Pulse of the City: Places To Go, Things To Do

Here are this week’s events for you and your friends and family to enjoy! Keep an eye out for the Pulse FM Street Team, powered by FREEWAY MAZDA.

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market @ St. Andrew’s Historic Church
Jul 25 – Oct 27 all-day
Fort Langley Village Farmers' Market @ St. Andrew’s Historic Church

Join us at the Fort Langley Village Farmers Market every Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm  until October 27th. We are also open B.C.Day Monday August 6th.

Fresh Local B.C. Farm Produce, and Prepared Foods:
Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market features local B.C. Farmers’ and other Food Vendors bringing in fresh local produce, field greens, vegetables, fruits & flowers, fresh baking, fruit pies, cupcakes & cookies, local craft beer, varietal wines, tasty prepared foods from our Fraser Valley, the Similkameen & Okanagan Valleys.

B.C. Art & Crafts, our Artisans Present:

A huge variety of 100% Made in B.C. Arts & Crafts, including paintings, photography, hand-made jewelry, natural soaps, creams & oils, children’s hand-made wool and cotton clothing, hand made woolen slippers from local sheep-farm spun wool, expert wood crafting, woodwork, glass art & metal arts, re-purposed antiques & furniture, and much more. Come and browse their market booths this Saturday from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

Family Nights in Cloverdale @ Various Locations
Sep 14 – Dec 14 all-day
Family Nights in Cloverdale @ Various Locations

Looking for plans on Friday nights? Join us for an evening filled with family-fun at recreation facilities in Cloverdale! All events are free to attend.

Clayton Hall

Bring your pillows and blankets and join us for a Family Movie Nights at Clayton Hall on the following dates:

  • September 28 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • October 12 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • November 23 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
  • December 14 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Cloverdale Recreation Centre

September 21 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Family Date Night at Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Fall is in the air! Stop by the facility for games, crafts and activities.

October 26 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Halloween Pumpkin Carving at Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Join us for a night of Halloween treats, crafts and pumpkin carving! One pumpkin per person. Register to secure your spot by using course code 4613980.

November 16 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Family Game Night at Cloverdale Recreation Centre
Drop in for board games and activities for the whole family.

Don Christian Recreation Centre

September 14 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Family Fun Night at Don Christian Recreation Centre
Enjoy the bouncy castle, make crafts and play activities!

November 9 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Family Craft Night at Don Christian Recreation Centre
Stop by for hot cocoa, winter crafts and activities.

Birding Walks @ Various Parks
Sep 15 2018 – May 11 2019 all-day
Birding Walks @ Various Parks

Join a local naturalist for a series of free monthly walks (September through May) to discover Surrey’s birds. Learn how these amazing creatures are adapted to their habitat and why our local urban parks are so important for their survival.  Become familiar with many birds species and their habitats, improve your identification skills and find answers to all your birding questions!

These walks are drop-in, rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and bring a pair of binoculars and a field guide, if you have them.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

9am – 11am

Hi-Knoll Park(19569 Colebrook Road)

Scan the air for flying swallows and other birds while exploring grassy meadow, marsh, and a wooded area. Meet at the parking lot on the north side of Colebrook Road.

Saturday, October 20, 20189am – 11am

Blackie Spit Park (3136 McBride Avenue)

Look for ducks, shorebirds and more while enjoying amazing views of Boundary Bay. Meet at the gravel parking lot at the north end of McBride Avenue.

Saturday, November 17, 20189am – 11am

Serpentine Wildlife Management Area (14246 44 Avenue)

Walk along the grassy dyke trails while scanning the open water for migrating waterfowl. From King George Boulevard, turn west onto 44 Avenue and proceed to the parking lot on the left.

Saturday, December 15, 20189am – 11am

Hawthorne Rotary Park(10503 144 Street)

Explore shaded forest, flower gardens and a pond while looking for birds. Meet in the playground parking lot north of 104A Avenue.

Saturday, January 19, 20199am – 11am

Elgin Heritage Park (13601 Crescent Road)

Enjoy views of the Nicomekl River while looking for shorebirds and other winter residents.  Explore a variety of habitats as you walk through forest, meadow, and fresh- and saltwater marsh. The parking lot entrance is on the north side of Crescent Road, west of 136 Street.

Saturday, February 16, 20199am – 11am

Godwin Farm Biodiversity Preserve Park (9016 164 Street)

Look for birds in the old fields, orchard, pond and forest in one of Surrey’s newest parks. Meet at the parking lot off of 164 Street.

Saturday, March 16, 20199am – 11am

Surrey Nature Centre at Green Timbers(14225 Green Timbers Way)

Start by observing the bird feeders at the Surrey Nature Centre, and then walk along forested trails to Green Timbers Lake. Meet in the Surrey Nature Centre’s parking lot.

Saturday, April 20, 20199am – 11am

Redwood Park (17900 20 Avenue)

See how local birds use the arboretum, a collection of trees from around the world. Meet in the parking lot off of 20 Avenue.

Saturday, May 11, 20199am – 11am

Surrey Lake Park (7500 152 Street)

Search for birds in the lake, meadow, marsh and forest habitats of this diverse park. The parking lot can only be entered from northbound 152 Street.

Surrey Youth Showcase Event Series @ Various locations
Sep 22 2018 – Nov 10 2019 all-day
Surrey Youth Showcase Event Series @ Various locations

Participate in the City’s largest annual youth event series. Attend these four awesome events held at different locations in the city throughout the year. Compete, spectate or perform, and help us celebrate Surrey’s talented youth. Stay tuned for more details! It’s free!

Cooking Competition

Saturday September 22, 2018 from 1pm to 6pm
South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre

Calling all aspiring chefs (ages 10-18) to this series of cooking events to showcase your skills and creativity, then participate in the city-wide finale on September 22. There will be secret ingredients, prizes and more. Contact your local recreation centre for details.

Arts Café

Saturday November 10, 2018 | Time TBD
Cloverdale Recreation Centre

Showcase your art! Applications will be accepted from young visual and performing artists, including musicians, singers, painters, dancers, potters, actors, poets, photographers, magicians, illustrators and more. Surrey artists between 13-21 years of age from all backgrounds, cultures and life experiences are encouraged to apply. More details coming soon!


There are many volunteer opportunities available, including: basketball scorekeeper, referee, set up assistant, popcorn maker, and activity assistant. Sign up to volunteer and be apart of these great events.


4th Annual Scarecrow Festival @ Art's Nursery
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – Oct 31 @ 4:00 pm
4th Annual Scarecrow Festival @ Art's Nursery

Art’s Nursery’s 4th Annual Scarecrow Festival is a fun, family-friendly community event in support of three local charities: OWL (Orphaned Wildlife) Rehab Society, Inclusion Langley Society, and The Versatiles.

The event kicks off with a full-day festival on Saturday, September 22 and includes a build-a-crow station for charity, scarecrow walk and scavenger hunt, kids activities, hayrides, face painting, local artisan and food vendors, demos, in-store specials and more.

The fun continues until Halloween. Come in and search for more than 50 themed scarecrows or build your own to take home. Donations from the build-a-crow station will help to support three wonderful charities. Just bring in some old clothes, accessories and your imagination, and we supply the rest.

You can also book a field trip for your class, group, or business—a fun team-building experience for all ages! Call Art’s Nursery to book.

Visit the event website for more information, including how to sponsor a scarecrow!

Rotary Club of Surrey Book Sale @ Guildford Town Centre
Sep 24 – Sep 30 all-day
Rotary Club of Surrey Book Sale @ Guildford Town Centre

The Rotary Club Charity Booksale raises money for the Starfish Backpack Program and other community programs.

The Booksale is open during regular mall hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 9:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10 am to 6:00 pm
State of Newton @ The Offices at Newton
Sep 27 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
State of Newton @ The Offices at Newton

You’re invited to the second annual State of Newton! With keynote speaker, City of Surrey’s Mayor Linda Hepner, State of Newton is an opportunity for the business community to engage in a dialogue that showcases the upcoming investment opportunities for Newton.

Please register in advance through the event website.


The Offices at Newton, 7327 137 St

Get Surrey Working Hiring Fair @ Newton Recreation Centre
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Get Surrey Working Hiring Fair @ Newton Recreation Centre

Join us Thursday, September 27th for the annual hiring fair presented by SurreyWorkBC and City of Surrey.

Get Surrey Working Hiring Fair features over 30 employers committed to inclusive hiring practices in recognition of the Province’s Disability Employment month. Bring a resume and meet with employers from a wide range of industries! The event is fully accessible and ASL interpreters will be available on-site.

Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is strongly recommended.

Check out the participating employers.

55+ Global Cafe – China @ Guildford Recreation Centre
Sep 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
55+ Global Cafe - China @ Guildford Recreation Centre

Take a trip to China at this 55+ themed luncheon! Complete with delicious Chinese food, prizes, music, entertainment and trivia. You’ll also enjoy an exciting performance by a traditional Chinese dance group and learn about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.

Register Online  or call 604-501-5100 (reg #4623251)

Sign up for the Seniors Services Membership to get discounted prices on 55+ Special Events

Arts4All Festival @ Various venues
Sep 28 – Sep 30 all-day
Arts4All Festival @ Various venues

Join this exciting city-wide celebration of artistic and cultural diversity to honour Surrey’s 25th anniversary as a city.

Arts-based events are taking place at Surrey Arts Centre, Newton Cultural Centre, Sheraton Guildford Hotel, South Surrey Recreation and Arts Centre, Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, Elements Casino as well as the Newton, Strawberry Hill, Semiahmoo, Ocean Park, Fleetwood and City Centre libraries.

See the full Arts4All Festival schedule. Most events are free or by donation.

Leading up to the festival is the Arts4All Visual and Literary Art Exhibit running from September 5 to 28 in the Newton Cultural Centre Gallery. The exhibit is on view Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Festival Highlights

September 28: Surrey City Orchestra Concert

Surrey City Orchestra performs Friday, September 28, on the Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre. This concert is the only ticketed event of the festival. See the event listing for details.

September 29: Sheraton Guildford Fine Art Showcase

On Saturday, September 29 drop by the Sheraton Guildford Hotel between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm to discover beautiful art from some of the finest artists in the lower mainland—Arnold Mikelson, Thelma Newbury, Veronica Newell, Christine Rio, Judy Vanderveen, Wendy Mould, Lynne Bradford, Joseph Chiang, Doris Biddle, Ali Sepahi, and Natalie Way.

September 29: Bees Knees Swing Dance

Alex Browne and his Boulevardiers perform live on Saturday, September 29 at the Elements Casino Dragon Lounge in Cloverdale. Admission is by donation; suggested minimum $20. Reservations required; see the Festival website for details.

September 29 & 30: Activities and Workshops

Additional events on September 29 and 30 feature something for everyone: artisan & craft markets with on-site balloon artists and face painting, dance, music & literary workshops, open-to-public theatre rehearsals and artists’ studios; hands-on art activities, literary readings, demonstrations, performances, story telling, artisan talks and storytelling. See the full Arts4All Festival schedule.