What's happening in New West this weekend? Top picks for Aug. 23 to 25

1. Head downtown for the final Fridays on Front of the summer on Friday, Aug. 23, taking place in the 600 block of Front Street from 5 to 9 p.m. You’ll find vendors, live entertainment by three-time Grammy winner and R&B Hall Of Fame inductee Dutch Robinson, food trucks, kids’ activities and more. The street is also licensed for the event so you can enjoy a beer or wine while taking in all the action.

2. Pack up a picnic and some lawn chairs and take the family to Summer Sounds, a free, all-ages gathering at Ryall Park in Queensborough on Friday, Aug. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Along with live entertainment by Tony Prophet, parks and rec play leaders will be on site. It’s free and takes place at the outdoor stage at 920 Ewen Ave.

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3. Enjoy an evening of music with Bob Westfall, Moonlight Poet (and a surprise opening act) on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 712C 12th St. Refreshments are available at this fundraiser for New West Artists. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20.

4. Learn about the killer whales that swim along the coast and the conservation issues affecting them at Killer Whales of the Coast, an interactive presentation by the Ripple Coast Society. It’s on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Queen’s Park band shell. No registration is needed. Info: www.ripplecoastbc.org.

5. Shop from 20 vendors and exhibitors at the Galbraith Heritage Artisan Fair on Saturday, Aug. 24. It’s on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the historic Galbraith House at 131 Eighth St. Admission is $5.

6. Check out the Festival of Circus Arts on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Westminster Pier Park. The action begins with workshops and demonstrations from 3 to 6 p.m., followed by a main stage show from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It’s free. Details on the Festival of Circus Arts page on Facebook.

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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