Vancouver Mural Festival: Five things to know

In a way, Vancouver Mural Festival never really ends. The public art installations set to be unveiled next week are permanent, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy them long after the festival winds to a close.

But in another way, the Vancouver Mural Festival ends six days after it begins, because it’s a six-day festival. And while the memories and murals are sure to last much longer than that, the tours, parties and other can’t-miss events will all take place between Aug. 6 and 11 in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.

The event, now in its third year, is set to transform the city with more than 30 new murals from a diverse roster of local and international artists. Here are five things you should know about it:

Check the mural map

With murals all over the place, it might be difficult to track them all down without a little help. Fortunately, help has arrived. The festival organizers have provided a very useful, interactive map, with pins dropped at every new mural, as well as information about the artwork and the artist behind it.

Now you can get all the selfies.

Don’t be fooled by the handful of murals in other neighbourhoods, by the way. This is a Mount Pleasant festival, put on in conjunction with the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association (MPBIA). But it’s a mural festival — you go where the good walls are.

Take a bike tour

That said, you won’t even need a map if you sign up for a free, guided bicycle tour.

You don’t even need your own bike. Festival organizers have partnered with Mobi Bikes to help attendees make their way to all the best and biggest murals, even those outside the Mount Pleasant area in False Creek Flats and Strathcona.

The tours take place at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on the festival’s final day. Interested parties can sign up online or at Mobi’s tent on 6th and Main during the Saturday street party.

It ends with a big street party

The six-day festival wraps up Saturday with the Vancouver Mural Fest Street Party, beginning at noon on Main Street between 7th and 12th avenues. The streets will be closed, alleyways will be transformed, and there will be live art, street dance battles, multiple stages and multiple beer gardens. There will also be food trucks galore, including several dessert trucks parked at Main and 10th Avenue in an area that organizers are calling Ice

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment


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