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West Vancouver Community Cultural Festival at Ambleside Park

West Vancouver Bridge Festival

West Vancouver’s Community Cultural Fest is a two-day event with family-friendly activities and live music at Ambleside Park on a weekend in early June.

The event was called West Vancouver Community Day a number of years ago when it was just a one-day event. It changed its name to the Bridge Festival a couple of years ago though, and became a two-day event. As of 2023 it once again has a new name – the West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest. It’s pretty much still the same event though, just with a new name.


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This article contains the following information about the West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest:

Hours | Activities | Festival Schedule | Getting to the Festival | Other Information


West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest

West Vancouvers community festival has been taking place in the Ambleside neighbourhood on the first Saturday in June for many years. It’s a fun event at one of the Lower Mainland’s most popular oceanfront parks.

Ambleside Park is located just off Marine Drive southwest of the Park Royal shopping mall. The mall itself is just a short distance from the north end of the Lions Gate Bridge. The park’s address is 1150 Marine Drive. However, its main access is via 13th Street which turns into the park and Argyle Avenue.


People at West Van Bridge Festival


West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest Hours

In 2023 the West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest ran on Friday, June 2nd, and on Saturday, June 3rd. Hours on the Friday were from 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Hours on the Saturday were from 11:00 am until 9:30 pm.

Dates for the festival in 2024 are to be confirmed.


West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest Activities

The West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest activities in 2023 included live music, dance performances, food vendors, a kids’ zone, and cultural pavilions.

In previous years, during the one-day festival, there was also a parade that started at about 10:00 am on the Saturday. People from different community groups in costume gave out candy and other things as they walked along the street. There were also a few bands, dance groups and other typical small-community-parade kinds of things. The parade didn’t happen in 2022, and it didn’t happen in 2023 either, at least not to our knowledge.


West Vancouver Community Day


Festival Schedule

Below was the schedule of performances for the 2023 West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest. (Note: Exact times and details were subject to change.) The event’s festival schedule for 2024 is to be confirmed.


Friday, June 2nd (2023)


Main Stage

  • 4:00 pmRumba Calzada
  • 6:00 pmCoco Jafro
  • 8:00 pmDr. Strangelove’s British Invasion


West Vancouver Schools’ Stage

  • 4:00 pmHollyburn Elementary Concert Band
  • 4:10 pmHollyburn Elementary 2nd Year Band Club
  • 4:20 pmHollyburn Elementary Rock Band
  • 4:40 pmÉcole Cedardale Elementary Bands (Grades 6 and 7)
  • 5:20 pmWestcot Bands (Grades 6 and 7)
  • 6:15 pmWest Vancouver Secondary Orchestra
  • 6:45 pmWest Vancouver Secondary Rock Band


TD Cultural Dance Stage

  • 5:00 pmVanleena Dance Academy
  • 6:00 pmDance of Joy Academy
  • 6:45 pm – North Shore Academy of Dancing
  • 8:00 pmZornitza Dance Ensemble
  • 8:30 pmDriftwood Dance Academy


West Vancouver Youth Band
West Vancouver Youth Band at Ambleside Park


Saturday, June 3rd (2023)


Main Stage

  • 11:15 amWest Vancouver Youth Band with Bob Baker
  • 12:45 pmTiller’s Folly
  • 2:15 pmNon Sweet
  • 3:30 pmHayley Wallis & The Bright Futures
  • 5:00 pmBukola
  • 6:30 pmThe Whiskeydicks
  • 8:15 pmMostly Marley


West Vancouver Schools’ Stage

  • 11:00 amÉcole Pauline Johnson Elementary (Grades 6 and 7)
  • 11:55 amIrwin Park Elementary Bands (Grades 6 and 7)
  • 1:15 pmWest Vancouver Secondary Jr. and Sr. Concert Bands
  • 2:10 pmCombined Chartwell Elementary and Gleneagles Ch’axy Elementary Intermediate Choir
  • 2:40 pmCaulfeild IDEC Elementary Band (Grades 6 and 7)
  • 3:10 pmCombined Chartwell Elementary and Gleneagles Ch’axy Elementary Grade 6 and 7 Band
  • 3:40 pmSentinel Secondary Grade 8 Concert Band
  • 4:10 pmSentinel Secondary Jazz Band
  • 4:40 pmSentinel Secondary Rnb Band
  • 5:10 pmRockridge Secondary Drumline
  • 5:30 pmRockridge Secondary Rock and Metal Band – Nokturna


TD Cultural Dance Stage

  • 11:45 am – Brazilian Swag
  • 12:15 pmSeymour Dance
  • 12:45 pm – North Shore Academy of Dancing
  • 1:30 pmGleneagles Scottish Country Dance Club
  • 2:00 pmMethod of Modern Movement
  • 2:30 pmMexico Vivo Folklore
  • 3:15 pmDance of Joy Academy
  • 4:30 pm – Dovbush School of Ukrainian Dance
  • 4:45 pmSoutheast Asian Cultural Heritage Society
  • 5:15 pmVanleena Dance Academy
  • 6:30 pmKitka and Hubavitzi (Bulgarian Dance)
  • 7:00 pmSentinel K-dance Crew


Getting to the West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest

Getting in and out of the Ambleside Park area can be a challenge during major events for a number of reasons. First, there is a fair bit of parking at the park itself, but on event days the area is usually closed to cars. Second, Ambleside Park is a popular place on a regular day and so it is particularly crazy when something special is happening.

What does all of the above mean? Well, it’s wise to use public transit, carpool, or ride your bike if possible. If you need to drive, there’s a lot of parking at Park Royal mall which is right close by (although parking there is “just for customers”). You can also get to West Vancouver early and look for street parking further west past Marine Drive and 18th Street.

If you go as far as Dundarave – which is over three kilometres away – you’ll be able to get some good exercise walking back to Ambleside while enjoying one of Metro Vancouver’s finest walks along the waterfront.


Bridge Festival Main Stage


Other Information

For more details about the event see the West Vancouver Community Cultural Fest website.

Check out Ambleside and West Vancouver for more information on the festival and surrounding community.

For major events on other days of the year, see Vancouver’s Festivals and Events Calendar.

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