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Coquitlam’s Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

LaFarge Lake Concert Stage

A free, annual tradition in Coquitlam, the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival is a weekend of music, art and culture. In 2022 it happened in three different parks.

In past years the festival has been just a one-day event at Town Centre Park. In 2022, however, it happened on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of August 19th to 21st. It also happened at three parks instead of just the one. Details for the 2023 event are still to be confirmed.


The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in 2022

The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival began in 2016 as a one-day event. It has since grown into a full weekend of programming.

Fitting given its name, the festival has a range of offerings and is split up into multiple venues. In 2022, each day of the festival took place in a different public park with its own unique theme. There was a day of live music, a day of cultural performances and hands-on activities, and a day of children-focused entertainment.

The festival had to take place in modified formats in both 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. In 2022, however, Kaleidoscope returned to what it was like in past years, but now even larger and more extensive than ever before!




2022 Dates and Locations

The dates for the festival in 2022 were August 19th to 21st. Exact dates for the 2023 festival are still to be confirmed.

Three different Coquitlam parks hosted the festival in 2022. On Friday, August 19th, Kaleidoscope began at Town Centre Park at 1299 Pinetree Way. The activities happened next to Lafarge Lake. Performances that night were from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The next day, on Saturday, August 20th, the festival hit Blue Mountain Park at 975 King Albert Avenue from noon until 4:00 pm. On the 21st, on the Sunday, activities once again ran from noon to 4:00 pm, but this time in Victoria Park at 3435 Victoria Drive.

All of the festival’s events are entirely free to attend! They take place outdoors so make sure to dress appropriately for whatever the weather is like.


2022 Kaleidoscope Schedule

Each day of the festival is different from the other, not just in location but with regards to the theming as well. One detail they all have in common are the food trucks stationed at the parks. You’ll always be able to find something to eat!

Below were full performance schedules for the festival in 2022.


Friday, August 19th, 2022

The first day of the festival was a free concert at Town Centre Park. There were two musical acts performing. Also, alongside the stage was the largest collection of food trucks of any of the three days of the festival.

Below is who performed and when on the Friday.

  • 6:00 pm – Carmanah: a Folk-Rock band from Victoria.
  • 7:30 pm – Dan Mangan: a multi-time Juno Award-winning Indie Rock artist from Vancouver.


Saturday, August 20th, 2022

The day at Blue Mountain Park was meant to be a cultural celebration. It offered attendees the chance to take part in various activities and learn a bit about the local environment too. In addition to the scheduled events listed below, there were multiple art exhibits and activity centres open the entire time from noon until 4:00 pm.

  • 12:00 pm – White Thunder Spirt Dance (Performance & Workshop)
  • 12:50 pm – Aeriosa Dance Society (Performance)
  • 1:15 pm – Interactive Plant Walk
  • 1:15 pm – Yvonne Kushe (Performance)
  • 2:00 pm – Livona Ellis (Performance)
  • 2:15 pm – Interactive Plant Walk
  • 2:20 pm – Aeriosa Dance Society (Performance)
  • 2:45 pm – Yvonne Kushe (Performance)
  • 3:15 pm – Interactive Plant Walk
  • 3:30 pm – Livona Ellis (Performance)
  • 3:50 pm – Aeriosa Dance Society (Performance)


Sunday, August 21st, 2022

The final day of the festival was centered around family-friendly entertainment and activities in Victoria Park. There were some arts and crafts stations in addition to the events listed below.

  • 12:00 pm – Ana Bon-Bon (Performance)
  • 12:30 pm – Indigenous Storytelling with Kung Jaadee
  • 1:00 pm – Still Moon Arts Society Stilting and Bird Puppet Workshop
  • 1:00 pm – Diamonds in the Rough (Performance & Workshop)
  • 1:30 pm – Indigenous Storytelling with Kung Jaadee
  • 1:45 pm – Jeanette Kotowich Metis (Jiggling Dance & Workshop)
  • 2:15 pm – Shawn Bullshields (Performance)
  • 2:30 pm – Story Time Under the Tree
  • 2:30 pm – Diamonds in the Rough (Performance & Workshop)
  • 3:15 pm – Jeanette Kotowich Metis (Jiggling Dance & Workshop)
  • 3:30 pm – Shawn Bullshields (Performance)


Other Information

For more information about the events, visit the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival website.

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