It might be a bit early for festival season, but that doesn’t mean that Vancouver is without great music. In fact, a two-day music and art festival is coming to Vancouver next month, and it’s completely free to attend!

As the name suggests, The Ocean Festival brings together talented musicians, artists, and educators across Canada to celebrate the vibrant marine wildlife and ecosystems of the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Coasts. Presented by the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5), the festival was created to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the global ocean for current and future generations.

As such, the live music, art, films, interactive displays, and family-friendly activities across the two days in February are centred around fostering connections with the sea. from Alan Doyle to The Beaches, here are all the performing artists slated to take the stage:

Friday, February 3rd: 

  • 5:30 pm – Old Soul Rebel
  • 7:15 pm – Delhi to Dublin
  • 8:20 pm – Alan Doyle
  • Special performances by the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy

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Saturday, February 4th:

  • Afternoon performances by the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy
  • 2 pm – The Wilds
  • 2:40 pm – Danny Michel
  • 3:25 pm – Yves Lambert Quartet
  • 4:15 pm – The Boom Booms with Ta’Kaiya Blaney
  • 5:10 pm – Ruby Waters
  • 6:05 pm – Shad
  • 7:10 pm – Steven Page
  • 8:15 pm – The Beaches

Other exciting events to look out for include a pop-up exhibit about Tribal Canoe Journeys (full exhibit at Science World), a Giant Pacific Octopus art installation, an interactive Ocean Floor Map, and much more.

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Oh, and there will be plenty of tasty food trucks to check out if you want a bite to eat! Guests can grab lunch or enjoy mini donuts and hot chocolate – or both! Below are the local vendors that will be in attendance:

  • Green Coast Coffee
  • Cravings Kettle Corn
  • Little oOties Mini Doughnuts
  • Shameless Buns
  • Urban Wood Fire Pizza
  • Taco ‘N Todo
  • B&B Burgers
  • Teriyaki Express

Mark your calendars!

Ocean Festival

When: Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th
Where: Jack Poole Plaza
Cost: Free