Join our 2024 Annual General Meeting!

The Powell Street Festival Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place online via Zoom this year, Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 6:30 PM Pacific Time.  Please register through our Eventbrite link to receive your AGM package and Zoom Link.  Register Here Please note that Katari Taiko’s AGM starts at 7:00 pm, so please plan to remain in the session to support them, too.  … Read more

Hanami: Cherry Blossom Picnic 2024

Sunday, April 14th, 2024 | 12:30PM-3:00PM Oppenheimer Park Free Event Join PSFS under the spring cherry blossoms for a taiko performance, Japanese craft making, and a hot meal of Japanese curry rice. Fold your hopes and wishes into paper craft cherry blossoms and create rainy weather wards, called teru teru bozu! All materials provided. Lunch … Read more

The 44th Powell Street Festival cancelled as a public gathering event 

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the 44th Powell Street Festival is cancelled as a public gathering event. The Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) board is directing its staff to follow public safety guidelines and to continue consulting with community stakeholders to reconceptualize a safe and innovative celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. “Our festival is first and foremost, a celebration of community and culture.  We may not be gathering together physically but we … Read more

Mask Making Workshop

Mask Making Workshop – Accessible Skills Building Using Materials in Your Home in partnership with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Wednesday, May 20th, 2-3 PM, RSVP: Eventbrite  Laura Fukumoto will be leading a free and interactive Zoom workshop making durable reusable face coverings from everyday items found around the home – no sewing skills … Read more

Lessons from I-Hotel: A reading and conversation on a San Francisco SRO with Karen Tei Yamashita

Friday, November 8 from 8-10pm  InterUrban Gallery, 1 E. Hastings, entrance on Carrall FREE In this conversation between author Karen Tei Yamashita and writer/community organizer Erica Hiroko Isomura, lessons and stories from I Hotel (Coffee House press, 2010) are discussed through the context of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a neighbourhood in which low-income, racialized, and stigmatized … Read more

Queer Japan at Queer Film Festival

Queer Japan Screening at Vancouver Queer Film Festival August 18 @ 9 PM SFU Goldcorp Cinema Tickets $10 – $14 Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to live unconventional lives in this kaleidoscopic view of Japanese LGBTQ+ culture. Using over 100 interviews conducted … Read more

Children’s Sumo Workshop ちびっこ相撲ワークショップ

Date: Sunday, July 7  日付:7月7日(日) Time: 1 to 3 pm  時間:午後1時~3時 Location: Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Street  場所: Vancouver Buddhist Temple(バンクーバー仏教会), 220 Jackson Street *The gymnasium is on the second floor. Enter from the alley door. Elevator available upon request. Phone PSFS Production Office at (604) 808-0054 and someone will come down to help you. * … Read more

Sumo Workshop

A Beginners Workshop Sunday May 12, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple at 220 Jackson Street on the 2nd floor. Doors open at 12:30 pm. Please enter through the door in the alley which is 25 feet east of Jackson Avenue. Pre-register via admin (@) powellstreetfestival (dot) com or drop … Read more

Hanami: Japanese Curry Lunch and Haiku

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 1 pm Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell Street Celebrate the Sakura Blossoms with free Japanese Curry Lunch at 12:30 pm and Haiku and Block Printing Workshop at 2 pm Presented by Powell Street Festival Society, WePress Community Arts Space, and Oppenheimer Park. Supported by TD Park People and Vancouver Foundation.    

野生魚の日 Yasei no Sakana Wild Fish Day

Powell Street Festival Society honours food security and sustainability in partnership with the Wild Salmon Caravan at Oppenheimer Park. Sunday, September 16 Free salmon-chowder lunch at 1 pm Parade Prop-making workshops at 2-4 pm Parade prop-building workshops facilitated by interdisciplinary artist Wil D Salmon and WePress. Then, the following week, join Powell Street Festival with your … Read more

13th Annual Asahi Tribute Game

August 18, 2018 10 am to 2 pm at Oppenheimer Park (400 block Powell Street) on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kwətxwiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations Register or contact us at info [at] or 604 739 9388. Join the Powell Street Festival Society, Oppenheimer Park & Carnegie Community Centre, … Read more

Lost Fleet Speaker Series – Sunny Island + Spatial Poetics

Thursday, May 24th at 7:30pm at Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park Talk is included with paid museum admission For tickets: CLICK HERE Underwater archeologist Charles Moore and VMM curator Duncan McLeod discuss the recent excavation of Japanese-Canadian fishing boat, the Sunny Island – Thursday, May 24th at 7:30pm. The discovery and identification of the Sunny Island, a boat build … Read more

Lillooet Legacy Sign Unveiling

Highway 12 & Sumner Road beside Airport Gardens, Lillooet, BC Fri., May 11, 1:30 pm In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Internment, Honourable Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, will be unveiling the second of seven Highway Legacy Signs for the Internment Site clusters and Roadcamps for the Self-supporting sites of … Read more

Sumo! A Beginner’s Workshop

Photo of Sumo Tournament at 2016 Powell Street Festival by Ed Law

Sunday, May 13 Vancouver Buddhist Temple 220 Jackson St, 2nd floor Doors at 12:30pm; 1 – 4pm FREE To pre-register email admin [@] No experience necessary. All ages. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your own water bottle. Please enter through the door in the lane 25 feet east of Jackson Avenue. Photo by Ed Law

Rita Ueda talks about her cantata Debris

Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30pm Composer Rita Ueda talks about her cantata Debris, inspired by the 2011 tsunami and the debris that washed up along the west coast of North America – Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30pm. Rita Ueda is a Japanese-Canadian composer and sound designer based in Vancouver. She is … Read more

Yūko-kai – a concert of Japanese dance

Saturday May 12 at 8pm Scotiabank Dance Centre Samurai warriors, pearl divers, court nobles and heartbroken women who transform into serpents grace the stage in “Yūko-kai – a concert of Japanese dance. ” This concert celebrates the life and work of Fujima Yūko (1929-2003) bringing Vancouver audiences a rare performance of nihon buyoh and the … Read more

Lost Fleet Speaker Series: From Up on Poppy Hill and Leanne Dunic Poetry Reading

From Up On Poppy Hill Sunday, April 15th, 11am at The Cinematheque 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver $6 – Ages 13 & Under $10 – Everybody Else Co-scripted by anime master Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Gorō Miyazaki, this lovingly hand-drawn film from Studio Ghibli is a poignant, tender coming-of-age drama adapted from a 1980 manga. … Read more

Hanami: A Cherry Blossom Picnic

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1 pm Oppenheimer Park, 488 Powell Street Celebrate the Sakura Blossoms with free Japanese Curry Lunch at 1 pm and Haiku and Calligraphy Workshops at 2 pm Presented by Powell Street Festival Society and Oppenheimer Park