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Nearly $435K in B.C. grants approved for these Tri-Cities festivals

Almost 20 events slated for 2023 and 2024 in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are getting a boost from the province.
Ribbers from all over Canada, including Vancouver Island's Grizzly BBQ, came to Port Moody's for the return of Ribfest in July 2022. It's one of 19 events in the Tri-Cities receiving funding from the B.C. government for their 2023 and 2024 editions.

Tri-Cities will soon become a Metro Vancouver hub for weekend or week-long festivals as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer.

And the province is stepping in to help make sure organizers can cover some necessary expenses.

Today (April 11), a total of $434,700 in one-time grants were awarded to 19 events and festivals across the region as part of a recovery initiative for B.C.'s tourism sector.

This includes nine in Coquitlam, four in Port Coquitlam, five in Port Moody and one in Anmore.

"Events and festivals in our community bring people together, create a sense of belonging and pride, and showcase the unique diversity of our region," said Coquitlam–Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson in a news release.

"That's why supporting fairs and festivals is so important — it helps build stronger, more vibrant communities that are inclusive and welcoming to all."

It's the first time such funding — a combined $30 million for the most recent pot — has been distributed to local events and organizations since 2021.

That year, the provincial government said the BC Fairs, Festivals and Events program was created to ensure a safe return for gatherings and community celebrations following the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2021, just under $820,700 was granted from the campaign for Tri-Cities events.

"Whether it's sports, culture or entertainment, festivals and events in our community bring much excitement and connection to people in the Tri-Cities," said Fin Donnelly, Coquitlam–Burke Moutnain MLA, in the same statement.

"Events have faced many challenges in recent years which is why I'm happy our government is ensuring local events continue."

The funds allocated represent 20 per cent of a festival's total budget. Organizers were able to apply for up to $250,000 for the grants and the event must take place between now and Dec. 31, 2024.

The approved funding for those in the Tri-Cities are as follows (in numerical order by community):


  • $4,200 = Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash 


  • $46,600 = ScotFestBC: Highland Games and World Music Festival
  • $40,800 = Festival du Bois
  • $32,000 = Caribbean Days Festival 2023
  • $30,300 = BC Spring Classic
  • $29,200 = Multicultural Connections Festival
  • $28,100 = Canada Day in Coquitlam
  • $27,300 = Spring Pacific Showcase
  • $16,100 = BC Dumpling Festival
  • $2,000 = Winter Celebration Futsal Tournament

Port Coquitlam

  • $34,900 = Port Coquitlam's 100th Annual May Days Festival
  • $32,200 = Canada Day in Port Coquitlam
  • $13,100 = Downtown Port Coquitlam Car Show
  • $3,500 = Celebrate Pride in Port Coquitlam

Port Moody

  • $43,700 = Golden Spike Days 2023
  • $23,300 = Port Moody Ribfest
  • $16,200 = Brewhalla Port Moody
  • $8,900 = Diez Vista
  • $2,300 = Roses of Bulgaria