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Weekend guide: Get your tartan on for the Highland Games in Coquitlam

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for Sept. 3, 4 and 5, 2021.
Coquitlam's Mike Chisholm, in his Chisholm tartan kilt, looks over the festival site at Town Centre Park, as he prepares for ScotFestBC: The British Columbia Highland Games, on Sept. 3 and 4, 2021.

Friday, Sept. 3


The annual BC Highland Games returns to Town Centre Park in Coquitlam, courtesy of ScotFestBC and its parent group United Scottish Cultural Society. Sponsored in part by the Tri-City News, the event launches tonight with free Celtic music from the Whiskey Dicks, piping on the main stage and, if you got tickets early, a whisky and oyster tasting. Tickets are needed for Saturday’s activities, also by Lafarge Lake, which include performances on the Main Stage; Ceilidh Stage (under the Big Tent); in the Meadow; and the Lew Ross Scottish Heavy Event Field (on the east side). Hear Celtic entertainment, check out the British cars on display and grab a bite of Scottish haggis. For tickets on Saturday, visit


Turn on your computers to see Raincity’s performance at last month’s Summer Concert Series, a city of Coquitlam show in the parking lot of Dr. Charles Best secondary. The recording will go up at 5 p.m. and will be available until Sept. 17, along with the other concerts by the Redwoods; Duane, Dave and Johanna of the Town Pants; and John Welsh & Los Valientes. Visit or go to the city’s Facebook and YouTube channels.


Saturday, Sept. 4


You can celebrate Canada’s cultural diversity in downtown Port Coquitlam, where the city will host live performances, kids’ fun and displays from 2 to 6 p.m. The party, which takes place at Leigh Square (next to city hall), will include Indigenous hoop dancer Alex Wells, Persian music and dance, AC/DC tribute band Bonnie Scott, pop/R&B duo KokoSoul and Afro-Cuban dance grooves with the Fito Garcia Band. As well, there will be arts led by J Peachy and the Red Fox Healthy Living Society, a beverage garden by the Kinsmen Club, food trucks and information booths. The event is sponsored in part by the federal government. Visit


Sunday, Sept. 5


Bring your grocery bags to shop at the weekly Coquitlam Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Poirier library branch (575 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit for a list of vendors.

50/50 RAFFLE

It’s the last day to purchase 50/50 raffle tickets from the Coquitlam Foundation, a philanthropic group that helps people and organizations with financial barriers. Go to