If you’re looking for something to do today in Metro Vancouver, the 18th European Festival is happening at Swangard Stadium in Central Park, Burnaby. With about 30 different countries participating this year, you’ll be guaranteed a great cultural experience, complete with food, music, and dancing. There are also a myriad of activities for kids, including arts and crafts, a climbing wall; bouncy castle and mini golf.
This year, crowds will be entertained on two stages with both musical and dance performances throughout the day. On Saturday, there were performances by the Jocelyn Pettit Band, performing various Celtic songs and reels, as well as Dehli 2 Dublin, featuring various lively mash-ups of Bhangra, Celtic, Rock, Dub Reggae and Electronica.
Today’s (Sunday May 31st) line up includes various traditional performances, from Spanish Flamenco to Russian dancing, ending with a concert by local band Derrival at 7pm. The featured nation this year is Turkey, and will be represented by the Vancouver Turkish Choir at 1pm on the main stage. The Vancouver Opera will also be featuring members of their Young Artists Program performing selections from the upcoming season at 3:40pm.
Not only would you be able to feast your eyes and ears with European culture, but also be able to have a taste of some popular authentic dishes including Hungarian Goulash, Balkan Cevapi, Russian Perogi and more. Also, the entire festival has been licensed this year, so drinks purchased at the Beer Garden can now be taken anywhere on the grounds.
The Festival doors open at 11:00am and remain open till 9pm today.
Tickets cost $10 at the gate, or $8 online at European Festival tickets. Kids under the age of 12 get in for free. For more information and the full performance schedule, check out European Festival’s website: www.europeanfestival.ca