Uptown Live is a free Indie music festival in New Westminster on a Saturday in July. It’s an “ultimate street party” and highly recommended!
CANCELLED FOR 2020
On April 30, 2020, this year’s Uptown Live event was officially cancelled as a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak. Scheduled to take place on July 18, the festival now won’t be happening again until the summer of 2021.
To learn more about the cancellation see the Uptown Live website.
For a list of other events negatively impacted by the pandemic, see our article about COVID-19 and Vancouver Event Cancellations.
New Westminster’s Uptown Live
The Uptown Live Street Party is an annual one-day event that features live music, a beer garden, food trucks, artisans and interactive activities. There are four performance stages on site where artists entertain.
When and Where
In 2020 Uptown Live was going to take place on Saturday, July 18, from noon until 9 pm. Because of the outbreak of the coronavirus, however, it won’t now be taking place until July of 2021.
In years when it isn’t cancelled due to pandemics, the event takes place rain or shine in the heart of the Uptown district of New Westminster in and around the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street.
What to Expect at Uptown Live
At Uptown Live, expect to hear lots of great live music, enjoy tasty food truck treats, and see thousands of people having a fantastic time.
The event is held in the heart of New Westminster and extends over 6 full blocks, primarily along Sixth Street and Sixth Avenue in the Uptown part of the city. As many as 30,000 people attend each year.
At Uptown Live there are four stages for live music – two along Sixth Street, one at Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street, and an acoustic stage in the plaza at the entrance to London Drugs on Sixth Street.
Performing at the event each year are various up-and-coming BC-based Indie bands. Throughout the area there are artisan vendors, sponsor booths, kids’ activities and interactive exhibits.
The beer garden is usually located on Sixth Street between Sixth Avenue and Princess Street. More than 20 food trucks are located on site serving up yummy food selections.
Uptown Concert Lineup and Schedule
Below is the live music schedule for the festival in 2019 so you can get an idea of what to expect in 2021. (Note: Times and performer details are subject to change.)
On the Main Stage
- 12:00 pm – Antoinette & The Latest
- 1:00 pm – Sam Cave
- 2:00 pm – Ludic
- 3:00 pm – Richard Tichelman
- 4:00 pm – Cassandra Maze
- 5:00 pm – Shylo Sharity
- 6:00 pm – Famous Players Band
- 7:00 pm – Kadoo
- 8:15 pm – Chris Buck Band
On the Douglas College Main Stage
- 12:30 pm – Puppycat
- 1:30 pm – BeyondtheEyes
- 2:30 pm – Robert Connely and the Dirty Dirty
- 3:30 pm – Bong Chow
- 4:30 pm – The Escapes
- 5:30 pm – The Hunter and the Potter
- 6:30 pm – Redwoods
On the Key West Ford Main Stage
- 12:30 pm – The Quixotic Neurotics
- 1:30 pm – The Break
- 2:30 pm – She Hangs Brightly
- 3:30 pm – Pleasant Trees
- 4:30 pm – Nicole Audrey
- 5:30 pm – Jaron Chidaic
- 6:30 pm – The Fallaways
On the London Drugs Plaza Stage
- 12:00 pm – Zoey Leven
- 1:00 pm – Kellen Saip
- 2:00 pm – Salmon Friends
- 3:00 pm – Focus your Audio
- 4:00 pm – Shaun Rawlins
- 5:00 pm – Ivan Hartle
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions and information to help you make the most out of your experience at the Uptown Live event.
TIP #1: There is free all-day parking during the event at both the Royal City Centre (at 610 Sixth Street with the parkade entrance on Seventh Street) and Westminster Centre (at 555 Sixth Street with access southbound on Fifth Street). There is also metered street parking throughout the area.
TIP #2: Street closures begin at 7 am on Sixth Street, Sixth Avenue, Belmont Street and Princess Street. Take public transit if you can.
TIP #3: If you like live music and urban street festivals, go to Uptown Live! It’s a great event, and it’s free!
For further details about the event, check out the Uptown Live website.
For more information about the city where the event takes place, click New Westminster.
For ideas on other things to do in the Lower Mainland at different times of the year, visit Vancouver’s Best Places’ Festivals & Events Calendar.