Billed as “the largest Youth Week event in the Lower Mainland, North Vancouver’s CityFest features live music, a BBQ, skateboarding, prizes and games.
In 2022 CityFest took place on Saturday, May 7th. It was a live, in-person event, but at a new venue. The skateboard park by the Harry Jerome Rec Centre was closed due to construction in the area. As a result, this past year’s event happened at the Shipyards.
CityFest took place virtually in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 event happened online as well but in a different way. From May 1st to the 7th that year, a couple of North Vancouver students painted a mural at the Shipyards. Local youth participated in the design of the mural using social media. Prizes were also available.
Youth CityFest in North Vancouver
CityFest is a one-day festival that’s popular with families, older kids and youth. In past years it has been held in the parking lot of Centennial Theatre by the skateboard park at 2300 Lonsdale Avenue (by Harry Jerome Rec Centre). In 2020, however, it was going to take place at the Shipyards by the waterfront not far from Lonsdale Quay.
Although the event didn’t happen live at the Shipyards in 2020 or 2021 due to the coronavirus, the festival did take place there on Saturday, May 7th, in 2022.
CityFest is a free festival held annually on the first Saturday in May. It ran from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm on May 7th in 2022.
The event includes an art exhibit, live music, food trucks, a longboard race and the Lower Mainland’s largest skateboard competition. Over 400 local youth performed and competed in 2022. Close to 4000 people attend the event in normal years.
Live Music at CityFest
In addition to its skateboarding competition, CityFest features live music on a couple of different stages most years. Performers are local youth bands, singers, dancers and other entertainers who sign up for stage time.
The quality of the performances varies, but it is generally fairly good. What makes the event special is the fact that so many youth get the opportunity to perform.
Entertainment Schedule (in 2019)
There was no public announcement for the live entertainment schedule for 2022 as of early May that we know of. Two of the bands that played were Grade School and Super Budget, but the exact times were unknown.
To give you an idea of what you might be able to expect, the live entertainment schedule for 2019 was the following:
On Stage One (in 2019)
- 10:00 am – Sabrina Simmons
- 10:15 am – Yeti Boys
- 10:30 am – Ava Maria Safai
- 10:50 am – Felisha Rollin
- 11:10 am – Rogue Circus Co.
- 11:25 am – Champions Karate
- 11:50 am – From Ash to Dust
- 12:10 pm – Molly Annelle
- 12:30 pm – N S A D
- 1:00 pm – Ashley Pater
- 1:30 pm – Liam Sturgess
- 2:00 pm – Jade Mooking
- 2:20 pm – RNB Dance
- 2:50 pm – Mackenzie Vunak
- 3:10 pm – Pat Charlson
- 3:30 pm – Ashley Pater
On Stage Two (in 2019)
- 10:45 am – Bodwell All-Star Rock Band
- 11:15 am – mid * air
- 11:50 am – ED
- 12:25 pm – Power Outage
- 1:00 pm – Black Pontiac
- 2:00 pm – Quinn Pickering
- 2:50 pm – Hatchback
- 3:30 pm – Emma Jeffrey
To learn more about the CityFest event, see the City of North Vancouver‘s website.
For more information on other things to see in the area, check out the North Shore.
And for other best places in the Lower Mainland for children and youth, see Vancouver for Kids.