Artists for Conservation Festival

Art | Music | Nature

VanDusen Botanical Garden | Sept 21-24, 2023
Maplewood Flats Conservancy | Sept 16-30, 2023
Virtual Programming | Starts Aug 29

The Artists for Conservation Festival is a multi-day nature-themed arts and culture event that immerses visitors in a cohesive blend of visual art, musical and First Nations cultural performances, art workshops/activities, plein-air sketching, live music, art demos and films. In 2023, the festival returns to VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver (operated by Vancouver Parks Board) as the primary programming base with additional programming at Maplewood Conservancy (operated by Wild Bird Trust of BC). Programming is free (Maplewood Flats Conservancy) or free with standard admission (VanDusen Botanical Garden) with easy access from the street

Festival Hours at Maplewood Flats Conservancy

  • Sept 16-17 | Festival Preview Weekend (10am-3pm)
  • Sept 16-30 | "Pacific Coast Portraits" Exhibit featuring local AFC Artists

Meet-the-Artists Reception (VanDusen Botanical Garden)

Festival Hours at VanDusen Botanical Garden

  • Sept 21 | 10am-4pm
  • Sept 22 | 10am-4pm (Gallery open for viewing until 5pm)
  • Sept 23 | 10am-4pm (Gallery open for viewing until 5pm)
  • Sept 24 | 10am-4pm

Virtual Programming

  • Begins August 29

VanDusen Botanical Garden Access Info: Visit


12-Night AFC Iceland Cruise 2024

We acknowledge that the Artists for Conservation Festival takes place on the traditional unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia.

2023 Program