Home The City of Surrey

The City of Surrey

Surrey Library and City Hall

Surrey is Metro Vancouver’s second largest municipality and home to a large East Indian population, the Cloverdale Rodeo, Bear Creek Park and Crescent Beach.

With a population of half a million, it’s also one of the fastest growing cities in Canada.


In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Surrey temporarily closed all rec centres, ice rinks, indoor public pools and libraries.

Events like Surrey’s Vaisakhi Parade and Party for the Planet have been cancelled, as have Surrey Fest and the Surrey Fusion Festival. Attractions and places like the Surrey Museum and Elements Casino & Racetrack have also been closed until further notice.

As of late September, select programs are taking place at Surrey rec centres and arenas. The indoor pool at the Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex is scheduled to open on October 13th, but other indoor swimming pools in Surrey are to remain closed for the near future.

Libraries have reopened since September 9th, but the Surrey Nature Centre remains closed. However, children’s playgrounds at city parks are once again open. Darts Hill Garden Park is open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, outdoor swimming pools and spray parks have reopened.

For more information on what is happening in Surrey click City of Surrey Updates.

For updates on other events and attractions affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus, see our article about COVID-19 in Metro Vancouver.

Surrey, British Columbia

Surrey has one of the most ethnically diverse populations anywhere, with over 40% of residents speaking a first language other than English.

With its very large East Indian population, Surrey is home to numerous East Indian restaurants and hosts the giant Surrey Vaisakhi Parade & Celebration held annually in April.

Surrey is a fast-growing and increasingly dynamic place to do business, but not a major tourist destination (although we think it could be as it’s home to some wonderful places and events).

Surrey has a number of large shopping malls including Guildford Town Centre (with over 200 stores at 10355 152nd Street) and Central City (with over 130 stores as well as an SFU campus at 10153 King George Boulevard).

Shoppers and Vendors at Cloverdale Market
Cloverdale Flea Market

Surrey’s Best Places

Some of the most interesting places to visit in the city include:

Crescent Beach at Low Tide
Crescent Beach at Low Tide

Surrey Festivals and Events

Surrey hosts a number of great festivals and events, including some of the Lower Mainland’s largest and most impressive festivals. Below is a list of some of the best.

  • Easter, Halloween and Christmas Trains – seasonal-themed miniature train rides at Bear Creek Park.
  • Party for the Planet – a free event around Earth Day in April every year that includes concerts, family-friendly entertainment and environmentally-themed activities and things to see at the Surrey City Hall Plaza.
  • Surrey Vaisakhi Parade – a major East Indian festival held annually in mid-April that features free food, colourful traditional costumes and hundreds of thousands of participants.
  • Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair – a major event with cowboys and cowgirls, bucking broncos, farm animals, rides and carnival entertainment on the May long weekend.
  • Cloverdale Food Truck Festival – a food-themed event with live music and family-friendly activities (usually in May).
  • Surrey International Children’s Festival – a festival for kids and their families at the Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park in late May.
  • Surrey Fest Downtown – a small community festival at Holland Park in June.
  • Surrey Greek Food Festival – a community event featuring Greek food and entertainment at a Greek Orthodox Church in June.
  • National Indigenous People’s Day – a fairly large event showcasing First Nation’s culture at Holland Park on or around June 21st.
  • Canada Day – major Canada Day celebrations on July 1st at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.
  • FVDED in the Park a large music festival taking place at Holland Park in July.
  • Surrey Fusion Festival – a celebration of music, food and culture at Holland Park in July.
  • Sounds of Summer Music Series – FREE outdoor concerts at different Surrey parks on Wednesday evenings in July and August.
  • Cloverfest – an Oktoberfest-themed beer festival at Shannon Hall at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds (which takes place some years, but not all).
  • Diwali Fest – an East Indian festival with events in both Surrey and Vancouver in October.
  • Rondriso Farms – a family-run farm with a pumpkin patch and hayrides in October.
  • Remembrance Day – the city’s main Remembrance Day Ceremonies take place in Cloverdale on November 11th each year.
  • Garden Light Festival – a free event with child-friendly activities and illuminations at Bear Creek Park in November.
  • Surrey Tree Lighting Festival – festivities at the Plaza at City Hall at 13450-104th Avenue in late November, with the official lighting of the 55-foot Christmas tree in the evening.
Surrey's Holland Park
Holland Park

Surrey in the Summer

Surrey has a number of attractive parks, including Bear Creek, Darts Hill, Holland Park (near Central City mall), and Glades Garden. Throughout July and August, different parks in Surrey feature free outdoor music concerts on Wednesday evenings. See Sounds of Summer Music Series for details.

As far as regular weekly events, the Surrey Urban Farmers Market takes place on Saturdays from early June until early October. It’s a medium-sized market with live music in the afternoons.

Surrey Restaurants

Surrey is home to some amazing places to eat. From Indian to Western, Asian and everything in between.

Click Surrey’s Best Restaurants to find recommended places to eat.

Other Information

The City of Surrey is on the traditional unceded territories of the Katzie, Kwantlen and Semiahmoo Nations.

Other articles that might be of interest include the following: