The Arts Alive Festival is a free arts festival that takes place in the City of Langley along the Fraser Highway between 204th and 206th streets in August.
In 2022 the Arts Alive Festival takes place on August 20th.
Other events taking place on the same day in 2022 include the Monstercat Compound block party and music festival in Vancouver. It’s also a free event! Also happening in Langley, Fort Langley National Historic Site hosts a special Hidden Histories Tours for adults ages 18+ on August 20th. The PNE Fair is running all weekend too and it’s featured concert on the 20th is with The B-52s.
To learn more about what’s happening elsewhere in the Lower Mainland, see our August Calendar of Events. To learn more about Langley’s Arts Alive Festival, continue reading.
Arts Alive Festival in 2022
In 2020 the Arts Alive Festival was going to take place on August 15th, from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. Unfortunately, the festival was cancelled due to COVID-19. The event returns on August 20th in 2022 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The event usually includes musicians, artists, art demonstrations, food vendors, market stalls and as many as 25,000 participants over the course of the day. It’s not a huge event, but it is a nice one and of a fair size.
The festival didn’t happen in 2021. In its place, however, was City Summer Beats. The new event took place on Saturday, August 14th, at Douglas Park Spirit Square. That was the same day that the Arts Alive Festival would have been, had it not been cancelled. In 2022 City Summer Beats took place on July 16th, so about a month before the Arts Alive Festival that year.
In 2022 City Summer Beats happened between noon and 4:00 pm on July 16th. It featured live music and admission was free. The schedule of performances at the City Summer Beats event in 2022 was the following:
- 12:00 pm – Funkdalicious
- 1:00 pm – Trilojay
- 2:00 pm – Dr. Strangelove
To learn more about the event in July, see the Downtown Langley Business Association‘s website. To learn more about the Arts Alive Festival in August, continue reading.
At the Arts Alive Festival, in years when it does take place, there is live music, art displays and a small Children’s Fun Park.
The art exhibits feature dozens of area artists including jewelry designers, potters and painters of all kinds. The artists have stalls all along the two blocks of the highway, which is really just a small town main street.
The Arts Alive Festival is also a family-friendly event with its Children’s Fun Park which features a magician, clown, face painting, crafts and various other fun activities for kids.
CIRCO OSORIO CIRCUS 2022 TOUR
Circo Osorio is a circus from Las Vegas. It visits the Lower Mainland in 2022 with shows in Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey and Tsawwassen between September 8th and October 17th. It’s a fun circus and very affordable! For every adult ticket purchased two children get in for free!
The live music and entertainment lineup for the Langley Arts Alive Festival in 2022 is listed below.
(Note: Performance times and other details were subject to change.)
On the Main Stage
- 10:00 to 11:30 am – Krystle Dos Santos
- 12:00 to 12:45 pm – Travis Bernhardt
- 1:00 to 2:45 pm – The Promised
- 3:00 to 5:00 pm – John Welsh & Los Valientes
On the Salt Lane Stage
- 10:00 to 11:30 am – David Capper
- 12:00 to 1:45 pm – Nikita Afonso
- 12:00 to 1:45 pm – Dueling Pianos Vancouver
On the Children’s Zone Stage
- 10:30 to 11:15 am – Cosmos Stage Show
- 11:30 am to 12:15 pm – Ginalina Trio
- 12:30 to 1:15 pm – Mike Norden Magic Show
- 1:30 to 2:15 pm – Kellie Haines – Ventriloquist
- 2:30 to 3:15 pm – Wild Moccasin Dancers
- 3:30 to 4:15 pm – Aché Brasil – Dance & Music
Other Things to Do
The Arts Alive Festival is a community event that’s popular with locals as well as folks visiting from out of town. People traveling to the area from a distance may want to combine their trip with a visit to other attractions in the area.
Also happening on the same Saturday most years is the Fort Langley Village Farmers Market which happens between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at 9025 Glover Road in Fort Langley. A little further afield, the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market also takes place from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm in downtown Abbotsford.
Also important to note is that August is the start of the harvest season for area vineyards, making mid-August to October the best time of the year to visit local wineries, some of the best of which are located in Langley. Click Lower Mainland Wineries for details.
To learn more about the event see the Downtown Langley Business Association‘s website.
For information on other things to do in the area click Langley or Fraser Valley.
For a list of other events taking place in the Lower Mainland check out the August Calendar or Festivals & Events Calendar.