Notable Now Vancouver: July 5, 2013

eatART at the VAG (July 6 starting at 11am at 750 Hornby at Robson Street)
Be sure to catch eatART’s 5th annual Energy Awareness Art fundraiser located in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Stop by and check out original art courtesy of plenty of local talent, groove to street beats and catch the likes of Jason Ho, Bid Dirty Boots, Tim Sars Band and more. You’ll have your dancing shoes strapped on in no time, no thanks to our very own team of watt riders on hand to help power the event and raise funds enabling the continued use of lab space and educational outreach initiatives. If you are looking for more info, you’ll find it here.

EP!C (July 5 to 7) at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens (5251 Oak Street)
This weekend, make use of the summer weather and head to Western Canada’s largest sustainable lifestyle show that’s set to take over the stunning Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. Enjoy perusing hundreds of vendors on site, check out live music, and taste test your way through beer, wine and food offerings (with tasty eats courtesy of Green Table restaurants, food trucks and the largest marketplace EP!C has seen yet). There is no shortage of things to do and fun to be had at this event. Just remember to pack plenty of sunscreen. Find more information here.

Indian Summer Festival (July 4 to 13, various venues)
This annual festival is back to spice up your calendar this summer with an ongoing celebration of ideas, diversity, culture and arts. Connecting exotic South Asia with Vancouver, there are various options to inspire, ranging from film to cuisine, visual arts, literature and more. The hub of activity can be found at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts with satellite events taking place throughout town and featuring engaging talks, performances, entertainment and more. Find info here.

Cycle Chic Social (July 5, Sugar Studios, 1635 Powell Street)
Be sure to make your way down to this stylish celebration (no bike required). It fuses art and design featuring local Bhana Design clothing, Nocturnal Workshop backpacks, dancing, DJs, cool video installations, food trucks and even a cash bar. Added bonus: attendees who purchase tickets online are eligible to win a stunning two-wheeler ‘Classico’ Opus Bike. Keen to learn more? Be sure to visit them online.

Carnaval Del Sol (July 6 to 7, Granville Street)
Back to celebrate its 5th festive anniversary, Carnaval del Sol is set to convert Granville Street into a Latin American hot spot worth noting. This is Vancouver’s quintessential Latin Celebration of Art and Culture that annually attracts more than 40,000 people looking to spice things up for summer and get their groove on.  Check out a mini World Cup street soccer tourney, partake in a pop-up salsa or zumba class, indulge in Hispanic culture, food, music, and feel the energy.  Learn more about the event here.

New Address: Miku Restaurant (70-200 Granville Street)
Have a hankering for some of the city’s best Japanese cuisine? Be sure to stop by Miku Restaurant at its new waterfront locale, boasting a stunning vantage point, wraparound patio, hand-painted murals by artist Hideki Kimura, private dining room and plenty of new items on menu (as well as famed Aburi “flame-seared” sushi). Served up alongside all of this, look for more fresh seafood options, dishes, cocktails and a larger sake selection to tempt your palate.

Photo courtesy Miku Restaurant