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May 27th. 2013

Curious Flea Market

Are you curious? We sure are!

Curious Flea is a new shopping and social event taking place June 1st and 2nd (10 am to 5 pm), at New Westminster’s River Market. Customers are invited to hang out, engage, and explore! The event will showcase unique wares from over twenty vendors. Featuring mid century modern, antique, upcycled and collectible finds, this event will be a welcomed addition to an area already rich in history. Just steps away from Front Street’s exciting antique stores, and the River Market’s very own quality vintage goods merchant Mid Century Modern Home, Curious Flea will be a destination for residents and visitors alike.

Curious Flea is sure to tickle your senses and provide entertainment for the entire family. Highlights of the event include live music, a performance by the Vancouver Circus School, and delectable food from the River Market’s award-winning restaurants! Admission is free, just bring your sense of curiosity!

Don’t miss out! Join us for the inaugural Curious Flea Market!

Visit rivermarket.ca for more information.

July 25th. 2012

Celebrating Local Art: The 10th Annual New West Cultural Crawl

The weekend of Saturday August 10th and Sunday August 11th, 2013, marks the 10th annual New West Cultural Crawl, a 2-day event that is sure to stimulate the senses of all who attend. With participating venues clustered throughout the city’s many neighborhoods, vendors will be opening their doors at 11:00am and wrapping up each day at 5:00pm.  This event celebrates and showcases New Westminster’s vibrant and thriving artistic community as visitors and local residents alike will tour the city to view original works of art by over 50 artists. New Westminster is proud to be a part of the province-wide BC Cultural Crawl which kicks off on the BC Day weekend and runs until August 31st.

Click here to learn more about the local artists who will be contributing their work for the Crawl.

New Westminster is a city known for its sense of community and togetherness, and following in the same fashion the Cultural Crawl has conveniently situated its neighborhood vendors within walking distance of each other. Click here for a complete list of participating vendors and here to find them on a map of the city. For a downloadable guide, click here.

Much like New West itself, this event is growing and evolving as local artisans continuously draw inspiration from their surroundings and translate their vision into unique pieces crafted from all kinds of materials. To personalize each Crawler’s experience, Artists will be on site to answer any questions about their work and even provide live demonstrations.

This event is a chance to celebrate local artwork and creativity, and is an opportunity for exposure to displays you may not have even know existed in your own community. There is so much to be seen in the Royal City this summer and this annual event is further establishing New West as an important destination for those seeking to find the best of arts and culture in BC. Mark on your calendar as “do not miss” and prepare to be wowed by the work of artisans of all kinds right here in New Westminster.

Visit the website of the New West Cultural Crawl for further information and contact information.

June 25th. 2012

Annual Key West Ford Show and Shine!

        The Key West Ford Show & Shine is an annual event with a “Must Attend” sticker posted on it. With hundreds of cars, live music, entertainment and activities for all ages, it’s more than just about vehicles; it’s something the entire family can enjoy!

        Taking over the Historic Columbia Street of New Westminster, the event is free admission and will offer free parking to those who are coming in from a distance for the spectacular event.

        Enjoy the beer garden, or bring the kids and enjoy interactive exhibits meant for the whole family! For instance, last year at Show & Shine, the future of transportation will be on display along “Electric Avenue.” Starting at 4th Street, vendors will be showcasing alternative transportation and energy strategies. Who said you couldn’t learn a thing or two from this event?

         Come for the cars: over three hundred custom, classic, vintage and specialty cars, trucks and even bicycles will line the streets. Stay for the food: great vendors like Urban Wood Fired Pizza will be serving up delicious meals. Leave with some goodies: vendors like Soggy Dog Seat Covers will be there for all your car needs.

The Show and Shine is a huge, free event in New Westminster, bringing in over 100,000 people a year. We hope you’ll be among them!

 

June 17th. 2012

Introducing… The Westminster Pier Park!

This waterfront spectacle is a must-see for tourists and residents of New Westminster alike! The park is a fabulous destination to enjoy beautiful scenery and further explore the Quay.

The Westminster Pier Park officially opened to the public on June 16th, 2012 and despite relentless downpour an abundance of eager visitors explored the all-new park and took in the opening day celebrations. The weather has since cooperated, and hundreds of patrons are flocking to the waterfront attraction to see all it has to offer. Located on the water between 6th Street and 4th Street, the park is currently accessible only through the south-west entrance which connects to a large parking lot. There is also a pedestrian overpass across Front Street from another public parking lot.

                                          

Factually speaking, the park has two playgrounds for children, plenty of benches and seating, washroom and concession facilities, a finger-pier, a basketball court and multiple grassy areas. This park truly does have something for the whole family, and if you don’t feel like climbing on the playground there are neat wooden recliners that face the Fraser River to relax on. These spots will surely be a favourite for lounging and enjoying river views in warm weather.

                                           

While most park-goers stick to the spacious boardwalk, which offers gorgeous views of the Fraser River, there are smaller, gravel paths that wind through trees and flowers towards a large covered area with benches. The concrete basketball court is located off the main boardwalk and is not gated.

                                          

This park is not only aesthetically pleasing and tastefully designed, but has a fantastic location as it is just up the river from the Westminster Quay area and River Market. The River Market is a great place to begin or end your day at the park whether you’re hungry for a light snack or a full meal. The Quay area has multiple places where you can continue to entertain youngsters such as the Vancouver Circus School or Fraser River Discovery Centre.

                                          

Westminster Pier Park is suitable for all kinds of activities such as picnics, basketball games, sunbathing, biking and of course, walking! It is yet another new development in New Westminster that we can enjoy year-round and be proud to show off to visitors from all over the world. Comment on this post or send us an email at info@tourismnewwestminster.com if you have feedback you would like to share with us.

June 5th. 2012

The Quay to Happiness

The winner of the This is My City contest is Jason Bosher!

The Quay to Happiness

New Westminster, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

  • You are large enough to be called a city, yet intimate enough to be travelled on foot
  • Local events abound, yet one need only to board a Skytrain to be whisked away to something more
  • Fine dine, quick bite a great way to start your night
  • Community abounds in our rec centres and parks
  • Smiles are free and shared openly to all passing by
  • And our quay to happiness is exactly that. Beautiful boardwalk, divine dining and soothing sea, all come together serendipitously.

                                  New Westminster, you had me at “New”.

May 15th. 2012

10 New Westminster Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss

Events galore! New West throws a whack load of top-notch festivals and events. Enjoy lip-smacking food, foot-tapping music and fun-packed activities. Whip out your calendars and be sure to celebrate summer with at least one of these 10 New Westminster festivals and events.

DiverseCity Multicultural Festival
Your ticket to discovering other cultures — without leaving the country. Come join us as New Westminster celebrates community and diversity with ethnic foods and traditional music, dance and dress against the backdrop of the Fraser River.

May 19 on the Boardwalk along the Quay. www.downtownnewwest.ca

2012 Lowe’s Hyack Festival Week
New West loves festivals so much, we packed nine days into a week to make room for Hyack Festival Week. The nine-day bash includes events such as , fireworks, May Day, Spring Artisan Fair and the infamous Hyack International Parade. Don’t miss a New West favourite that encourages multicultural activities appealing to every age.

May 18 – 27 at various locations in New Westminster. Visit www.hyack.bc.ca for more information.

Heritage Homes Tour and Tea
Steep yourself in history. This self-guided walking tour gets you a glimpse inside some of New Westminster’s most magnificent heritage homes. The popular event sells out quickly, so get your tickets before somebody else does. www.newwestheritage.org

May 27 at various locations.

Sapperton Day Street Festival
Enjoy great eats, sunshine, and activities like rock climbing while also supporting a good cause. All proceeds from the festival go to the Royal Columbian hospital. Last year the festival raised $10,000 for the hospital’s Breast Health Centre Campaign. www.shopsapperton.com

June 10 on East Columbia Street.

Royal City Show and Shine
The sun is brighter when it’s bouncing off a newly shined hot rod. For a full day of automobile bliss, don’t miss this New Westminster classic. Cool cars, yummy treats and live entertainment is all yours on Columbia Street in Downtown New West. www.downtownnewwest.ca

July 8 on Columbia Street in Downtown New Westminster.

12th Street Music Festival
If you crave moving and grooving to blues, jazz, country and alternative, then this festival carries a tune or two for you. No festival experience is complete without food and fun activities, so bring your appetite and your fun-loving self. www.newweba.ca

August 5 on 12th Street.

New Westminster Cultural Crawl
Get your crawl on! This annual two-day arts and heritage bonanza allows you to interact with local artists, artisans and gallery owners in their workspaces. Galleries, studios and venues include Gabor Gasztonyi Studio, Van Dop Gallery, Amelia Douglas Gallery and Fraser River Discovery Centre.

August  11 – 12 at various locations. www.newwestculturalcrawl.com

RiverFest
As the leaves get ready to turn, the Fraser River takes centre stage. Get inspired by this historically and economically important river while enjoying artistic and environmental displays, live entertainment, harbour tours, the famous workboat parade and plenty of activities for children.

September 23 (Shoreline Cleanup) and Sept 28 – 29 along the Westminster Quay and Fraser River Discovery Centre www.fraserriverdiscovery.org or www.hyack.bc.ca

Pride Week — Let Your Colours Reign
Everybody is invited to celebrate and experience the diversity and spirit of New Westminster’s LGBTQI community. Be dazzled by the fun and colour of this four-day extravaganza. Some evening events are 19 and over. www.newwestpride.com

August 16 – 19 at various locations.