Party for the Planet is Metro Vancouver’s largest Earth Day event. It’s free and takes place on a Saturday in mid-April outside Surrey City Hall.
In 2021, the event was held online because of COVID-19. In 2022, Party for the Planet returns as an in-person event on Saturday, April 30th.
Surrey Earth Day Celebrations
At Party for the Planet there is a tree and plant sale and other vendor stalls, crafts for children, free concerts and many ways to have fun while celebrating planet earth.
Party for the Planet is an exceptional event for young families, with kids’ concerts as well as entertainment for adults.
It’s a fairly big event and the largest Earth Day celebrations in the Lower Mainland. In recent years up to about 20,000 people attend over the course of the day.
Note: In 2019 Party for the Planet was smaller than it has been in the past. There was still live music, but no big-name bands as there have been in previous years. Also, the event was more indoors than outdoors compared to before. 2022 appears to be similar.
When and Where
The 2021 event took place online because of the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions imposed by the government. The livestream happened on April 22nd, from 5 to 7 pm.
In 2022, Party for the Planet is happening in its normal in-person format on Saturday, April 30th. The event takes place at Surrey City Hall at 13450-104th Avenue.
What to Expect at the Party
At Party for the Planet there are usually stalls selling things and promoting different community organizations and services. There are also live shows taking place throughout the day in different locations.
Scheduled performances in 2022 include Andy the Musical Scientist for children and young families, as well as various artists for adults, plus lots of other entertainment.
Most years exhibits and displays at the Party for the Planet event include a climbing wall and a hockey zone tent. In 2022, there’s also a sustainable marketplace, clothing swap, speaker series and more. This year, one thousand tomato plants are available for free after the Welcome Ceremony.
One of the highlights of the event in years prior to 2018 was been the acrobatic group Blink Acro on their trampoline. Their stunts are amazing and hopefully they’ll return in future years!
Party for the Planet is a great family-friendly event, and it’s FREE.
Party for the Planet Schedule
Performers scheduled for 2022 include Post-Modern Connection, A-SLAM, Ben Dunnil, Brad Henry, DACEY, Ginalina Music, Harrison Lee, Jenny Banai, JJ Lavallee, Josh Bogert and Ranj Singh. Also performing are the Kwel Eng Sen Dancers, North Surrey Dance, Royal Academy of Bhangra, Surrey City Orchestra, The Norma McKnight Show, The Well Worn Trail, and more.
The exact schedule of performances in 2022 is below. For more details on all the performers click Party for the Planet Schedule.
2022 MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE (outside City Hall in the Plaza)
- 11:40 am – Urban Safari Rescue Society
- 12:20 pm – Candace Curr and Withe
- 1:10 pm – Andy the Musical Scientist
- 1:45 pm – Kwel Eng Sen Dancers
- 2:05 pm – Mayor & Council Green Ceremony
- 2:45 pm – Surrey City Orchestra
- 4:00 pm – Josh Bogert
- 5:00 pm – DACEY
- 6:00 pm – Post-Modern Connection
2022 CONCORD PACIFIC COMMUNITY STAGE
- 11:00 am – Zumba class
- 11:30 am – Dance Battle
- 12:00 pm – Harrison Lee
- 12:30 pm – A-SLAM
- 1:00 pm – Zumba class
- 1:30 pm – A-SLAM
- 2:00 pm – Dance Battle
- 2:30 pm – Royal Academy of Bhangra
- 3:00 pm – Harrison Lee
- 3:30 pm – The Abbotsford Skipping Sensations
- 4:00 pm – Dance Battle
- 4:30 pm – North Surrey Dance
- 5:00 pm – The Abbotsford Skipping Sensations
- 5:30 pm – Decibel DJ
- 6:00 pm – Dance Battle
- 6:30 pm – Decibel DJ
2022 ACOUSTIC CONCERT SERIES
- 11:30 am – JJ Lavallee
- 12:30 pm – Jenny Banai
- 1:30 pm – Brad Henty
- 2:30 pm – Jenny Banai
- 3:30 pm – Ranj Singh
- 4:30 pm – Ben Dunnill
- 5:30 pm – Ranj Singh
- 6:40 pm – Ben Dunnill
2022 KID’S STAGE
- 11:30 am – Norma McKnight
- 12:05 pm – Ginalina
- 1:05 pm – The Well Worn Trail
- 1:30 pm – Ginalina – Workshop
- 2:05 pm – Norma McKnight
- 2:30 pm – Ginalina – Book Reading
- 3:05 pm – The Well Worn Trail
- 3:30 pm – Ginalina
- 4:05 pm – Norma McKnight
- 4:30 pm – Ginalina – Book Reading
- 5:05 pm – The Well Worn Trail
- 5:30 pm – Norma McKnight
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at Surrey’s big April event.
TIP #1: Party for the Planet is an Earth Day celebration so leave the car at home and take public transit if you can. The planet will love you for it, plus roads will be busy and parking extremely limited.
TIP #2: Party for the Planet usually takes place on the weekend around April 21 and so on the same day as Surrey’s largest event of the year – the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade. If you want free food and an incredible cultural experience, then check that out too. (Note: Surrey’s Vaisakhi festival hasn’t happened for a few years because of COVID-19. It’s not happening in 2022 either.)