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Canada Day in Surrey

Canada Day in Surrey is celebrated on July 1 at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre with a carnival midway, entertainment and family-friendly activities.

Canada Day in Surrey

One of the largest Canada Day events in the Lower Mainland, the Surrey celebrations are especially popular with young families during the day and people of all ages at night.

Highlights of Canada Day in Surrey include the amusement rides and fireworks every year and 2018’s headliner band was Serena Ryder.

Except for the rides, the festivities are free!

 


Below are topics of information you’ll find in this article regarding Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations.

Where & When | Canada Day Activities | Amusement Rides | Live Entertainment | Schedule of Events | Fireworks | Other Information

Click any of the above links to jump to a specific topic, or continue reading to learn all about Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations.


 

Canada Day Festival Grounds
Festival tents at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre

Where and When

The Surrey Canada Day celebrations are at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre which is located at 17728 64th Avenue by the Cloverdale Fairgrounds at the corner of 176th Street & 64th. The venue is a nice large grassy field, which makes it a perfect place for the carnival rides and free outdoor concerts.

The event runs from 10 am until about 11 pm. Live entertainment starts on the Main Stage at 11 in the morning and the fireworks take off starting at about 10:30 pm.

TIP: If it’s a sunny day take lots of sunscreen, water and a hat as it can be hot and there isn’t a lot of shade.

Canada Day Kids World Area
Kids World on Canada Day

Surrey Canada Day Activities

Activities at Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations include carnival rides, kids’ activities, vendor and community information stalls, live entertainment and the evening’s fireworks.

At the Surrey Canada Day event there are numerous tents and vendor stalls spread out over the lawns of the venue. There are also food trucks, market vendors, community organization stalls and activities for children.

The Surrey Canada Day event is especially good for young families. There’s a Storyville location, Kids World venue with crafts and family-friendly activities, and a Toddler Town with a play area for parents and their little folk.

At the venue there is also a sports zone, skate boarding area and more. There is something for every age!

Canada Day Carnaval Rides
Shooting Star Amusement Rides

Canada Day Amusement Rides

Canada Day in Surrey is one of the few July 1st events in the Lower Mainland that features serious carnival-style amusement rides.

Other Canada Day event venues might have bouncy castles and inflatable slides for little kids, but in Surrey there’s usually a Ferris Wheel, the Zipper and Zero Gravity, among other attractions.

Tickets for the amusement rides at Surrey’s Canada Day event in 2018 cost $1.25 and rides required 1 to 6 tickets each. Books of 20 tickets were also available for $23, and books of 40 cost $45. Prices include GST. All-day wristbands were not available.

On July 1st, 2018, the midway opened at 10 am and continued until 10:15 pm (so just before the fireworks).

Amusement Ride Tips

TIP #1: To avoid the longest lineups, hit the rides early in the day.

TIP #2: Ride tickets are non-refundable, so be sure to use them up well before the fireworks start at the end of the day.

TIP #3: If you find you can’t use up all your tickets, it’s good to know that the tickets don’t expire. You can use them again next year, or at a Shooting Stars Amusements event at another time (like at the Abbotsford Agrifair in August on the BC Day Long Weekend).

Canada Day Live Entertainment

There is live entertainment at Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations, beginning at 11 am and finishing with a concert just before the fireworks.

In recent years bands at the Surrey Canada Day event included Chilliwack, the now infamous Hedley, and in 2018 the headliner band was Serena Ryder.

Serena Ryder in Concert
Serena Ryder in Concert

Canada Day Concerts

Performers at Surrey’s Canada Day event in 2018 included the following:

  • Serena Ryder – the Canadian music sensation is the day’s star performer. Some of her most famous songs include “Stompa” (2012), “Together We Are One” (2015) and “Got Your Number” (2016).
  • Brett Kissel – an Alberta-based guitar player and country singer.
  • Toque – a 4-person Canadian classic rock band that’s now based in the States. At the Canada Day event they’ll be entertaining with popular Canadian music.
  • Warren Dean Flandez – a talented local Gospel and Soul music performer. WDF is an impressive singer!
  • Kutapira – a great local band that’s known for its Afro-Cuban tunes.
  • Krystle Dos Santos – a local singer and songwriter with a powerful voice.
  • Leisure Club – a 5-person Vancouver-based band.
  • Terri Lynn Williams Davidson – a First Nation’s Haida musician.
  • Toque Flamenco – a Lower Mainland-based Flamenco band and dance group. They are tentatively scheduled to perform on the Main Stage at noon.
  • Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band – a Surrey-based kilt-wearing and bagpipe-playing band.
  • Fireworks – the evening finishes with pyrotechnic displays beginning at 10:30.

For much of the evening, between performers, DJ music was also offered by DJ Flipout from the Beat 94.5 until just before fireworks time.

Surrey Canada Day Main Stage
Surrey Canada Day Main Stage

2018 Schedule of Events

Entertainment at the Surrey Canada Day event takes place in four locations: on the Main Stage, Tim Hortons Maple Leaf Stage, Kid’s Stage and Strawberry Tea area.

For a sample of what to expect, here’s what the entertainment lineup looked like for 2018:

Main Stage

  • 11:00 amMatt Henry
  • 12:00 pmToque Flamenco
  • 1:00 pmRedPath
  • 1:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies
  • 2:30 pmTerri-Lynn Williams-Davidson with Bill Henderson & Claire Lawrence
  • 3:30 pmKutapira
  • 4:30 pmKrystle Dos Santos
  • 5:30 pmWarren Dean Flandez
  • 6:10 pmDJ Flipout
  • 6:30 pmToque
  • 7:10 pmDJ Flipout
  • 7:30 pmBrett Kissel
  • 8:30 pmDJ Flipout
  • 8:55 pmBrett Kissel – O’ Canada
  • 9:00 pmSerena Ryder
  • 10:15 pm DJ Flipout
  • 10:30 pm – Fireworks Finale

Tim Hortons Maple Leaf Stage

  • 11:30 amRedPath
  • 12:30 pmHarlequin Gold
  • 1:15 pmRangla Punjab Arts Academy
  • 2:00 pmFlow N’ Motion
  • 3:00 pmKorean Traditional Lion and Drum Dancers
  • 4:00 pmLeisure Club
  • 5:00 pmTerri-Lynn Williams-Davidson with Bill Henderson & Claire Lawrence
  • 6:10 pmThe Faceplants

Kid’s Stage

  • 11:00 amPeter GG
  • 11:30 amRockin’ Robin
  • 12:00 pm – Norma McKnight
  • 12:30 pmMatt Henry
  • 1:00 pmPeter GG
  • 2:00 pmRockin’ Robin
  • 2:30 pmNorma McKnight
  • 3:00 pmPeter GG
  • 4:00 pmNorma McKnight

Strawberry Tea

  • 11:00 amJosh Eastman
  • 11:30 amTop Line Vocal Collective
  • 12:20 pmNakajima Duo
  • 1:00 pmClassic Steps Dancers
  • 1:45 pmSeasons of Frankie Valli

Abbotsford Agrifair 2018

Surrey Canada Day Fireworks

Surrey is one of a few places in the Lower Mainland where you can see Canada Day fireworks. The pyrotechnics start at 10:30 pm and although not as quite as extensive as the displays at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver, they are always still impressive.

Other Information

For more information on the event at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, click Canada Day in Surrey.

For details on July 1st events in other parts of the Lower Mainland, see Metro Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations.

And for other events at other times of the year, see Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar.

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