Hats Off Day

Held on the first Saturday of every June, Hats Off Day is when Heights merchants “take their hats off” to their community and their customers, and the entire Heights community celebrates together. It’s a huge, one-day extravaganza featuring a colourful main-street style parade with real local flavour, followed by a big street party. Join us on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and see why Hats Off Day has been voted “Burnaby’s Best Festival” by Burnaby Now readers every year since 2005! Hastings Street between Boundary Road and Gamma Avenue is shut down, and our streets are packed with families, friends, neighbours, and merchants!

Family Fun Dash

The day kicks off with the Family Fun Dash where families dash down Hastings Street in a three-block race, starting at 9:15 a.m. The start line is at Madison Avenue and the finish line is at MacDonald Avenue. All proceeds benefit the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society.

Check back in 2016 to register.


Following the Family Fun Dash, the Hats Off Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. This 10 block long parade begins at Beta Avenue and proceeds down Hastings Street up to Boundary Road.

The deadline has passed to be in the 2015 parade, but we invite you to try again next year!

Street Festival

Hang onto your hats for one of the biggest, most popular community festivals in the region. Reaching from Gamma Avenue to Boundary Road, Hastings Street will be shut down to traffic, and filled with excitement, music, street performers, kids activities, delicious food, yummy treats, and much more. With multiple activities and attractions for all ages, each block has something to experience.


More information to come in 2016.

Show and Shine

The Show & Shine will begin at approximately 11:00 a.m., immediately following the Parade. As in previous years, the Show & Shine takes place along Hastings Street between Willingdon and Gamma Avenues. Once the Show and Shine begins, volunteer judges will be inspecting the vehicles after they are parked on Hastings Street. Judging is for fun, and trophies will be awarded to the top category winners.

Honda Vehicle Owners: If you own a Honda vehicle that you would like to present at Hats Off Day, please note that Happy Honda (Destination Honda) at 4780 Hastings Street, is organizing a special “Honda Show & Shine” as part of Hats Off Day. The administration of this special Honda Show & Shine is separate from the Hats Off Day Show & Shine, so to participate you will need to contact Honda directly at ​hondaacurashine@gmail.com.


Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

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