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What's happening this weekend in New West? Our top picks for Sept. 22-24

From comedy to performing arts and more — New Westminster has a lot to look forward to this weekend.
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Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack) perform traditional Salish song and dance at RiverFest 2022. This year's annual RiverFest will include performances and a series of fun activities till Sunday, Sept. 24.

This weekend, expose yourself to Indian classical performing arts and discover more than 50 Black women-owned businesses from Metro Vancouver; attend an art show that will expand your mind, and sit for a comedy show that will have you in splits.

Also, make sure not to miss the opportunity to learn how important Fraser River is to the community at the annual RiverFest. 

Sept. 22 and 23

Stand-up comedy

Dive into this weekend with a comedy show featuring stand-up comic Josh Blue. Blue has previously been featured in the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, honoured at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and emerged winner at NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2006.

A comic who happens to have cerebral palsy, Blue's comedy breaks down stereotypes of people with disabilities. 

  • When: 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. on Sept. 22, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 23
  • Where: Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, 530 Columbia St. 
  • Details: House of Comedy website


Sept. 23

Mushtari Begum Festival

The festival, which has been celebrating Indian classical music and dance for over a decade, is back for its 12th edition in the city.

The annual Mushtari Begum Festival will feature vocalist Kamaljeet Gill, kathak/harmonium artist Amika Kushwaha, ghazal/tabla artist Cassius Khan, and Pandit Salil Bhatt who will play a 21-stringed instrument called the satvik veena at the show. 


Black Women Business Exhibit 

Here’s a chance to celebrate and support Black women entrepreneurs of Greater Vancouver at New Westminster's Anvil Centre.

The second annual Black Women Exhibit will feature more than 50 Black women-owned businesses — from fashion and clothing to health and wellness products, food retail and more.

That apart, attendees will also get a chance to attend workshops on how to transform a business idea into actionable plans.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St.
  • Details: Eventbrite


New Media Gallery show 

A new exhibition takes a deep dive on how we measure time, light, colours, seasons and movement of celestial bodies.

Called Measure, the exhibition — featuring works of seven artists from around the world  — opens with a panel discussion that will have experts from the fields of both art and science discuss how we measure and track the movements of our perceived world through space and time. 


Sept. 23 and 24

RiverFest 2023

RiverFest 2023, presented by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, is back with live entertainment, a family fun zone, the popular Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade and more.

The four day fest, which kick-started on Wednesday, Sept. 20, will continue into the weekend featuring a ton of activities — all aimed at celebrating the environmental, economic and social-cultural importance of the Fraser River.