Billed as “the largest Youth Week event in the Lower Mainland, North Vancouver’s CityFest features live music, a BBQ, skateboarding, prizes and games.
CityFest took place virtually on May 2nd in 2020. Details are to be confirmed for the 2021 event.
2020 EVENT GOES ONLINE
Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, on April 7th, 2020, organizers of CityFest announced that the 2020 event would be “online” and not taking place at the Shipyards as originally planned. For details about the new virtual format see the CityFest Facebook page.
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. In 2020, however, it was going to take place at the Shipyards by the waterfront not far from Lonsdale Quay. Although it isn’t happening at the Shipyards this year due to the coronavirus, it likely will be at the new venue in 2021.
CityFest is a free festival held annually on the first Saturday in May. It usually runs from around 11:00 to 4:00 pm.
The event includes performing arts, visual arts, food and the Lower Mainland’s largest skateboard competition. Close to 4000 youth attend each year and most of the entertainment features local youth.
Live Music at CityFest
In addition to its skateboarding competition, CityFest features live music on a couple of different stages. Performers are local youth bands, singers, dancers and other entertainers who sign up for between around 10 minutes and an hour each to be on stage.
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.
To give you an idea of what to expect, the live entertainment schedule for 2019 was the following (and the 2021 lineup will likely be similar):
On Stage One
- 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
- 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
For a video from CityFest 2014, see below.
For more on 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.