By Angela Espinoza, News Editor
Summer courses can be especially stressful when the sun starts to stick around. To take off some of the stress, take advantage of New Westminster and Coquitlam’s upcoming events this August. Most are free, and provide for some relaxation time around your campus’ respective cities.
Fifth annual New Westminster Pride Celebration (August 8-16)
Throughout August several pride-related events, organized by the Royal City Pride Society, will be taking place in New West. From pub nights and bowling to drag shows and street parties, head down to any one of these events for a rainbow-filled experience!
Check out “Douglas Pride Collective hosts ‘Tye-Dye Party’” for additional pride events
New Westminster Cultural Crawl (August 9-10)
The 11th annual Cultural Crawl offers a weekend of gallery viewing, painting, and sightseeing. Participants will be travelling throughout New West to various locations, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.
Catalpa North-End Tree Tour (August 10)
This public tree tour offers a day of exploring the grounds surrounding Riverview Hospital. Starting at 1 p.m. at the Henry Esson Young Building, attendees can enjoy a relaxing stroll through nature, and get free parking to boot!
Eighth annual Quayside Boardwalk Festival and Sale (August 16)
Running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this annual event offers roughly 200 tables of vendors. There will also be concerts and food available throughout the day, offering extra festivities to the sale.
Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest (August 23)
From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. it’ll be a feeding frenzy with a wide variety of food trucks. In addition, this year’s festival offers three beer gardens and even a farmers market. Food trucks range from the Chili Tank to Holy Perogy to Taser Grilled Cheese, so take your time selecting (and be prepared for lines).