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Five things to do in Burnaby this weekend: July 28-30

Bollywood parties, community cleanups and more — there’s a whole lot of things to do in Burnaby this weekend
Green Day: Join Lower Mainland Green Team at Bonsor Recreation Complex this Saturday to help clean litter from the city. Photo: Lower Mainland Green Team

How is it that we’re already in the last week of July? Thought we were just shovelling our driveways a few weeks ago.

With time flying at lightning speed, here is the list of things to do in Burnaby this weekend to make the most of the sunny days — while summer lasts.

Summer Stages

Celebrate summer with this recurring free live performance series at Confederation Park every Tuesday to Friday. This weekend, on Friday, July 28, Indigenous storyteller Kung Jaadee will be narrating her Haida and Squamish stories from noon to 1 p.m., followed by an exciting drumming session with Rhythm Resource at 2 p.m.

Just bring a blanket or a chair to make a mid-day picnic out of it.

When: Friday, July 28; noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Where: Confederation Park (by the spray park)

Cost: Free

Community Litter Clean Up at Bonsor

The Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT) is back for another community cleanup session in Burnaby this weekend, and the team is calling for volunteers. After a series of community cleanup events that kicked off earlier in the spring and carried on into the summer, the green team, in partnership with the City of Burnaby, will be at the Bonsor Recreation Complex on Saturday, July 29 from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The previous cleanup event in Burnaby broke a personal record and became the largest litter cleanup organized by the Green Team — with 74 volunteers of all ages turning up.

The organizers hope the record can be broken again at the July 29 cleanup.

When: Saturday, July 29 from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex, 6550 Bonsor Ave.; meet at the southwest parking lot.

Cost: Free; register here.

Orange B.C. Run for First Nations 2023

After a successful Black History Walk in February, the Ethiopian Affairs in B.C. group is now encouraging community members to don their orange T-shirts and join fellow runners on Saturday, July 29, for their first Orange Run for First Nations at Central Park in Burnaby.

The free five-kilometre run will begin at Patterson station (near Central Park) at 7 a.m. for people to reflect and create awareness around issues surrounding First Nations community and Indigenous peoples.

Attendees are encouraged to gather early and warm up for the run.

When: Saturday, July 29 at 7 a.m.

Where: Patterson station (4101 Beresford St., Burnaby)

Cost: Free, on-site registration

Urban Desi Summer Fest at the Rec Room

Bring your high energies and dance to upbeat Bollywood and Punjabi numbers at this thrilling neon party at the Rec Room this Saturday.

The Rec Room will be hosting Urban Desi Summer Fest, a celebration of Bollywood and Punjab, on Saturday, July 29 from 9 p.m. onwards. The 19+ event will be a party-of-a-kind with exciting and energetic music, dance and more.

When: Saturday, July 29 at 9 p.m.

Where: The Rec Room Brentwood (1920 Willingdon Ave., unit 2106)

Cost: From $7.70, tickets available on Eventbrite.

Walk and chat with the Mayor

Have questions or ideas for the elected public officials of the city? You can join Mayor Mike Hurley this Sunday at Christine Sinclair Community Centre for a healthy walk and chat.

The walk happens rain or shine every final Sunday of each month from March to October and gives community members an opportunity to chat with the mayor about any questions or ideas they may have.

There will also be $2 pancake breakfast served at 10 a.m. by the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society for you to enjoy.

When: Sunday, July 30; 9 to 10 a.m.

Where: Christine Sinclair Community Centre (3713 Kensington Ave.)

Cost: Free