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Harmony Arts Festival is being modified for 2021

We are excited to share the news that this summer—modified for 2021—the Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited, will return to the West Vancouver waterfront from July 30 to August 8. The District of West Vancouver is following COVID-19 protocols as set by the Provincial Health Officer.
 
Although Harmony will look different this year, the spirit, lifestyle, and natural beauty that makes West Vancouver so special will shine through. This uniquely West Vancouver festival has grown over the past 30 years to include visual, culinary, and performing arts.

History

We acknowledge that the Harmony Arts Festival 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.

The desire to create a community-oriented celebration of the visual arts, has grown to include culinary, performing arts and literary 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. In previous years, Harmony Arts 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 festival that extends beyond the North Shore. The festival has attracted more than 140,000 annual visitors from the Sea to Sky and across Metro Vancouver.

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. For 2021, the festival activities will center around Millennium Park at the foot of 15th Street. All new for this year, the Cypress Pop-up Village, located at 3757 Cypress Bowl Road, will be the venue to stage four dinner and comedy improv nights.

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 in the licensed area, however, we have a beachfront lounge where you can purchase a beverage to enjoy while listening to free concerts. Proceeds from alcohol sales go towards supporting the musicians.

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
  • licensed beachside lounge
  • food trucks

Performing Arts

  • 32 beachside concerts
  • Indigenous carvers
  • outdoor author reading
  • ticketed dinner & comedy improv. event

Visual Arts

  • 46 art market vendors
  • waterfront art exhibitions