Surrey Fest Downtown is a free one-day community festival that includes live entertainment and family-friendly activities at Holland Park.
Last year the event took place on Saturday, September 9th. In 2018 it takes place on Saturday, June 16th (which is the same day as the 5X Festival‘s 2 Vs 2 Bhangra Dance Competition which takes place nearby at Surrey’s City Hall in 2018).
Surrey Fest Community Festival
Previously known as the Whalley Community festival, the event is a medium-sized affair and attracts about 4000 or so attendees in years with good weather. In 2018 the event celebrates its 20th year.
What to Expect
At Surrey Fest Downtown each year there are a small number of food and market vendor stalls, community organization informational booths, a silent auction and live performances.
In total, over four dozen businesses and other local groups usually participate and have a presence at the event, representing everything from credit unions, church groups, artists and non-profit organizations like Girl Guides and Crime Stoppers.
If you want to learn about the local community and organizations in it, Surrey Fest Downtown at Holland Park is a good place to go.
Surrey Fest Downtown is a fairly simple and low-key affair for the most part, but it does offer great live entertainment at specific times. Highlights of the 2018 performance lineup are listed below. (Note: times and details are subject to change.)
- 11:00 am – Zumba Class by Fit for Women Gym
- 11:30 am – The Springmans
- 12:30 pm – Opening Ceremony
- 12:45 pm – Sun Hang Do
- 1:30 pm – The John Welsh Band
- 2:30 pm – TBD
- 3:00 pm – Mazacote
Surrey Fest Kids Zone
In addition to the above and other live entertainment, each year there is also a Kids’ Zone at the festival which includes a couple of bouncy castles, face painting and a craft station for children. In 2018 there is also free popcorn.
Tips and Advice
The following is a list of suggestions and information to help you make the most out of your visit to the festival at Holland Park:
TIP #1: Take public transit. The King George SkyTrain Station is only a short walk away. Surrey Central Station is also just on the other side of the Central City shopping centre.
TIP #2: Unless you’re a young child, the main attraction, in our opinion, is the live music. Mazacote and The John Walsh Band are great groups. For young children, however, the most fun will be at the Kids’ Zone (which is fairly small and simple, but still entertaining for little folk).
For information about the city and other things to do in the area, click Surrey.
In case you’re interested, other (and generally larger) major festivals at other times of the year in Surrey include the following:
- Party for the Planet – a free event celebrating Earth Day at the Surrey City Hall Plaza in April.
- Surrey Vaisakhi Parade – a major Punjabi festival in April that’s free and attracts over 200,000 people.
- Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair – a community fair and rodeo on the Victoria Day Long Weekend in May.
- Surrey Fusion Festival – a large and free multicultural event in July at Holland Park.