If you’re living in Vancouver, you’ve probably heard of the Vancouver Mural Festival. If you’re not, let me explain – it’s the city’s largest annual free public art celebration. Thousands of people from across the city head to the Mount Pleasant region of the city to see some of the city’s coolest and most colourful murals and street art, just off hipster Main Street.
In case you weren’t able to attend in person, allow me to give you a guide through the some of the most impressive street art of Vancouver. The Vancouver Mural Festival’s Twitter is also handy to follow to make sure you don’t miss a mural on your trip to the festival.
Beginning on East 3rd Avenue
Whilst some of the murals remained from previous Vancouver Mural Festivals, it was still a great excuse to get out and see some of the awesome street art tucked away in alleyways and lanes.
We followed the crowds, soaking up the pensive messages and mantras of each individual mural.
Virtually every corner you turn in the area, you’re faced with a new colourful mural.
Up to East 5th Avenue
We really liked this mural which is a nod to Canada’s First Nations population and their indigenous art.
As well as plenty of murals, there were a few pop ups around the area. Each of them offered chill out areas and photo booths.
Inside The James Black Gallery
It was also a great chance to be nosy – we came across this adorable heritage house which has been converted into a gallery across three floors.
There were some really interesting contemporary pieces inside – certainly some of them could resonate with today’s obsession with social media.
The Vancouver Mural Festival
For those who like watching skateboarders do tricks, there was also some of that set to music.
The Mural Festival also had areas where you could relax with a cold drink.
Next, we headed along 7.5th Street to see some of the new mural creations for this year.
This reminded me a lot of Banksy’s street art.
This was one of my favourites! So much to see in one mural, it was rather like a Where’s Waldo. We even got to see it being finished off.
Main Street, Vancouver
Once we’d explored almost all of the murals, we headed to Main Street where the festival continued with food trucks and stalls. It’s a really cool quirky street, and even better right in my new neighbourhood. The mural theme continued, with plenty of opportunities for everyone to paint and express their own creativity.
We browsed some shops, watched rollerbladers, and stopped for ice cream at arguably my favourite ice cream shop in the city, Rain or Shine.
There was even a little piece of home for us along the way home!
Ultimately, it’s a really awesome festival that celebrates the best of Vancouver’s creativity. Did you go to the Vancouver Mural Festival this year? Which mural is your favourite?