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Got a toonie? It'll get you into pre-registered events during sixth Coquitlam Kaleidoscope festival

Following health guidelines, the 2021 edition is set to celebrate the arts with something for everyone — including free drop-ins — from music and dance to crafts and lasers.

If you've been collecting change during the COVID-19 pandemic — especially toonies and loonies — you'll be able to put them to use in attending a celebrated (and quite colourful) Coquitlam event.

The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival is set to return this month with a diverse multitude of activities for all residents to enjoy and will be following health and safety guidelines currently in effect for gatherings in B.C.

This means there will be events requiring pre-registration, while the rest will be free for the public to drop by.

The good news: each registered activity will only cost $2 per person.

"Due to the changing nature of the pandemic, activities or schedules may change," explains Terra Dickinson, Coquitlam city supervisor for cultural and community events.

"Masks are not required but are recommended, particularly for people 12 and older who have not yet had two doses of vaccine."

B.C. remains in Step Three of its COVID-19 restart plan as of July 1, 2021, which allows festivals to return to normal operations with a communicable disease plan in place.

The festival is scheduled — rain or shine — for Aug. 28 from 10:30 a.m to 9:30 p.m., and Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It'll also take a page from 2020's edition and will be hosted at multiple venues like Town Centre Park, Pinetree Community Centre, City Centre Pop-up Park and Blue Mountain Park.


Here's a list of events at this year's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival asking for your toonie:


  • Barre fitness, featuring the live viola music of Thomas Beckman (TD Community Plaza)
    • 1 p.m. Aug. 28
    • 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga featuring live classical guitar with Ruel Morales (TD Community Plaza)
    • 10 a.m. Aug. 29
    • 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29


  • Galactic Circus
    • 7 p.m. Aug. 28
    • 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28 


  • Story time with the Coquitlam Public Library    
    • 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28 @ Cottonwood Park
    • 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 29 @ Riley Park 
  • Heritage Graffiti Art Craft (Mackin House)
    • Noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 28
    • Noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 29    
  • Artist-led Augmented Reality Walking Tour (Art Gallery at Evergreen)
    • 1 to 1:20 p.m.
    • 2 to 2:20 p.m.
    • 3 to 3:20 p.m.   

For more information and to see which events are free to attend, you can visit the festival's page on the city of Coquitlam's website.

The Tri-City News is a media partner with the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival.