The Country Celebration of Nature is a Metro Vancouver community event at Campbell Valley Regional Park in mid-September in Langley.
Up until last year the event used to be called just “Country Celebration” and it was a 2-day community fair with animals, market vendors, food trucks and live entertainment. Starting in 2020, however, it has a slightly different name and more of an ecological focus. It is also now just a 1-day affair.
Country Celebration of Nature in 2020
Last year the Country Celebration event took place on the Saturday and Sunday of September 7th and 8th. In 2020 it happens on Saturday, September 12th, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. It’s a free event and popular with families.
Unlike in previous years, in 2020 there are no longer dozens of market vendors, main stage performances and a food court, There are still, however, live entertainers, nature-related activities and at least one food truck on site.
Country Celebration Admission
Admission to the event last year cost $3 for adults and $1 for children and seniors (ages 65+). In 2020, because it is a much smaller event, admission is free.
Langley’s Country Celebration happens at Campbell Valley Regional Park which is located at 20290 16th Avenue (although that’s the north end of the park and the event takes place at the south end just off 204th Avenue). To find the venue just head to the park and then follow the event signs along the road.
Campbell Valley Regional Park is a nice and very large park. It has a number of heritage buildings, bike and walking trails, grassy fields and forested areas. It’s a popular place with both on and off-leash areas for dogs as well as trails for horseback riding.
Note about Allergies: the Country Celebration is held in a grassy field which is usually quite dry by the end of the summer (unless the rainy season has already begun). It’s a fantastic venue and most appropriate for a “country farm” fair.
The venue isn’t necessarily so perfect, however, for anyone that suffers from hay fever or serious seasonal allergies, nor allergies to sheep and other farm critters (although the animals are easy to keep your distance from).
Click Park Map for a map of Campbell Valley Regional Park.
What Happens at the Country Celebration?
The Country Celebration in past years was very much a “country fair.” There were farm animals to admire, musicians to listen to, market vendors to buy from, informational booths to learn from and all kinds of family-friendly activities.
Most years at the Country Celebration there have been close to a dozen different food vendors selling everything from corn dogs to ice cream, kettle corn and perogies, as well as close to four dozen or so market vendors and exhibitors.
As mentioned above, the newly renamed Country Celebration of Nature is a much smaller event in 2020. Exact details are to be confirmed. It will be similar to what it was in the past, but much smaller, less commercial and with more of a “nature” focus.
Country fair-type activities for children at the event in the past included pony rides, a straw maze, mini petting zoo, caged animals to look at, and multiple stations with kid-appropriate activities. Animals you’d find at the Country Celebration most years included sheep, pigs, ponies, chickens, geese and goats, plus the occasional dog walking around with his or her owner.
In short, the Country Celebration used to be a real live country fair! It was simple and not huge, but authentic. The Country Celebration of Nature in 2020 will still be fun, but just smaller and different.
Country Celebration Entertainment
Live entertainment last year ran both days at the Country Celebration from around 11:00 in the morning until 3 o’clock in the afternoon. The schedule for the festival stage in 2019 was the following:
- 11:00 am – Ginalina
- 11:45 am – The Beaten Path
- 12:30 pm – Coal Davie & The Rockabillionaires
- 1:15 pm – Ginalina
- 2:00 pm – The Beaten Path
- 2:45 pm – Coal Davie & The Rockabillionaires
- 11:00 am – The Wilds
- 11:45 am – Coldwater Road
- 12:30 pm – 5 on a String
- 1:15 pm – The Wilds
- 2:00 pm – Coldwater Road
- 2:45 pm – 5 on a String
Tips and Advice
Below is a list of tips and additional information to help you make the most out of your experience at the Country Celebration.
TIP #1: Unless you live close by, Campbell Valley Regional Park is the kind of place you really need to drive to. There is a considerable amount of parking at the venue though, which is great, as they rope off a field and turn it into a parking lot.
TIP #2: If you have young children, this is a great event to take them to. It’s also a nice place to take a picnics and explore the park.
TIP #3: If members of your group are age 19+ and like wine, don’t forget that Langley is winery country! For a list of area wineries to tour, click Lower Mainland Wineries.
Click Country Celebration for information about the fair on the Metro Vancouver website.
For more information about the venue, click Campbell Valley Regional Park.