Spirit of the Square

Spirit of the Square

Honour the Hungry Ghost Festival and join us for an afternoon of crafts and festivities at our upcoming event: Spirit of the Square!

When: Sunday, August 27 from 3 to 6pm
Where: Chinatown Memorial Plaza next to 105 Keefer
Cost: Free!

Spirit of the Square honours the Hungry Ghost Festival (鬼節 or 中元節) at the Chinese Memorial Square. The Hungry Ghost festival is held during the seventh month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. During this time, the hell gates are opened and restless ghosts are free to roam among us for food and entertainment.

Throughout the day, we will have zine-making, community story-mapping, and other interactive activities hosted and facilitated by Chinatown Today and various artists in the community. 

Spirit of the Square is an all-ages inclusive event taking place at📍the Chinese Memorial Square on 🗓️ Sunday August 27th 3 PM – 6 PM. RSVP with Eventbrite!

Want to volunteer?

We are looking for facilitators with language capacity (Canto/Mando), volunteers for set-up/take-down, and floaters! To volunteer, please DM us on instagram or fill out this form: https://forms.gle/sv872e2kxF2B81zk6.

Accessibility Info


Chinatown is accessible by transit via skytrain. The closest skytrain station is Stadium-Chinatown, which is a 9 minute walk from the Chinese Memorial Square. 


We will provide limited seating, but feel free to bring chairs for yourself and others!


Please bring your own water to keep hydrated.


There are gendered bathrooms at the Chinatown Plaza mall across from the Chinatown Memorial Plaza.

This event takes place on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.