Canada Day in Surrey is celebrated on July 1 at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre with a carnival midway, entertainment and family-friendly activities.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Surrey hosted a virtual event on July 1st in 2020. The event was similar in 2021, with virtual celebrations on YouTube and Facebook.
In 2022 Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations return with in-person activities at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre.
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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.
Except for the rides, the festivities are free!
Where and When
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.
In 2022 the event runs from 10:00 am until about 10:30 pm. Live entertainment runs throughout the day and the fireworks take off starting at about 10:15 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.
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 Kids Zone 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, Indigenous Village area and more. There is something for every age!
THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN!
The Royal Canadian International Circus is in Richmond over the Canada Day long weekend from June 30th until July 3rd. A week earlier, from June 23rd to 26th, it’s in Surrey at the Cloverdale fairgrounds.
This circus is a really good one! It’s also not expensive. And it’s even less expensive if you use the promo code VANSBESTPLACES. If you do that you can get two general admission tickets for the price of one!
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 cost about $1.50 and rides require between 3 and 7 tickets each. Books of 20 tickets are also available for $30, and books of 40 cost $50. All-day wristbands are not available.
On July 1st, 2022, the midway opens at 10:00 am and continues 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. By the afternoon the place is pretty busy!
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 lots of live entertainment at Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations most years.
There are multiple stages with live entertainment at the Surrey Canada Day event, including the Main Stage, Siam Stage, Community Stage, Barn Stage and Kid’s Stage.
Performers in 2022 include Arkells, Shawnee Kish, Haviah Mighty and many more. The entertainment schedule for each stage this year is listed below.
Main Stage (2022)
- 11:00 am – Diamonds In The Rough
- 1:00 pm – The Oot & Oots
- 1:30 pm – O Canada & Opening Ceremonies (with the Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band and Ashley Pater)
- 2:00 pm – Ashley Pater
- 2:30 pm – Git Hayetsk Dancers
- 3:30 pm – Mikey Jose
- 4:20 pm – En Karma
- 5:10 pm – Old Soul Rebel
- 5:40 pm – DJ Marvel
- 6:05 pm – Haviah Mighty
- 7:20 pm – Cultural Sharing with Land-Based Nations
- 7:50 pm – Shawnee Kish
- 8:30 pm – DJ Marvel
- 9:00 pm – Arkells
- 10:15 pm – Fireworks
Siam Stage (2022)
- 11:30 am – Kwel Eng Sen Dancers
- 12:00 pm – Residential School Survivor Honouring Ceremony
- 12:30 pm – JJ Lavallee
- 2:00 pm – Teon Gibbs
- 3:00 pm – Renae Morriseau and Adrian Glynn
- 4:00 pm – Git Hayetsk Dancers
- 4:50 pm – The Big Shiny Band
- 5:40 pm – Babylung
The Barn Stage (2022)
- 2:00 pm – Syd Carter West
- 3:00 pm – Adewolf
- 4:00 pm – Syd Carter West
- 5:00 pm – Kyle Hensby & The Rowdy Spurs
- 6:00 pm – Jasmine Bharucha
- 7:00 pm – PLAYLIST
- 8:00 pm – Tanner Olsen Band
Community Stage (2022)
- 11:00 am – Pleasant Trees
- 12:00 pm – Pat Chessell
- 1:00 pm – Glisha
- 2:00 pm – Yvonne Kushe
- 3:00 pm – Songpati Latin Band
- 4:00 pm – Ashley Pater
- 5:00 pm – Michaela Slinger
- 6:00 pm – M’Girl
- 7:00 pm – FKA Rayne
Kids’ Stage (2022)
- 11:00 am – Norma McKnight
- 11:30 am – Matt Henry
- 12:30 pm – Kung Jaadee
- 1:00 pm – Norma McKnight
- 2:00 pm – The Oot & Oots
- 2:30 pm – Kung Jaadee
- 3:00 pm – Norma McKnight
- 4:00 pm – The Oot & Oots
Dance Stage (2022)
- 12:40 pm – Natasha presents: The Get Down Hip Hop Dance Battle
- 3:40 pm – J-Editz: Decibel Entertainment
- 4:40 pm – Natasha presents: The Get Down Hip Hop Dance Battle Final
- 5:40 pm – J-Editz: Decibel Entertainment
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 10:15 pm and although not quite as extensive as the displays at Canada Place in downtown Vancouver, they are always still impressive.
To learn more about the event at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, click Canada Day in Surrey.
For details about 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.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- The City of Surrey
- Vancouver Summer Activities
- The Fraser Valley
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver Activities for Children