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Surrey events calendar: September 18th – 24th

Surrey events calendar: September 18th – 24th

Surrey events calendar – Week of September 18th – 24th

Community events:

Surrey Youth Fest

Location: Guildford Recreation Centre, 15105 105 Ave

Date & Time: September 23, 2017 (1:00 PM – 11:00 PM)

Cost: FREE

Activities to Check out:

Farm Fresh Sundays

Support local agriculture each Sunday in September by visiting one of these fine restaurants to experience a delicious dinner menu featuring a minimum of 2/3 locally farmed ingredients.

Because farm fresh just tastes better!

Participating Restaurants:

*Tap Restaurant will offer their menu on Tuesdays, as they are closed on Sundays.

Location: various locations

Dates: September 10, 2017; September 17, 2017; September 24, 2017


Cost: Prices Vary

Women in firefighting workshop (Level 2)

This one-day workshop will provide participants with a hands-on approach and build on the content, physical requirements and practical skills of the level 1 workshop (pre-requisite). Participants will be given an opportunity to practice the skills required to be a firefighter. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with experienced female firefighters from the Surrey Fire Service.

This workshop requires strenuous effort and physical activity. Make sure to dress in fitness apparel for the workshop.

Steel toe boots are also required. Please bring your own, or if you don’t have some, a limited amount of FF boots are available.

You must be 19 years of age to participate.

Lunch will be provided.

Register for a one-day workshop, using the following barcodes:

  • September 23: 4564448
  • September 24: 4564628

Please note: The below forms must be completed and returned before the start of the workshop.

Location: Surrey Fire Service Central Training Facility, 14923 64 Ave

  • September 23 (8:30am – 4:30pm)
  • September 24 (8:30am – 4:30pm)

*Check-in opens at 8 am for both days.

Cost: $30

2017 Kidney walk

Kidney disease is a serious illness that can affect anyone at any age. Help the Kidney Foundation make a difference and be a part of the 10th Annual Kidney Walk on Sunday, September 24th. Register and help fundraise online at the Fraser Valley walk page on the Kidney walk website. Raise $100 and receive an official Kidney Walk T-shirt.

Every kilometre counts in the fight against kidney disease.

Registration begins at 9:00 AM and Walk starts at 10:00 AM. A walk is 2.5 km.

Location: Bear Creek Pavilion, 13750 88 Ave

Date & Time: September 24, 2017 (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Contact: Brenda Dondo: 604-558-6887;

Website: Kidney Walk

Dance Without Limits

Dance Without Limits offers a safe, active environment for individuals with various disabilities to have fun while exploring dance, creative movement and games. Please note that participants who may require substantial physical or behavioural support may be asked to attend alongside a guardian or support worker.

This is a free, inclusive program. Drop-ins, parents and caregivers are welcome!

To register, call 604-408-9484, or email

Location: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107a Ave

Date & Time: Every Thursday, July 20 to September 28, 2017 (5:00 PM to 6:00 PM )

Contact:604 408 9484;

Cost: FREE

Website: Dance Without Limits


Screening of youth digital projects

Youth from Chuck Bailey’s skate park and gym programs and the City’s Community Art Program will premier videos they have made. Surrey Art Gallery’s Art Together participants will also screen their film graffiti project made with mentoring artist Alex MacKenzie.

After these screenings, have a sneak peek of Marianne Nicolson’s new artwork, The Way In Which It Was Given to Us.

Location: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107a Ave

Date & Time: September 22, 2017 (8:30 PM – 9:00 PM)

Cost: FREE


Panel discussion and opening reception

Celebrate the opening of our fall exhibition!

6:30 pm − A panel discussion with Ground Signals exhibiting artists Ruth Beer, Brandon Gabriel, Valérie d. Walker, and Bobbi L. Kozinuk, moderated by Gallery Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Jordan Strom and co-curator Roxanne Charles, will kick off the evening.

7:30 pm − Reception starts

The group exhibit Shift: Kwantlen Polytechnic University Fine Arts Faculty will also be recognized at this event.


8:15 pm − The reception will feature a live collaborative performance by Cathy Busby and Charlene Vickers who will be riffing off their installation Intertribal Lifelines to resound bodily water and land presence. Using synthesizers, spoken words, hollering, hidden messages, surprises, and props, they will make a call to the audience as an emancipatory strategy. Their performance is in support of Indigenous sovereignty and protection of lands and waters throughout Turtle Island.

Throughout the evening, guests will also be able to generate their own artworks in dialogue with a roving performance by V&B (Valérie d. Walker and Bobbi L. Kozinuk). As trans-tectonic time-travellers from the future, the artists will offer pure solar power to USB-powered devices (smartphones, tablets, bike lights, etc) in exchange for stories about visitors’ relationship with Planet Earth and her environmental health.

Location: Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Ave

Date & Time: September 23, 2017  (6:30 PM – 9:00 PM)

Contact: 604-501-5566;

Cost: FREE

Oh, Canada, we sing for Thee!

Celebrate the incredible legacy of Canadian music. Sing along with internationally-acclaimed songbird Leisa Way and The Wayward Wind Band as you party to the music of The Guess Who, Bryan Adams, Michael Bublé, Shania Twain, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, and many more!

This spectacular concert is travelling across Canada on a 28-city tour celebrating the greatest music in the history of our country!

This concert also stars multi-talented musicians Fred Smith, Bobby Prochaska, and Nathan Smith plus The Wayward Wind Band (Sam Cino and Bruce Ley).

Running time: approximately 2 hours 20 minutes, including intermission

Also part of the Surrey Celebrates Canada150 Series, with special pricing.

Location: Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue

Date & Time: September 22, 2017 at 8pm

Contact: Box Office – 604-501-5566

Cost: Zone A $49. Zone B $39. Zone C $29

Website: Way-To-Go Productions

Kids and Family:

Apple Fest at Darts Hill Garden

To Do:

  • perennial planting workshops
  • Honeybee Centre demonstrations
  • orchard tours
  • seasonal snacks
  • live music
  • plant sale

Location: Darts Hill Garden Park, 1660 168 St

Date & Time: September 23, 2017 (11:00 AM – 3:00 PM )

Cost: FREE

Contact: 604-501-5050;

Recreation and Sport:

Surrey Rides

Location: Guildford Youth Park, Chuck Bailey Youth Park, and South Surrey Youth Park

Contact: 604-501-5100;

Cost: FREE

Grab your Skateboard, BMX Bike or Scooter and head to a free event in the annual Surrey Rides series. At Youth Parks throughout the city, young riders of all levels build confidence and sharpen their skills in a safe competitive environment.

Spectators are welcome. Stop by to enjoy the impressive skills and energy these young riders bring with them!

  • Guildford Street Style Skate Competition

Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 12:00-4:00pm

  • Guildford Youth Park (15105 – 105 Avenue)

There will be a judged competition based on timed runs as well as an open floor to showcase skills and tricks. Tons of prizes and giveaways!

  • South Surrey All-Wheels Jam & Skate Competition

Saturday, September 9, 2017 | 1:00-5:00pm

  • South Surrey Youth Park (14602 – 20 Avenue)

Riders between the ages of 10-18 years: join the beginner, intermediate and advanced Skateboard Competition, and the All-Wheels Jam. Registration starts at 12:30 pm and helmets are mandatory. Prizes, giveaways and food to be had!

  • Youth Fest All-Wheels Jam

Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 1:00-7:00pm

  • Guildford Youth Park (15105 – 105 Avenue)

Watch professional riders, show us your best trick and cheer on your friends at this all-wheels jam for anyone 21 years of age and under. Register at the event to participate. If we’re rained out, we’ll move to the underground parking!

For more details and the latest updates, visit Surrey Youth’s Website.


    Guided nature walks

Join us for guided walks in Surrey’s nature parks and learn a little more about the urban forest that we are lucky to call home!

Drop-in, rain or shine. Parent participation required for children ages 13 and under.

Location: Various locations

Dates: July 1 – October 14

Contact: Surrey Nature Centre – 604-502-6065;

Cost: FREE

Community Art Planning Sessions

Are you interested in group art projects and events? Do you want to take leadership in your community? Come join the Community Art Planning Team. This is a great chance to meet new people and share your creativity. No art skills required. Open to young people ages 15 to 30. Food and beverages provided.

Visit our Community Art site to see examples of the types of projects this team creates.

Location: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107a Ave

Contact: Edward Westerhuis – 604-591-4194;

Cost: FREE

Pre-teen dances

Drop by a recreation facility in Surrey for your next pre-teen dance! We have a great concession, awesome light shows, and music that you and your friends will love to dance to.

Our pre-teen dances have Parks, Recreation and Culture staff on site to ensure a safe, supervised and fun time for kids. There will also be excellent prizes to win and seasonally themed dances. Sign up today!

How to Register

Location: Various Locations

Date & Time: September 8 to December 15, 2017 (7:00 PM – 9:30 PM)

Contact: 604-501-5100

Cost: $5.50 per child (in advance) $7.75 per child (day of dance)

Birding walks

Join a local naturalist for a series of free monthly walks (September through May) to discover Surrey’s birds.

Learn how these amazing creatures are adapted to their habitat and why our local urban parks are so important for their survival.  Become familiar with many bird species and their habitats, improve your identification skills and find answers to all your birding questions!

These walks are drop-in, rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and bring a pair of binoculars and a field guide, if you have them.

Location: Various parks

Contact: Surrey Nature Centre – 604-502-6065;

Cost: FREE

Parenting workshop series

Join us for the Positive Parenting Workshop Series, for parents and caregivers of 5 to 18-year-olds. Workshops take place at locations throughout the city and are free to attend. Visit one workshop or attend them all! Registration is not required.

To learn how Recreation Surrey is making a difference for children ages birth to 18, check out the Recreation Surrey Children & Youth Year in Review.

Practical Parenting: Locations, Dates, Time and Topic

The following Practical Parenting workshops are presented in partnership with The Children’s Foundation.

Fleetwood Community Centre

Join us on Mondays at 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on the following dates:

  • September 18: Understand why kids push the limits.
  • October 16: How to set effective limits.
  • November 20: Self-regulation strategies for you and your children.
  • December 18: How to implement structure and routines.

Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre

Join us on Tuesday at 5 pm to 6 pm on the following dates:

  • September 19: Understand why kids push the limits.
  • October 17: How to set effective limits.
  • November 21: Self-regulation strategies for you and your children.
  • December 19: How to implement structure and routines.

Positively Parenting: Locations, Dates, Time and Topic

The following Positively Parenting workshops are presented in partnership with Alexandra Neighbourhood House.

South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre

Join us on Tuesdays at 6 pm to 8 pm on the following dates:

  • October 3: What’s love got to do with it?
  • October 10: Why are you acting this way?
  • October 17: Listen to me!
  • October 24: We have a problem…

Cloverdale Recreation Centre

Join us on Tuesdays at 6 pm to 8 pm on the following dates:

  • November 7: What’s love got to do with it?
  • November 14: Why are you acting this way?
  • November 21: Listen to me!
  • November 28: We have a problem…

Location: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107a Ave

Cloverdale Recreation Centre, Fleetwood Community Centre and South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre


Cost: FREE

Lifeguard information sessions

Learn how you can get started on a path towards being a lifeguard or aquatic instructor! Find out about the training process and volunteer opportunities. Attendance to the sessions are free but all participants must be ages 10 and older and register online, in person or by phone to secure their spot. Registration is now open!

All sessions are from 6 pm to 7 pm.

Location: Guildford Recreation Centre, Newton Recreation Centre, North Surrey Recreation Centre, South Surrey Indoor Pool, and Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex

Date & Time: September 21 to December 11, 2017 (6:00 PM – 7:00 PM)

Contact: 604-501-5100

Cost: FREE

Canada Golden Maple Leaf Festival: Shortlisted film screenings

Kick off the fall entertainment season by seeing some of the films—ranging from action to romantic comedy to thrillers—shortlisted for the 2017 Canada Golden Maple Film Festival. Surrey is one of several locations around Greater Vancouver during the week of September 20 where screenings are taking place. At the closing ceremony, 42 awards (in six major categories) will be handed out. One of these shortlisted films could be a winner!

This film festival raises awareness of the film industry, culture, media, and online network, and fosters the international development of the film industry.

The following movies are in Chinese with English subtitles.
Audience advisory: suitable for ages 18+

Location: Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

Dates & Times: Various

Contact: Box Office – 604-501-5566

Cost: $8 per film

Carnival skate

Join us for fun carnival games both on and off the ice! Grab your skates and drop-in for some fun, family skating this fall for all ages and abilities.

No skates? No problem! We have rentals available for a small fee.

Carnival Skate Locations, Dates & Times:

Friday September 22 from 6:15pm to 7:45pm

Saturday September 23 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Sunday, September 24 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Saturday, November 18 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Sunday, November 19 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Cost: Regular admission applies

Live 5210 Playbox

Be active and access sports equipment and games with Live 5-2-1-0 Playboxes. Simply unlock the box, enjoy the gear, return it when you’re finished and have fun!

Playboxes are big tool boxes located in eleven City of Surrey Parks which are stocked with all sorts of play and sports equipment. Everyone is able to sign up for free access to the Playbox, which is accessible from dawn to dusk, or when the park is open. Please return the equipment to the Playbox after each use to allow it to be available for other users.


Surrey parks are open throughout the year from dawn until dusk.

Live 5210 Playbox Locations

The playboxes are located at these seven parks:

  • Holly Park
  • Guildford Heights Park
  • Hummingbird Park
  • Hjorth Road Park
  • Hawthorne Park
  • Bridgeview Community Centre
  • Starr Park
  • Maple Green Park
  • Bakerview Park
  • T.E. Scott Park

(For access to Panorama Village Park Playbox (14899 – 57 Avenue) please visit YMCA’s website.)


To access the equipment contained in the Playbox, you can either:

  • Phone: Call the Call Centre at (604) 501-5100  and request the lock combination.
  • Email: Send a request for the lock combination to

Combinations will change annually, and users will receive an email confirmation of a new code if the email is provided at the time of registration.

Opening the Playbox

Line up the code provides with the two dashes on the lock. Please remember to lock the box when you are done and scramble up the code to assure the lock is secure.


About The Author

Alie Slabenko

Alie Slabenko is a local writer and poet passionate about human rights. She recently completed the New Media Journalism Program at Simon Fraser University. She also holds a Masters in Tax Crimes from Russia and PDD in Marketing from Douglas College in Vancouver. Alie has volunteered for the YVR airport magazine as a creative contributor and written several travel and lifestyle articles for an online Russian magazine. She is a traveler by heart and has visited Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, China, and the USA. In her free time Alie likes to paint, take photographs, write poems, and manage her social justice oriented website. Alie is a human rights advocate who seeks to serve people through her journalistic skills focusing on racism, transgender rights, women rights, and human trafficking.


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