Although we continue to enjoy glorious sunny days (okay, and the occasional rainy day), cooler weather is coming as we start our transition into fall. Soon it will be time to grab a sweater, order a pumpkin spiced treat, put away our flip flops and put on our socks (oh the horror) as the temperatures start to dip. The cooler weather doesn’t mean that we slow down though, in fact, the fall is one of the best times of the year to visit Surrey and there are lots of fun, family-oriented events happening this September.
Guided Nature Walks
Surrey Nature Centre
September 11 & 22, October 9 & 20, November 13 & 24, December 11, 2021
10am – 10:45am
Join a Surrey Nature Centre team member for in-person guided walks to learn about nature and the diversity of Green Timbers Park. Walks are designed for all ages and will go rain or shine. Please call 604-502-6065 to register. Live, virtual walks will also be available on September 15 & 22, October 13, November 17 and December 15.
q̓ʷɑti̓cɑ: k̓ʷam̓k̓ʷəm̓ tə šxʷhəliʔ / Phyllis Atkins: Divine Connection
Surrey Art Gallery
September 8 – December 11, 2021
q̓ʷɑti̓cɑ / Phyllis Atkins makes paintings and sculptures that draw from both Coast Salish tradition and her own personal journey to connect with the world around her. In her first solo exhibition at the Gallery, she presents three new life-and spirit-affirming artworks. The exhibition foregrounds the importance of circular form and symbolism: while each work alludes to icons such as the moon or weaving technologies, the repeating circular shapes also evoke a handheld drum and its critical importance to Coast Salish culture and revitalization.
Various locations (in-person and virtual)
September 24 – October 24, 2021
The City of Surrey, in collaboration with Surrey’s diverse cultural organizations and artists, have a variety of arts and culture activities scheduled as part of the Canada-wide Culture Days celebrations. Programming includes a range of free activities and events include interactive, online and digital presentations and activities, as well as in-person experiences at several City arts and heritage facilities. In-person experiences include talks and tours at Historic Stewart Farm, a historic cemetery tour with local historian Sue Bryant and the new feature exhibition at the Museum of Surrey, BEES! Online you can participate in cooking demonstrations, concerts and an interactive show specifically for very young children and their families.
Museum of Surrey
October 5 – December 19, 2021
Bees are some of the busiest, and most fascinating, creatures around. In collaboration with the Honeybee Centre, the newest exhibition at the Museum of Surrey highlights the magical world of bees. Learn about these amazing buzzing friends through six interactives. Climb through a honeycomb model that’s home to a giant queen bee, egg and larvae. Test your bee knowledge on the BEE ID Spinner, do some research at the Bee-search Station, check out an actual Live Hive Cam and so much more! Information in the exhibit also inspires respect for this sophisticated insect and shows how bee health is an indicator of the health of the whole environment.
An Evening with the Piano Men
Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall
October 15, 2021
Let musical wizards, The Piano Men, entertain you with an energetic show filled with musical magic. Putting their own, unique spin on time-tested musical favourites, The Piano Men—Richard Sera and Andre Kunkel—take duelling pianos to a whole new level. Expect to be dazzled by the simple, classic sound of two pianists belting out hits by the greats, including Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Joel, and Elton John. These two high-energy performers are willing to try just about ANYTHING in the name of fun to guarantee an exciting show!
Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Show
Main Stage at the Surrey Arts Centre
October 30, 2021
Combining cabaret, theatre, and burlesque, this award-winning show will knock your socks off! This one-woman musical tells the story of Josephine Baker, the first African American international superstar, and one of the 20th century’s most formidable icons. Josephine’s fascinating and remarkable life story is brought to life in a dazzling display of talent by Tymisha Harris, who also co-wrote the show. This is a tour-de-force performance that will leave you inspired and uplifted by a legendary and fearless woman, who was truly light years ahead of her time.
Get into the Halloween spirit and pick that perfect jack-o-lantern pumpkin at one of Surrey’s expansive pumpkin patches. Pumpkin patches will be open at Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch (Sep 25 – Oct 29), Rondriso Farms (Oct 1 – 31, 2021) and Port Kells Nursery (Oct 1 – 31, 2021).
When fall rolls in we know that witching season is about to begin in Surrey, and both residents and visitors know exactly where to go to experience a terrifyingly good time. The haunting runs from October 1 – 31 at Cougar Creek House of Horrors (formerly Potters’ House of Horrors). And the Bear Creek forest comes alive after dark from October 15 – 31, with ghosts and ghouls intent on scaring passengers on the Scream Train! For the more sensitive souls, the Pumpkin Train runs earlier in the day beginning October 9.