The Vancouver Mural Festival took over the city on August 20: newly commissioned murals across Mount Pleasant inspired Vancouverites to get outside, get on a bike, and get to exploring their neighbourhood.
Vancouver Mural Festival was the first of its kind in YVR, with over 40 artists and more than 35 murals. The art covered buildings, predominantly along Main Street. The variety of styles was awe-inspiring (and, for those who want some of these styles on their bodies, some of the participating artists are also tattoo artists!).
My partner and I biked to Main Street, where part of the street was blocked off for vendors and wandering festival attendees. We soaked up some sun and ooh’d and aww’d over the murals, of which there are plenty — check out the map, where you can see the permanent installations!
From Main Street, it was an easy bike ride down to False Creek (along Ontario Street, which is a swell, bike-friendly route). There, we enjoyed a couple tasting flights at Craft Beer Market, then moseyed over to Thornton Park for the Treasures and Travels official Vancouver Mural Festival market.
Here are just a few of the photos I took while meandering through Main Street alleyways. Be sure to check out the installations for yourself! Fingers crossed that this festival becomes an annual event.