The Point Grey Fiesta is community festival with a parade, amusement rides and family-friendly activities in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood in June.
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!
Festival Dates and Times
The Point Grey Fiesta usually takes place on the Father’s Day Weekend in June each year. In 2019, however, it took place on the weekend of the fourth Sunday in June, so the weekend after Father’s Day. The festival was cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, it goes back to its usual Father’s Day weekend dates, so June 18th, 19th and 20th.
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.
In 2019 the amusement rides and midway operated on the Friday from 3:00 until 10:00 pm, from 10:30 am until 8:00 pm on the Saturday, and from noon until 5:00 pm on the Sunday. As it didn’t occur in 2020, 2021 details will likely be similar.
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
The parade usually takes place on the Saturday, so in 2021 it’ll likely be on June 19th. It’s a small parade and lasts for around 25 minutes most years.
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 1km, finishing at Point Grey Trimble Park. Be aware of road closures on the day of the parade.
The end of the parade typically reaches Trimble Park after 11:00 am, so prime viewing is sometime between 10:00 and 11:00 am.
Below is the schedule for the 2019 event. 2021 details will likely be similar.
Friday, June 21, 2019
- 3:00 to 10:00 pm – Amusement rides in Trimble Park
- 5:00 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 22, 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 am – Hidden Hero Awards Ceremony and Recognition
Sunday, June 23, 2019
- 10:00 am – Ecumenical church service at Trimble Park
- 12:00 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 cost around $1.25 and rides take between 3 and 6 tickets each.
Wristbands for unlimited rides on the Friday typically cost around $35. On the Saturday and Sunday wristbands were not available and folk had to pay by tickets only.
Tips & Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at the Point Grey Fiesta.
TIP #1: Early bird “Fiesta Weekend Pack” tickets can usually be purchased at a number of businesses on West 10th Avenue. The packs cost around $30 and were a $45 value. Click Fiesta Ticket Sellers for the list of places to buy the Fiesta Weekend Packs from.
TIP #2: When the Point Grey Fiesta used to take place on the Father’s Day Weekend, on the Father’s Day Sunday dads got to go on the amusement rides for free. The Fiesta now takes place a week later, but dads still get to go on rides for free on the Sunday of the event (when accompanied by a paying child).
Click Point Grey Fiesta for more information about the festival.