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 6, 2015 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: 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (Madison Avenue to MacDonald Avenue)
Parade: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Beta Avenue to Boundary Road)
Street Festival and Show & Shine: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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. To register you and your children, please go to this link. All proceeds benefit the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society. Sign up and get ready to hear the cheers of merchants and spectators as your family team rushes to the finish line!

Click here to register you and your child for the Family Fun Dash!


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. You can expect plenty of glitz and glam parading down Hastings with the theme as “Hollywood” this year!

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. The Heights Merchants Association is proud to present “Hollywood” as this year’s theme.

Join the star studded cast in the Heights community and be a part of Burnaby’s biggest and most popular festival – Saturday, June 6, 2015!

Click here for the 2015 Merchant Activity Form - For Heights Merchants only

Are you interested in volunteering at Hats Off Day 2015? Click here to apply!

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.

Click here to download the printable Show and Shine Registration Form.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

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