Vancouver Mural Festival 2019

Vancouver Mural Festival

This festival is every art lover’s dream. The Vancouver Mural Festival is returning for the fourth time on Thursday, August 1st, 2019. Last year’s summer festival sparked action in the world of art by adding 30 new murals to the city and introducing new talented artists.

As for this year, over 25+ new murals will be added to the city.

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Running until Saturday, August 10th, this 10-day festival features parties, dialogues, interactive displays, and art openings that lead up to the Mount Pleasant Street Party on August 10th.

The Mount Pleasant Street Party will feature:

  • Artists painting
  • 25+ new murals
  • Live and interactive art
  • Live music
  • Skate jam
  • Dance battle and workshops
  • Holden Courage Memorial Graffiti Jam
  • Community Painting
  • Family Art Zone
  • Food trucks
  • 4 beer gardens
  • 25+ breweries
  • Markets
  • Public disco dance party

Over 100,000 people are expected to come out during the course of this year’s festival and you definitely don’t want to miss out!

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Below is this year’s full event schedule.

Vancouver Mural Festival Event Schedule

VMF 2019 Gallery

About: Vancouver Mural Festival celebrates its fourth year with an art exhibition featuring 90+ original works from VMF alumni and other powerful talents from the Lower Mainland. ​The collection of artists represent not only the legacy of VMF since its inception but also those who share the same artistic and cultural values.
Date: Thursday, August 1st, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

MEC x VMF Run The Murals and Afterparty

About: Grab your running buddies, kids, and friends, and sign up for the inaugural MEC x VMF Run theMurals night! The curated runs feature 2km and 5km routes highlighting some of Mount Pleasant’s best public art… followed by an After Party with food and drinks at the VMF Gallery.
Date: Friday, August 2nd, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Nach`i`m: A Night of Indigenous Femme Excellence

About: This event uses an inclusive definition of femme*and includes all self identifying female, trans and non-binary folks.
Date: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Cost: By donation
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Pride Special

About: The 12-hour event starts with an all-ages patio party in 7-1/2 Lane, including afternoon drag by Bye Felicia, then shifts inside for an evening of 19+dancing in a neighbouring warehouse space by Club NA.
Date: Sunday, August 4th, 2019
Cost: Free before 5:00 p.m., $10 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., $20 after 8:00 p.m.
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

THRIVE Talks

About: THRIVE Talks is a speaker series inviting female—including those who are cis, trans, gendernon-binary, gender-fluid and femme-identified—artists to share their journeys, their work, and why they do what they do.
Date: Monday, August 5th, 2019
Cost: $5
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Super Snag x VMF

About: The 4th annual Snag x VMF event offers the public an opportunity to experience a live mural battle, plus10 artists painting live with an opportunity to affordably own/win original art.
Date: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 8:00 p.m. – midnight

SFU Public Square | Time Travellers’ Culture Jam

About: In this special​​SFU Public Square​ x VMF event, visitors from Vancouver’s future arts and culture scene will travel back through time to share their stories
Date: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

OBEY Pop Up Launch Party + Shepard Fairey DJ Set

About: Shepard Fairey – American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY Clothing – celebrates the 30th anniversary of OBEY with the launch of exclusive merchandise, available locally only at El Kartel.
Date: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

BAF Exhibition Opening: ​Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent

About: BAF presents the ​opening reception for Shepard Fairey’s OBEY 30th anniversary Vancouver exhibition.
Date: Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Paint in the Park with Opus

About: Spend an evening making art and plein air painting in the park with artists and creatives in Vancouver at this fun-for-all-ages outdoor painting challenge!
Date: Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

VMF Flash Tattoo

About: This year’s 2 days tattoo artist line-up features: Sage Nowak, Savannah Scott, Chelsea Chernobyl, and many more!
Date: Friday, August 9th and Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

VMF Open Air Movie Theatre

About: Enjoy a free, evening movie under the stars, featuring Academy-nominated film, “​Exit Through the Gift Shop”.
Date: Friday, August 9th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 9:00 p.m. (sunset)

Vancouver Mural Festival Mount Pleasant Street Party

About: Explore Mount Pleasant’s streets and alleyways for a full day of free, family-friendly activities celebrating public art, culture and community.
Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Park Show

About: This finale wraps up the festival with an all-ages outdoor concert in Jonathan Richards Park, featuring​ acclaimed New York singer-songwriter LP
Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2019
Cost: Free
Time: Gates open at 4:00 p.m.

For this year’s artist lineup, check out the list below.

Vancouver Mural Festival Artist Lineup

  • Alex Joukov
  • Carmen Chan
  • COOL COMBO ONE
  • Debra Sparrow
  • Eva Eskelinen
  • EXPEL
  • Fintan Magee (Australia)
  • Jeska Slater
  • Kathy Ager
  • KC Hall
  • LUNAR
  • Medianeras (Argentina)
  • Olivia Di Liberto
  • ONEQ (Japan)
  • Pablo Zamudio
  • Pamella Pinard
  • SatOne (Germany)
  • Sebastian Curi
  • Siobhan Joseph
  • SLATE
  • Sonny Green (Australia)
  • Syd Danger
  • UNCLE O
  • William Liao
  • Paintillio Enterprises

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Vancouver Mural Festival 2019

Location: Mount Pleasant and various locations around Vancouver

Admission: Free

Time: TBA

Date: Thursday August 1st, 2019 - Saturday August 10th, 2019

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