Vancouver Mural Festival
877 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Y1, Canada
Photo courtesy of Vancouver Mural Festival
Vancouver Mural FestivalThe city’s largest annual celebration of public art, the Vancouver Mural Festival sprinkles large-scale works throughout the Strathcona, Eastside, and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods. Muralists gather for ten days each summer, backed by a musical lineup that includes indie greats like Yukon Blonde. As impressive as the art is the festival’s message, which calls attention to important issues, from public-space use to indigenous visibility. Download a map and enjoy a DIY journey, or support the festival with a $20 walking tour that reveals the stories behind the art. If you’re broke but intrigued, contact the festival organizer, who promises never to turn anyone away due to lack of funds.