Festivals & Events

Canada Day Celebrations

New Westminster, BC

This year is the 150th anniversary of Canada becoming the country it is today. Celebrate Canada’s national birthday with a host of multicultural festivities, live music, and kids’ activities.

The fun is capped off by a “Celebration Fireworks” spectacular over the Fraser River that will light up the night sky and leave everyone captivated. To celebrate Canada’s 150th, there are many extra, special events taking place this year. Stay tuned for details!

For more information, please visit newwestcity.ca for a full events listing.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival
Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC

Get Trucked Up in Downtown New West on July 29th, 2017! The Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival is the province’s largest food truck festival! It features over 50 different food trucks, beer gardens, entertainment, all wrapped up in a super fun street party. Easily accessible via SkyTrain and free admission!

Please visit The Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association for more details on this years festival as they are announced.

Heritage Homes Tour and Tea
heritage homes tour and tea

Various locations
New Westminster, BC

Tel: 604-521-5209

The annual Heritage Homes Tour and Tea includes 14 venues that feature an eclectic mix of residential and commercial properties – from one of the first houses built in Queen’s Park in 1891 – to a mid-century modern church built in 1959.

LitFest New West

New Westminster Public Library & Douglas College
New Westminster, BC

Tel: 604-525-3244

LitFest New West started in 2009 as the Royal City Book Festival. The objective of the Royal City Book Festival was “to showcase the wonderful work that is going on mostly behind the scenes”. The interest in the festival was huge and the festival grew yearly in scope. Come and enjoy a wide range of presentations, workshops, performances and exhibitions the ideal way to get your word fix.

Momentum Youth Arts Festival
Momentum Youth Arts Movement

735 Eighth Ave
New Westminster, BC

Tel: 604-525-3244

Momentum Youth Arts Movement aims to celebrate and promote youth artists by giving them a place to display and perform their art for their peers and community.

Momentum Youth Arts Festival is to be the new moniker for the festival formerly known as Yam Jam.

With a revamped planning and organizing structure, one now entirely envisioned and driven by youth, the annual festival aims to spark a new creative energy for all to enjoy.

Presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster and produced by Massey Theatre, Momentum Youth Arts Festival is programmed, organized and driven by youth. The Momentum Youth Panel consists of seven youth from New Westminster steering the arts programming for the festival. The key community partners supporting the youth’s efforts are; Arts Council of New Westminster, Massey Theatre, NWSS Fine Arts Department, City of New Westminster Youth Services, and SD 40 Community Schools.

Over the three day weekend youth will gain important public exposure and experience, learn through visual and performing arts, and celebrate individuality and the creative voices of youth.


New Westminster Cultural Crawl

Various locations
New Westminster, BC

Tel: 604-525-3244

The City of New Westminster has long committed to being a creative and vibrant city and its residents have put the Royal City on the cultural map by creating galleries, theatres and historical venues that invite residents and visitors alike to discover our unique history and locally-created works of art.

This two-day event on August 12th & 13th will include open studios and local artists featuring their work and presenting live paint-ins at your favourite arts, culture and heritage destinations around the city. Festivities begin at 11 am and run until 5 pm both days.

Venues are organized in convenient neighborhood clusters including Sapperton, Downtown, Uptown, Victory Heights and Queensborough. Produced by Van Dop & Associates, Arts Council of New Westminster and the BC Cultural Crawl.

Pride Week
New west pride

New Westminster, BC

Tel: 604-544-4725

New West Pride presents an annual four day event that includes a comedy night, Saturday festival followed by a Sunday brunch. Come and celebrate the diversity and spirit of New Westminster’s LGBTQI family. All ages welcome to our daytime events. Some evening events are 19 and over. Contact New West Pride for more information.

RiverFest – Inspired by the Fraser
River Fest

788 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, BC

Tel: 604-521-8401

Celebrating BC and World Rivers Day! From city streams to wilderness whitewater, be inspired by the river at this fun-filled celebration of BC and World Rivers Day. Enjoy artistic and environmental displays, live entertainment, harbour tours, kids activities and the famous workboat parade at Riverfest.

Visit www.fraserriverdiscovery.org for a full schedule of events

Royal City Farmers Market

Tipperary Park (summer), River Market (winter)
New Westminster, BC

Tel: 778-928-7236

Both summer and winter markets are family friendly events featuring live music and kids activities each week.  Join your neighbors in shopping local and supporting your community.

Join the Royal City Farmers Market every Thursdays from 3pm to 7pm for an exciting and family friendly farmers market!  They have up to 40 vendors at each market offering fresh local produce, prepared foods and handmade crafts as well as delicious food trucks. Every market they feature live music & kids’ activities!

Come and visit their Kids’ Place Area and discover:

• Free Crafts by The Stage New West or Music Box New West

• Free Mini Farmers Market Play Area

• Face Painting ($)

Royal City Farmers Market is yours to discover on lovely summer days, fill your weekly grocery bags with farm fresh produce.

FREE PARKING is available on Royal Avenue, Queens Avenue and in the City Hall Parking lot after 4:30pm.  There is a *new* parking area in front of City Hall open to market shoppers after 4:30.