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City of Surrey Children’s Festival @ Surrey Arts Centre & Bear Creek Park
May 23 – May 25 all-day
City of Surrey Children's Festival @ Surrey Arts Centre & Bear Creek Park

The annual Surrey International Children’s Festival is the only arts-based children’s festival this side of the Fraser River!

The Festival inspires young hearts and minds to greater possibilities, and celebrates our rich and diverse cultural heritage through performing and visual arts experiences. Most performances and activities are ticketed but access to the site is free, as well as participation in Saturday’s parade!

Thursday & Friday, May 23 & 24 | 9:00am to 2:30pm
Saturday, May 25 | 10:30am to 7:30pm
Surrey Arts Centre and Bear Creek Park


2019 Festival Theme – “Seriously”

“Excited about living! It’s a rejuvenating experience to be surrounded by art all day.” – 2018 Festival Attendee

For fifteen years the Surrey International Children’s Festival has inspired the community to experience new things and to encourage children to become patrons of the arts. Above all, the Festival creates a space where the children and family participants are taken seriously, as artistic practitioners, observers and consumers. The Festival presents the best in international and national featured performances and works hard to offer a wide genre of art-making activities to ensure the highest standards of artistic exploration. Join us May 23 – 25, 2019 for some Serious Fun.


There are 5 performance venues which will feature national and international performers:

  • 3 venues inside the Arts Centre (Main Stage Theatre, Studio Theatre and Lily Pad Stage)
  • 2 venues in Bear Creek Park (Leap Frog Stage and Community Spirit Stage).

There are hands-on arts activities inside tents, and roving performances throughout the park. It is a unique and festive festival! A one-of-a-kind in Surrey and the surrounding area!

Getting to the Festival

We encourage attendees to carpool and use public transit to come to the Surrey International Children’s Festival.

Taking Transit: From Surrey Central Skytrain Station, take the 321 Newton Exchange/White Rock Southbound or the 96 Newton Express bus and ask to be dropped off at 88th and King George Blvd.

Driving: Public parking is available for FREE right beside the Surrey Arts Centre, through the main entrance at the pedestrian light off of 88th Avenue.
There’s also parking available near the Bear Creek Park entrance (off of 140th street, south of 88th) and at the Gurdwara Nanaksar at 14210 88th Ave. Thanks to the Gurdwara for allowing us to use their parking!


There are uniformed and plainclothes RCMP officers on site for the full duration of the Festival. There are also volunteers from Community Policing assisting with traffic control and overall safety. In addition, trained first aid attendants are on site. Any child who gets separated from his/her class or family is taken to the Information Booth and RCMP officers work with staff to reunite them.

Food vendors

We have a wide range of options for food at the Festival, including a kid’s menu: $5.00 for a healthy kid’s portion meal. All plates and cutlery are compostable, so please be sure to use our compost and recycling stations. You can also bring your own food and have a picnic at any of the tables around the Festival site.

If you are a food vendor looking for opportunities, please contact Rod Grant 604-551-1615 or rgrant-icl@shaw.ca

The children’s festival does not provide booth opportunities.  Please contact the City’s special events team to inquire about booth opportunities at other events.



Launch contest rules.

Root Beer Festival @ Douglas Park,
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Root Beer Festival @ Douglas Park,

(From Event Brite)

In Partnership with the City of Langley, Sticky’s Candy Langley is excited to bring you the 4th Annual Root Beer Festival in our new venue, Douglas Park! Join us rain or shine on Saturday May 25th and celebrate Everything RootBeer with over 50 different Rootbeers from across North America available for tasting! There will be RootBeer floats, RootBeer pastries, RootBeer cotton candy, RootBeer candy and more!

Address: 20550 Douglas Cresent, Langley City

Date: May 25, 2019

Time: 11:00AM – 3:00PM

The event is FREE to attend but Root Beer SAMPLES ARE TICKETED and will be limited so we recommend purchasing early to avoid disappointment!

Live Entertainment, including Canadian Rockabilly Hit band Six Gun Romeo will be performing on the main stage. We will have a variety of vendors and activities onsite for a fun filled day celebrating root beer and its culture!

*RootBeer sales by the case will be available (our suggestion is to bring a wagon!).

Event Pricing:


Sample Pricing:

Tasting Tickets can be shared and enjoyed by groups, families or friends.

  • 50 RootBeer soda tastings………$25.00 (Only 500 packages available) *this package also allows you to have early access to the event at 10:00AM and you will also receive coupons to save at downtown Langley merchants.
  • 20 RootBeer soda tastings………$10.00 (Only 200 packages available)

Terms and Conditions:

  • No refunds after April 25, 2019
  • Tickets for Samples will not be guaranteed to purchase onsite. If we sell all of our sample packs online prior to the event there will not be any samples available for purchase day of onsite. We recommend purchasing online to avoid any dsappointmentt.
  • Doors for 50 sample pack holders open 10AM. Tickets are to be picked up at Main Ticket Tents.
  • Doors for 20 sample pack holders open at 11AM. Tickets are to be picked up at Main Ticket Tents.

Parking and Transportation:

Parking is limited directly around Douglas Park but there are various parking areas surrounding DownTown Langley.

Carpooling and transit are always great options for visitors as well!

Buy tickets here.

Lessons from the Past: Everyday Sustainability @ Museum of Surrey
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lessons from the Past: Everyday Sustainability @ Museum of Surrey

Whether you’re a recycling guru, eco-worrier, organic food lover or simply a parent who wants to teach your children about the idea of sustainable living, there’s only one place to be on June 1– at Museum of Surrey.

Lessons from the Past: Everyday Sustainability is a free one-day event that runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering hands-on fun and inspiring tips for the whole family.

Outside, the plaza will be transformed into Cloverdale’s first-ever eco-themed market, featuring a variety of local vendors, a trade-in clothing booth where visitors can bring in and swap their gently used clothing, a free plant walk and more.

Visitors will also learn about ‘green’ initiatives of the past with the museum’s unique artifact collection, including soap savers and sock darners.

For those who want to purchase a bite to eat, Eat the Dishes – an innovative new food vendor that specializes in plant-based soups and hot chocolate served in edible cups and bowls – will be on site.

This event is part of the City of Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza– a city-wide series of free environmental programs that runs April 13 to June 9.

Museum of Surrey is located at 17710 56a Ave.

About the Museum of Surrey:

Museum of Surrey showcases Surrey’s communities and cultures with dynamic and changing exhibits and programs that are hands-on, participatory, family friendly and fun. The Feature Gallery, TD Explore Zone, Indigenous Hall, Surrey Stories Gallery and program areas are places where visitors can learn about Surrey, share and contribute their stories, and connect with each other. Three heritage buildings are on site as well as Veterans Square, Surrey Archives (in the 1912 City Hall) and Cloverdale Library.