Cityfest: Largest Youth Event in Lower Mainland

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Rounding out BC Youth Week CityFest is the largest youth event in the Lower Mainland. It is for youth, by youth to celebrate Youth Week. Now in its 14th year, the CityFest attracts 3,000-5,000 attendees of all ages with its performing artists, visual arts display, fashion, food, and of course the largest skate competition in Metro Vancouver.


When            Saturday, May 7, 2016; From 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Where          Centennial Theatre Parking Lot & Skate Park

Why              It’s a fun, interactive celebration that builds strong connections between young people and their communities and profiles the issues, accomplishments and diversity of youth.


Partnerships + History 

Cityfest is a shining example of what can happen when diverse groups partner.  Cityfest started in 2002 with a collaboration between Youth Unlimited, the City of North Vancouver and North Shore Alliance church. The City had just invested $500,000 to create Centennial Skate Park for the community, something that the skate community desperately needed. Mark Koop a North Shore youth worker with Youth Unlimited, and Dave Sattler a North Shore Alliance pastor wanted to throw a youth skate jam in the park to celebrate this important milestone and to thank the City for listening to and meeting the community’s needs. The three groups coordinated their efforts and Cityfest was born—an annual event not only for youth, but by youth as they are supported teens to take on leadership roles in planning the event. Today CityFest has grown from a BBQ in the park to a Citywide event for thousands, while celebrating youth.


Key Attractions   

Food booth – Free food for youth 24 and under

Music + dance showcase

Skateboard competition

Longboard competition

Fashion show

Film Contest

Youth art display


Main partners

The City of North Vancouver, Youth Unlimited and Northshore Alliance Church


Key Stats

Student Ambassadors: 30+

Community Partners: 30+

Youth Event Volunteers: 150+

Student Artists, Musicians and Performers: 150+

Skate and Longboarders: 200+

Event Attendees: 4,000+

Percentage of crowd that is 10-24: 75%


Visuals: click HERE for a photo album from the action! 


Posted on May 7, 2016