Alex Fest marks 40 years

Thousands flock to the annual Alexandra Festival each year. - File photo
Thousands flock to the annual Alexandra Festival each year.
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The annual Alexandra Festival will be the place to visit this weekend as organizers and the community mark the milestone 40th anniversary.

The day-long event at Alexandra Neighbourhood House, 2916 McBride Ave., will kick off at 11 a.m. and will feature live entertainment on an outdoor stage, artists, crafters and other vendors and tasty treats.

Simone Grewal, project co-ordinator at Alexandra Neighbourhood House, noted there will be some surprises in store for those who come to the festival.

“We are going to have a carnival set up across the street,” Grewal told Peace Arch News Tuesday.

“There will be a social media campaign and we’ll be asking families to tag or share their photos to the #MyAlexFest. Those photos are going to be used to compile a larger-scale collage that will be used for our 100th birthday, which will be in two years.”

Another unique component to this year’s festival will be the “pop-up” youth space, which will feature couches, a mini pool table, interactive art, a mini photography show, music and more.

The youth space will be manned by youth who will be taking shifts throughout the day to promote the project.

And because it wouldn’t be a festival without food, to commemorate the 40th anniversary, there will be a cake cutting with Alex House executive director Penny Bradley and Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt.

For those craving more than cake, Grewal added the food trucks will return for a second year at Alex Fest.

A total of five trucks will be serving up food, including celebrity chef and South Surrey restaurant owner Vikram Vij’s food truck.

Grewal estimated the event draws 2,000 to 3,000 people each year, and with sunny skies in the forecast for this weekend, organizers expect much of the same.

The festival will wrap up at 5 p.m.

For more, call 604-535-0015 or visit


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