By Jennie Orton
VANCOUVER — The 6th West 4th Annual Khatsahlano Street Party will return again this year on Saturday July 9th, and it has grown to a behemoth of family entertainment and music appreciation.
Kits and its long history of community and love of everything local lends itself well to this one day celebration that somehow manages to squeeze 50 local bands, eight stages, five beer gardens, 50 food trucks, and several interactive stations into the ten block section between Burrard and MacDonald on West 4th Street for ten short hours between 11am and 9pm.
This year, amongst fan favorites like the Australian Boot Company’s Boot Toss competition, there will be new features like the West 4th Street Merchant stage which will feature yoga, fashion shows, an animal PJ dance party, and several other offerings from the local merchants.
For those of you who don’t like to take a day off of your exercise program, there will be the Khats active area, where you will find the RYU Obstacle Course, bike racing, and sumo wrestling.
For kids, and those who still feel like kids, the kids area will feature music programming all day and the world’s largest (200 feet!) bean bag chair to enjoy it on.
The biggest draw is always the music and this year will feature headliners Hannah Georgas and Mounties. Backing them up are other notable hometown heroes such as We Are the City, Jordan Klassen, White Poppy, Twin River, and Hot Panda, to name a few.
Khatsahlano happens on West 4th Ave on July 9. A full lineup and information on the event can be found at http://www.khatsahlano.com/AB, Alberta, Khatsahlano Festival