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Get soaked in a flash mob, dance at the festivals and witness a solar powered tricycle

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If you weren't in Vancouver last weekend, you missed out. The Summer Live festival at Stanley Park was a huge success with great performances. Here's my personal favourite Dan Mangan singing his last song of the evening.

Having said that, you'll be able to catch a bunch of new festivals in town this weekend. Can summer never end?

Top Picks

1. Parks Day 2011 (Free Outdoor Concert)
July 16 | 12-8:30 PM | Brockton Point in Stanley Park | FREE!

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Parks Canada and friends BC Parks with festivities from 12-5pm and a FREE outdoor concert from 4-8:30pm with international sensation K’Naan, The Sheepdogs, and BC's own Kate Morgan. Be sustainable! Bike, walk or take public transit to this event.

2. Vancouver Waterfight FlashMob!
July 16 | 1-4 PM | Stanley Park | Free

Who wants to have a waterfight?? Raise your hands but then get ready to pull the trigger, cause we're going to get soaked!! Totally saturated! To date this flash mob has 7500+ people attending w/ 5000+ maybes.

3. eatART: Power The Vag
July 16 | 10 AM – 6 PM | Outside Vancouver Art Gallery | FREE!

The 3rd annual Energy Awareness Art Party includes a pedal powered sound system and an unforgettable outdoor dance party. Spend Saturday on the front lawn of the VAG with giant zero emissions kinetic sculptures including Daisy the solar-powered tricycle, Gramorail, the Mondo Spider, Prosthesis, and Titanoboa. Pedal power will be generated by 8 teams of “watt-riders” who will power the eight-hour event by pedalling with their back wheels resting on a spinning mini generator that is connected to the sound system.


Honourable Mentions

Vancouver Folk Festival
July 15-17 | Jericho Beach Park | $40 or $165 for 3-day pass
This weekend Jericho Beach turns into the annual Vancouver Folk Festival with three days of performances on seven different stages. Artists include Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans, Dustin Bentall & Kendel Carson, Buck 65, Josh Ritter & The Royal City, and many more.  The festival features dancers singers, bands, and performers of all kinds as well as vendor bazaar, food tents, and kid zone.

Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival
Jul 15-17 | SFU Woodwards | Various $

The VISAFF will showcase films selected by Sundance (features, shorts, student film, documentaries), a panel discussion by some of the most prestigious film industry professionals, a red carpet opening reception and a grand closing gala.

Indian Summer Festival
July 7–17 | SFU Centre for the Arts | Varied $

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