The Sounds of Summer Live Music Series are free outdoor concerts at different parks in Surrey on Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons in July and August.
The series of events happened between July 6th and August 24th in 2022 at various venues. 2023 will likely be similar, but with exact details to be confirmed.
This article contains information about the following events in 2022:
July 6 at Glades Garden | July 8 at Darts Hill | July 13 at Museum of Surrey | July 20 at Fleetwood Park | July 27 at Darts Hill | August 3 at Clayton Community Centre | August 5 at Francis Park | August 10 at Holland Park | August 17 at Elgin Heritage Park | August 24 at Bear Creek Park
Note: The Surrey concerts details are subject to change. See below for more details about each date and venue.
Sounds of Summer Live Music
In years when the concerts aren’t cancelled due to a pandemic, for example, residents of Surrey and the entire Lower Mainland can take their lawn chairs and blankets to sit on, plus their picnics to eat, and come out and enjoy the free music entertainment.
The 2020 Sounds of Summer events were cancelled because of COVID-19. However, the concert series returned in 2021 with shows in August and September. Tickets for shows in 2021 were free but they had to be booked in advance online. Only 100 people were permitted to attend each concert due to COVID-19.
In 2022, the Sounds of Summer concerts ran in July and August. Admission was free and advanced registration wasn’t necessary. All events were open to the public. Below was the summer schedule of dates and locations for 2022, along with suggestions on what else to do while in the area.
July 6th (2022) Concert at Glades Garden
On July 6th, the free concert took place at Glades Woodland Garden and started at 6:30 pm. At the event the Sons of Granville performed R&B and Pop music.
Glades Garden is at 457-172nd Street in South Surrey. The park is close to the Peace Arch Border and not far from White Rock. It’s a wonderful garden that’s only open on select days.
July 8th (2022) Concert at Darts Hill Garden
On July 8th, the free concert took place at Darts Hill Garden Park. This concert was one of two in 2022 that began at 1:00 pm rather than at 6:30 pm. The live jazz music was by Will Clements.
Darts Hill is located at 1633-170th Street in South Surrey. White Rock is only about a 10-minute drive away. It’s a beautiful semi-private garden that’s open to the public at specific times of the year.
July 13th (2022) Concert at The Museum of Surrey
On Friday, July 13th, there was live music at the Museum of Surrey at 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey. The R&B and Neo Soul artist Tonye Aganaba performed on the outdoor stage at 6:30 pm.
July 20th (2022) Concert at Fleetwood Park
The concert on July 20th took place at Fleetwood Park at 15802-80th Avenue. It featured Venezuelan Folk and Latin music by Asi Somos at 6:30 pm.
In addition to the great music, Fleetwood Park has attractive gardens, tennis courts, a water playground and 1.8 km of nature trails.
July 27th (2022) Concert at Darts Hill
The second concert at Darts Hill Garden Park in 2022 took place on Wednesday, July 27th, at 6:30 pm. It featured a 1960s Folk performance by True North Troubadours. Darts Hill is located close to White Rock at 1633-170th Street in South Surrey.
August 3rd (2022) Concert at Clayton Community Centre
On August 3rd, the free concert was held at the Clayton Community Centre and started at 6:30 pm. The venue is located at 7155 187A Street. It’s a short walk away from Clayton Park, which features lawn bowling fields, tennis courts and a nearby off-leash area for dogs.
The concert with R&B, Soul and Funk songs was performed by Top City.
August 5th (2022) Concert at Francis Park
The free concert on Friday, August 5th, 2022, started at 1:00 pm and featured Jazz tunes by Amber Tsang.
Francis Park is located at 15951-83 Avenue in Surrey. The park has a fitness circuit, playgrounds, trails and more. It’s on the same block as the Fleetwood Library and Community Centre.
August 10th (2022) Concert at Holland Park
The free concert on Wednesday, August 10th started at 6:30 pm. Dalannah Gail Bowen performed Blues and Soul music at Holland Park.
Holland Park is located at 13428 Old Yale Road. It’s easy to get to via public transit, as it’s across the street from the King George SkyTrain Station. The park is also near Central City Shopping Centre which has over 140 stores.
August 17th (2022) Concert at Elgin Heritage Park
On Wednesday, August 17th, the free concert took place at Elgin Heritage Park. Live Funky Brass Covers were performed by Cookin’ With Brass. Located at 13723 Crescent Road, Elgin Heritage Park features a heritage house and a forested area with hiking trails to explore.
August 24th (2022) Concert at Bear Creek Park
The free concert at Bear Creek Park on Wednesday, August 24th, began at 6:30 pm and featured traditional Indian instrumental music by Akaaljot & Satpreet Dhadda.
Bear Creek Park is one of the finest parks in the Lower Mainland, complete with miniature train, mini golf, walking and cycling trails, an outdoor pool and beautiful gardens. Bear Creek is also right next door to the Surrey Arts Centre which has a couple small gallery rooms with admission by donation.
To learn more about the Sounds of Summer Music Series, see the City of Surrey‘s website.
For a list of other things to do in the area, see the City of Surrey.
Other Free Summer Music Venues
The Sounds of Summer Music Series in Surrey is not the only place to find free (or almost free) live music in the Lower Mainland in the summer. Other places with good free concerts include the following:
- Most days in the second half of June at various locations during the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
- Friday evenings in July and August in Edgemont Village, Lynn Valley and Deep Cove as part of the North Vancouver Summer Concert Series.
- Music on the Wharf – outdoor concerts on the Port Haney Wharf in Maple Ridge on a few evenings in the summer.
For a list of other best places to find free concerts in the Lower Mainland, check out our Free Outdoor Music page.