The Polish Festival is hosted by the North Shore Polish Association Belweder. In 2019 it took place at the Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver.
EVENT STATUS IN 2022
The event in North Vancouver may or may not take place this year. The BC Polish Festival in Port Coquitlam, however, is happening! It takes place on Sunday, May 29th, in 2022. The Port Coquitlam event is a lot of fun and free to attend.
North Shore Polish Festival
In past years the Polish Festival has taken place at Lynn Valley Village on the Sunday of the Labour Day Long Weekend. In 2019 it changed locations.
In 2019 the Polish Festival took place on Sunday, September 8th, at the Shipyards in Shipbuilders’ Square and the Pipe Shop at 115 Victory Ship Way at the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver.
Usually running from 1:00 until 8:00 pm, it’s a free event and worth checking out if you’re in the area, especially if you like Eastern European food and free cultural entertainment.
2022 details are to be confirmed.
What to Expect
The Polish Festival is a small to medium-sized festival featuring Eastern European foods, music, singing, folk dancing and other activities. In an average year as many as 2000 people attend over the course of the day.
It’s a family-friendly event with theatre plays for children as well as crafts, face painting, balloon animals and games. Also at the event are market vendors selling jewelry and other artisan products. Traditional Polish foods for sale include sausages, perogies and pastries.
The live music for the event runs in the evening, from about 6:30 until 8:00 pm, which is likely when the festival is at its most festive!
Performers at the festival in 2019 included the following. We expect 2022 details to be similar.
- Polonez Polish Canadian Dance Society
- Roma Gry Dance Group
- Parno Drom Romani Music Group
- Toque Flamenco (a Latin dance group)
- Polish Canadian Soloists
- Dance Party with Yaazda (from 6:30 until 8:00 pm)
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to North Vancouver’s Polish Festival.
TIP #1: There is limited free parking on the street in the area, as well as lots of free parking (on weekends) in the ICBC parkade in front of Lonsdale Quay just off Rogers Avenue.
TIP #2: Take public transit if you can. The SeaBus is less than a 5-minute walk away.
TIP #3: Either before or after visiting the Polish Festival, explore the region. There are plenty of great restaurants in the area, Shipbuilders’ Pier is nice to walk along, and the indoor public market at Lonsdale Quay is exceptional.
TIP #4: The live music at the Polish Festival doesn’t usually start until the evening (so it doesn’t run all day).
For information about the organization behind the festival, check out the North Shore Polish Association Belweder‘s website
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