The Harmony Arts Festival features live music, art displays, outdoor movies and other entertainment along the waterfront in West Vancouver in August.
Harmony Arts Festival
In 2020 the festival was supposed to run from Friday, July 31st, to Sunday, August 9th. Unfortunately, the festival was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. 2021 dates and details are to be confirmed.
The free family-friendly festival runs for about 10 days each year and draws thousands of people each day. Over the course of the event as many as 140,000 attend.
If you like art, live music or free outdoor movies, or if you just want to visit one of the Lower Mainland’s most beautiful areas when there’s lots going on, then we highly recommend the Harmony Arts Festival.
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John Lawson Park Venue | Festival Movies | John Lawson Concerts | Millennium Park Venue | Millennium Park Concerts | Harmony Arts at Argyle Avenue | Indigenous Exhibition | Festival Tips | Other Information
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What’s Going On and Where
The venue for the Harmony Arts Festival stretches from the westernmost tip of Ambleside Park around the end of 14th Street all the way to John Lawson Park by 17th Street and Argyle Avenue in West Vancouver. Much of the venue is right along the ocean, with views of Stanley Park and English Bay.
Harmony Arts at John Lawson Park
At John Lawson Park there is the main stage for the Sunset Concerts. The nightly live music usually starts around 7:30 pm and features a variety of great musical talent. John Lawson is also the site for Cinema in the Park outdoor movies.
Harmony Arts Movies
In 2019 the following free outdoor movies were shown at the festival in John Lawson Park starting at around 9 pm. We expect details in future events to be comparable.
- Friday, August 2nd – The Green Book (2018)
- Saturday, August 3rd – Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
- Sunday, August 4th – The Incredibles 2 (2018)
- Monday, August 5th – Indian Horse (2018)
- Tuesday, August 6th – Free Solo (2018)
- Wednesday, August 7th – Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford) (1969)
- Thursday, August 8th – The Truman Show (starring Jim Carrey) (1998)
- Friday, August 9th – Black Panther (2018)
- Saturday, August 10th – Top Gun (starring Tom Cruise) (1986)
TIP: For the movies and music concerts, take your own lawn chairs and something warm to wear. Also, note that movies and exact start times are subject to change.
Concerts at John Lawson Park
As mentioned earlier, concerts also take place in John Lawson Park at the foot of 17th Street in West Vancouver starting at 7:30 pm each evening. To give an idea of what to expect in future years, here are the concerts that took place in 2019:
- Friday, August 2nd – Rumba Calzada
- Saturday, August 3rd – Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne
- Sunday, August 4th – Andrew Allen
- Monday, August 5th – Babe Gurr
- Tuesday, August 6th – The Heels
- Wednesday, August 7th – The Lonesome Town Painters
- Thursday, August 8th – MIMOSA
- Friday, August 9th – The Kwerks
- Saturday, August 10th – The Nick La Riviere Band
- Sunday, August 11th – The Matinée
Harmony Arts at Millennium Park
Millennium Park is halfway between Ambleside and John Lawson Park and it’s here that you’ll find the Re/Max Waterfront Lounge and the PARC Retirement Living Garden Stage.
The patio and lounge are nice places to enjoy drinks and sit at a table while enjoying the live entertainment which occurs on the Garden Stage during the daytime and evenings every day.
Concerts at Millennium Park
During the Harmony Arts Festival, PARC Retirement Living Garden Concerts take place at Millennium Park which is at the foot of 15th Avenue about halfway between John Lawson Park and Ambleside in West Vancouver.
To give an idea of what to expect for events in future years, below is the Harmony Arts Festival live music lineup for 2019 at this venue.
(Note: Times and performer details were subject to change.)
Friday August 2nd Concerts
Saturday August 3rd Concerts
- 1:00 pm – Sam Cave Trio
- 2:15 pm – Dear One
- 3:30 pm – Chris Kelly and Nicole Gibson
- 5:45 pm – Terence Jack
- 8:45 pm – Best Night Ever
Sunday August 4th Concerts
- 1:00 pm – Tim Readman
- 2:15 pm – Greg Neufeld
- 3:30 pm – Charlie PS
- 5:45 pm – The Whiskeydicks
- 8:45 pm – Trilojay
Monday August 5th Concerts
- 1:00 pm – Patrick Gavigan
- 2:15 pm – Fallow State
- 3:30 pm – Colin Bullock
- 5:45 pm – Dawn Pemberton
- 8:45 pm – Dreams: the Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
Tuesday August 6th Concerts
Wednesday August 7th Concerts
Thursday August 8th Concerts
Friday August 9th Concerts
- 1:00 pm – The Sweetpea Swing Band
- 5:45 pm – Gary Comeau and The Voodoo Allstars
- 8:45 pm – She Stole My Beer
Saturday August 10th Concerts
- 1:00 pm – Evan Kennedy
- 2:15 pm – Twin Bandit
- 3:30 pm – Qristina & Quinn Bachand
- 5:45 pm – Ardent Tribe
- 8:45 pm – R&B Allstars
Sunday August 11th Concerts
- 1:00 pm – Chris Ronald Trio
- 2:15 pm – Desirée Dawson
- 3:30 pm – Dakota Pearl
- 5:45 pm – David Graff
- 8:45 pm – The Paperboys
Note: Scheduled concert times and performers were subject to change.
Harmony Arts at Argyle Avenue
Argyle Avenue is the lane that goes along West Vancouver near the waterfront, connecting Ambleside with John Lawson Park.
Normally it’s a small roadway for cars and bicycles with parking along the side, but during the Harmony Arts Festival it’s set up with rows of market stalls with artists selling their works.
Also, at various spots along the way between John Lawson Park and Ambleside there are places to buy food, see art displays and take in art demonstrations. Argyle Avenue is also where you’ll find the festival’s Beachside Patio.
West Vancouver (including the venue for the festival) is in the traditional unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Coast Salish First Nations. Having an exhibit honouring this fact, and showcasing the culture of the region’s first people, makes a lot of sense and is a great addition to the already wonderful event.
The Indigenous Exhibition took place daily in 2019 at Ambleside Landing from August 2nd to 11th. Hopefully this will again take place in future years.
Featured at the exhibition was Indigenous art, food and market vendors. Indigenous food in previous years has been provided by Mr. Bannock, a local Indigenous food truck entrepreneur who serves up delicious treats that get great reviews.
On Tuesday, August 6th, there was an Indigenous Feast. That’s when Ambleside Landing gets filled with people enjoying a wide selection of Indigenous cuisine as well as entertainment.
The cost for the Indigenous Feast was $95 plus tax and both wine and non-alcoholic beverages were included.
Indigenous Art and Market Vendors
Vendors in the market at the Indigenous Exhibition sell everything from fancy art to clothing to souvenirs.
Indigenous Art Market hours in 2019 were during the following times. Details will likely be comparable for events in the future.
- Friday, August 2nd – 2 to 9 pm
- Saturday, August 3rd – 11 am to 9 pm
- Sunday, August 4th – 11 am to 9 pm
- Monday, August 5th – 11 am to 9 pm
- Tuesday, August 6th – 4 to 9 pm
- Wednesday, August 7th – 4 to 9 pm
- Thursday, August 8th – 4 to 9 pm
- Friday, August 9th – 2 to 9 pm
- Saturday, August 10th – 11 am to 9 pm
- Sunday, August 11th – 11 am to 9 pm
Harmony Arts Festival Tips
Below are some suggestions and information to help you make the most out of your time at the Harmony Arts Festival.
TIP #1: The best times to visit the festival are in the evenings and on the weekends, although that’s also when it’s the most crowded. During the daytime on weekdays it can be pretty quiet. There’s more to see and listen to in the evenings, and on the weekends is when all the art displays come out.
TIP #2: If coming over the Lions Gate Bridge from downtown, if you can, try to avoid rush hour. On the three-lane bridge, during the morning rush there will most likely be two lanes of traffic heading southbound into Vancouver and only one going northbound to the North Shore, with the opposite in the evening.
TIP #3: Make a day of your visit – there is so much going on, with all the music, outdoor evening movies and things to see. There is also so much to see and do in the area, including the beaches.
While at the festival go for a stroll along the seawall, take the kids to the giant kids’ play area at John Lawson Park, have a swim in the ocean or enjoy the sun on the sand. And if you don’t want to spend the whole day at the festival, then check out all the other world-class places to visit nearby on the North Shore.
TIP #4: Parking can be a challenge. If you can, take public transit. If you drive though, there is parking at Ambleside Park at the bottom of 13th Avenue if you turn east away from the festival. There is also street side parking along the lower part of West Vancouver nearby. Park Royal Shopping Mall is also just a 10-minute-or-so walk away, although you’re not supposed to park there when you’re not shopping.
See the Harmony Arts Festival website for further information about the West Vancouver event.
For a list of other major festivals in the Lower Mainland, see the Festivals & Events Calendar.