Powell Street Festival is one of the largest and longest-running community arts festivals in Canada, located in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, Paueru Gai – today known as the Downtown Eastside.

The Powell Street Festival is a free 2-day public event, which attracts nearly 17,500 local, national and international attendees. It is held in both outdoor locations and indoor venues around the Powell Street area within Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, on the traditional unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil- Waututh First Nations. Influenced by typical Japanese summer festivals or matsuri, PSF features something for everyone, including dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demonstrations, amateur sumo tournaments, children’s activities, participatory activities, walking tours of the historic neighbourhood, craft vendors, traditional displays, delicious Japanese food, and much more. The Festival provides a platform for Japanese Canadians to perform, display their work and gain recognition.

Powell Street Festival

Powell Street Festival:

Dates: July 30 – 31, 2022
Times: 11:30am – 7pm
Location: Oppenheimer Park
Address: Powell Street
Website: powellstreetfestival.com