Old-fashioned picnic games, mini-Farmers Market and outdoor movie at Summerfest July 14

Children play in the Grimston Park playground at the first Summerfest event in 2010. Photo: Briana Tomkinson
Children play in the Grimston Park playground at the first Summerfest event in 2010. Photo: Briana Tomkinson

Despite Junuary‘s gloomy skies, summer is here, and festival season is underway. Over the next few months, it’s party time in New Westminster, with outdoor events in every neighbourhood in the city. One event that is very close to my heart is the West End’s big neighbourhood party, Summerfest In Grimston Park. The third annual Summerfest celebration will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 2pm-midnight.

Summerfest is like a big West End neighbourhood picnic. It’s a family-friendly afternoon splashing in the wading pool at Grimston Park (open to 8 p.m. this day only) and listening to live music, topped off with a special free screening of The Princess Bride under the stars. Families can purchase picnic food on-site or pack their own snacks.

The festival kicks off at 2pm with old fashioned picnic games such as three-legged races and balloon tosses beginning at 3pm Food vendors will be on site from 3-7pm,  including a selection of vendors from the Royal City Farmers Market, as well as Holy Perogy and Papa Dave’s Pizza.

Summerfest features live music by The Real Canadian Rock Band and Caitlin Beauregard as well as face-painting by Job’s Daughters. There will also be water play activities, games and kids’ crafts. Finally, at 9:30pm, families will gather on the grass to munch on free popcorn from Community Savings Credit Union and enjoy a screening of The Princess Bride on a big screen in the park.

As regular readers of the blog know, Summerfest is a weather-dependent event, and although we had gorgeous weather in the first year, last year we were rained out. The movie screen can’t be set up if it rains within a day of the event, so cross your fingers and hope that this year won’t be another bummer summer. Here’s hoping for some sunshine!

WHAT: Summerfest in Grimston Park, a community picnic & celebration featuring a free screening of The Princess Bride, live music, mini-Farmers Market and children’s activities.
WHEN: July 14, 2011 from 2-11:30pm
WHERE: Grimston Park, 7th Ave. at 19th St., New Westminster
WHO: All ages
COST: Free