When I was growing up in Surrey, our summer activities included rollerblading over to Mac’s for some Frosters, swimming in the Kwantlen Park Pool, running various park trails, and heading out to the skate park with our BMX bikes. Over the last five years or so, there’s been much more going on throughout the summer (and even the whole year) in what was once the City of Parks. Here is a small sampling of some of the free summer festivals and events you can enjoy in Surrey this season.
South Surrey Festival
When: Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Kwomais Point Park (1379 128 St)
What: Crafts for kids, live music and entertainment, face painting, artisan displays, and more
Surrey Fest Downtown
When: Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Where: North Surrey Recreation Centre Parking Lot & Central City Plaza
What: The 13th annual festival that celebrates community. Free for all ages to enjoy entertainment, food, activities, silent auction, and displays
Park Play Palooza
When: Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 11:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Cloverdale Athletic Park (6330 168 St)
What: A free park party with live music, rock climbing wall, Science World activities, and more
Surrey Canada Day
When: Friday, July 1, 2011 from 11:00am to 10:30pm
Where: Cloverdale Millenium Amphitheater (176 St and 64 Ave)
What: One of Western Canada’s largest Canada Day celebrations. This all-day event includes rides, food vendors, displays, activities for the family, and a main-stage lineup of artists including Trooper and Elise Estrada.
Surrey Fusion Festival
When: Saturday July 16 & Sunday July 17, 2011 from 11:00am to 10:00pm
Where: Holland Park (Corner of King George Highway & Old Yale Road)
What: A free celebration of global food, music, and culture. It’s one of our favourite annual events with so much to see and do — and did I mention the food? Sample delicacies from around the world, and watch dance and music on the festival stages. Headliners this year include Jay Sean and Bedouin Soundclash.
To reiterate, all of these festivals are free and (hopefully) out in the sunshine this June and July. You can get to all of these locations by transit (either SkyTrain or bus) and they are all family-friendly.