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West Vancouver Bridge Festival

West Vancouver Bridge Festival

Formerly called Community Day, West Vancouver’s Bridge Festival is a 2-day event with family-friendly activities and live music at Ambleside Park in June.

West Vancouver Community Day used to be an annual 1-day event. It was renamed the Bridge Festival a couple of years ago and now runs for two days.

In 2022 the Bridge Festival takes place on the Friday and Saturday of June 3rd and 4th.

 


This article contains the following information about the Bridge Festival:

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


 

Rotary Ride for Rescue

 

Bridge Festival at Ambleside

West Vancouver‘s Community Day event has been taking place in the Ambleside neighbourhood on the first Saturday in June for many years. In 2019, with the new Bridge Festival, the activities happened on both Friday, May 31st, and Saturday, June 1st. 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.

2020 dates were scheduled for June 5th and 6th, but the event didn’t take place due to COVID-19. The 2021 event was cancelled as well.

The Bridge Festival returns on June 3rd and 4th in 2022.

 

People at West Van Bridge Festival

 

Bridge Festival Hours

In 2020 the West Vancouver Bridge Festival was supposed to run from 4:00 until 9:30 pm on Friday, June 5th, and from 11:00 am until 9:30 pm on Saturday, June 6th. It never happened that year, however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2022 the Bridge Festival runs on Friday, June 3rd, and on Saturday, June 4th. Hours on the Friday are from 4:00 to 10:00 pm. Hours on the Saturday are from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm.

 

Bridge Festival Activities

West Vancouver Bridge Festival activities in 2022 include live music, dance performances, food vendors, a kids’ zone, community information booths and cultural pavilions.

In previous years, during the 1-day Community Day event, there was also a parade that started at about 10:00 am on the Saturday. It went along Marine Drive from 13th Street to 17th Street, down 17th a block to Bellevue, and then along Bellevue back to 13th Street and the entrance to Ambleside Park. In 2019, the parade began at John Lawson Park and made its way to Ambleside Park and the festival grounds via Argyle Avenue.

In years that it happens, the parade is a fairly simple but fun event. People from different community groups in costume give out candy and other things as they walk along the street. There are also a few bands, dance groups and other typical small-community-parade kinds of things. The parade likely isn’t happening in 2022, although exact details are to be confirmed.

 

West Vancouver Community Day

 

Festival Schedule

As of late May, below is the schedule of performances for the 2022 Bridge Festival. (Note: details are subject to change.)

 

Friday, June 3rd (2022)


 

TD Cultural Dance Stage

  • 4:10 pmDovbush School of Ukrainian Dance
  • 4:15 pmMethod of Modern Movement’s Youth Program: Studio Pointe
  • 4:45 pmShilpa Shankar – Bharatanatyam Dance
  • 5:00 pmICanDance!
  • 5:30 pmVanleena
  • 6:15 pmNorth Shore Academy of Dancing
  • 6:45 pmJessica Dancing School – Ribbon & Fan Dancing
  • 7:15 pmPro Dance
  • 7:45 pmDriftwood Dance Academy
  • 8:45 pmDance of Joy Academy

 

British Pacific Properties Main Stage

  • 4:30 pmWest Vancouver Youth Band
  • 5:00 pmOfficial Opening: West Vancouver Youth Band With Eagle Song Dancers
  • 5:45 pmMariachi Los Dorados
  • 7:00 pmCoco Jafro
  • 8:30 pmWhiskeydicks

 

West Vancouver Youth Band
West Vancouver Youth Band at Ambleside Park

 

Saturday, June 4th (2022)


 

TD Cultural Dance Stage

  • 11:15 amSeymour Dance Competitive Teams
  • 11:45 amZornitza – Bulgarian Dance Ensemble
  • 12:00 pmRNB Dance
  • 12:30 pmCaudillos del Sur – Mexican Dance Ensemble
  • 1:15 pmNorth Shore Academy of Dancing
  • 2:00 pmICanDance!
  • 2:30 pmMethod of Modern Movement’s Youth Program: Studio Pointe
  • 3:00 pmDe Danaan School of Irish Dance
  • 3:30 pmVanleena Dance Academy
  • 4:30 pmChibi Taiko
  • 4:45 pmGleneagles Scottish Country Dance Club
  • 5:00 pmMom Bop
  • 5:45 pmPro Arté – Pro Artistico & Sovereign
  • 6:15 pmRoots Peruvian Folk Dance
  • 6:30 pmBulgarian Dance Groups Kitka and Hubavitzite
  • 6:45 pmDance of Joy Academy
  • 8:00 pmPro Dance
  • 8:30 pmSentinel K-Dance Crew

 

British Pacific Properties Main Stage

    • 12:30 pmWest Vancouver Secondary School Concert Band
    • 1:30 pmSentinel Secondary RNB Band
    • 2:30 pmSambacouver
    • 4:00 pmMurray Porter
    • 5:30 pmBakara
    • 7:00 pmEn Karma
    • 8:30 pmOrquestra Tabasko

 

Car Free Day Surrey

 


CAR FREE DAY ON JUNE 11TH IN 2022

Car Free Day Surrey takes place in the afternoon and evening of Saturday, June 11th, in 2022. It’s a free event that features food trucks, artisan vendors, live music and family-friendly activities.


 

Getting to the Bridge Festival

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 3 km 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 Bridge Festival 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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