Festival Archives

The Powell Street Festival is the largest Japanese Canadian festival in the country and the longest running community arts celebration in Vancouver! Enjoy traditional and contemporary Japanese Canadian performances and demonstrations, including taiko drumming, sumo wrestling, martial arts, bonsai and ikebana, folk and modern dance, alternative pop/rock/urban music, visual arts, film/video, as well as historical walking tours, tea ceremonies, and a fantastic array of Japanese food, crafts, & displays.

Every BC Day Long Weekend, 11:30am to 7:00pm

See below for info about past Festivals.


44rd Annual Powell Street Festival

COVID PIVOT- August 1, 2020, 2-7 PM

 

Online Telethon- Watch ONLINE!

See our full 2020 print program here!

43rd Annual Powell Street Festival

August 3 and 4, 2019, 11:30 AM to 7 PM

 

Surrounding Areas of Oppenheimer Park (300-500 block of Alexander Street, 100-300 block of Jackson Avenue, 100-200 block of Dunlevy Avenue)

Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)

Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)

Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)

 

See our full 2019 print program here!
Or see our two-day Festival schedule here!

42nd Annual Powell Street Festival

August 4 and 5, 2018, 11:30 AM to 7 PM

 

Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)

Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)

Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)
Centre A Gallery (268 Keefer Street)

 

See our full 2018 print program here!
Or see our two-day Festival schedule here!

41st Annual Powell Street Festival

August 5 and 6, 2017, 11:30 AM to 7 PM

 

Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)

Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)

Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)

 

See our full 2017 print program here!
Or see our two-day Festival schedule here!

2016 Powell Street Festival Poster by Lynda Nakashima.

40th Annual Powell Street Festival

July 30 and 31, 2016, 11:30 AM to 7 PM

 

Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)

Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)

Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)

 

See our full 2016 print program here!
Or see our two-day Festival schedule here!

The 39th Annual Powell Street Festival

August 1 and 2, 2015, 11:30 AM to 7 PM

 

Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)

Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)

Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)

Centre A (229 E. Georgia Street)

 

See our full 2015 print program here!
Or see our two-day Festival schedule here!

38th Annual Powell Street Festival

August 1 and 3, 2014, 11:30 AM to 7 PM

Alexander Street (between Princess and Dunlevy Avenues) and Jackson Avenue (between Railway and Cordova Streets).

For the 2014 Festival, the new site spanned approximately 4 city blocks and will have one main stage located on Alexander Street west of Jackson Avenue. More info ›

Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)

Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)

Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)

Centre A (229 E. Georgia Street)

Ming Sun – Uchida Building (439 Powell Street)

See our full 2014 print program here!

37th Annual Powell Street Festival!

August 3 and 4, 2013, 11:30 AM to 7 PM

 

Oppenheimer Park (400 Block Powell Street)

 

See our full 2013 print program here!

36th Annual Powell Street Festival!

August 4 and 5, 2012, 11:30 AM to 7 PM

 

Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)

Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)

Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)

Chapel Arts (304 Dunlevy)

Japanese Canadian National Museum (6688 Southoaks, Burnaby)

Blim (115 East Pender)

 

See our full 2012 print program here!

Poster design by Cindy Mochizuki

35th Annual Powell Street Festival!

July 30 and 31, 2011, 11:30 AM to 7 PM

 

Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova Street)

Vancouver Japanese Language School and Japanese Hall (475 Alexander Street)

Vancouver Buddhist Temple (220 Jackson Avenue)

Chapel Arts (304 Dunlevy)

Japanese Canadian National Museum (6688 Southoaks, Burnaby)

Blim (115 East Pender)

 

See our full 2011 print program here!

Or see our two-day Festival schedule here!

 

35th Annual Powell Street Festival!

July 31 and August 1, 2010, 11:30 AM to 7 PM

 

Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

 

See our full 2010 print program here!

Or see our two-day Festival schedule here!

 

33rd Annual Powell Street Festival
Migration
Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
Woodland Park (Woodland and Adanac)

Download the 2009 Festival schedule (pdf) by clicking here. To download a pdf of the entire program, click here.

32nd Annual Powell Street Festival
Sensu
Saturday, August 2nd & Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Download the 2008 Festival schedule (pdf) by clicking here

31st Powell Street Festival
Play/Playful
Saturday, August 4th & Sunday, August 5th, 2007
Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Download the 2007 Festival schedule (pdf) by clicking here.

30th Powell Street Festival
Memory Streams
Saturday, August 5th & Sunday, August 6th, 2006
Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Download the 2006 Festival schedule (pdf) by clicking here.

29th Powell Street Festival
Hip’pu Pop’pu,
celebrating contemporary Japanese Canadian culture

Saturday, July 30th & Sunday, July 31st, 2005
Oppenheimer Park (400 block of Powell Street)

Download the 2005 Festival schedule (PDF).

Poster by Kathy Shimizu

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