It's that time of year - fall fairs abound, the apple cider is crisp, and so is the apple crisp! There is plenty of fall fun happening in the city this weekend. From art exhibits and talks to World Rivers Day, Burnaby is full of cultural and community events. We're continuing with our popular feature - our staff's Top 5 (Or More) Things To Do This Weekend. Here's our Top 5 list for Sept. 27 to 29.
1 Get cultured at Culture Days in Burnaby on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are many events throughout the city for the arts festival, including the Taiken - Japanese Canadians since 1877 exhibit at the Nikkei Centre; the Beautiful, Brooks, Birds and Beasts exhibit at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts; the Worldwide Bird Art Installation put on by the Burnaby Arts Council; an Art on the Spot drop-in at the Shadbolt Centre and more. For specific information about where and when events are taking place, go to the Culture Days website at www.culturedays.ca.
2 Get celebrating fall at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre's third annual Nikkei Fall Harvest Fair on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cres. The event is a lively O-matsuri festival with loads of exciting demos and performances, a popular farmers' market selling hard-to-find Japanese produce, mouth-watering food stands by various local vendors including Zakkushi and Japadog, an activity-packed kids' zone and even professional kimono dressing. Stop in to check it all out.
3 Get a little bit country in Burnaby at the inaugural Country Fair at St. Theresa's Parish, at the corner of Canada Way and Fulwell Street. The fair takes place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a variety of crafts, sewing, baking and preserves, as well as a tea room, a child's jelly bean counting contest, raffles and a renowned artist doing caricature portraits. All proceeds to charity.
4 Get active at the grand opening of the Bonsor 55+ Centre, as well as the 25th anniversary of the Bonsor Recreation Complex on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free activities at Bonsor for the whole family, including live entertainment, family swimming, Burnaby's largest Zumba class, preschool activities, gymnastics, racquet sports and more. The weight and cardio room will also be free for the festivities, and there will also be free swimming from 1 to 3 p.m.
5 Get respecting the environment at World Rivers Day at the Burnaby Village Museum and surrounding site. World Rivers Day is on Sunday, and the event runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but carousel rides are $2.21. This year is the ninth anniversary of World Rivers Day and the 33rd annual Rivers Day in B.C. There will be free family-friendly activities, demonstrations and entertainment, opportunities to learn more about Burnaby's natural heritage, and environmentally themed programs and initiatives from the city and members of the community. All of the regular museum displays and facilities will be open during the celebrations. For more information, go to www.burnaby.ca/worldriversday.
Email your Top 5 ideas to email@example.com or send them to reporter Janaya Fuller-Evans, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out our full arts and events calendar listings on our website's homepage at www.burnabynow.com.
- compiled by staff reporter Janaya Fuller-Evans
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