Lions! Tigers! Bears! It’s going to be a wild party on the Heights at this year’s Jungle-themed Hats Off Day! On Saturday, June 4th, merchants in the Heights are preparing to take their hats off to their customers and community.
This massive one-day street festival has Hastings Street shut down from Boundary Road to Gamma Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free activities for all ages spanning throughout the entire event.
This action packed day starts with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at Alpha Avenue and Hastings Street. Once you’re all filled up on syrupy goodness, find yourself a good spot to relax and watch the parade. The Family Fun Dash is next, this 3-block race promoting activity, health, and fun will be taking place at 9:30 a.m., between Madison Avenue and MacDonald Avenue. This is followed by the Jungle-themed parade at 10 a.m.
After the parade finishes, the street party commences. Hastings Street features something unique and exciting at each block. The day is filled with numerous street performances, including steel drummers, Brazilian dancing, drumming by Milton Randall, performances by Juno award-winning jazz musician Gabriel Hasselbach, and more amazing artists performing your favourite Jungle hits.
Don’t worry about getting hungry various merchants will be offering an assortment of food. While you’re out and about be sure to keep an eye out for Indiana Jones and Tarzan, they will be testing your knowledge of Jungle trivia.
Check out the Show & and Shine, from Gamma Avenue to Willingdon Street, to see all the vintage cars. Be sure to vote for your favourites!
There is so much to see and do at Hats Off Day! Make sure to remember your camera and post those amazing photos on social media, including the hashtag, #hatsoffday2016.
Stop by and see why it has been voted “Burnaby’s Favourite Festival” by Burnaby Now readers since 2004. To learn more about Hats Off Day, visit www.hatsoffday.com.
Claire Ayling is the spring 2016 Marketing & Events Assistant for the Heights Merchant Association