2019 Chilliwack Garlic Festival
The Chilliwack Garlic Festival takes place this year on the Saturday and Sunday of August 24th and 25th. See below for details.
Fantasy Farms and its Seasonal Events
Located at 9423 Gibsons Road in Chilliwack, Fantasy Farms is an operating farm that grows all kinds of produce. The venue is also home to a number of seasonal events at Easter, autumn, Halloween and Christmas.
Annual events at Fantasy Farms include the Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza, the Chilliwack Garlic Festival, Petey’s Pumpkin Patch, Reaper’s Haunted Attraction and Petey’s Country Christmas (the last of which includes the Frightmare Before Christmas attraction too).
Famous at the farm and its events are Petey (a pumpkin character) and Farmer Gary. Popular attractions at the venue include the petting zoo, miniature train rides and indoor children’s play area.
Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza
The Easter Eggstravaganza is a family-friendly event at Fantasy Farms taking place on weekends leading up to and around the Easter Long Weekend in the spring. It includes an Easter egg hunt, appearances by the Easter Bunny and rides on the miniature train.
Some of the activities (like the train) are outdoors, but others are indoors including a variety of games, a bouncy castle and (in some years at least) an Aqua Ball Water Ride. It’s a fun event for young families and little kids.
Admission to Petey’s Easter Eggstravaganza is usually around $10 for children, $2 for adults and free for kids under 2 years of age.
For a list of other Lower Mainland events on the same weekend click Vancouver Easter Activities.
Chilliwack Garlic Festival
Fantasy Farms hosts the Chilliwack Garlic Festival on a weekend in August or September each year. The event features a market, garlic for sale, food vendors, a beer garden, live music and family-friendly entertainment. There are also corn mazes to explore.
In recent years the festival has taken place in the middle of September on a Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm and on the Sunday from 10 am until 4 pm. In 2019 the Chilliwack Garlic Festival celebrates its 9th year and takes place earlier than usual. The 2019 dates are August 24th and 25th.
Admission to the festival costs around $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and children, and $24 for a family of 4. Parking is usually free. As many as 2000 people attend over the course of the weekend each year.
Click Chilliwack Garlic Festival for more details.
Petey’s Pumpkin Patch
Petey’s Pumpkin Patch is an autumn-themed attraction that includes miniature train rides, corn mazes, an indoor play area and a petting zoo. It runs most days in October from around noon until between 4 and 5 pm.
Admission to Petey’s Pumpkin Patch is usually around $8 per person or $25 for a family of 4. Pumpkins are also for sale at the event for between around $2 and $25.
While the pumpkin patch event is ideal for young children and their families, there are also ultra-scary things to see and do for older folk during the same month later in the evenings at Reaper’s.
Click Petey’s Pumpkin Patch for more details.
Reaper’s Haunted Attraction & Maze of Terror
One of the Lower Mainland’s most impressive Halloween-themed places to visit is the Reaper’s Haunted Attraction at Fantasy Farms in October. The venue features a haunted house and “Maze of Terror” that fright seekers travel from all across the region to see.
Reaper’s is typically open most days in October, except for all Mondays and a few other weekdays in the first half of the month. Hours of operation are from 7 pm until between 9 and 11 pm depending on the day.
Admission in recent years has cost $11 for the haunted house, $11 for the maze, and $20 for both.
Petey’s Country Christmas at Fantasy Farms
Fantasy Farms is home to Chilliwack’s most popular interactive and family-friendly Christmas attraction in December.
Petey’s Country Christmas runs from early until late December each year. In 2018 the first day of the season was December 8th and the festivities continued for all but 3 days between then and December 30th.
Hours of operation for the Christmas event are usually 4 until 8 pm on Sundays to Thursdays, and from 4 until 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Activities at Petey’s Country Christmas include beautiful lights and festive decorations to admire, a bouncy castle, light maze, miniature train rides, Santa Claus to chat with, and other activities suitable for young children and their families.
Petey’s Country Christmas has been running fairly seriously for the past 3 or 4 years, as well as less seriously off and on before that. It’s a fun, wholesome and old-fashioned-style event.
Click Petey’s Country Christmas for more information.
For older folk, and included with general admission in 2018, there is the “Frightmare Before Christmas” attraction too. Similar to the Reaper’s haunted house at Halloween, it’s an indoor maze of corridors with scary scenes. People usually go through it wearing special 3D glasses and sights they’ll see include scenes from the movie a Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s a nice addition for teenagers, older kids and adults, but not suitable or designed for little kids.
Admission to Petey’s Country Christmas is around $12 per person or $35 for a family of four (with additional children costing $7 or so each). Kids under 2 years of age are free.
For more information about the venue and its various events, see the Fantasy Farms website.
Another Christmas attraction in the Fraser Valley is Glow Christmas in Langley. It’s indoors, massive and highly recommended!
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Top Metro Vancouver Places
- Lower Mainland Halloween Events
- Halloween Haunted Houses
- Best Vancouver Christmas Activities
- Vancouver’s Calendar of Events
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events