The Point Grey Fiesta is a community festival with a parade, amusement rides and family-friendly activities in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood in June.
Last year the event happened on the Father’s Day Weekend of June 17th to 19th. While the carnival took place, the usual activities such as the parade did not. In 2023 the amusement rides run on the weekend of June 23rd to 25th. The parade and other festival activities, however, aren’t happening this year, but hopefully will be in 2024.
Other events happening around June in 2023 include ScotFestBC in Coquitlam and Community Day in Langley. Playland at the PNE starts up for the season on June 3rd.
Point Grey Community Festival
Running since the mid-1980s, the Point Grey Fiesta is a community event that’s popular with residents of the area. It’s also free! In 2023 the event celebrates its 36th year!
Festival Dates and Times
The Point Grey Fiesta takes place on either the Father’s Day Weekend or the last weekend in June. The festival was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The event did take place in 2022, but in a limited format. In 2023 the amusement rides and midway happen on the weekend of June 23rd, 24th and 25th. The parade and other festival activities, however, have been postponed until 2024.
In a typical year, amusement rides start up on the Friday afternoon and run all weekend. There is also usually a parade on the Saturday morning, but not in recent years.
In 2023 the amusement rides and midway operate on the Friday from 3:00 pm until 10:00 pm, from noon until 9:00 pm on the Saturday, and from noon until 5:00 pm on the Sunday.
The Point Grey Fiesta takes place in the upscale neighbourhood of Point Grey which is between Kitsilano and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, just south of 4th Avenue and not far from Spanish Banks, Locarno and Jericho beaches.
The main venue for the event is Trimble Park which is located at 2250 Trimble Street. The parade starts at the corner of Blanca Street and West 10th Avenue, goes east along 10th Avenue to Discovery, and then north along Discovery Street to Trimble Park.
Point Grey Fiesta Parade
In years when it happens, the parade usually takes place on the Saturday. It’s a small parade and lasts for around 25 minutes or so.
Participants in the parade include community groups, a couple of marching bands, cars with local politicians, sports teams, decorated trucks from area businesses, and people handing out candy.
The parade usually begins at Blanca and 10th Avenue and continues past the entrance to UBC for one kilometre, finishing at Point Grey Trimble Park. Be aware of road closures on the day of the parade.
In years when it does happen, the end of the parade typically reaches Trimble Park after 11:00 am, so prime viewing is sometime between 10:00 am and 11:00 am.
Exact details of when the parade takes place in 2024 are to be confirmed.
Below was the schedule for the 2019 event. 2024 details may be similar.
Friday, June 21st, 2019
- 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Amusement rides in Trimble Park
- 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Decorate your bike at the BMO at 10th and Sasamat in preparation for the Decorated Bike Contest on Saturday
Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
- 10:00 am – Parade along 10th Avenue and Discovery Street
- 10:30 am to 9:00 pm – Amusement rides in Trimble Park
- 10:30 am to 4:00 pm – KidsZone activities, exhibitors and vendor stalls, and lawn bowling at Trimble Park
- 11:45 am – Stage performances at Trimble Park
- 12:30 pm – Hidden Hero Awards Ceremony and Recognition
Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
- 10:00 am – Ecumenical church service at Trimble Park
- Noon to 5:00 pm – Amusement rides in Trimble Park
Admission to the Point Grey Fiesta is free. Food is extra, of course, as are the amusement rides.
The carnival rides are run by Shooting Star Amusements. Tickets in 2023 cost around $1.50 or $50 for a book of 40 tickets. Each ride take between three and six tickets.
Click Point Grey Fiesta for more information about the festival.
Click Vancouver June Calendar or Festivals & Events for lists of other events taking place at different times in the Lower Mainland.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- The City of Vancouver
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Best Vancouver Places for Children
- Summer Activities in Vancouver