• Volunteer Applications are Now Open!!

    The Powell Street Festival is a unique festival in that it celebrates so many aspects of the community in an inclusive, accessible and respectful environment. We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make this festival the wonderful event that it is! Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new friends, spend time with friends and family, and get behind the… More ›

  • Summer Work Opportunities **Due March 2nd!**

    ABOUT THE SOCIETY The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF) in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. PSF is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. It is the largest event of its kind in Canada and the longest running… More ›

  • 2018 Festival Applications now open!

    Please choose the appropriate application form below. If you have already registered or applied through this site in previous years, you can log in to your profile page using the right sidebar. For Community Booths 2018 Community Booth Application For Craft Vendors 2018 Craft Vendor Application For Displays 2018 Display Application For Food Booth Vendors If you have not been… More ›

  • 3rd Annual Design Competition – – Call for Entries!

    Presented in partnership with Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, students are invited to design an interactive artwork for the 42nd Anniversary Powell Street Festival, scheduled for August 4 and 5, 2018. The winning submission is awarded mentorship from Revery Architecture and Abaton Projects, and a commission and production budget to build their design. The submission deadline is April 3, 2018… More ›

  • Audience Survey

    Did you visit the Festival on August 5 or 6th and didn’t get a chance to fill out our audience survey??? Now is your chance! Tell us what you think and help improve the festival! This survey is anonymous and takes about seven minutes to fill out. This survey closes August 30.   FILL OUT THE SURVEY NOW   Image… More ›

  • Powell Street Festival Merchandise – Available This Weekend!

    10% off of Powell Street Festival Merch for Annual Members 2017 Limited Edition t-shirt/tank (unisex, women’s) | $20 DARUMA Limited Edition t-shirt (unisex, women’s) | $20 2017 & Daruma Limited Edition toddler/child T-shirt | $15 Octopus organic tote bag | $18 Fox organic tote bag | $15 Tenugui | $7 2017 Hachimaki (headband) | $2 2017 Festival poster | $1… More ›

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  • Photo of George and Noriko, special guests from Melbourne, Australia coming to the 2017 Powell Street Festival

    Thank you to the Japanese Consulate for bringing George & Noriko to Powell Street Festival!!

    We’re so excited to have George & Noriko to play the festival on both Saturday and Sunday! Many thanks to the Japanese Consulate for helping make these performances possible! twitter @JapanCons_vanc   ::    facebook   @JapanCons.vancouver Check out our full festival schedule here.

  • Photo of 2017 Powell Street Festival programs

    Pick up you Festival Program at these locations

    In partnership with The Bulletin/Geppo and the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association, our program guide is available at listed locations. You can also download the the entire 2017 Festival Program Guide (PDF, 9 MB) or the Festival 2017 Schedule (PDF, 1MB) to see a summary of all that’s going on on Sat, Aug 5th and Sun, Aug 6th. You… More ›

  • Photo of Shorinji Kempo at the 2016 Powell Street Festival by Kritstin Fuchihara

    Check out the 2017 Festival Program Guide

    Photo of special guests, George and Noriko, a Japanese blues cowboy and a Tsugaru shamisen player from Melbourne, Australia Hot off the presses! The full line-up and schedule for the 41st Annual Powell Street Festival has been published! You can download the entire 2017 Festival Program Guide (PDF, 9MB) containing the full Festival schedule with all of the activities, times,… More ›

  • Volunteer Applications are now open!

    The Powell Street Festival is a unique festival in that it celebrates so many aspects of the community in an inclusive, accessible and respectful environment. We rely on hundreds of volunteers to make this festival the wonderful event that it is! Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet new friends, spend time with friends and family, and get behind the… More ›

  • Photo of Katie Malia from Almost Asian

    Announcing Our 2017 Powell Street Festival Lineup

    Powell Street Festival Returns August 5th and 6th with Haruki Murakami’s Top Translators, Almost Asian’s Katie Malia, and a presentation on Japan’s Third Gender Musical highlights include Australia’s George & Noriko, Japan’s Ensemble Liberta and numerous taiko groups including California’s JODAIKO Download the entire 2017 Festival Program Guide (PDF, 9MB) or just the Festival 2017 Schedule (PDF, 1MB) to see… More ›

  • 41st Annual Powell Street Festival

    Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6, 2017 11:30am to 7:00pm 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) Download the entire 2017 Festival Program Guide (PDF, 9MB) or just the Festival 2017 Schedule (PDF, 1MB) to see… More ›

  • Festival Tee Pre-Sale

    From now until May 24, go to our store to preorder your festival tee! Our Festival tees sell out every year, so if you preorder you can ensure that you will get one! Tees will be shipped after July 1st or your can pick them up at the festival site. Your pre-order will be at the sales booth in Oppenheimer Park August… More ›

  • Sumo! A Beginner’s Workshop

    Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 4 pm Vancouver Buddhist Temple 220 Jackson Street, 2nd floor; doors at 12:30 pm Information: 604-739-9388 Pre-registration: admin@powellstreetfestival.com Learn the basic rules and techniques of sumo wrestling and participate in a mini-tournament (optional). No experience necessary. Free. All ages. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and bring your own water bottle. Snacks will be provided…. More ›

  • Photo of Macro Maki Installation

    Macro Maki: Winner of the Design Competition

    Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to announce the winner of its design competition: “Macro Maki” invites festivalgoers to don pillow-sized sushi costumes and stage selfies on stage designed as an oversized wooden sushi tray. This quirky, interactive installation will be presented at the 41th annual Powell Street Festival, August 5 and 6th, 2017. The winning project was created by­… More ›

  • Photo of the Sumo Tournament at the 2012 Festival by RTom Studios

    We’re Hiring a Production Associate

    The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF) in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. PSF is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. It is the largest event of its kind in Canada and the longest running festival in… More ›

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Freelance Publicist

    Powell Street Festival Society (PSFS) seeks a publicist on contract for the 41st Powell Street Festival and its lead-up events in May, June and July. The contract will start May 1st and conclude August 15, 2017. The contract must encompass the following responsibilities, however, PSFS is open to proposals that bring a vision of partnership and might also include involvement… More ›

  • photo of volunteers at the 2012 Powell Street Festival – by Noah Photography

    We’re hiring a Volunteer Coordinator!

    The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF) in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. PSF is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. It is the largest event of its kind in Canada and the longest running festival in… More ›

  • photo of volunteers at the 2012 Powell Street Festival – by Noah Photography

    We’re Hiring!

    ABOUT THE SOCIETY The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF) in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. PSF is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. It is the largest event of its kind in Canada and the… More ›

  • In Memoriam

    Everyone at Powell Street Festival Society sends our deepest condolences to Bing Thom’s family and our friends at BTA. Bing Thom’s generous spirit and community sensibility permeates his firm and PSFS has benefited immensely. In an unique partnership to host the 2016 Design Competition, BTA used their goodwill within their industry to bring support to the 40th Powell Street Festival…. More ›