New West Cultural Crawl August 12 and 13

Oh my there is so much happening in New West this summer!

Quickly approaching is the 14th Annual New West Cultural Crawl, taking place across the entire city once again on August 12 and 13, 2017. This free and family-friendly arts festival will see 37 venues across the five distinct New West neighbourhoods open their doors to celebrate the professional and emerging artists in the city. Besides the self-guided tour during the day, the New West Cultural Crawl is also proud to present many special events throughout the weekend that should be on everyone’s Crawl route:


  • Opening Night – Sneakpeak at the Crawl!

Friday August 11, 5pm to 7pm
Anvil Centre Community Art Space, 777 Columbia Street (3rd Floor)

Catch a sneakpeak at the Crawl and enjoy this reception in conjunction with the exhibition opening of “ArchiTEXTURE” by the New Westminster Art Services at the Community Art Space! Come mingle with the participating artists, enjoy a glass of wine from the cash bar and live music, and design your route for the Cultural Crawl!

Facebook event. 

“After the Rain” by Judy Villiet will be amongst the many textile works present for the “ArchiTEXTURE” exhibition!


  • Watch and sip some Latte Art

Saturday August 12, 12pm to 4pm

Sunday August 13, 12pm to 2pm

Blenz Coffee, inside Royal City Centre (next to Whitespot), 610 Sixth Street.

For some, a cup of coffee is nothing more than daily mandatory $2 expense to keep the day going; but for these baristas, it’s became a medium for creative outlet that is truly awe-inspiring. Blenz Coffee located inside Royal City Centre will be the home for expert baristas to show off the so-called Latte Art, with a competition scheduled on Sunday August 13 at noon! Be sure to swing by Blenz this weekend to check them out.


Come see the expert baristas demonstrate their Latte Art skills including rosettas, hearts, and etching.


  • Shakespeare crash course!

Saturday August 12, 2pm-3:30pm

Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue

Bard on the Beach’s Riotous Youth will take over Massey Theatre on Saturday to introduce Shakespeare and his plays in this dynamic, engaging presentation suitable for all ages. In one hour, audiences will learn about Shakespeare’s role in our society today and discover how plays written so long ago can be so relevant today.

Featuring the Riotous Youth from Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach!


  • Amelia Douglas Gallery exhibition opening!

Saturday August 12, 1pm – 3pm
Amelia Douglas Gallery, 700 Royal Avenue (4th Floor)

Check out the opening reception of the exhibition “Greenlinks 2017: In a Nutshell” at the Amelia Douglas Gallery! Refreshments, live music, and a free seed-paper making workshops!

The Boy Who Dares Dream of Tomorrow’ by Tracie Stewart.


  • Pechakucha Vol. 16!

Saturday August 12, 7pm – 9pm
Queen’s Park Band Shell

One of New West’s most beloved events returns to outdoor in on August 12, this time in the beautiful Queen’s Park Band Shell! This popular presentation format will see each speaker get twenty seconds with each of their slides. Cash bar will be available as well!

Check out the beautiful poster designed by Carter Hales!


  • Get cozy for the outdoor movie series!

Saturday August 12, at Sundown (around 8pm)
Port Royal Park

The popular Outdoor Movie series comes back to Port Royal Park on Saturday August 12, where they will be screening “A Dog’s Purpose”. The park is conveniently located right next to the Port Royal Dock where the brand Q2Q Ferry will be in service!

Bring a blanket and popcorns to share!


  • Super Fun Artshow!

Saturday August 12, 9am – 9pm
Sunday August 13, 9am – 9pm
Fat Paint Company, 140 – 131 11th Street

Local mosaic artist Ted Munz is hosting his and many other artists’ works at the FAT Paint Company, along with many other festivities! Make sure to check them out!

Super fun art show!


  • Crash the Mad Hatter’s tea party!


Sunday August 13, 11am – 5pm
Port Royal Community Garden, 83 Crescent Street

A garden wonderland with tempting artwork, toe-tapping tunes and tasty treats! Let the Mad Hatter of Queensborough hfashion your complimentary topper! Tea, goodies and live music from noon to 3pm, with activities till 5pm. Just steps away from Q2Q Ferry’s Port Royal Dock!

Fun for all ages!


Most of the 37 venues we have in the Cultural Crawl this year will feature some demonstration and/or hands-on workshop, some great examples being Brick and Mortar Living(42 Sixth Street/52 Sixth Street) and The Playground Co. (1012 3rd Avenue). Take a look at our website with neighbourhood-specific maps so you may plan out your routes!

Also check out our Instagram contest for during the Crawl – the more venues you visit, the more chances you get to win! Contest info here. Come get your Crawl on!