The Harmony Arts Festival features live music, art displays, outdoor movies and other entertainment along the waterfront in West Vancouver in August.
The free family-friendly festival runs for about 10 days each year and draws thousands of people each day.
Harmony Arts Festival 2018
In 2018 the festival runs from Friday, August 3rd, to Sunday, August 12th.
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.
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 ONNI Sunset Concerts. John Lawson is also the site for Cinema in the Park outdoor movies each evening. The nightly concerts usually take place at 7:30 pm and feature a variety of great music talent.
Harmony Arts Movies in 2017
In 2017 the following free outdoor movies were shown at the festival in John Lawson Park starting at around 9 pm:
- Friday, August 4th – Hidden Figures (2016)
- Saturday, August 5th – Jurassic Park (1993)
- Sunday, August 6th – Zootopia (2016)
- Monday, August 7th – From Russia with Love (1963)
- Tuesday, August 8th – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
- Wednesday, August 9th – In the Heat of the Night (1967)
- Thursday, August 10th – My Cousin Vinny (1992)
- Friday, August 11th – Moulin Rouge (2001)
- Saturday, August 12th – The Martian (2015)
See Harmony Arts Movies for more information.
TIP: For the movies and music concerts, take your own lawn chairs. Also, note that movies and exact start times are subject to change.
Concerts at John Lawson Park
Concerts also take place in John Lawson Park at the foot of 17th Street in West Vancouver starting at 7:30 pm each evening, including the following in 2017:
- Friday, August 4: Cousin Harley.
- Saturday, August 5: Warren Dean Flandez – singing a mix of Gospel and Jazz.
- Sunday, August 6: Redeye Empire
- Monday, August 7: Dawn Pemberton
- Tuesday, August 8: Big Little Lions
- Wednesday, August 9: Valdy
- Thursday, August 10: Tanga
- Friday, August 11: Jackson Hollow
- Saturday, August 12: Khari Wendell McClelland
- Sunday, August 13: The Paperboys
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 Living Garden Stage during the daytime and evenings every day.
2017 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.
Below is the Harmony Arts Festival live music lineup for 2017 at this venue.
Friday August 4th Concerts
- Mainstreet Muze with Babe Gurr – from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.
- Bobby Bruce’s Nearly Neil & the Solitary Band – a tribute to Neil Diamond from 8:45 to 10:00 pm.
Saturday August 5th Concerts
- Beverley Elliott – from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
- Emma Currie – from 2:15 to 3:15 pm.
- Pat Chessell – Roots, Celtic and Folk music from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
- The Tourist Company – from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.
- En Karma –from 8:45 to 10:00 pm.
Sunday August 6th Concerts
- Lydia Hol – from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
- Chris Ronald – from 2:15 to 3:15 pm.
- Colin Bullock – a talented and multi-tasking musician on guitar, vocals, harmonica, foot percussion and tambourine from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
- Tillers Folley – from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.
- Coco Jafro – from 8:45 to 10:00 pm.
Monday August 7th Concerts
- Linda Kidder – from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
- Reid Jamieson – from 2:15 to 3:15 pm.
- Mike Edel – from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
- Souled Out – from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.
- Side One – from 8:45 to 10:00 pm.
Tuesday August 8th Concerts
- Opera Meets Broadway – from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.
- Mad Pudding – from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.
- Birds of Chicago – from 8:45 to 10:00 pm.
Wednesday August 9th Concerts
- Jen Hodge All Stars – from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.
- Melanie Dekker – from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.
- Jim Brynes – from 8:45 to 10:00 pm.
Thursday August 10th Concerts
- Company B Jazz Band – from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.
- Jack Garton & the Demon Squadron – from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.
- The Boom Booms – from 8:45 to 10:00 pm.
Friday August 11th Concerts
- Winsome Kind – from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.
- Lion Bear Fox – from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.
- Soul Stream – from 8:45 to 10:00 pm.
Saturday August 12th Concerts
- Cold Water Road – from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
- Andrew Phelan – from 2:15 to 3:15 pm.
- Dear One – from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
- Echo Nebraska – from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.
- The Piano Man – A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel – from 8:45 to 10:00 pm.
Sunday August 13th Concerts
- Liam Sturgess – from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
- Clare Coupland – from 2:15 to 3:15 pm.
- Blackberry Wood – from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
- John Welsh Band – from 5:45 to 7:30 pm.
- R&B Allstars – an eleven-member band playing R&B, Soul and Funk from 8:45 to 10:00 pm.
Check out the Harmony Arts Festival website for more on the Living Garden Stage concerts that take place between two and five times each day.
Note: scheduled concert times and performers are 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.
Harmony Arts Festival Tips
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. Durng 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 all 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.
TIP #5: New for 2017 is free shuttle between Canada Place and both the Park Royal Shopping Centre and Harmony Arts Festival venue. For details click Harmony Arts Shuttle Service. Departures run 5 or 6 times per day. 2018 details are to be confirmed.
See the Harmony Arts Festival website for further information.
For a list of other major festivals in the Lower Mainland, see the Festivals & Events Calendar.