The Georgia Straight named Vines Festival “Best New Festival”
“This truly grassroots East Van happening shows eco art in every possible manifestation, pushing into the highly conceptual, the performance-art based, and the provocative. The fest, in only its second year, avoids the literal and is full of surprises and wonder. That’s what it will take to wake people to the enviro crisis at hand.”
The Georgia Straight


All our work is staged in public open-air spaces where audiences can encounter art for free. We recognize that for many of us, the parks and beaches where Vines artists perform and create are inaccessible. If we are disabled, neurodiverse, Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, have low vision, queer, trans, gender diverse, Indigenous, Black, of colour, etc, we may have different relationships to and experience barriers with accessing public spaces and art. While we know that we are on a long journey to making Vines Art Festival accessible for all of us, we are committed to working with people in our community who experience barriers for the festivals to come. We have created a space on our website where accessibility notes can be found. If there is something not listed you need to access the festival, have feedback, or would like to support us in making public art more accessible, feel free to contact our Volunteer & Event Coordinator Marcelo at

Gender Inclusivity

Vines Art Festival is made possible through work, creativity, and resilience from trans, Two-Spirit, non-binary and gender diverse people (T2SNBGD). We strive to make space for our T2SNBGD audiences in our art and in the public spaces where we work.

The usually gendered washrooms at event locations will have temporary universal (all genders/agender) signage for the duration of the festival. We invite T2SNBGD people to approach the Vines Art Festival info desk if the washrooms (or any spaces) feel unsafe.

ASL Interpretation

Professional ASL interpretation will be provided by Melanie Valencia, Jenny Cowan, and Brynn Mcintosh is available on August 7th | Opening Ceremony, August 15th | Breaking Borders, and August 17th | The Wood5 Anniver5ary. Volunteer student interpreters are available on August 14th | Circle Talk.

Mobility Access

We have reached out to the Parks Board to ask about accessibility audits for parks and beaches. We hope to be able to provide full accessibility audits in the future. For now, our day by day accessibility section includes some basic notes for each of the spaces.

Sensory Access

We have earplugs, colour communication badges (to indicate comfort level with interaction), and some stim/fidget toys available at the Vines Art Festival info desk.

We can unfortunately not guarantee a low sensory, relaxed performance environment, as Vines Art Festival happens in public parks within urban space. Most of the locations have playgrounds and courts and will be used by other park and beach users.

Allergies and scent sensitivities

We ask that folks attending Vines Art Festival refrain from bringing food containing common allergens like nuts, and from using strongly-scented products.

Since the Vines Art Festival is hosted in open air spaces that will be used both by festival attendees and other park/beach users, we cannot ensure that our events will be allergen free or scent free.

Needle disposal units and Naloxone kits will be available.


Please note that most of the seating available at Vines Art Festival will be either folding chairs or on the ground. If you have specific questions, please e-mail


JERICHO BEACH PARK (3941 Point Grey Road)
festival dates: august 7 | opening ceremony

ASL interpretation will be available

Parking: East parking lot is for-pay. Free parking is available to the west of the park. It is usually full.

Washrooms: There are two washrooms that will have temporary universal washroom signage for the duration of the Vines Art Festival event.

Pathways: There are gravel pathways within the park.

Transit: The nearest bus stop is located at W 4th Ave and 4100 Block (84 UBC/Powell and 84 UBC/VCC-Clark). It is approximately 900 meters/a 12 min walk from Jericho Beach Park.

This event, and all Vines Art Festival events, are 100% free.

festival dates: august 8 | under the canopy

Parking: There is a for-pay parking lot ($3.50 hourly, $13 daily) located in between the park and beach area (Arbutus St and McNicoll Ave). There is a second for-pay parking lot further south on Arbutus St, which is a greater distance from the festival.

Street parking along the side of the park (Maple St) is free, but may be difficult to secure. More free parking options may be found in the neighbouring residential area.

Washrooms: There are two washrooms that will have temporary universal washroom signage for the duration of the Vines Art Festival event.

Pathways: Pathways within the park are paved. The beach where Dear Ocean Roaring will take place may be hard to access. The performance can be viewed from the park’s pathway.

Transit: The closest bus stop to this location is located on Cornwall Ave at Cypress St (2 Macdonald/Downtown). Hadden Park is 750 meters (about a 10 minute walk) from this bus stop.

This event, and all Vines Art Festival events, are 100% free.

CRAB PARK at PORTSIDE (101 East Waterfront Road)
festival dates: august 9 | tidal beats

Parking: A for-pay parking lot is located on the closer side of the hill to the park. Parking can only be paid via the smartphone app hangTag. The parking lot located closer to the helipad is closed to the public.

Accessing the park: CRAB Park is located at Waterfront Rd behind the train rails. It can be accessed through an overpass at Main St and Alexander St. It can be accessed without a motor vehicle. Please note that the hill is steep.

Washrooms: Washrooms will have temporary universal washroom signage. Some washroom stalls have no doors.

Needle disposal units are available inside the washrooms.

Pathways: There are gravel parkways within the park.

Transit: The nearest bus stop is located at Main St and Powell St (7 Dunbar, 4 UBC) 350 meters/a 5 minute walk to the park.

All Vines Art Festival events are 100% free.

PANDORA PARK (2325 Franklin Street)
festival dates: august 10 | youth power, august 14 | circle talk

ASL Interpretation will be available on August 14.

Parking: There are no parking lots at Pandora Park. Free street parking is available.

Washrooms: There are two washrooms that will have temporary universal washroom signage.

Pathways: Pathways at the park are wide and paved with minimal inclination.

Transit: Pandora Park is near the bus stops for the 7 Nanaimo/Dunbar, 16 Arbutus/29th Ave, 14 UBC/Hastings, and 95 Burrard Station/SFU.

All Vines Art Festival events are 100% free.

HARMONY GARDENS (187 Whonoak Road)
festival dates: august 11 | harmony gardens

Parking: There is free street parking nearby. The garden is at the end of a small cul de sac just off Whonoak Road.

Washrooms: There is a gender diverse washroom in the garden.

Pathways: The garden has concrete pathways to and from it. In the garden pathways are well walked earth paths.

Transit: Transiting to Harmony Garden is challenging but possible! Bus # 239, 240, 242, 246 and 247 stop nearby.

All Vines Art Festival events are 100% free.

RENFREW RAVINE PARK (3900 Renfrew Street)
festival dates: august 11 | salmon sounds

Parking: There is accessible Parking off of Renfrew St. At 21st ave. next to the dog park

Washrooms: The community centre has accessible washrooms, however on Sumdau August 11th the community centre closes at 4:30pm so there will be no washrooms available after that time

Pathways: There is a new accessible pathway from the dog park into the streamside area of the park. The Performance will take place in various places near the path and will always be visible from the path.

Transit: Renfrew Park is on the #16 bus route and the #25 bus route. The #16 can be caught on Eastbound on Hastings St, at the Renfrew Skytrain station or at the 29th Ave. Skytrain station. The # 25 can be caught at the the Nanaimo skytrain station.

This event, and all Vines Art Festival events, are 100% free.

DAVID LAM PARK (1300 Pacific Boulevard)
festival dates: august 13 | the eco-runway

Parking: David Lam Park has no parking lot. Metered and free street parking may be available.

Washrooms: The nearest public washrooms are located inside Roundhouse Community Centre. There are two gendered washrooms and a universal, single stall, wheelchair accessible washroom on the first floor.

Needle disposal units are available inside the washrooms.

Pathways: The performance area can be accessed via the seawall.

Transit David Lam Park is close to Yaletown-Roundhouse Skytrain Station, the 6 Davie/Downtown bus stop by the skytrain station, and the 23 Beach/Main bus stop at Pacific Blvd and Drake St.

All Vines Art Festival events are 100% free.

CREEKSIDE PARK (1455 Quebec Street)
festival dates: august 15 | breaking borders

ASL interpretation will be available

Parking: There are for-pay parking lots around Science World including one right next to Creekside Park. They do however tend to be full. The McDonald’s located at 1527 Main St has free parking.

Washrooms: The closest accessible public washrooms to the festival site are located at Creekside Community Centre (550 meters/about a 6 min walk away via the seawall). There are two gendered washrooms downstairs that are labelled trans inclusive. Upstairs (accessible by elevator), there are two more gendered washrooms and one single stall universal and wheelchair accessible washroom with push buttons to open and close doors.

Needle disposal units are available inside the washrooms.

There are additional washrooms located in fast food restaurants in the area.

Pathways: The seawall and other pathways surrounding the park are paved.

Transit: Creekside Park is 400 meters/about a 5 min walk from Main Street-Science World Station. The bus stop for the 3 Main/Downtown, the 8 Fraser/Downtown, 19 Metrotown/Stanley Park, and 23 Main/Beach buses are all located around the Skytrain station.

All Vines Art Festival events are 100% free.

TROUT LAKE PARK (2120 East 19th Avenue)
festival dates: august 16 | resilient roots, august 17 | vines: the wood5 anniver5ary, august 18 | unsettling ceremony

ASL Interpretation will be available August 17.

Parking: There are two free parking lots, one is by Trout Lake Community Centre and the other is at the southeast of the park.

Washrooms: Accessible washrooms are located inside the Trout Lake Community Centre. The accessible stalls are located at the far end of the washroom, with roughly a 3ft wide doorway and 5ft-by-5ft stall.

Pathways: Pathways leading from the parking lots into the performance area are gravel, but wide.

Transit: The nearest bus stops are the 20 Victoria at Commercial Dr and E 14th Ave (650 meters/8 min walk to park,) and the 7 Nanaimo at Nanaimo St and Franklin St (750 meters/10 min walk to park).

This event, and all Vines Art Festival events, are 100% free.


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Vines Art Festival takes place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.



Pandora Fieldhouse
2325 Franklin Street
Vancouver, BC 
V5L 1S2