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7 things to do in New West: Top picks for the June 14 to 16 weekend

Dancing, shopping, and listening to live music – you can do it all in New Westminster this weekend.
Swing dancing is one of the fun things happening in New West this weekend.

Want to try out some new dance moves? Hit up some yard sales? Listen to live music in the great outdoors? Enjoy a family-friendly festival?

You can do it all in New Westminster this weekend. We’ve rounded up some of this weekend’s happenings around town. Here are the Record’s top picks for June 14 to 16:

Friday, June 14

Secret Balboa Club

Practise your dance moves at the Secret Balboa Club’s social dance, when dancers will test out the dance studio in the newly opened təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre. Balboa, a type of swing dance that originated in Southern California, was popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

  • When: Friday, June 14, 7:45 to 9:45 p.m.
  • Where: təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre, 65 East Sixth Ave. It’s taking place in room Fitness 2C, which is located on the second floor.
  • Details:  $10 (cash preferred; e-transfer available)

Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16

Vancouver Battlezone 2024

Marvel at the moves at Vancouver Battlezone 2024, an event that organizers say will bring “one of Canada’s most anticipated dance battles” to New West. Running Friday through Sunday, Vancouver Battlezone includes competitions in popping, hip hop and open styles (preliminaries on Friday and finals on Saturday), and workshops (Sunday) feature hip hop, popping, locking and a Q&A.

  • When: Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16. The full schedule and locations can be found online.
  • Where: The finals – which are free to attend – are on Saturday, June 15 at 1 p.m. in Uptown Plaza (on Belmont Street between Fifth and Sixth streets)
  • Details: Tickets (for Friday night’s preliminaries and Sunday’s workshops) and full event details are available online

Saturday June 15

Uptown Swing Collective

Grab your picnic blanket and dinner (if you choose) and join the Uptown Swing Collective for live jazz by the Daniel Marmer Quintet and dancing in the park. You don’t need a partner or dance experience to join in on the fun; everyone is welcome.

  • When: Saturday, June 15, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Moody Park’s south field – behind Century House, 620 Eighth St.
  • Details: Live music from 4 to 6 p.m.; beginner swing dance lesson during the band’s break (around 4:45 p.m.)

Queensborough Children’s Festival

Enjoy an afternoon of free and fun activities and entertainment at the annual Queensborough Children's Festival, hosted by the Queensborough Special Programs Committee. Along with great lineup of live entertainment, the day’s fun includes: a circus tent; arts and crafts; gardening; and a bubbles station. There will also be booths from local community groups, a food and toddler section, food to purchase – and much more.

  • When: Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Ave.

Glenbrooke North Garage Sale

Hunt for treasures at Glenbrooke North's neighbourhood-wide garage sale. Directional arrow signs will be erected on Saturday morning to guide treasure hunters to garage sale locations.

  • When: Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Glenbrooke North is bounded by 10th and Sixth avenues, and McBride Boulevard and Sixth Street.
  • Details: Runs rain or shine

 New West Craft

Treat yourself to something special at New West Craft, a curated market showcasing works of local makers and artisans.

  • When: Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: River Market, 810 Quayside Dr.

Sunday, June 16

Father's Day Concert 2024

Tune in to an afternoon of music when the New Westminster and District Concert and Jazz bands perform their annual Father’s Day concert in New West.

  • When: Sunday, June 16, 2 p.m.
  • Where: Queen’s Park bandshell