The Harmony Arts Festival features live music, art displays and other entertainment along the waterfront in West Vancouver in August.
There are usually free outdoor movies too, but not last year. Hopefully they’ll be back in 2022!
This year the festival goes from July 29th until August 7th.
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Harmony Arts Festival
In 2021 the festival ran from Friday, July 30th, to Sunday, August 8th. In 2022, the Harmony Arts Festival runs from Friday, July 29th, to Sunday, August 7th.
The free family-friendly festival runs for about 10 days each year and usually draws thousands of people each day. During normal years, as many as 140,000 attend over the course of the event.
We highly recommend the Harmony Arts Festival if you like art, live music or free outdoor movies. It’s also one of the Lower Mainland’s most beautiful areas when there are lots going on.
The 2021 event wasn’t as large as it has been in past years. There were no free nightly movies, and some of the other special events didn’t happen either. There were, however, free concerts and displays of art.
In 2021 there was an art market along Argyle Avenue on the first Friday and both Saturdays and Sundays. There were also art exhibits and food trucks set up every day, and daily live music at Millennium Park.
2022 festival details are to be confirmed.
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 Millennium Park
Millennium Park is about halfway between Ambleside and John Lawson Park. It’s here where you’ll find food, a beer garden and live music.
When the festival isn’t happening, as of the summer of 2021, people can drink alcohol at Millennium Park. You can take your own booze and drink it openly in designated areas between 12 pm and dusk. During the Harmony Arts Festival, however, you can’t take your own alcohol. You have to buy it from the beer garden instead.
During the festival the patio and lounge are nice places to enjoy drinks and sit at a table while enjoying the live entertainment. The live music occurs on the outdoor stage during the daytime and evenings every day.
JAZZ IN FORT LANGLEY
If you like Jazz, then also be sure to check out the Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival in July. It’s a fabulous event!
Concerts at Millennium Park
During the Harmony Arts Festival, outdoor concerts take place at Millennium Park. This is located at the foot of 15th Avenue about halfway between John Lawson Park and Ambleside in West Vancouver.
While some parts of the festival weren’t happening or were more limited than normal in 2021, there were still plenty of concerts in Millennium Park. Below is the full schedule.
(Note: Times and performer details were subject to change.)
Friday, July 30th Concerts in 2021
Saturday, July 31st Concerts in 2021
- 1:15 pm – Tim Readman and Prairie Wolf
- 2:45 pm – Stone Poets
- 4:30 pm – Krystle Dos Santos
- 7:00 pm – TriloJay
Sunday, August 1st Concerts in 2021
Monday, August 2nd Concerts in 2021
Tuesday, August 3rd Concerts in 2021
Wednesday, August 4th Concerts in 2021
Thursday, August 5th Concerts in 2021
Friday, August 6th Concerts in 2021
- 4:30 pm – Diane Lines’ JUMP
- 7:00 pm – Mazacote
Saturday, August 7th Concerts in 2021
- 1:15 pm – Linda Kidder
- 2:45 pm – Reid Jamieson Band
- 4:30 pm – John Welsh & Los Valientes
- 7:00 pm – Coco Jafro
Sunday, August 8th Concerts in 2021
- 1:15 pm – Mark James Fortin with Lorna & Ella Mae Fortin
- 2:45 pm – Charlie PS
- 4:30 pm – Paul Pigat
- 7:00 pm – Soulstream
Harmony Arts at Argyle Avenue
Argyle Avenue is the lane that goes along West Vancouver near the waterfront, connecting Ambleside with John Lawson Park.
It’s normally a small roadway for cars and bicycles with parking along the side, but it’s set up with rows of market stalls with artists selling their works during the Harmony Arts Festival.
There are also various spots along the way between John Lawson Park and Ambleside with places to buy food, see art displays and take in art demonstrations.
Harmony Arts at John Lawson Park
The main stage for the Sunset Concerts is usually set up at John Lawson Park. The nightly live music normally starts at 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 most years.
In 2021, because of the scaled-back format, there were no nightly movies or concerts at John Lawson Park. Hopefully those will be back again in 2022.
Harmony Arts Movies
There are usually free outdoor movies shown in Johan Lawson Park starting around 9:00 pm each night. They did not happen, however, in 2021.
To give you an idea of what to expect in future years, below are the movies shown in 2019.
- August 2nd (2019) – Green Book (2018)
- August 3rd (2019) – Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
- August 4th (2019) – Incredibles 2 (2018)
- August 5th (2019) – Indian Horse (2018)
- August 6th (2019) – Free Solo (2018)
- August 7th (2019) – Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (1969)
- August 8th (2019) – The Truman Show (starring Jim Carrey) (1998)
- August 9th (2019) – Black Panther (2018)
- August 10th (2019) – 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 usually take place in John Lawson Park at the foot of 17th Street in West Vancouver starting at 7:30 pm each evening. Like with the movies, no concerts happened in 2021 at this venue.
Harmony Arts Festival Tips
Below are some suggestions 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. It can be pretty quiet during the daytime on weekdays. There’s more to see and listen to in the evenings, and all the art displays come out on the weekends.
TIP #2: If coming over the Lions Gate Bridge from downtown, try to avoid rush hour. During the morning rush on the three-lane bridge, there will 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 a lot 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. Take public transit if you can. If you drive though, there is parking at Ambleside Park at the bottom of 13th Avenue. There is also street-side parking along the lower part of West Vancouver nearby. Park Royal Shopping Mall is just a 10-minute-or-so walk away as well, 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.