The Polish Festival is an annual event hosted by the North Shore Polish Association Belweder. In 2018 it takes place at the Shipyards in North Vancouver.
2018 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 2018 it takes place a week later and at a different location.
This year the Polish Festival happens on Sunday, September 9th, at the Shipyards in Shipbuilders’ Square and the Pipe Shop at 115 Victory Ship Way at the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver.
Running from 1 until 9 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.
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 7:30 until 9:00 pm, which is likely when the festival is at its most festive!
2018 Live Entertainment
Performers at the festival in 2018 include the following:
- Polonez Polish Canadian Dance Society
- Roma Gry Dance Group
- Toque Flamenco (a Latin dance group)
- Parno Drom Romani Music Group
- Polish Canadian Soloists
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, the 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 start until 7:30 pm (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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