Family-friendly events, activities


Surrey Fest Downtown: 16th annual community celebration set for Saturday, June 14 at Central City Plaza, 13450 102 Ave., Surrey, featuring live music and familyfocused attractions. Surrey’s Canada Day event July 1 at Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale, featuring performances by Matthew Good, Daniel Wesley, Kyprios, Halfway to Hollywood, country artist Ray Gibson, Heart tribute band Barracuda, a “Country Divas” show and DJ Flipout, plus expanded Kids Play area, more than 100 exhibitors and Shooting Star Amusements. Free admission to day-long event, from 10 a.m. to event-closing fireworks at 10:15 p.m. For more event details, visit


Girls charity pageant on Thursday, June 19 at Cloverdale Legion, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Join us at the Cloverdale Legion for a fun filled early evening for our all-natural charity pageant. Proceeds going to the BC Children’s Hospital.” $15 to register. Info:


White Rock Museum + Archives: At 14970 Marine Dr. 604-541-2222, On view until Sept. 1: “Play On! Water Sports & Recreation of Times Gone By.”


Awards call for nominations: Organizers of fourth annual event (Service Above Self Surrey Youth) seek nominations for awards in seven categories (community service, environmental leadership, international service, overcoming adversity, performing and visual arts, sportsmanship and youth leadership). Cash prizes, plus all award nominees have chance to win “trip of a lifetime” courtesy of White Rock Travel and G Adventures. Nominations accepted until Sept. 26; gala event Friday, Nov. 21 at Surrey Arts Centre. Info:,


Arts Umbrella student showcases during “Expressions Festival,” at Surrey Centre facility from June 3-6 and at South Surrey site from June 3-7. Audiences invited “to see what our creative and inspired students have accomplished over the term.” Info: Artsumbrella. com/expressions.

“The Tinker of Tivoli”: Surreybased Young Peoples Opera Society of B.C., in partnership with the Arts Council of Surrey, stages show at Newton Cultural Centre from June 24 to 29, nightly at 7:30 p.m. plus 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday/Sunday. Artistic director is Patricia Dahlquist, musical director is George Austin. Tickets $10 to $15, 604-594-2700.


Arts Club Musical Theatre Intensive runs from July 7 to 18 at Surrey Arts Centre, with instruction by Peter Jorgensen, daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Apply by June 15 via, 604-501-5566.

Other summer day camps at the arts centre include Animals in Art, BYTE Camp, Clay Days, Creative Cartooning, Preteen Art Extreme, pottery, drawing, more.


Auditions for Surrey Youth Orchestra continue June 7, starting at 6 p.m. at Surrey Christian School, Secondary Campus, 15353 92nd Ave., Surrey. Surrey Symphony Society auditions for the Surrey Youth Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra, Junior Strings and Chamber Music 2014/15 Concert Season will be held. Programs available for musicians ages 7-20. Visit


Family Day at Surrey Art Gallery on Sunday, June 8 from noon to 4 p.m., with activities inspired by the current exhibit “Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru.” Special performance at 2 p.m.; all children must be with an adult. Suggested donation is $4 per child. 604-501-5566.


The Gutsy Walk, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s largest single-day fundraiser, will be held Sunday, June 8 at sites across the Lower Mainland, including Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Proceeds raised advance medical research, improving the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases, and ultimately find cures. To participate, visit, email or call 1-604-220-9865.