Top 5 things to do in Burnaby this weekend

1. Always been curious about the city’s arts offerings? This is your weekend to explore them all, as Culture Days takes place across the country and right here at home. The Burnaby Art Gallery (seen in this photo from last year) will once again host a number of Culture Days events, including a Collaborative City Building art project Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., a Life Drawing With Print workshop Saturday at 1 p.m. and Family Portraits sessions on Sunday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The Shadbolt Centre, meanwhile, hosts the Culture Days opening reception Friday at 8 p.m. and a weekend of activities including kiln tours, sketching, Art on the Spot and a series of digital short films by Burnaby seniors on Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. See for all the listings.


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2. Explore the making of Mingei in this special Japanese folk art session at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre. Make Your Own Mingei runs noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. There’s also a Mikoshi talk at 1 p.m. as part of the exhibition. See for details.


3. Celebrate World Rivers Day at Burnaby Village Museum on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The day includes entertainment, hands-on activities, displays and demonstrations, plus a chance to enjoy the museum and carousel. Check out

4. Celebrate the coming of fall at the Harvest Festival at Goodlad Community Garden, 7912 Goodlad St. in Burnaby, on Saturday. Admission to the festival is free, and you can enjoy food, music, activities and entertainment from 2 to 5 p.m. There’s also an Eating Your Harvest workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call 604-521-0947.

5. Check out Baconfest: Seriously, people, it’s called Baconfest. Do you need any more reason? Urban Digs Farm (4992 Byrne Rd.) is hosting the extravaganza featuring bacon-inspired food and drinks, friendly farm animals, a farm market and more, Saturday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, free for members, or $10 at the door if they haven’t sold out. Food plates will be available for $5 apiece. Hurry to to buy.

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