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Hats Off Day, Burnaby

Celebrate in the Heights

A Burnaby tradition since 2001 Hats Off Day is held on the first Saturday in June every year and is Burnaby’s largest street festival.

Hats Off Day is when Heights merchants "take their hats off" to their community and their customers, and the entire Heights community celebrates together. It's a huge, one-day extravaganza featuring a colourful main-street style parade with real local flavour, and a big street party afterwards.

From Boundary Road to Gamma, the street is car-free but filled with families, dogs and their owners, children’s activities, street performers, live music and the Hats Off Show and Shine. Restaurants serve up samples and delicious aromas indoors and out, with some lines for food with well over 50 people.

The day begins with the Hats Off Parade beginning at 9:30 am showcasing local Burnaby community groups and business as well as bands and organizations from other areas. The parade begins at Beta Avenue and proceeds west down Hastings Street.

The Hats Off Street Festival kicks off at 11 am with street entertainers, bands, dance troupes prize draws, special promotions and lots of food to sample. The streets are packed with families, friends, neighbours, and merchants! This is held between Willingdon Avenue and Boundary Road.

The Hats Off Show and Shine between Gamma Avenue and Willingdon features Hot rods, muscle cars, restored antiques, and foreign model cars. This is one of the largest Show and Shines held in the Lower Mainland.

Hastings Street is closed between Gamma Avenue and Boundary Road beginning at 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM to accommodate the celebration and the accompanying large crowds. Be advised that parking restrictions are in place as are traffic restrictions. Please arrive early to find parking or consider taking public transit.

Hats Off Day is hosted by The Heights Merchants Association on behalf of the Heights Merchants.and Burnaby-based non-profit associations. For more information call  he Heights Merchants Association at


Hats Off Day is only once a year so mark the first Saturday in June in your calendar for next year to check out this free fun filled community event.

Heights Merchants Association

4019 Hastings Street

Burnaby BC V5C 2J1