No need to go on any fancy vacation this summer in order to have fun. This summer will be packed full of festivals and events in Coquitlam this sunny season, so you be a tourist in your hometown! Some celebrations are new to our city, others have been around for decades but one thing is for sure – you will have a great time (with minimal travel!)

Summer Concert Series

The Summer Concert series is returning this July. There will be different genres featured on three summer nights at Town Centre Park. Grab takeout, pack a picnic or hit up one of the food trucks on site and enjoy the performances and family fun! More details to be released closer to the events: Coquitlam Summer Concert Series.

Music on the Grill

What better way to spend a summer night than overlooking Lafarge Lake, with a catered BBQ dinner while listening to emerging artists. On July 22, Coco Jafro will be performing their Afro-Latin funk with throwback 60’s rhythms.  Alex Cuba will be featuring their Cuban music, adopting the melodic simplicity of pop music on Aug. 12. Each evening, dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the concert at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for dinner and the show or the concert only at: Music on the Grill.

Caribbean Days Festival

The long-running Caribbean Days Festival will be held here in Coquitlam at Town Centre Park for the second year in a row! The festival will be held on July 29 and 30, and is free and open to all ages. It’s been running for 33 years and is one of the biggest cultural events in B.C. The site will be on the eastern side of Lafarge Lake, with a beer garden, educational tent for people to learn about Caribbean traditions like clothing and hair braiding. There will be a parade, a children’s carnival. Stage performers all weekend long include soca, reggae, calypso, Latin, African and other genres of music. Food vendors include flavours of the Caribbean with famous foods from Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados and others. There will also be a basketball tournament for kids 10-16 years old. There’s lots going on! Get more info here: Caribbean Days.

BC Dumpling Festival

Get your stretch pants on, because this popular event will have folks feasting on a variety of dumplings. The festival will take place on Aug. 12 at Town Centre Park, with admission by donation. People will be able to try out all kinds of dumplings, including Chinese dumplings like xialongbao, Italian ravioli, Polish pierogis and others! There will be a dumpling competition, food trucks, a beer garden and live entertainment. Find more info here: BC Dumpling Festival.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

This is an event you won’t want to miss. The free festival runs Aug. 18-19 and will be a full weekend of arts, culture and music programming. The festival kicks off on Friday night with a concert at Town Centre Park, including a big-name headliner we can’t wait to tell you about. More information will be available soon at Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.

Block Parties

Bring the party to your street through the City’s Block Party program. This is a great way to connect with your neighbours and create a sense of community. Approved block parties are eligible for a $150 grant and you could receive and plant free ornamental trees as part of our Tree Spree initiative. Learn more and apply at Coquitlam Block Parties.

Coquitlam Adanacs

Watch the Coquitlam Senior A Adanacs play a home game at the Poirier Sport Complex. Their season runs until August. Lacrosse is a great, action-packed game the whole family will enjoy watching, especially kids who are playing the game themselves. Check out their full schedule to find a local game: Adanacs Schedule.

We have a jam-packed events schedule in Coquitlam all summer long! These festivals, events and sports tournaments will liven up the next few months, with the convenience of staying close to home.

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