What's happening in New West this long weekend? Top picks for June 28 to July 1

1. Take in some exciting lacrosse action between the New Westminster Salmonbellies and the Victoria Shamrocks at Queen’s Park Arena on Saturday, June 29. The Junior A teams will play at 12:30 p.m. and the Seniors will face off at 5 p.m. Tickets for both games are available at the arena.

2. Celebrate 50 years of liberation of the LGBTQ2+ community members in a carnival of performance, inspiring words and interactive fun. Celebration 50: Say it Loud Gay is Proud, taking place at Massey Theatre on Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m., celebrates the anniversary of the Canadian government passing legislation decriminalizing homosexuality in Canada. The evening’s lineup includes host Peach Cobblah, Svend Robinson, Allan Morgan, the Vancouver Youth Choir and Queer as Funk. It’s free, but ticket reservations are encouraged at www.masseytheatre.com.

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3. Don some red and white and celebrate Canada’s birthday on Monday, July 1. The city’s annual festivities, taking place in Queen’s Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., include live entertainment in the bandshell by GinaLina, Seabillys and Disco Funeral, games, crafts and snacks – as well as a chance to visit the spray park and petting farm. The Hyack Festival Association is hosting the Canada Day fireworks on the waterfront at 10 p.m., but entertainers will take to the Riverside Stage at the Quay starting at 2:30 p.m.

4. Head to Westminster Pier Park for the 2019 Multicultural Festival, which features live entertainment including cultural dance presentations from different countries, a bazaar, and food – culminating in a public dance before the fireworks on the Fraser. It runs from 3 to 10 p.m.

5. Experience B.C. landscapes through the eyes of artist Karen Colville when Surfaces Exploration and Experience opens at the Plaskett Gallery Massey Theatre. An opening reception is taking place in the gallery (735 Eighth Ave.) on Saturday, June 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. Details about the exhibition (running until July 31) and gallery hours at www.masseytheatre.com.

6. Take a seat and enjoy some live music at Uptown Unplugged on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30 from noon to 2 p.m. You’ll find the performances outside Westminster Centre and Royal City Centre – just look for the tents.

Email your Top 5 ideas to calendar@newwestrecord.ca or tmcmanus@newwestrecord.ca. You can also check out our full arts and events calendar listings on our website's homepage at www.newwestrecord.ca.

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