For the past few years, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) has been implementing different placemaking activities throughout the area. This year, we are happy to announce the beginning of #WhalleyWednesdays.
#WhalleyWednesdays are community events happening every Wednesday in July at the Grosvenor Road School Site, near King George Blvd and 108th Ave along Grosvenor Road.
These events intend to engage and strengthen the community. Each week brings a different theme:
July 4: Survey Session (2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Asking people what activities they’d like to see
July 11: Chalk the Block (4:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
Chalk artist demonstration, hands-on drawings, bubbles, hoola-hoops
July 18: Kids Corner (4:00 to 7:00 p.m.)
Ring toss and Giant board games like Chess and Connect 4
July 25: Get Fit at Grosvenor (5:00 to 5:45 p.m.)
Free Zumba class by Fit for Women Gym
Spend your lunch break with sunshine and tunes. Central City’s Noontime Notes has returned to the Central City Plaza. On July 3 to August 3, enjoy live music every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This 24-concert series is free for all ages.
Discover a variety of musical offerings—from rock and country, to jazz and folk. Discover local musicians like rock artist Taylor James and Celtic folk guitarist Pat Chessell. For a full schedule, visit centralcity.ca/event/noontime-notes.
On July 11, Knight and Day Restaurant is hosting the annual Community Safety Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The breakfast and seminar will take place at 9677 King George Boulevard.
Learn how to spot counterfeit bills from guest speaker Farid Sajli. As part of the Bank of Canada’s currency awareness and education team, he is experienced in detecting various forms of counterfeit. Farid has taught police and merchants how to identify fake bills and prevent debit card, cheque and other currency fraud.
This event is free for Downtown Surrey BIA members—anyone that runs a business within the DSBIA boundaries.
RSVP at safetybreakfast2018.eventbrite.ca.
Ryley and Chloe are back with another fun-raiser! This time, it’s full of sweets, sparkles, and sunshine.
Come out with your family and friends to the Glitter Unicorn Festival on July 14 at Forsyth Park from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Delight in unicorn-themed crafts like glitter tattoos, unicorn slime, and face painting. Cool down with frozen treats while enjoying fun games and upbeat music.
Bring your empty bottles and cans for recycling. All proceeds will be donated to the Surrey Food Bank.
The Canucks Autism Network is celebrating their 10th Birthday Party at the Surrey Civic Plaza on July 7. This inclusive, free event will run from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy outdoor inflatables, family-friendly activities, vendors and food trucks, photo opportunities with the Canucks mascot (FIN), and a chance to meet local celebrities.
The Birthday Festival will also host sensory-friendly hours from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This session will offer smaller crowds, shorter line-ups, and reduced volume to accommodate individuals with sensory sensitivities. RSVP to attend sensory friendly hours at canucksautism.ca/bdayRSVP.
Are you ready for an afternoon with music, delicious food vendors, and local businesses?
Come out on Saturday, July 7 for the fourth annual Whalley’s Corner Community Festival. Find us at the corner of 108 Avenue and King George Boulevard from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Explore the unique history of the Whalley community. Photos and newspaper articles will give you a snapshot of Whalley’s past at the Whalley Historical Tent. There will also be a Vintage Firetruck from the Surrey Firefighters.
Want to see what your local business vendors and organizations have to offer? Visit the variety of booths at the festival for the opportunity to support local businesses and buy well-made crafts and other goods.
If you’re feeling hungry, try out one of the many ethnic food vendors that will be on site. Be sure to pick up your fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market. Visit the Kid’s Area for a chance to play fun games. Spend the day enjoying live music performances as you experience all these wonderful activities.
Come enjoy this free, family-friendly event and get to know your Whalley community.
Get educated and entertained at the Eat Play Live Well Street Fair on July 15 at the Phoenix Centre.
This annual event is a chance to meet local organizations and learn what they bring to the community. This year’s educational theme will offer resources on how to make healthy, informed choices so that you can eat, play and live well. Learn from local groups about health, financial literacy, safety and other lifestyle topics.
Eat Play Live Well Street Fair also brings fun and entertainment for the family. With a front and back stage, enjoy live performances from a lineup of local musicians. Children will love the bouncy castle, games and interactive activities. Take a stroll among booths to support local vendors and see the well-crafted products they create. Food vendors will also be on site to keep you energized during the fair.
Admission is free for all ages.
By the end of June, people who are currently living in tents and in local shelters will be moving into the temporary accommodations that have been under construction in the area for the past few months.
As people move into their new home, we want them to get off to a good start. We are helping Lookout Society put together welcome kits to help them get a fresh start. Please GIVE (Giving Individuals Valuable Essentials) what you can – make it a staff initiative!
The DSBIA is offering a space to collect donations. On June 13-14, items can be dropped off at the DSBIA office at 330-10362 King George Blvd. between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-580-2321 if you require pickup.
For two summers, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) has created placemaking activities for positive community participation. You may have seen some: the #LOVE ball, Sweet Surrey or the live piano music at Surrey Central Skytrain Station.
This summer will be no different. The DSBIA wanted to create something beyond the concrete buildings of Downtown Surrey where there is an existing variety of coffee shops, parks and restaurants.
What is something Downtown Surrey doesn’t have? A beach!
With that, we introduce the Pop-Up Beach. You bring the sunglasses, we bring the beach.
This pop-up simulates a mini beach with a beautiful backdrop of the oceanside. It will include beach props such as chairs and a variety of pool accessories. To make the experience more immersive, there will be sounds of ocean waves and perhaps even the occasional seagull call.
Did you know that studies suggest that taking a vacation increases productivity? Even more, it decreases stress and improves overall mental health. We’re bringing a vacation to you and going to the beach has never been so easy. Pop by for quick break during work or summer school. We all want to enjoy paradise, so take a photo at the pop-beach and share it with your friends.
Pop-up beach is happening on Tuesday, June 12. From 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., find us in front of the North Surrey Recreation Centre near Surrey Central Station.
When was the last time you had a picnic? On June 18th, the City of Surrey will join the world in celebrating International Picnic Day.
Come on out for an evening of music, fun activities and of course, tasty bites.
Surrey Parks will be leading this year’s International Picnic Day by encouraging a get together
outside to enjoy a meal and be in one another’s company.
With the arrival of summer weather, this is a great opportunity to bring your friends, family
and neighbours outdoors to an exciting event.
The fun kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Forsyth Park, lasting until 7:30 p.m. Surrey Parks will host a
light picnic. Since it is on a first come, first serve basis, make sure to come early. You are also
welcome to bring your own blanket, chairs, and any props that you would like to relax with.
During the event, various activities will be provided. There will be mini golf as friendly
competition for of all ages and a bouncy castle that will have kids laughing and
For those who would simply like to relax and have some food under the sun, there is also
music for you to enjoy.
With so many beautiful places in the area, events like these create more opportunities
to connect with the rest of Downtown Surrey. Events like these exemplify the community
we know and love.
Guests are free to bring their own food and beverages. Pack your basket and picnic blanket; we will see you there!