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Five things to do in Burnaby this weekend: May 5-7

This weekend is jam-packed with all sorts of festivals and celebrations, including food trucks, performances and more.
There's lots to do in Burnaby this weekend, including food trucks, new museum exhibits and a festival of learning.

There's a variety of festivals and fun events this weekend in Burnaby.

Burnaby Village Museum

This weekend is the launch of Burnaby Village Museum’s summer season – and of its new exhibit Truths Not Often Told: Being South Asian in Burnaby. The new exhibit was developed in close connection with Burnaby’s South Asian community. Past museum favourites will continue to delight, like the Burnaby Lake General Store and playing Majhong at the Way Sang Yuen Wat Kee herbalist shop. With tons of activities for kids and lots of things to learn for adults, this is fun for the whole family.

When: May 6 to Sept 4 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday
Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave.
Cost: Free admission; carousel rides $2.65, for more information go to the Burnaby Village Museum website

Walk With Your Doc

Join Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley and Dr. Davidicus Wong, along with a team of Burnaby family doctors, to chat healthy living in an “invigorating community walk.” The Burnaby Firefighters will be on-site from 9 a.m. to noon.

When: Saturday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, see schedule (link below)
Where: Confederation Park track (250 Willingdon Ave.)
Cost: Free, register in advance online

TJ Fest street festival

Get ready Burnaby, TJ Fest is back with an incredible array of street vendors! This is the 11th annual TJ Fest, a community cultural event with food, performances and tons of activities.

There will be free carnival games for kids, tons of fantastic Taiwanese and Chinese street food and food trucks. Performances will include Colours of Dance Academy, Shaolin Martial Arts Academy,Southern Wave Okinawan Music and Dance Society and Panwiberry SFU.

When: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Tian-Jin Temple (3426 Smith Ave.)
Cost: Free admission

Burnaby Festival of Learning

The Burnaby Festival of Learning is on this week with a cornucopia of events that are sure to be informative and interesting.

Whether it’s a story walk in Edmonds Park (Friday, 4 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m.), a pop-up tasting event at YVR Prep (Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.), a drop-in community rangoli installation (Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), a forensic science event for kids (Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.) or an informal musical concert sharing traditional instruments from all over the world (Sunday, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.), you’re sure to learn lots.

When: Now through Tuesday, May 9
Info: Online

Ikebana Spring Show

The Vancouver Ikebana Association and Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre are hosting what will be a stunning presentation of Japanese flower arrangement. Multiple schools of Japanese flower arrangement from around the Vancouver area are showcasing their art – as well as the Nikkei Bonsai Society.

You can also sign up for a workshop that will teach you the tips and tricks to basic Japanese floral design.

When: Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Cres.)
Cost: Free admission, donations accepted

And don’t forget – Burnaby Youth Week runs from now until Sunday, May 7. For more info, visit the city's Youth Week website online.