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North Van’s CityFest is back, this time at The Shipyards

Held at The Shipyards May 7, CityFest is Metro Vancouver's largest youth-led festival
CityFest 2018 NSN File WEB
CityFest attendees make a big splash at the 2018 event held in North Vancouver. The youth-led festival is back after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The largest youth-led festival in Metro Vancouver is back after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this time with a venue change.

Held in conjunction with B.C.’s annual Youth Week, CityFest is at The Shipyard on May 7 and will feature a plethora of music, sports and arts.

“Youth Week is a great way to celebrate and recognize youth in our community for who they are, their talents and for the many contributions big and small they make throughout the year to make our community a better place,” said City of North Vancouver Mayor Linda Buchanan.

Thanking North Van youth for their resilience and strength over the last two years, Buchanan praised the city's youth for “all you do to give back to our community.”

“Now it’s time for you to enjoy the fun planned at CityFest, learn about the supports available to you and make important connections,” she said.

The festival is organized by and for youth, headed by the CityFest Committee which is comprised of 12 young people representing local secondary and post-secondary schools who meet throughout the year to organize the event.

“For many people on the team, CityFest has been a huge part of our lives as we’ve grown up,” said Teagan Dawson, a CityFest youth committee member. “We really missed CityFest in 2020 and 2021, and are so excited that it’s able to happen this year.”

Activities and entertainment such as a longboard slide jam, live music, skateboard competition, youth art exhibit, and food trucks can all be found at CityFest 2022.

When: May 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: The Shipyards, 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Cost: Free to attend

Charlie Carey is the North Shore News' Indigenous and civic affairs reporter. This reporting beat is made possible by the Local Journalism Initiative.