Burnaby Festival of Learning engages all ages.


Seven fun and free things to do at the 2019 Burnaby Festival of Learning

April 17, 2019

You’re invited to the Burnaby Festival of Learning from May 4-11. SFU and the City of Burnaby are teaming up again to present a week-long series of free and fun educational events that focus on creating inclusive learning opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the surrounding communities.

The festival, initiated as part of SFU’s 50th anniversary celebrations, is now in its fourth year of festivities.

The events will be held at a variety of locations, including SFU’s Burnaby campus and many Burnaby Public Library locations. This year’s events will emphasize hands-on and interactive workshops to engage diverse learning styles and interests. #LearnGrowThrive


Below are the top seven fun and free things to do at the 2019 Burnaby Festival of Learning:

PechaKucha Night

What? A fun community event featuring presenters who share creative ideas, PechaKucha style – 20 slides that last 20 seconds each and advance automatically.

When? Saturday, May 4 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where? Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave.


Superhero Science Bootcamp

What? Discover your inner superpower. Join a team of SFU PhD, MA, BA students for a fun-filled day of science activities, costumes and prizes.

When? Sunday, May 5 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where? South Burnaby Neighbourhood House, 4460 Beresford St.


Racing Readers

What? Racing Readers puts the F-U-N in learning. Children will engage in literacy, numeracy and physical activities under the mentorship of SFU students from SFU Surrey’s TD Engagement Centre.

When? Monday, May 6 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where? Burnaby Public Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave.


SFU Café Scientifique: The Science Behind Viruses and Treatments

What? Learn how vaccines work, how radioactive drugs fight cancer, and how math can be applied to high-dose, targeted radiation therapy. This promises to be a science-loaded discussion led by a faculty member from SFU’s Faculty of Science.

When? Wednesday, May 8 6:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Where? Burnaby Public Library, 6100 Willingdon Ave.


Embark Learning Garden Workshop: Growing & Eating Well

What? Get hands-on experience with microgreens. Learn how to grow, care for, and prepare a meal of microgreens and sprouts. Supplies will be provided to take home and begin your own garden.

When? Thursday, May 9 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where? Embark Learning Garden, SFU Burnaby campus


Future of Work: Impact of Automation

What? Embrace automation in a dynamic and rapidly changing world through a discussion with industry experts and professionals and explore the challenges that organizations face when adopting new technologies.

When? Thursday, May 9 6:30 p.m. – 8:30p.m.

Where? Hilton Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave.


Science Rendezvous and International Astronomy Day

What? The annual Science Rendezvous and International Astronomy Day takes science out of the lab and onto the street. With hundreds of mind-blowing activities, it is B.C.’s largest celebration of the amazing feats of science and engineering that are happening right here at home.

When? Saturday, May 11 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where? Academic Quadrangle, SFU Burnaby campus


Register early as spots are limited.

Visit Burnaby Festival of Learning for the full list of events.