A new Canada Day event is coming to Burnaby this year, after two years of no celebrations.
StreetFest on Central will be an evening festival with food trucks, family-friendly activities, live performances and a fireworks show at the end of the night.
“Burnaby has always been the place to be on Canada Day, and this year I’m excited to announce that we’re bringing the festivities to the heart of downtown Burnaby in Metrotown,” said Mayor Mike Hurley in a statement.
The new event will begin at 7 p.m., featuring platinum recording artist and three-time Juno award winner k-os at Central Park. Joining k-os is platinum album-selling recording artist Bif Naked and Latin Grammy-winner Alex Cuba.
A fireworks finale is scheduled for 10 p.m.
The city will close roads along Patterson Avenue and Central Boulevard between Patterson Avenue and Willingdon Avenue.
Guests are encouraged to take transit, cycle or walk and should leave their pets at home.
Burnaby cancelled Canada Day last year in response to the confirmation of more than 200 unmarked graves of children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
In 2020, the city cancelled its Canada Day plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Besides StreetFest, Burnaby will host more Canada Day events at other locations around the city earlier in the day, including at Burnaby Village Museum and Edmonds Park and Plaza.
StreetFest on Central
- When: Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m.
- Where: Civic Square (6100 Willingdon Ave.) to Central Park
- Cost: Free admission