Well, this is it. It’s Labour Day Weekend, the last weekend of the summer break, and the first weekend of fall, even if it doesn’t technically start for a few more weeks. It’s more bitter than sweet, as play becomes work, and late nights become early mornings.
But it’s all alright, because if summer never ended, we wouldn’t have anything to countdown to (only 274 days until June, as of Friday, by the way).
Speaking of looking forward to things, there are a few events on over Labour Day Weekend worth checking out, that’ll surely soften the blow that is the start of September.
Kicking things off is Bonnie Kilroe, an award-winning celebrity impersonator, doing a one-woman, old-time country music show, on Friday night at the Massey Theatre. She’ll be performing classics from “Country Queen” stars, including Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by your Man,” and Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ after Midnight,” that will undoubtedly have you singing along, if this is your sort of thing. If it is, check it out here for more information.
If it’s not quite your speed, there’s the summer’s final Movie in the Park the same night. If you don’t know the lyrics to any Patsy Cline tunes, you might know a song or two from this movie. Take a trip back with Danny and Sandy, and relive high school all over again with Grease under the stars. Last week there were some technical errors, but everything should be good to go. It’s a fantastic movie in a beautiful venue, and it’s free. Tough to beat that. Click here for full details.
It’s also River Market’s annual BBQ Weekend. you can take part in a free art workshop, enjoy live music, enter a pie baking contest, or judge in our BBQ Battle. The big finale takes place Sunday, Sept. 1, when Re-Up BBQ and River Market present the 3rd Annual BBQ “on the Beach.” The event will feature endless smoked meats and other treats from Re-Up BBQ, including appetizers and desserts. There will also be a cash bar with proceeds going to a local charity. You need a ticket to get in, so click here for more info.
And as if one food competition wasn’t enough, The Met Bar & Grill is hosting its own—its 3rd Annual Chilli Cook-off on the holiday Monday.
We’ve had a heck of a summer in New West this year; festival after festival, celebration after celebration. It’s tough to celebrate the end of it all, and there will be more to come, like RiverFest in September, but the best justice we can give it is to squeeze every last second out of it. Enjoy it while it lasts.
All good things must come to an end, as the saying goes. And if the driest July ever recorded taught us one thing, it’s that this summer has been something good indeed. But we are not ones to go gently into that good night. So, as we prepare to bid farewell to the sunny summer months and get back to work, school, or whatever awaits you, we prepare to bid summer farewell the best way we know how: by throwing some parties.
There are just a couple weeks left until September, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to celebrate. On August 10, the inaugural Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival hits the road. From breakfast from Beljam’s Waffles to dessert from the Aussie Pie Guy, and absolutely everything in between, we hope you’re ready to get trucked up. We sure are.
Complete with beer gardens and live entertainment, the fun all happens along Columbia Street, between 4th and 6th St, between 3-9pm.
As the Food Truck Fest celebrates its first year, another is celebrating its aluminium anniversary. The Annual New West Cultural Crawl enjoys its 10th year in the running, as the event shows off New Westminster’s creative character, diversity, and unique cultural footprint.
The event will be taking place at locations all over the city, from 11am – 5pm on both August 10 and 11.
Next weekend keeps the party going, as New Westminster’s Pride Weekend events start the following Friday night. Saturday (August 17) is the main day, with a walk to support the New West Food Bank and the Pride Festival in the Park. There’s plenty more going on as well, as events run through until Sunday, and we invite you to come celebrate with us over the weekend.
Also on that Saturday is the 7th Annual BOARDWALK Festival and Sale. Hosted by the Quayside Community Board (QCB), the Festival & Sale features upwards of 200 tables each selling treasures, tools, and trinkets, while the festival portion includes live performances, food and beverage vendors, a farmers market, a Kid-Zone and plenty more.
So how about it? Will you join us in capping off the summer in style? We hope so—but don’t worry: if you’re not much of a party-goer, there’s still plenty for you to do before the Labour Day weekend. Just check out our events calendar and see for yourself.
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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com if you have feedback you would like to share with us.
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:
New Westminster, you had me at “New”.
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
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.
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.