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Vancouver outdoor events to brighten up your weekend

Female dancers at Sawan Mela. Photo Credit: Vancouver21

There is something incredibly satisyfing about listening to music and holding picnics outdoors. Luckily for us, there is a ton of outdoor music festivals going on this weekend, ranging from DJs to salsa to bhangra. So pick your favourite and enjoy another great weekend in Vancouver. And with a few days left to check out the MusicFest Vancouver, here's a look back at the festival over the years and what to expect this year. 

The BEE list is curated by Ajay Masala PuriLisa Craveiro, Steve Williams, and Lorien Henson.

Top Picks

1. New Brighton Special
Aug 13 | 2-10 PM | New Brighton Park | Free

Vancouver Urbanspaces Initia​tive (VUSI) brings you your favourite picnic in the park. The park is located near near the Secnd Narrows bridge. Get ready for summertime sounds of soulful dance music with an exciting new line-up of DJs plus dancing and lounging in an iconic West Coast Park. You can dance, eat and sunbath all day long. BBQ and virgin bar will be available all day. Don't forget your blankets, sunscreen, dog and bike.

2. 2011 Summer Multicultural Festival
Aug 14 | 3PM | Victoria Drive & 40th Ave.

Fun times with our friends at Latincouver. Join in the next presentation at the Summer Multicultural Festival 2011 in Vancouver with Mexican Folklore Dances from Nayarit Mestizo, Nayarit Costa de Oro and Jalisco, as well as a Salsa Performanace. Lots of family fun facepainting, ballons, games, prizes and much more.

3. The 9th Annual Vancouver Sawan Mela
Aug 13 & 14th | 2-8 PM | Jack Poole Plaza, Canada Place

The Sawan Mela originally began in 2002 in south Vancouver, and now it is set to take over the home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Cauldron. There is sure to be something for everyone at the Sawan Mela. Enjoy savory butter chicken or tangy dosas; have a mini-makeover and henna tattoos. The marketplace would be full of cross-cultural delights to tempt all the senses: delicious smells and aromas, bright, vibrant colours as well as plenty of action: yoga, bhangra and bollywood dance classes. On Saturday evening, there will also be outdoor screening of a bollywood movie "Jab We Met". Thanks Nisha!

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