The 2020 Harmony Arts Festival is cancelled due to COVID-19. Read more.

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2020 Harmony Arts Festival cancelled due to COVID-19

The District of West Vancouver is cancelling all summer programs, events and rentals offered by the Parks, Culture & Community Services division. This includes the annual Canada Day celebration on July 1, and the Harmony Arts Festival, normally held the first 10 days in August.

The public facilities that housed summer programs were closed March 15 due to COVID-19. Canada Day and Harmony Arts Festival are both large public gatherings, which are currently banned. These cancellation decisions were made because it is not known when it will be safe to resume normal activities. The cancellations are in effect until August 31, 2020.

 “We know this will be disappointing news to many, both inside and outside our community. It’s difficult to imagine a summer in West Vancouver without Harmony Arts,” said Mayor Mary-Ann Booth. “While we can’t predict when it will be safe to re-open, we carefully studied the current available data before making this difficult decision.   If we try to resume normal activities too soon, the length of this period of curtailed activities could be extended.” Read more.

History

We want to acknowledge that the Ferry Building Gallery is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Musqueam Nation. We recognize and respect them as nations in this territory, as well as their historic connection to the lands and waters around us since time immemorial.

Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited, began 30 years ago with a simple dream: to give the North Shore a festival worthy of its unparalleled setting.

Our desire to create a community-oriented celebration of the visual arts has grown to include culinary and performing arts. With Harmony, we share the very best that West Vancouver has to offer: creative arts and community, all set against a view that can't be beat.

We've seen the profound impact that a diverse and sophisticated festival like Harmony Arts can have on our community and its citizens. Harmony is where longtime locals mingle with new neighbours, art enthusiasts meet enthusiastic novices and generations come together on the waterfront.

Along the way, we've built a community that extends beyond the North Shore. Each year, the festival attracts more than 140,000 visitors from the Sea to Sky and across Metro Vancouver: together, we celebrate the spirit, lifestyle and natural beauty that make this place so special.

Join us for groundbreaking performances, stunning visual arts and world-class culinary experiences.

Harmony Arts Festival. A uniquely West Van experience.

Location

The festival takes place in West Vancouver along the waterfront on Argyle Avenue, from 14th to 16th Street. Festival sites include John Lawson Park, Millennium Park, Ambleside Landing, the Music Box, the Silk Purse and the Ferry Building Gallery.

Getting to the festival

Information about these arts facilities

Zero Waste

The festival is proud to be a Zero Waste Festival. In 2019, the festival further improved by diverting 87.5 per cent of its waste from landfills with the support of Green Chair Recycling.

  • 723 bags of garbage saved
  • 5,550 kg of items recycled
  • 15.9 tonnes of CO2 saved (the equivalent of driving 260 round trips from Vancouver to Whistler)

FAQ

Can I bring my own alcohol?

Outside alcohol is not permitted, however, we have two licensed lounges where your family can enjoy a beverage while listening to free concerts on the beach. Proceeds from alcohol sales contribute to hosting the musicians on our stages.

Can I bring my water bottle?

Yes, we encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle and refill it at our water station in John Lawson Park.

Can I bring my dog?

We love your furry friends but dogs are only permitted along Argyle Avenue at the Art Market.

Will there be a bike valet?

We’ve heard from the cycling community and have made bike racks available throughout the festival site.

Culinary Arts

  • seated outdoor dining
  • two licensed beachside lounges
  • food trucks
  • ticketed culinary events

Performing Arts

  • fifty-two beachside concerts
  • Indigenous welcoming ceremonies
  • Indigenous carvers
  • outdoor author reading

Visual Arts

  • eighty art market vendors
  • waterfront art exhibitions
  • twenty-seven artist workshops and demonstrations
  • forty-five artist works displayed in local businesses
  • drop-in activities for children
  • nine outdoor movies