Know Before You Arrive

✔ Help us become the first zero waste festival in Vancouver!

Powell Street Festival embraced the Zero Waste Challenge Project in 2007, one of the first major festivals to do so. For us, Zero Waste mean a continuous effort to reduce the waste we produce and to divert what we do produce away from the landfill by composting and recycling. It is a community effort. Festival goers and volunteers can support the project by:

– Participating in our Festival Cup-Share program (new this year!)

– Reducing plastic waste by purchasing a re-usable Powell Street Festival water bottle at the festival

– Bringing your own utensils & water bottle 

 Composting all food and compostable foodware purchased at the festival

– Recycling all bottles and cans

– Sorting your waste into the appropriate bins

Riding your bike, walking, or taking public transport to the festival (use our FREE bike valet service!)

Passionate about the environment? Enjoy moving around? Join our Zero Waste volunteer crew! Apply Here

✔ Avoid the single-use item fee by bringing your own shopping bag!

All vendors, including food, craft, marketplace and community booths, will implement the City of Vancouver Single-Use Item By-Law, and will charge a fee for shopping bags and single-use cups. 

We encourage you to also bring your own utensils and water bottle – there will be water stations throughout the festival site.

Participate in our first-ever Festival Cup-Share program!

For just $2, you can pick up a Powell St Fest cup at our Cup-Share Booth on Jackson Street. When purchasing a drink at a food booth, simply exchange the cup in your hand for a clean cup. Return the cup at the end of the day or weekend for your deposit back.

Or, take home your Powell St Fest cup as a festival souvenir. Your deposit will go towards supporting our Zero Waste Challenge Project

*All cups are washed in industrial dish-washers.

Protect fellow festival goers and local residents!

We encourage everyone to wear a mask where possible, and to be mindful of those with vulnerabilities.

Have a question or concern at the festival? Ask our Festival Ambassadors!

Our Festival Ambassadors are longterm festival volunteers and participants who are trained to assist festival goers. They can be identified by their bright blue happi vest and radio.