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!
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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.
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 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.
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.
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:
- 11:00 am – Matt Henry
- 12:00 pm – Toque Flamenco
- 1:00 pm – RedPath
- 1:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies
- 2:30 pm – Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson with Bill Henderson & Claire Lawrence
- 3:30 pm – Kutapira
- 4:30 pm – Krystle Dos Santos
- 5:30 pm – Warren Dean Flandez
- 6:10 pm – DJ Flipout
- 6:30 pm – Toque
- 7:10 pm – DJ Flipout
- 7:30 pm – Brett Kissel
- 8:30 pm – DJ Flipout
- 8:55 pm – Brett Kissel – O’ Canada
- 9:00 pm – Serena Ryder
- 10:15 pm – DJ Flipout
- 10:30 pm – Fireworks Finale
Tim Hortons Maple Leaf Stage
- 11:30 am – RedPath
- 12:30 pm – Harlequin Gold
- 1:15 pm – Rangla Punjab Arts Academy
- 2:00 pm – Flow N’ Motion
- 3:00 pm – Korean Traditional Lion and Drum Dancers
- 4:00 pm – Leisure Club
- 5:00 pm – Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson with Bill Henderson & Claire Lawrence
- 6:10 pm – The Faceplants
- 11:00 am – Peter GG
- 11:30 am – Rockin’ Robin
- 12:00 pm – Norma McKnight
- 12:30 pm – Matt Henry
- 1:00 pm – Peter GG
- 2:00 pm – Rockin’ Robin
- 2:30 pm – Norma McKnight
- 3:00 pm – Peter GG
- 4:00 pm – Norma McKnight
- 11:00 am – Josh Eastman
- 11:30 am – Top Line Vocal Collective
- 12:20 pm – Nakajima Duo
- 1:00 pm – Classic Steps Dancers
- 1:45 pm – Seasons of Frankie Valli
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.
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.