Until October 31 2020, subject to change, all community gatherings and cultural events such as festivals and concerts of all sizes that take place in the public realm on Granville Island have been cancelled or postponed. The CMHC Administrative team is currently not approving any new external event applications as our organizational capacity and resources are currently focused on supporting the Granville Island tenant & cultural community with their impacted businesses and emergency planning.
Until further notice we have reserved our public spaces for unreserved distanced public recreational use and to occasionally provide additional space for Granville Island tenants and the existing cultural community on an as-needed basis to help support the primary function of their organization, if their primary function of their organization is impeded by current space restrictions in their shop or venue
Granville Island has always been known as a place for celebration, for gathering, and for sharing public space. We look forward to welcoming the world back to Granville Island when restrictions are fully lifted and we can more openly celebrate.
Several outdoor locations on Granville Island are available free of use for public performances and gatherings (family, school and community related). Specific guidelines and priorities exist for each location and can be reviewed in the application forms available below.
For questions, contact Outdoor Spaces Coordinator Claire Diamond at 604.666.1000 or email [email protected]
* Please note priority is given first to CMHC-Granville Island Public Affairs and Programming Department, and then to families and non-profit community groups. Bookings for 2020 will be taken from January 2.
If you are interested in producing a cultural event other than the types of events listed below, hosting an event that utilizes more that one location, and/or using a location not listed, please refer to the Granville Island Events Policy.
Photographers and filmmakers should refer to the Granville Island Filming Policies and Application.
Public Market Courtyard
The Public Market Courtyard is an open area on the north side of the Public Market overlooking False Creek. It is surrounded on three sides by the unique stalls and restaurants of the Public Market.
The Public Market Courtyard may be booked for community and school group music performances, Mondays to Fridays only.
The Amphitheatre at Ron Basford Park
The Amphitheatre at Ron Basford Park is a public, open space located behind the grassy hill off Cartwright Street, between Performance Works and the Granville Island Hotel. The Amphitheatre is sometimes booked for wedding ceremonies.
The Amphitheatre can be booked on its own if it is not required by renters using Performance Works. (Use of the Amphitheatre is included in the rental of Performance Works).
Bookings are taken up to six months in advance for Amphitheatre-only events and up to a year in advance for both Performance Works and the Amphitheatre.
The Picnic Pavilion
The Picnic Pavilion is a covered area located near the entrance to Granville Island beside the pond. This outdoor space is a popular location for barbeques, family gatherings, school groups, and non-profit community group celebrations. It is not a ‘contained’ area. It accommodates a maximum of 50 guests.
Go on, you deserve a little temptation.
If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in the Island’s crown. A fascinating assortment of colourful stalls, showcasing unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights. All fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field. Try closing your eyes right now and imagine the rich aromas permeating from the lavish displays. Shimmering seafood, warm baked goods, plump fruit.
Okay, stop. That’s enough torture. Come and browse
for yourself and see just why words don’t begin to describe it.