Held on the first Saturday of June every year, Hats Off Day is a day where local businesses take their “hats off” to the community. Hastings Street will be shut down to traffic, and filled with excitement, music, street performers, kids activities, and delicious food from Gamma Avenue to Boundary Road. With multiple activities and attractions for all ages, each block has something to experience. This is a free event.
Be a part of the festival!
FAMILY FUN DASH — 9:30 A.M.
Presented by the Heights Merchants Association, Chevron and CIBC, this 550 metre kids race kicks off Hats Off Day at 9:30 a.m. and celebrates health, wellness, families, and fun in Burnaby! This is a fundraiser for the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society.
THE PARADE — 10 A.M.
Grab a curb-side seat to watch the annual parade along Hastings from Beta Avenue to Boundary Road. The parade begins with the Motorcycle Drill Team at 9:30 a.m. followed by the parade at 10 a.m.
THE STREET PARTY — 11:30 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
Hang on to your hats for one of the biggest, most popular community festivals in the region. Spanning from Gamma Avenue to Boundary Road, Hastings Street is shut down to traffic, but open to excitement, live music and entertainment (full schedule listed here), kids activities, yummy treats, and much more!
SHOW & SHINE CAR SHOW — 11:30 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
Check out the 17th annual Show & Shine with classic and custom vehicles, trucks, and motorcycles lined up along Hastings from Gamma to Willingdon Avenues.
New Helium Balloon Policy:
In a response to visitor demand, and in an effort to adopt more sustainable practices, Hats Off Day has adopted a new Helium Balloon Policy.
We ask all participants in Hats Off Day (merchants and non-profit societies) to refrain from using helium in balloons. You are welcome to continue using air-filled latex balloons on a stick or balloon alternatives (i.e. flags, pin-wheels, bubbles, etc). Helium Balloons are known to create environmental problems.
Thank you for respecting our shared environment. We are trying to reduce our environmental footprint in Burnaby and hope that merchants will follow in these green alternatives.