots of sports to participate in as well as free things to do and watch. You need to register in advance for the competitions, but for other things and to be a spectator you just need to show up.
Non-competitive sport activities include the KCC Family Zone that runs on the Friday afternoon, all morning and afternnon on the Saturday and from about 11 am to 4 pm on the Sunday. In the KCC Family Zone there is a bouncy castle, DJ music, community booths, crafts activities and even family yoga and Zumba sessions at specific times.
In addition to the KCC Family Zone activities for children and their parents, Sunset Yoga for the general public usually takes place on the Friday at 8 pm and a free Zumba class for the first 350 people that show up begins at 9 o’clock on the Saturday morning. On the Saturday there are also sometimes spin classes in the morning. The spin classes are free for adults 18 years of age and older, but advanced reservations are required.
TIP #1: For the yoga, remember to take your own towel and mat.
TIP #2: For Zumba, arrive early as participation is restricted to just the first 350 people. Arrive early for the yoga as well to stake your claim to a good piece of sand for your mat.
TIP #3: If you plan to compete in a sport, make sure you and your team sign up well in advance.
TIP #4: Parking in the area is a challenge so take public transit if you can. If you drive, remember to leave lots of time to find parking prior to your event.
TIP #5: If you like farmers markets then check out the Kitsilano Farmers Market on the Sunday between 10 am and 2 pm outside the Kitsilano Community Centre at 2690 Larch Street. It’s a bit of a drive from the beach, but it’s a fabulous market and a great place to pick up ingredients for a picnic at the beach.
TIP #6: Regardless of what you do at the festival, don’t forget to take a water bottle, hat, swimsuit and sunscreen. Also, don’t forget that one of Canada’s finest outdoor swimming pools is right by the beach.
For further details and to register for specific events, see the KitsFest website.