Featuring food and performances from dozens of European cultures, the European Festival takes place at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby’s Central Park in May.
2018 Festival has been POSTPONED!
The European Festival has been postponed for 2018 – it will NOT be taking place on May 26-27, 2018!
European Festival at Swangard Stadium
The European Festival isn’t a huge event, but it’s a nice one, attracting in the range of 10,000 visitors each year and participation from about two dozen European nations including Scandinavian countries, Baltic states, France, Spain, Great Britain, Germany and Russia.
At the festival there is a variety of ethnic foods, dancing and musical performances.
In 2018 the event was going to take place on the weekend of May 26th to 27th, but in the end it was cancelled/postponed.
Where and When is the Festival?
The European Festival takes place at Swangard Stadium at 3883 Imperial Street in Burnaby’s Central Park on a Saturday and Sunday in late May. The gates open at around 11 am and non-stop entertainment continues all day, with the headliner band concert on the Saturday evening.
2018 Festival Details
In 2018 the European Festival takes place on the weekend of May 26-27. On the Saturday it runs from 11 am until 11 pm and on the Sunday from 11 am until 7 pm.
To see what was planned for the event in 2017 see the European Festival schedule. This will give you an idea of what to expect for 2018.
What to Expect at the Festival
At Vancouver’s European Festival there are dance performers, musicians and all kinds of European food for sale. There is also an Arts Plaza where artists showcase their creations, and a Market Place with vendors selling different ethnic foods, clothing and souvenirs.
In addition to all the ethnic foods, there is of course also European beer available, and with BC’s recently relaxed liquor laws people can wander around the site with their imported brews without having to be confined to an enclosed beer garden area, provided that they drink responsibly and remain within the festival grounds.
European Festival Admission
A weekend pass lets you in for both days and costs around $9 online in advance, or $10 or so at the gate. Children 11 and under are usually free.
TIP #1: Highlights of the event include the selection of food for sale and the entertainment. To get the most out of your stay, plan to eat at the festival, unless you don’t like perogies and European sausages, and try to stick around on the Saturday evening for the feature band (assuming you like their kind of music).
TIP #2: Central Park is a beautiful place, with pitch and putt golf, walking trails and a couple of nice ponds. Combine your trip to the festival with a walk in the park.
For more information on the event, check out the European Festival website.