Summer Bucket List for the Tri-Cities

Summer Bucket List Tri-Cities 2015

Summer is here, yet again, and without some planning ahead most of us can reach Labour Day wondering how we missed so many seasonal events.

Here’s my bucket list for summer in the Tri-Cities – these are the things I will not miss this summer, as I have each summer before.

Cinema Under the Stars

Summer isn’t summer without swatting bugs, eating hot dogs and watching a movie out in the open. Port Coquitlam is showing four movies again this year, setting up a giant inflatable screen with partners G&F Financial, in Cates Park and Sun Valley Park.

Another great option worth the drive for, is the Twilight Drive In out near Langley. Pile the kids and their sleeping bags into the back of the car then head out for the triple bills later this summer. Get there early, as the field fills quickly. Good to know: the cash only line moves faster than the single Interac kiosk. Food and drinks available on site – don’t bring your own.

Closer to home – check out Suter Brook Village in Port Moody for open air screenings. The summer kicked off here on Saturday, June 27, 2015 with Frozen. No clear info on other screenings so keep an eye on their Facebook page.

And don’t forget the indoor/outdoor screening from Port Moody Film Society towards the beginning of August. This year it’s Grand Hotel Budapest inside, then Rango outside (weather permitting).

Al Fresco Music

Tri Cities residents are spoiled for choice during the summer, with the Pacific Coast Terminals-sponsored Summer Sundays concerts in Rocky Point Park or Port Coquitlam’s Summer in the City music vibes every week. A more sophisticated option would be Evergreen Cultural Centre’s Music on the Grill, with three concerts plus dinners on the patio hosted throughout the summer. Not quite al fresco but the sounds spill over into the streets, tryGallery Bistro’s Jazz Nights on Mondays.

Whooping it Up!

Two events to get you in the party spirit this summer; try Girls Night Out on August 7, 2015 from Port Moody Arts Centre – a Bollywood-themed evening for women, with beauty and pampering, comedy, appies and cocktails – or something meatier; try Ribfest held in Rocky Point Park for everything BBQ and sauce.

Simply Al Fresco

Why not just get into the outdoors? Try a Moonlight Paddle with Rocky Point Kayak, a beach barbecue at Old Orchard or Barnet Marine Park, or take a hike among the trees at Riverview. If you’re feeling a little more energetic, then maybe a swim with the triathletes in training at Sasamat Lake is more your style?

Get some Art On

It’s not just kids who get to go to camp in the summer. Port Moody Arts Centre is running various workshops for adults, daytime and evening, where experienced painters can hang out and get advice on technique. Not visual art, but still artistic, the Arts Centre is also running a tasting session with Yellow Dog Brewery.

Day Trips

Venture further afield to the big city and check out the Global Relay Tour de Gastown on July 15, 2015. The circular criterium course offers great views of fast lycra at every twist and bend of the cobbled streets. Another great destination is the CBC plaza for the Musical Nooners, a series of free concerts played noon to 1pm, Monday to Friday

And Playland at the PNE! Need I say any more?

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