Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival 2013

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Attendees at a Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival

The Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival – Vancouver’s largest free outdoor music festival – is just a few weeks away.

The Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival offers “amazing food,” a beer garden, and more! There will also be performances from 50 bands across 12 stages.

“[The Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival] is a celebration of local talent,” says Russ Davies, CEO of the Kitsilano 4th Avenue Business Improvement Association. “It’s also a great way for the crowds to experience the best talent Vancouver has to offer.”

Among the many bands – ranging from indie acts to “eclectic pods of distinctive local artisans” to street performers – scheduled to perform at the festival are the Top 20 Bands from the 2013 PEAK Performance Project.

The Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on West 4th Avenue, between Macdonald and Burrard.

For more information, visit: www.khatsahlano.com/

About the Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival

Local merchants turn Kitsilano’s legendary West 4th Avenue into a gigantic, 10-block street fair with a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways and special activities. Stroll down West 4th Avenue from Burrard to MacDonald and you will be captivated by the electric energy of the festival, the friendly Kits atmosphere and cool entertainment. Hailed a success by local media and attendees alike, last year saw [more than] 80,000 people swarm West 4th to enjoy the day-long festivities. Firmly anchored into the summer calendar, 2013 will see expanded content including two PEAK Performance Project stages, programming by Arrival Agency and offers guests the opportunity to connect and interact with our entertainers, sponsors, merchants and community both before and during the festival. Come and join us for another stellar celebration of Vancouver’s amazing music and arts scene!

Answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions (taken directly from www.khatsahlano.com/p/faq-about)

Question: Is there food there?
Answer: Absolutely! We are one of Vancouver’s favourite award-winning restaurant streets – there’s 50 great places to eat & drink on West 4th. Kick back on a patio, or grab take-away and make your own street picnic… there’s food options galore for every wallet. We also have a wonderful selection of food truck vendors on the street, too – so bring your appetite!

Question: What happens if it rains?
Answer: The show must go on! [The Khatsahlano! Music and Art Festival] goes rain or shine, so bring your umbrella if it does happen to shower. The bands advertised on this site are confirmed and scheduled to perform, but sometimes our acts are subject to change.

Question: Can I bring along my pet?
Answer: Leashed pets and service animals are welcome on the Festival site and at select retailers, but are NOT permitted in food areas, restaurants or patios. Please make sure your pet does not bite, scare or inconvenience other guests AND BE SURE TO CLEAN UP AFTER THEM.

What to bring (if you prefer):

  • Cash, credit, debit cards – there are ATMs along the festival site
  • Comfortable shoes – the festival site is 10 blocks, or one mile, long!
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Picnic blanket
  • Lawn chair
  • Backpack
  • Umbrella
  • Camera
  • Your friends and family!

What not to bring:

  • Alcohol (and there’s zero tolerance for drunkenness on site, too)
  • Weapons
  • Fireworks
  • Professional audio, video and photography equipment
  • Projectiles
  • BBQs
  • Animals not on a leash

Feature Image: BongoJack Media Ltd.’s Facebook Page

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