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Vancouver Indian Summer Festival

Indian Summer Festival

Vancouver’s Indian Summer Festival is a festival featuring music, art, and public speaking events by Canadian, South Asian and Indigenous artists in July.

It’s an 11-day arts festival that brings artists, writers and thinkers from across Canada and overseas. Some of its events are free, and others are ticketed.

Indian Summer Festival

In 2018 the Indian Summer Festival takes place from July 5th until the 15th.

Some of the festival’s events include the following:

Opening Party

The Indian Summer Festival’s Opening Party is a major culinary event on the first day of the festival. In 2018 it took place on Thursday, July 5, and featured celebrity chef Vikram Vij.

The Opening Party is held at the Roundhouse Community Centre at 181 Roundhouse Mews in Yaletown. Tickets cost around $125 and they usually sell out well in advance.

Indian Summer Festival at Vanier Park
Pause in the Park at Vanier Park

Pause in the Park

Pause in the Park is a series of free programming events in Vanier Park which is located at 1600 Whyte Avenue on the grass between the False Creek waterfront and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre building.

In 2018 the events take place between noon and 4 pm on the Saturdays and Sundays of July 7-8 and July 14-15. They are small events that typically attract less than a hundred people. They feature music, storytelling and other contemporary art and cultural activities.

Hariprasad Chaurasia

Hariprasad Chaurasia is a legendary Indian classical flutist. The 80-year-old musician’s 2018 performance is on Saturday, July 14, at the Orpheum Theatre at 601 Smithe Street starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets cost between $45 and $100.

Indian Summer Pause in the Park Performer

Other Indian Summer Festival Performances

Other events during the Indian Summer Festival include talks by artists, live music performances, workshops and various other contemporary art-related activities.

For details about the festival’s various events, click 2018 Festival Overview.

Other Information

For more information about the festival, check out the Indian Summer Festival website.

For a list of other events taking place at other times and places, see Vancouver’s July Calendar or click Festivals & Events.

(Note: Musicians appearing in the above photos are Amarjeet Singh and Baljit Singh).