Why Queen's Park is where it's at for New West arts lovers this summer

Queen’s Park is once again gearing up for an arty summer.

New Westminster’s popular park will once again be home to a series of performances and events all summer long – so mark some dates on your calendar and get ready to stay-cation in style.

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The Queen’s Park bandshell will once again be home to Sunday afternoon entertainment all summer long, from June 16 to Sept. 1. The 2 p.m. performances kick off with the New Westminster and District Concert Band on June 16, followed by Josie deBaat’s Polynesian Dancers on June 23 and The Ta Daa Lady on June 30.

For a full list of entertainment, check out the city’s summer Active Living Guide (find it online at www.newwestcity.ca/rec) or call 604-777-5121.



The Royal City Literary Arts Society organizes these popular Wednesday evening poetry readings in the bandshell, shining a spotlight on featured poets from around the Lower Mainland and offering up an open mic to anyone who wants to take part. If it rains, sessions move mere metres away to The Gallery at Queen’s Park. Poetry in the Park runs 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday from July 3 to Aug. 28.



Shadows & Dreams Theatre Company returns with The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s popular farce revolving around a serious case of mistaken identity when two sets of twins end up in the same town. Performances run rain or shine on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. (July 20, 21, 27, 28 and Aug. 3 and 4). It’s free, and all performances take place at the bandshell.



Two Gents of New West (a.k.a. Howard Dai and Tiger Xu) and the Arts Council of New Westminster’s Momentum Youth Arts program are once again teaming up to offer a free, family-friendly series of performances by emerging local artists and an open mic session to close out each session. It’s running three Saturdays in August (Aug. 10, 17 and 24). Email twogentsnw@gmail.com to find out more or watch for details as the dates draw closer.

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