International Picnic Day

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
jumping.

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!

 

CELEBRATE COMMUNITY AT 20th ANNUAL SURREY FEST DOWNTOWN

What if you could find children’s activities, delicious bites, and live music – all in Downtown Surrey?
Surrey Fest Downtown has it all!

Kick off your summer by attending one of Surrey’slargest community festivals. Join us at Holland Park on Saturday, June 16th to celebrate the 20th Annual Surrey Fest Downtown: A Celebration of Community.

Bring your dance moves as you listen to incredible local entertainment at the main stage of Surrey Fest. This year will feature Mazacote, a six-piece band that will energize you with their Latin dance beats. The Springman Family Band and John Welsh Band will also take the stage to share their wonderful music and talent.

Stroll through the tents to check out some of the great products of our vendors. Bid on a variety
of great prizes when you visit the Silent Auction. You can also take the opportunity to meet not-for-profit groups operating in the Surrey community, learn about their positive initiatives
and work, and see how you can get involved.

Surrey Fest Downtown would not be complete without a Kids Zone where there will be an abundance of free activities for families and children. A large bouncy castle will have kids leaping for joy in the summer weather. Visit Whalley Daycare’s tent to become transformed into a superhero or butterfly by a talented face painter. There is also fun glitter tattoos and beautiful henna. Want to be creative yourself? Bring out your inner artist in our arts and crafts section.

During all this festival fun, don’t forget to take a break and relax in the cool shade while the Surrey Central Lions Club cook up lunch on the barbeque. All proceeds will be donated to local charities and organizations.

Surrey Fest Downtown runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is organized by the Whalley Community Association and sponsored by the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association.

Whether it’s food, community or fun, there’s something for everyone. Join us for a funfilled
Saturday and let’s celebrate the Surrey community together.

The Long Long Table 2018

We’ve been cooking up a new look and a new menu for this year’s Long Long Table: Surrey’s Community Social.

What exactly is The Long Long Table?

The Long Long Table is a unique event that invites people of all ages who live, work, volunteer, and study in Surrey to sit at the same dinner table and share a five-course meal together. 

A networking event, The Long Long Table is a chance to expand one’s personal and professional network. Students, residents, professionals, business owners and other people from all walks of life can gather and mingle over a shared experience. Here citizens who would not normally interact with one another find themselves getting to know one another, making it a “friend-raiser” rather than a fundraiser.

With the success of last year’s event, we will be hosting the 4th Annual Long Long Table: A Surrey’s Community Social presented by Civic Hotel on Tuesday, June 26 at Surrey City Hall Civic Plaza (13450 – 104 Avenue). Networking will begin at 5:00 PM and dinner will start at 6:00 PM. Guests will sit at the elegantly decorated long, long table and be served a delicious five course meal that will reflect A Cosmopolitan Experience..

At the start of the meal, you will be greeted with a delicious assortment of appetizers. From port gelée to baked beet salad with bird eye chili dressing, there will be a variety of flavours to suit your taste. The main course will be a Cuban marinate flank steak paired with sage sweet potato whip and chimichurri. You will finish off with Cointreau crème brulée for dessert.

The food will be prepared by Rajeev Arora, Executive Catering Chef at Civic Hotel. A seasoned chef, Arora has cooked at world-class hotels and restaurants all over the globe—from a cooking show on India to an award winning-restaurant in Mumbai.

“I understand how meals can unify, and I love to bring people together around great food,” says Arora.

As a community social, we strive to make the event accessible for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome! To keep the dinner affordable, we have some great community-minded sponsors who have stepped forward. A big thank you to Civic Hotel, VanCity Credit Union, KPU, SFU, SCDC, PWC, David Pel & Company, Eurocan and TD Canada Trust.

Tickets are now on sale for $40 on Eventbrite. Get them while they’re available!

Gingerbread Village – Come & Vote for your Favourite

Thursday December 14th marks the opening of our new signature event, Gingerbread Village! Come check out the display of over 30 entries at Central City Shopping Centre (on the 2nd floor near Winners) and vote for your favourite creation with a cash donation. The creation with the most votes will win the $500 People’s Choice Award cash prize! $1 = 1 vote, so the more you give, the more chances they have to win. The proceeds from all votes will be donated to the Surrey Christmas Bureau, so you can feel good knowing you’re having fun and helping out a good cause at the same time.

We have entries in a variety of categories including: Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Post-secondary Institutions, Businesses, Charities, Community & Service Groups, and Open.

Visiting Hours for Gingerbread Village:
Thursday, December 14 from 5-9pm
Friday, December 15 from 10am-9pm
Saturday, December 16 from 10am-9pm

On Friday night (December 15th) we will have a special ceremony to announce the grand prize winners. Stop by between 4-7 pm for face painting, snacks, and entertainment from everyone’s favourite Organ Grinder, Ingmar.

Rogers Hometown Hockey

“Hear the Stories, Feel the Passion, Celebrate the Game!”

Pull out your favourite team’s jersey and get ready to celebrate one of Canada’s most loved sports, because on December 9th and 10th, Hometown Hockey is coming to Surrey!

For the ultimate NHL fan experience, join us at Surrey Civic Plaza (behind City Hall) for some true Canadian fun on Saturday from 12pm-6pm and Sunday 12pm-10pm.

Hometown Hockey is a family-friendly festival providing a weekend of free outdoor hockey activities for all ages. It is a chance for the community to gather together and show their passion for the game, as well as a chance to hear stories about local upcoming talent and some of the game’s most famous stars. Hometown Hockey is the ultimate experience for any NHL fan: enjoy live music, games, and even get the chance to meet some NHL alumni!

On December 10th there will be a broadcasting of the Edmonton Oilers vs Toronto Maple Leafs game at 3:30 pm. Don’t miss Ron MacLean and Tara Slone, who will be hosting live on site from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio.

The Downtown Surrey BIA will be on site with some hockey-themed crafts to get you into the spirit, as well as face painters so you can show support for your favourite team.

Come celebrate the game that has become synonymous with Canadian culture with Rogers Hometown Hockey. Learn more about Hometown Hockey and keep an eye out for new event activities here: http://www.hometownhockey.com/

Lighted Truck Parade – Big Rigs for Kids

Join us on December 3rd for a holiday celebration like no other, as the annual Big Rigs for Kids Lighted Truck Parade rolls back through Downtown Surrey.

For the last seven years, the Lighted Truck Parade has been a holiday tradition for many local families. Children and adults alike love to see the elaborate light displays that the truck drivers decorate their vehicles with, depicting different Christmas scenes from Frosty the Snowman to a giant Rudolph semi-truck. Stopping in front of City Centre Library, there’s lots of chances to get your photo taken with one of the festive trucks.

There will be events and entertainment throughout the evening, beginning with the one and only Chris Hamilton at 4:30 pm. Warm up your voices and get ready to sing some of your favourite Christmas classics with the 2nd annual Christmas Carol sing-a-long from 5-6 pm.

In the spirit of the holidays, the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau will be on site collecting donations from all the generous people in the Downtown Surrey community. The Surrey Central Lions will also be on site selling some delicious snacks such as hot dogs and hot chocolate.

Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends right in the heart of Downtown Surrey by watching a parade of lighted trucks and singing along to your favourite Christmas classics. For more information and updates about the event, make sure you follow us on twitter @dtsurreybia 

Ryley, Chloe and Aubrey’s FunRaizer

Little girls can do big things, and big things can help local charities like the Surrey Christmas Bureau! On November 18th Ryley and Chloe (and their latest team member Aubrey) will be hosting their 4th annual FunRaizer Spaghetti dinner to raise toys and cash for the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

The dinner will take place at Knight and Day Restaurant on King George Boulevard in Surrey from 5-7 pm. Tickets will be sold for $12 which includes a buffet style pasta dinner (vegetarian options available). We ask that all guests please bring a toy or cash donation to be given to the Surrey Christmas Bureau in addition to their ticket.

Ryley and Chloe first decided to hold a FunRaizer in 2014. Every year since she was 2 years old, Ryley and her Auntie Bonnie would buy a toy and take it to the Christmas Bureau for Ryley to put on the shelf. Ryley said she wanted to find a way to take more toys to the Christmas Bureau, and Bonnie gave her the idea to hold a fundraiser dinner. However, not any old fundraiser would do for Ryley and Chloe. The girls wanted to call it a “FunRaizer” instead of a “Fundraiser” because “toy’s are fun, and all kids should have fun at Christmas!”. The first annual Spaghetti dinner was a success, and as it has progressed over the years the girls have gotten more and more involved, holding meetings in the summer to plan the upcoming dinner. Every year after Christmas they hold a follow up meeting to decide what they would like to do next year, and they always say they want to raise more toys for the Christmas bureau. Ryley and Chloe like being able to bring the toys to the Christmas bureau themselves, lining the shelves with all the gifts they have worked hard to collect.

In the past three years, Ryley and Chloe have raised over $4000 and 10 boxes of toys. Aubrey, who was an intern elf in 2016, is excited to help with this year’s annual Spaghetti Funraizer dinner. Please join us for some delicious food and exciting door prizes. Your generosity is sure to put a smile on many children’s faces.

If you’d like to purchase a ticket, please contact Bonnie or Tracey at the Downtown Surrey BIA office 604.580.2321.


 

Tree Lighting Festival

It’s the time of the year that signifies the true start of the holiday season – the annual Tree Lighting Festival! On Saturday November 25th Surrey Civic Plaza will turn into a winter wonderland from 12-7 pm with fun, free, and family-friendly activities to keep you busy all day.

With four stages and over 20 performers, choirs and children’s entertainers, there will be a variety of entertainment all day long. Don’t miss the performance at 5:30 pm by the festival’s headliner, award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Ruth B. Ruth sings the popular track “Lost Boy” which has received over 240,700,000 streams on Spotify and won her a 2017 Juno Award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year”.

This year features an expanded holiday market with a variety of local vendors and crafters. From homemade sweets to unique locally-made gifts, it’s a great place to kick-start your holiday shopping and support small businesses at the same time. Attendees can also experience the new Holiday Fun zone presented by Z95.3. Featuring a free zip line, amusement rides, road hockey and a DJ, don’t miss this exciting new exhibit along University Drive.

Stop by the Downtown Surrey BIA’s Kid Zone inside City Hall for fun arts and crafts, face painters and a balloon animal artist. Make your very own holiday gift bag, Christmas tree ornament, or even a cute penguin door hanger. The one and only Santa Claus will be making appearances every hour from 1-5 pm, so prepare your wish list and get ready for a photo with everyone’s favourite Jolly man.

 

 

To keep up the holiday spirit, consider giving to the Surrey Food Bank, Surrey Christmas Bureau, Sophie’s Place and the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society who will all be on site collecting donations.

Finally, at 6:30 pm comes the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the lighting of Surrey’s 55 foot Christmas Tree – one of the tallest Trees in Canada!

Bring your friends, family, and come get into the holiday spirit at the annual Surrey Tree Lighting Festival. For more information and performance schedules visit www.surrey.ca/treelighting

Gingerbread Village Event

This year the Downtown Surrey BIA is presenting a brand new signature event: Gingerbread Village.

We’re inviting YOU to create your own piece of the Gingerbread Village and submit it to be on display from December 14th-16th at Central City Shopping Centre! Prizes of up to $1000 will be awarded.

Here’s how it works: 

Participants will build a Gingerbread House to enter into the category that fits them best. The categories are: Elementary School, High School, Post-Secondary, Community & Service Groups, Charities/Non-Profits, and an Open category to include businesses and individuals within the community.

Entries will be on display at Central City Shopping Centre from December 14th-16th. We ask that participants drop off their entries between 11 am – 1 pm on December 14th so they can be included in the display. The display will be open to visitors from Thursday December 14 from 5-9pm as well as Friday, December 15th and Saturday the 16th during mall hours (10 am – 9 pm). On Friday night, we will hold a short presentation at 5 pm to announce the winners in each category. There will be music and face painters from 4-6 pm.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 2 entries in each category. The prize amounts are as follows:

  • 1st place – $500
  • 2nd place – $250

In addition to awards chosen by our secret panel of community judges, there will be a “People’s Choice Award”. Over the course of the weekend, we will ask everyone who visits the display to vote for their favourite entry with a cash donation that will be given to the Surrey Christmas Bureau. The entry who receives the most donations will be awarded a $500 prize following the end of the display. The “People’s Choice” winner will be announced on Facebook on Monday, December 18.

Create a house that models after your favourite local business, your residence, or even an iconic building in Downtown Surrey; now is the perfect time to get creative! This event is a great way to get your family, friends, or staff into the holiday spirit, raise money for the Surrey Christmas Bureau, and potentially win a cash prize.

If you would like to participate in this event, please email the attached entry form to info@downtownsurreybia.com by December 1st. You can also call 604-580-2321 for more information.

 

We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you!

 Gingerbread Village Entry Form

Retail Theft Seminar

 

On Wednesday August 30th, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association hosted a Retail Theft Seminar with guest speaker Stephen O’Keefe.

Stephen is a theft prevention consultant with the Retail Council of Canada.  He presented a very informative Seminar on Retail Theft and its effect on businesses across Canada.  

Business Owners from both small and large scale businesses and Loss Prevention officers from various retail locations were in attendance.  They were joined by volunteer members of the Surrey RCMP who will be taking the information and visiting businesses in Surrey to educate them on current practices to help alleviate this ongoing problem.  

If you missed the seminar and would like to hear what Stephen O’Keefe had to say, you can view the entire Seminar here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k44VeQYIU3w

 

 

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