Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Why not take a step back in time, and celebrate the spirit of New Westminster. We’ve rounded up a list of 5 can’t miss heritage themed festivals and events this weekend in New West. Round up your family and join us in celebrating our heritage with face painting, picnics, old school board games, a parade and more!
Tap into the “Spirit of Community’ at this all-ages family event! It’s British Columbia’s largest parade! Filled with over 120 entries including arts groups, charities, schools, and entertainers from all across BC and the Pacific Northwest. A free multicultural entertainment and community engagement event that’s open to everyone. Head over to Uptown on Saturday to enjoy the festivities!
Watch the parade, then keep the fun going! Wander over to Belmont St. to enjoy the 5th Annual Uptown Street Fest. Celebrate with incredible food, free face painting, and entertainment. There’s even an artisan marketplace, you can sift through while you explore everything our bustling Uptown has to offer.
Pack your picnic basket, and put on your best smile and spring bonnet! Come together with the community at this year’s heritage picnic in the historic Armoury of The Royal Westminster Regiment. Recreate the original 1970s May Day, where citizens of all ages gathered together to welcome spring and celebrate their community spirit. Participate in Trivia, and take in dance performances by the May Queen Suites and the Royal Lancers, as well as the Royal Knight Honour Guard.
The much-anticipated tour returns! Glimpse our history as you tour impressive architectural homes throughout New West. From an Arthur Erickson-inspired mid-century classic in Massey Heights and a charming Victorian-era cottage in Queen’s Park to the “that ‘70s house” on McBride. Explore New West through the ages. This year, you can also take a rare look at the artifacts at the Royal Westminster Regiment Museum. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, they’ll be opening their doors to tour guests at 9 am.
Dive into the past with old school games and toys at the New Westminster Museum and Archives. Bring the whole family down at 1 pm. Learn some new games, try out old toys, and check out the museum’s old-fashioned collection. Enjoy your blast from the past game night!
Taking place Sunday, May 13, 2018 Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate the mothers and mother figures in all our of lives — and it’s fast approaching. Never fear! We’ve compiled a handy list of fun things you can do to spoil your mom in New West on her special day.
An All Ages Idea; Mother’s Day Tea at Irving House
A unique way to celebrate! This New West staple combines quality family time with a heritage tour of the home of pioneering woman and mother, Elizabeth Irving. Each seating includes tea, refreshments, and a guided tour. Sign up with a group of up to six, or book individual seats today.
Say ‘I Love You Mom’ with a two and a half hour relaxing cruise along the Fraser. Enjoy a lovely brunch spread, with all the classics! From jams, toasts, scones, coffee, tea, and fruit, to specialty refreshments at the Galley bar. Spoil mom today with the ultimate brunching, siping, and adventuring excursion on a paddlewheeler.
Make a reservation with Hyack Sushi by May 10th to enjoy a fabulous meal with mom this Sunday. As an added loving touch, each seating includes a complimentary rose from Flore Republic.
Music-loving mother? Enjoy the Annual New Westminster Symphony Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert at Massey Theatre together. The concert will include such works as Die Fledermaus, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, and Symphony No. 9.
Enjoy the great outdoors with a walk with mom along the riverfront. Wander into Westminster Pier Park and pick up a treat at Eats at the Pier, now open 11:30 am – 7:00 pm for the summer. Or, explore the walking paths and playgrounds in New West’s flagship Queens Park.
We have an amazing collection of local shops with beautiful gifts, like jewelry, candles, and handmade cards from local artists. Stop by Brick and Mortar Living or Craft Cafe to pick up a beautiful handmade card. Or drop into Mila and Paige for jewelry, clothes, and accessories. Good Omen and the Vision Bookstore are wonderful sources of handmade jewelry, candles, aromatherapy oils, incense, and crystals. Bunches and Blooms and the Bloom Bloom Room are great little flower shops if you’re looking for terrariums, hanging baskets, or a beautiful bouquet for mom.
The Royal City Musical Theatre is proud to present the Tony Award Winning Musical Cabaret at the Massey Theatre April 12-29. Set in 1931 Berlin in the seedy glamour of the Kit Kat Klub. Cabaret has been stunning audiences with its bawdy humour, decadent nightlife and complicated romance ever since. Join us for cocktails in New West, and a devastatingly relevant work of art which remains both entertaining, and an unsettling wake up call.
As you prepare to come and leave your troubles outside – we’ve compiled a stunning guide of things to do in New West you can peruse to plan your trip that’s all about following your heart while the world loses its way. Join us in New West for the Cabaret – life is beautiful at the Cabaret.
Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Im Cabaret, au Cabaret, to Cabaret! Before the show starts, arrive in New West and enjoy some divine decadence darling.
Start by sipping on delicious cocktails in the Java Jazz Bistro in Uptown New West. A great way to start the evening in one of New West’s best-hidden gems. Or, since as Cabaret tells us, Twosies beats onesies, but nothing beats threes. Come in from Downtown New West, and drop into one or two of the pubs like Judge Begbie’s and the Terminal Pub for mixed drinks. Try the Black Widow or the Vanilla Cinnamon Bourbon Old Fashioned at Terminal Pub – it’ll have you can-canning before you know it.
If alcohol isn’t your scene, wander up the Front Street Mews under the enchanting lights and stop in the Old Crow Coffee Co. Where there’s always a rotation of art displays, comedy shows, and photography exhibitions.
Leave your troubles outside! Life is disappointing? Forget it! Wilkommen to New West for the weekend darling. Arrive in New West ahead of the show and stay for a treat. Start your trip off with some creative fusion cocktails and snacks at Wild Rice or El Santos, or grab dinner at Stefanos before dancing into your night of Cabaret above. Friday and Saturday nights feature live dancing and music to get you in the spirit.
Spend the night at the Inn at the Quay a fantastic West Coast style hotel with romantic views of the river. If it’s a date night with romance in mind, explore the date night special. Or, in true Kit Kat Klub fashion, try something risqué and delve into the Tryst with a Twist package.
In the morning wander through downtown, and poke around the scandalous pub and saloon past of New West with the Neartuit App – and the Not-So-Sober walking tour. Or embrace your inner Cabaret girl and experiment with a pole, exotic, or aerial dance class at Ava Fitness.
As night falls, cozy up and sip on cocktails in the Starlight Casino RedBar Lounge while you sway along to the live weekend entertainment. Or if you’ve timed it just right, and you’re staying for a week-long jaunt, you can take in a Way Off-Broadway show in the Heritage Grill’s back room. Fresh theatre from the fringes featuring storytellers, poets, comics, minstrels and puppeteers.
In here, life is beautiful. The girls are beautiful. Even the orchestra is beautiful! Welcome to New West.
Wandering through the New West River Market, it’s hard to miss the brilliant colours and warm atmosphere of the Craft Cafe. As I approach the community table at the front of the shop, Taryn’s busy behind her desk, cleaning and organizing, a space full of artists can get a little messy. As we sit down to chat she laughs and calls out to passersby, and I can feel the sense of camaraderie amongst the business owners here. She grows even more animated as the conversation falls on art and her wonderful students. The next thing I know, Taryn has pulled out a rubber fish and I’m learning how to make detailed fish prints with calligraphy ink!
Taryn Cheremkora and her mom Carol joined the River Market community officially in July 2017. Opening up shop with a range of creative curiosities from artists in France, Italy and where possible, in BC. Their goal? To create a community space without pressure! A creative outlet for young and old to experiment with crafting, playing around with different methods, textiles and colours. Locals coming together at the Quay to have fun and express themselves away from screens and everyday stress.
Art and community spaces have long been a theme in the Cheremkora women’s journey to Craft Cafe. Lifelong New Westminster locals, both Taryn and Carol built their careers in the arts. Taryn studied fine arts at Emily Carr. Since graduating she has continued to paint, draw, and practice, even developing her own unique card line available in store. Carol recently retired as a Public Arts Programmer. Used to working with the public and designing classes, it was a natural fit for the mother-daughter duo to begin a studio which combined workshops and retail space. In fact, community spaces and programs are what gave the Craft Cafe its start, both Taryn and her sister winning the River Market ONE Prize for their community art projects!
According to Taryn, fine arts is what inspired her to move towards crafting. While studying art, she began to feel that fine arts had become intellectual and intimidating for everyday people. A creativity barrier for most people, who believe they need proper lessons and skills to participate. Crafting, on the other hand, is accessible to everyone! It’s low-pressure so she can create a safe space for kids and adults to try new things, to follow instructions or just to sit down and be creative. A place to colour outside the lines.
It’s all about creating a support system and following your gut. You can and should ask everyone and anyone for their advice and expertise and really listen to what they have to say. But you’ll need to recognize, that at the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide what’s relevant to you and your business. Besides, you can’t prepare for everything! You’ll never believe what comes out of the woodwork when you finally do get started. All you can do is start, and build the right support system so you can deal with it as it comes.
Craft Cafe offers a variety of workshops and classes which range from drop-in child and adult programs to more structured classes. They are very excited to announce several new activities which are set to launch this spring! That’s not all for this power duo though. As we were chatting Taryn let slip some big plans this year. I can’t say anything now, but stay tuned in on @TourismNewWest and @CraftCafe to be the first to hear the exciting announcements and promotions to come over the next few months!
Local Staff Writer at Tourism New West. Obsessed with boardgames, bad jokes, and craft beer. Self-proclaimed coffee-addict on a quest to find the world’s best cup of java – suggestions welcome!
The weather is changing and the sun is finally peeking out from behind the clouds. This can only mean one thing, Spring Break is upon us! There are a million things to do with your family in New Westminster this year, so we’ve rounded up just a few highlights below.
Heroes and Villains and Disney themed public swims are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fun things to do in New West this break. Round up the kiddos for matinee movies Uptown hosted by The New West Public Library. Or, head to the Moody Park Arena for family, public, and loonie skates throughout the Spring Break! This and much, much, more is available to do throughout the city this year, for a full list of awesome events click to download this year’s Spring Break Brochure.
Children between 3-10 years old? Queen’s Park is hosting Mr. and Mrs. Bunny for an Easter celebration with the petting farm, and loads of other fun activities for your kids to enjoy! Join in the family fun at New West’s flagship park Sunday, April 1st from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Call 604-777-5121 for more details on this free event.
No need to worry about pre-registration here! Drop in at The Fraser River Discovery Centre March 20-24 to explore BC, and follow Simon Fraser’s journey down the Fraser. Kids aged 2-12 will receive passports to document their experiences as they learn about a different stop every day of this Special Spring Break program. Check the FRDC website for details and other exciting events.
The River Market Craft Cafe is hosting self-directed drop-in sessions on Sundays 11-1pm until March 25 ages 6-11. They provide access to the basic supplies like paper, cutting and pasting materials, paints, markers, and crayons, so your kids can express themselves and let their creativity run free!
This one’s for the older kids and parents, as the minimum age requirement is 12 years old. Explore the paranormal in BC’s original capital on a 90 min hair-raising walking tour through history. Listen to the spine-tingling stories of BC’s legendary Hanging Judge, the haunted tattoo parlour, and more right here in New Westminster. Click here for tickets and further information.
Looking for Day camps for your kids Spring break? New West has some great ones which range from arts and crafts to coding, the circus, dance classes and cheer schools! Read all about it and take a look at the brochures in our blog post: Arts, Music, & The Circus; Your Guide To Spring Break Day Camps in New Westminster.
Winter Break has only just ended (or so it feels) and Spring Break is here again. Looking for something fun for your kids to do for their 2 weeks off? We’ve been preparing a great list of Day Camps so whether your child enjoys art, music, sports, coding or even the circus we’ve got you covered right here in New West!
Stars are born! Kids can dance, sing and act at all levels this Spring break with musical theatre day camps at The Dance Matrix, and The Stage New West. Also included: costumes, scenery, prop making, trips to the park, and more! Or, if your child is more Rock’n’Roll inclined, check out Music Box New West’s Rock Band Camp (March 26 to 30), for ages 6-10.
Uniquely New West, Kids can bounce off to join the circus this break at The Vancouver Circus School in the River Market. All skills welcome as Spring break classes offer something for everyone, including aerials, trampoline, juggling and more! Or kids can tumble, parkour, and cheer their way through the break with Royal City Cheer Tumbling Parkour Spring camps.
100 Braid Street Studios is offering themed art classes for kids aged 5-12, featuring Canadian Artists week and Famous Artists Week with a variety of techniques and mediums offered in the afternoons. more details at 100braidststudios.com. For teens, the New West Public library is hosting the Spring Break Monster Mashup, March 10, 12 and 17. Teens pair up with local artist Thyrza Segal to refresh old painting with fantastic new monsters and creatures. See www.nwpl.ca for details.
Kids can explore a variety of camps in the heart of Downtown New West this break. The list includes; Painting, Drawing, Sculpting, as well as Mini Coding: Game Design; Theatre, Cartooning, Graphic Novel, Music Makers, Rock Star Music Camp and Artist Focus Day Camps. Heritage and Culture programs are also available, allowing your child to explore Crafts From Around the World and Adventures in History. Get the full list, and download your brochure today at www.anvilcentre.com.
This year St. Paddy’s Day falls on a Saturday and New West is THE place to celebrate. New West has plenty of bars and pubs featuring live music and festivities, so we’ve rounded up just a few ways you can celebrate the night in New West!
Celebrate on the Fraser River with a side of Green beer at the 3h PaddleWheeler St. Patty’s Day Cruise. Hop aboard and celebrate all things Irish! Get your drink on with Willie the bartender, as he mixes up great drink specials. Groove the night away with dance party favourites and Celtic selections, and check out the Irish Pub-Style features from the PaddleWheeler Galley between songs. Spots are limited and going fast! Click here for more info and to book your tickets today.
The countdown is on! New West’s newest Irish pub promises a hopping beer infused night of fun this St. Paddy’s Day. Their Countdown to Green contest ends Saturday so be sure to drop in beforehand and enter for your chance to win a variety of Irish themed goodies, just ask your server for details!
Wear your best St. Paddy’s Day costume for a free shot at Hops Pub on Saturday. Celebrate with fantastic food specials and on tap Guinness, as well as DJ from 6 pm till late.
Put a little craft beer in your St. Paddy’s plans at the District Taphouse’s Paddy’s party. Woop it up with Irish food and drink specials, prize giveaways and DJ Salim spinning 9 pm onwards! Follow @sapdistricttap on Instagram for more.
The New West Museum and Archives are hosting Bottoms Up: The Cultures of Drink in the Royal City Exhibition until March 25th! Take a look at New West’s Saloons, breweries, distilleries, afternoon teas, soda fountains and stories through the years. Click here for more info.
The City of New Westminster teamed up with New West Tourism to launch the ‘not-so-sober’ drinking tour on the Neartuit app (for IOS or Android). Download the app today to take a self-guided walking tour through the streets of New Westminster to discover historical saloons and popular modern-day watering holes.
Want to ring in the new year with the kids but don’t want them up past their bed time? December 31st, between 6pm and 8pm, you can join Lionel and the rest of the BP crew in a New Year’s countdown and balloon drop every hour on the hour. No reservations required, goodie bag for every kid too!
Billy Dixon and his Soultrain Express + Big City Soul! Advance tix are only $60, $75 at the door. More details and to buy your tix online see the event’s website here.
Ring in the New Year on the dance floor until 4am! MagnetiQ brings you a party you won’t forget with 4 DJ’s spinning the best of Latin, Afrobeats, RnB and Dancehall music. Indulge in a buffet between 10pm and Midnight and party favours for everyone!
Heritage Grill & Judge Begbies
The Golden Mile is back with 3 rooms to celebrate in; Rockabilly with WHEELGRINDERS in the Heritage Front Room, Electric blues with MIKE MACHADO TRIO in Begbie’s Tavern, and THE DRAG SHOW in the Heritage Back Room
Enjoy 4-course dinner, live music, and close with a tequila toast to ring in the new year.
Ring in the New Year across from the New West Skytrain! Balloons will drop at midnight and every guest will enjoy a champagne toast!
Starlight Casino Redbar Lounge
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Starlight Casino in Queensborough, where you can enjoy dinner, music and more. The RedBar Lounge has live music by Infamous Players, a 4-course dinner, party favours, balloon drop and a midnight toast!
Sapperton District Taphouse
Come celebrate New Years Eve with the new bar in town! Indulge in a 3-course set menu from 6pm-7:30pm. After dinner, drink and dance from 9:30pm-3am to a live DJ and complimentary champagne at midnight of course.
Expect to feel like you’re at a private show right in Quayside Voicess living room @ 100 Braid St Studio. They’ve got NEW arrangements and a couple of fan favourites lined-up for the night.
Experience the exciting re-imagining of Boccaccio’s medieval novella The Decameron. This thought-provoking play is written by one of Canada’s best young playwrights, Jordan Tannahill.
Get your Christmas Shopping started at this bi-monthly local craft market!
Explore New Westminster’s saloons, breweries, distilleries, afternoon teas, soda fountains and other drinking habits, places and stories.
A dramatic 30 athlete wrestling show in the middle of your local mall, featuring Mayor Jonathon Coté, and wrestlers from across the world.
Head to the New West Quay and enjoy a morning walk & brunch at one of the many restaurants along the Fraser River.
[Angelina’s, The Boathouse, River Market, El Santo, Old Crow Coffee Co., just to name a few]
Friday, October 27
Party aboard a spooky cruise along the Fraser River.
just in time for season two! Prepare to turn the upside-down upside down.
Call all ghouls & monsters to dress up and dance the night away. Best costume will go home with a prize!
Saturday, October 28
Perfect family friendly event with games, photo booth, puzzles + prizes.
Sunday, October 29
Learn the ghostly history of New Westminster’s past.