The Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) returns for its fourth year with an exciting 10 day schedule of events celebrating public art and culture.

At its core, VMF creates a platform to showcase the creativity and diversity of our city’s talented artists, while bringing communities together through the creation of accessible public art and meaningful events and conversations around socio-cultural issues facing our city and artistic communities.

This year’s festival, taking place on August 1-10, features several returning favourites such as the VMF Gallery, showcasing artwork created by some of the city’s most talented artists, all available for sale; Super Snag live painting/battle; SFU Public Square; THRIVE Talks; and an expanded 2-day Flash Tattoo. Exciting new additions for 2019 include the inaugural MEC x VMF Run the Murals series running tour and after-party; OBEY Pop Up Party and Shepard Fairey DJ Set; Nach`i`m: A Night of Indigenous Femme Excellence; 12-hour Pride Special party; Plein Air Painting in the Park with Opus; and an Open Air Movie Theatre featuring, Exit Through The Gift Shop.


All this on top of 25 local and international artists painting new murals throughout the week, and daily guided mural tours to learn about the 120+ existing murals in the neighbourhood. Another notable highlight is this year’s VMF Gallery serving as the hub for many of the festival’s events. Open for the duration of the festival, the VMF Gallery is located at 14 W. 7th Avenue in the alley dubbed ‘7-½ Lane’, thanks to its location between W. 7th and W. 8th Avenue.

As always, the festival culminates in the Vancouver Mural Festival’s main event, the highly-anticipated Mount Pleasant Street Party on Saturday, August 10 from 12-7pm. Spanning over 14 blocks in and around Main and Broadway, the Street Party transforms Mount Pleasant’s streets and laneways into a dynamic living art space, with free, accessible attractions to bring the community together, including live music, 4 beer gardens, skate jam, Family Zone, 2 markets, street dance battles, DJs, and much more. Plus, the finale of the festival marked by The Park Show at Jonathan Rogers Park in the evening.

Find our calendar of events here!

David Vertesi