An institution of the East Van art scene is the Eastside Culture Crawl. Now in its 19th year, the culture crawl is an annual 4-day visual arts festival in November that involves artists on Vancouver’s Eastside opening their studio to the public. The event is focused on the area bounded by Main St., 1st Ave., Victoria Drive, and the Waterfront and involves painters, jewelers, sculptors, furniture makers, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, and glassblowers. With over 400 participating artists, you can easily spend a full day or more wandering from open studio to brewery, to coffee shop and back again.
One of our favourite ways to tackle the crawl would be to first choose a neighbourhood to focus on for a few hours. Next, you look at the culture crawl map and start to plan out a path that rolls by all of the studios you’d like to visit. Be sure to fit in some coffee shops, breweries or restaurants on your path because you absolutely will be developing a serious appetite. Bundle up, bring a pair of sunglasses and enjoy the crawl!