44th Annual Powell Street Festival

  • August 1, 2020 - August 2, 2020
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday, August 1st & Sunday, August 2nd 2020
  • Location: Powell Street Area

In 1977, the Japanese Canadian centennial year, PSF was initiated by a member of the Japanese Canadian Volunteers Association (Tonari Gumi). PSF celebrates the history of Japanese Canadians in the area through an event similar to the festivals, or matsuri, of Japan. In the spirit of the neighbourhood, PSF has something for everyone. In addition to being a platform for Japanese Canadian arts performers to showcase their talents, the festival engages the broader community through fun cultural activities, volunteer opportunities, and of course, delicious food.

As a part of the Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mandate, society volunteers are deeply engaged in the DTES. Year-round community events are attended and supported by PSFS, in addition to the festival weekend that involves local residents as volunteers in various capacities. With our partners, PSFS has also contributed to the commemoration of Paueru Gai through creative, multidimensional projects such as the Japantown Historic Map Guide and the Open Doors Project. PSFS also shares a seat with the Vancouver Japanese Language School on the DTES Local Area Planning Committee that is collaborating with the City of Vancouver to produce a shared vision for future neighbourhood growth.

Since the removal of Japanese Canadian residents from the Powell St. area, various titles have been attributed to the distinctly Japanese neighbourhood of the past. Paueru Gai, literally translated as Powell Street, was commonly used by area residents in pre-internment years. Since the war, various groups have used names such as Japantown and its literal Japanese translation, Nihonmachi, to describe the historical neighbourhood though those terms were rarely used by residents themselves.

Saturday, August 1st & Sunday, August 2nd 2020

Powell Street Area, Vancouver BC

44th Annual Powell Street Festival