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Five things to do in Burnaby this weekend: May 18-21

There's a variety of events in Burnaby this weekend: fly with fairies at a park, discover local businesses at a market, ride a miniature train and more.
It's a Forest Fairy Gathering on May 20 at Burnaby Lake Regional Park.

There's lots to do in Burnaby this weekend — what will you get up to?

Eileen Dailly Pool’s 30th Birthday Party

One of North Burnaby’s favourite pools is celebrating three decades of aquatic fun. Head to Eileen Dailly at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday for family-friendly games and activities for kids, along with preschool activities in the play care room.

For those who want to swim outside, Saturday, May 20 will mark the first day of the outdoor swim season at Kensington Park and Central Park Outdoor Pools (MacPherson and Robert Burnaby Outdoor Pools will open May 29).

When: Thursday, May 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre (240 Willingdon Ave.)
Cost: $1 admission

Forest Fairy Gathering

It’s the 10th annual Forest Fairy Gathering at Burnaby Lake Regional Park on Saturday. Join Metro Vancouver, dress up in your best fairy garb and find the fairies hidden around the park in this free, family-friendly event.

With storytime, fiddle music and more, the event will be a celebration of nature. Bring your own snacks or lunch, as food trucks won’t be on site.

When: Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Burnaby Lake Regional Park (4519 Piper Ave.) Parking available on Lozells Avenue; free shuttle bus from Lake City Way SkyTrain station approx. every 30 minutes.
Cost: Free

The Marché

This festive market will host more than 40 international food and artisan vendors as well as live entertainment and food samples. With music, food, dance workshops (for hip hop, Cuban dance and more), as well as raffle prizes, a photo booth and many interesting exhibitors. Vendors include Archipelago Kopi Indonesia, Santa Ana Jewelry, House of Origins Apothecary, Baba's Soap and more.

When: Saturday, May 20 from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Cres.)
Cost: Free admission


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Urban Desi Spring Fest

The Rec Room is hosting Urban Desi Spring Fest, a celebration of Bollywood. The 19+ event will be a party to remember with music, dancing and more.

When: Saturday, May 20 at 9 p.m.
Where: The Rec Room Brentwood (1920 Willingdon Ave., unit 2106)
Cost: From $22.63, tickets available on Eventbrite

Burnaby Central Railway

Have you made it out to Burnaby Central Railway yet?

This Burnaby summer staple is a ride-on miniature railway (at 1/8 scale), built and operated by the British Columbia Society of Model Engineers. Folks of all ages can ride on the two-kilometre track on a hand-built train – from battery-powered or diesel locomotives, to a gas-powered hydraulic engine, to the prized, hand-crafted steam engines.

When: Saturdays, Sundays and stat holidays Easter to Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 120 North Willingdon Ave.
Cost: $4.50 for a single ride, all passengers must be three years old and up