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Fort Langley National Historic Site Events

Fort Langley Brigade Days

The Fort Langley National Historic Site is a terrific attraction in Metro Vancouver. The place hosts numerous events and celebrations throughout the year.

Events happening in the spring of 2024 include the Hawaiian Luau on May 18th and May Day on May 20th.

Admission to the fort is very affordable, especially for children and youth ages 17 and under (who get in for free)!

For the attraction’s official website, click Fort Langley National Historic Site.

 


FORT LANGLEY ON THE VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND

Fort Langley is an especially good place to visit on the May Long Weekend. In 2024 the fort is open all weekend, but there are special events and activities on both May 18th and May 20th.

On the Saturday of the holiday weekend this year the historic site has a special Hawaiian Luau event which celebrates the connections between the Hawaiian Islands and the fort (and there are surprisingly quite a few). The first Hawaiian labourers started working in the region in the 1820’s. At the Hawaiian Luau you’ll learn all about them. For more information about this event, see the official Hawaiian Luau page.

On the statutory holiday of Monday, May 20th, Fort Langley May Days takes place. It’s a community festival with a parade. The parade starts at 11:00 am and it goes through the centre of the town. Afterwards, from noon until 4:00 pm, there are fun activities at Fort Langley Park (which is at the corner of Nash Street and St. Andrews). On that same day, as part of the May Days celebrations, the Fort Langley National Historic Site hosts its own special event and activities.

On May 20th, at the fort, there is a fashion show featuring costumes from the 1800’s. There are also blacksmithing demonstrations and costumed interpreters wandering around the site. If you go to May Days in Fort Langley, be sure to also visit the Fort! To learn more about the May 20th event, click May Day at the Fort.


 

Hawaiian Luau Dancers at Fort Langley

 

Events at Fort Langley National Historic Site

The Fort Langley National Historic Site is a popular attraction located at 23433 Mavis Avenue in the Village of Fort Langley.

The fort originally served as a Hudson Bay Company trading post in the 1800’s. The site has since turned into an interesting place for all ages to learn about the region’s history. There are reconstructed buildings along with artifacts, original buildings, displays and other things to see.

The site also hosts many events each year. Continue reading below for more details.

 

2024 and 2025 Events at the Fort

The Fort Langley National Historic Site offers extra activities from time to time. It’s a great place to celebrate annual holidays and other special days, such as May Day, Canada Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Most events are included with general admission tickets, which cost about $10 for adults and are free for youth under the age of 18. In some cases, however, general admission is free for everyone depending on the occasion.

Events happening at the fort in 2024 and 2025 are listed and described below. (Note: Exact details are subject to change.)

 

Musket Demonstrations at Fort Langley
Musket Demonstrations at the Fort

 

Hawaiian Luau (May 18, 2024)

The Hawaiian Luau is a celebration of the Hawaiian Islands and their connection to the Fort Langley National Historic Site. It runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on May 18th (which is the Saturday of the Victoria Day Long Weekend).

The event is an opportunity to learn about Hawaiian history and how Hawaiians contributed to the fort’s identity. There are various activities to enjoy, including Hawaiian language workshops, lei crafting and presentations. There’s also an entertaining dance performance from 2:00 to 2:45 pm. All of the extra activities are included with general admission.

For more details about this event, see the official Hawaiian Luau page.

 

Special Exhibit Stations at Fort Langley

 

May Day (May 20, 2024)

The Fort Langley National Historic Site hosts a special event on Victoria Day each year. In 2024 it takes place on Monday, May 20th, between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

There are special activities at the fort to complement Fort Langley’s annual May Day Parade and other local celebrations. Guests who pay general admission get to watch a fashion show with costumes from the 19th century. There are blacksmithing demonstrations and interpreters roaming around in costumes too.

To learn more about Victoria Day celebrations at the historic site and other places nearby, see our article about Fort Langley May Day. To learn about the special activities at the Fort, click May Day at the Fort in 2024.

 


For a list of upcoming events at the attraction, visit the Parks Canada website.


 

Characters in Costume at Fort Langley

 

Stalew 10th Year Anniversary Celebration (June 15, 2024)

The Stalew Arts & Cultural Society is an organization that empowers Indigenous artists. This year, at the fort, they celebrate their 10th anniversary. On June 15th in 2024, admission to the historic site is free for everyone!

The one-day event includes powwow drumming as well as cultural dancing and singing. There’s also a large market with more than 40 different Indigenous vendors selling crafts and other goods. The event is a wonderful way to honour Indigenous roots just before National Indigenous People’s Day.

For more details about the event, click Stalew 10th Anniversary Celebration.

 

Canada Day (July 1, 2024)

Canada Day is another day with special activities. In fact, admission is normally free for the day!

Last year’s July 1st event at the fort began with a Citizenship Ceremony at 10:00 am. There were gold panning activities during the day and special Métis jigging performances too. The Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers also entertained visitors.

In 2024 Canada Day is on Monday, July 1st. Exact details about the special activities at the fort are to be confirmed.

To learn more about what to expect, along with other ways to celebrate July 1st in the area, see our Canada Day in Fort Langley article.

 

Brigade Days Procession to the Fraser River

 

Brigade Days (August 3-5, 2024)

Brigade Days is an annual event at the Fort Langley National Historic Site. It takes place on the BC Day Long Weekend, so, in 2024, from Saturday, August 3rd, until Monday, August 5th. Additional details about this year’s event are to be confirmed.

In previous years, general admission tickets were required. That will likely be the case again in 2024. There are usually historical re-enactments, tours of the site and demonstrations. There are also flag ceremonies, hands-on activities and special exhibits to explore most years.

For more details about the event, check out our article about Fort Langley’s Brigade Days.

 

Brigade Days in Fort Langley
Brigade Days in Fort Langley

 

Douglas Day (September 21, 2024)

James Douglas Day is on November 19th each year. Celebrations are usually close to that date. However, in 2024, Douglas Day at the fort happens on Saturday, September 21st. Exact details about the day’s activities this year are to be confirmed.

In 2023 the celebrations were about James Douglas’ multicultural legacy. The event featured food, music and dance from different cultures, including Métis, Black, Scottish and more.

To learn more about this event, see our Douglas Day at Fort Langley article.

 


For a list of upcoming events at the attraction, visit the Parks Canada website.


 

Brigade Days at Fort Langley

 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30, 2024)

An event takes place at the fort on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in 2024. As of early May, however, the event details for this year are to be determined.

See our National Truth and Reconciliation Day article for other events happening on the same day in different areas of the Lower Mainland.

 

Brigade Days in Fort Langley

 

Grave Tales (2024 Dates TBC)

Grave Tales is an outdoor walking tour offered at the fort during the Halloween season. A guide leads groups through the village while sharing scary stories about ghosts, mysteries and other topics. The tours are excellent and highly recommended (unless you don’t like walking or spooky tales).

There are normally two different versions of the tour, with one being for adults and the other being for children. Admission last year ranged from $25 to $45 per person. 2024 dates and details are to be confirmed.

To learn more about the walking tours, check out our article about Grave Tales.

 

Fort Langley Walking Tour at Night
Grave Tales Walking Tour

 

Louis Riel Day (November 16, 2024)

In 2024 the Fort Langley National Historic Site celebrates Louis Riel Day on Saturday, November 16th. Full details about the event this year are to be confirmed.

The event is included with general admission. Last year there were Métis cultural booths, performances and interactive demonstrations.

For more information about last year’s event, click Louis Riel Day 2023. Activities will likely be similar in 2024.

 


For the attraction’s official website, click Fort Langley National Historic Site.


 

Humbug Holidays (December 16-31, 2024)

Humbug Holidays is the name of the Christmas-themed event at the fort. In 2024 the event begins on Monday, December 16th, and runs until Tuesday, December 31st. Details about things to do for this year are to be confirmed.

At the event in 2023 there were daily activities including ornament crafting and chestnut roasting with interpreters. The place was also decorated for the holiday season.

To learn more about what to expect in 2024, see the Humbug Holidays 2023 page.

 

Family Day at the Fort (February 17, 2025)

The Family Day festivities at the Fort Langley National Historic Site take place on Monday, February 17th in 2025. Exact details about the event at the fort are to be determined.

In 2024 the event had a bird theme and required general admission tickets. There were bird walks with ornithologists, bird trivia sessions, crafts, displays and other activities.

For details about the 2024 event, click Family Day at the Fort.

 

Family Photo at Fort Langley

 

Spring Break (March 17-30, 2025)

Spring Break activities in 2025 run from Monday, March 17th, until Sunday, March 30th. For an idea of what to expect, in 2024 the historic site offered fish rock painting, a scavenger hunt, plant walk, a presentation about the gold rush, and lots more.

General admission is typically required throughout Spring Break, which is free for youth ages 17 and under. Only adults have to pay to enter (and it’s a very reasonable price).

To learn more about last year’s event, see the official Spring Break 2024 page.

 


For a list of upcoming events at the attraction, visit the Parks Canada website.


 

Vive Les Voyageurs (April 12-13, 2025)

Vive Les Voyageurs is a French-Canadian event at the fort. In 2025 it runs on the weekend of April 12th to 13th.

The 2024 event featured interactive presentations, educational demonstrations, and live music by French-Canadian artists. There were also food vendors on site selling things like maple taffy and poutine. General admission tickets were required.

For more information about this event, see our article about Vive Les Voyageurs.

 

Vive les Voyageurs Presentation in the Theatre
Vive les Voyageurs at Fort Langley

 

Other Information

For more information about events at the fort, click Fort Langley Calendar of Events.

To learn more about the fort in general, see our article about the Fort Langley National Historic Site.

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