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Your Weekend: Savour the cultural cuisine at BC Dumpling Fest in Coquitlam

Weekend events in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for Aug. 11–13, 2023.
The second annual BC Dumpling Festival is at Town Centre Park in Coquitlam on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2023. | Jennifer Gauthier for the Tri-City News

Friday, August 11


Catch the debut of The Porter’s Revival by the Nigerian-born, South African-raised Lolu Oyedele, the writer-in-residence this summer at Mackin House Museum in Coquitlam. Oyedele, an interdisciplinary artist, created an original immersive performance inspired by the stories of discrimination against Black porters by the rail companies and others in the early 20th century. His short shows in the CP Rail caboose outside Mackin House Museum (1116 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam) run from 5 to 7 p.m., as well as on Aug. 25. The in-situ performances are free; however, registration is required.



Saturday, August 12


Take your broken or torn items like small appliances, bikes and clothing to the Repair Cafe where volunteers and city staff will attempt to repair it — for free. The cafe runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the City of Port Coquitlam works yard (1737 Broadway St.).

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The second annual BC Dumpling Fest returns to Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) with dozens of multicultural dumpling vendors, performers and artists. Organized by the Asian Arts and Culture Society and sponsored in part by the Tri-City News as well as the City of Coquitlam, the festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. aims to highlight global connections and diversity in the community. The dumpling vendors lined up include Como Joy, Nina’s Pirogies, Pasta Polo, Dungan House, Sun Star Restaurant, Mr. Siopao, Morgan’s Harbour, Chef Tony Dim Sum, House of Yee and K-Ipse. Last year’s event saw 25,000 attendees.



Hear from Eileen Holland, a former Coquitlam elementary school teacher and author of two chapter books for kids, at the Tri-City Wordsmiths gathering. The event takes place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the Program Room of the Terry Fox Library (inside the Port Coquitlam Community Centre, 2150 Wilson Ave.) or via Zoom. Email [email protected] for a link.



Pack your lawn chair, blanket and beverages over to Lions Park (2300 Lions Way, Port Coquitlam) where there will be a free performance from 2 to 5 p.m. The line-up includes Gustavo Herrero Tenor and Band, the Penny Pom Pom Show and Bakara Band.



You can watch movies inside — and outside — at Port Moody City Hall (100 Newport Dr.) courtesy of the Port Moody Film Society. At 7 p.m., the group will screen Living, featuring Bill Nighy, in the Inlet Theatre and at 9 p.m., weather permitting, there will be an outdoor viewing of another British drama: The Duke, starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. Admission is by cash or cheque at $5 per film plus a $5 annual society membership.



Catch a concert by the Grammy- and Latin Grammy-winning musician Alex Cuba at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam). His show wraps up the venue’s Music on the Grill summer series. Tickets are $45 for the performance that starts at 7:30 p.m.; the barbecue is sold out.



Sunday, August 13


The Summer Sundays Concerts series is back at Rocky Point Park (2800-block of Murray Street, Port Moody) with a nod to Joe Cocker. Terry Raible and his band bring the Feelin’ Alright show to the PCT Performance Stage at 2 p.m. The event is free; donations for the Crossroads Hospice Society will be accepted. The series is sponsored in part by the Tri-City News.