Apply to participate in the 2019 Powell Street Festival in Oppenheimer Park on Saturday & Sunday, August 3rd and 4th, 2019.

For Community Booths

2019 Community Booth Application

For Craft Vendors

2019 Craft Vendor Application

For Displays

2019 Display Application

For Food Booth Vendors

If you have not been a Food Booth Vendor at the Festival before, please contact Emiko for more information about the 2019 application process at emiko [at] or call 604.739.9388.
2019 Food Booth Application

For Marketplace Vendors

2019 Marketplace Application

For Martial Arts Participants

2019 Martial Arts Application

For Performers and Demonstrators

2019 Performance and Demonstration Application

The 4th Annual Public Art Competition

Public Art Competition Brief


Powell Street Festival Society Mission

The Powell Street Festival Society’s (PSFS) mission is to cultivate Japanese Canadian arts and culture to connect communities. Our main activity is producing the Powell Street Festival (PSF) in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. PSF is an annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts and culture. In addition to PSF, we engage in co-presentations with arts organizations and produce an annual season of cultural and artistic programming.\

The Festival

The Powell Street Festival is the largest event of its kind in Canada and the longest running community arts festival in the Lower Mainland. Inaugurated in 1977, the Powell Street Festival is free to the public. It is held in both outdoor locations and indoor venues around the Powell Street area within Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood, on the traditional unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil- Waututh First Nations. Influenced by typical Japanese summer festivals or matsuri, PSF has developed into a unique Vancouver event. Over the course of the 2-day event, we attract nearly 17,500 local, national and international attendees.

PSF features something for everyone, including dance, music, film and video, visual arts, martial arts demonstrations, amateur sumo tournament, children’s activities, participatory activities, walking tours of the historic neighbourhood, craft vendors, traditional displays, delicious Japanese food, and much more. We present new works and new Japanese Canadian artists each year, representing the wealth of Japanese Canadian artistic creativity and stimulating the local professional arts community with outside talent and expertise. The Festival provides a platform for Japanese Canadians to perform, display their work and gain recognition.

The Festival’s unique character, with its combination of professional and community arts and culture, provides a climate ripe for community development and exchange. Though produced and presented by the Powell Street Festival Society, the Festival has a vast array of community partners who are integral to its success and feel. It is equally a showcase of talent and culture, as it is a community building opportunity, and a community bridge where the general public can access, learn and experience the diversity of Japanese Canadian arts and culture.

To view our 2014 Strategic Plan, visit here: Powell Street Festival 2014 Strategic Plan (PDF, 900KB)


For more information about the society, review our About page…