The Downtown South Gathering Place Community Centre Association and the Gathering Place Community Centre first partnered to produce a mid-summer festival 2010 as part of the Inner City Inclusivity initiatives and other Olympic legacy funding. The festival was held in George Wainborn Park at the foot of Richards Street, overlooking False Creek and surrounded by new residential high rises.
The 2011 festival was held in the park as well. In 2012 the festival was moved to Emery Barnes Park, kitty corner to the community centre. It was re-named the Gathering Festival and more local organizations were invited to participate and share in the events. Due to funding shortages the 2012 activities were rather more modest yet the inclusion of more community partners and the close proximity of the festival to the community centre raised noticeably more enthusiasm from community members than previous additions.
With an increase in funding each year the festival expanded considerably. The Gathering Festival activities and performer line-up in 2016 was bigger and more exciting than ever!