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What's going on in New West this weekend? Our top picks for Feb. 23 to 25

Live entertainment, family fun and some yummy fundraisers are among the happenings in New Westminster this weekend.
Made in Italy, an Arts Club on Tour presentation, is on the Anvil Theatre stage from Feb. 22 to 25.

Looking for an excuse not to cook dinner? Needing a night out on the town? Trying to find a new place to take the kids?

Look no further than these events in New West. Here are some of the great event happening in New Westminster from Feb. 23 to 25

Thursday Feb. 22 to Sunday, Feb. 25

Made in Italy

Arts Club on Tour brings its production of Made in Italy to New Westminster. This musical coming-of- age story set in the 1970s in Alberta, tells the story of Francesco Mantini, a second-generation Italian teen who is inspired by pop culture icons Rocky Balboa and John Travolta and reinvents himself as Frank Martin: crooner and ladies’ man.

  • When: Evening shows at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, Friday, Feb. 23 and Saturday, Feb. 24 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 25
  • Where: Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia St.
  • Details: (Note – water-based fog and haze, flashing lights, and mature content may occur in this production.) Tickets available online.

Friday, Feb. 23

Westside Swing Band

Westside Swing Band, a 10-piece band based in New West, performs: Big Band-era standards; rockabilly, jump blues, and swing revival classics; and swing dancer-approved tunes for Lindy Hop, Balboa and Collegiate Shag that span genres and decades from the 1950s to today (rock, blues, soul, R&B, and more). Everyone welcome – come with friends or alone. No swing dance experience is needed. Beginners and toe-tappers are welcome.

  • When: Friday, Feb. 23.  (Doors open at 7:30 p.m., free swing dance lesson is at 7:45 p.m. and the band plays from 8:15 to 10:30 p.m.)
  • Where; Sapperton Community Hall, 318 Keary St.
  • Details: Tickets: $20 (Buy online or cash only at the door)

Saturday, Feb. 24

Legends Show

Legends Show features tributes to Hank Williams (Zachary Stevenson), Johnny Cash (Lars Pluto), Roy Orbison (Jesse Arn), and Elvis Presley (Pete Paquette). It’s coming to New West for one-night only.

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave.
  • Tickets are $51 plus service charges

Bevvies and Bites

Rotary in New Westminster is hosting the Bevvies and Bites fundraiser. Anyone aged 19 and older is invited to attend an event billed as being a “mouth-watering extravaganza of delicious beverages and delectable bites” from local businesses. The event, which includes a silent auction and a 50/50 draw, is raising funds for Don't Go Hungry Food Support and Rotary programs.

  • When Saturday, Feb. 24, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Royal City Centre, 610 Sixth St.
  • Details: Tickets are $43.93

Perogies For Peace

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral is holding its monthly Perogies for Peace fundraiser, where community members can buy perogies, cabbage rolls, borscht and sausage. You can dine in or get your dinner to go; fresh and frozen options are available.

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 501 Fourth Ave.

Super Saturday – Runoff Race

Fraser River Discovery Centre is focusing on family-friendly programming about flooding and climate change at this month’s Super Saturday’s event.  Activities include testing your urban designing skills with a stream table.

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Fraser River Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Dr.
  • Details: Information about admission rates and Fraser River Discovery Centre is available online

Sunday, Feb. 25

New Westminster Symphony Orchestra

The New Westminster Symphony’s first concert of 2024 celebrates the famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak with a selection of his greatest compositions. Dvorak in Prague: A Concert includes a performance of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor From the New World – a composition so popular that astronaut Neil Armstrong took a tape recording of it on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969.

  • When: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Sanctuary at Queens Avenue United Church, the northeast corner of Sixth Street and Queens Avenue
  • Details: Admission is by donation. Info at

Global Tea Series with Cassius Khan: Bosnian Music and Tea with Zelko Krakan

Musician Cassius Khan and a variety of highly accomplished musicians, including Bosnian musician Zelko Krakan, and tea specialists will be on hand for an afternoon of music and refreshments, when the Global Tea Series returns to New West.

  • When: Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m.
  • Where: Eighth and Eight Creative Spaces, Performance Studio 1B, 735 Eighth Ave. (Massey Theatre complex)
  • Details: Free. Everyone is welcome to attend.

To Sunday, Feb. 25

The Last Romance

It’s the final weekend of The Vagabond Players’ presentation of The Last Romance, by Joe Dipietro

  • When: Thursday to Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinées at 2 p.m.
  • Where: Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park
  • Details: Info and tickets online or at or 604-521-0412.