Surrey Fest Downtown is a free one-day community festival. It includes live entertainment, family-friendly activities and community info stalls at Holland Park.
In 2022 the event happens on Saturday, June 18th. That’s the same day as ScotFestBC which is a fabulous Scottish-themed festival in Coquitlam. June 18th is also when Langley Community Day happens at Douglas Park. It too is a lot of fun, and admission to it is free.
To learn more about what else is happening around the same time in the Lower Mainland, see our article about Vancouver Father’s Day Activities. To learn more about Surrey Fest Downtown, continue reading.
Surrey Fest Community Festival
Previously known as the Whalley Community festival, the event is a medium-sized affair. It attracts about 4000 or so attendees in years with good weather. In 2020 the event was going to celebrate its 22nd anniversary, but then couldn’t because of the coronavirus. The event was cancelled the following year too.
Surrey Fest Downtown is set to return on Saturday, June 18th, in 2022.
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. They represent 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. Below is the schedule of events in 2022.
(Note: Times and details are subject to change.)
- 11:00 am – Opening Welcome
- 11:30 am – Zumba Class
- 11:55 am – Sun Hang Do Martial Arts Demonstrations
- 12:30 pm – Cooking Demonstration
- 1:45 pm – Mazacote
- 3:00 pm – Reckless
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.
At Surrey Fest Downtown you can expect a tattoo station for kids and face painting. There is also often free popcorn, candy floss and other treats.
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. 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.