Yaletown is one of the trendiest and busiest neighbourhoods in all of Vancouver. This lively neighbourhood not only offers great restaurants and boutique shopping, it is also a tightly knit community that provides its residents and the general public with a host of great community sponsored events throughout the year. Here is a brief look at some of the more popular community events in the Yaletown district.
The Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre
The Roundhouse Community Centre is the hub for local, community events and is Yaletown’s event centre. There is always something going on at the Roundhouse. On any given day throughout the month, the community centre offers a wide range of events that include art exhibitions, plays and theatre. Make sure to check out the website or drop in regularly to see a detailed list of the exciting, monthly events.
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
At the end of June of every year, the Vancouver Jazz Festival welcomes a wide range of talented and world-renowned jazz musicians to the city. Yaletown’s David Lam Park and the Roundhouse Community Centre are transformed into four stages that offer live music. The performances at these two Yaletown locations are free and attract large crowds. Come and see or hear for yourself why the Vancouver International Jazz Festival is one event that you do not want to miss.
Yaletown Community BBQ
In June, the community of Yaletown hosts a free, family friendly BBQ at the Roundhouse Centre Turntable Plaza. This BBQ is hosted by some of the local Yaletown merchants and offers live music as well as community minded activities such as free bike engraving. The Yaletown Community BBQ is an all age’s event that promises to provide plenty of fun and a great time for all.
Yaletown Farmer’s Market
Beginning in May of each year, the Yaletown Farmer’s Market provides the community of Yaletown with some of the freshest, local produce from around the city and the Lower Mainland. This market offers a wide selection of organic, locally sourced produce, artisan foods as well as locally made jewelry and other assorted arts and crafts. Make sure to stop by to see why the Farmer’s Market is a Yaletown classic.
Taste of Yaletown
In October, Yaletown’s restaurants provide an opportunity to taste some of the best food in all of the city prepared by some of the city’s award winning chefs. A Taste of Yaletown offers fixed priced menus at some of the neighbourhoods most popular and well respected restaurants. This event allows patrons to taste distinct pairings and sample innovative dishes from the participating Yaletown restaurants. A Taste of Yaletown is a must for any foodie or anyone else who wants to experience a great culinary experience.
Picnic in the Park
Bring your favourite picnic blanket and come join in on the fun at David Lam Park in August. Picnic in the Park is a Yaletown favourite and offers a free afternoon picnic as well as games and entertainment for the entire family. This fun filled afternoon is followed by an outdoor movie and free popcorn. So make sure to bring a blanket and find a place on the grass at David Lam Park so you can enjoy this popular and free family oriented event.
Candy Town is a Yaletown winter celebration and is Vancouver’s only free outdoor winter festival. Candy Town features a wide range of entertainment such as ice-sculpting, horse-drawn carriage rides and the popular “All I Want for Christmas” gift market. This winter festival is hosted by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association and transforms one of the district’s streets into a winter wonderland. This festival is open to the public and will help give you a jump start on all of your holiday shopping. Yaletown’s Candy Town winter festival is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!
Yaletown is a neighbourhood that offers so much more than trendy restaurants and great boutique shopping. It is a tight knit neighborhood that offers a host of community events. Many of these events are hosted and sponsored by local merchants who are heavily invested in and see the importance of supporting the vibrant neighbourhood of Yaletown. Yaletown’s community feel and the support it gets from the local businesses is just one more reason as to why it is such a popular place to call home.
If you would like to be a part of any of these exciting Yaletown events or would like to see some of the great real estate options that abound in the neighbourhood, please contact me. I would love to introduce you to the unique Yaletown lifestyle and why so many people want to be a part of the Yaletown experience!